Review: HTC One S for T-Mobile
T-Mobile loaded the S with a bunch of crappy bloatware, such as the T-Mobile Mall, 411, More for Me, etc. Only a handful of the apps can be completely uninstalled, but most of them can be "deactivated." Deactivated apps are removed from the home screen and menu pages and will no longer run, but they remain installed on the device. That's a bummer. Some of the stand-outs include Polaris Office, DropBox (with 25GB of free storage), HTC Hub for HTC-developed apps, and an advanced task manager.
The S's Bluetooth radio works perfectly. It paired with every device I could find. Phone calls, in particular, sounded like crud when sent through my car's speaker. I blame this on the device's poor phone capabilities, not the Bluetooth. Music sounded very good when sent to stereo Bluetooth headphones, though. I had no issues pushing files to/from the S.
There are 18 clock widgets on the S. Any of them can be chosen as the home screen clock, but not the lock screen. The clock on the lock screen is a smallish, digital read-out that is positioned at the top of the screen. It is readable at an arm's length, but can be hard to see in bright sunlight if you've chosen the wrong wallpaper.
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The GPS worked flawlessly. The S's GPS radio was able to lock on my position in less than 15 seconds, and was accurate to within about 15 feet. Thanks to the speedy network access, fast application processor, and accurate GPS radio, real-time directions with Google Maps were spot on and as close to "real-time" as I've ever seen from a cell phone.
We're live from HTC's event, where they are expected to announce new phones. Rumors whisper of a new series of phones called "One".
The HTC One S is a slightly toned down version of the One, but still has its own identity. The One S, coming to T-Mobile USA, will surely appeal to many with its good looks and capable features.
Apr 18, 2012
T-Mobile USA today announced that the HTC One S will go on sale through its various sales channels starting April 25. The One S, which was announced earlier this year by HTC, supports T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ network and has a different treatment for the metallic surfaces, but is otherwise the same as the international version of the device.
Feb 26, 2012
HTC today announced the One S, an Android 4.0 / Sense 4.0 smartphone that will launch with T-Mobile USA later this spring. The One S supports T-Mobile's HSPA+ network at 42Mbps and includes Beats Audio integration.
Nov 12, 2012
HTC recently posted more information about which devices will and won't receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates. Devices released in 2012 have the priority for 4.1 updates, but HTC will evaluate some 2011 devices as well.