HTC is one of the great Android device manufacturers. The created the original Android phone, the G1, and what I feel was the best phone for it’s time, the Nexus One. They have also made a ton of other Android phones of various qualities. Earlier this year they stated that they would focus on few, higher qualities devices. Out of this strategy came the HTC One with three different variations: The HTC One X (on AT&T) for the top of the line, the HTC One S (on T-Mobile) for the standard version and the HTC One V (on Virgin Mobile) for the value version. Being on T-Mobile I got the HTC One S when I renewed by contract.
The HTC One S is a nice piece of hardware. It has a 1.5GHz Dual Core Qualcomm SnapDragon processor and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 960×540. The large display is one of the nicest I have seen and apps load and run quickly.
The latest version of HTC Sense is incorporated nearly seamlessly with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The device itself is super thin but quite large in width which becomes obvious when trying to operate with one hand. I have large hands I am unable to tap the everywhere on the screen with just a thumb when it is in my hand. The HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III have even larger screens so I am glad I did not opt for those. This is probably as big a phone as I like.
The other downside is that lack of an SD Card slot though I haven’t run out of the 16GB of internal memory (and the phone comes with 25GB of Dropbox storage for two years). Additionally the 1650 mAh battery is not removable so having a backup battery isn’t an option.
Despite these limitations this is one of the best non-Nexus devices I have used. On the otherhand I imagine with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the rumors of more Nexus devices coming in the fall that the HTC One S might be quickly outdated.