HTC is trying to focus more than they have in the past and to kick that off they announced the HTC One series at Mobile World Congress. I was sent the One X and One S, international models, to test out for a few weeks and have to say that as soon as the HTC One S comes to T-Mobile I will be buying it. Rumors actually have it arriving before the end of April. You can see several photos of the HTC One X and One S in my image gallery.
|Image Gallery: Check out photos of the HTC One X and One S international models.|
This device will be coming to the US with the Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon processor due to the LTE support of the Qualcomm chip. You will also see the internal memory chopped in half to 16GB on the AT&T model. We do not yet know the price or availability from AT&T.
The HTC One S specs include:
I am disappointed to see the HTC One S has a lower resolution front facing camera and no NFC support. I use NFC on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Google Wallet and also to track my Orca card (local Puget Sound transit card) so that is one missing feature holding me back a bit.
I was sent the white HTC One X and like the feel of the matte finish, but find it seems to smudge and collect dirt a bit more than a glossy finish. The camera has a round silver ring that protrudes out the back quite a bit and I already see scratches on the ring around the lens, but nothing on the lens, and I have been extremely careful with this device.
You need to use a pin or small tool to activate the microSIM release and pull out the tray from the top. The 3.5mm headset jack is up top, which is where I prefer to see it.
The 4.7 inch display is GORGEOUS and being that it is Super LCD you can actually see it outside too. The viewing angles are crazy and you can easily use this phone sitting on a table and reaching out to it at just about any angle.
The Super AMOLED looks great and the colors are quite vibrant. I think the One X is better and crisper, but the One S display is still better than many other devices out there.
The back of the HTC One S is very attractive with the gradient gray color in the aluminum case. However, the one with the black back is constructed with a micro arc oxidation process that reportedly makes it 5x stronger than regular aluminum. I hope to see one with this back soon.
The top of the back pops off to reveal the microSIM card slot, but there is no microSD or removable battery on either of these devices. The speakers in both are decent and I spent an hour or so playing basketball outside with the One X playing Spotify music.
The home screen lock ring is present and it is easy to customize the four lock shortcuts that can even include folders. I like the ICS folders on Sense 4 better since it clearly shows you four apps in the folder in small squares on the folder where ICS stacks them and shows just parts of the ones behind the main one.
I also like HTC's use of color and different icons in the Settings area where ICS is simply Tron-like with white and blue coloring. Multi-tasking is made better with a slick UI for switching between apps where swiping off still works to minimize apps.
Adding widgets and app shortcuts to the home screen panels is also enhanced with Sense 4. When you tap and hold on a home screen panel a selector appears over about 3/4 of the display and then thumbnails of each panel appear above so you can scroll to the one you want to add something to and then tap on that widget or shortcut to add it.
Both devices feel fantastic in your hand and I have to say they both may be the best pieces of hardware I have ever seen come out from HTC. I love the glass display design and back of both devices.
The rear cameras are both the same and work quite well, there are a couple samples in my image gallery, but I have to take more photos before I can decide if they can compete with the Apple iPhone 4S. Beat Audio definitely increases the bass in music, but I was just testing with some fairly basic sub-$100 earbuds.
We don't know for sure when these devices are coming to the US, although it sounds like the One S is coming this month to T-Mobile and the One X to AT&T in May. I am thinking of the One S on T-Mobile, but the Sprint version of the One X (aka the EVO 4G LTE) may be just what I need to satisfy my ICS champion device desire.