Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

The sec­ond child of the HTC One fam­ily, the One S, neatly bridges the gap be­tween the One V and the el­dest One X.

The One S is among the best look­ing An­droid smart­phones around—and gives a new mean­ing to “beauty with brains”. It has a mod­ern uni­body de­sign in a sleek 7.8mm body. The re­spon­sive 4.3inch touch dis­play has an im­por­tant role in giv­ing the One S a com­fort­able grip. Hon­estly, switch­ing to the One S from the One X was a plea­sure.

The One S has been de­signed for the An­droid Ice­Cream Sand­wich oper­at­ing sys­tem. But what we liked is the HTC’S Sense 4 in­ter­face that gives it a break from the stock An­droid UI. The main menu is di­vided into all apps, fre­quent and down­loads.

This smart­phone is pow­ered by a 1.7GHZ du­al­core pro­ces­sor that is helped along by its 1GB RAM. The im­proved per­for­mance is vis­i­ble while brows­ing the web, watch­ing Youtube video and even while down­load­ing apps from the Play store. We also en­joyed play­ing heavy graphic games.

Along with the pow­er­ful beast, it is a mul­ti­me­dia mon­ster as well. The snap­pier 8MP cam­era with zero shut­ter lag does a su­perb job. We could also record full HD video res­o­lu­tions. It has also got Beats Au­dio for mu­sic, but is not ac­com­pa­nied by Beats Au­dio head­phones.

The One S comes with 16GB in­ter­nal mem­ory and doesn’t sup­port a mem­ory card slot. The bat­tery backup was im­pres­sive as it gave us a day of juice on a sin­gle charge.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT? A great piece of hard­ware, gives tough com­pe­ti­tion to the One X.

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