HTC One S will have Android smartphone users in ecstasy
Apr 18, 2012 (Boston Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
T-Mobile's highly anticipated launch of the HTC One S is tonight in the Big Apple, but I can tell you all you need to know now: if you like Android, you've found The One.
It's the flagship model of the new HTC One series and the first smartphone running the new version of the Google-owned system Ice Cream Sandwich on T-Mobile.
Reviewing this phone, or any device running Ice Cream Sandwich, is a difficult proposition given the many options that exist for customization. Every user can create a different experience. The only downside: you must be willing to take the time to learn the ins and outs of the operating system, unlike the more intuitive iPhone 4S.
The new Ice Cream Sandwich OS allows for a cleaner, individually tailored desktop. Create folders easily, swipe away notifications that you don't want to see and choose from a massive array of widgets. What's more, you can launch voice controls conveniently from a menu in the search bar.
Unique to the HTC One S is its excellent 8-megapixel camera, which allows the user to take still shots while filming video and create panoramic images. You'll never want to go back.
With a dual-core, 1.5 GHz chip and 4G connectivity, the phone is zippier than its Samsung Galaxy brethren, such as the recently reviewed Blaze. It's also HTC's thinnest phone yet, though that hardly seems to matter when you're dealing with a 4.3-inch screen. On a related note, the picture is gorgeous, and the graphics are smooth.
The HTC One S is available one week from today for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. It's the same price as the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, and the choice is a no-brainer.
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