Review: HTC One S

HTC has been one of the more prolific players in the Android phone market of late. But so far, the Taiwanese manufacturer hasn’t quite solidified its desired reputation as a beloved premium handset maker, up with the likes of Apple, Samsung and Motorola.

Over the past couple of years, HTC’s strategy has been to make dozens of phones at dozens of price points — something for everyone, but nothing truly memorable. That “almost there” legacy continues with the HTC One S, the first model in the company’s newly rebooted smartphone lineup to reach the U.S.

The One S is a sleek, speedy and attractive handset that runs Ice Cream Sandwich, but HTC has made a few design stumbles here which keep the phone from being truly exceptional.

The One S is exclusive to T-Mobile’s 4G network in the U.S., and is available starting Apr. 25 at a price of $200 with a two-year contract.

It’s pegged as a mid-range flagship phone. If you’ve ever used the old HTC Sensation, then the One S will feel familiar, as it takes some of its design cues from the older handset.

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