• The ultimate versus battle in smartphones – HTC One S vs. Apple iPhone 4S

    Posted on April 17th, 2012 Davy | 1 comment

    I have written some posts on the tablets comparison in the past month, including Apple iPad 3 vs. Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 and Apple iPad 3 vs. ASUS Transformer Prime. In the following posts, I would continue to bring some device comparison posts to all of you for deeper acknowledgement of various popular devices. And today, I would like to bring the battle of “S” series smartphones, the new HTC One S and the Apple iPhone 4S. No doubt, both smartphones are excellent candidates in nowadays smartphone market with strong competitiveness. The comparison here could also not mean which one is better or not, just as a reference for you when you want to make a choice between these two phones. The iPhone’s iOS and Android OS have different resource needs, though, so the comparison here would mainly focus on the interface, display, camera, multimedia, internet connectivity, price, etc., leaving the application stores aside. Well, here we go.

    HTC One S vs. Apple iPhone 4S

    Camera: The camera interfaces of the 8MP cameras of the One S and the iPhone couldn’t be more different, but both phones have one thing in common – a sub-second camera when it comes to pressing the key, focusing and taking a shot. You can take pictures in the video’s 1920×1088 pixels resolution while filming with the HTC One S, which also for you to takes up to 99 consecutive shots when you hold the shutter button, at the speed of four shots a second. The iPhone 4S is pretty great for you to take pictures and shoot videos, especially with the excellent HDR mode turned on. But by comparsion, we found that the pics from the HTC One S slightly sharper and with more saturated colors compared to the iPhone 4S, making the scene look jollier than it actually was.

    Display:The phone displays are pretty different in both size and tech on these two smartphones. The iPhone 4S comes with 3.5” Retina Display with its IPS-LCD technology and 640×960 resolution, meaning 326ppi pixel density, good colors, wide viewing angles, and high brightness. The Retina Display surely produces better visual effect for you to watch HD videos on iPhone 4S. On contract, the HTC One S features a 4.3” AMOLED display which sports 540×960 pixels resolution. Very obviously, the HTC One S becomes defeated by iPhone 4S in display.

    Interface: The new Sense 4.0 version on HTC One S is less visually cluttered than the previous editions, resulting in snappy performance. Not that the dual-core processors on both the iPhone 4S and HTC One S, would have problems running any UI or 3rd party app you throw at them anyway. Both interfaces play their respective branding roles well. You can easily tell which one belongs to Apple iPhone or HTC One S.

    Multimedia: An important element for users to decide which kind of smartphone should be bought. The HTC One S has Beats Audio branding, which works well by plumping the bass sound in headset mode. The iPhone 4S also needs a good pair of in-ear headphones to make full use of its excellent output sound. Another point is that the HTC One series play DivX/Xvid files up to 1080p with no problems, whereas you’d have to convert 1080P DivX/Xvid files for the iPhone 4S, or hit the App Store for a 3rd party player. And with the larger screen, higher contrast and more vivid colors, the HTC One S could produce a better video playback experience.

    Internet connectivity: The HTC One S browser feels much choppier than the one on the iPhone 4S, mainly due to HTC’s overzealous text reflow at each zoom level, but is more functional with its support for Adobe Flash. HTC claimed its One S supports 42Mbps HSDPA for downloading, while the iPhone 4S with 21Mbps radio. Both smartphones have Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS and wireless media streaming capabilities, and with both you have to use dongles to connect to the HDMI port on your TV for mirroring the screens.

    Price: The price plays important role in deciding which phone to choose. If you want to buy one from these two phones, you can go to their home sites for know how much each of them costs if you plan to buy online, otherwise you need to check them in market. The HTC One S is starting from about $550 without carrier subsidies, whereas the 16GB iPhone 4S can be had for $650 at Apple, or $600 at places like Amazon.

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