The HTC One S is one of the new handsets in HTC's impressive 'One' range which is their first Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' line up. In this article I will see how the HTC One S compares to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was the first smartphone released to showcase the software update.
Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich'
Of course, the main feature that these phones share in common is the new Android software update, which is version 4.0 of the popular platform which is also dubbed as 'Ice Cream Sandwich'. This is the biggest overhaul to the platform thus far. The interface is like using a completely different phone if you are used to using Android Gingerbread on a different device. The interface is different to the previous version in a number of ways. From an aesthetic viewpoint, it is a big improvement in my opinion. The navigation is also changed, and this varies slightly form app to app, in terms of how you navigate the various options and menus with these apps. Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' also brings a number of all new features to the platform, and the most publicised of these is the 'Face Unlock' feature. This uses the phone's front facing camera in conjunction with face recognition software to unlock the phone in place of a PIN number or pass code.
The HTC One S has an 8 megapixel camera, which is already turning a lot of heads because of the quality of its still images and videos, as well as some of its innovative features. For example, the camera has the ability to capture simultaneous still images and videos, providing the ability to create freeze- frames effects onto videos. Video is captured in 1080p which is full high definition. The camera on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus may not match that of the HTC One S on paper, with a resolution of 5 megapixels, but unusually for a 5 megapixel camera, it is capable of capturing 1080p video also, allowing users to capture high definition video footage.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is renowned for its screen resolution. It was among the first smartphone to boast a screen with a resolution of 720x 1280, which means that it can comfortably display high definition videos as well as photos and games in very high levels of display quality. At 4.65 inches, the screen has the same Super AMOLED panel of stablemate the Galaxy S2, which is widely regarded as one of the best smartphone screens out there, thanks to its great brightness and colour rendering as well as wide viewing angles and responsive navigation. The screen of the HTC One S has a similar Super AMOLED panel, with the major difference between the two screens being the resolution. The HTC One S has a screen resolution of 540x 960, which although lower than that of the Galaxy Nexus, still provides great display quality, being just shy of the iPhone 4S's retina display.
Both the HTC One S and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are impressive smartphones. Choosing between the two is likely to come down to personal preference for one of the features, or the design or manufacturer of a particular handset. Whichever one you choose, you are unlikely to regret it, and I would not hesitate to recommend either of them.