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HTC ONE S FREE ON pounds 36,24 MONTHVODAFONE PRICE PLANS WE had a look at the One X, the bigger brother of this Android Ice Cream Sandwich packing phone the other week, but found its impressive quad-core processing power approaching overkill for a handset.

While slightly more modest, the spec sheet for the S nevertheless still gives other Google-toting phones like the Motorola RAZR and LG's Optimus 2X a run for their money.

The S sports a none too shabby dual-core 1.5GHz chip, with an 8-megapixel camera housed in what's apparently HTC's slimmest ever phone, just 7.8mm thick. While having a smaller 4.3in screen size and lower resolution than the One X, it's a better fit in the palm and pocket.

The demands of throwing fewer pixels also appears to make it a slightly snappier phone than the X, opening apps and rendering web pages blisteringly fast. Like the flagship X, there's Beats audio sound processing onboard, while the g y audi onb onboard, while the camera appears to also be the same, delivering some lovely snaps.

onb cam be t somT slo ex e p on no lik th SIM sw th ex sm lo tis The lack of an SD card slot means you can't expand the 16GB onboard memory and non-contract users will likely bemoan the fact that it uses a micro SIM. Nevertheless, for swift everyday use, there are few better examples of Android smartphones, it goes a long way to proving the adage that bigger isn't always better.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 11, 2012
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