Here is My views on the China Phone - HTC One S Knock OffThe Packaging
Some knock off Android
phones try to hide the fact they are clones of popular products by
slightly changing the name or the logo, the makers of this knock off
have taken a different approach.
The packaging is nothing like the real HTC One S box and instead is a
bright orange box with AT&T branding. There is no mention of what
treasures are hidden inside other than the claim that whatever is a
" This is a REFURBISHED DEVICE"
But we know better!
Inside the box
Upon opening the box you will find the fake HTC One S, more on that
later, below that there is a rubber case, charger, USB, a couple of
batteries and a pair of knock off Beats headphones!
outside of the box the inside isn’t very fancy and is a far cry from the
package HTC craft around the genuine One S, but it get’s the job of
keeping your phone safe done, and probably doesn’t cost all that much
which is important on a device costing just $179.The Phone
Loathe or love it the idea but more and more phones, including the One S
have built in batteries and don’t allow the users to easily open the
rear, this clone however allows easy access to the battery with a easy
to snap off rear panel. With the rear of the phone removed you can
insert your SD memory card along with your 3G sim card (no 4G LTE on this phone) and swap between the two included batteries if you find you’re running low on power.
The body of the phone is as you would expect from a high class knock off
such as this, it is almost indistinguishable from the real thing, and
feel very well made and comfortable when in your hand.
A textured surface ensures you can keep hold of your phone while on the
go which is a nice design touch. Something we didn’t quite like, however
is that the rear camera protrudes slightly from the body meaning you
will actually be resting your phone on its camera every time you place
it on a table or desk, this is the same case for both the real HTC One S
and One X also.
Speaking of the camera the rear unit is a 5 megapixel camera, while the
front camera is a 0.3 megapixel video chat unit. Photos from the rear
camera aren’t anything spectacular and you don’t get all the cool camera
filters you would on the real One S, but it would make do as a backup
camera while out on the street, plus the LED flash ensure night photos
turn out quite well. In Use
With the battery firmly pressed in to place, a short
press of the power button boots the phone in to a very genuine looking
HTC One boot screen!
The Android ICS 4.0 operating system boots up surprisingly quickly and
once ready for use presents you with a very good replication of the HTC
Sense 4 UI. The lock scree even gives you the convenient unlock ring
found on HTC devices plus lock screen shortcuts for the phone, camera,
contacts and messages.
Sweeping from one screen to another is fast and responsive and the large
4.3 inch QHD screen does a great job of keeping everything clear and
easy on the eyes. In fact once you start to play around with the fake
One S you will be sucked in to thinking you have a real HTC One S in
your hands! The response and interface is that good!
As mentioned above Android Ice-cream Sandwich is installed as standard and has been given a faux HTC Sense 4 make over.
Underneath the great looking Sense 4 launcher is your standard Ice Cream
Sandwich build, which isn’t that flashy but certainly get’s the job
Opening apps is fast, and most games run smoothly, obviously you’re not
getting the same level of performance you would when using the real HTC
One S, but as far as good looking, well made and functional phones goes,
this knock off is hard to beat!Technical Specifications
- 4.3 inch QHD screen.
- 960 x 540 resolution.
- 1GHZ MTK6575 CPU.
- PowerVR SGX51 GPU.
- Supports GSM & WCDMA 3G.
- 512mb RAM
- 5 mega-pixel rear camera.
- 0.3 mega pixel front camera.
- Built in Wi-Fi and GPS
- Android ICS 4.0.