HTC One S Buying Guide

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HTC One S Buying Guide

The HTC One S is available from numerous sellers on auction website eBay, a site where the many handsets listed can be viewed in comparison with each other. Accessories for the phone are also readily available, often at prices lower than the market average.

This guide will look at some basic aspects of the HTC One S phone and also explain how eBay can be used to purchase one successfully.

HTC One S: An Introduction

As part of the ‘One' series developed by HTC, the One S is a mid-to-high end smartphone released in 2012. It is designed for the Android 4.0 operating system, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich, which makes the phone run quickly and smoothly.

It has been commended for its attractive design and at only 7.8mm thick, is one of the slimmest models on the smartphone market. Weighing just below 120 grams, the HTC One S is also a lightweight phone to carry around and adds to its appeal.


The measurements of the One S come in at 130.9mm x 65mm, making it neither one of the biggest or smallest phones available. The screen size is a 4.3 inch display, with three soft buttons included underneath.

Along the top of the phone is the button to turn on the phone and also lock it when not being used. A 3.5mm headset jack can also be found here. Volume control is located on the right hand side, with a rocker feature making it easy to control sound levels. On the left hand side is a micro USB socket, whilst the camera and speaker holes are situated on the back.


One potential downside to the HTC One S is that the battery cannot be removed. However, the rechargeable 1650 mAH li-ion copes well with the vigour's of extensive use throughout the day. HTC themselves advertise the phone as having up to 10.5 hours of talk time and up to 13 days of stand-by time.


An 8 megapixel primary camera with backside-illuminated LED sensor will not disappoint consumers looking to take high-quality pictures. An autofocus lens and five brightness levels are useful features. In addition, one of the standout features of the phone is the super-fast time it takes for the camera to load and become snap-ready.


The competent Super AMOLED 4.3 inch screen comes with a 540 x 960 HD resolution and a picture density of 256ppi. The display face has been pushed closer to the Corning Gorilla Glass screen, which means the picture and colour density is very clear.


Storage is non expandable on the HTC One S, meaning that no more can be stored than the 16 GB internal capacity. The memory level comes in at 1 GB RAM.


The Android Ice Cream sandwich system works well with internet connection; load up time is quick with the built in browser. Google Chrome runs smoothly, unlike on some other smartphones, which is another advantage. Zooming in is achievable with the tap-to-focus and pinch-zoom features. Quick access to bookmarked pages is quick and easy from the homepage.

Buying the HTC One S on eBay

To bring up the HTC One S on eBay, then use the search bar from the home page. Type in ‘HTC One S' and then select the Mobile Phones category from the left hand side of the page.

Alternatively, select the Mobile Accessories category if looking for any required cases, chargers, headsets, etc.

Narrow down the phone models by using the refinements menu. Different colours for the body can be selected for example, with black, white , and silver being the most common. Sorting the listings by their condition, price, and buying format – be it via Auction or Buy It Now – is also possible.

When a suitable model has been found, then click on its listing to review its description. Read this carefully, checking for such information as whether the phone is unlocked and which accessories are included with the purchase. In case any discrepancies emerge about the item or the payments/postage then feel free to contact the seller with any applicable questions.

eBay Deals

To make sure the best offers are not missed, visit the eBay Deals section of the website. Enter into the Phones section to try and find any HTC One S models at a reduced price and with free postage costs.


The HTC One S is a popular smartphone with consumers due to its slim appearance and quick run time. Although it has no extended memory storage, for those who wish to use the handset in the conventional sense will not be disappointed.

Remember that eBay can provide a resourceful way into the smartphone market, although extra care needs to be taken when buying a product from the site.

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