Ten new smart phones, many with intriguing features, have just gone through Consumer Reports' grueling battery of tests. Included are two HTC models with serious camera features: the Titan II ($200 on AT&T) and One S ($200 on T-Mobile). Surprisingly, though, they didn't outscore other models in image quality in our tests.
The Titan II, which has a giant 4.7-inch display, crams 16 megapixels into its camera—two or three times the resolution our lab testers have seen on any other smart phone to date. The One S, with a 4.3-inch display, packs a more-typical 8 megapixels in its camera. The One S stands out for its ability to shoot a series of photos in rapid-fire succession while it's in camera mode. The One S can also snap a still picture at any moment while shooting a video. But neither the Titan II's extra megapixels nor the One S's super switch-hitting abilities helped them beat the Apple iPhone 4S or several other models from HTC, Samsung, and Motorola in the image-quality department.
The HTC One S earned one of the highest overall scores in our new Ratings and excelled in many areas, including Portability—a new performance category that assesses a phone's advantages and disadvantages based on its dimensions and weight. Other new Ratings enhancements include separate camera scores for image quality and video quality.
We also added to our rated models the Samsung Rugby Smart ($100 on AT&T), one of the toughest smart phones we've tested; the Nokia Lumia 900 ($100 on AT&T); the LG Viper and ZTE Fury ($100, $20 on Sprint); the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G ($150 on T-Mobile); and the LG Spectrum and Motorola Droid 4 (each $200 on Verizon). Check out our smart phone Ratings to find out how well these models stacked up against the other 57 smart phones that have passed though our testing gauntlet.