Features Key features of the One S  vs OneTouch Idol Ultra 

screen size

While it's still not as good as a hardware one, it's the next best thing - the 4.3" screen has enough real estate for big, well-spaced keys, which are easy to hit.
One S | by GSM Arena (Apr, 2012)

screen resolution

One S
960 x 540
OneTouch Idol Ultra
1280 x 720
Images are sharp and colorful with excellent detail and little noise or artifacting due to sharpening.
One S | by MobileTechReview (Apr, 2012)

memory

processor

One S
Dual core
In synthetic benchmarks, the 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual core runs close to the quad core Tegra 3.
One S | by MobileTechReview (Apr, 2012)

camera resolution

The video camera can shoot up to full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 but it's set to QHD (960x540) by default - although 30 frames per second is consistent throughout for very smooth vids.
One S | by TechRadar (May, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of HTC One S

Reasons to consider the
HTC One S

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Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Records higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 29 fps vs 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps Around 2.2x higher def video
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.2 GHz More than 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Better theoretical download speed 42.2 Mb/s vs 7.2 Mb/s More than 5.8x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Front view of Alcatel OneTouch Idol Ultra

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Higher resolution 1280 x 720 vs 960 x 540 Around 80% higher resolution
Sharper screen 312 ppi vs 256 ppi More than 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Bigger screen 4.7" vs 4.3" Around 10% bigger screen
Slightly more battery capacity 1,800 mA·h vs 1,650 mA·h Around 10% more battery capacity
Thinner 6.5 mm vs 7.8 mm More than 15% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

One S  vs OneTouch Idol Ultra 

8.0
7.0
The 4.3” display is of the OLED variety and of a Samsung make, like the S-LCD piece on the One X. That means you get vibrant, yet quite oversaturated colors and pitch blacks, resulting in an almost infinite contrast.
One S

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

One S  vs
OneTouch Idol Ultra 
Type AMOLED AMOLED
Size 4.3" 4.7"
Resolution 960 x 540 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 256 ppi 312 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.1.1 Android 4.1
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC No No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

One S  vs
OneTouch Idol Ultra 
Weight 120 g 115 g
Thickness 7.8 mm 6.5 mm
Size 65 x 130.9 x 7.8 mm 68.5 x 134.4 x 6.5 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 29 fps 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (42.2 Mb/s)
HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 420 min 720 min
Standby time 25,776 min 24,048 min
Capacity 1,650 mA·h 1,800 mA·h
HTC One S
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