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HTC Incredible S Review

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HTC Incredible S Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA (2G and 3G) and AT&T (without 3G).

Introduction:


Aiding in bringing Android to the mainstream, Verizon’s HTC Droid Incredible surely did its fair share of work in spreading the good word about the richness of Android – especially when it’s tastefully complemented with its favorable high end specs. And even though it was semi-regarded as being a variant of the also impressive Google Nexus One, it was able to build its own legacy on Big Red’s lineup, which even to this day, proves to be a contender in a crowded space. Now roughly a year later, HTC unveiled a supped up Android smartphone that retains the Incredible branding, while finding some moderate upgraded hardware. This time HTC is taking the Incredible line to Europe as well, since what we have here is the European edition of the new model, dubbed Incredible S, while Verizon's version is yet to be officially introduced, supposedly under the name of Droid Incredible 2. Still, both devices seem to be identical from what we've seen thus far, so we presume what we're looking at here is an accurate prelude to the Droid Incredible 2. The HTC Incredible S is looking to be yet another respectable high-end device from HTC’s camp, but will it shine radiantly amongst the new breed of next-generation Android devices out there?

HTC Incredible S Review
HTC Incredible S Review
The package contains:

  • HTC Incredible S
  • 8GB microSD card
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Stereo Headset
  • Quick Guide

Design:

Fully embodying the same identical minimalistic industrial design that’s found with the HTC Droid Incredible, the Incredible S is distinctive due to its contoured and unmistakable rear patterned design. Since its capacitive touch buttons aren’t printed on, we’re presented with a completely clean looking surface. Constructed out of black plastic, its soft touch feel all around enables it to better repel nasty baddies such as dirt and debris – while providing that adequate firm grip as we hold it. And obviously, it’s longer and wider since it utilizes a larger sized touchscreen, but its 0.46” thickness still enables it to tuck away in our pockets easily. Manageable in size, its overall design footprint is all too typical of what we see out of HTC’s camp, but it’s still nonetheless pleasant looking.

The HTC Incredible S embodies minimalistic industrial design - HTC Incredible S Review
The HTC Incredible S embodies minimalistic industrial design - HTC Incredible S Review
The HTC Incredible S embodies minimalistic industrial design - HTC Incredible S Review

The HTC Incredible S embodies minimalistic industrial design


HTC Incredible S Review

You can compare the HTC Incredible S with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Moving up the ladders with a 4” Super LCD capacitive display, its WVGA (480 x 800) resolution is still satisfactory even though we’re seeing more and more handsets employing higher resolutions. Color production might not be as saturated looking when compared to Super AMOLED displays, but thankfully, its Super LCD display produces some rich looking colors that retain their luster since it offers some great viewing angles. Even more, we had zero problems in trying to view it in outdoor conditions with the glaring sun present.

At first, some might be surprised to find a clean looking front surface, but turning on its display, its capacitive touch buttons come to life. Interestingly enough, they don’t appear to be painted on, but rather, they seem to be nothing more than LEDs underneath there. However, they actually rotate when you place the device in landscape – but it only works when you rotate it to the left; not right.

The HTC Incredible S boasts a 4” Super LCD capacitive display - HTC Incredible S Review
The HTC Incredible S boasts a 4” Super LCD capacitive display - HTC Incredible S Review
The HTC Incredible S boasts a 4” Super LCD capacitive display - HTC Incredible S Review
The HTC Incredible S boasts a 4” Super LCD capacitive display - HTC Incredible S Review
The HTC Incredible S boasts a 4” Super LCD capacitive display - HTC Incredible S Review
The HTC Incredible S boasts a 4” Super LCD capacitive display - HTC Incredible S Review
The HTC Incredible S boasts a 4” Super LCD capacitive display - HTC Incredible S Review
The HTC Incredible S boasts a 4” Super LCD capacitive display - HTC Incredible S Review

The HTC Incredible S boasts a 4” Super LCD capacitive display


Thanks to the front-facing 1.3-megapixel above its display, we’re given the opportunity of video calling and shooting self-portraits more easily.

Front-facing camera - HTC Incredible S Review

Front-facing camera


The narrow looking volume rocker is positioned on the left edge of the phone, but despite its flushed appearance, it actually exhibits a reasonable tactile response. Also, the microUSB port is located on the same side as well for charging and data connection. Meanwhile, the top edge plays host to both the 3.5mm headset jack and dedicated power button – the latter of which is recessed, but still provides a moderate tactile feel when pressed down.

Bottom - The sides of the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Left - The sides of the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Top - The sides of the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Right - The sides of the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review

Bottom

Left

Top

Right

The sides of the HTC Incredible S


On the back side, which utilizes the same exact interestingly shaped design of the HTC Droid Incredible, we find the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash and speaker grill located towards the top edge of the handset.

Back - HTC Incredible S Review
Back - HTC Incredible S Review
Back - HTC Incredible S Review
Back - HTC Incredible S Review

Back


Placed squarely in the middle of the bottom edge, there is a small notch that allows you to easily yank off the rear cover – thus giving you access to its SIM card slot, 1450 mAh battery, and microSD card slot.

HTC Incredible S 360-degree View:



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posted on 21 Mar 2011, 09:15

1. fanatic110 (unregistered)


Phonearena.com thanks a lot for this review. I was really confused if i should buy this phone or not but u guys just made it crystal clear. This phone launched in India just a few days back & i am gonna buy it. Thnx once again :)

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 11:18 1

2. Heene (unregistered)


"Not quite a modern “high-end” smartphone" = not really an argument
This is absolutely not objective and only the opinion of the writer ;)

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 11:53

3. hm (unregistered)


Just because "high-end" may not be as clearly defined doesn't mean that its categorization is necessarily subjective. It all depends on where you decide to draw the line and where you think most people (e.g. your readers) will reasonably draw the line. With handsets out having 4G connectivity, dual core processors, and higher resolution displays, and this handset having none of them, you cannot put this handset in the upper echelon of devices in terms of specifications. It may be a great device, but "high end" doesn't really apply here unless you mean "high end half a year ago."

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 15:34

7. Heene (unregistered)


Despite the fact that most of the so called "high-end" phones are not available yet, I would say this phone is up to date and what is most important - available in stores.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 07:22

9. Ricardo (unregistered)


The iPhone has neither 4G nor dual core processor, only the display makes it high end?
Or is it not in the upper echelon?

Don't get me wrong I liked your review but just pointing out that things aren't that crystal clear.

PS: Yours is the only review that the camera didnt perform well, any chance it was not a final product?

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 21:07

13. andrew hahn (unregistered)


samsung facinate is better

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 12:39 1

5. darko (unregistered)


WTF, Phonearena??
You did a HTC Thunderbold a few days before this and it got 9 of of 10 grade..while not even being a gsm device!
And there you praised it's "fast processor" despite being a same single core unit as this one - snapdragon with scorpion and adreno 205.
This is while being a gsm device, BASICALLY THE SAME phone as Thunderbolt - and it got 7.5/10 !!
I's also regarded as "super fast"..yet this is somehow a disadvantage to you guys this time! (just because it doesn't have a dual core structure written in the specs i suppose)

Bottom line - you are not earning any credibility with this kind of reviewing..which is a shame because i like this site.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 13:48

6. hm (unregistered)


And the (huge) elephant in the corner you are conveniently ignoring is that the Thunderbolt has 4G ...

You are not earning any credibility with this kind of commenting...

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 20:49

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2875; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Thunderbolt is the first 4G LTE Verizon phone, it is the first phone to ship with a 32GB microSD card and it has 8GB of internal storage=40GBs of space. Thunderbolt has a 4.3 inch display where this only has 4. If it had a slide out keyboard, it probably would have been justified but size does matter when it comes to touch only. Thunderbolt's construction and looks are better than the incredible s. The list pretty much goes on and on.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 21:53 1

10. jmp5150 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Oct 2009)


Could someone tell me what is the difference between the Incredible S and Desire HD other than display?

posted on 05 Apr 2011, 09:02

11. Galen20K (Posts: 506; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


not much really in fact the myTouch 4G also has the same basic specs as the Incredible S and Desire HD. They all offer the same performance.

posted on 16 Apr 2011, 04:55 1

14. nyrB (unregistered)


battery life is apparantly significantly better with the incredible s

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 21:03

12. andrew hahn (unregistered)


i think i'm gona get the samsung facinate over this phone

posted on 28 May 2011, 21:41 1

15. vvvvvvvvv (unregistered)


ownin this beauty from past 8 days, and man o man , what a feel it has.....Awesome performance , really fast processin speed, and display is quite brilliant compared to samsung galaxy s .... incredible is incredible ..... who cares abt dual core , performance is what to matter with.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 12:24

16. boomz (unregistered)


Wew! In my opinion, choosing a phone wud be based on what its use for u. . If ur fun of intrnet surfing, watchng videos,taking videos n pics using ur fon or even playing games. .Choose a fon with high resolution, memory and processor. .It really matters.but if ur going to use a fon jst for a simple call or txt why spend so much. . Hrs another sample. .If u jst need a fon to call and txt but want others to see u like somebody. .Well its another story men u need to buy a phone not with its spects. . Its the price that matters. . I mean choose a fon that wud fit ur needs. . . . . .thrs a lot of fons out thr. . .

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 02:13

17. vsbhansali (unregistered)


What,s about better life of Incredible S. Pl. guide me I am planning to buy

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 04:35

18. tareenz (unregistered)


wht about battery life is this phone battery back up same as desire s

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 07:31

19. chaud (unregistered)


Sony Ericsson Xperia arc or HTC Incredible S?

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 01:29

20. jackofspades (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


i think this cell phone is away underrated in here.it deserves a big a 8.5!

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HTC Incredible S

HTC Incredible S

OS: Android 4.0.4 2.3.5 2.3.3 2.2
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
768 MB RAM
Size4.72 x 2.52 x 0.46 inches
(120 x 64 x 11.7 mm)
4.78 oz  (136 g)
Battery1450 mAh, 9.66 hours talk time

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