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HTC Incredible S Review

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Camera:

Photo enthusiast will adore the myriad of specialty modes available with the HTC Incredible S since this adds a dose of fun when shooting photos. Moreover, its camera interface provides enough manual controls, such as the ability to modify exposure, contrast, saturation, to enable the user to perfectly capture specific shots in all of their glory. And finally, its vast mix of effects will entertain just about anyone who wants to add a sprinkling of quirkiness or fun to their shots.

Camera interface - HTC Incredible S Review
Camera interface - HTC Incredible S Review
Camera interface - HTC Incredible S Review
Camera interface - HTC Incredible S Review
Camera interface - HTC Incredible S Review
Camera interface - HTC Incredible S Review

Camera interface


You’d think a handset packing an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera would produce some slick looking shots, but sadly, it goes on to prove once again that bigger isn’t necessarily better. Snapping up some shots outdoors, we’re treated with some muddy looking visuals that cough up cooler looking colors that ultimately make them look over-exposed. Furthermore, low lighting quality isn’t all that great either with its grainy looks – though, there isn’t as much digital noise evident. Luckily though, its dual-LED flash is capable of illuminating dimly lit areas, but it still doesn’t hide the fact that quality is sub-par.

Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review
Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S - HTC Incredible S Review

Sample pictures made with the HTC Incredible S


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Indoor samples


As usual, we can’t expect much out of its front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, but it does come in handy for self-portraits. Precisely, there are a ton of photo effects available that are best applied with its front-facing camera. Additionally, our video chat experience with Fring is tolerable, considering it was done over 3G, but its performance will vary depending on network connection.

More of the same below average quality is seen with its 720p video recording, regretfully, so don’t expect to find much detail with it. Not only does it produce some muddy looking visuals once again, but it captures video at the jerky rate of 21 frames per second. Compounding its almost forgettable performance, its audio recording is dreadfully painful to listen to since there is an abundant amount of distortion heard with its recording – resulting in voices sounding muffled in tone.

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Multimedia:

There isn’t much transformation with the Gallery App on the HTC Incredible S as it lays out content in the typical grid-like formation in portrait, while turning it to landscape, switches it to a camera roll like carousel. With photos, there is a finite set of editing tools available, such as cropping or rotating, but there are additional after-effects that you can apply on them as well.

Getting down with its musical abilities, we’re glad to see its music player bucking the trend by presenting us with an updated presentation. In portrait, it looks similar to previous ones on other HTC Android smartphones, but its smooth look when browsing through our albums shows off its processing prowess. Moreover, tilting it to landscape switches to a very Cover Flow-esque look – which seems to work very well with the Incredible S. And with its audio quality, it doesn’t crackle at the loudest setting, but its missing that extra pop to make it commanding. Regardless, you can enable SRS enhancement, but it still lacks that extra kick. Additionally, there are a few different equalizer settings you can use with the headphones connected.

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HTC Incredible S Review
HTC Incredible S Review
HTC Incredible S Review

Tilting the music player to landscape switches it to a very Cover Flow-esque look - HTC Incredible S Review
Tilting the music player to landscape switches it to a very Cover Flow-esque look - HTC Incredible S Review

Tilting the music player to landscape switches it to a very Cover Flow-esque look


Thanks to the beauty of its colorful looking Super LCD display, watching videos is such a pleasure seeing that its processor steadily plays high definition content. Loading both a video encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 and DivX 1280 x 720 resolution, the HTC Incredible S didn’t stutter or slowdown in playback for one moment.

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Watching videos


With an 8GB microSD card preloaded, it supplements the handset’s built-in 1GB of internal storage. So if you’re heavy into multimedia, it should prove to be sufficient, but you can always replace its microSD card with others up to 32GB in size.


Connectivity and Internet:

Geared for the European market, the HTC Incredible S is a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and tri-band (850/1700/2100 MHz) UMTS device. So if you happen to constantly travel around the world, you’ll be able to get some sort of connection with it in most locations. In the event you’re outside the parameters of your network provider, you can always switch on its 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi for a solid fast data connection. In addition, it features aGPS for your location based service needs and Bluetooth 2.1 to have it connect with other close by wireless devices.

As expected, the web browsing performance with the HTC Incredible S is indeed incredible in itself thanks to the aid of its peppy processor. In fact, it once again shows off its potential as it presents us with buttery fluid kinetic scrolling and responsive pinch zooming gestures. Of course, support for Flash 10.1 is on board thanks to Android 2.2 Froyo – which essentially provides that desktop like experience. All in all, we’re supremely satisfied with its solid web browsing capabilities.

The web browsing performance with the HTC Incredible S is indeed incredible - HTC Incredible S Review
The web browsing performance with the HTC Incredible S is indeed incredible - HTC Incredible S Review
The web browsing performance with the HTC Incredible S is indeed incredible - HTC Incredible S Review
The web browsing performance with the HTC Incredible S is indeed incredible - HTC Incredible S Review

The web browsing performance with the HTC Incredible S is indeed incredible



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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: 2927; 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: 511; 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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