HTC Incredible S Hands-on

HTC Incredible S Hands-on

Shortly after the end of HTC's press event at MWC, we rushed to get a closer look at the exciting new lineup and the HTC Incredible S stood out with its angular “inside out” design. The first thing that you would notice about the Incredible S is its matte finish and weird shapes on the back.

The capacitive buttons are not painted this time and when the back-lighting is off, the device appears to have no buttons. We loved this little touch, contributing to an interesting design, which is definitely one of the selling points of the device. However the 4.78-ounce weight in your hand is noticeable – the handset is a bit on the heavy side. It is pretty thick also at 0.46", but overall the build quality feels solid.

The S in the name could indicate many things, but to us it is a reminder of the gorgeous 4-inch Super LCD screen. We liked the deep colors and the WVGA resolution of 480 x 800 has become pretty much a standard for larger screens. The Incredible S will initially run on Froyo, but soon after its launch it is expected to get Android Gingerbread love.

For all of you vigorously measuring benchmarks, the Incredible S will hardly be the best choice. It has a pretty capable single-core 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 processor along with 768MB of RAM, but it is hardly a match for the Tegra 2 heavyweights of today. Nevertheless we found Android running without a hitch and in addition you get the latest of HTC's gorgeous Sense skinning.

The camera enthusiast can count on an 8-megapixel snapper equipped with dual-LED flash on the back of the HTC Incredible S. The camera is able to record 720p HD video. A 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera is situated on the front making it easier to make video calls.

Our first impression? The Incredible S doesn't offer groundbreaking innovations, but rather more of the familiar design of the original HTC DROID Incredible plus an improvement in the spec sheet. HTC's approach seems to fit the “if it ain't broken, don't fix it” line, but what do you think?

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Incredible S
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB
  • Battery 1450 mAh(6.33h 3G talk time)



1. snkandan know unregistered

So far, we haven't seen any new physical qwerty keyboard phones revealed at the MWC yet. I hope they will have one. I love my current Desire Z but 180 grams is too heavy. :(

2. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

You're wrong. What about HTC ChaCha?

3. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

i cant believe this shit, the Incredible S is their top of the line phone and what a disappointment, i had high hope for htc this year at WMC..HTC SUCKS THIS YEAR

4. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

htc sucks??? why is that cuz they dont use the tegra 2? get over yourself ive seen what the T2 can do and if ur not a hard core gamer it does not matter at all these phones have 0 leg and the OS have not even been optimized for duel core anyway and wont be for some time now so htc is just fine with there 1GHZ processor till atleast Q3 this year and there has already been talk of the htc pyrimid... T2 will be bottom of the barrel before the end of the year!!

7. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

htc was a waist of time and space at WMC..yes i was hoping for the pyrimid(htc desire hd2) or something better like a 4.3 screen running gingerbread not no facebook phone

6. noname unregistered

Are you forgetting that the top of the line phone for HTC on Verizon will be the Thunderbolt?

8. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

will original incredible get gingerbread

5. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Looks like a nice phone, decent size...I guess the optical cursor is out, I really like it on the original Incredible...many times I find it useful to place the cursor exactly where I need it.

9. Tsais

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

I think HTC are a little behind, cause they had to deal with Microsoft and make an agreement to crank out a ton of stupid windows7 phones, to avoid getting sued over Android. I'd guess that wasted a lot of HTC executives' time, so they got beaten by Samsung, LG, etc in the CPU/GPU department, as well as having no 1080p video, makes it a no-go for me to buy an HTC phone. What would make up for that lack to me, would be an HTC phone with bigger batteries. I would be an HTC Desire HD owner, if it wasn't for the small battery in that unit. Samsung puts bigger batteries in their new Galaxy, records in 1080p, has an amoled screen. I think for me, that superceeds HTC's nice aluminum casings, and it appears I can't buy 1 device that has everything. And if you want to tell me about dual core chips eating more power, thats actually not the case, they often use less power, except when you're making heavy use of 3D.

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