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?