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HTC Incredible S Review

HTC Incredible S 7.5

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HTC Incredible S Review
Emitting some strong tones with its earpiece, which makes conversations audible, it doesn’t hide the fact that calling quality as a whole is average with the Incredible S because voices sound rather hollow through it. Luckily though, our callers fared better since they stated that our voice was natural and distortion-free on their end. However, the speakerphone produces some crackly tones with its output – but at least it still makes conversations comprehensible.

In our time with the handset, it seems to solidly retain a connection in high coverage areas since signal strength stayed put at -81 dBm. Also, we didn’t experience any dropped calls either with it in the greater Philadelphia region.

Even though it manages to put out 8 hours of talk time with a single charge, which is more than plentiful for most people, the Incredible S doesn't quite reach the 9.66 hours of talk stipulated by the manufacturer. In our real world usage, its 1450 mAh battery is able to provide a single day of normal usage – which should suffice for heavy users in getting by an 8 hour work shift without the need to recharge it.


For all the high-end hardware accompanying the HTC Incredible S, its arrival is somewhat late to the market and doesn’t quite seem impressive versus other newer Android smartphones. Although it proves to be one well-rounded handset, which is evident by its wonderful platform experience, there are devices out there that simply have stronger presence right now since they’re priced similarly – such as the Motorola ATRIX 4G and LG Optimus 2X. Specifically, it seems to be already behind the new standard set by those two devices since it doesn’t feature things like a dual-core chipset, HDMI out port, or higher resolution display. In the end, the HTC Incredible S would have been a tough handset to beat if it were released a few months ago, but instead, it’s being overlooked by the current crop of competition. Then again, it’s still a decent smartphone in its own regard.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.2.1, Build 1.36.405.1 CL335771

HTC Incredible S Video Review:


  • Super responsive platform experience
  • Sharp looking Super LCD display


  • Takes muddy looking photos & videos
  • Not quite a modern “high-end” smartphone
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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: 3117; 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: 545; 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
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.75 GB 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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