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HTC Incredible S Review

HTC Incredible S

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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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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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