Arguably HTC's most stylish handset to date, the flagship Incredible S rocks a sleek "inside-out" casing, housing its 4-inch Super LCD screen
Editor's Review of the Incredible S
With previous handsets arriving under the moniker of the "Legend" and the "Hero", there's no doubting that HTC has a high opinion of its home-grown handsets. The Incredible S is no exception, but can the modestly named smartphone meet our expectations?
Design & Build
If first impressions were everything, HTC's latest foray into the smartphone market would get a 5 star rating automatically. With its glossy back front panel and its "inside out" rear, the Incredible S is one of the best looking handsets to come out of Taiwan to date. The rubbery, matte black case seems to rise and fall over the handset's internals, which isn't only just comfortable to hold, but looks pretty suave too.
Within its toughened casing sits a 4 inch Super LCD display, which HTC is favouring instead of its AMOLED alternative. While it still produces a "super" clear images, its over saturated colours and poor outdoor visiblity means it just can't compete with the Super AMOLED screen, as found on the Samsung Galaxy S.
The handset's innards are nothing to get excited about, as it arrives packing a single-core 1GHz, which we can't help but think outdates it against incoming competition, such as the LG Optimus 2X and Samsung Galaxy S II. Still, once we got our hands on it, we were still pleased with the smoothness and responsiveness of the phone.
OS & Interface
The handset's stunning appearance is counterbalanced by the fact it arrives running Android 2.2 (Froyo), which by now, is a relatively old version of Google's OS. It's not as bad as it sounds though, as HTC is promising an imminent upgrade to Gingerbread, which will ultimately dress the handset in a refined UI, as well as giving it a speed and performance boost.
HTC's custom Sense UI means it isn't all doom and gloom for the Incredible S, as it packs the handset full of slick looking apps and widgets. It's one of the best overlays around, and blows competition from the likes of Motorola and Sony Ericsson's out of the water. It looks great on the handset's 4 inch display too, providing customizable homescreens, social networking integration, and "zero-wait" mapping.
The latest version of Sense also sports an all-new menu, allowing you to filter your apps so you can see just the ones you've downloaded from the Android Market, or your most frequently accessed apps.
Multimedia & Storage
Media is one this handset's selling points, the most notable feature being its rear-facing 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, capable of recording 720p HD video capture. Pictured looked sharp and clear on the screen, although its duo of flashes can often be a little too blinding.
There's also a 1.3 megapixel snapper round the front, which is pretty much nothing but a make-shift mirror until Android 2.4 is installed. Still, once Gingerbread is onboard, this is sure to offer crystal-clear video calls.
The proprietary Android music player is as functional as ever, and on the Incredible S, it comes coupled with SRS surround sound. This enhancement can also be used in conjunction with the integrated video player, offering an all-around booming cinematic experience.
The internet, like on most Android phones, is one of the handset's stand out features. The Incredible S arrives boasting HSDPA and WiFi speeds, along with super-slick multi-touch gestures and HTC's awesome text reflow.
Its premium web experience is coupled with a hefty 1450mAh battery, which promises to deliver almost 10 hours of talk time on a single juice.
So, is this Froyo-equipped smartphone "Incredible"? We're not so sure. While we're chuffed that Brits will finally get their hands on one of the US' most popular handsets, it's just not quite up there with its competition, especially considering its price. Still, there's no doubting, the HTC Incredible S is darn good to look at.
HTC Incredible S News
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HTC has began rolling out Android 2.3.5 to its Desire HD and Incredible S handsets, which – despite rumours that it wouldn’t be coming to older handsets – delivers the¬†company’s updated Sense 3.0 interface. HTC announced the good news on its official Facebook page, saying: “The HTC Desire HD and HTC Incredible S just learned [...]
HTC has announced that Android 2.3 is now rolling out to its Desire HD and Incredible S handsets, sticking to its promise of a Q2 release. Confirmed on the company’s official support page, your handset will notify you once the OTA update is available, which can then be downloaded via a 3G or WiFi connection. [...]
HTC has began rolling out Android 2.3.3 to Incredible S users in Italy, suggesting that a UK release could soon be on the cards. Sticking to its promise of a “Q2 2011″ release, HTC has already began pushing out the update to Incredible S users in Italy, ahead of our predictions for a late-June launch. [...]
HTC has backtracked on its claims that HTC Sense 3.0 won’t be coming to older devices, claiming that “some aspects” of the UI could be ported to the likes of the Desire S and Incredible S. Just yesterday, the manufacturer broke the news that “due to Sense‚??s hardware requirements, only our newest devices (Flyer, EVO [...]
HTC Incredible S Specifications
120mm x 64mm x 11.7mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: Super LCD
Size: 4.0 inches
Resolution: 480 x 800
Interface: HTC Sense 2.1 UI
External: microSD up to 32GB
A-GPS with maps
Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed
Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
8.0 megapixel camera
Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash
720p Video Recording
At 30 fps
Front facing camera with video calling
Battery Capacity: 1450 mAh
Talk Time: 580 minutes
Standby Time: 370 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, AAC+, WAV, AMR, WMA
Video supported formats
Playback: 3GP, MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV