HTC Incredible S review: Smart and curvy

GSMArena team, 22 March 2011.
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Tags: HTC, Android, Touch UI

Introduction

The unfortunate naming aside (seriously, didnít anyone say it out loud before they announced it?), the Incredible S is a pretty great smartphone. Youíve got spotless connectivity, an exciting new screen, those cool rotating buttons and the proven power of Snapdragon under the hood.

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HTC Incredible S official photos

HTC has earned a name for itself and thereís no wonder that the launch of the Incredible S was greeted with excitement. Their new potential bestseller is too important a device to go unnoticed even if it tries to be merely an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary step forward.

It seems the Incredible S has got the proper set of ingredients to make for a really capable smartphone at a reasonable price (for a high-end device, that is).

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 4" 16M-color capacitive LCD touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)
  • The best screen on an HTC device by some distance
  • Android OS v2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense UI (ver. 2.3 update promised soon after launch)
  • 1 GHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset
  • 768 MB RAM and 1.5 GB ROM
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging
  • 720p video recording @ 30fps
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD slot up to 32GB (8GB card included)
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Smart dialing, voice dialing
  • Front facing camera for video calling
  • DivX/XviD video support
  • Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement
  • HTC Locations app
  • HTCSense.com integration
  • HTC Portable Hotspot
  • Ultra-fast boot times (if you donít remove battery)

Main disadvantages

  • No dedicated camera key and no lens cover
  • Runs Froyo on launch, instead of Gingerbread
  • Poor video recording, 720p footage is pretty jerky
  • Uninspiring audio quality

2010 was the year of the droid in the smartphone calendar and Google will undoubtedly try to serve us more of the same in 2011. To achieve such an explosive growth is a tall task, but certainly not impossible. There are two things that the Open Handset Alliance will need to achieve in order to complete it.

First, they will need to finally grab a sizable share of the lower mid-range market and second they need to maintain their positions in the high-end segment, which has been their stronghold lately.

And while the implosion of Symbian will certainly help the droid army with their march towards lower segments, some serious efforts will be required to keep iOS and the rapidly improving WP7 at bay on the top.

Thatís why devices like the HTC Incredible S are so important. Not only do they need to generate as much revenue as possible for their manufacturer, but they also need to perform well to maintain the platformís reputation.

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The HTC Incredible S live shots

This certainly is a heavy burden, but is the Incredible S fit to carry it? Weíll find out in the course of this review. Now join us on the next page for the unboxing of the beast.

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