HTC Incredible S Mobile Phone Review

By on May 29, 2011
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The rotating capacitive buttons certainly add to the cool factor.

Good: The rotating capacitive buttons are awesome, nice camera
Bad: Older Android version, call quality not as good, slightly expensive
Price: AED 2499
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

HTC has been doing a good job releasing updated Smartphones- just a month back, we saw them release the Desire S which I found to be an excellent device by all standards. However, we know that there is no such thing as one size fits all- definitely not as far as Smartphones are concerned. So for anyone who found the Desire S a bit small with it’s 3.7” screen should be looking at the Incredible S which is what we have with us today.

Packaged in your standard HTC white box, the Incredible S comes with you usual assortment of a USB cable, a charging plug and a headset along with some warranty information. Like all other HTC phones, the included headset with the Incredible S is average at best. Expect the unit to be priced at AED 2499 when it hits the market anytime now.

The construction quality is pretty decent on the HTC Incredible S and although I like the rubber-finish on the back, it doesn’t quite have the premium feel to it like the Desire S with it’s unibody construction. Also the bulge on the back doesn’t exactly do wonders for it as far as looks are concerned. In fact, the HTC Incredible S is very plain-jane  and from the front, it can be mistaken for an older iPhone to the casual user.

On the top of the device, HTC places a 3.5mm jack and a power button while the left side has a volume rocker and the USB connector. The right and bottom sides are free of buttons which means that, like the Desire S, there is no dedicated camera button. On the back you can see a 8MP camera with a dual LED flash along with the speakerphone. Coming to the front of the device, you have a 4.0” screen with a 1.3MP front facing camera on the front and rotating capacitive buttons below the screen. The effect of watching those buttons turn with the device is pretty amazing.

The Incredible S has the same CPU/GPU configuration as the Desire S- the 1GHz SnapDragon CPU with the Adreno 205 GPU which is also the same combo used in Xperia Play. Our review sample did not have an SD card for storage but expect a 4GB card to be bundled with the device. You do have an internal storage of just over a GB.

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  • http://twitter.com/pakdesk syed kashif moin

    nice phone ..

  • Disappointed Reader

    What a rubbish review. I learnt absolutely nothing other than the reviewer is easily impressed by gimmicks. Relying as heavily on videos as this website tends to do shows extreme laziness on the reviewer’s part. I can only imagine, based on past experience, that the reviewer, who tends to be the same person in all the meaty product reviews, must be keeping all the products for himself, instead of handing them over to others who might actually write up a thorough review. Shaky phone camera videos do not make for a good review. Where are the hard details like battery life, benchmark data, etc.? Shit review by a shit website, as usual. I can’t believe I come here hoping that the site owner might eventually wisen up and post an ACTUAL review.

    Of course, the other reason for these half assed “reviews” could be quite simple – the reviewer is getting paid off to put up anything that isn’t heavily negative. Scathing reviews might put the manufacturer off from providing the reviewer with any more freebies. The concluding lines of the review hardly do much to inform the reader as to why the reviewer came up with said conclusion. “Get an iPhone instead!” What a brilliant thing to say.

    I would hope for the sake of the website itself that the site owner starting handing reviews off to people who have more time to come up with detailed reviews that actually analyse product performance. This could pass off as “impressions” or a “preview”. A review? Hardly.

  • Disappointed Reader

    What a rubbish review. I learnt absolutely nothing other than the reviewer is easily impressed by gimmicks. Relying as heavily on videos as this website tends to do shows extreme laziness on the reviewer’s part. I can only imagine, based on past experience, that the reviewer, who tends to be the same person in all the meaty product reviews, must be keeping all the products for himself, instead of handing them over to others who might actually write up a thorough review. Shaky phone camera videos do not make for a good review. Where are the hard details like battery life, benchmark data, etc.? Shit review by a shit website, as usual. I can’t believe I come here hoping that the site owner might eventually wisen up and post an ACTUAL review.

    Of course, the other reason for these half assed “reviews” could be quite simple – the reviewer is getting paid off to put up anything that isn’t heavily negative. Scathing reviews might put the manufacturer off from providing the reviewer with any more freebies. The concluding lines of the review hardly do much to inform the reader as to why the reviewer came up with said conclusion. “Get an iPhone instead!” What a brilliant thing to say.

    I would hope for the sake of the website itself that the site owner starting handing reviews off to people who have more time to come up with detailed reviews that actually analyse product performance. This could pass off as “impressions” or a “preview”. A review? Hardly.

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