The rotating capacitive buttons certainly add to the cool factor.
The two areas where the Incredible S outshines the Desire S are the screen and the camera. The 4.0” screen is obviously bigger in size than the Desire S and of the same SuperLCD type, yet it looks a bit sharper. While the bigger screen increases the PPI on the Incredible S as its the same resolution as the Desire S, it also makes things like pictures and movies more enjoyable. Sadly SuperLCD screens don’t fare as well in the bright UAE sun which is also the case with the Incredible S but cranking the brightness to high levels make the screen pretty readable.
The 8MP camera on the Incredible S is pretty decent with both outdoor and indoor shots, however, the dual flash can get very bright- making pictures in need of some photoshopping. Along with taking pretty good pictures without the flash, the Incredible S is also capable of recording 720p HD video.
Unlike the Desire S, the Incredible S is not based on the latest version of the version of Android. HTC chose to equip the Incredible S with Android 2.2x which lacks some of the optimization that Google has done on 2.3 thus making the Incredible S appear a bit laggy at times. You also lose some of the HTC Sense functionality such as toggles for you radios from the menu drop-down.
One of the things I was a bit surprised about was the call quality on the Incredible S. It wasn’t on par with the rest of the HTC devices and almost everyone on the other end of the line asked me why my voice wasn’t as clear. I’m not sure if this was purely limited to our review sample or if this is generally the case with the Incredible S. I googled for information and did notice a few people complain but nothing substantial.
Finally, the battery life on the Incredible S lasts a day even with moderate usage which is good for a Smartphone with high-end capabilities like this one. You might even get a couple of days if you use the phone lightly. Priced at AED 2,499, I think the HTC Incredible S is a good but not necessarily a great device. If you are in the market to spend that much, I suggest looking at the Desire S or the iPhone 4.