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.

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.

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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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