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Aiding in bringing Android to the mainstream, Verizon's HTC Droid Incredible surely did its fair share of work in spreading the goof word about the richness of Android-especially when it's tastefully complemented with its favorable high end specs. And even though it was semi-regarded as being a variant of the also impressive Google Nexus One, it was able to build its own legacy on Big Red's line up, which even to this day, proves to be a contender in a crowded space. Now roughly a year later, HTC unveiled a supped up Android smartphone that retains the Incredible branding, while finding some moderate upgraded hardware. This time HTC unveiled a supped up Android smartphone that retains the Incredible branding, while finding some moderate upgraded hardware. This time HTC is taking the Incredible line to Europe as well, since what we have here is the European line to Europe as well, since what we have here is the European edition of the new model dubbed Incredible S, while verizon's version is yet to be officially introduced, supposedly under the name Droid Incredible 2. Still, both deivces seem to be identical from what we have seen thus far, so we presume what we are looking at here is an accurate prelude to the Droid Incredible 2. The HTC Incredible S is looking to be yet another respectable high-end device from HTC's camp, but will it shine radiantly among the new breed of next-generated Android devices out there?
Great screen, good camera.
Sense interface enhancements work well.
Does not feel like a next generation Handset.
The HTC Incredible S is most noticeable by its distinctive rear. The back of the phone is not completely flat, but in my eyes lies more comfortable in my hand. The back feels strong with the matte plastic and certainly not like it's going to break. On the back you will find the 8MP camera, a dual LED flash and the speaker.
The front is less obvious but no less beautiful. It features a 1.3 MP front camera, a speaker, an LED light for notifications, a light sensor and a proximity sensor. You can also find the 4 buttons: home, menu, back and search. The special feature of these buttons is that they are only visible when the screen is on, and that they rotate as you rotate your phone.
This phone has a 4 "super LCD screen. The resolution is not extremely high, but still more than adequate for a normal user. The colors are really vivid and the viewing angle is quite good.
On the left you can find the volume keys and the micro-USB connector for charging and connecting to the PC, at the top is the 3.5mm audio jack with the button to switch the screen on and off. At the bottom side you can find finally yet an opening of the microphone.
The HTC Incredible S comes with Android 2.2 Froyo. Yet it is possible to update the device to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The navigation is smooth, no hitches in the graphics. There are 7 home tabs available to all your favorite (HTC) widgets and shortcuts. In the Android Play there are thousands of different apps to find all suitable for this phone. Also you can find alternative apps for the default apps that HTC offers.
The text messages of this phone are very clear and easy to view. Maybe a little too boring for those who prefer some color. But it is possible to have an alternative app. All messages are sorted per person conversations. The display is similar to the display on an iPhone, like many smartphones. You can also synchronize your contacts with Facebook so you see the photo of your contact.
There are different ways of typing. You can choose a standard mobile phone keyboard, a full keyboard (like on the computer), or a limited keyboard (a full keyboard with 2 letters on 1 button).
This phone has 2 cameras, one front and one rear. The front camera can be used for video calling but also to take ordinary photos with. This camera has 1.3 MP and doesn't take the best pictures, but is handy in certain apps.
The camera on the back has 8 MP and can therefore take so much better pictures. This camera has an autofocus, which you also can setup and it has a dual LED flash. Also you can take videos in 720p with this camera. The camera app is pre-installed, it is quite useful and good quality. So you can apply effects, adjust light sensitivity, zoom, switch between the cameras.
This phone has the standard Android browser installed. This looks very basic, but is still very convenient and fast to use. The phone has both 3G and WiFi to connect to the Internet.
Also, this phone serves as a wireless modem. He can turn the 3G signal into WiFi, which in places without WiFi is handy so you still can connect to the internet on your PC.
The music app has me a little disappointed. The possibilities are quite limited and some features are also very difficult to find. You can have music by artist, album, playlist and genre, but I still have not found how you can find just a song. The music quality is fairly high, the phone therefore has SRS software to make it a little better sound. The radio is always very useful, but only available when a headset is connected, because that is used as an antenna.
About the battery is not much to tell. It is a 1450mAh battery, which is not extreme, but still not really enough. In normal use you can last around all day.
This mobile phone has surprised me with regard to price and quality. I really like the design of the back and the sleek design of the front. The performance is more than enough for my expectations. The 1 GHz processor with more than 700 MB of RAM ensures that each app runs smoothly and that the device also responds quickly to all. The screen is also really great, the colors are stunning and the touchscreen is very sensitive and precise. Only the music app has disappointed me
I bought this phone when it first got released in the UK (which was last year) and before it arrived on my doorstep, I had not even tried a demo one. It was a risk, but I love the phone and would not change it for a good long time.
My brother had the HTC Desire HD and so I had the chance to play with his phone to get a feel for an Android phone, I really liked it but found his phone to be way too big for my small hands and the battery life on it completely useless. So i held out to see what new phones HTC was going to offer. When I read that the Incredible S was coming out I did a lot of research and the selling points for me was that it was smaller, more slim line and battery life is better. And yes, it ticks those boxes still.
The Incredible S doesn't seem to crash as often as the Desire HD so I assume HTC learnt their mistakes with the HD. My phone rarely crashes but it is still quite annoying when it does.
Screen is clear, and pictures are very smooth. The battery in mine can last all day as long as i am not playing games on it or making loads of calls, if you tend to do both these things daily then I recommend you buy a spare battery or be somewhere that you will be able to charge your phone.
Camera is good, not Iphone good (lets face it, not many phones have a much better camera than Iphone) but it still takes good pictures. It has settings like you would get in a digital camera, like: Scenes, macro shot etc.
Such an easy phone to navigate around and I love that it can be customised to what I want it to be on the screens so there is some individuality to it.
I normally look about for a new phone after a year or so because I get bored or fed up with my previous phones but not this one, I am perfectly happy with this one. I even bought one for my mum's birthday this year. It arrived 2 days ago and I have moved her most needed icons on her homescreen so she doesn't need to go in to the menu and get all confused(she is totally clueless on technology). I even put a calculator widget on another screen so she can easily access it if she needs it in the shops.
I was torn between the Samsung mini and HTC. I choose htc because it came pre-installed with flash and java which is needed in surfing the internet. The phone came with so much more despite only wanting it to surf the net.The phone is like a desktop computer but is a smart phone that exceeded my expectations. It has a multifaceted function that serves as a phone, video,camera,mp3, internet browsing,tweeter,facebook,voice recording,voice recognition and much more. Fast CPU, clear touch screen, preinstalled application market,you can download softwares,music etc,came with 8Gb sd memory card. I have been using HTC for over 3 weeks now and it comes with many features.
I'm telling you, this phone is really incredible, many other features that are endless. I'm still finding more stuff that im loving everyday. You can connect via Bluetooth,WiFi and others. The signal is ok providing you are with a phone network that is reliable.I have had no problem with the signal,can make and receive call,download and surf the internet with no problem. This phone scores high in features.
Nicesized inch screen, decent amount of RAM,internal memory and fast CPU , came with an 8 GB microSD card. good build quality camera,great in daylight. Easy to use touchscreen
I bought this phone on a whim and it was definitely a great idea!
The screen is large enough for videos and images to be clear and to make the use of ebook applications viable. The touchscreen is very responsive, though takes a bit of getting used to even if you've had a touchscreen phone before.
The option to set up your most-used applications on different pages is very useful and makes things easier to find if you have a lot of applications installed. On that note - there are hundreds of free apps including those to allow the use of Word/Excel, the Amazon Kindle ebooks etc.
Calls are clear and loud enough - in fact, I've never had the call volume above halfway, even in noisy public places.
The camera is simple to use and takes clear, high quality phots with a strong flash if necessary. The video camera is clear and the light settings adjust automatically if the lighting around you changes.
Most importantly, it has the battery life to be able to cope with all these functions. I played music for the whole of a six-hour journey, with other applications running, and the battery still held out through the phonecalls I had to make later.
The only downsides I've found:
- my emails don't usually sync at the rate I've set them to and I'd have to put it right up to "every five minutes" if I was out all day to make sure they keep coming through. I've taken to using the Hotmail and Gmail applications instead.
- some menus and applications don't close automatically or have an exit option, so you have to kill them from the task manager if you want them to close
The HTC incredible S is a fantastic vibrant phone which enables a user to use the phone in the most easiest way making it a user friendly phone. I personally have found that if the WIFI isn't turned on constantly then the battery lasts for more than 2 days. The phone has the same layout in terms of menus and buttons as all HTc phones and it is very smooth when moving from one page to another without any stutter in the screen. The screen is very large compared to the iphone 4/4s which is one of the main competitors in the smartphone market. The physical ergonomics of the phone is very impressive as it doesn't give the user a slim phone feeling like the iphone and it fits nicely in the palm of anyone. My relatives have used this phone for a long period of time and they have informed me that the out shell of the phone is coming out which is a concern for everyone. The screen is very delicate and sensitive therefore if the phone is dropped more 3 times i would say, the screen is likely to be very unresponsive and may possibly have a crack. One advantage the HTC incredible S has compared to a major competitor like the iphone is the android software and the market which has a range of brilliant free applications that make our everyday lives easy. Overall it is a brilliant phone and i would recommend it but the shell problem is an issue to think about before purchasing the phone.
So I finally took that scary leap into SmartPhones... and what a fantastic decision it was! Prior to purchasing this beautiful bundle of joy I was under the impression that apps and widgets were pointless on a phone and if I did use them my battery wouldn't last the day. I was wrong!
First of all, it runs the Android OS: incredibly intuitive, without the restrictiveness of iOS (Apple). Let's face it: Apple is the current market leader for smartphones and similar technology. However, I believe Android is better. Here's why:
- Android is created by google. Not Microsoft, not Apple - so it is not hindered by rival restrictions, (the reason Apple products cannot run Flash).
- You have the choice to customise. Unlike on iOS, you have the choice to customise your home screens - not screen after screen of 4x4 icon grids!
Anyway, more specifically on this phone. HTC features such as FriendStream (a combined timeline for Facebook AND Twitter right on your homescreen) give this phone an edge over Android rivals LG, Samsung, etc.
The hardware on this little beauty is solid, with an 8megapixal back camera, front camera and a lovely sized screen. The long-life battery and huge internal memory, packaged within its sleek style make the HTC Incredible S simply Incredible!
I've own this phone for a bit over 4 months now, and not had any problems with it bar a few vrey small niggels.
Ok for starters the HTC sense OS has a major flaw in their wifi conneciton, if you use a hidden network SSID with WPA2 passwords then your device will not be able to connect to it, I've tried connecting to other networks either with out a hidden SSID or a a hidden network with out the WPA2 type security and was able to connect fine. This seems to be an OS problem more than a hardware issue as I also own a HTC flyer running the same OS and it experiences the same wifi problems.
The second problem seems to be the phone's ability to recognise a signal, thou I do get great reception there are some areas of the house that make my phone signal drop to nothing (cellar), and does not indicate that the phone has picked back a signal until you try and make a call in an area with signal, you'll fail the first attempt but try again and you'll be fine.
Other than the OS there is really not any problems I've experienced that could really make me wanna get rid of the phone, compared to the iphone 4 the size and functionality is quite the killer, the screen size is larger and is much better in sunlight, although the multi touch sensor on the HTC does not support as many spots are the iphone (done via a piano app to see how many keys can be pressed together), however the 3G connection and wifi pick up is considerably faster than the iphone 4 I had. (note to be fair I did make sure that both devices had a complete wipe so there were no saved connection details.)
The HTC offers much more day to day uses such as GPRS and a proper light to use as a flash light (or flash for the camera) (which comes pre installed on the HTC). There is the fantastic benefit for facebook users as your friends can have their numbers saved on your phone after the first time you go online with your phone, (I wasn't aware of this until the other day).
I've used the Incredible S for four months now. It is my first smartphone. Prior to purchase I did extensive research. There is so much to choose from.
In the end it came down to a choice between the HTC Incredible S and the Iphone 4. The temptation to go for an Iphone was high, given it's popularity and range of Apps. However it soon became clear that Android has a great Apps marketplace. It is easy to access, navigate, download and install applications. The Android operating system is easy to use, fast and responsive.
So, I took the Iphone out of the running; given that it is around £150 more expensive on Amazon and Android powered smartphones are just as good.
I wanted a smartphone that is sturdy, has a good size touch screen, good quality camera and is easy to use. The Incredible S ticks all those boxes. This phone runs the latest version 2.3 Gingerbread and has updated several times very easily.
Other positives about this phone are it's size (not too small), the HTC Hub which gives you a selection of great Widgets (Apps) to install and you can scroll through several home screens which can be set to your favourite applications.
It is a very intuitive phone to use and I haven't required instructions to access any other the features. You can pick this phone up and learn as you use it.
The major downside is battery life which is poor, especially if using web based features. However it's a common issue with smartphones and it doesn't take long to re-charge. You can certainly have a couple of hours extensive use. Longer if you are just making calls and the odd social media comment.
There have been a few application crashes, but the phone recovers very quickly and you can send a report to HTC. It's never stopped me from using the phone.
I'm very pleased overall with the decision to get this phone.
I've had this phone for the past 4 months and think it is brilliant. The screen size and resolution is very good and responsive. It's very easy to keep yourself organised with this phone and the android OS is very good. The Iphone camera is 5mp whereas the HTC is 8mp which you can really tell the difference with. It records in 720p and has a front facing camera of 1.3mp for video calls or for just using as a mirror. It's CPU makes it very fast and it displays websites well. The phone is quite wide but is also thin which makes it the perfect size to hold. This phone would suit anyone i believe. It's good for those who use their phone for media purposes, for keeping organised or keeping in touch via social media. You can get this phone for under £300 today which is very cheap compared to the price of an Iphone. I would reccomend this phone to anyone.
As a bit of a technophobe and not very well up on Apples and Androids, to say I wasn't keen to upgrade my phone to an Android is an understatement. When i first walked into the shop I was resigned to getting an iPhone, after all they are supposedly the best and also my partner has an iPhone which I had played on a few times, so I thought it would be easier for me to use. But after a few minutes with the HTC Incredible I was sold! Nice large screen, excellent camera and easy to use this is a dream come true! Not to mention considerably cheaper. To get an iPhone on contract the minimum is £35 per month. This HTC is only £25 per month - almost a third less!
As a big beliver in 'life's to short to read the instructions' it was a massive bonus discovering that working this phone is easy and really quite self explanatory.
The design of the phone should not be overlooked either, the sleek shape and lightness of the phone makes it lovely to use. Small details such as the plug are a delight. Stylish yet practical... lovely.
If there are any disadvantages it would be the life of the battery. It does seem to drain quickly, on the hand the charge time is not very long either which helps.
On the whole, a brilliant phone which I have no problem recommending to others, especially those who are nervous about making the jump to Androids!