The HTC Incredible S is an 8Mp cameraphone that costs £30 a month on a 24-month contract. Here's our review of the HTC Incredible S, updated on 15 April 2011.

Launched as an Android 2.2.1 smartphone, HTC says the HTC Incredible S's over-the-air upgrade to Gingerbread 2.3 will be "before the end of May".

The very bright 4in LCD screen has a widescreen resolution of 800x480 pixels - ideal for video playback or video chat. The solid 8Mp main camera credentials are joined by a 1.3Mp camera on the rear and 720p video capture. 

These run off a 1GHz processor with 768MB RAM. HTC fits a powerful 1450mAh battery too. HTC claims 580 minutes of talktime on GSM, but despite some timely app and connectivity management, we still found ourselves needing to recharge this handset within 24 hours.

The camera has a flash, digital zoom and autofocus which we were impressed to find was able to focus effectively at just 2-3cm from an object. Photo effects can be set in advance or applied post-shot. Colour options include sepia, lively, vintage, bleak and overexposed, while there’s a distortion fisheye-lens effect and a vignette plus solarise and posterise effects. Any of these can also be applied to video you capture.

Some smartphones offer unified messaging and the ability to Tweet to friends on several social networks at once, but few do it with as much panache as HTC handsets. FriendStream allows you to go straight to your Facebook, Flickr or Twitter account and get or post updates to each or any. The useful URL shortener will win over inveterate twitterers.

Another solidly executed feature is that for media sharing via the Connected Media app. This offers a straightforward way of showing off your handset-produced media content. You can share your Facebook photos with it too.

Another impressive element relates to call handling. Click the usefully large Phone lozenge at the bottom of the screen and you’re immediately shown a list of recent callers and their numbers. Smart Dial lets you sort through lengthy contact lists by initial characters or numbers.

Finally, there’s solid web browsing and a highly accurate G-Sensor and digital compass that, with the built-in GPS, swiftly pinpointed our location and orientation.  

Next page: Our original first look at the HTC Incredible S, by PC World US's Ginny Mies >>

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