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HTC Incredible S review

£395 inc VAT (SIM unlocked)

Manufacturer: HTC

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The HTC Incredible S does a respectable job of living up to its name.

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 >>

HTC Incredible S Expert Verdict »
HTC Incredible S Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 52 reviews
Quad-band smartphone
1GHz Snapdragon processor
4in (800x480) LCD screen
HSPA
Google Android 2.2 'Froyo'
768MB RAM
8Mp camera (1.3Mp secondary camera)
720p video camera
dual-LED flash
autofocus
accelerometer
digital compass
Car Panel navigation app
FriendStream
FM radio
Adobe Reader
Wi-Fi hotspot
HTC Sense GUI
microSD card slot (card not included)
1GB internal memory
Bluetooth 2.1
802.11b/g/n
proximity/ambient light sensor
64x120x12mm
136g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If you going to call something Incredible, it should really stretch the boundaries of imagination or perform feats previously thought to be beyond the realms of possibility. The HTC Incredible S does nothing of the sort, but there’s plenty to like here and we were charmed by some of the device’s attention to social-media detail.

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