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Is new offering from HTC really Incredible?

HTC Incredible S

Rating: ★★★★★

Having been an iPhone user for a couple of years I decided to join a growing band of HTC converts in Sep 2010 purchasing a Wildfire to replace my 3GS which was “borrowed” whilst in a bar one evening… I was deeply impressed that a “budget” smartphone could offer so much and decided to upgrade to a Desire HD in February.. Being a gadget freak, I upgraded again in April to an Incredible S and yes, it really is!
Having had a month now to compare the two high end offerings from HTC it has become obvious that the Incredible S outstrips the Desire, however it still is not a “whitewash” defeat for the older phone.

Although both arrive out of the box with Froyo Android 2.2 there is an update via HTC’s support site to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Much improved and faster and a definite must have for resource hungry apps to run more efficently

The Incredible S matches the 8MP camera offered by the Desire HD.. However in iPhone4 style it now offers a forward facing 1.3MP camera for video calling.. The upgrade to Gingerbread also brings much improved camera functionality

In terms of screen display the Incredible S seems to have taken a backward step on initial inspection having gone from the super sharp 4.3 in display of the Desire to a 4 in screen.. It is true that size matters and although in day to day useage the difference is indistinguishable it does become apparent that the Desire HD is better for viewing TV/Movie playback

Battery life has always been a bugbear with the majority of smartphones that I have owned and HTC are not exempt from criticism in this area. The Desire HD would drain a full charge in 24 hours even with Apps Killer running in the background.. The Incredible S running the same Apps Killer is managing to last up to 36 hours between charges however for anyone planning to travel very far or be unable to recharge every night I would strongly advise purchasing both an in-car charger and a spare battery… When connected to my netbook when normally has an 8hr battery life it reduces it to less than 2 hrs.

For reasons known only to themselves HTC have decided to downgrade the in the Incredible S from the 1.5GB ROM used by the Desire HD to 1.1 ROM .. however the processor and RAM are identical in both.. In day to day useage the difference is marginal however some lag is present in the Incredible S which is not apparent in the Desire HD when running graphic rich applications.

Overall both of these handsets are highly, excuse the pun, desirable. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.. In conclusion if you are seeking an iPhone 4 rival then both are very highly recommended… for video and media-rich useage then the Desire HD still grabs my vote by a small margin, however as an all-round performer and for sheer kudo the Incredible S just crosses the finish line first but it’s a photo-finish

Pros

  • Improved Battery Life
  • More
  • Forward facing camera for video calling
  • HTC Sense

Cons

  • Slightly smaller screen than Desire HD
  • Less ROM than Desire HD
  • Feels slightly less robust than some recent HTC offerings

Verdict

Overall both of these handsets are highly, excuse the pun, desirable. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.. In conclusion if you are seeking an iPhone 4 rival then both are very highly recommended… for video and media-rich useage then the Desire HD still grabs my vote by a small margin, however as an all-round performer and for sheer kudo the Incredible S just crosses the finish line first but it’s a photo-finish


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