HTC Incredible S review

HTC's first UK four inch screen on a novel chassis shape

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HTC Incredible S review: Internet

HTC incredible s review

The 4-inch screen of the HTC Incredible S is pretty darn good for browsing the web, one of the best out there in fact, thanks to some clever HTC optimisation.

The WVGA resolution (800x480) screen means you can get nice and close to the text, and for added benefits there's also support for HTML5 and more importantly for some people: Flash 10.1 (with Flash 10.2, with better battery optimisation and smoothness, coming soon).

HTC incredible s review

If you're unaccustomed to the different variations in the Flash family, 10.1 integration not only means that you can watch videos from places like the BBC and Sky without needing a separate application, but they will run within the webpage, without having to jump to a dedicated media player.

HTC incredible s review

And the even better news than before: Flash ACTUALLY works on the Incredible S. Not a bit choppy, not 'goes a bit weird in fullscreen mode', but say hello to using the iPlayer without problem and load up non-mobile videos with ease.

Sure, the 3G connection can get a bit choppy here, but finally it's coming up trumps on a mobile device. You can also choose to not have the Flash player automatically load, to save time with page updating - if you choose this option, simply press the little green arrow and it starts. Neat.

HTC incredible s review

You can also use the dedicated mobile YouTube site, which uses HTML5 to work quickly and simply, but a number of videos in your favourite playlists won't play in this format it seems, so jumping to the Flash version makes more sense.

HTC incredible s review

There are a number of other positives to the internet experience on the HTC Incredible S - multiple windows with thumbnail scrolling through them mean various websites can be open at once.

HTC incredible s review

However, you can only have four windows open at once, which is irritating - although for the most part you'll never go over that number anyway, and it helps keep the power consumption down.

One think that Android (and HTC's Google portfolio especially) does well is text-wrapping; namely, zoom into whichever size you want on a column of text and the words will jumble around the screen and reformat to fill the display.

Sure, you can double tap to get closer to the text in the same vein as other smartphones, but the text wrapping puts you in control of the size... and you can go mightily close with HTC's range. It's by far the best in the business, and makes reading articles a joy.

HTC incredible s review

Another winning feature from Android is the ability to share web pages to a variety of sources without having to break stride: if you're on a page that you think your buddies online will like then you can head into the 'Share Page' option and lob the link out via Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, SMS, Bluetooth - it's all supported, so finally that picture of a kitten doing something so interesting that the world may LITERALLY EXPLODE if it doesn't know about it can get the credit it deserves.

HTC incredible s review

We've always been fans of the bookmarks, as when you enter this section you can either look at the ones you've saved (via thumbnail, nice) or see your most visited or history of pages you've been to - enabling you to choose bookmarks that you need without realising it.

With the new Sense UI, users of the HTC Incredible S can also subscribe to an RSS feed (if present on the page) by hitting the icon in the top left hand corner of the screen - it makes keeping up to date with the sites you love very easy.

HTC incredible s review

Another plus we've always loved on the HTC Android range: the implementation of copy and paste. It's a little Apple-esque, as you long press on text and see a little magnification pane pop up.

From there you can drag two little pins to select the text you want - these have been switched from green to blue; you know, to add a little variation to the line up.

Where the difference between this and other OS versions of copy and paste lies is in the pop up menu that appears after: you can copy the text, share it via the same options mentioned earlier or use it to search.

But not just search on Google, oh no. You can look for the phrase on Wikipedia, YouTube, Google Dictionary or even Google Translate - and that's a fantastic array of options above the standard Android experience.

The internet experience on Android phones has always been a plus, and the sheer speed, functionality and slickness of the offering on the HTC Incredible S is up there with the best of them.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory1.10 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time9.60 Hour
Product ModelIncredible S
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)135.5 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height120 mm
Width64 mm
Depth11.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time290 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameIncredible S Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Manufacturer Part Number99MJ008-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Dare to be different

One look at HTC Incredible S and you know it's different. The elegant contoured design is so unique that it stands out from any angle. The look, the sound, the feel... it's a phone that impresses the senses.

A standout cinematic experience

The HTC Incredible S brings everything you view to life on a stunning 4" Super LCD screen. So you can browse the web in style, admire your photo gallery, or lose yourself in a video viewing experience. And when you really want to immerse yourself in a movie, plug in your headset and enjoy virtual surround sound via SRS WOW HD.

Package Contents
  • Incredible S Smartphone
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset
  • Battery
  • Power Adapter
  • microSD Card
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB Cable
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year