HTC Incredible S review

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

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HTC Incredible S review: Messaging

HTC incredible s review

Messaging is integral to the performance of the HTC Incredible S, and once again HTC has come up trumps with the range of things you can do with it.

We're talking email (both POP/IMAP and Exchange) SMS, MMS, IM, Twitter and Facebook – very easy to set up (with some clever auto completing email addresses if they look like the main Googlemail one) and quick to load.

If you didn't know, you will need a Google account to use this phone - but then again, with the range of things it gets you (Maps, Mail, search history etc) it's worth it, and easy to set up.

HTC incredible s review

In fact it only takes around two minutes to set up all the above accounts, even Exchange – that only takes a user name and password and in 90% of the cases you'll be receiving work emails in a trice. If not, then manual set up is just a click away, although you'll need to badger your IT department for the info.

The keyboard on the HTC Incredible S is once again fantastic – it's highly responsive, works out which words you're after most of the time and defaults to them, and also has cursor keys at the bottom to move around the text when you only want to change a single letter.

HTC incredible s review

Perhaps we've been a little bit spoiled, but we didn't notice any massive improvements from the original Desire in the new Incredible S - however it was slick, responsive and mostly correct, and it's still one of the best out there in terms of touchscreen keyboards.

HTC incredible s review

The Sense UI version of the Email inbox is still present, offering more swipe-able options at the bottom of the screen to make navigating through the multitude of messages.

For instance, you can swipe along to only see messages from your favourite contacts, meaning you can quickly get to the important stuff from the cool people easier.

You can specify who this group is – the lists can be altered using the 'View' category in the menu if you don't just want to see your favourites.

HTC incredible s review

In terms of social networking, there are three clients included in the box – although Twitter is doubled up, so it's technically four.

Both the official Android Twitter client and HTC's Peep are included out of the box, which is odd – especially when HTC's Peep is the one that serves the notifications that you have mentions and messages automatically, and you'll need to make the switch if you begin using the official application.

Both are easy to use though – Peep is a little less functional but perfectly usable Twitter offers more in terms of wider searching – although there are other (in our opinion, better) options available on the Android Market, like UberCurrent.

Facebook is handy, as it's been overhauled to offer up new elements like a photo stream under the icons grid (and FINALLY includes Facebook Chat), and of course Google Talk is included too for instant messaging.

HTC incredible s review

You get chat notifications as well as the ability to have multiple chats at once –it's not earth shattering, especially if you've never used it, but if you're one for a spot of Google Talking then this is a pretty good way to keep it happening on the go.

However, one note of caution - while the text messaging section is great, with threaded messages and the ability to see history between you and chums in their contact profile, the pictures don't seem to pull through to the inbox, so you can't see their face when texting.

Oddly, this is because the messaging interface draws contacts from the SIM card instead of the phone - if you delete all your contacts off the SIM and then reattach them, this fixes things, but it's a hassle you shouldn't have to go through.

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