HTC Incredible S Hands-On and First Impressions
The Incredible S is one of HTC's latest devices, revealed at Mobile World Congress earlier this year in Barcelona. The original Incredible never made it to Europe, so it's nice to see this device make it over here. It sits in the HTC range between the Desire S and the Desire HD; it sports a 4-inch super LCD (not AMOLED—I'll get to that later) screen at 800x480, and has front- and rear-facing cameras, among the high specification you would expect of a top-end HTC smartphone.
One of the more unique design characteristics of the Incredible S is what I call the "staging" on the back of the device. It adds a little bit of thickness to an already pretty thin device, but actually sits in the palm of your hand nicely, and is a pretty ergonomic yet functional feature (this part actually holds the upper portion of the battery). In fact, the entire design of the device feels a lot more industrial than previous HTC devices, which have clearly been designed with aesthetic appeal in mind. The robust look of the Incredible S will not appeal to everyone, but I think the tough blacked-out look is, well, incredible to behold.
Something pretty cool about the Incredible S is the front-facing camera, with which you can take photos and video. Video calls are also now possible via applications such as Skype or Fring, which is part of the huge appeal of this phone for me. The 8 megapixel rear-facing camera features a set of new options for photo effects; it also captures 720p HD video to a decent level, although the microphone and audio pickup on the device (as it is on pretty much all HTC devices) is poor. That aside, the cameras both take decent shots, but they probably won't replace your compact digital camera any time soon.
The Incredible S feels like a worthy upgrade if you're on something like a Desire or Legend. Personally, I couldn't deal with the size and poor battery life of the Desire HD, but I feel that I could do with something a little bigger and more robust than the Desire S. The Incredible S fits in this gap perfectly, exactly as HTC want it to. Stay tuned for a full review, when I can get my hands on one for a longer period of time.