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HTC Incredible S

HTC Incredible S

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82 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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82 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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90
frankspin
Last year HTC and Verizon released one of the best Android phones of the time...read more
80
jkendrick
Good solid phone for less than other Android smartphones out there.
90
thesailingboss
While most android phones try to be cutting edge, HTC decided to try to optimize...read more
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90
frankspin
Last year HTC and Verizon released one of the best Android phones of the time with the HTC Incredible. Recently the two decided to get together again and release a newer updated version of the Incredible. While at a quick glance the updated version doesn’t look to be much of an upgrade, it is in fact a rather pleasant improvement on an already great phone.As I stated a face value there isn’t much different between the two phones. However the big change is in the processor. Despite sporting a same processor speed their two different generations of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor line. The newer processor sports a slightly better technology which helps improve upon the battery life. There is no way around it, this phone is fast. The combination of an updated processor with a bump in RAM shows right away as you unlock the phone.Navigating the phone is a pleasure and there have been no issues so far with switching between apps. HTC has done a lot of work to try and keep Sense a relevant UI in the Android market and in Sense 2.1 there are some improved elements to the Sense interface. One such improvement that is seen right away is when you pull down the notification banner you are presented with recently used apps. While the Home button double-tap has always been present, this is just another easy way to get into previously closed apps. Aside from enhancements to the general UI you can tell HTC has worked hard on making the experience fluid. Sense previously ran clunky on some of the initial Android handsets but not anymore.Probably the largest improvement with the new Incredible is the battery life. There is a bump in the battery size and with the combination of the latest generation snapdragon the battery life is phenomenal. In my initial use of the phone I got roughly 11 hours of battery life with moderate use in a low signal area. When I was able to spend time in a better reception area I saw the battery life shine as I was able to get 30 hours of life from the phone moderate use, and this included 2 hours of media streaming. Any fan of Android that has been disappointed with battery life will be really happy with this device.The other enjoyable aspect of this phone is the wonderful 4” SuperLCD screen. It’s not “retina display” but it is nice enhancement. Colors are more vibrant and browsing media is actually enjoyable. On some of the previous Android phones I had used I always found issues in clarity of the icons and media but not so much on the Incredible 2.I think this is a definite upgrade over the original Incredible and I would definitely recommend to any Verizon customer looking for a new phone who does not need 4G. At 199 on a 2-year contract it’s a pretty reasonable price that should have no issues keeping up with the next-gen phones short of not offering 4G.
 
80
jkendrick
Good solid phone for less than other Android smartphones out there.
 
90
thesailingboss
While most android phones try to be cutting edge, HTC decided to try to optimize and improve the overall experience. Sense gives the device a nice feeling, and includes small details that stock android doesn't include.
 
70
osmandurmush
it is not good as much as iPhone4 but it's fine.
 
90
FateReaper
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
feligato
Has a 1450 mAh battery so it last longer than the Inspire 4G for example. Screen size is just right for me, 3.7 is too small and 4.2 or greater have lower ppi (at 800*480). Size and weight is great and runs very fast. Best phone I had to date
 
90
drewc15236
The phone is wonderful! This is my third smartphone (I had an LG Ally and a Blackberry Bold 9650), both were good phones, but neither were as good as the Droid Incredible 2. It's comfortable in my hand and it has a bigger screen with a nice screen, not as good as a super AMOLED, but still nice. The HTC Sense is nice, but I could live without it, If you like to personalize your phone a lot, this would be the perfect phone. It is also pretty thin and fits perfectly in my pocket. The Droid Incredible 2 is also popular enough that I can go to any store and find a case for it. I hope you consider it!
 
90
gildorluthien
Sept 2011 - Verizon contracts had been up for a few months on me and my wife's phones. I was looking for something that had longevity, and was a good introduction to Android (especially for her). I have not been disappointed with this phone. Battery life is excellent, especially when you learn to use certain services only when needed. The size, weight and form of the phone are all perfect. Fits great in your hand and doesn't get too heavy.Media-wise, the phone has become almost my sole music/movie solution. I can stream Netflix, play all my tunes and any movies I've got digital copies of. The screen is super clear and the sound with my headphones is very good. Even the speaker sounds decent when I just want some music playing in the background. While painting a few rooms at my in-laws, I just had the phone in my back pocket playing tunes...worked great. The camera shoots decent pictures and video. The flash is ok, and works in some situations, but as always, these cameras I think tend to work in natural light the best.HTC Sense sometimes gets a little cranky and will reload after an app runs or just crash, but 2.3.4 updates have fixed most of that.It's 3G, but who cares? There's no real 4G here anyway, and by the time there is, it'll be time to get a new phone...I hope. The Thunderbird or the Bionic were my other two Android options, but they were too pricey.I just wish they would put out an official 4.0 update for the phone. It can definitely handle anything thrown at it.I really like this phone.
 
80
harris2011
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
Xra
Good phone for everyday use. With internet can connect via rdp and make basic support work. Custom rom make it upgradable. Very good piece of hardware. maybe some more cpu would have been great.