The Incredible S has a decent 4in screen and is good for browsing. But the choice of Android 2.2 means that by the time the Gingerbread upgrade is available, it could be overtaken by other devices with higher specifications.
Great 4in screen and camera, good for browsing, looks stylish
Android 2.2 is dated, uncomfortable to hold, poor battery life
£ 399 SIM or free from £30 per month on contract
4in touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution, Android 2.2 with HTC Sense, 1GHz processor, 1.1GB internal memory, 768MB RAM, micro-SD card support, 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1450 mAh battery, 135g, 120 x 64 x 11.7mm
The main feature that differentiates the Incredible S from other HTC handsets is its contoured body. HTC has designed the handset to put emphasis on the hardware components, giving the device a stylish shrink wrap-like effect.
Although the matte plastic material gives a nice rubbery feel, the bulge in the back actually makes it a little bit awkward to hold. We definitely prefer gripping the aluminium unibody design that HTC uses, and the curvaceously designed Google Nexus S is also more comfortable.
Internal specifications are generally the same as on other high-end HTC handsets. The device is powered by a 1GHz processor together with 768MB of RAM and 1.1GB of internal storage.
There is the usual micro-SD card support to bump up storage, and HTC has incorporated an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and a dual LED flash. This is surprisingly good compared to other HTC handsets, but still not quite on par with the 12-megapixel camera on the Nokia N8.
The Incredible S also includes a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to allow for video calling, which has a decent picture output.
Running along the bottom there are the usual four touch-sensitive Android buttons in the form of home, menu, back and search. In a neat little touch, these touch sensitive buttons auto-rotate when the phone is moved between portrait and landscape modes.
The rush to get the Incredible S to market is apparent as the device has been pre-loaded with the now obsolete Android 2.2 Froyo operating system.
The move seems even more bizarre given that the manufacturer's latest Android handsets, the HTC Desire S and Wildfire S, both ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
However, for users who are new to Android, the handset is more than suitable as it still offers an intuitive user experience. The incorporation of the Sense UI is among the highlights. The interface is the same as on the HTC Desire HD, so it lacks some of the latest features present in the Desire S.
The usual pre-loaded apps come with the seven home screens, which can be customised manually or left on automatic.
Users are also able to take advantage of the benefits of features provided by the HTCSense.com portal. This allows the Incredible S to be tracked, locked and wiped remotely if required.