HTC Incredible S vs. Apple iPhone 4 – Review

by Jerry D on March 26, 2011

To test how good (or bad) the HTC Incredible S, you need to compare it to one of the big, successful, top-of-the-line smartphones. And they don’t get much better than the Apple iPhone 4. Seconds away… round 1!

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Stat-fight: HTC Incredible S vs. Apple iPhone 4

Highlights: the HTC Incredible S features a 4.0-inch S-LCD with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, and a brilliant 8.0 MP digital camera. The Apple iPhone 4, meanwhile, is no techno-slouch. It boasts a 3.5-inch (640 x 960 pixel) ‘Retina’ LCD, plus a 5.0 MP camera with HD video recording…

HTC Incredible S VS Apple iPhone 4
Display 4.0-inch S-LCD 3.5-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 640 x 960 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1GHz Apple A4
Software Android 2.2 with HTC Sense iOS4
Storage Up to 32GB Up to 32GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus and touch-to-focus, a dual LED flash, geotagging, image stablization and 720p HD video recording 5.0 Megapixels with tap to focus video or still images, LED flash, geo-tagging, VGA and HD video recording (720p) up to 30fps
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with EDR
Size 64.0 x 120.0 x 11.7mm 58.6 x 115.2 x 9.3mm
Weight 135g 137g
Talktime 6.0 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 370 hours 300 hours

Analysis: HTC Incredible S vs. Apple iPhone 4

Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)

Best Size/Weight: iPhone 4 (1-2)
The Incredible S measures a neat 120.0 x 64.0 x 11.7mm, while the top-end iPhone 4 is 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm in comparison. The Incredible S is the taller of the two phones by 4.8mm. In terms of weight, the HTC Incredible S is lighter, weighing 135g, while the iPhone 4 is 137g. Check out the graph below…


Best Camera/Video: Incredible S (2-2)
HTC has opted for a 8.0 Megapixel camera in its phone, which boasts autofocus, touch-to-focus, a dual LED flash, geotagging, image stablization and 720p HD video recording. It supports a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. For video calling, you’ll find a second camera on the front.

In terms of raw technology, the iPhone 4′s 5.0 MP camera lags behind the Incredible S. It does, however, produce some great results and includes tap to focus functionality, an LED flash, geo-tagging, plus HD video recording (720p). Again, a second camera on the front can be used for FaceTime/Skype video calling.

Best Display: iPhone 4 (2-3)
Apple’s Retina display remains the highest resolution phone screen around.

Best Processor: Draw (3-4)

Best Software: iPhone 4 (3-5)
iOS4 on the Apple iPhone 4 beats Android 2.2 (with HTC Sense) on the Incredible S.

Best Storage: Draw (4-6)

Best Battery life: iPhone 4 (4-7)
There’s not much in it, but the iPhone 4 just edges this round.

Best Extras: Draw (5-8)
The Incredible S also includes GPS/A-GPS, a G-sensor, DLNA content sharing and a digital compass. In comparison, the iPhone 4 features GPS/A-GPS, digital compass, 3-axis gyroscope.

BPF Verdict: The Apple iPhone 4 wins!

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