In updating the old HTC Incredible (aka Droid Incredible), HTC has had the opportunity to add extra functionality to a good handset. The improvements in the HTC Incredible S aren’t immediately noticeable. But check the spec comparison below and you’ll see where it shines…
Stat-fight: HTC Incredible S vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Highlights: the HTC Incredible S features a big 4.0-inch S-LCD with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, plus new high-def video capture. The original HTC Droid Incredible has a smaller screen and no HD recording. But it still boasts a speedy 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8650) CPU, plus an 8.0 MP camera…
|HTC Incredible S||VS||HTC Droid Incredible|
|Display||4.0-inch S-LCD||3.7-inch AMOLED|
|Resolution||480 x 800 pixels||480 x 800 pixels|
|Processor||1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon||1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8650)|
|Software||Android 2.2 with HTC Sense||Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC Sense UI|
|Storage||Up to 32GB||Up to 40GB|
|Rear camera||8.0 Megapixels with autofocus and touch-to-focus, a dual LED flash, geotagging, image stablization and 720p HD video recording||8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging, video capture|
|3G||3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps)||CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A|
|Bluetooth||2.1 with A2DP||2.1 with A2DP|
|Size||64.0 x 120.0 x 11.7mm||58.5 x 117.5 x 11.9mm|
|Talktime||6.0 hours||5.2 hours|
|Standby||370 hours||146 hours|
Analysis: HTC Incredible S vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Best Connectivity: Incredible S (1-0)
The HTC Incredible S features 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. Whereas the Droid Incredible had CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A (on Verizon), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.
Best Size/Weight: Droid Incredible (1-1)
There’s not much between the two – the Incredible S is 120.0 x 64.0 x 11.7mm (due to its roomier display), the original Droid Incredible is 117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9mm. The original Incredible model is the more compact handset. Weighing 130g, it’s also 5g lighter than the Incredible S, which weighs 135g.
Best Camera/Video: Incredible S (2-1)
The Incredible S’s 8.0 MP lens features a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, touch-to-focus, a dual LED flash, geotagging, image stablization and 720p HD video recording. Oh and there’s also a camera on the front for making video calls.
The two phones match each other for raw megapixels – the Droid Incredible also packs a 8.0 Megapixel camera. It also includes frills such as: autofocus, a dual LED flash and geo-tagging. There’s no front camera for video chat, however, and video capture is limited to VGA.
Best Display: Incredible S (3-1)
The Incredible S boasts a new touch-sensitive S-LCD display, measuring 4.0 inches across the diagonal and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The older Incredible’s touch-sensitive AMOLED display is slightly less roomy, measuring 3.7 inches. The 480 by 800 resolution matches the Incredible S.
Best Processor: Draw (4-2)
Best Software: Draw (5-3)
Best Storage: Droid Incredible (5-4)
HTC’s phone offers less storage space out of the box.
Best Battery life: Draw (6-5)
Too close to call…
Best Extras: Incredible S (7-5)
The Incredible S also includes GPS/A-GPS, a G-sensor, DLNA content sharing and a digital compass. In comparison, the Droid Incredible features GPS/A-GPS, an FM radio tuner and a digital compass.
BPF Verdict: The HTC Incredible S wins!
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