HTC Incredible S vs. HTC Droid Incredible – Review

by Jerry D on March 23, 2011

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…

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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
Front camera Yes No
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g
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
Weight 135g 130g
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.

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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)
Android. Android.

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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