HTC Incredible S review

HTC's latest high-end Android smartphone is sleek and sturdy, but is this enough to set it apart from the competition? We take a closer look in our review to find out.

HTC has even found room to put four cursor keys on the on-screen keyboards. Although unusual and may seem initially superflourous, these make it easy to move about in passages of text to find sections to edit. Despite their presence the keyboard didn't feel cramped.

The responsive touchscreen helps make copy and paste work well. HTC has included its own copy and paste system which mimics the one in iOS much more closely than the one in Android 2.3, which is a good thing. A context sensitive popup menu options paired with a superb text magnifier and drag tool make it easy to pick what you want to copy or cut. As with text entry, this benefits from the large screen size which helps with tapping accuracy. There is no optical touchpad, but this isn't really necessary when there's such a large touchscreen.

HTC has come up with a neat innovation for the four touch sensitive buttons that sit beneath the touchscreen. When you turn the handset on its side for widescreen use, the buttons follow suit, swivelling so they are the right way up. They only do this when you turn the handset anticlockwise though. Turn it clockwise and nothing happens.

Build quality is excellent. A rubbery finish to the backplate makes the Incredible S easier to grip and feel more secure to hold than the shiny plastic finishes of other smartphones. In our experience it was more scratch resistant too.

Featured Resources

Managing security risk and compliance in a challenging landscape

How key technology partners grow with your organisation

Download now

Evaluate your order-to-cash process

15 recommended metrics to benchmark your O2C operations

Download now

AI 360: Hold, fold, or double down?

How AI can benefit your business

Download now

Getting started with Azure Red Hat OpenShift

A developer’s guide to improving application building and deployment capabilities

Download now

Most Popular

School laptops sent by government arrive loaded with malware
malware

School laptops sent by government arrive loaded with malware

21 Jan 2021
How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD
operating systems

How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD

21 Jan 2021
What is the Raspberry Pi Pico?
Hardware

What is the Raspberry Pi Pico?

21 Jan 2021