For phone that basically does everything right (according to the review)? Seems a bit mean.
The only downside appeared to be it not using a dual core, which by the reviewers own comments appears to be unnecessary.
The Incredible S is latest in HTC’s extensive line of Android handsets. It runs version 2.2 of the OS, includes a 1GHz processor, 8Mp camera and lots of clever tricks, but despite its distinctive rubbery look, it isn’t hugely different from its siblings. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, since it’s still got plenty going …
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But 80% is damn fine score for any phone. If every phone received a score of 95%, it wouldn't be much use as a means to determine quality.
If I had to hazard a reason, it would be that the Incredible is not a huge leap forward in terms of new technology. So it is a good phone with a good score, not a fantastic phone with a fantastic score.
>Shame the Skype Android App doesn't support video...
He's probably thinking of Fring which used to support Skype video calls on Android until Skype killed it off.
Android Fring still works fine with video chat on its own and most other networks though - AFAIK on Nokia, iOS handsets too. Its great if you're on the road a lot and have young kids, but I suspect most other applications tend more towards the sordid.
My regular Desire has Sense and while it looks nice and has some advantages over a vanilla Android 2.2 display I'm starting to dislike it for all kinds of little things and a few big ones.
The biggest by far is the Phone screen fills up with list of frequently called numbers and its far too easy to dial one by accident. I can't even count the number of times I've done it, either lightly brushing the wrong contact, or sticking the phone in my pocket only to dial a number in the process. There really should be an option so list can be hidden or protected by inadvertent touching.
Other gripes include the lack of initiating a speaker phone call, apps that auto launch even though I never asked for either to launch (Stocks & Places), some incredibly retarded widgets such as a favourite callers list which is very difficult to edit, a sense that the UI can get a bit janky / crashy after a few days running and a lot of needlessly duplicated stock widgets and apps bloating up the firmware size and menus.
I don't know if other phones are any better but I wish they'd all stop doing it. Google should help here by making their UI more skinnable, hopefully allowing manufacturers to customize the experience without writing UIs from scratch.
It seems to have everything the Desire HD has which makes it better then the standard Desire, but in a smaller and much more manageable package.
Pity about the 80% marking, it certainly deserves at least 90% (dropping 10 off for the lack of 2.3, but even that is a bit harsh considering HTC have confirmed it will be updated in early Q2)
85% for the slower smaller plasticy Defy
85% for the very similar Nexus S
Yet a phone with seemingly more (rugged, fastest processor, better cameraS etc) only gets 80%, I cant help but feel this result is skewed by some preconception of the reviewer as the sub head seems to indicate.
I'm starting to get curious about what scores a 90%+ around here...
>85% for the very similar Nexus S
No NFC, no SIP, lacks the gorgeous ergonomics of the curved screen.
>Yet a phone with seemingly more (rugged, fastest processor, better cameraS etc)
There's no difference on the CPU, GPU-wise the PowerVR SGX540 of Nexus S has twice the power (via 3D Mark Mobile) of the soon to be defunct Adreno 205 used in the Incredible S.
I'd give it 75% were I being generous - especially as the Nexus S has been floating about since last November.
What's this obsession with dual core on phone? It makes no sense!
I'm sure it's just because it's a buzzword-catchphrase that the zeitgeist sucked on, masticated, churned, digested and popped out the other end.
Not once have I ever thought to myself "my android phone needs to be quicker". The only times I've ever wondered about speed were animations that I'm positive are GPU accelerated on magical, revolutionary iDevices. So throw in some clever code and a good mobile GPU, job done.
What's the point in taking a 1Ghz mobile chip and dual coring it? Threaded applications on your mobile? Ha!
It's just a pointless suck down of juice. Go imagery!!
Agreed... With one hand they're screaming "We want dual core, deduct point for not having it" and with the other hand they would be screaming (yes, hands screaming, just go with it) "Battery life only 12 hours!!!!", or maybe "The 3000mAh battery makes the handset to heavy at 350grams".
The Desire Z, which I have, only has an 800Mhz single core, but is quite capable of 720 video recording and movie play back. In fact it feels snappier to use than the 1Ghz DHD, even with all the crap I've cluttered it up with! (Does it have a better video chipset?)
How about we push the limit of battery design and low power consumption a bit more first before we start adding things that suck up even more juice. A phone that can last 24hrs is about as low as is really practical.
It's a pity we lost that leaping from tree to tree skill.
Battery life not exceptional
No dual core
Costs £500 for an unexceptional phone
Picture quality of the camera looked alright tho.
@HMB: Why is dual core useful? You can turn one of them off when you don't need it, and run them both slower, increasing battery life if you do it right.
Is it just me, or is the entire HTC Android product line (god help us if you try and include WinPho too) utterly mystifying?
Does anyone actually understand where each phone sits in the range? My suspicion is that HTC have just rearranged their components into every possible unique combination, and given it a name.
Yup, that sounds about right!
My take on it is:
HTC Desire - First one
HTC Desire Z - First one with some new chips and a keyboard
HTC Desire HD - First one with some new chips and a bigger screen
HTC Incredible S - The HD with a slightly smaller screen
That's about as far as I have managed to work it out... Another difference which has had a mention in some circles is the Incredible S is a complete bugger to get permanent root on, HTC have included ROM signing on it's loader, which is a pity.
I think they get paid by mobile operators to build them a phone. They then sell this design under their own name with a few tweaks to make them look different. It happened with the Nexus one, that became the Desire, they just changed the trackball.
In the end it just means more and more work for their ROM development teams, so that firmware updates take longer to come out.
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