HTC Incredible S vs HTC Desire S


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We take a look at two of HTC’s best Android phones to see which of these feature-packed handsets carries the most clout.


HTC Desire S – 115 x 59.8 x 11.6 mm, 130g

HTC Incredible S – 120 x 64 x 11.7 mm, 135.5g

The HTC Desire S is the smaller and lighter of the two handsets but they are about the same thickness and visually they look very similar.

One of the Incredible’s standout visual features is the understated capacitive buttons at the bottom of the display which also rotate with the screen.

Form isn’t a huge talking point for discerning between these two handsets but then both being HTC they were bound to have a similar design ethos – they both have their distinguishing features but neither particularly exceeds the other and the overall feel is much the same.

Winner – Draw


The Incredible S has the larger screen at 4-inches to the Desire’s 3.7-inches, though the screens of both handsets run at the same resolution of 480 x 800.

They’re both also Sony produced S-LCD capacitive touchscreens featuring multi-touch and running the HTC Sense 3.0 user interface.

The S-LCD screens should make both these phones a little better than usual in terms of power consumption from the touchscreen.

Aside from minor measurement differences these phones both have very good screens, however, it should be noted that the HTC Sense user interface present on both devices can be a little bit demanding of processing power.

Winner – Draw


Another round of similarity for this one, well, in truth they’re identical – both handsets have 1.1 GB of ROM internal memory and 768 MB of RAM, while supporting Micro SD cards up to 32 GB.

These handsets have a reasonable amount of storage space which should be fine for most users, but they are somewhat dwarfed by other phones coming to the market and if you like storing a lot of media files or apps on your phone you could be left wanting.

Winner – Draw


I see a pattern emerging here, yet again we have an identical setup with the processors, both phones use a
The Snapdragon based processor was a good choice by HTC for both these handsets as it gives them enough power to handle plenty of apps and media, as well as the multi-tasking Android is famed for.

Winner – Draw



Cameras are where these two handsets really start to seem different, the Desire has a decent enough 5-megapixel primary camera which captures at 2592 x 1944 and 720p, featuring autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and image stabilisation.

The Desire also has a VGA secondary camera. The Incredible, meanwhile, has a better primary camera at 8-megapixels capturing at 3264×2448 and 720p.

It also features autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus and image stabilisation but is slightly different from the Desire with a dual LED flash and a beefier secondary camera at 1.3-megapixels.

For this round there is a clear winner, the Incredible has a much better camera setup with a higher megapixel count on both primary and secondary cameras and a higher resolution, the dual LED flash is also a nice touch.

Winner – HTC Incredible S

Operating System:

HTC seem to love Android so it’s no surprise these are Android based phones, the Desire runs the latest version 2.3 Gingerbread while the Incredible is currently on the older 2.2 Froyo, though an update to Gingerbread is on the way.

Both phones will therefore have the latest tweaks and changes to the Android system with better browsing, keyboard and multi-tasking functions.

Although the Incredible doesn’t currently have Gingerbread it should do soon enough and when it does there will be no discernable difference between these handsets in terms of either the operating system or the hardware which runs it.

Winner – Draw


These phones are, once again, on an equal footing when it comes to apps, they both run Android and will, eventually, be on the same version.

They both have the same storage capacity, which, while not huge, will hold a reasonable amount of apps and games. Lastly, they both have the same processing and graphical power at their disposal.

Both these phones will run many of the apps from Android Marketplace well enough, while not up there with the current crop of dual-core handsets the Snapdragon based processors allow pretty good performance.

Winner – Draw

Final Thoughts:

Well this hasn’t been a no-contest but it hasn’t been much of a contest either, these are both great phones – there are so many similarities it’s almost impossible to pick between them.

They’re both going to be equally competent at all the typical things you might expect a modern smartphone to do, with their powerful processors and up-to-date Android operating system.

It eventually comes down to personal taste on particular features you might prefer to have, such as the Incredible’s powerful 8-megapixel camera which makes it a better choice if snapping pictures on the go is more your thing.

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