Taking a look at the HTC Incredible S for use by Android app developers.
This thing looks a lot like an iPhone at first glance. It’s textured back plate feels oddly pleasant and not at all “cheap” as I had expected it might.
The 4 main function buttons are hidden from sight when the device is asleep and rather than being physical buttons they actually respond to touches.
Typing is easy in both portrait and landscape modes and the aforementioned buttons actually rotate to match the orientation which I thought was charming.
Responsiveness and Speed
This is easily one of the fastest and most responsive Android devices I have ever used. It’s actually comparable to a Samsung Galaxy S II, which here is over twice the price.
I have tested a variety of apps including those that are fairly physics-heavy without any noticeable lag and all around reasonable load times.
Although I have yet to truly put the battery through its paces, it is holding up surprisingly well. Charged to around 80% roughly 32 hours ago it is now sitting at 36% despite a fair amount of use over that time.
While not exactly mind blowing this is comparable to an iPhone4 after similar usage from a full charge, so I’m happy with that from a development device.
Internal memory is a pitiful 1.1GB, however the HTC Incredible S does come with a 16GB microSD card so you aren’t likely to run out of space any time soon.
The screen is 480 x 800.
$370 – $450 on eBay.com and Amazon.com (Outright).
$299 in Australia from Optus (Prepaid).
All around awesome device; if I didn’t already have an iPhone4 I would be very happy to use the HTC Incredible S not only for development but as my every day phone.
It lacks that laggy, resistive feeling so many Android devices have and is actually a joy to use.
If you’re in Australia this is by far the best option I have come across to date to develop on without shelling out $600 or so.
I’d give it 4.5/5 stars.