HTC Incredible S Vs Desire HD : The Fratricidal Battle

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The HTC Incredible S is now the flagship handset at the Taiwanese company and and displaced the Desire HD; Carphone Warehouse has the phone on exclusivity either in red or in black but charges an eye-watering £499.95 for the SIM free version.

But is the Incredible S actually that worth much especially compared to the competition like the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, the iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire HD itself? We compare the Incredible S with its predecessor to find out.

Both phones have a lot in common; the dual LED flash, the 8-megapixel camera, the amount of RAM (768MB), the screen resolution, the same processor (the MSM8255 clocked at 1GHz), Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and the general shape of the devices.

The HTC Incredible S has a smaller screen though (4-inch vs 4.3-inch), a worse standby time and less onboard memory (1.1GB vs 1.5GB) but it has a slightly bigger battery (1450mAh vs 1230mAh), weighs less and a front facing camera.

Pricewise though, there's no real contest; the HTC Incredible S costs £500 SIM Free, £449.95 on PAYG and as little as £25 per month on a two year contract (Vodafone, 300 minutes, unlimited texts, no web data).

In comparison, the HTC Desire HD costs a mere £384.58 at Amazon and as little as £20.42 on a two year contract (100 minutes, unlimited text and 250MB data from Orange) or £35 per month on a one year contract (with an initial fee of £59, with 300 minutes, unlimited text messages, 500MB data allowance). So, would you pay £115 more for a front facing camera and a smaller device? Not in our case.