iPhone 4 Rival Alert : HTC Incredible S Down To £300

Those looking for a handset in the middle ground between the smaller 3.5-inch models and the bigger 4.3-inch smartphones may consider the HTC Incredible S Android handset.

Carphone Warehouse has dropped its price to £300, down from £470, more than a third off its suggested retail price. The handset, which was released at MWC earlier this year, comes with a 4-inch 800x480 pixel screen with Gorilla glass on top.

There's 768MB RAM onboard, 1.1GB ROM, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an eight megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD recording, a front facing camera and Android 2.2 Froyo, upgradable to Gingerbread and almost certainly to Ice Cream Sandwich as well.

Like the HTC Desire HD and so many other HTC handsets, the device comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 SoC clocked at 1GHz.

In a nutshell, it is a smaller version of the HTC Desire HD with whom it shares almost everything except the screen size and the front facing camera.

When it comes to value for money, nothing even comes close to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play handset, which sports roughly the same specs as the Incredible S but for half the price and with a number of unique selling points.