HTC Incredible S Review: Smart And Curvy: Video And Music Players, FM Radio, Audio QualityBy cheatmaster 08:13 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments
Video player does DivX/XviD but only up to D1 resolution
Video files can be accessed from the All videos subfolder in the Gallery or from the Videos shortslit in the menu, they launch the same thing.
The video files can be viewed as a grid or filmstrip and can be shared over MMS, email, or YouTube, Facebook and Flickr.
The Videos app is part of the Gallery
The video player interface on the HTC Incredible S offers a full classy screen toggle (stretch / crop video to fit the screen) and you can scrub through the video too. SRS sound enhancement is also available but there’s no subtitles support.
The video player does OK in general - 720p MP4 videos were no problem. D1 DivX/XviD videos at reasonable bitrate played just fine as well but 720p DivX or XviD clips were a no-go.
The gigantic classy screen with excellent viewing angles create the Incredible S a remarkable solution for watching movies on the go. DLNA connectivity can create it useful at home too – like streaming the video you recorded straight to the TV (without a single wire).
Music player is SRS-ly good
The standard music library view is the Artists section, but you can easily switch to one of the other six tabs beneath, which are for Albums, All Songs, Playlists, Songs and Connected media (which handles DLNA).
The music library
The now playing interface is a Cover-Flow-like visualization of the current playlist – you can swipe sideways to skip songs or go back. You can opt to view the full playlist if you need to skip more than a few phones.
The recent player interface is nice • Equalizer and SRS sound enhancement
The Incredible S offers SRS sound enhancement to boost the listening experience. If you plug in headphones, you can change equalizer settings too.
Player controls in the notification area • Cover-flow like browsing
Two shortcuts in the top corners act as toggles for shuffle and repeat. From the context menu, you can share a song (over Bluetooth, email or message) and you can see up the music video on YouTube too.
There’s a music recognition app – SoundHound. It easily recognizes a song from just a short sample. Or you can say the name of the artist and song and SoundHound will find it for you, including lyrics. The free version however only offers a limited number of uses (99).
The SoundHoud app
Frequency Modulation (FM) radio has RDS, is slow to start
The HTC Sense UI is also equipped with an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio, which has a pretty simple interface. It automatically scans the area for the available stations and allows you to imprint some of them as favorite. It also supports RDS and allows loudspeaker playback.
The Frequency Modulation (FM) radio UI
One thing that annoyed us about the radio is that it takes quite a while to start and stop – about five seconds.
Audio quality not as fine as we hoped
The HTC Incredible S audio quality is decent, but we feel that for that kind of cash decent equals disappointing.
The smartphone is pretty fine when you plug it in an active external amplifier (such as your home or car stereo), save for the higher than average stereo crosstalk. So while not perfect the device is decent on those occasions. Plus its reasonably loud.
The fine news is that plugging in a pair of headphones doesn't have as disastrous an effect on stereo crosstalk as we have seen on some other smartphones. So even with its relatively low starting position it still ends up acceptable after the slide. Still, the overall impact of the applied resistance is pretty major with frequency response, dynamic range, and signal-to-noise ratio all taking a hit and the distortion levels increasing. It's nothing more than a mediocre performance by the Incredible S in these conditions.
Check out the table and see for yourself.
TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
HTC Incredible S+0.03, -0.18-82.482.20.0180.058-71.3
HTC Incredible S (headphones attached)+0.61, -0.15-71.771.20.1260.540-59.6
HTC Desire HD+0.09, -0.44-90.690.40.0140.517-92.6
HTC Desire HD (headphones attached)+0.09, -0.44-93.292.90.0200.728-17.9
Samsung I9000 Galaxy S+0.03 -0.04-90.790.60.014
Samsung I9000 Galaxy S (headphones attached)+0.40 -0.12-90.790.60.018
HTC Aria+0.12, -0.58-84.586.90.0220.172-85.4
HTC Aria (headphones attached)+0.37, -0.15-87.090.40.0260.400-52.3
Apple iPhone 4+0.01, -0.07-90.590.60.00410.011-92.0
Apple iPhone 4 (headphones attached)+0.01, -0.07-90.490.40.00360.092-68.4
HTC Incredible S frequency response
You can learn more about the whole testing process here.
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