HTC Incredible S vs. Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better phone -- HTC's Incredible S or Apple's iPhone 4?

HTC Incredible S vs iPhone 4: Display

The HTC Incredible S has a 4in SLCD display that is larger than the iPhone 4's 3.5in screen. The Super LCD display is claimed to offer a clearer and brighter image, along with enhanced battery life compared to regular LCD screens, but it can't provide the same vibrancy of Super AMOLED screens like the Samsung Galaxy S.

Apple's iPhone 4 uses IPS technology (the same used on the iPad, and thanks to its 640x960 pixel resolution it has been described as a "retina" display, due to the human eye being unable to distinguish individual pixels. The iPhone 4's screen produces excellent sharpness and crisp text.

HTC Incredible S vs iPhone 4: Software

The HTC Incredible S Android phone runs the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform, and features HTC's Sense UI overlay. This consists mainly of home screen widgets and applications, including the handy HTC Friend Stream, which aggregates social networking contacts from Facebook and Twitter, People, which combines all forms of contact with an individual in your phonebook, along with a weather widget that offers fantastic animations, including a windscreen wiper that swipes across the screen to wipe away raindrops. Android 2.3 Gingerbread also means the Incredible S has a revamped keyboard, better copy and paste, improved power management, and a slicker user interface as improvements over previous versions of the Android platform.

The iPhone 4 runs Apple's iOS4 operating system. It offers a familiar swipeable home screen enhanced by folders, and the consistent Apple UI look and feel extending across all of the standard applications. If you have never used an iPhone before, you can expect a device that is easy to pick up and use, a well-populated App Store, and excellent multimedia capabilities. The iPhone's iPod integration ensures it remains one of the best music smartphones on the market, while mobile Web browsing is fast and efficient.

The HTC Incredible S runs the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform.

Though the streamlined iPhone experience has won many fans, Apple's closed platform means the iPhone 4 doesn't offer the same flexibility as smartphones like the HTC Incredible S. The iPhone has an inferior notification system to Android phones, and it doesn't let you customise and display live widgets on your home screen. By the same token, the iPhone interface and overall user experience are far more polished than what is currently on offer from Android phones.

The HTC Incredible S will be available exclusively through Optus for three months from 1 May. Optus has not yet announced pricing details for the Incredible S, but it is expected to be available both outright and on a range of contract plans.

What do you think about the HTC Incredible S and the Apple iPhone 4? Tell us in the comments below!

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