After taking a closer look at the hardware of the Incredible S, we spend some time poking around at the software. The Incredible S, despite having nearly identical specs when compared to the Inspire 4G, manages to score lower in Quadrant in most cases (update: after an additional run, shown in the image above, it scored a similar score to the Inspire 4G). And this lower score is reflected in day-to-day performance: while the Incredible S is generally quite responsive, there are times when it feels a bit laggy when compared to the Inspire 4G.
In terms of internet data speeds, we were able to clock healthy 3mbps download speeds and 1.7mbps upload speeds over T-Mobile’s 3G network. The Incredible S is not capable of achieving T-Mobile’s HSPA+ data speeds, unfortunately.
In terms of other software, the Incredible S is running with a mildly upgraded version of HTC Sense for Android. We expect that once the device gets the Android 2.3 upgrade later this year, a new version of Sense will appear that provides an updated application tray, a quick way to manage device settings, and more. But out of the box, you get the same Sense experience that you would get on any of the more recent HTC devices like the Desire HD, which is a bit disappointing for a brand new, recently-announced device.