HTC Incredible S vs. Samsung Nexus S


Now that HTC Incredible S has started to roll out into the hands of the consumers (more specifically - here locally in Pakistan), I thought it would be a good idea to put it up head to head with another Android giant, the Samsung Nexus S. The reason I'm choosing to compare it to the Nexus S is becuae Samsung is also gearing up to launch the device here in the coming weeks.

The following chart compares the most basic hardware specs of both the devices. If you want more detailed numbers on the Incredible S then take a look at my in depth review over here.

On a pure hardware basis, the game looks pretty close. The Nexus S is thinner and lighter with a slightly better screen, but the Incredible S is no slouch either. To be fair, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two screens without putting them through extensive testing.

Where the scale tends to tip in favor of the Incredible S is when it comes to overall performance and battery life of the device. The HTC Sense 3.0 user experience is also better than stock Android Gingerbread. Speaking of which, the Gingerbread update for the Incredible S is also coming in the next few weeks.

The camera on the Incredible S is also better than the Nexus S which lacks some basic features like Zoom and 720p video recording.

Finally, it also comes down to the network performance over here in Pakistan. Nexus S is launching with Mobilink which even though has broader coverage, they still have issues with their data services. You'd often fall down to GPRS speeds even in cities like Lahore. Ufone, which is launching the Incredible S doesn't suffer from such issues. Their data services are far more stable compared to Mobilink, and from what I'm hearing, Ufone is also throwing in a premium turn by turn navigation solution for free.

After using both devices, if it were up to me, I'd go with HTC's better built quality with better performance at a comparable price.

Update: Well apparently, the Nexus S being launched here only has a Super LCD display, and not a Super AMOLED screen like we were informed earlier. Thanks ammar for the tip.