HTC Incredible S Review

HTC is without a doubt one of the leading lights that has made Android a success. The trouble with being in front, though, is that everybody is out to get you. You have to keep one eye on the competition, and one eye on making sure what you do constantly raises the stakes. This device in an wonderful device, with a bold look.

First Impressions

This thing looks a lot like an iPhone at first glance. It’s textured back plate feels oddly pleasant and not at all “cheap” as I had expected it might.

The 4 main function buttons are hidden from sight when the device is asleep and rather than being physical buttons they actually respond to touches.

Typing is easy in both portrait and landscape modes and the aforementioned buttons actually rotate to match the orientation which I thought was charming. Although the keyboard is not to my expectations, but still it’s very usable.

Responsiveness and Speed

This is easily one of the fastest and most responsive Android devices I have ever used. It’s actually comparable to a Samsung Galaxy S II, which here is over twice the price.

I have tested a variety of apps including those that are fairly physics-heavy without any noticeable lag and all around reasonable load times.


Although I have yet to truly put the battery through its paces, it is holding up surprisingly well. Charged to around 80% roughly 32 hours ago it is now sitting at 36% despite a fair amount of use over that time.

With many apps running in the background like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many more, yet the device is still a battery saver.  Overall still it has very good battery life.


At 4-inches, the screen on the Incredible S packs in a respectable 800×480 resolution – standard fare for this generation of smartphones. HTC call the technology used in their latest batch of phones “Super LCD” technology,

which is kinder on battery life than the traditional LCD displays of yesteryear. However, having used both up close, we can say that in terms of colour and contrast, Super LCD is no match for AMOLED, looking paler and more

washed out than the tech now featuring exclusively on Samsung handsets like the Galaxy S2.


The Incredible S has nearly identical specs when compared to the Desire HD, though it tends to score a bit lower in Quadrant, usually around 1400 (the Desire HD scored 1600).

Browsing the web was a solid experience on the Incredible S. Even on long web pages, we didn’t see any checker pattern, probably thanks to the large amount of RAM on the device. The device does not lag and has a smooth User Interface. This is due to all the power produced by the 1GHz Snapdragon chip.


Internal memory is a pitiful 1.1GB, however the HTC Incredible S does come with a 16GB microSD card so you aren’t likely to run out of space any time soon.


Overall there’s nothing inherently wrong with the HTC Incredible S which offers a large screen, the great HTC Sense overlay, oodles of widgets, good battery life and a smart chassis design. The HTC Incredible S is a great phone. Marmite styling aside, it has perhaps the ideal screen size possible in a phone, and nice UI touches abound – its’ HTC at its best. Buttery smooth and predictable, it really makes Android look like a thing of beauty  and that’s no small achievement.

The only thing it lacks is a dual core processor. But other then that it a very good device to get your hand on it.


We would like to thank HTC Malaysia for loaning us this wonderful device. Also our sincere thanks to Ms. Hwei  and Mr.Pau from Roots Asia for helping us to get this device

Stay tuned for more phone reviews only on Crack Tech.




HTC One V Review

2012 is the year of the quad – core smartphones , dubbed “superphones” . All the OEM’s are moving with new flagships and their own respective series. Samsung with their Galaxy and the S3 at its helm, and LG’s Optimus series. HTC had a shaky year last year, with the Sensation line failing to ward of all the die – hard S2 fans. This year, they’re looking to mimic what they did in 2010 with the Desire, which won the hearts of everyone. This year is the year of the ONE , and HTC ‘s got 3 very capable Ones to do that job. The One X is their flagship superphone, followed by the dual – core One S, which still tugs along as fast as that Quad Core brother, with better battery life. That leaves us with the third , and youngest member of the One family , the ONE V. A single core , 5Mp sporting phone running on the latest Android with Sense 4 on top, and a RM999 price tag, where exactly does the One V fit in today’s power hungry crowd? Will it be the new benchmark for sub-RM1000 phones? Can Ice Cream Sandwich be enough to justify this guy? Read on to find out our verdict of the HTC One V .

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Teardown of Retina MacBook Pro Finds Low Repairability with Custom Components

Following yesterday’s teaser teardown of the updated MacBook Air, iFixit has now given Apple’s new Retina MacBook Pro the same treatment.

Apple of course showed off a fair bit of the machines internals during the keynote in order to promote all of the innovations included inside, but iFixit’s teardown still provides an interesting hands-on look at the internals.

Unsurprisingly, the Retina MacBook Pro is not designed to be user-accessible, with the slim form factor requiring a number of proprietary components that are designed and assembled for maximum space efficiency rather than upgradeability and repairability. This has resulted in iFixit dubbing the machine “the least repairable laptop we’ve taken apart”.

Taking a number of cues from the MacBook Air, the new MacBook Air uses RAM soldered directly onto the logic board, as well as custom solid-state drives that include a new connector incompatible with existing third-party drives on the market.

Front of Retina MacBook Pro logic board with CPU (red), NVIDIA graphics (orange), and RAM (green)
Apple has even taken to gluing the large battery into the body of the Retina MacBook Pro, with iFixit ultimately giving up on trying to remove it for fear of puncturing a battery cell. The glued-in battery pack also covers the trackpad cable, making it nearly inaccessible and susceptible to damage if users attempt to remove the battery.

Otherwise, the internals of the Retina MacBook Pro are fairly straightforward, with a large and densely-packed logic board with left-side ports integrated, a separate I/O board for the right-side ports, the asymmetric fan touted by Apple, and custom speaker assemblies.


Benchmarks for Mid-2012 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

With the first Mid-2012 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models reaching the public, Primate Labs has collated some data from its Geekbench 2 benchmarking database to assess the raw performance of these systems compared to their predecessors.

For the MacBook Pro, Primate Labs has data on four different models: the new Retina model with 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz processors and the non-Retina model with 2.3 GHz and 2.7 GHz processors. The top-of-the-line 2.7 GHz system registers with a Geekbench average score of 12,303, roughly 16% higher than the top-of-the-line 2.5 GHz Sandy Bridge system from the previous generation.

Notably, the leaked MacBook Pro benchmark from mid-May does appear to have been legitimate, with details corresponding to the new non-Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro. That machine is designated MacBookPro9,1, while the 13-inch model is designated MacBookPro9,2. The Retina MacBook Pro appears as MacBookPro10,1.

On the MacBook Air side, top-of-the-line systems are seeing boosts of over 20% in Geekbench scores over their corresponding predecessors. As with the MacBook Pro, even the low-end systems of the new generation outperform the high end of the previous generation.

Geekbench testing focuses on processor and memory performance, providing comparisons of raw power between machines but only telling part of the story. But with these machines seeing significant boosts in graphics performance with the addition of Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics and/or the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, and systems with solid-state drives using faster drives than in the previous generation, real-world performance should see marked improvement.


Samsung Galaxy S2 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

It’s already few days since the most anticipated Android smartphone ever, the Galaxy S3 is released so we wanted to compare it with its famous predecessor, the Galaxy S2.

Galaxy S2 vs Galaxy S3

There is no doubt that the Galaxy S2 last year revolutionized Android and smartphone market in general. It had the best display, processor, and camera at that time and it bring smartphones in the whole new level. The Galaxy S2 also gave 2nd life for Android platform in general by introducing radically improved TouchWiz interface. Comparing the Galaxy S3 with Galaxy S2 is not fair as the S3 is completely new smartphone with improved specs but I still want to point out the main things Samsung has done over this past year to impress gadget and performance geeks. Read on for the complete head to head battle

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Samsung Galaxy S3: Pebble Blue vs. Marble White

With the release of the Galaxy S3, Samsung are offering the Nature-Inspired superphone in two colour options : Pebble Blue and Marble White. Both are vastly identical but it seems the Pebble Blue version has a polycarbonate shell with a special finish compared to the White version. Many people are bending towards to Blue version because of this. Tech blog CoolSmartphone have published an interesting article to put the debate to test. They pit the Blue and White versions to see which version looks and feels better. They leave it to you to decide for yourselves but in their opinion , the Pebble Blue version seems slightly better than the White.