I have spent a few weeks trying out the HTC Droid Incredible from Verizon Wireless and I am fully satisfied with the latest Verizon smartphone. It is truly one of the greatest phones on the Verizon network, and I have been impressed with the phone even after a few days of checking it out.
What is it?
The HTC Droid Incredible was first available on April 29 for $199 on a new two year contract. It runs Android 2.1 with HTC Sense performance enhancement, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB of onboard memory, Friend Stream app, 8MP camera with dual LED flash, 3.7 inch WVGA AMOLED touch screen, optical joystick, integrated GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Another feature I found interesting was its embedded FM radio, however, only a few stations came in clear for me. It comes with the normal native apps, but the Android Market allows you to download and install better apps (such as a better Internet browser app and texting app) if you so desire. With HTC Sense, the Friend Stream compiles data from Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr and displays it in a neat and organized fashion. It also allows users to switch across the seven home screens with ease and have apps running in a different screen.
The first thing I noticed about the HTC Droid Incredible is its sleek appearance. As soon as I took it out of the box I noticed how light it is and the screen seemed huge. It was ultra responsive and any app I touched opened quickly. I did not get a true sense of the 1GHz Snapdragon processor until I began opening many apps (such as Internet, Pandora, Marketplace, Weather) and switching between them with ease. Each of the seven home screens can serve a different purpose if you so choose. Like all Android phones, syncing your Google Account is a must and if you have a Facebook account, you should sync that right away as well. I’m used to texting on my LG enV 3’s physical keyboard, so getting used to texting via touch screen took a little bit of time, but in the end texting was very easy on the touch screen. In addition, HTC uses its own keyboard which has slightly bigger buttons and it is easy to save commonly used words that might not be in the dictionary.
The 8MP camera with dual flash takes excellent pictures and records superb videos. 8GB of onboard storage is definitely enough for pictures, videos, apps, and music, but it can always be expanded if you have a large collection of media. With the seven home screens, you can place many apps and widgets depending on whether you want a work home screen or a play home screen. With HTC Sense “leap view” you can access each different home screen by pressing the home button twice. Another nice feature is “scenes” which basically saves all seven home panel screens under a name that you can switch between. For instance, you have a dedicated business scene and a play scene, and you can customize the apps on those screens any way you wish.
There aren’t too many negative things to say about the HTC Droid Incredible. It is definitely one of the top phones, if not the top, on the Verizon network. My only complaint is the phone overall is not as intuitive as the iPhone and it does take some time getting used to. Granted, I have had experience with Android phones in the past and I usually know what I’m doing with new phones, so I didn’t have too much trouble figuring things out. But, if I gave this phone to my mother, she’d probably get frustrated with it in minutes and end up breaking it. I wished the FM radio had better reception, but that could be a location based issue. I’ve heard some complaints about battery issues with the phone not charging all the way through, but my phone seems to charge fine. Also, for some reason my phone sometimes randomly shuts off and immediately turns back on. That could be a software issue or perhaps a hardware issue, but it only happens once in a while with my phone.
Overall, Verizon has an excellent phone in the HTC Droid Incredible and it is definitely their flagship phone, replacing the Motorola Droid. The 3.7 inch touch screen makes navigating through the phone and reading text fun and easy on the eyes. The camera takes great pictures and can easily replace bringing along a standalone camera if you are a casual photographer. Hopefully HTC can keep up with consumer demand because shortages are definitely frustrating for Verizon as a company trying to sell a product and customers trying to buy a product.