The HTC Incredible - A Late Review

HTC Droid Incredible by Verizon
I've owned the HTC [Droid] Incredible since it launched on April 29th, 2010. Several things kept me from writing a review although I intended it from day one. At times it was the need to have a complete picture of all that's out there on the phone --All of its quirks, issues, etc. Other times, it was just about me wanting to get to know the phone myself. But more than anything else, it was about me getting to know Android as a platform for the first time. A review on Android apps, tips, tricks, etc. is sure to follow soon.

In a time when new phones worthy of mentioning are released as fast as every three months, waiting this long to evaluate the HTC Incredible probably offers very little. However, I'm hoping the collection of resources is worth it.

A Time Snapshot

At the time of writing this article, several contenders to the HTC Incredible have emerged: On the Sprint network, we now have the HTC EVO 4G Android phone. Within the last few weeks, the iPhone 4G has also launched (AT&T). And, of course, the latest Android addition is the Droid X by Motorola, which launched by Verizon recently.

The Good. The Bad. The Bottom Line

The Good
Looking beyond what I've come to expect as standard features on every smartphone (like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G speed, speakerphone, etc.), the HTC Incredible offers: The Sense UI --A huge plus to the phone's Android 2.1 OS; a feature that I could spend a considerable time on alone. That, and the expandable memory (takes a MicroSD card) and I was sold. Of course, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, 8 MP Camera with flash, Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch display and a few other features (like the FM Radio) should not go unmentioned. Also worth mentioning are the phone's pinch-to-zoom capabilities, Flash Lite 4 (likely upgradeable to Flash 10.1 soon) and enhanced Copy & paste features. Being on Verizon, you automatically get Skype Mobile and NFL Mobile. Both are worth looking into, in my opinion.

The Bad
This is not a "bad" for the HTC Incredible; rather, it's Verizon's. You can't use voice and data at the same time! The next "bad" feature is an issue, like the iPhone 4G, I hope is fixed with a software update soon --Signal/Call quality. To learn more about this, read these:
As for features, I wished the HTC Incredible had HD recording. It does wide-screen pictures/video, but not in HD. Although, I did hear that it's a software update that may be coming around the corner. I have a couple of other pet-peeves but I'm not sure they're worth mentioning. For example, since the phone is on Verizon's network, it was made as a CDMA phone, and not a GSM one. A GSM one would be more of a World-wide phone (swap a SIM card and keep on truckin').

The Bottom Line
The phone lives up to its name --It's incredible. There's no such thing as a perfect phone; especially with new features coming out all the time. I could spend time telling you about this phone, but given my delay in getting this review out others have done a good job. Here are a few that I encourage you to read:

HTC Droid Incredible Expert Reviews

phandroid reviews the HTC Droid INCREDIBLE and writes;

“My absolute FAVORITE new feature of the HTC Incredible is the FM Radio which can only be enabled when you have headphones plugged into the 3.5mm headset jack. Simple to use, and just like Google Navigation, adds a completely new dimension to your phone..Web browsing with the HTC Incredible is fast and enjoyable on the 3.7-inch screen and pages load quickly. ”

Mobileburn reviews the HTC Droid INCREDIBLE and writes;

“Call quality on the HTC DROID Incredible in New York City was stellar. The only issue I noticed from time to time was a slight delay between hitting the on-screen send button and hearing the phone on the other end ring. I didn’t experience a dropped call, and callers noted the clarity of which they were able to hear me. Reception was also very good, and the device mostly reported a full four bars of signal in New York City….”

Rating: ★★★★½

MobileTechReview reviews the HTC Droid INCREDIBLE and writes;

“The camcorder can shoot video up to 800 x 480 resolution at an average of 26fps with lesser options for VGA and MMS sizes. It uses autofocus for video (impressive) and has a variety of exposure and sharpness controls. Video quality is quite good…”

Rating: ★★★★½

Infosyncworld reviews the HTC Droid INCREDIBLE and writes;

“For the scrutinizing mobile user, the Incredible is a whopping 0.01-inch thinner than the iPhone 3GS, which will give you tons of free pocket space. It also rocks a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen LCD, which is the same technology as the iPhone, except the Incredible’s AMOLED technology will produce brighter colors. Not only did it produce brighter colors, but the display was crisper and easier to read.”

Video of HTC Incredible by VerizonWireless

Mobileburn first look reviews the HTC Droid INCREDIBLE and writes;

“…I also enjoyed the phone’s 8 megapixel camera. It took good shots both indoors in low-light situations, thanks to its dual-LED flash, as well as outdoors in the sunlight. For texting, HTC’s landscape and vertical QWERTY keyboards were very easy to use, but I also loved being able to use speak-to-text, a feature available in Android 2.1 smartphones…”

DigitalTrends previews the HTC Droid INCREDIBLE and writes;

“Verizon Wireless has since locked down the staging site—it was originally sniffed out by the blog Phandroid—but information on the site seemed to indicate Verizon planned to go with a $350 early termination fee. The site did not carry any pricing information, but it looks like it will offer a way for interested customers to give their email address for updates on the product’s availability.”

Video LEAK preview of HTC INCREDIBLE by tehkseven

Video preview of HTC INCREDIBLE for VERIZON by somanyphones

Video preview of HTC INCREDIBLE for VERIZON by cellfanatics

Please don't text and drive.