First there was the Motorola DROID that started the Android revolution on the Verizon Wireless network. But now there is the Droid Incredible and there are some major differences from the original Droid. The specifications on the Droid Incredible really make the phone incredibly fast and responsive. You may have seen this phone on the new Verizon “Droid Does” commercials, and now we are bringing you the review after a month of real use with the phone.
The Droid Incredible has an interesting body to it. From first glance it just looks like a thin phone with a really high quality display. However once picked up, the Incredible reveals a shapely back panel and a interesting color scheme. On the left side of the phone there is the volume toggle and the charging port, which takes a microUSB connection. One of our complaints about the design is that the charging port is placed on the bottom half of the left side of the phone which makes it difficult to charge and talk on at the same time. On the front of the phone there is a optical joystick that allows you to navigate around the phone without using the touchscreen display.
The HTC Droid Incredible has some powerful internal specs that make the phone fast and usable. With a 3.7″ 480×800 WVGA OLED touch screen display, this phone’s display really shines and looks fantastic. With a 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor, you will rarely find lag and slow response on the Incredible. 8GB of internal memory (and the opportunity to add 16GB more with a microSD card) gives users the opportunity to take advantage of all the media capabilities of the Incredible and put the 8 megapixel camera to good use.
The HTC Droid Incredible weighs in at 4.59 ounces which makes it just a tad bit lighter than the iPhone. The phone is pretty thin and easy to hold in the hand. On the front of the phone, under the display, there are four touch buttons that allow you to go home, bring up the menu, go back, or search for something. We had no problem working with these and never seemed to hit them by accident.
The HTC Incredible runs Android 2.1 and has the HTC Sense interface. With its Snapdragon possessor and 512MB of RAM, the Incredible runs really smoothly and can have a decent amount of apps open at the same time. There were times we would have 7 or 8 apps open at a time and didn’t notice any difference in performance.
HTC Sense is the user interface that runs on top of the Android operating system. It really makes the operating system shinen with its graphics and functionality. Sense has a widget called FriendStream that allows you to connect it to your social networks and see what your friends are doing. We found that really useful and set as one of our homescreens. There are multiple other widgets that can be added to homepages. We have used Android phones without Sense and we can honestly say that we just don’t enjoy them as much. This user interface really adds what we believe is needed for a great smartphone.
The HTC Droid Incredible does not have a physical keyboard. Therefore, there is a on-screen keyboard that pops up when needed. The keyboard turns as you turn the phone making it easy to type when holding the phone sideways. After extensive email, web, and text messaging use, we found the keyboard to work fine. We had some trouble getting words right when the phone was upright. However, we loved the keyboard when using the phone turned sideways. If you spell a word incorrectly, it will give you options to fix it or add it to the dictionary.
The Droid Incredible has an impressive 8 megapixel camera with a flash. This camera can be used to take some pretty nice photos and videos, but it probably will not replace your real camera. The quality is good, but it just isn’t up to par with a real camera. Check out some pictures below.
The HTC Droid Incredible really shines when it comes to Verizon smartphones. At this point, I can honestly say that the Incredible may be the best smartphone currently available on Verizon. If you are a hardcore BlackBerry user, you may think otherwise. However, for the standard user looking to get a smartphone, the Incredible is a great choice at this time. The camera quality is ahead of most phones, the Sense UI and speed of the phone really make it usable.