The HTC Incredible has hit the cell phone market in a big way. This is my first smart phone and making the switch from an LG Dare was definitely worth it. The Incredible has many more features that a simple multimedia phone just can’t touch. In this review I will go over the Android operating system, the design of the phone, the ease of use, features, camera, call quality, battery life, text input, and price point.
The Android operating system was completely new to me. As a first time user the interface was not as intimidating as i was expecting. It was much easier to navigate than the windows mobile i briefly tried out. The HTC Incredible has 7 home screens that you can customize in any way you want. The phone comes with preset screens that you can use, or you can throw that all away and design them in your own way. The perfect set up on my phone was to have the time, weather and most used apps on the first page. A second page contains widgets for my contacts, email, and favorites. A third page contains all of my favorite apps, even one for baseball scores. The fourth page contains a large calender, and I still have lots of room to customize with more widgets and shortcuts. The drag and drop ease of the Android system is very user friendly. And the speed is incredible. Apps run flawlessly no matter how many are open on the. The screen on the HTC Incredible is large, bright and responsive as well.
The phone itself is very sleek looking, although fairly simple. There are not very many buttons on the phone itself. There is a power button, a volume rocker, and a mouse. The mouse is one button that is set flush with the surface of the phone that when you brush your finger over it advances the home screens. It can also be used in certain applications as well. Pushing the button down acts as an enter key. This also acts as the camera button for the Incredible when in camera or video mode. The camera seems to take great pictures but at times does not seem like the 8 mega pixel that it says it is. The only downfall to the design of the phone is the size. I found it hard to use with one hand, but a user with larger hands should have no problem at all.
As for call quality on teh HTC Incredible, it seems to be the same as any other phone. It rarely stays in 3G mode and often only has one bar, but this probably changes on where you are located as my reception is never great. The Internet is responsive and is faster than I expected. Its pinch zoom feature is smooth and very helpful in tapping small areas. The text input is extremely customizable. You can use the full qwerty keyboard sideways, as well as in portrait mode. As for me I was used to the T9 input of my old phone and the HTC incredible accommodated me in this. I was able to set up my phone with a T9 keyboard. The best feature that I found on this phone is the voice to text input method. It works when writing text messages, searching the web, setting up contacts, and anywhere you input text. This was very responsive and took no training at all. It knows what i’m trying to say roughly 90% of the time, when only give short phrases. This is a very helpful feature.
The battery life seems OK, not the best. After a few charging cycles this should improve. There are ways to improve the battery life as well. Decreasing the brightness, turning off wifi, and shorting the screen timeout time should also increase the battery life.
The price was competitively priced as well. I never thought I would spend the money for a phone of this quality but with the $100 online discount, and the new every 2 promotion, I got mine for $149. Hopefully the HTC Incredible will last me a long time. The only thing im waiting for now is a larger choice of phone cases that fit the HTC Incredible.
Verizon Wireless, http://phones.verizonwireless.com/htc/incredible/