HTC Droid Incredible Review

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The Android operating system has enjoyed a tremendous boom in popularity since the Motorola DROID was released. Since then, many additional Android-powered phones have come to market. One of the latest new Android phones is the Droid Incredible by HTC.

The word "incredible" certainly invokes high expectations, so you can bet users will demand great things from this phone or there will be plenty of complaints. Given that the phone is made by HTC, a long-time and very popular player in the smartphone space, and the fact that the Incredible is hitched to Verizon Wireless' network, the phone certainly has a few things going for it.

As the best of the Android-powered phones on Verizon Wireless, the Incredible offers high-end features that give it a solid foundation for success. The Droid Incredible by HTC is the first Verizon Wireless phone to take advantage of Qualcomm’s superfast 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It's also the first available phone from Verizon Wireless to include an 8 megapixel camera. This phone is loaded with other high-end features as well including 8GB of built-in storage, a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) AMOLED capacitive touch display, integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, and more. Software-wise, it runs on Android 2.1 aigmented with HTC Sense.

The Incredible also comes with a price that's on-par with other higher-end smartphones: It costs $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract. Of course, you'll need one of Verizon Wireless' Nationwide Talk plans (starting at $39.99 per month) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan which starts at $29.99. At the end of the day, you're talking about more than $70 per month for the service by the time you add taxes and fees, but if you're looking for a smartphone, this monthly fee is to be expected.

Looking at it specifications, the Incredible looks good, but does it live up to its name? And perhaps more importantly, is it for you? Our in-depth review takes a closer look at all of the Incredible's features and software to help you decide.

HTC Droid Incredible Specifications
Specifications & Features

CPU Speed Qualcomm QSD8650, 1GHz Snapdragon
Platform Android 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense
Memory Flash 8GB + 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM
Dimensions (LxWxT) 4.63 x 2.30 x 0.47 inches (117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9 mm)
Weight 4.6 ounces (130 grams) with battery
Display 3.7-inch AMOLED touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution
Network Dual-band (800 and 1900MHz) CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A
Onscreen Navigation Optical joystick
GPS Internal GPS antenna
Sensors G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1 with FTP/OPP, A2DP, and PBAP
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g
3.5mm stereo audio jack
micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0)
FM radio capable (wired headset required)
Camera 8-megapixel camera with auto focus and video capture
Audio
Formats
Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma
Recording: .amr
Video
Formats
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv
Recording: .3gp
Battery Rechargeable 1300 mAh Lithium-ion battery
Talk time: Up to 313 minutes
Standby time: Up to 146 hours
Expansion Slot 16 GB microSD memory card support (SD 2.0 compatible); No pre-installed card.
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
Email Push Gmail and Exchange
In-Box Content Main unit, Micro USB cable, Battery (1300 mAh), AC adapter, RF Brochure, Product Safety & Warranty Statement, Quick Start Guide

 

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rapid1 4 years ago

I have thought of upgrading to this unit. I have also though about leaving Verizon and going to Sprint for the EVO 3G/4G device, which was released today. I am in a Sprint 4G location so I am still considering it. I am also kind of wondering if I should, yes 4G would be great, and these new HTC and Motorola units are awesome. However; I also know there are dual core phone processors and a 1.5Ghz (HTC Scorpion) one coming from HTC, Motorola etc in the very near future. There are also the new Intel processing units they say will come into the channel late this year or early next year. So I think these great phones are just the tip of the iceberg we will see in the next 6-9 months.

bob_on_the_cob 4 years ago

HTC has been coming out with some awesome stuff lately. I'm kinda sitting out of the phone arena for now. Good review though!

ClemSnide 4 years ago

Guys, I know you're proud of your writing, but it's a bit egotistical to call it an "incredible review."

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