The Verizon Wireless HTC Incredible releases later today. It’s a phone I’ve been interested for a while, mostly because of Android 2.1 and the 8MP camera. It also has a 3.7″ screen, 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, 8 GB internal memory, an HTML browser that supports Flash Lite, WiFi, and runs on 512 MB of RAM. It’ll cost you $199 with a 2-year contract and mandatory $30+ a month data plan. If you have an available upgrade you can snag it for $150.
Check out the reviews below the cut.
If you’re on Verizon and want a smartphone the Incredible is pretty much the one you should buy. … the Droid’s single redeeming feature over this, a physical keyboard, is actually less usable than the custom keyboard HTC’s put on the Incredible. … the Incredible is here now, and HTC’s Sense does glossy up some of Android’s rough spots.
+ It’s fast
+ HTC’s Sense makes Android a bit more usable and connected
= Camera controls and interface are great, shots and video only decent
- Feels a little cheap, and too plasticky
- The places where Android and HTC’s custom Sense interface overlap can feel a bit weird and confusing
The phone’s name might be a tad pretentious but we’ll be damned if it doesn’t live up to it. If you’re a Verizon customer looking to upgrade to Android, this is one of the finest phones available on that network we’ve yet seen.
WIRED Tiny, yet mighty. Faster than a locomotive with the help of 8-GB flash memory, 512 MB of RAM and Snapdragon processor. Gorgeous color display. We’re blown away by the phone’s smudge-resisting skills.
TIRED Camera lens isn’t flush to the back of the phone; it could easily be scratched by a set of keys. Sunlight is this phone’s kryptonite.
The good: The HTC Droid Incredible is blazingly fast, thanks to Verizon’s 3G network. HTC Sense enhances the features of Android 2.1, and the smartphone features an 8-megapixel camera and 8GB of internal memory. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G are all onboard.
The bad: You can’t use voice and data at the same time. The multimedia experience is adequate but still behind the competition.
The bottom line: With its polished design and user interface and blazing fast speeds, the HTC Droid Incredible takes pole position as Verizon’s top smartphone and is now the Android device to beat.
Let’s just put this out there: the Droid Incredible is the best Android device that you can purchase in America right now. It’s better than the Droid, better than the Nexus One, and certainly beats the pants off of any previous generation handsets like the Eris, myTouch, or Cliq. It’s not just a very, very good Android phone (though it is); it’s also an excellent smartphone no matter how you cut it. If you’re on Verizon right now, you’re finally getting really great options for phones, but the Incredible is currently sitting at the top of that heap with a good bit of distance to the next in line. Sure, there are still issues like a lack of quality titles in the Android Market, and if a hardware keyboard is a must, this won’t do the job for you. Also, while Sense is truly great on this phone, there may be users who prefer a more streamlined, stripped down experience. Still, if you’re looking for an ultra-fast, extremely capable smartphone that has the guts and gleam to go the distance, the Incredible just might be the Droid you’re looking for. Yes, we made that joke.
My Opinion: Having not used it I can’t say much. It seems like everyone thought it was super fast and most of them agree that sunlight is this phone’s enemy. I’d be a lot more interested if it wasn’t for the talk of a cheap-feeling design and the fact that Verizon requires you to have data on all smartphones now. The camera is enticing, but they’ll be phones with better in the not too distant future.
Andrew also has Verizon and I’m pretty sure if someone wanted to buy him one of these, because it’s his birthday, he would be very appreciative.