HTC Droid Incredible (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: incredible
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CNET editors' review
price range: $399.00
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 04/18/2010
- Released on: 04/29/2010
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.
Low Batt life? Run ATK...
by spiike32 on May 1, 2010
Pros: pure awesomeness and trumps current iphone on every single level. Next Iphone however will be a better competitor with front facing camera and faster processor.. but still this phone rocks. CNET needs to filter some of the BS reviews...
Cons: Pictures although 8 mp is still a bit grainy. Need an app/customization so the photo is taken by touchscreen or volume rocker. Center button causes phone to move when taking pics = blurry pics.
Summary: For those complaining about low battery life, I bet you have opened several apps... and didn't fully close out of them. Mine had all my apps running at once (...
Summary: For those complaining about low battery life, I bet you have opened several apps... and didn't fully close out of them. Mine had all my apps running at once (unknowingly) and battery life was 4 hrs. If you run Advanced Task Killer, you can close your instances of apps... read the manual. Batt life is much better now.
51 out of 89 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Verizon phone available right now
by jt74gd on May 21, 2010
Pros: 1 GHz processor
Best voice recognition software Ive ever seen
Customization, not tied down to any software
Verizon 3G = fast
Convienent 8MP camera on phone+decent quality = can replace digital camera
8 gigs internal storage+ 16 gig micro SD card
Cons: Android learning curve is a bit more than iPhone OS
Sometimes u can customize too much and simple tasks become frustrating
Media player is terrible, Android Market offers alternatives for free
BATTERY LIFE!! needs a 1500mAh OEM battery
Summary: First things first, it has the best voice recognition software Ive ever seen and when paired with Google everything.... it makes life much simpler. Ive reduced the amount of text ...
Summary: First things first, it has the best voice recognition software Ive ever seen and when paired with Google everything.... it makes life much simpler. Ive reduced the amount of text I have to input in text fields by 50%, all you have to do is speak what you want to type and it is accurate 90% of the time (depending on background noise of course). I can get a full voiced turn-by-turn directions in about 20 seconds flat just by using the voice input, instead of opening up the maps app and then typing my destination or searching first then selecting it. My Tom Tom car GPS is now completely obsolete.
OS: This phone is for people who are a bit more tech savvy and care about how/why a phone can do what it does. The Android OS is a bit more complex than the iPhone OS, but this is mostly due to the amount of customization available. The HTC Sense UI alleviates some of this with a unified inbox, friend stream, widgets, etc. The best part about this phone is that if you dont like something about the OS, there is usually a way to change it. Also, IF YOU DONT HAVE iTUNES or DONT LIKE iTUNES, YOU CAN STILL USE THE PHONE! Although the stock HTC and Android media players are not very good, you can download better players for free. There are syncing software out there that can help transfer music, movies, pics, docs, etc, but you can still mount the phone as an external HD and use the old drag'n'drop method to transfer anything you want. HTC Sense has plenty of useful widgets that can eliminate digging through menus, etc. and there are always more on the Android Market. Also, dont worry about how many Apps are available compared to the iTunes store..... there are plenty of good, free apps to download and besides how many do you really need? of the 100,000+ apps, probably only 40% are actually decent enough to download and of that 40%, how many do YOU actually need? Quality should be paramount over quantity
Hardware: As usual, the phone hardware is tops in the market right now, but will be surpassed in the near future. Its just the nature of the cell phone industry. Dont worry about other phones coming out w/ better specs, etc. The Incredible has enough RAM, processing speed, camera quality, touch sensivity, call quality, signal reception, and style to last you through a 2 year contract.... and by then, another awesome HTC phone will be available. Pop in a 16 gig micro SD card and you have 24 gigs of total storage. The processor is pretty fast, and it helps when "multi-taksing". I use quotations because most people dont intend to "multi-task" but do so inadvertently, i.e. listening to music while playing a game, then you get an email and check that. Then you go to the web browser to look up something, and finally you ask to navigate to an address. So far you just opened up the 1) music player 2) email client 3) web browser 4) Google Maps 5) Google Navigator. UNFORTUNATELY, all those applications will stay open until you close them (sucking up battery) so you need to download a free AppKiller that can close things once youre donr with them. But still, with 5 or more applications open, the phone does not slow down because of the 1 GHz processor.
Style: The form factor is great. Some dont like the rubbery & topographic battery cover, but I say it helps hold onto the device and prevents it from sliding when placed on inclined surfaces (car dashboard, couch, your lap, etc ). The display is amazing, has one of the top resolutions out there, but washes out in direct sunlight. The phone is just as thin as an iPhone and the optical trackball is actually useful. SERIOUSLY, people frown at extra physical buttons on the front face, but the 1) Home 2) Back 3) Menu 4) Optical trackball are time savers and MORE IMPORTANTLY fingerprint eliminators. If you can reduce the amount of finger swipes you have to make in order to perform a simple task, it helps reduce smudging up the beautiful screen.
26 out of 33 users found this user opinion helpful.
Awsome phone,horrible reception
by edstreiff on April 29, 2010
Pros: > Great Screen
> Super fast
> FM Radio
Cons: > Sense UI, can't sync two exchange accounts
> Battery Life
> Signal Strength
Summary: I got this phone the otherday because of a shipping issue with verizon and so far I have had mixed results. The phone itself is awsome its crazy fast and ...
Summary: I got this phone the otherday because of a shipping issue with verizon and so far I have had mixed results. The phone itself is awsome its crazy fast and the screen is amazing. Its much better than the Motorola Droid I had but a potential deal breaker has developed and that is the signal strengthForgot to mention that when I am connected to 1X I can't get any data at all, the speedtest app just fails and the android market place says that its failed to connect
Now I know the bars on the phone are not a good indicator so I launched the android test application and sure enough I had like 4 to 5 bars in the DB sense of things so why am I complaining?
The 3G will not stay connected, I'm always on 1X I have tried this phone in all sorts of different areas around pittsburgh and the results are same I rarely connect to 3G and when I do its painfully slow. The speedtest.net application only reported .23MB download speed when I was able to connect to 3G. My Moto Droid on 3G would usually get around 1.50MB download. In fact my 3G speeds are very close to my 1X speeds on the Moto Droid which makes me think that even though my Incredible shows the 3G symbol that it may not be connected at all.
I will give this phone the full 30 days before I return it and return back to my iPhone 3GS (I hate AT&T so much). I ended up leaving Big Read 3 months ago after a month of terror with the Moto Droid.
I'm really hoping that this 3G issue gets fixed fast, this phone is as good or better than the iPhone and I really really really don't want to have to go back to AT&T.
Just checking now on my wifes Storm she has full signal and 3G and I have 2 bars showing (-78dB) and 1X
Updated on Apr 29, 2010
Yes, I did all the *228 non-sense again and talked to a tech who claimed the phone was fine
Updated on Jun 17, 2010Update: Today I finally sent the Incredible back the lack of 3G coverage was too much for me
Now I was able to make phone calls anywhere the 1X side of life was always full signal but my 3G even next to a tower was lacking.
I download an app in the market called Real Signal (Free) it showed the bars and signal strength for the 1X and the EVDO separately. The phones signal strength bar is not wrong its perfectly correct its showing you the signal strength of the EVDO not the 1X almost everywhere Real Signal was showing full 1X signal and practically no EVDO(3G).
Now I emailed HTC about this issue and they said its a known issue and they are working on it but couldnt give me a time frame, I think thats bull there is an issue wit hthe 3G chip for sure.
Now verizon was kind enough to send me a replacement to try but it was the same, the best thing they did was extend my worry free guarantee which allowed me to return the phone today without penalty
Updated on Jun 17, 2010I reactivated my Blackberry Storm which to my great surprise had a giant Software update since I last used it the phone actually is pretty great if it had WIFI I would be more than happy to use it for a long time.
When I returned the incredible today they representative showed me a new phone (a flyer) called the Motorola Droid X now that phone looks simply amazing and it was even better than the EVO,
Right now the Incredible is on back order till July 14th which is like 5 days short of this new phones release if you are considering the Incredible I would wait and get the Droid X Motorola phones were always solid devices I will not buy and HTC product again my last 3 phones where HTC's and they were all so far Garbage,
1.) HTC Touch Pro 2, sooooooo slow (Likely because of Windows Mobile)
2.) HTC Droid Eris, Really really slow and sluggish
3.) HTC Incredible, Awesome device, poor 3G signal, poor wifi
Updated on Jun 17, 2010Final update on this review since I no longer have the phone the WIFI chip was also very poor in this phone, more than 5 feet from any one of my 6 Access Points in my house and the Incredible would give up and switch to 1X, my laptops all reported excellent signal strength in my home no matter where because I have 2 access points on each floor. Now my access points all have the same SSID but are on different channels its seems like the incredible would grab my upstairs access point North Facing since it was channel 6 which is the default common channel on Wireless G so perhaps this could be fixed with a software update. My iPhone, HTC Touch Pro 2 and laptops had no issues what so ever connecting and always showed full signal strength
28 out of 39 users found this user opinion helpful.
by BenMNSTATE on April 29, 2010
Pros: FAST processor, lots of memory, nice big screen, android 2.1.
Cons: Battery life is good for a smartphone, but isn't going to last mulitple days like a simple flip phone.
Summary: I got the Droid Incredible after having a Blackberry tour and Motorola Droid. This is the best by far. If only for the processing speed alone, it's worth the ...
Summary: I got the Droid Incredible after having a Blackberry tour and Motorola Droid. This is the best by far. If only for the processing speed alone, it's worth the money. No lag or slowdowns, even with multiple apps running. The camera is at least as good as the Motorola droid. The screen is awesome. Responsive and bright. I was at first very worried about typing without a keyboard (especially after coming from a blackberry), but this screen is so big that I'm not finding it to be a problem. Android is a GREAT OS. I loved it on the Motorola Droid and I love it on the Droid Incredible. Once you get used to it you really see how outdated the blackberry OS is.
Battery life is pretty good. In my test day I was streaming music from pandora, browsing the interent, and texting. I got a full day of use and that will probably increase once the battery cycles a few times. Yes, I would love a smartphone that could go five days without a charge, but really the Droid Incredible's battery life is on par with what your going to find in smartphone these days. Battery tech is still catching up to smartphone energy demands. That being said, is it really that hard to plug in a phone every night?
Overall, GREAT smartphone. If you want a touch screen only smartphone with Android, there arn't any better (for now).
28 out of 40 users found this user opinion helpful.
iPhone? Who needs it!
by NewYorkbizlawyer on April 30, 2010
Pros: I'm finicky about phones. I held onto my Blackberry while passing on the Storm, the Eris and the Droid. Since the iPhone isn't coming out soon, I bought the Incredible based on my gut. The Incredible is just that: Truly incredible.
Cons: Everything. I'm pretty much blown away. As the title of my review indicates, "Who needs the iPhone?"
Summary: Maybe it's because I live in NYC but I haven't even come close to dropping a call and my reception is fine. The battery life is surprisingly good. ...
Summary: Maybe it's because I live in NYC but I haven't even come close to dropping a call and my reception is fine. The battery life is surprisingly good. My charge lasts an entire day with moderate internet and phone usage. Many people warned me that I wouldn't receive my emails as quickly as with my Blackberry. Not a problem - I receive my hotmail and pop (business) emails almost instantaneously. The browser speed is outrageous - almost as fast as my home computer. I kid you not. The interface is gorgeous and user-friendly. I've never owned a touch screen and was able to pick it up with ease in a day or so. I was concerned about the keyboard because I'm not a spring chicken and I have clunky fingers. Big surprise. The keyboard, at least when turned to landscape is not a problem. Not a problem at all. The interface is gorgeous and I'm having so much fun with all the free Apps (especially, Open Table and Swirl - I'm a foodie!). Oh, did I mention that the phone is a whopping 8 mega-pixels. Are there glitches? Sure. Voice dial has a long way to go yet, synching to Outlook was troublesome initially and navigation probably could be simpler. I'm still having some trouble with call waiting but I probably just need to read the manual for answers. All-in-all, I'm thrilled.
35 out of 58 users found this user opinion helpful.
by destardi on April 29, 2010
Pros: Nice screen, love Sense UI, more polished than Moto Droid's software appearance.
Cons: Battery (and I'm serious about this, as compared to MotoDroid's), Antenna is weak, signal was dialing down to 1X, with barely 1 bar in same spot my Moto Droid was getting 3G and full bars.
Summary: I was really wanting to like this phone, and generally it's pretty sweet, very powerful.
But after a full charge and about an hour of constant usage (along with ...
Summary: I was really wanting to like this phone, and generally it's pretty sweet, very powerful.
But after a full charge and about an hour of constant usage (along with my Moto Droid), I was testing download speeds next to each other, signal strengh, and battery and the Droid won hands down. I was all set to sell my moto droid, but nope...I'm taking the Incredible back. :(
28 out of 41 users found this user opinion helpful.
by tander59 on April 22, 2010
Pros: Lightning fast, beautiful display, slim form factor.
I was one of the few hundred lucky people that recieved my Incredible early due to Verizon computer glitch.Had Moto Droid, Just too bulky and never used physical keyboard.
Cons: As with most smart phones the battery life could be a little better. Be sure the first thing you do is to download a task killer App. I can make it through a full day with normal use on a single charge.
Summary: This is the best Android phone on the market to date. I have had it for 24 hours now and am completely satisfied! I can see owning this phone for ...
Summary: This is the best Android phone on the market to date. I have had it for 24 hours now and am completely satisfied! I can see owning this phone for a very long time!After owning the Incredible for about a week I can honestly say the battery life is pretty impressive. I can make it through a 14 hour day with fairly heavy use. Also reception and call quality are exellent. When talking to someone they can't even tell I am on a cell phone. All 3 of these quality's are better than my previous Droid cell phone.
Updated on Apr 29, 2010
17 out of 20 users found this user opinion helpful.
Love the Iphone but hate ATT's Service? Get this phone!
by angelsfan02 on April 29, 2010
Pros: Face it guys- Nothing will ever live up to the iphone. Apple and the iphone are a different way of life altogether. So do you love the iphone, but love Verizons service? This is your phone then! Don't wait because its getting backorderd already.
Cons: No cons yet! I haven't experienced the problems mentioned by others. Other reviewers should give it more time before making drastic remarks. I had the iphone, and this is very similar. If you love the iphone but love Verizon's service, get it!
Summary: First of all, I have been one of those people lucky enough to have experienced ATT Wireless & Verizon and the service they provide at the same time. My work ...
Summary: First of all, I have been one of those people lucky enough to have experienced ATT Wireless & Verizon and the service they provide at the same time. My work phone is an IPHONE. My personal cell is from Verizon. So I can compare the HTC Incredible to a popular competitor. I wont bore with every detail as there are many websites for this, but hands down, the Incredible is by far the closest thing to my IPHONE. The only 2 differences I can mention are the better battery life of the Incredible, and the better service on my Incredible from Verizon in my area. The only variable being the service because I know for a fact this can vary from one city to the next etc. My iphone 3gs dies midway through the day. The Incredible seriously went from 9am-9pm today 4/29/10 until it died, with way heavier web and application running than my iphone 3gs. The service and 3G bars were all there. I wont bore you, if you love the iphone, love Verizon reliable service, buy it-period!
12 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
Incredible Locking Up
by j3ffc0ll1ns on May 3, 2010
Pros: Coming from Windows Mobile, the interface was easy to learn and use. The linking of email account information was a very nice feature. The APP store is both interesting and alarming since it would be easy to load something inappropriate.
Cons: The back cover is very flimsy and I am concerned about moisture protection. But the primary concern is the device locked up over and over again to the point where it had to be returned.
Summary: I received the phone on Thursday. I began yanking the battery to overcome the system locking up on Thursday evening. I worked with Verizon support on Friday (learned how to ...
Summary: I received the phone on Thursday. I began yanking the battery to overcome the system locking up on Thursday evening. I worked with Verizon support on Friday (learned how to bring up the boot screen by the way, just hold down the optical mouse button when powering up). I dropped in back into the Fed-x to be returned on Saturday. A replacement phone may take up to three weeks since the devices are on back order (seems like they did not plan on any of the devices failing). So, for the few hours I had it and it worked, I was pleased. Let's hope my device was a fluke and the replacement is solid. I would strongly advise buying this phone to not load any additional APPS until the out-of-the-box functionality is well understood and the key features are utilized to ensure they are functioning as expected.When debugging an issue with a smart phone, the first question poised by the Verizon help desk is 'What APPS have you downloaded?". In addition, there are APPs on the Android marketplace which my be poorly designed and can adversely affect the operation of the phone. Several APPS were specifically called out by the help desk as being known problems. So, inappropriate APPS in this case means any application for which I have neither personal experience or a reliable review to help me make a download decision.
Updated on May 3, 2010
13 out of 16 users found this user opinion helpful.
by prepriyadarshane on May 21, 2010
Pros: Great design
Great camera and video camera
Great call quality
Cons: Battery life
Convenience keys for camera
Summary: The Good:
Design is nice with red accents reminds me of "I'm professional and wild" attitude. Black dress with a red scarf - yes, it's a plus. There'...
Summary: The Good:
Design is nice with red accents reminds me of "I'm professional and wild" attitude. Black dress with a red scarf - yes, it's a plus. There's an idea for webisode.
Fantastic AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic LED) Screen - very bright and vivid.
Phone quality and reception is great. A couple of people who didn't know that I got a new phone asked if I did because of sound quality. Speaker phone is not as loud but great. Anne's mom hates it when I put her on the speaker phone because she cannot hear me well. I called her, put her on the speaker phone and carried on a conversation without her complaining once about the fact she was on the speaker phone.
Love the VIP widget where you can do one touch call to a anyone in the VIP list. I only call less than 10 people on a regular basis so it works well not having to go through all my business contacts to find these contacts.
I've heard a lot of gripe about exchange email integration and Android. Frankly, I was a bit worried. To my surprise, it was a breeze, it functions extremely well. Watch out BlackBerry, this frankly was a better email client with again a VIP list, one touch email filtering by conversation, flagged etc...
Browser is fast and to my surprise just as good as the webkit iPhone browser. Flash plug-in works ok and I felt it was a great addition to the mobile browsers.
Camera is very good and takes great pictures. Center metering mode works best. The video camera is also stunning for a phone camera, there is no HD option, but I don't think I'd need it, obviously these wont replace still cameras and HD video cameras.
The best thing about the phone is the UI and performance. The mix of the Android UI with Sense UI by HTC makes this phone one of the best in the market. I think Sense picks up where Android lacks. I'd say this by far is the best contender to the iPhone UI. (Shhhhh.... I think it maybe better, but I can't call it because I don't use an iPhone on a day to day basis).
It is extremely fast and responsive, I've ran multiple apps, 3D games without even a hiccup. With all these open I tried Google Wave on it, which is not really made to run on a mobile phone, yes, then, it choked.
The other surprising thing is this phone makes most of the tasks like composing a message, looking up information and navigation a breeze - you don't have to type it just say it. Voice to text works extremely well even with my Sri Lankan accent!
The Bluetooth audio seems to sound stronger and better, I listen to Pandora on the way to work and I used to have to turn up the volume on my car stereo to hear it decent. With the Incredible I don't have to turn the radio up so much.
I miss convenience keys on the side for voice prompt and the camera. The track pad works well but is useless because the touch screen does most of what the track pad does.
The battery life is poor, but I expected that and I'm used to it. When you have bluetooth and WiFi off it is a bit better.
10 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: HTC
- Part number: incredible
- 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.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Phone Design PDA
- Width 2.3 in
- Depth 0.47 in
- Height 4.63 in
- Weight 4.59 oz
- Technology CDMA
- Band CDMA 800/1900 (Dual Band)
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Android 2.1
Messaging & Internet
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g
- Additional Features Touch screen,
Optical joystick control,
- Diagonal Size 3.7 in