My first phone review ever (HTC Incredible)….
Okay, so I’ve had the HTC Incredible since April 28th 2010. I have used it every day since and have not been able to put it down.
First a little background…
I have been with Verizon for over 10 years now. I have always upgraded my phones every year to year and a half. My last phones were the LG EnV, then the Samsung Omnia and my last phone was the LG EnV Touch. I loved the EnV. Great, small compact phone and it had a keyboard for the first time in my phone use history. Then I got the Omnia and I returned that after 2 weeks. I hated the virtual keyboard. I made too many mistakes typing so that went right back and I got the EnV touch in its place. The touch I had for about a year. I had to pay the $10.00 per month data plan. I LOVED this phone. It was a little thicker than I wanted, but everything else was perfect, or at least I thought it was…until…
The HTC Incredible…
I knew that I was paying $10 a month for a data plan for my EnV Touch basically to send text messages and use it as a music player in the gym. I figured for another few dollars I could get a smart phone and get a lot more features. I started to do some research on smart phones and I saw the Moto Droid. Great reviews and built like a tank, but I really didn’t want the physical keyboard anymore. That same day I saw that Verizon had started pre-orders for the HTC Incredible. I figured why not. I placed my pre-order and the total was around $222.00 with free overnight shipping. Now for the wait. I also needed a way to explain to the wife that I spent $222 on a phone plus $30.00 a month extra for a data plan when we are looking to redo our bathroom and our kitchen and our hardwood floors. I also need new hockey skates. Oh well, think how much better this new phone will make our lives!!
The wait is over…
The phone arrived on the 28th of April and it came with a 2GB SD card. This being the first Android phone I have ever touched, I was excited. I love getting my hands on some new tech (new for me at least). I flipped through the instruction pamphlet and starting charging the phone. The packaging was nothing special and it included a charger and USB cable as I am sure you all know. I installed the SD card and the battery. The phone itself had a decent weight and size to it and to me was very attractive. I liked it a lot better than my previous phones right off the bat.
Turn me on…
I turned the phone on and waited for the boot up and was introduced to a nice setup process. HTC walked me through setting up the activation, my email accounts, importing my contacts, setting up facebook and other such settings like Wi-Fi. It was almost a month ago, so I cannot remember all that was involved in the setup. I do remember that after I was done with setup, I was ready to go.
What to do first?...
Now that I had this seemingly foreign piece of equipment in my hand, I had to figure out what would be my first task. I set ringtones and wallpapers, checked texts and figured out how to send and receive them. I fired off a text to myself and boom; just like that my text came through. I did it. No problem. Simple. The virtual keyboard worked fine and the letters were spaced out enough in landscape mode that I was not making many mistakes. Spell check and predictive text were on, so that was something new and a welcome addition. Next, I placed a call. On the bottom of the home screen it says ‘Phone’. I hit that and the keypad comes up with my contacts in the background. I easily placed a call and used speakerphone. The call went through and sounded perfect. ALL calls since then have sounded great. My bars here on Long Island, NY range anywhere from 1 bar to full and I have never had a dropped call and voice quality is perfect.
Let’s check out the screen clarity and touch sensitivity…
I had to check out the screen quality. I brought up some preloaded pictures. They looked outstanding on the 3.7” 480x800 WVGA AMOLED Touch screen. Nice. No more small screen of the LG’s I had. Then I had to see how good the touch and swipe worked. I have to tell you, I think it works great. I have an IPod Touch and I always loved the way that scrolled. The Incredible scrolls just as nice if not better in my opinion.
So far, so good…
As you can probably tell, I was impressed with the Incredible right off the bat. No buyers remorse. The hockey skates can wait.
Did I just get an email on my phone?...
A few minutes into using , playing with and setting up my Incredible an email comes through. Wow, I thought. Email on my phone. I opened it easily and read the mail. Junk. But MY junk. Email on my phone. Nice. Now I know you blackberry and smart phone users of days before are saying “big deal”, but to me, this is exactly what I was looking for. A Verizon device that can make calls, text, send/receive email, have a good camera, have a usable web browser and I can use as a navigation tool. It had it all, baby.
Let’s try out that camera…
The phone has an 8MP camera with dual LED flashes. I haven’t taken many pictures in the first month, but the ones I have taken have come out very nice.
As for the navigation…I was able to use the voice driven turn by turn navigation the other day to find my sister in laws friends house to borrow a tile saw. I pulled up the maps widget, hit menu and there was ‘directions’. I typed in the address and it took me right to the tile saw. The GPS signal locks right on in a matter of seconds. When I got home I put my TomTom Go720 on Ebay. Sold.
Getting on the internet is a snap a pages look great in both landscape and portrait modes. Pages load quickly and double tap to zoom work as advertised. Scrolling also seems fast I guess thanks to the 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. I don’t find myself going on the web as much as I thought I would. I have download a bunch of apps from the market that take the place of a lot of things I would do on a website. Things like weather, sports scores, you tube I access through widgets. When I do need to use the web it works great.
As for the market…
I think I have only begun to scratch the surface of the market. Each day I find something new to download, whether it be ringtones, wallpapers, games, fitness training programs, etc the market seems to have it.
VOICE your thoughts…
One cool thing I do like is the ability to use voice to text. I compose text messages and do searches this way. I really do like this and takes some getting used to. If you talk slow and clear results are good.
Let’s put this review to bed…
As I said, this is the first time I have reviewed something, so if I missed something or if you have a question, ask away.
I did buy the Seidio 1750 extended battery about 2 weeks ago and I have noticed greatly increased battery life with this new battery. If there was any knock on this phone I would have to say it the stock battery. I do realize though that I play games, listen to music surf the web, use apps, take pictures and video, send and receive emails and texts, use the maps and navigation and use it as a phone. So for such a small battery, I can’t complain.
I haven’t bought a case or screen protector for it and it still looks great for a month’s use. I have had a few short distance drops so far, but no damage has occurred.
As far as accessories are concerned. I would eventually like to get a tight fitting black silicone case, a desktop charging cradle and the car dock for when I use the navigation.
As to what I think can make this phone better…A larger screen. I do love the 3.7” and it looks great, but a 4.3” would be perfect. I think that fits the bill for usability and portability.
I will say this…I have already gotten one of my friends to get an Incredible. I have not been able to put the phone down in a month. It is one of the best pieces of tech I have ever used. It does It all and it does it well and it fits in my pocket. I use it as a music player, a stopwatch, an alarm clock and I just used it as a level to make sure my tub in my bathroom was level. Granted, I have never used an IPhone or the Moto Droid or any Blackberry, but if they are better than this Incredible phone ( lol ), I would like to try it for a few days.
I am a fanboy of none and I have no allegiance towards any particular product or company, but HTC and the Incredible have won me over. Great job!
Now I have to go order my skates.
- 05-26-2010, 03:50 PM #2
- 05-26-2010, 04:28 PM #3
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great read, hopefully some prospective buyers will check this out and get the Inc.
You mentioned you were looking for more apps, check out my list of apps on AppBrain. Hopefully you will see something interesting and get it to work for you and have some fun as well =]
Also, if you are interested in being a bit more techy with your phone, check out the guides I link in my signature. Especially the music syscing one, you could create a playlist for when you are at the gym.
Let me know if you have any questions! And welcome to Android!
- 05-26-2010, 08:41 PM #4
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- 05-26-2010, 09:46 PM #6
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Good job on the review ! The only issue that I am trying to resolve with my Incredible is finding a good blue tooth that is reliable most of the time, especially for talking on the freeway/highway. I have come close with the Jabra Extreme, but have had bad luck with the Jawbone and Plantronics.... people said I sounded scratchy. I am hoping that the BT issues I am having are not related to the phone, but just related to the particular blue tooth.
My plug in ear bud works perfect and so does using the phone without bluetooth.
Maybe I am asking too much, but I am looking for a BT experience that is consistently good, even when driving on the freeway ( which tends to generate background noise more).
Would love to hear from anyone who has found the right bluetooth for the Incredible and how they use it... Do they keep it turned on all day, or turn it on and off, when calls come in ( to save the BT battery).
- 05-26-2010, 10:16 PM #7
- 05-26-2010, 11:18 PM #8
Nicely done. I am new to Android as well and enjoyed reading a fellow newbies perspective. I used WinMo on several devices (the last was a Troe 700w) before switching to BlackBerry (4 different devices currently have a storm Which is being replaced by the Inc as soon as it arrives and a tour that I am keeping). I am really looking forward to learning the ins and outs of android the way I did when I first started using BB. Again, nice job on the review, I really enjoyed reading it.
- 05-27-2010, 01:01 AM #9
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- 05-27-2010, 03:36 AM #11
Well I see someone else out there is as happy as I am with my phone. But my excitement was more with Android than what the phone can do. My blackberry did everything this phone does, but this phone does it so much better for me.
- 05-27-2010, 08:30 AM #12
Thanks, guys, for the kind words about my review. After I was done, I thought of a bunch more I should have added. I could talk about this phone a lot...
I just turned my music on and made a call to my Incredible from house phone. The music did indeed pause and I was able to talk to myself and when the call ended, the music resumed.
On a side note, when you answer the call you do have the option of hitting the back button on the bottom row and resuming the music as you are using the phone. Not sure anyone would want to do this as you do hear the music and the person talking at the same time, but it is an option.
Then when I saw the Moto Droid, I got the fever for the flavor of a smart phone. I just didn't want the physical ketboard and sliding feature. That is what always kept me away from the Moto. Then I saw the Incredible and starting reading about it, I thought, this is exactly what I have been looking for.
I initially read reviews of the phone and people said it felt cheap and plasticy. I think the phone has a perfect build and is a really good feel in the hand. The extended battery seems to have given it a touch more heft and it just feels perfect for me. 3 weeks after I got the Incredible I got out my EnV Touch just to compare the two phones. The EnV Touch with a thin silicone case just seems so bulky and awkward with the flip design, and I did LOVE the Touch when I had it.
The only thing that scares me is I have been reading about the Moto Shadow and as I said in my review I would love to have a 4.3" screen. I have also read it has a 4.1" screen, and I also read that it is just a rumored device.
As far as accessories are concerned for the Incredible, this is what I am going to get:
Nice light thin silicone case just to protect the edges and back
Use this only in the car when using the navigation. I know it doesnt charge, but it looks like it holds the phone in place nicely.
I already got this. In my opinion, a must have:
I already have this also:
Looking for a little more storage than the 2GB SD card that came with the phone:
And I would like to get this for the Incredible when it becomes available...
- 05-27-2010, 12:43 PM #16
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- 05-27-2010, 05:33 PM #19
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Also, do I really need a case/skin for the Dinc? I mean, I'm very careful with my devices. What does the back off the phone feel like? Is the case slippery? Or does it grip well?
- 05-28-2010, 11:42 AM #20
- 05-28-2010, 05:57 PM #21
As far as if you need a case it's all up to user opinion. Personally I always try to put at least a slim case like an Incipio Feather or a Seidio Inno II on my phone for just enough protection. You don't need like a Otterbox level protection unless you are careless with your phones, clumsy, or over protective. SO it's really up to you if you need one of not.
- 05-29-2010, 09:30 AM #22
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Thanks so much for the time and thought you put into your review. You said a lot of what I was already thinking. I have been with Verizon for a long time and my previous phone was not a smartphone, but an LG clamshell 8700. The difference between a "cellphone" and the Droid Incredible is just stunning.
My DInc has been going strong since I got it. I have gotten 2 other people to purchase an Incredible so far. They both love theirs.
The only problem I have seen so far...
The stock music player I could not get to work properly. It would skip and play random stuff. I switched over to Real Player and Double Twist and have not looked back. No problems at all.
Since I upgraded to 2.2 my phone just appears to be a bit 'laggy'. I was using Handcent SMS with 2.1 and I loved it. Since 2.2, Handcent just got verry slow and I went back to the stock messenger. The phone just doesn't seem as fast since 2.2. My friend feels the same way.
I love to move forward and I love upgrades, but I just wish I had 2.1 on the phone. Maybe it's something that I am doing wrong. I still LOVE the phone and have not been able to put it down.
I still wish we had a desktop dock like the Motorolas have...
I did see the Droid X come out and I just loved the idea of the bigger screen. I had to see it and hold it, though. i went down to Best Buy and the Verizon store and held it and used it. I did love the screen size but the phone just felt too big. I still think a 4 inch screen would be perfect. The new Samsung comes out soon and I beleive it has a 4 incher, but I am not sure. When it comes out I will have to go down and play with it. It would take A LOT to pull me away from the Incredible!
But I am always looking at the next (possibly)best thing. For now the Incredible fills all my needs for size and usability. Some nights I just want to lay in bed with my Incredible and give it a kiss goodnight. I think the old lady may draw the line at that. She is already pissed that I hold the phone more than her lately.
- 09-07-2010, 07:26 AM #24
I got an dx as well but I would not have gave my incredible up for it , it is a nice phone but I do like the size better on the incredible for portablity .I can stick the incredible in my pocket and cant even tell its there the dx you can . I might actually give up the dx for the new htc phone(4.3 screen, that resembles the evo) that they showed on Android Central the other day tho, but plan on keeping the incredible even if I did.
- 09-07-2010, 09:41 AM #25