HTC Droid Incredible Review
There is one clear advantage that the HTC Droid Incredible offers here in the US – it's the only one to pack the latest version of the Sense UI running on top of Android 2.1. The only other device to provide the same level of experience is none other than the recently launched HTC Desire in Europe. Other than that, they are identically the same in almost every aspect in its software experience and performance. However, it'll still prove to be an attractive option to customers as there won't be any others to contend in the same space for a tiny bit – that's of course until the HTC EVO 4G arrives.
Speaking of operational speed and specifications, we just have to admit the HTC Droid Incredible is lighting fast. It's like a cheetah. This is to be expected, of course, given the snappy 1GHz processor and 576MB RAM. Still, nothing is perfect and the rules applies here as well – you can sometimes witness software lagging when switching on an interactive Live Wallpaper, especially if you try to bring down the machine to its knees by running too many applications at the same time (say player, browser etc.). The peppy nature of the HTC Droid Incredible just makes the experience of using Android such a pleasure; especially when there are few instances of it crawling to a standstill.
The home screen consists of seven pages that can host various widgets, shortcuts, and folders. Some of the available widgets come with compact versions that do not take up much screen space, but others like FriendStream require a whole page. By the way, this is an application that provides the latest Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr updates from your relevant accounts. Moreover, it allows for simultaneous Facebook and Twitter status updates. We cannot call the program innovative, since it closely resembles the Happenings widget of Motorola’s MOTOBLUR interface, plus it cannot really replace dedicated applications for access to the mentioned networks.
You can save your home screen page settings in the form of themes called Scenes or, alternatively, use one of the preloaded ones made by HTC. We do like the “helicopter view” that shows all seven pages at the same time. You can enter this mode by double-pressing the home button that takes you to the home screen or simply “pinching” the screen. Thanks to the extra feature, you can get right to the page you need in a snap, without having to scroll pages until you get dizzy.
For the most part, there were relatively few instances when we noticed the handset straining to keep up. Plus the customized Android experience with the newest version of the Sense UI goes far deeper in offering some conveniences without having the hassle of running separate applications. Lastly, the HTC Droid Incredible's power packed specs exemplifies its ability to run the platform so smoothly without sacrificing the seamless experience.
The application "People" is one of the seven great wonders of modern smartphone software. You might need some time to get used to it and learn how to get around, but the phone book offers access to an excruciating amount of information and shows your Facebook contacts. You can also add a great number of extra details about each person, browse their latest pictures and profile status updates.
As a whole, pretty much everything here is awesome. The calendar can be synchronized with various sources of information like Google (multiple accounts), Facebook and PC Sync. Moreover, you will be able to take a look at the weather forecast for your region on opening the calendar in daily view, which is handy indeed. The alarms, world clock, stopwatch, desk clock, and timer functions are unified in a single and totally cool menu. Unfortunately, the HTC Droid Incredible lacks pre-installed tasks application, although Android Market is brimming with programs with similar functionality.
You are allowed to set up several email accounts, but you will have to put up with the fact you cannot browse them at the same time, meaning only one can be active at a time. Like all other contemporary handsets, the HTC Droid Incredible offers automated email set up if you are registered with a popular service provider. Still, all settings relating to specific servers, like our own, require manual entry (it seems only BlackBerry devices can automatically handle the task).
Typing away is a dream come true when using the screen keyboards of the HTC Droid Incredible. The 3.7-inch display and its high native resolution provide ample space for keys. It’s available in several modes, including the phone keypad, compact QWERTY, full landscape and portrait QWERTY keyboards. Important symbols are brought onto all full QWERTY layouts and they can be typed in by holding the corresponding key pressed for a while. The feature may come in pretty handy, especially in case you need to enter passwords containing several special symbols. All told, the HTC Droid Incredible is really comfortable when it comes to message composing.
Connectivity & Internet:
Just like the HTC Legend and Desire, the Droid Incredible supports Flash (its Lite version, if we have to be punctual). This makes web pages more lively, because animated elements get loaded properly, plus you can watch videos (not everywhere) and listen to online music. Whatever it is that Apple claims, Flash is still in power today and we don't think this will change soon.
The browser does a great job in rendering web site properly as you would see them on a desktop computer, but in addition, it handles the rearrangement of text succinctly to the point where it is most optimized. As you change your level of zoom, the text will automatically format so as to fit the width of your screen. Zooming can be accomplished by either double tapping or executing multi-touch actions like pinching. Scrolling as a whole was smooth in every direction while pictures instantly displayed even when you continuously scroll. Multitaskers will especially be pleased by the Droid Incredible's ability to retain web content when multiple pages are opened. You're given a preview of each active page and can scroll to a specific one. Hands down, the HTC Droid Incredible easily takes the flag away from the Motorola DROID in the web browsing department and now lays claim to offering the best experience on Verizon's lineup.