Interface:

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.

Phone Contacts:

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.



Organizer:

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.



Messaging:

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.


FEATURED VIDEO

45 Comments

45. musicluvr.nm unregistered

I have to agree that the products used on the exterior are a cheap, and the side lacking buttons shows a minimalisitc approach. But I think the back stands out and is cool. It looks like a topographical map, which is different than what we see in other phones.

44. impressed unregistered

This is a great review. I am a Palm Lifedrive owner looking for an upgrade -don't care that much for a phone function as to be able to replace Lifedrive's "DriveMode" = external (4GB) drive- with ability to load and read (edit might be asking too much?) Word and Excel files. Or, not as a external drive, but with the ability to read those files saved on microSD/internal memory. Is Incredible able to do so? If not, is there such PDA/smarphone on the market? I would like to be able to browse and email data/pictures - is such item available for a full price but not a plan (or the least expensive plan since I am not into "phoning" that much)? And it should work globally. Waiting for a reply.

37. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

You're Mom has a somewhat cheap feel

36. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I think they lower points on the design to bring the final "average" below 9. I like the design, call me insane but I prefer the back than the front lol. Anyway, it is snappy, it's fast, and works great, it's a pity HTC didn't make a GSM version of this Incredible phone.

35. shotine

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Are you blind or just have not taste in phones?, you gave the piece of crap palm a 8.5 on design and the incredible a 6.5 on design. This is the best phone on the market imo.

33. PaulRivers

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Alright, I've had this phone for a day now - 1. The visual design of the phone is fine. I personally far prefer it to the Droid's "industrial", I'm-carrying-a-brick-with-me design. And I find **NO** fault with the feel of the build quality of the phone. There's nothing loose, creaky, etc about it, it's very solid feeling. My guess is that the reviewer simply like heavy, "industrial" feeling phones - I prefer a lighter phone over something with more heft (functionality before "feel"). That's a personal preference only, if you prefer something "sleeker" and "more professional", and just plain lighter in your pocket like I do, you'll prefer the Incredible, if you really like something heavy you'd prefer the Droid. I don't like to carry around a heavy phone. The visual design is good, though not "OMG awesome". More interesting looking than an iPhone, but perhaps not as cool looking as the Nexus One looks in pics (haven't seen it in person, so I can't make a real comparison). Again, I find the Moto Droid's "industrial" design kind of obnoxious, so this one is by far preferable (with my sense of aesthetics, of course yours might be different). The back on the phone isn't *NEARLY* as loud as it looks in pics. The somewhat grippy rubber material makes the phone easier to hold onto than a slick surface would. It also doesn't "stand out" like it does in pictures. Could it be described as boring? Possibly, kind of a matter of opinion. But could it be described as "Loud"? No. Not if you see it in person. Anyways, hope this helps anyone trying to make a decision regarding how the phone looks.

31. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

this phone should be in the nines.... go have hands on with the device and try and find one thing wrong with it..... oh wait beside its not an iphone. (for you tools)

30. PaulRivers

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

I should add that although I didn't like the "build" on the Motorola Droid (to blocky, heavy, industrial), the Nexus One did look pretty good, and that's what phonearena said it wasn't as good as. Hmm. Still not a huge issue (far, far more concerned with call quality), but I suppose it's nice to have a pretty design. :-)

29. PaulRivers

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Every time there's a new phone, there's always a couple of comments about how they wish it had a bigger screen. And while I hope someone makes an android phone with a bigger screen for those people, I don't want one. I want one with a smaller screen. I was hoping they'd release a phone the same size as the htc droid eris, or even slightly smaller (but with better battery life). I just don't need more screen real estate unless it gets up to iPad size (might be a bit difficult to carry in my pocket then, lol). I'd just like something that was a great phone (call quality reception) and I could do some basic web browsing on. I don't think I'm alone either. I have 4 friends who all already have droid phones. 3 of the 4 all said the same thing - after reading the reviews they went to the store to buy a Motorola Droid, but after handling the Droid and the Eris found they really didn't like the big, heavy, blocky feel of the Droid and purchased an Eris. Only 1 of my 4 friends actually bought a Motorola Droid. I'm disappointed they made the phone bigger, would have liked to see a more Eris-sized phone. I'm glad they didn't add a keyboard (if you want a keyboard, you can get the Motorola droid, though admittedly it would be great if they put a better keyboard on it). And I think phonearena's comments about build quality seem pretty silly - I'd much rather have a lighter phone (especially on something this big, which isn't light to begin with) than a heavier phone with more metal in it. I guess I'll see what it's like when I get it!

26. tacjam

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 24, 2010

LOL...after watching Google and HTC ignore Nexus One users for their 3g issues...and this phone is based on the same hardware...you'd be CrAzEy to buy it! Hit the Nexus One Forums..their problems have been ignored like MAD!

28. PaulRivers

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

"after watching Google and HTC ignore Nexus One users for their 3g issues" While I find that annoying, being that this phone uses entirely different technology (cdma rather than gsm) it may not have any of those issues - it's most certainly not using the same hardware internally, that would be impossible.

25. koutrelakos

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

this is good to hear, as I love my Droid but it has too many bugs so I'm going to see if they'll swap it out for the incredible. one question, though: is the 3.5mm headphone jack as loose as it is on the Droid? because i'm tired of carrying around my phone and my iPod..

24. spk

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

working at vzw, i have been able to play with this phone alot the last 2 days and i personally feel it is the greatest phone to ever grace vzw's lineup. it is everything i could have possibly hoped it could be. i will definitely be purchasing this phone. it definitely lives up to the hype. we will be selling millions of these things!

19. Agent

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 16, 2008

Does anyone really use headphones that comes with phones anyway?

20. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Exactly, I always use my own headphones, the ones they always offer in phones suck anyway.

22. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

The stereo headset packaged with BlackBerries is actually pretty decent.

23. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

IMO

18. DrMichaelLum

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 21, 2010

Regarding the Cons: The front looks fine. The back does look a bit silly a la Nissan Xterra, but at least a good portion of it is flat, the way it should be since table surfaces are also flat. The uninspiring design and the cheap exterior materials can be easily remedied by a quality hard shell case like the one I have on my Blackberry Curve. As for the lack of headphones, oh well. I think I'm used to that now that Airlines never seem to provide them either.

43. avbscorpio

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 12, 2010

I have an Xterra. My Inc will arrive tomorrow. I already have a Seidio hard case and belt clip combo ready for it, which trims down one of the layers in the back. Now I know what attracted me to this phone, thank you. That and the sheer speed of it, combined with hating an external keyboard and the accuracy of the virtual keyboard. I have headphones (Sennheiser, of course).

14. techjunkie

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 23, 2009

@sinfulta they gave the N1 display a 10???why? when the display on the incredible is said to be better but yet they score it 1 point lower and N1 got a 8.5 in design??? I know to each is own but the reviewer sure seems bias to this phone for some reason, maybe he has a Moto Droid or a N1?

10. techjunkie

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 23, 2009

A 6.5 for design? WTF? I've seen this site rate some questionable phones higher in that category. I know it's not the best design in creation but a 6.5 I think I might have to start looking elsewhere for reviews

11. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea I agree, it seems like they were purposely trying to hold this phone down. I don't see how awful the design is, I've seen way worse.

12. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

If it had a half eaten apple on the back of the phone the design would get a 10. :)

13. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I'm also confused on how the display only got rated a 9, when currently its using the best display on a commercially available and affordable phone right now. But the IPhone 3GS display got rated a 9.5, with lower resolution, Non AMOLED screen, and it is smaller, but scored half a point higher? The desire scored 2.25 pts higher in design? Maybe I'm partial to black, but their should be no way that the desire scored 25%+ higher in design. Something is seriously seriously wrong here. I will take the Jet black beautiful front Incredible with a funky back any day before the all around boring/dirty looking desire. Just my .02 cents though.

15. funkpod

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Maybe this was due to the fact that the iPhone review is older? I can't seem them being able to go back and retroactively change the reviews based off of the current standard. Like if the EnV got a 9 for a review, and then the EnV2 got a 9, but it's a whole lot better, and it can't be the same as the EnV2, it would be hard to go back and edit their previous reviews. Maybe the 3GS's screen was the screen to beat back then, but now there are better.

16. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think the HTC HD2 is the screen to beat at the moment. Its bigger if I'm not wrong, with the same quality?

27. PaulRivers

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Regarding the display - I couldn't find any mention of the iPhone's display in direct sunlight in the phonearena review (for the 3gs at least), but I think this bit from the htc review is probably why the score isn't higher - "Aside from the lack of visibility when viewing the phone outdoors in direct sunlight..."

32. ickyob

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

Touche!

41. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

However, its not AMOLED. So inside, pictures look better on the Incredible.

42. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

6.5 means average. Meaning there is nothing new, and the quality isnt the best.
Droid Incredible
  • Display 3.7 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1300 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.4

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless