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HTC Droid Incredible Review

HTC Droid Incredible

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One clear numerical value where the Droid Incredible trumps the Desire can be found in the camera department. It ups the ante now that it is packing an 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash to supplement its status over its brother. We adore the fact that you can simply touch a section of the screen for the camera to focus on and that snapshots are almost instantly saved to the device. The interface is relatively poor in terms of options, although it does feature modern functions like manually adjustable contrast, color saturation and sharpness – but the face detection feature seen on the HTC Desire was inherently missing. Similar to the Desire, when it comes to video capturing, the maximum resolution is 800x480 pixels and the frames per second vary from 26 (outdoors) to nearly 17 (indoors).

Camera interface - HTC Droid Incredible Review
Camera interface - HTC Droid Incredible Review
Camera interface - HTC Droid Incredible Review
Camera interface - HTC Droid Incredible Review

Camera interface


Quality was on par with what we experienced on the HTC Desire, but the higher 8-megapixel camera didn't offer any stunning images over its brother to make it stand head above the water. We still experienced the somewhat overcast look in outdoor shots, but it didn't take away from the overall decent images that were captured. Indoor shots can prove to be trying even with the dual-LED flash it packs because shots taken in close proximity, say 3 feet, resulted in over-exposed images. We found that taking photos with the flash from a reasonable distance of 5 feet proved to offer the best quality – at the same time, it attempted to focus in on the shot the best it could. When taking photos in complete pitch dark conditions, image quality varied as the phone had a difficult time auto-focusing. Thanks partly to its ability to capture videos at a high resolution, the Droid Incredible can easily save precious moments without missing a beat. One thing we noticed was that the handset only recorded at one specific focus level that we set initially before recording – so that means it won't focus if an object moves closer or further away,

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HTC Droid Incredible Review
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HTC Droid Incredible Review
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HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
Outdoor samples taken with HTC Droid Incredible - HTC Droid Incredible Review
Outdoor samples taken with HTC Droid Incredible - HTC Droid Incredible Review
Outdoor samples taken with HTC Droid Incredible - HTC Droid Incredible Review
Outdoor samples taken with HTC Droid Incredible - HTC Droid Incredible Review
Outdoor samples taken with HTC Droid Incredible - HTC Droid Incredible Review

Outdoor samples taken with HTC Droid Incredible


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Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - HTC Droid Incredible Review

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Medium light

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Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


HTC Droid Incredible sample video at 800x480 pixels resolution

With a serious focus on being connected, the Droid Incredible's ability to capture images and videos clearly places it in the upper echelon of Verizon's offerings. It's not to say that it can't become a replacement for a digital camera, but there are still other elements that could be improved to make it a clear differentiator in being an all-around hit.


Multimedia:

With high end specs in tow, we knew beforehand that its video playback was going to be truly spectacular – and we weren't disappointed by the results. Even though it lacks support for DivX and Xvid, multimedia buffs will be glad nonetheless by how easily its able to play high resolution videos. We were able to load up videos with various resolutions and found all to run smoothly without any slowdown to hinder the experience. After playing a video coded in H.264 with a resolution of 720x306, the Droid Incredible didn't even stutter at any point – which ultimately goes to show its prowess in this department.

The HTC Droid Incredible also features TV Out with support for the following formats: NTSC-M, NTSC-J, PAL-BDGHIN, PAL-M and PAL-N. However, a TV Out cable is missing from the box, so we guess it will become available as an additional accessory at some point.

HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review

HTC's audio player is certainly not a sight unseen. It features various content filtering options and none that pertains to audio playback modification (lacks equalizer). In case you don't like that, you can always visit the Android Market and get one of the numerous players available there. Personally, we like "³" (also known as Cubic) best, because of its spectacular interface.

HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review

After we've tested out the riveting performance on the Motorola DROID's speaker volume, we weren't too keen in thinking the Droid Incredible could match it – especially when a tiny notch on the back is all that stood between the speaker and environment. We were thoroughly surprised by its near deafening tones. It'll easily cause an alarm to unsuspecting individuals who aren't prepared for its bombastic tones. Audio quality sounded sharp at the highest volume setting, but toning it down allowed for a more suitable experience that is pleasant to the ears. One of the biggest shocks with the handset is that it lacks any headphones in the packaging – which sticks out like a sore thumb because it looks like every high-end HTC offering comes packed with one. To add further insult to the situation, the FM Radio requires you to plug in a pair of headphones to get it to work. Despite all of that, it’s actually a novelty feature for the Android line-up of HTC and comes with a super simple interface. Still, what’s important here is the application is snappy and equipped with functional RDS that detects radio channel names instantaneously.


GPS & Software:

The only software pack for navigation and maps that is pre-installed on the HTC Desire is Google Maps version 4 that brings certain novelties like information layers. If you decide to help the GPS module and activate it in assisted mode, getting your exact location pinpointed will take just a few seconds. Without it, you will have to wait for 4-5 minutes to find out where you are (after hardware reset) and less than a minute if you have already been located exactly.

HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review

We post news about the evolution of the Android Market in our news section on regular. The latest data shows more than 9,000 applications have been added to the application catalog in March alone and some estimate the total number of programs is well in excess of 40,000 today. Still, keep in mind that some applications are unavailable in certain regions, for an instance, you might be unable to access paid-for programs. As a whole, the Android Market is a great source of more (or less) useful software, but is exceptionally poor when it comes to proper games (alongside of Apple's App Store). One of the titles with the best graphics we have seen is Raging Thunder II that plays relatively smoothly on the HTC Droid Incredible, although not as much as on the iPhone 3GS.

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HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible Review
Car Panel app - HTC Droid Incredible Review
   

Car Panel app


The smartphone even includes the nifty Car Panel app that brings up a simple interface with larger than normal sized icons to some additional apps – it essentially is a hub for some of the location based services offered on the phone.

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HTC Droid Incredible

HTC Droid Incredible

OS: Android 2.3.4 2.2 2.1
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PhoneArena rating:
8.8Excellent
Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.63 x 2.30 x 0.47 inches
(117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9 mm)
4.60 oz  (130 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 5.21 hours talk time

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