The name speaks for itself May 4, 2011
Just got the phone on 5/2/11, and man is this phone packed with great features. Still learning my way around, but from what I have seen so far I am hooked. Just some of the little features that I like: the phone has a flashlight, it also displays a windshield wiper blade in motion when the forecast shows it is raining, and it comes with dozens of cool apps. Do not hesitate.....get the Incredible.
I love this device May 3, 2011
Reviewer: IV88 (Albany, GA) -
I got my htc incredible from the verizon store for $435(worth every penny) and I haven't had any major problems other than initial battery life(which seems to get better with time) and the lack of a front side camera. The latter is the only reason I still plan on buying another phone/device. I'm trying to decide between the nexus s and the xoom. Any opinions offered would be greatly appreciated.
Not a good phone March 20, 2011
Reviewer: Alana (USA) -
I've had this phone for less than a year. Speed is good. Screen is good. However, the phone crashes, maybe about once a month. It also cannot handle uploading videos that are a few minutes in length. I've had trouble with the phone deleting swaths of my address book that were not linked to my google account, as well as text messages being deleted, before the limit was reached. Also, texting on the phone is not as good as an iphone, although the screen sizes are similar, this one definitely gets letters wrong, particularly at the edges of the screen. The volume is also not sensitive, it is very loud, even after lowering the volume to the limit. All in all, an average phone. I would not get a second one.
UPDATE: phone is constantly dropping calls. Turns itself off randomly. Randomly deletes user data. Randomly doesn't let you access the touch screen when in a call, preventing you from hanging up. I wouldn't take another one of these phones if they were giving them away. Stay away from the Droid Incredible.
Not Perfect, What Phone Is? March 8, 2011
Reviewer: Kashif Ross
Elementary battery for a graduate phone, but that won't stop me.
Long long review:
Let me start off by saying I like my phone. It's my second favorite of all time besides my Motorola Music Q from a few years back. I wanted to keep the phone for a week so I wouldn't be too young when I spoke about the battery. I read a lot of reviews and it was scary waiting on my phone to see how it would make it through the day.
For those of you torn between getting this phone and getting something with better battery life, good luck. Many Droid phones suffer from this complex. However, my HTC isn't bad. Longest charge held over the first week, 24 hours with medium usage, shortest 17 with heavy usage.
I'm not a "texter" or talker. I get phones strictly based on Internet capability. So, when I say heavy usage, I mean playing Angry Birds, NinJump, browsing the Internet, downloading apps, and reading random facts/Yo Momma Jokes with my fiance. Yes, we did all that for around 5 hours.
The phone is fun. I don't really use it while at work so my phone idles from 11pm - 9am, and 1pm until 5:30pm for long periods of time. I get to work, browse the Internet, check emails, briefly look at Facebook, and visit my class website (watch a few Youtube links from the website). I do that between 9am and 9:30am & 11:30am - 1pm off and on. Then, for another 30 minutes to an hour I use some of the funnier apps to waste time until I'm off. At home, I rarely use my phone. My fiance may play NinJump or Ninja Rush.
At work, I charge my phone for however long it takes to charge (1 or 2 hours) while its off. Yes, I turn my phone off to charge. I know, it's blasphemy for most of you, but no electronic will continue working at its maximum ability if you leave it on 24/7. I heard about the bad battery and this is my solution. It works for me.
If you text constantly, talk regularly, and use the Internet (very heavy user), expect 12 - 15 hours on the phone or less (not more). It will not make it through the day... period.
Solutions? Everyone talks about external batteries, no. Those have horrid reviews also and estimated to give you a full days charge. They bulk up your phone so much that Outterbox and other protectors can't fit over them. (The phone is really small already so it won't get too big, but most don't like it). Invest in an extra battery so you'll never have to worry about charging the phone. Charge the batteries externally. Problem solved. It won't matter what your usage is, the phone won't burn out before an external battery is charged. I may get one in a few moons, but I really don't need it and I want my phone to be off occasionally.
That was the battery review, long, I know. How's about the freakin' phone? Perfect for a big kid like myself. I've got my iTunes inventory, apps for nothing other than making people laugh, and the Internet (which slightly sucks because I'm in Oakland Hills with little to no service during work, but it's great in El Cerrito).
INCREDIBLE! February 26, 2011
As the phone plans for Verizon are quite outrageous...this is currently the best phone I've had! It's fast, it has a beautiful display, the apps alone help justify the prices a little more, the possibilities with this phone seem endless. It truly is an INCREDIBLE phone. I was skeptical and was so set on getting an iPhone but now, I see no reason to. The Android systems are the same if not better. Why pay more for an iPhone just to get the same options!? Absolutely LOVE it!
Con: if there are too many items running (just like a computer and any other smart phone) the battery doesn't last too long. Best to get a backup charger if you only have one.
Incredible lives up to its name! February 24, 2011
I have been a Blackberry user for a very long time. I have had the Incredible since January and I have to say I am impressed! I am thrilled I made the switch. Not only is my call quality much clearer, but the sound is louder as well. Having the phone on speaker works great. No muffled sounds. Internet is a great experience and blazing fast.
It is nice to have full web pages and not have to squint to see. My email comes to me just as quickly as it did with Blackberry. The camera is awesome as with video. Love listening to my CD's that I have downloaded and Pandora sounds great too. My only complaint is battery life but I have an extended battery and I have gained an additional 30% usage. I don't recommend using a task manager. It will just eat your battery more.
Android system takes care of the tasking for you. I have never used a task manager. I think if you give it a try NOT using it, you will have better battery use. Having voice navigation free and not having to pay for VZ Navigator is awesome. I use it a lot and it is a great app, very accurate. Coming from BB and having to pay for the navigation really made me happy to no longer have to pay. All in all, I am really pleased and I highly recommend the Droid Incredible. I am not an iphone fan and this device certainly beats it in my opinion.
This device will not let you down. I did upgrade the keyboard and I am loving the touch screen. I can't see myself using a full qwerty. It was an easy transition . Don't hesitate...........get this device.
Android OS + HTC Sense beats iOS/iphone February 21, 2011
Reviewer: Benjamin S (Los Angeles) -
1. Android + HTC Sense shows 7 home screens per scene (and multiple scenes) that are highly and easily customizable. More information displayed right on the page.
2. Use of Widgets (more information displaced on the page/icon) that are easily customizable. You can put email widget, weather widget, contact widget... on your home screens. You don't need to click on an icon to see what is in there. Information is shown right on the widget. iphone/iOS still gives you a whole bunch of icons.
3. Easy file transfer between phone and other devices (e.g., computer). No more painful itune transfer. By comparison, iphone/iOS is intentionally designed like an information blackhole -- stuff goes in (slowly) and downright difficult to get out.
4. 8 GB internal memory + removable micro SD card support.
5. When plugged into a computer, it shows up as an external drive.
6. Free Google Navigation (with voice guide).
7. Google Street View support!
8. Integration with Google Gmail, calendar, contacts, documents, etc. (if you use them)
9. Removable battery (you can buy more batteries or higher-capacity batteries to extend use time).
10. Live wallpapers (e.g., you can put maps and traffic on the wallpaper)
11. No constant and insufferable and slow itune and ios updates.
Well, although iphone/iOS is better as a MP3 and podcast player (but not that much better), you can just get an ipod touch! When your iphone broke, your ipod would still work. :)
The crack cocaine of techonogy February 20, 2011
Reviewer: wuboyblue (Newton, MA) -
I bought my Droid Incredible about a month ago and now I find that without it I go through withdrawals. I thought I lost mine and went out to purchase another within hours, only to have an administrator find my original. Verizon allowed me to return the one I had just purchased minus a restocking fee ($35).
Now I use google navigation for my gps, I bought Klipsch earphones to listen to music and watch videos before I teach class to get more familiar with techniques. I teach Krav Maga and new techniques keep coming in from the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). Yes sir, I am trapped by the comprehensive environment which the Droid puts you in. The first time I plugged it into my computer, it synced my contact list and does so periodically. My main accounts are gmail and yahoo.
The touch technology is incredible and I have "phone envy" to none, my HTC Incredible is just that, Incredible. Blackberry users drool and iPhone users wish they had the capabilities I have (multitasking). So for less money than an iPhone I got a more powerful and functional phone.
The Droid 2.2 OS so completely opens me into an unrestricted world of media and streaming. As far as media sales go, it's Amazon (non proprietary) v. Apple store and the little apple world, one full of worms. Wake up, this is an open source world, even MSFT participates with media.
Best phone i have ever owned January 14, 2011
Reviewer: Richard Sarno (Westchester, NY) -
I am a gadget guy. I need the latest and greatest. With that said, this is by far the best device i have ever owned. Period. Even to this day, about a year after i purchased it ... if i were to buy a new phone right now, i would still walk out with this phone.
For those like me that need change and updating, look into rooting the phone. Once rooted, there is no limit to what you can do. I flash a new look&feel onto my phone at least 2 or 3 times a week. I get bored and this phone is perfect.
tons of developer activity also, which is very important for any device to be successful.
Incredible How Far We've Come December 21, 2010
Reviewer: Jerry Sanchez (New York) -
I echo what so many other reviews have said about this phone - great device in so many ways, not so great battery life. The hardware is nice, great screen and good functional buttons across the bottom. But the hardware is not where this phone distinguishes itself. After spending the last two years with the BlackBerry Storm and RIM's OS 5.0, moving to Android 2.2 is so satisfying, especially since I am no longer doing battery pulls throughout the day. I finally feel like I arrived at the app party, as the BB App World just wasn't doing it for me. And while I was sad to leave BB Messenger (the strongest reason to stick with BB for your personal device needs and the only thing that is keeping RIM alive outside of corporate email), I easily found an app that essentially replaces BBM for free. The Android Marketplace is easy to navigate and includes anything you would want, and often multiple versions of it. And while it is true that Android OS makes this phone what it is, users also get the benefit of the HTC user interface. In my mind, the HTC Sense interface is why people love this phone more than anything Motorola puts out. Needless to say, I am extremely happy with my switch and there is little I would change with this phone. I have customized this phone and this will be my can't-live-without device for at least the next two years. To beat the battery issues, I have taken to bringing my charger with me to work and charging it fully before I leave for the day in addition to charging it over night. Yes it's a pain, but this is what's necessary when you must always be connected. When I think back to my first cell phone seven years ago, it is incredible how far we've come.
Amazing device! December 2, 2010
Reviewer: Steven L Crawford (Benton, KS United States) -
Decided to move up to a smartphone with a deal like $.01 for a top-of-the-line phone from HTC and I
couldn't be more pleased. I read every review I could find on this phone as well as the Motorola
Droid X and I decided on the HTC device. This thing is appropriately named, it is an incredible phone!
Calling it a "phone" is an injustice, it is far more than just a "phone", although it performs that task
extremely well. Call quality is top notch and it performs so many other functions beautifully! It
accesses the Web, handles messaging, syncs and handles my Gmail effortlessly, plays music, plays video,
in short there is little this phone cannot do!. The screen is positively gorgeous (though it is difficult
to read in direct sun, I knew this before I bought it) and the HTC Sense interface works well. Half the
fun though is exploring the vast amount of apps available for Adroid, it is almost overwhelming.
In summation, if you looking to move up to a smartphone you cannot go wrong with the Droid Incredible.
Of course you must commit to a 2-yr contract with Verizon, but the trade-off is you get an amazing
device for virtually nothing. (Verizon waived the $35 activation fee as well-credit on your first bill!)
Love the incredible July 7, 2010
This phone is amazing! Amazon shipping was extremely fast, I ordered it one afternoon and received it the next day!
The Incredible is by far the best phone I have ever had. It is amazingly fast, intuitive, and easy to use.
I love it!!! June 2, 2010
Reviewer: Momma seller (Texas) -
I have been a Verizon customer for about 5 years and always complain about the selection of phones. I have had touch phones, slider, flip and regular phones. I really wanted an iPhone but I seriously HATE AT&T from previous customer experiences I've had. I tried the Droid Eres and it was too darn small. I tried the Droid and just couldn't handle the bulkiness of it and the keyboard was crappy. I took a plunge on this one and I am very happy I did but with a few quirks. I never thought I would fall in love wiht anything other than my blackberry. I was afraid of the all touch screen but we are working together fine after much practice.
I do have a few gripes but nothing that is a deal breaker:
1. Vibrate mode sucks
2. Battery, need I say more...
3. Camera captures a good quality pic 1 in 3 times
4. Direct sunlight completely washes out screen
5. Call quality in some places is in and out but that could be a tower issue
All in all I really an happy with the phone and do not see a future upgrade completion unless Verizon gets the iPhone.
Best cell phone I've owned but it's a battery hog. June 1, 2010
Reviewer: Kenneth (United States) -
I won't repeat the raves that everyone else has given this phone, but it does everything my BB Storm did only better and faster. Plus I don't have to keep running my task killer to free up memory. (Wake up BB, you need to allow your apps to run on the storage card or increase your on-board memory).
I would have given this phone 5 stars except for the battery life. This would be my only complaint. I've had it four days now and have been careful to run the phone through cycles in order to build up the battery life. I finally decided to opt for the extended battery and a separate charger both from Seidio. I've read the comments re: the above battery so I don't expect to significantly increase the amount of time between charges but any improvement would be welcome.
I've heard rumors that the Froyo op sys will address the battery life but then I only believe about 1/3rd of what I read on the internet. (Present company excluded).
I was lucky enough to find this phone in a Best Buy (I know) when everyone else was sold out. I drove through was the closest thing we in Pennsylvania have to a tropical storm, four inches of water running down the street, lightning striking all around me and power outages extending for blocks, simply to get this phone.
It was worth every minute!
Almost perfect - then utterly fails. May 26, 2010
Reviewer: justsomeguy (Irving, TX) -
I'll spare you a long diatribe here:
What I like: Size, EXCELLENT screen, very cool apps to download - many excellent free ones.
What I don't like: Spotty reception/coverage (esp. for BOSTON), apps often fail to connect or have connection issues, extremely short battery life, confusing contact database.
I think it's a neat toy, but still has a way to go. Lots to play with here - many apps and games that will help kill that battery life. For something considered more of a computer than a cell phone, the battery life just doesn't live up to snuff. Still, it's one of the more nicely designed and fun cell phones / smartphones out there. If you're with Verizon - definitely get this - just don't expect miracles.
* Update 5/2011: Battery life stinks. Have had to buy a replacement, bigger battery. Market app stopped working, and it's the app you need to GET apps, so, I'm screwed. I hate this phone. The signal is sluggish - it will drop to 1 bar or no bars in a heartbeat. Thank god the iphone exists on Verizon so I can get that now!!!!
Finally I can show off to my iPhone worshipping roomates May 19, 2010
After being locked in the Blackberry prison cell for 3 years I can finally say I own the best phone on the market. So fast, apps are great, GUI is best bar none, and Verizon doesn't have a vise grip on your cojones like apple does. Hope the new HTC 4g sprint phone and new iPhone aren't better!
Great phone rendered useless by short battery life May 1, 2011
Reviewer: johnnycab (Chapel Hill, NC United States) -
My first Droid Incredible's battery would last about half a day, then it started rebooting itself constantly after about two months so I exchanged it; naturally Verizon send me a refurb.
The refurb has remained functional about a year now; however its battery similarly lasts 4-6 hours...and this is with NO phone calls, NO surfing, no nothing! Just sitting there it eats the battery.
If you want a phone that must essentially be constantly plugged in, by all means buy an Incredible!
So much potential July 6, 2010
Reviewer: jt (Boston, MA) -
I really wanted to leave AT&T and I really wanted to love the incredible. Unfortunately, I sent the phone back after 2 weeks of use.
The biggest issue was the battery life. I did app killer, turned off BT, Wi-Fi, GPS when not using and ordered an extended battery. I still couldn't make it through the day. I was able to get through the day with my iPhone 3G.
I love the Android concept. However, it really is still for techies (which I am) and therefore not recommended for the average cell user. It's not nearly as refined as the iPhone with regard to both UI, hardware, App store and software. There are many great apps in the android market but I couldn't find what I used to use daily on the iPhone.
The screen was nice indoors, but with sun glare, it's unreadable.
What was really sad was the call quality. I had multiple dropped calls and garbled sound quality. Apparently an OTA fix is in the works, but this is not what I was expecting when going back to Verizon.
I painlessly went back to my iPhone 3G, returned my device to Amazon and have upgraded to the iPhone 4. I do miss a few things from Android (navigation and speech recognition) but I really love the screen and battery life on the iPhone 4.
Got Glasses? May 4, 2011
Reviewer: Mary (California USA) -
Definitely not a phone for the reading glasses crowd. No size adjustment on the font. So unless you keep your reading glasses with you at all times, you will find using this phone a challenge. Smart phone, stupid UI. Is there an App for that?
Excellent phone June 2, 2010
I waited a while to get a smartphone, and I'm happy I did. Well designed and great performance, vastly better than an iPhone. I give apple credit for changing the way phones were built, but they have been bettered. My only gripe is battery performance, just ordered the Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh Battery.