Finally, Verizon has an answer for the IPhone May 15, 2010
Reviewer: Zachary D. Shepherd (Reading, Pa) -
I've been on Verizon for awhile, and have loved their service...but I've always been let down by their phone selection. Many of my friends and relatives have the Iphone and AT&T and I've wanted to phone that has the Iphone's functionality, but not the awful service. I love this phone...It's got the apps. It's got the 3G coverage. And it's got the customization options that Apple's Iphone can't touch. Android is great. HTC sense UI is great. Can't say enough about this phone. Now, the battery life leaves a little to be desired, but it'll still get through you a day easy. And i'm sure there will be some good 3rd party batteries soon.
Terrible problems once it's used for a while January 27, 2012
Reviewer: S. Siefert (Woonsocket, RI USA) -
The phone seemed great for the first few months I had it. After that, I started getting the dreaded storage low messages. It also simply reboots itself sometimes when it's being used with one of heavier apps. Angry bird or Sirius/XM radio will cause it to just reboot all by itself. It just stops working, goes black, then starts booting - all right in the middle of playing a game or listen to Sirius/XM. With the ongoing problems and the complete lack of support from HTC and Verizon, this will be absolutely the LAST HTC product I ever own. I'm a consulting engineer & I can tell you that I now advise all of my clients to stay far away from HTC products. This is sad since the Incredible started of as such a great phone. I only gave it one star because the system would not allow me to give it zero stars.
Don't bother December 27, 2011
While I really like the support Verizon provides, this phone is a major pain in the ass due to its very active battery use. As purchased, it had around 3 hours of active use, and when I installed the extended battery this went up to 7 hours. You can't travel anywhere without a charger, and afternoon conference calls from the road are dicey at best.
My recommendation is to wait for a Droid with better battery life!
Sometimes it's a phone and sometimes it's a paperweight July 11, 2011
Reviewer: David A. Pease (Woburn, MA United States) -
I have had this phone for just over a year now and for the most part have been happy with it until the screen stopped working. The LCD screen will sometimes not turn on when you goto use the phone or receive a phone call, it will stay black. You can still receive phone calls as the screen still responds to your touch, but you have no idea who is calling and can do nothing else with the phone. Pulling the battery out and replacing it will sometimes work, most of the time not unless you remove the battery for about an hour. I don't know if the reason is the phone is overheating and affecting the LCD screen or not. I have brought the phone back to Verizon but they refused to honor the one year warranty because the warranty started on the day I bought the phone and not the day I received the phone, 4 weeks after purchase.
Sometimes It's A Phone, Sometimes It's Not May 12, 2011
Reviewer: Allan M. Lees (Novato, CA USA) -
Until the HTC Droid I'd remained in the world of steam-driven phones. But, eventually, even Luddites have to participate in the century they happen to live in so... not wanting to become part of the Great Cult of Apple I waited until there was an Android phone that was better than the ubiquitous iPhone. The HTC Droid fit the bill. Yes, it dances, it sings, it has GPS and Internet access. But... it's actually a pretty unreliable phone. Here are the two major issues I've encountered: one, the touchscreen is heat-sensitive. Which means, when you keep the phone in your pocket it heats up and so when you touch it... nothing happens. Because your finger-tip is the same temperature as the screen. So the phone is inoperable. Not very clever, really. Second issue is that when the phone "goes to sleep" and someone calls you, you can't actually answer the call. Oh yes, the correct screen appears but pressing "Answer" doesn't actually do anything. The phone continues to ring and ring until the person calling you gives up. Again, not very clever for something pretending to be a phone.
So, the good news: nice screen, pretty graphics, all the stuff you'd expect from a 2010 phone but... not a very convincing phone. Roll on the next implementation, I suppose... sigh....
UPDATE - a software patch that automatically downloaded and installed itself around December 2011 solved the problems noted above and basically turned the device into what is almost an entirely new (and functional) phone. Now I'm pretty happy with it except for all the useless apps that come as standard and which are impossible to remove unless you go to great lengths with root access. And if only it came with 1800 GPS and SIM card capability so that I could use it around the world and not just North America.
A Steal For $0.01, Last Year's Best Android Phone May 11, 2011
Reviewer: gkverne (Frederick, MD) -
This phone was Verizon's iPhone-killer when it came out, and it's easy to see why. It is just as fast as the iPhone, almost as easy to use, more flexible, has just as many apps, has a larger screen... and runs on the Verizon network.
Call quality is amazing and the phone holds a decent signal. The battery is removable/replaceable and the phone's storage can be upgraded. The Incredible has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor (which means it's more than fast enough for whatever you throw at it) and will most likely receive an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) this summer. Yes, HTC put Sense (a skin on top of Android) on the phone, but Sense is actually pretty good. It doesn't slow the phone down, adds useful features, and only delays the update process a few months.
This phone's virtual keyboard is great, and others are available if you prefer Swype, speech-to-text, or any other type of keyboard. The Incredible has every Google application available for it, from Gmail to Google Translate and Google Voice. Free turn-by-turn naviagtion, a great camera, visual voicemail, and any other feature that you can come up with are all part of the package.
You won't be disappointed with this phone, and if you can get it for a cent, even better! The iPhone 4 is $200 on contract, but this phone is practically free? Sounds like a no-brainer to me.
A Great Phone For the Non-Texter April 27, 2011
Reviewer: James Cothern (Davis, CA) -
I purchased this phone from Amazon about a month ago and couldn't be happier. Reception and transmission is great. The graphics are crisp and clear and calls can be made from Wi-Fi with 3G turned off. I purchased the Seidio 3500 MAH extended battery which helps immensely in terms of battery life. Turning off the non essential uses helps me to go two or three days without charging, depending on how much surfing I do. The phone has a couple of draw backs. The virtual keyboard is tiny and a PITA for a texter or intensive user. I would recommend the SWYPE keyboard for extensive use. Still, all in all it is fine for short e-mails. The camera, as others have noted, is not great. It takes a lot of experience to start getting decent photos out of it. Still not bad for the occasional snapper. One of the phone's high points for me is its compact size. I do not need or want a huge screen. I prefer the Incredibles compact size. The graphics are so crisp that the 3.7" screen is fine, and my eyes are not 20/20. Lots of APPs are available on Market for it and it seems to handle the ones I have downloaded very well so far. The phone is a dream to customize for those who wish to root the device or do other customizations. I also purchased the Seidio holster which provides great screen protection and attaches nicely to your belt. The Incredible will do nicely for me for a couple of years until 4G gets more fully established in my area. This is a fine device and the Amazon price cannot be beat.
Best phone I've ever owned March 31, 2011
Reviewer: GCH "erp-gch" (Oakhurst, CA) -
Not a lot to add -- after a year, still works great and I will be sad when I upgrade to a 4G phone sometime in 2012. Battery life is always a problem with smart phones. But aside from that, it is a great device.
My First Android March 26, 2011
Reviewer: Dee A. Williamson "Underground writer" (Bellevue , NE United States) -
I love my phone! It is lightweight compared to other Android phones and I thought I would have issues with the touch screen. It is much easier to learn than my previous Blackberry. The screen, of course, is large and easier to view and read and I love that I have so many apps available to me. Great phone.
Great Phone!! March 23, 2011
Reviewer: Sid Dobashi (Tacoma/Seattle, USA) -
In terms of performance, functionality, customization, and speed this phone is very comparable, if not better, than the iphone...good coverage as well from Verizon.
Still room for improvement February 11, 2011
Reviewer: G. Camel "That Camel" (Mineral Springs, NC) -
Ex-IPhone user> The Droid Os has many pluses as well as its faults. The navigation isn't always as intuitive as I would like to see. The touch screen is iffy either too sensitive or inaccurate. Text is a challange cause the lettering doesn't seem to identify the center of the touch and frequently picks the wrong letter and other times it is too easy to remove icons/widgets from the home screen. The android default music player is pitiful and Double Twist is a work around but nowhere near perfect. Where is the freaking "OFF BUTTON" on these apps??? NO case is available for the extended battery. Now it gets buggy. The music will come on when i answer a call or icons won't open unitl after a long delay.
What I like is GOOGLE. The google apps, like Talk, Voice, Goggles, Maps, GMail, Navigation, Places and Lattitude are great to use. With other gmail users Google Talk is lke messanger on BB. I have had my DINC for 4 months now.
My first smartphone is Incredible! February 1, 2011
Got the Incredible when BB was offering it for free (I think Amazon now offers it for a penny[[ASIN:B003HC8NUW HTC DROID INCREDIBLE Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)]]). I have used it for over a month now. It has replaced my Palm Pilot, iPod Nano, alarm clock, wrist watch, etc. It has definitely replaced my 8 mega pixel digital camera also....I can now take my pictures and videos and edit/send them right away to my friends and family or to myself without having to turn on my PC....download to my PC....edit them....sign on to email....etc.I use it for my calendar and email so now I'm not handcuffed to my laptop anymore and can quickly check my email and calendar without booting up the pc and logging on etc. I can now even connect via wireless to my TV and play my phone videos, music, photos, if I want to. Battery will drain if you use it constantly but it lasts longer than my laptop ever did.
By the way, it does phone calls and text messaging even better than the LG flip phone that I had before...and I really liked that phone too.
Great phone January 5, 2011
Reviewer: Les Rodgers
This a great phone. The only draw back is the battery life. You will need to carry with you your charger. Other than that, again this is a great phone.
Great phone, lots of little annoyances December 13, 2010
Reviewer: Zore (Brooklyn, NY, US) -
I just recently got a droid incredible, and I am a new smartphone user. I generally don't know much about smartphones (although I have played around for periods of time with iphones, moto droids, etc.) so I can't really say this review is of an "experienced" smartphone user. The phone has many pros which make the phone really likeable.
--I have had a couple months to tinker with this phone and I have come to like the general feel of the user interface (htc sense), it seems to fit the phone and makes it more pleasing to look at.
-- I found that being able to use the phone as a usb storage device is extremely convenient.
--The camera is excellent, I have taken pictures of documents and they come out as extremely clear/readable (the flash is also a plus).
--The video filming quality is good and seems to be above par from what is to be expected from a phone camera.
--The availability of apps is convenient, whenever i need something like a pdf reader, or document reader or anything else, I just go straight to the market and find something that fits my needs.
--Battery life seems good (although some people seem to have had trouble with this)
--Phone call sound quality is pretty good
This phone has some really annoying bugs which to a certain extent overwhelm the pros of the phone (for me anyway)
--The phone is unable to connect to enterprise networks without lots of tinkering. At my college, it took me one MONTH to figure out how to set up the wifi--even with the help of the IT department.
--The phone's alarm clock-when set seems to ring even when the phone is set to silent or vibrate mode--this gets on my nerves.
--You cannot set the tones of the rings of each calendar event. I have set up several calendar events on my old phone (Lg chocolate) and was always able to choose whether I wanted the phone to ring, vibrate, or both as a reminder to those events. The native calendar app seems unable to do that simple task.
--The native mail application is unable to look at multiple accounts' emails at once which is extremely inconvenient. Many messages seem to disappear from the app which is really strange.
--The phone sometimes randomly freezes and restarts- so far it has happened to me twice (during the first two days that I had the phone).
--The phone doesn't recognize new music without a restart- this problem is only with the phones native music app-others apps seem to have no trouble recognizing new songs.
Overall I like this phone, even with all of its issues (but that's probably because I live tinkering with tech and trying to figure out new ways to fix my tech problems). Sorry for the incredibly bad grammar, good luck.
HTC Droid Incredible September 21, 2010
Reviewer: Mulligan (Los Angeles, CA) -
I chose this phone when I switched to Verizon. I did have a iPhone. My service is much better but I find the phone more difficult to use. The instructions that come with the phone are of no use so I downloaded the PDF file to read. After spending a lot of time reading it I still had to go to the Verizon store to find out how to do what was very easy to do on my iPhone. The battery life is not very good but acceptable. I guess I will get use to it in a few more weeks.
Pretty Damn Incredible Phone September 11, 2010
Reviewer: Marie Bober (Medford, MA United States) -
So I purchased my phone a few months ago, and decided to write a review, now that I've really put it through it's paces. I was coming from a original iPhone on AT&T.
In comparison to the iPhone, I must say, the call quality is much, much better. I can hear people, I can talk to people, and the only people who get dropped are people who are still on iPhones.
I had used my iPhone as my full time music player. The Incredible is a fine substitute for my commute listening. I will say that the sound isn't quite as "full" as the iPhone, so if you are a true audiophile, you probably will notice. Also, the music player app is close, but just a little bit below the iPhone.
Battery life seems comparable to the iPhone when you have everything on - not quite a full day if you're constantly playing around with your phone. I solve this by keeping wi-fi, bluetooth and GPS off unless I need them. It's really easy to do compared to iPhone, since you don't have to find all the settings. It works because the internet is super fast over the cell connection anyhow, and I won't have wi-fi out of the home anyhow. The GPS is really draining, so if I'm using this for long car trips, I have a car charger.
The best thing over the iPhone is really the ability to customize. I didn't really like the stock keyboard - so now I have three options, depending on my mood. I've been playing with other music players as well. I love having the widgets so I don't have to find settings.
So, all in all, the slight dip in music player is worth it for all the customizing.
htc incredible August 28, 2010
Excellent phone. Verizon coverage is good. Not the fastest but in more places in the country. Very satisfied with everything. Not looking forward to $100 + phone bill every month but its
Ok as I can tether this to use ad a modem for my computer.
AMAZING! August 8, 2010
Reviewer: Bob T
This phone has it all. It has an amazing app store and a great camera and video even tho it isnt 720p. To add more the phone has android 2.1 and is really great on this phone. Its battery life is ok but could be better all u gotta do is close ur apps. Its processor is fast and good enough for my needs. The screen is responsive even the bottom 4 buttons. The screen has a good resolution and good contrast which makes it look nice.
Droid Incredible by HTC July 11, 2010
Reviewer: Irene Chen
overall a really user friendly phone. just be sure to download a task killer program, and you won't have the low battery life problem.
excellent in function, weak battery life July 1, 2010
Reviewer: M. Eckstein
I have had the phone for a month now and it has been everything that I wanted, in its function. I left T-mobile for better wireless coverage since I travel a lot and that has been excellent as well. My only complaint would be the battery life. Without turning off some of the phones functions (wifi, GPS, etc.) the battery struggles to survive 12 hours. I am an airline pilot and I sometimes work 15-16 hour days. I don't want to turn off the phones functions because they were big reasons for the purchase. If the phone could survive a full day of use on one charge I would have given it a 5-star rating.