Great phone June 5, 2010
Reviewer: Tim (Florida, US) -
Wonderful phone with excellent customization features. The Sense UI is intuitive and fun. Android market is plenty large enough. The only con is that the battery dies quickly. I recommend turning off GPS and auto-update to help with that.
Research paid off May 31, 2010
Reviewer: Wayne Noffsinger "knottyboy" (Etna, WY USA) -
After reading a lot about the HTC Incredible and having had a gut full of Apple's DRM and close-mindedness; this is a great phone. I love the open community of people and users that strive to create a better product through free exchange of apps and information. It's fast, easy to use and compact.
That being said the battery life is poor. I upgraded to a 1750 batter to get it to last all day with the heavy use of the resources. The AMOLED screen is nearly impossible to see in direct sunlight but I knew this before I bought it and have learned how to get around this annoying trait.
I would love to see FROYO 2.2 on this very soon so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
droid incredible review May 7, 2010
Do not read anything about the cons, this phone is very easy to setup especially the email, it will import all your contacts into your phone from any email address that you setup, contacts are easy to make and delete out, just hold down and you can edit or delete. The phone is very very fast, especially the web browser, it is very easy to type and very responsive, the only annoying thing is the auto fill when you are texting, but you can click the word and it will remember it for next time. The only annoying thing about the phone is the smudges, go get a screen protector and your problem is solved. This is the fastest phone out on the market and I love going to websites that have flash, they show up perfectly.
The market place is getting better, go get a task killing app or you will drain the battery, I have had the phone for 3 days now and it was very easy to pick up from the beginning you program the phone to the time you make a phone call.
Great phone with serious flaw April 30, 2010
Reviewer: tsaro (NY, USA) -
After years with a basic cell phone, I finally stepped up to the bleeding edge with the Droid Incredible. While it's cool to surf the web, email, navigate and do other multimedia stuff on the go, I still expect a mobile phone to work well as a mobile phone and this is where the Incredible falls short. In brief, this phone, along with other Verizon Droid models, lacks the speech recognition software necessary for true hands-free dialing, a shortcoming I find truly Incredible. Even with a bluetooth headset or car kit, users must push buttons on the phone to access voice dialing, then read prompts on the screen and push more buttons before placing a call, activity that is not only dangerous while driving, it's actually illegal in many states. According to the user forums I searched online, this is a known issue with Droids for which no Android apps or other software solutions are available.
The only hardware solution I've found in fairly extensive searching is the BlueAnt Q1 bluetooth headset, which, along with its predecessor, the V1, incorporates built-in voice recognition software to enable hands-free dialing of a few pre-set speed dial numbers on Droid phones, as well some other voice recognition capabilities. Since I like the Incredible's other features well enough, I've decide to keep it and get a BlueAnt headset to replace my trusty old Plantronics V510. The Incredible does seem to be the best Verizon smartphone currently available. I just wish I'd known about its hands-free handicap before I decided to get one.
HTC Droid weak battery spoils it September 10, 2010
Reviewer: Carol Yarman
It the battery lasted as long as other phones I have had then I would have given it 4 stars. I could not find a setting to increase the power of the vibration and through research, I confirmed that there was no adjustment! The battery life is very poor, I had to charge it twice a day, and I am concerend that as it gets older, I might have to charge it even more often. It is a shame, I really like the phone and I am very upset that these two design / engineering flaws were not detected and corrected before it's release. I am suprised they wouldnt have solved this before it was sold. I was very excited to get the new Droid Incredible. I have to say that the apps are great and speed was very good, however for me the phone was a huge dissapointment. I returned it within two days. The two biggest problems are the vibrate function and the battery life. I need to keep the phone in vibrate mode at work, but the vibrate mode is so low that you cannot feel when you get a message or email, I missed twenty work calls the first day!
No Good!! October 23, 2010
Have had this phone for 2 months now and I am on my 4th phone. The first one lasted 1 month and then the speaker blew. Then the next one came and the camera looked like a 1930's still photo. third phone arrived and will not get a signal. now waiting on the fourth phone and hopefully that one will work otherwise I am leaving verizon.
Far from Incredible January 12, 2011
Reviewer: L. Gelfand (Northbrook, IL) -
Have this phone since mid-October.
As a multimedia device - 5 Stars, as a Phone 0 (zero) Stars!
First phone was exchanged (Thanks Amazon) after about 2 weeks of suffering with sound distortion and signal problems, I decided to give it a second chance and sorry I did. Signal problem is completely kills everything good about this phone - I would be better just getting Ipod Touch. About 80% of time phone shows 1-2 bars going to no bars with phone sitting on the table and dropping calls respectively. Now HTC tells me to reset it. Yeah, right - I will loose all apps, even though they're free, all pics and it will not solve anything - phone had this issue from very beginning and I'm far from being alone in this.
Battery life as most people complain is nothing to brag about
Droid OS is great
Should have bought Samsung as my daughter did instead
Not bad, but there are better phones out there January 9, 2011
Reviewer: Joshua B. Brackin (Dallas, TX) -
The Droid Incredible is a high end phone by HTC. The Processor is responsive and it has a lot of RAM. The Sound is the best that I've heard on a Smart Phone (and I've owned several). I haven't had many hiccups while gaming or running applications. It's light and somewhat resembles the Iphone.
The Battery Life on this phone is absolutely horrible. It will last around 2 hours of constant use and drains quickly on standby (sometimes I worry that it will be dead in the morning if I don't leave it on the charger). The Screen is very prone to getting scratched. It picked up a lot of little scuffs from just being in my pocket by itself. I've treated it the same way that I treated my iPhone and I never found a mark on my iPhone. The Camera is really bad as well. You'll push the button to take a picture and there is a significant delay before it actually takes the picture. This makes getting the perfect shot very difficult. The Video is very average and does not live up to its specifications. This phone also comes with a lot of bloatware that cannot be removed without rooting (hacking) the phone. Overall this bloatware is constantly running in the background and significantly stunts the powerful processor.
If you buy this phone, be prepared to purchase Screen Protectors for it. The screen WILL get scratched if you do use them. I also would not recommend this phone to someone who is not prepared to root it in order to remove all the bloatware. You honestly get about half performance if you leave all the extra stuff running in the background. For the money, there are better phones available.
Compared to iPhone 4 August 12, 2010
Reviewer: K.B. (USA) -
It seems that many reviewers already gave top-notch reviews of the Droid Incredible itself. I wanted to just add a bit as someone who had the iPhone 3Gs, switched over to the Incredible, switched to iPhone 4, and then BACK to the Incredible.
I had initially preordered the Incredible and received it two days earlier than the expected date. This detail is irrelevant now but it definitely added to the whole experience of what is an awesome phone in so many ways. My primary reason for getting an Android phone is because I'm a heavy Google user for both personal and work. The three most used apps are:
3) Google Voice
Without a doubt, Android excels in these three. You can read more about the "how" in other reviews. If the phone is so great, why did I go back to iPhone?
Well, when it became legal to jailbreak your phone (i.e. install apps not approved by Apple), I thought that I would go back and give it a shot to see what some of the 3rd party apps were like. In particular, I wanted to use GV Mobile, widgets, shortcuts, and a new lock screen. After jailbreaking your phone, you do get back some of the functionality that comes with an Android phone. But in the end, it simply fell short in all those areas when compared to the Droid. The Droid is fast, customizable, and uses HTC Sense which provides a nice polished look.
The areas where iPhone 4 out"does" the Incredible:
1) Camera. Don't be deceived by this whole 5 megapixel vs 8 megapixel. The iPhone camera/video camera is significantly better.
2) Polish. HTC has done a great job making the phone nicer to look at and use, but this is still Apple's territory and they are still king of the hill here.
3) Apps. Andriod's app selection is growing but the apps on their own (not multitasking capablities) are availability in a wider variety and higher quality.
4) Battery. I was surprised at how short the life of the Incredible battery was. I was equally surprised at how good iPhone 4's battery is.
I would still recommend the iPhone 4 to almost anyone that is just looking for a fun phone with lots of random apps. But if you definitely want the best experience with any Google service, don't waste your time - get the Incredible. Simply put - it is the best phone I have ever used and Android is developing at a rapid pace that is improving with every step.
Great phone on a great network May 16, 2010
Reviewer: Bentdeez (Everywhere, USA) -
Paired with the VZ network and an unlimited data plan. This phone rocks. Fast processor, fast internet, intuitive interface, and the voice recognition that fills in any text box is great (i'd say it works spot on about 90% of the time but this depends on the clarity of your voice and how you speak).
There's only two things you'll want to be aware of:
1) The phone doesn't have a front-facing camera, so you might be missing out on techie goodies to come later on down the road (skype to skype video calls?)
2) Even with all the auto-killing task managers and turning WiFi and GPS off until you need it, the battery life sucks. Period. And it's not just my phone, seems to be standard from other complaints I've read online. Just bought a longer life (1750 mAh) battery that's the same size as the factory battery that I've heard makes a big difference. But since I haven't got it in the mail yet, I can't say if it's a perfect fix yet.
worst battery life March 6, 2011
I highly recommend against getting this phone simply because of the poor battery life, which makes it extremely inconvenient. Within 4 hours half the battery gets drained in limited usage (check emails). I have went to countless forums and tried everything I could to extend its battery life but nothing really works.
Videoreview June 26, 2010
Reviewer: Mr. Incredible "Incredible" (Sacramento) -
[[VIDEOID:mo5O3JD6ACEYIG]]this is my video review of the incredible very quick and brief any questions about the phone hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org. also battery life on the phone is good not as bad as everyone claims I can get till about 6 p.m. on normal use
Voice Quality disqualifies this phone May 28, 2010
Reviewer: Coyote (Bay Area, CA) -
This is the smartphone I thought I was waiting for. I love the smart part, the Android 2.1 OS and the size (though slightly large for pocket comfort) is good. But as a phone it completely missed the mark. More than half the calls have poor voice quality. The sound is choppy, breaking mid syllable and sometimes clipping complete words. I have to ask people to repeat themselves regularly and at times it is so bad that I need to call them back from a land line. It's ridiculous. This is probably the tenth cell phone I've had (going back to the analog days) and without a doubt the worst voice quality.
Verizon replaced the first one, but the second one has the same troubles. Apparently this problem doesn't plague all of the phones, but the two I got were so unpleasant to use that I am taking advantage of the 30 day return policy.
I spoke with HTC twice about this and both times I was told this was the first they ever heard about it. I think that is crock of sh**. Voice quality, battery life, and low signal strength are the top complaints about the Incredible on the forums. There are even threads on the HTC community website about voice quality. Certainly HTC monitors it's own web forum. I suspect HTC may have pushed out a not-ready-for-prime-time device.
If you don't need a telephone or get lucky on the phone that arrives, this may be the one for you. I need mine to a phone first. This has also put me off HTC, deserved or not.
I suggest you check some of the web forums before you commit to this one. You are not going to get straight answers from Verizon or HTC in my opinion.
Incredible? Hardly. I'm switching to a Motorola. July 15, 2010
Reviewer: Thaddeus Burns
I've been using this phone for a good two months now. My wife has a Motorola Droid. I must say, I prefer the Droid, and I intend to switch phones very soon.
Having used both phones, Motorola's is clearly better. My wife experiences none of the problems that I have.
By the way, here they are:
- Terrible Reception, voice on other end constantly cutting out
- Reception is interrupted by your hand when you hold it - what the hell >:(
- Dropped calls
- Random hanging, crashes and self-resets
- Sometimes Youtube just plain won't open and I have to reset the phone
- Sense UI is not great, and inferior to LauncherPro, which is free and can be used on any Android phone (as far as I know)
- No dedicated GPU, and the 1Ghz processor does NOT make up for it. Some games that run great on the Droid won't run at all on the Incredible.
- Droid just feels more solidly built, and not just because it's heavier.
Meanwhile, my wife is rocking the Droid, running all the games perfectly, getting great reception, and enjoying the physical keyboard, which although I wouldn't use for typing, it comes in handy for some things (like emulators). I swear she gets better battery life too, and I've really done my homework on ways to extend my battery life.
As far as I can tell, the 1Ghz processor is totally unnecessary. Android runs well on the Droid, and will apparently run perfect once the Froyo update rolls out. The Incredible is a little more speedy with the OS, but not enough to excuse it's other problems. Like the crashing.
This phone is beyond incredible! June 13, 2010
Reviewer: A. Puryear "xelpmoc2" (virginia) -
We researched smartphones for months and months before deciding on the HTC incredible and I am beyond thrilled with it.
the best android phone on verizon so far March 18, 2011
Reviewer: Bernard L. Hwang "beno" (santa clara, ca usa (the silicon valley, america's real heartland)) -
last year, i finally upgraded to a smartphone with my new every two. at that time, the htc incredible was all the rage. it was supposedly out of stock for weeks on end. i went ahead and put my order in on the verizon site. there was a short wait, but i was happy that i got the phone sooner than the news sites said i would. i have been using the incredible for almost a year now. i'm very happy that people still consider it one of the best phones out on the market. isn't that a good feeling? i think it is. i feel like i made a good choice when i bought this phone.
it's been an exciting year with my htc incredible. i've used it to capture so many pictures and videos of my infant/toddler son, my dog, my friends' doing taekwondo, my friends' skateboaridng, my friends' snowboarding. i'm glad i can take this phone everywhere. after all, it's an android phone with a big enough display but still fits in my pocket. i can't fit those one of those 5" tablet phones in the pocket of my slim jeans while skateboarding, you know. the video and camera are great even if they aren't up to par with high end dslrs. the gps feature has me a little addicted. i try not to use it everywhere i go, but the connectivity to google navigation is just too easy.
obviously, the most important feature is the android os and its apps. i don't know why we started calling software programs apps, do you? facebook, gmail, mint, yelp, runkeeper, gasbuddy, youtube, opentable, qik, key ring, ski report, groupon, dropbox, pandora, shazam, foursquare, latitude, wordpress... these all rock. i love that android works so seamlessly with googles online products. gmail and google calendar are great. they need to have apps for notebook and tasks though. in the past, i was a palm user, so i want my android phone to do all the things my old palm pdas did. i picked android over ios because google is a good company, and the andorid marketplace has a good variety of apps. however, i still want to buy an ipad or ipod touch because ios has so many more dj apps, and i'm a dj.
this phone is only available as "the incredible" on verizon. verizon has the best, most reliable service; but you have to put up a with a few things: the expensive plans and their crappy software. i mean, i'm glad we're now using android, so the software on these phones are a little more standardised than when i use using dumb phones with the even more dumbed down software that verizon would ship them with. however, it's annoying that verizon still pushes their vz navigator onto these smartphones. i used to subscribe to vz navigator. actually, it's not a bad program. it actually does have a few advantages over google navigation. however, for the price, vz navigator is not worth it. i'd rather just use google navigation.
after a few months of using the incredible, i actually broke the touchscreen. i was jogging with my son, and the phone fell out of the cupholder of our jogging stroller. the phone landed on a corner and the touchscreen shattered. it still worked though. i used it for months and months with a cracked screen. then i finally got it fixed, but the new touchscreen was a dud with some dead pixels about a .25 inch below the top: a bad place. now i can't type the letter "w" with the full keyboard and am thus stuck with using the compact keyboard for the most part. *sigh* anyway, i figure i'll probably get a new phone when my next new every two comes up, so i'm not bothering to fix the screen a second time. another problem is that the phone once totally died on me. it had this stupid application diskspace capacity error. it's a known issue. it eventually totally killed my phone, so i basically had to do a hard reset and clear everything off my phone and start almost from scratch. i'm just glad that the phone takes your contacts from gmail, facebook, twitter, etc. and also uses the verizon backup service (backup assistant). okay, that's another good thing about verizon, i guess.
so... i'm glad i got the incredible. i'm sure i'll use it for at least another year. i'm glad i tested out htc. they're a good company. at the same time, i might want to try out a samsung next time. we'll see.
The vzw incredible December 10, 2010
Reviewer: Linda T. Jones
Well I must say that this phone is truly incredible I saw the advertisement for this phone and finally decided to buy it. The phone is awesome and can do a lot. Everyone keeps comparing it to the i phone but it can't compete.I have a co worker that owns a i phone and its nothing like the htc incredible the phone is fast and,have thousands of apps, and a very nice camera, sounds great and I love the ringers.The wall papers on this phone is nice to. this phone is a great phone to own and use. The only problem is the battery life is not good you need to order an extended battery because it really makes a difference.
very fast, beautiful screen, very Google May 11, 2010
This is a bad a$$ phone. I see a lot of the top phones from the folks I work with, and this one beats them all. Better than iPhone, better than Droid. It's slim but feels very solid in your hand. Great camera. I love Sense 2.1 - lots of great features. If you use many Google services/apps, like gmail, calendar, picasa, and Google Voice, you're going to love the tight integration. GV setup was easy, and painlessly leads you through changing your carrier voicemail over to it - very impressed. Some people want to complain about the littlest things, I think they're really reaching. I looked at several top-shelf phones and passed on them all. This one earns it's name!
Great phone May 8, 2010
Reviewer: Stacey M Smith (Fredericksburg, TEXAS) -
I've been able to test out this phone for the last week and I'm very pleased. I have had (and returned) several smart phones as previously they'd been more trouble than their worth -- but this is a different story. This device (we're waaay past "phone" here) is amazing. It takes a bit of time to set up if you are not importing from a previous phone, but the set up is much easier than I found on blackberries.
It's FAST - snapdragon processor rocks. I think downloaded images are crisp, clear, plus the onboard 8m camera is pretty good (the built in flash is great). The keypad is responsive and accurate. It take a little practice to get accustom to how it "feels." Great onboard ringtones. I wish that I could program certain options for particular times of day (maybe this can be done, but I don't know how). For example, automatically have the ringer on vibrate from 8-5 on weekdays, regular volume on weekends and after work hours. Or set the wifi to not try to access networks certain times of day (I think this might help with battery life).
Battery life, uh, well, it could be better. I think that once I get past the obsessive playing, the battery life will be better. But basically, I want to use this device all of the time, so sure, I'm using up battery juice.
Is it an iphone killer? Probably not. Iphones are now driven by a huge number if user/consumer/programmers who cash in on the apps -- so as long as people are making money on iphone apps, it's here to stay. The Android apps are pretty good - just not as plentiful, but on the other hand, not an overflow of the silly apps that available for iphone.
I have had good luck with the verizon newtork (which is way more reliable than at&t in my area), so I'm sticking with verizon and this is the best phone they've put on their network.
Droid Incredible is not that Incredible January 27, 2011
I purchased the Droid Incredible phone from Verizon in November 2010. At first it was great, I loved all of the apps it had and it's style. But after about a month, it began to falter. The battery life is low, which didn't work for me since I am a college student. But worse things happened to it. Whenever I would use it when charging, or I would use a data intensive app, or even talk on it for longer than 10 minutes, it would turn itself off. But it would restart again immediately. I though it was a fluke. But it wasn't, it does it every day now. It just restarts with no apparent reason in the middle of something. And it would keep re-starting until I took the battery out, which makes some of the apps stop working. So I would constantly be replacing my apps. And don't believe Verizon when they say this is an isolated problem. I was at the Verizon store and 3 different people with the Droid Incredible brought in their phones for the same exact reason as me. I got a new one in the mail, and it might work, but I don't have my hopes up. Bottom line, buy a more reliable phone, even if it costs more. Because this phone won't do all of the things that it promises.