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May 4, 2010

HTC Droid Incredible Review

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by Franz Bicar
There is no doubt that HTCs Droid line of smartphones is one of the best Android device out in the market today. But among them, which is the best? The Droid Incredible is arguably the best Droid phone available. It has a speedy user interface, gorgeous AMOLED display and fun Sense user interface.

Aesthetically, the Droid Incredible looks very much like the Nexus One. The Droid Incredible has an 8-megapixel camera. While the Nexus One has four touch keys, the Droid Incredible has four physical hardware keys running along the bottom. These are the Home, Menu, Back, and Search buttons. Another difference from the Nexus One is that the Droid Incredible has an optical mouse as opposed to a trackball. Like RIM BlackBerrys, HTC seems to be making a shift from trackball to optical.

The Droid Incredible runs Android 2.1. It also features an all new Sense interface which offers some cool and new functions for easy navigation. One Sense UI feature that impresses is Leap. This function is essentially is an elegant way of handling multitasking. Pinch anywhere on the homescreen, and you’ll jump to seven thumbnail versions of your open pages. From there, you can go to any of those open applications or close out of one. Thanks to the Droid Incredible’s speedy 1GHz Snapdragon processor, this feature works extremely well, too.

The phone also features a social network aggregator that allows users to view friends’ status updates, shared links, and pictures all in one seamless view. Supported social networks include Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and others. You can also tap and drag to highlight a block of text and either look up a word in a dictionary or translate it via Google Translate.

Along with the standard Android applications, like as Gmail, Google Talk, and YouTube, you also get HTC’s Twitter app, Peep, and its photo geotagging app, Footprints.

As mentioned, the Droid Incredible features an 8-megapixel camera. Its outdoor shots are impressing. Colors appear bright and natural, details look sharp. The Droid Incredible can shoot high resolution video up to 800-by-480, but can’t shoot 720p quality video. The camcorder is fine for quick clips, but slight pixelation in the videos is disappointing.

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