Engadget has done a fairly good write up of the HTC Incredible via their hands on experience and they have some really good things to say about it. They state that the Droid Incredible is the best Android phone (almost) available in the US. The pre-order page is already up and running and the phone is set to hit your hands in just 10 days, on April 29th. For more details
The highlights of the review really make this out to be a great phone, and while there are a few drawbacks, it appears Verizon is set to sell more of these than of the original Android king, the Motorola Droid.
First, the phone’s physical appearance is a little different than mainstream phones in that it’s got a few red highlight areas such as around the camera and ear piece, as well as the oddly stepped back cover. However, the screen is a fairly traditional 3.7″ AMOLED high res screen, same one found on the Nexus One and it features the same soft keys for accessing the home, menu, back, and search functions. The screen was the one area that people seem to love or hate. Engadget states they feel the colors were almost too much, with reds and oranges especially “blown out”. And while it makes for a nice contrast indoors, it has the same OLED problems outdoors and became almost unusable in direct sunlight.
The internals feature some quality parts and a nice little improvement. First, it’s a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, which seems to be one of Android and HTC’s favorites lately and makes for a great interface. On top of that, Engadget states they upped the ROM to 748MB, while the official specs still state 512MB. Along side the ROM memory is 8GB of internal memory, a little less after formatting, and it supports up to a 32GB microSD card as well. It will be interesting to see how all this plays out in the future of Android, as Engadget also stated that some apps still required the microSD card to store app data and they couldn’t find the internal memory.
Around the back is a new 8MP camera with dual LED. The newer camera is apparently very good, taking quality photos and some semi-high res video as well (800×480). If you’ve ever used a Sense UI Android phone you’ll know there are all kinds of extra features in the camera app itself that help make for a great little cell phone camera.
Finally, the speed is said to be very impressive with the Droid Incredible handling almost everything that could be thrown at it with ease. Flying through the 7 home screens filled with widgets didn’t seem to phase it. The Droid Incredible looks to be poised to take over the title of king of the Droids for a while.
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