The HTC Incredible

Alright, I gave in. The new HTC Incredible came out on the Verizon network, and I bought it.

I took some convincing, however. My first look at an Android phone was the HTC Hero on the Sprint network. Because my dad deals directly with iPhone and Android apps at his job, his company gave him several phones to play and become familiar with, including the Hero. After test driving it for a few days, I wasn’t very impressed. It was sluggish, the buttons at the bottom of the phone were distracting and annoying, and the phone was heavy and clunky. When I heard that HTC had come out with a new phone, I wasn’t expecting much better.

But then I headed to the Verizon store and played with it. The weight didn’t bother me, the physical buttons at the bottom were gone, and the thing was faster than any phone I’d ever seen. Plus, it touted an 8 MP camera, a crystal-clear screen with fabulous resolution (480×800 WVGA OLED), Speech to Text functionality, GPS, and WiFi.

I was sold.

I’ve had the phone for a week now, and have absolutely nothing to complain about. The battery life is just fine, the WiFi works well, the touch sensitivity is fabulous, and the Android Market is replete with fabulous apps. The only thing I question is the trackpad at the bottom of the phone. The only time I’ve ever used it was to take a picture. I’m sure that on future HTC phones, the trackpad will be done away with.

The HTC Incredible has restored my faith in HTC and the Android OS. It’s quick, efficient, and fairly intuitive. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a phone replacement (with Verizon, of course).

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