What I Like
- The speed of the Incredible is so much better than my Droid. Even with the Droid overclocked to 1000ghz, the transitions between screens and general performance pales in comparison to the Incredible so far. It never seems to have any "hiccups" and I have only have one force close so far (probably due to not being rooted/overclocked like I was on the Droid)
- The HTC Sense offers quite a few nice options that I really like. Friendstream is quite useful and has allowed me to eliminate seperate widgets for Touiteur and Facebook. One full screen widget as opposed to two seperate widgets looks much sharper. The best feature of all for me however is the ability to have seven screens without any noticable slowdowns. Regardless of which ROM/Theme I used, anything over 5 screens caused me issues.
- The phone quality is significantly better than what I experienced on my Droid. Personally, the incoming call sounds were fine, but the sound of my Droid going out to other people was horrendous. I was barely able to have a 2 minutes conversation without someone complaining about how terrible my phone sounded. On the Incredible, people constantly rave about how much better it sounds. The bars may only show 1-2 as opposed to 4 for the Droid, but it hasn't affected anything regarding sound and reception.
- The camera is amazing. Honestly, I've never really been much of a camera guy, and I have never purchased a phone or made a decision based on the quality of the camera...but the one on this phone is easily the best I've ever seen on a cell phone. I was taking some pictures for a project at work yesterday, and didn't happen to have my digital camera. Nearly every person that I took a photo of commented about how great the pictures looked when I took them on the Incredible.
There are a ton of other things that I enjoy about this phone, but those are the major points.
What I Don't Like
- Little quirks. This phone seems to have a lot of little quirks that have caused issues. None of them have been huge, but they have caused me some annoyances. The first quirk was around the Friendstream application, which wouldn't update based on simply having "background data" refreshes like every other widget I've ever used. On the Friendstream widget, in order to get regular updates, I had to enable Auto-Sync and set Twitter/Facebook as the only items to actually sync. The big annoyance factor that I"m having now however is in relation to the battery usage area. This may or may not be directly related to the Incredible, but I never had issues like this on the Droid. When running Screebl, it will show up as though the program is using 95% of my overall battery usage, while it shows no information about the Display (which of course, should the biggest battery drainer). I'm assuming that the way Screebl works is causing it to be read incorrectly...but it severely affects my ability to see what things are eating the most battery. Typically, I will only show Screebl (at 95%), Cell Stanby (2-3%) and Android System (2-3%). On my Droid, I could see the entire list of things and determine what is draining the battery and what I could change.
- On that subject, the battery life. While it isn't as bad as some of the earlier reports were saying, it certainly isn't good. Strangely, it doesn't really seem to be that affected by what I do, but just a matter of time. For instance, on Sunday I played with the phone constantly and by the time I reached 10% I had used over 3 hours of display time on the phone (which would be close to killing the Droid too). On the other hand, yesterday I was at work and barely used 25 minutes of Display time. On Sunday, the battery lasted about 10 hours with all of that usage. On Monday, the battery read 15% after 12 hours with a very small amount of usage. This issue will probably be over for me however, as soon as Seidio releases the 3500mah extended battery. Sure, it will add some bulk to the phone, but I've never minded that. Granted, this is the best looking phone I've ever had, so it will be a bit of a bummer..but it's worth it to have the extra life.
Honestly, these are really the only two issues I have.
One other thing I would like to note that didn't really fit in either section is in reference to the build of the phone. People have claimed that it feels "plastic" and cheaply made, but I simply do not see that. While it is light, it feels solid to me. It just feels like they used lighter material to make it. I really like the rubberized feel of the battery cover too.