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HTC Incredible reviews
Last Updated: October 11th, 2011

The Incredible review units have been arriving to some of the big sites in the past week, and the embargo is now off. Here I've assembled a collection of the best available review posts and videos, so that you can get the full Incredible experience before committing to a pre-order.

The general consensus is: it's an amazing device, better than anything available in the US right now (Motorola Droid, Nexus One, etc) and yes, you should go get it. And yes, we should stop calling it incredible (as an adjective) in every review, but no, everyone will be still doing it.

Review Roundup

Engadget

Joshua Topolsky and his strange clay looking hands claws review the Incredible here.

Joshua's verdict:

Let's just put this out there: the Droid Incredible is the best Android device that you can purchase in America right now. It's better than the Droid, better than the Nexus One, and certainly beats the pants off of any previous generation handsets like the Eris, myTouch, or Cliq.

It's not just a very, very good Android phone (though it is); it's also an excellent smartphone no matter how you cut it. If you're on Verizon right now, you're finally getting really great options for phones, but the Incredible is currently sitting at the top of that heap with a good bit of distance to the next in line.

Sure, there are still issues like a lack of quality titles in the Android Market, and if a hardware keyboard is a must, this won't do the job for you. Also, while Sense is truly great on this phone, there may be users who prefer a more streamlined, stripped down experience.

Still, if you're looking for an ultra-fast, extremely capable smartphone that has the guts and gleam to go the distance, the Incredible just might be the Droid you're looking for. Yes, we made that joke.

Gizmodo

Matt Buchanan chimes in with his review.

The verdict:

The calculus is relatively simple: If you're on Verizon and want a smartphone (and aren't stuck with BlackBerrys), the Incredible is pretty much the one you should buy.

With Palm's future unclear, and its app ecosystem shaky, it's hard to recommend the Pre, even though its software is generally more usable than Android. And the Droid's single redeeming feature over this, a physical keyboard, is actually less usable than the custom keyboard HTC's put on the Incredible. The Nexus One for Verizon looms, but the only reasons it could be considered superior—it feels better built and more expensive, and the promise of timely updates from Google—are mitigated by the fact the Incredible is here now, and HTC's Sense does glossy up some of Android's rough spots.

Calling this phone Incredible is a bit hyperbolic. But it is impressive.

Android Central

A great, to the point 9 minute rundown of all the features:

Mobility Today

A long, 19-minute unboxing and review, done mostly in the dark, to my dislike:

ZDNet

A 15 minute review by Matthew Miller, ZDNet's Smartphones and Cell Phones blogger:

infoSync

A humorous 7 minute review by Mike Perlman:

 

My little HTC Hero is sobbing in the corner - the Incredible is just… well… incredible.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
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  • Nick

    Incredible is good but it doesn't beat Evo or Galaxy S.

    Anyone agree?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, but none of those will be on the market till summer, which makes the Incredible the best phone. What happens in a month... well, that's almost eternity in the Android world.

  • Michael

    My only complaint is call quality. Not sure if this is Verizon or HTC. I'm reading others say call quality is great. It doesn't seem to matter if I have one bar or four, calls are choppy.

    • Mike

      Any idea if the DI is LTE /4G ready

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        The only phone that is 4G ready is the EVO 4G - the Incredible is a 3G only phone.

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