Tuesday, July 31, 2012

HTC's Incredible is still credible


It's a testament to the resilience of Droid Incredible Android phone that HTC continues to update and upgrade the Incredible more than two years after the first model was released. Other mobile phone companies would have discontinued the model or relegated it to the discount shelves while they focus on some new phone with another oddball name.

But I'm glad to see the Incredible is still around and still trying to live up to its moniker. I carried an Incredible for more than a year and it remains one of my favorite Android handsets. I always found HTC's version of Android a little more friendly than Motorola's version and its slender size made it much more welcome in my pants pocket than the larger and heavier successors that came later.

Size is still a good reason to check out the newest version of the Incredible. It's still a svelte and palm-friendly as its grandfather. The other major attractions of the new Incredible are probably a little more important.

One, it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network. That means it delivers faster web browsing and zippier downloads if you live within the reach of Verizon's 4G towers. Second, it runs the latest version of Google's Android operating system, which is known as either Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich, depending on your source's hip quotient. As with cars, carrots, and carnations, fresher is almost always better.        

The phone also comes with Beats audio, which adds a little extra punch to music, even when it's streamed from Google Play or Pandora. And the price is also attractive: just $149 with a two-year Verizon contract. If you don't need a big behemoth of an Android phone, the Incredible 4G is a very credible option.


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