The Hardware

The front of the Incredible, shown in Figure 4, sports a 3.7” 800 x 480 AMOLED touch screen. The screen is bright and clear except in bright sunlight. We found this to be the biggest drawback of the Incredible. If you will be constantly using it in bright sunlight, our advice would be to look at another phone. Turning the brightness up to full strength will make the screen more readable in bright sunlight, but of course, doing so will use a little extra battery power.

Droid Incredible Cell Phone ReviewFigure 4: The front of the Incredible.

Under the screen are four completely flat areas that are touch-sensitive. They are marked with icons for their functions: Home, Menu, Back, and Search. Below that is an optical trackpad. This trackpad takes a little getting used to, but once you grow accustomed to it, you will find it very useful.

The small area of dark red at the top of the front of the device and the word Verizon under it is the only decorative element on the front of this very simple-looking phone.

The back of the Incredible is again shown in Figure 5. In this figure you will notice the camera near the top with a red circle around the lens. Next to that are two LED lights. Next to that is the speaker opening. Other than that, the back only has the HTC logo in the center and the Google logo near the bottom.

Droid Incredible Cell Phone ReviewFigure 5: The back of the Incredible.

The sides and top of this phone are very uncluttered. The top has a sleep/power button on the right and a standard headphone jack on the left, as shown in Figure 6.

Droid Incredible Cell Phone ReviewFigure 6: The top of the phone.

Along the left side is a volume rocker and a Micro USB connection port. We missed having a dedicated mute button, but most people won’t find that a deal-breaker.

The bottom and the right side of this phone have no buttons at all. The only thing that you see on the bottom is the microphone opening and a notch in the center that is shown in Figure 7. Placing a fingernail or an object into this notch will allow you to pop off the back of the phone for access to the battery and microSD card slot.

Droid Incredible Cell Phone ReviewFigure 7: The bottom of the Droid Incredible.

As seen in Figure 8, when you remove the back of the phone you find an amazingly bright red interior. You can also see the battery and the MicroSD slot, which accommodates cards up to 16 GB.

Droid Incredible Cell Phone ReviewFigure 8: The back with the cover off.


Sandy Berger, respected computer authority, journalist, media guest, speaker, and author, has more than three decades of experience as a computer and technology expert. Her eight books include: How to Have a Meaningful Relationship with Your Computer, Your Official Grown-up’s Guide to AOL and the Internet, Cyber Savers –Tips & Tricks for Today’s Drowning Computer Users, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Better Living through Technology, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to the Internet, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Gadgets & Gizmos, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Health & Wellness, and Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Travel. Sandy’s newspaper column, magazine articles, feature stories, product reviews, and computer tips can be found at her website, Compu-KISS.