Well now that I have given you the background story (you know you liked it) and I have confirmed there are no galactic traffic jams using the Maps Navigation system on my Droid Incredible I’m going to sit back and focus my Mole Shui so that I can gloat about this little beauty. Oh hold on, need to crank up Pandora so I can get my jam on while writing this report. Mmm, one more second, let me float my Bluetooth headset over here in case anyone calls and so I can keep from going mole on any cables (I did that last time and let me tell you it wasn’t pretty. Wired headphones are no joke and will mess you up. Almost choked my reflective ass out) .
Ok, let’s get this party started. I’m going to be very direct here; the Droid Incredible is amazing but not perfect. No matter how I cut it though it is definitely an upgrade from my 1st Gen iPhone (may the cosmic force see it safely through eternity). You are probably thinking something to the effect of “wow ace, what a concept, a current phone being better than its 3 year old counter part. Well when it comes to hardware you would be right, though I still say screw you for being so rude! Performance aside though Google’s Android mobile operating system is truly a breath of fresh air and is made even more so by HTC’s Sense UI. The widgets, folders, multiple themes and freedom is simply divine after being in lock down for 3 years.
I will say that while the iPhone OS from Apple is still more polished and is definitely cleaner I can give up some ascetics for greater functionality. When I was initially comparing the Incredible to the iPhone (and I still am mind you) I was finding myself longing for the single button world of my past. However after quickly accustoming myself to Androids’ navigation ideals and also started playing with the widgets… would that make my widgets…. you know…. midgets? Because they are my widgets and I’m a mole! Get it!? -cough- Anyway, the widgets seduced me and did digital things to me that well, that I can’t write here. They are such a simple concept and yet they make navigating and handling the functionality of the phone so much faster and easier.
Another major difference and benefit of Apple is the because of their control the integration between all of the applications and the phone are certainly more reliable. I do find myself getting a bit confused (I won’t admit to it though! Oh wait..) and sometimes frustrated when I go to “Share” an article or video to either Twitter or Facebook and have to jump through several web based hoops because my installed app Twitter/FB app doesn’t get along with the app in which I’m sharing the internet goodness. There are other scenarios as well but you get the idea. It isn’t a deal breaker by any means. In fact, as many have mentioned, the only real deal breaker may be the battery, however, not for me. I was already use to the 1st Generation IPhone’s battery so the Droid Incredible’s lifespan is just a continuation of the past (one of the few things I still have to put up with).
All in all the Droid Incredible and Android, for now and for a long time to come respectively, are the future for this Moledi Master of the Mole Shui. While Android still has a way to go they are moving ahead at the speed of light and for some reason the headaches involved are even enjoyable to some degree. Even though HTC and Verizon, to some extent, try to exert some control over the Android platform and the Droid Incredible it still feels like my phone. I didn’t feel that way after a while with my IPhone, if felt like I was leasing it and simply paying for the ability to keep it in my pocket. The fact that I feel the Droid Incredible is mine and that I’m limited only by its functionality and not by the whims of an individual or company policy is truly, for a lack of a better term, mind blowing.
Everything that I have wanted to do on the phone I have been able to do so without rooting/jail breaking it. Again, the only limitations I have found is functionality or that an app doesn’t exist. I was patient enough to wait for the Droid Incredible. I had almost bought the Eris but it wasn’t powerful enough and was lacking in some other areas. My patience paid off and as such my patience will pay off when waiting for functionality and apps. Until then though, I will be enjoying my Droid Incredible.