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Review: HTC Droid Incredible

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If you can think of a way to send a digital missive to your friends, family and colleagues, the Incredible can do it. Email, SMS, MMS, IM, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Picasa, Flickr, Fuhgettaboutit. It's all in there.

Let's tackle email first. There are several different avenues to get your email. First, there is the HTC-made Email program, which was very specifically designed to support Exchange email accounts. HTC made this email program before Android supported Exchange. Now that Android does, this email program isn't a necessity for business users, but it offers a nice user interface for sorting through messages. Then there's the native Gmail client. I like the Gmail app for Android. It's probably the best way to interact with a Gmail account from a mobile device.

The Incredible also works with pretty much any POP3/IMAP4 email account you could throw at it.

Next up, SMS. There are two SMS apps on the Incredible. One is the native Android SMS app, the other is the HTC-made Sense SMS app. Both offer threaded conversations, and a similar tool set when it comes to composing messages and responding to threads. Again, however, HTC has done a nice job of creating a widget for its SMS app that works well on the home screen and lets you page through your messages without having to open the actual SMS app. Another advantage HTC's Sense has over Google's stock Android.

Google Talk is the only native IM app on board.

There are a number of ways to connect to social networks with the Incredible. First, there's HTC's FriendStream. The FriendStream app reaches into your Facebook and Twitter accounts and pulls down status updates in a, er, well, stream that you can look at quickly. You can also use HTC's Peep application for Twitter, though I prefer Seesmic (downloadable from Android Market). There's also a Facebook app, which works pretty well, though it still doesn't go as far as the Facebook app for iPhone does.

Long story short, the Incredible is a connected phone, and lets you manage your myriad connections in pretty much any way you see fit.


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