Image by kjarrett via FlickrBack in November, I received a notice from my wireless phone provider informing me that I was able to upgrade my phone to a newer model. For the past two years, I had been using a BlackBerry Storm. I had been fairly happy with the BlackBerry, but there were a few things that had started to bother me about it.
First, there were a lot of things that I had not been able to do with the BlackBerry browser. There were a number of websites that I could not access with it, especially some of the paid review sites I had been using that required quick responses to some notifications that I received via email. A second issue, and an even more important one was that I was having a lot of issues with the memory in my phone. Frequently, the memory usage of the phone would bog down the whole system and I would have to remove the battery to reset the phone. It was becoming a major hassle.
I had been debating on whether or not to stick with the BlackBerry format or to switch to a Droid phone. The more I began to research the differences, the more I began to lean towards a Droid. Even though I was eligible to upgrade my phone, I thought that I would have to wait until I received either a tax refund or hopefully a bonus from my employer in March. Thankfully, I woke up one Sunday morning in early December and had received an email from Best Buy informing me that they were having a smartphone sale and that I could upgrade to a HTC Droid Incredible with my current service provide at no cost to me other than extending my contract for two years.
Now, I am all about saving money whenever I can. Had it not been for the sale, I was looking at having to put out $250-$300 to upgrade my phone. Needless to say, I jumped all over the free phone. I have had the new phone for about a month now, and I have to say, that I am quite happy with it's performance. I no longer have the issues that I was having with the Storm. I have been able to visit quite a few sites that I was unable to visit on the BlackBerry, and there has been no bogging down of the phone due to running out of memory.
About the only complaint that I have with the phone is the sensitivity of the touch screen when I am scrolling through my contacts. There have been several times when I have inadvertently dialed a number by mistake. Once, I removed my phone from my belt holster to put it on the charger. After attaching the charger, I noticed that I had accidentally dialed my parents house. It was almost midnight, and they are usually in bed fairly early. I hope I was able to disconnect the call before it rang on their end. Another time, I had my phone in my hand as I was walking through a store. When I looked at the screen, I had inadvertently activated the camera and had taken three pictures.
All in all, though, I am very happy with the phone. I hope that the few issues that I have had thus far are just a case of me getting used to the new device. The only other concern I have is that the Incredible, like the Storm, only has a virtual keyboard. Once with the Storm the screen shorted out and I was unable to view anything on the screen. I could only receive calls and place voice activated dialing, which did not work very well. I do have to say that the virtual keyboard on the Incredible is much more responsive, at least to me, than on the Storm, so hopefully it will hold up better.