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Tech Report – Droid Incredible

The fact that Apple's CEO Steve Jobs is starting to take shots at the Android platform is the surest sign that it's a force to be reckoned with in a smartphone market currently dominated by the iPhone.

If the latest Android-based phone from HTC – the Droid Incredible – is anything to go by, Mr. Jobs has every reason to be concerned.

The not-so-modestly named Incredible upgrades the Verizon-only Droid Eris that was released late last year. The Incredible comes with a bright 3.7-inch OLED display, full touchscreen capability and an optical joystick that assists with navigation. Like the other Droids, the Incredible features multiple "home" screens allowing you to access e-mail, apps, Twitter and anything else you care to install with just the flick of a thumb.

The dependable operating system is augmented by the speedy Snapdragon processor, which makes the Incredible lightning fast. The set-up wizard is quick and easy-to-follow and gets the phone synced and ready-to-go in no time at all.

All the typical Android apps and utilities are present, including Google Maps Navigation, Voice Search, FM Radio, Android Market, YouTube, Weather, etc. But perhaps the most headline-grabbing feature is the camera. HTC has somehow managed to cram an 8-megapixel camera into the Incredible, along with a dual LED flash. Camera makers will shake their heads as smartphones continue to upgrade their photo and video capability to the point where a stand-alone digital camera is no longer necessary.

The Incredible also features a new function called Friend Stream, which provides users with a single interface for updating their social networks, including Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.

The Droid Incredible will be available exclusively through Verizon starting April 29. (Pre-ordering is currently available.) It's priced at $199.99 after a $100 online rebate and requires a two-year voice and data plan, which start at $29.99.       

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