"It works! Period."5.0 starson by pooky4
Pros: Being an iPod Touch user, I was able to adapt to this phone very quickly and easily, with only a slight learning curve. The email functionality is important to me, and being my first smart phone, I'm happy.
Cons: Yes, the battery life is considerably less than I am accustomed to with my previous LG ENV2. I am also surprised by the level of the signal on this phone, I previously had no problem with full bars on my ENV2 in my house, but can only get 1 bar now.
Summary: My previous phone, LG ENV2, has been my phone for the past 2 years. Because I am on the board of a non-profit, it is important that I am able to get my email on my phone. Frankly, the email experience on the ENV2 was a nightmare. Not feeling hopeful about the iPhone coming to Verizon anytime soon, I decided to go Android, and even with other Android phones to pick from, including the upcoming Droid X, I really wanted to go with the Incredible. The number 1 reason was the size. A co-worker in my office recently got an Evo, and I had to set up his office email on it. Nice, phone but just too big for me (felt like I had an iPad to my ear). The only downside with the size is the web browsing experience, and I can live with that.
The battery life is less than I'm used to, but based on my usage so far, I can get almost 2 days out of the phone (not much talk, low to moderate text, and moderate email and app usage). I use Advanced Task Killer for all but the most crucial apps, and I use it often. I also turned the brightness down slightly and turned off the haptic feedback on the home keys. These couple of settings dramatically increase the battery life and have not interfered with my usage of the phone features.
I haven't had the phone very long, so I haven't gotten to fully test my signal, but I was surprised by the fact that my LG ENV2 could get full bars inside my house, but this phone can only get 1 bar. I'm monitoring it carefully in case I have a defective phone, and so far, no dropped calls or reception problems. I'm away from my office on vacation, so I'll have a better chance to test it then.
Other than the "incredibly" (no pun intended) long wait for this phone and the poor and delayed response from Verizon when the phone was delayed well beyond what it should have been, I am very happy with this phone. My experience with Verizon customer service in that matter was mixed, and I almost canceled the phone order. However, I'm really glad I didn't. Having done some research and talking to other users, I really like the way HTC has handled Android compared to other manufacturers, especially with the interface. The phone is snappy and responsive, the screen looks great, the camera is easy to use, takes great shots (even in my house), and does everything I expect it to do. I knew it didn't get an CNET Editor's Choice for nothing!
I really recommend this phone!