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It Really Is!

It Really Is!!
by Gary Woods

Product names have always amused me. One of my favorites is a car named the Aspire. I don't know about you, but if a car is aspiring to be a car I think I'll wait until it actually becomes one before I get in it. Anyway, the name that's currently on my hit list is the cell phone "Incredible."

I first looked at that name and said, convince me! Well guess what, I got one and it is. The Incredible by HTC on Verizon is the best phone I've ever owned. It's extremely fast, pictures and movies look great, tunes sound wonderful and the Bluetooth implementation is fantastic.

But my first criterion for a phone is that it must Sync with Outlook because we run our whole business and most of our life out of Outlook. Unlike a lot of phones that say they sync with Outlook then lead you on a merry chase of this add-on combined with that third party program synching via Google Contacts and Yahoo and Calendar, the Incredible actually syncs directly with Outlook.

Prior to the "Incredible" I had the HTC "Eris" and it was a very frustrating phone. I could see all the very cool Apps that worked until the phone would go into a kind of half crash and it did indeed sync with Outlook but after the 5th or 6th time I had to do a hard reset wiping everything out, forcing me to reload all my programs and settings I was looking for an alternative.

I was inches of away from paying the "get me outta' here" fee to Verizon and going to the iPhone on AT&T when the "Incredible" entered my life. So for the one of the few times in my life I've found something that lives up to its name, it's Incredible!!!

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc