HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Review
HTC is known for their functional, yet simplistic user interface, and the DROID Incredible 4G LTE does not disappoint. Layered on top of the Android 4.0.3 ICS operating system is the HTC Sense 4 UI, and is similar to what we’ve seen recently on the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE. This latest version of the OS bears tons of improvements in almost every aspect of the system, including the UI, the browser, core apps, performance and so on. Still, you won't get to see anything of the stock ICS interface, because HTC has personalized it heavily with its new Sense 4 UI.
The main goal for HTC in terms of the interface has been to simplify it. Indeed, previous versions of the UI had so many options and personalizations, that it could easily throw an inexperienced users into confusion. Indeed, we do find Sense 4 to be significantly streamlined. You will still get the characteristic weather clock and big calendar widgets, taking up a whole homescreen page, but HTC wanted to remain recognizable among the ocean of Android handsets on the market. However, gone is much of the eye-candy that was present in the previous version of the software. For example, you no longer get the spinning carousel when you energetically scroll between homescreens.
The main menu is also different now, as the apps are arranged in a 4x5 icon grid page, which are scrolled horizontally, instead of vertically as in previous versions of Sense. The new experience is probably simpler this way. The good thing for us is that the handset is moving pretty swift, with no hint of lag or choppy animations. We're not sure how much of this is to be attributed to the optimizations done to the interface, or the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, but the result is a perfectly smooth UI experience. We won’t go into all the details here, but if you’re curious, you can read more about Sense 4 in our review of the international HTC One X.
Even though the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE has a 4” display, it is still easy to use when it comes to typing messages with its on-screen QWERTY keyboard – though, its set of directional keys seem to clutter things up. Of course, we’ve always been fond of the Sense keyboard, seeing it provides us with some numbers and punctuations directly from the main layout by performing a long press. Consistently typing at a fast pace isn’t a problem, but we sorely wish for those directional keys to disappear entirely, so that the QWERTY layout can be spaced-out more on the screen.
Of course, every way of using E-Mail is available on the device. In addition to custom POP3 and IMAP accounts, you can also easily set-up Verizon.net, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, AOL, Yahoo! Mail, Windows Live Hotmail, and Gmail.
Processor and Memory:
The HTC Incredible 4G LTE is powered by a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor operating at 1.2GHz, and also comes with 1GB of RAM on board. We believe this is plenty enough horsepower for this device, as everything ran smoothly, but it still would have been nice the processor was operating at 1.5GHz, like on the HTC EVO 4G LTE and Samsung Galaxy S III.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE||4383||5974||58,8|
|Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX (Verizon)||2895||6178||36,7|
|HTC EVO 4G (Sprint)||5099||6995||58,6|
|Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T)||4520||6111||59,4|
The HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE comes with 8GB of internal storage. Of that, 1GB is dedicated for app storage, 3GB is dedicated to the OS, which leaves about 4GB for the user to store pictures, videos, music, etc. But there is an empty microSD memory card slot to allow up to 32GB of extra storage (though you may unofficially be able to use 64GB microSDXC cards).
Internet and Connectivity:
The included browser is fast to use, yet we don’t care much for the layout. Specifically, the top and bottom menu bars containing the back button, address bar, “Add to”, “Bookmarks”, “Saved for later”, and “Tabs” all seem to disappear and reappear at random. Thankfully, you can download other browsers, such as Dolphin or Chrome, if you like one of those more.
Regardless, using the Verizon 4G LTE data network, we were able to fully load our PhoneArena.com site (including Flash content) in about 25 seconds. When running the SpeedTest.net app, we were able to get downloads of 10.46 Mbps and uploads of 5.66 Mbps, which is about average for our area, though it can become slower during peak data usage hours.
Naturally, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz) is on-board, along with NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
1. mas11 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Honestly Idk why they released this phone when the Rezound is better in almost every way.
2. jroc74 (Posts: 4936; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Rezound is ok...I wouldnt say better in almost every way tho. I think everybody is hung up on the size and/or screen res. IMHO...screen res plays a smaller part in the overall experience vs some other things. For me anyway.
One possible area is battery life. The newer hardware in the Inc 4G might do better in that area. It even comes with a lil bigger battery. It has newer LTE hardware and the way its put together might help battery life.
But...this might keep me away from it:
"Our only complaint about the screen is the poor viewing angles and that is it difficult to see in direct sunlight."
You would be surprised how much that takes away from the display after using an Amoled screen phone. Thats one major thing I dont like about the Rezound screen. That and the contrast, brightness seems to be cranked up too high.
And I disagree with the article about call quality and reception of the Rezound. In weaker areas....phone reception and call quality issues of any phone show up alot more. The Rezound didnt do too good in that dept. That and the volume going low on its own while on calls with headphones made for a poor phone experience IMO. 2 Rezounds, 2 sim cards before someone says bad phone. Bad phones? Possible....but there is one phone manufacture I never had to get replaced for phone related issues...might be bad luck who knows.
15. JC557 (Posts: 1136; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Hmm, Phonescoop says otherwise about the screen. They managed to get 30+ hours with the phone as well.
I never had those problems with the Rezound though. Even in areas with a marginal signal I still get calls that are loud and clear. I never bothered with the supplied iBeats. Those headphones are muddy sounding, even after burning them in.
17. jroc74 (Posts: 4936; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Just going by what I see and my experiences.
There is a spot near where I live where I have dropped calls with the Rezound and G Nex repeatedly that my RAZR held on.
I never used the Beats earphones either.
18. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, it's quite believable that would be the case. Motorola Radios are typically top-notch.
8. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
rezound uses crapdragon s3
this uses snapdragon s4, much better! this has sense 4, rezound will get sense 3.6 in the future(or sense 4 in a custom rom, but not everything might work)
rezound screen hands down is better
23. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
i agree completely. the two main selling points for me on the incredible 4:
the 4" screen. and the s4 processor!!!
14. JC557 (Posts: 1136; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
According to Phonescoop the battery life of the Incredible is very good and I'm pretty sure it has to do with smaller screen combined with a more efficient processor and a somewhat larger battery. Also this phone was never meant to be flagship, just like the Incredible 2 before it.
I will be stopping in at Verizon tomorrow to get a look at this thing up close before making my decision.
20. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
I don't suppose the Rezound has that high quardant score....
3. TimTebow (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
Same benchmarks as s3 and clocked lower, less Ram. lol
Techinical marvel the s3 is...
10. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i think what happened with the US SIII is that it dropped dual-channel memory in order to have 2GB of RAM. that's why the benchmarks are lower.
1GB w/ dual-channel memory > 2GB w/o dual-channel memory
7. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
two things: for the cpu speed JUST OVER CLOCK IT
and I thought this review was kinda harsh. atleast deserved an 8
13. jroc74 (Posts: 4936; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I gave a thumbs up for what you said about the review.
For overclocking....you need to root and have a custom kernel.
28. jroc74 (Posts: 4936; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I gotta take back my post about overclocking...lol.
You dont need a custom kernel. I forgot the Droid X, Bionic, RAZR.... basically all phones than cant have a custom kernel... can still be overclocked.
11. vbetts (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
Rezound has a bigger screen, but that doesn't make it better. Look at it like this, the Incredible 4g LTE is $200 on contract, the Rezound is still $300. Only real advantage is the Rezound comes with higher quality headphones. The LTE has a newer Sense version on it, the cpu should use less power, and has the beats integration as well.
12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
My only issue with this phone is its price. Wait until the price drops if you don't wanna get the SGS3.
19. Dkersten (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
This phone has a VERY specific market, one that most "power users" don't understand - screen size. I DON'T WANT a big screen.. I want small. I want a phone that fits in my pocket easily and feels like a phone when holding it, not a tablet. I don't watch movies and when I use it for web or pics I can easily zoom in to read what I want. I have other devices for doing that if I need to do it more often than in a pinch. There are more reasons, but the fact is, this is the best 4" phone on the market, period.
Yes, the processor is better than the rezound, and more importantly more efficient, meaning better battery life.
Bottom line: I don't compare a compact car to an SUV or 4 door luxury, so why do you compare a compact smartphone to a near-tablet sized phone? You don't compare 17 inch laptops to ultraportables either. Sure, if you are a gamer, that 10 pound 17 inch laptop is FAR better than a 13" 3.2 pound laptop with less processor, but if you travel and weight is more important than performance or size, then there is a clear choice. It is no different with phones.
If you care most about processor speed and pixels of resolution, get the galaxy. If what matters to you is screen size, then the Inc 4g is the best option out there. I have been waiting for a good replacement for the Inc1 for over a year, and this is it. It is too bad that every phone is thrown in one big review and judged on an equal level.
Personally the only use I see for 4.7 inch screens on phones is when you have a woman carrying a purse who doesn't have to worry about the size of the phone..
22. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
I see your point. it makes sense. THis phone is also for people who like sense 4.0 too (including me)
btw: thats the same excuse ifanboys give. "I don't need a 4.7 inch phone. I just need a 3.5 inch phone. it can call and text right?" ~ Taco50
IM NOT CALLING YOU AN IFANBOY
IM JUST POINTING IT OUT
25. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
i understand the fanboy comment lol i know where it's coming from but i'm in the same boat. i have small hands and am a relatively small person. my first smartphone was the HTC Eris with the 3.2" screen, and i upgraded from that straight to the incredible 2. i've found that 4" is my sweet spot. :) i love it! But for some reason i can't emotionally push myself to a screen bigger than 4".. and i've tried to go for the rezound, but i just can't get behind even 4.3"... which i'm sure is a personal problem haha
24. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
exactly how i feel!! beautifully illustrated! thank you :D
27. babyboy14622 (Posts: 29; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
thankfully i upgraded my device and still got to keep my unlimited data plan. luckily when the upgrade happended, the employee who did it didn't put me under a contract at all. phone for $100 + no contract = blessed.
29. tjmag88 (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Im pretty sure im am going to leave phonearena. There reviews are far to harsh and exagerated. They are a little more in depth that phonedog/phonescoop, but at least they sell it for what it is, and honeslty, im due to upgrade this week and this is more than likely what im getting. the rezound is too expensive, and i would never use the beats. This phone has exceptional battery, a pretty bitchin screen, fast, and a decent camera. All of that screams my phone to me, yet i look at this review and i have doubts due to either exageration or them overreviewing things and areas i dont care about. Honeslty phonearena, stop being so picky about things. This is a pretty good damn phone compared to whats out there. Oh, and i looked at the droid 4, which phonearena said had a terrible screen. they were right about that "ghosting" effect thing, but colors really pop and it is quite detailed, so i have no clue what they were talkinb about.
30. Dkersten (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I have had my phone for a few days now and am very happy with it. The size is perfect, it is barely larger than the DInc1, the screen is perfectly good for me, the performance is great, the battery life so far is twice that of the DInc1 even with heavier use, and I think it is made from the perfect materials.
There are a few minor things about sense 4 I am not happy about, but they are incredibly minor things, like texting not showing the date change so I have to look harder at texts to see if they were from today or yesterday, or the font on the clock can't be adjusted.. little things.
31. FrostyDanny (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)
Why in the heck would Verizon release this phone? Was it worth delaying the Galaxy S3 a whole week or more? I had the Rezound and it sounds better then this in everyway!!! I had friends that hated the Incredible mainly due to battery life and they switched to Team iPhone...Why not get the HTC ONE?? Best service Worst phones Verizon! Smh
32. FrostyDanny (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)
BTW I know people will get this for the 4inch screen but the Rezound isn't that much bigger, it feels small in your hand! By numbers yes its bigger but it feels exactly the same in your hand as the Rezound! I think the screen is much better on the Rezound and I had friends who ALL HATED the Incredible 1 and 2
33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the screen barely even matters, it's the S4 and Sense 4 that makes all the difference. the Incredibles have always been popular, well liked phones. the Incredible S/2 became a favorite in the development community.
34. Dkersten (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
The nearly 10% difference from a 4" to a 4.3" is substantial, if that is a criteria that matters to you. Perhaps not to you, but to others, it is. Plus the difference between the S2 and S3 processors when it comes to battery performance is a big deal as well. I guess you are the type who will wait for the next generation of some technology to come out, then buy the previous generation because it is "just as good". If that is the case, more power to you.. we need people to pick up the old ipad 2's and older phones. Personally though, if I can only upgrade once every 2 years, I am not going to settle for last year's technology when I have the choice of getting this year's..
I am sitting right at 3 days on one charge now with my DInc4G. I guarantee that wouldn't happen with a rezound. I like the ICS, I like sense 4, and when I put this phone next to my DInc1, it is slightly taller but otherwise the same dimensions.. not 10% bigger in each direction. Bigger is NOT always better.
Oh, and depending on where you live, sometimes Verizon is the only choice that makes any sense, so you are stuck with their lineup. That isn't to say that the HTC One X or S would be a better choice than the DInc4G, they are still bigger screens.. For VERIZON, the choice is pretty clear for a 4".. it's this one or the iphone.. and personally I HATE the iphone..
35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
you must have misunderstood me. the Incredible is the better buy because of the S4 and Sense 4. I know all about the differences between the S3 and S4. as far as screen size is concerned that's subjective. this phone is obviously for people that want smaller phones just like the Incredible 2 before it.
36. Cjen1987 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)
Worst device ever. Over heats and reboots. Data was fine now drops all the time. I got a replacement device and cracking calls. Then I put my SD card and the phone fried it. I lost all of my pictures and everything. I call to try to get another device and the only way is if I take my upgrade and lose my unlimited data plan. Verizon period is a trap. Let's keep sending you the same broken device and tell you the only way out is to lose your unlimited data, so you will have to pay us more if you go over your data plan. To top it off I had to sit there for an hour arguing with customer service about replacing my 32gb SD card, because they can't replace anything over 30 dollars. (there 32gb is 70 buck...) finally I'm getting a new SD card but this same old crappie device. It doesn't even matter if you have an extended warranty or anything.
Worst device ever and company. Plus nothing but being rude to your 5+ years customer.
HTC has reported issues with data, overheating, and calling on other devices.
They acted like there's no way it could be the device because no one else reported problem.
Plus I'm on my 5th replacement with the same issues.
|Display||4.0 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (275 ppi) S-LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||4.82 x 2.40 x 0.46 inches|
(122 x 61 x 12 mm)
4.66 oz (132 g)
|Battery||1700 mAh, 9.57 hours talk time|