HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE hands-on

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE hands-on
If you’ve been playing around with a HTC Rezound for Verizon, you might not be as amused by the recently announced HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE – albeit, maybe things might change after pricing is announced. Looking back at the handset’s rich history, starting with the venerable HTC Droid Incredible, this latest model clearly has a lot to live up to, especially when the Droid Incredible 2 came out lacking LTE last year.

This time around, as its name blatantly implies, the handset is packing support for Big Red’s speedy data connection, though, from an initial look, the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE is merely nothing more than a mini HTC Rezound. Specifically, it employs the same characteristic design as the Rezound – with its soft touch pattern designed rear plastic casing. Well, it’s a lot more form fitting in the hand mainly due to the fact that its size is smaller all around. Then again, the 4” qHD (540 x 960) Super LCD display kind of impacts that easier to hold in the hand feel. Despite its uninspiring design, it’s still relatively solid with its overall build quality.

Under the hood, the handset’s 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor enables the smartphone to move effortlessly with most operations. And seeing that this small bundle of joy is featuring the new Sense 4.0 UI running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it has all the usual arsenal of personalization that we come to expect. As for the rest, the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE is regarded as a camera centric device – mainly because of the 8-megapixel snapper it’s flaunting, which so happens to feature a F2.2 aperture lens, backside illumination, 1080p video recording, and a single LED flash.

Again, it’s all going to hinge on price point as to whether or not it’s going to be an attractive option. Clearly, the HTC Rezound still appears to be the spec-heavy device, but if pricing is somewhat justifiable with the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, it might simply prove to be a good enough sell for most people. Time will tell folks!

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DROID Incredible 4G LTE
  • Display 4.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Battery 1700 mAh(9.57h talk time)



1. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

listen, not everyone wants a 4.5-5 inch screen! there are people that dont want to be bombarded with their phone! a nice mid to high end offering here and if the price is right, this should do well! i'd like to see more of this, high end phones with smaller screen sizes and high rez's for those screens

8. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I got a 13inch T.V. and it has knobs too!

27. shnibz

Posts: 514; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I agree aztaxia12295 i have a Galaxy Nexus but am using a Droid Bionic i just got simply because although its not as badass as the Nexus it is still very nice and fast and much easier to live with because its not so huge

31. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I agree. While I think the size of my Nexus is pretty perfect for me... it's too big for my girlfriend. She almost always has to use two hands and I had to buy her a case because she kept dropping it... If there had been a 4" phone when we got our phones I think it would've been better for her.

37. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

I also do not want a huge phone like most of Verizon's LTE lineup. I am currently eligible for upgrade and really need a phone, but they're all too big. I like everything about the RAZR MAXX, but with the large screen and bezel it makes such a wide, large, phone. 4" screen size is not a con, it's an advantage!

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Cool but Verizon goes stupid with the pricing...I mean to the most extreme!!!

7. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Let's hope Verizon has the sense to launch this at 100 USD on contract. This is a great phone, but it's no flagship.

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

xD the only thing the Rezound has over this is the larger 720p display, everything else goes to this and i actually like the design on this. i swear all the best looking devices are on Verizon.

4. JBz007

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

A lot have people have been waiting for a high end phone with a relatively small size. This should fill that void nicely. S4 is a beast.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

All the best looking devices are on Verizon? Such as?

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Razr is Moto's most attractive, the Spectrum is LG's most attractive, the Galaxy Nexus is Samsung's most attractive and Verizon also has Motorola's and Samsung's most attractive tablets in the form of the Xyboards and the 7.7 and now they have HTC's most attractive if only in the looks department.

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm assuming you mean "attractive" by looks. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, i guess, because I'd say both the One S and One X are much better looking phones. I'd equate this to the Evo 4G LTE in looks.

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yes, i do mean by visual appeal. i think this looks better than the Ones but not by much.

15. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That's fair, but I am a bit concerned as to how much the screen seems to be washing out at even the slightest angle. Not that people look at their phone from the side anyways, but it's a shame that this is a regular S-LCD, not an S-LCD 2.

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

at this size the SAA display would've suited it better because they could've made it thinner with the AMOLED panel much like the One S and the pixel density is really fine at 275dpi especially considering that the alternative would've meant having this baby pushing pixels to a brighter 720p display with a 1700mAh battery.

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I guess I don't understand why they didn't just use a modified One S... I thought HTC was trying to cut back on the amount of different phones they put out there. The Evo is just a modded One X, after all. If they used the One S as the Incredible's basis they could've thrown the same SAA screen on there, and increased the size by .3 inches. I guess Verizon probably had a lot of say in the matter though, and if they wanted it like this, they probably had their reasons.

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i'm like you on this. it seemed ideal for HTC to revive their previous best sellers with their new Flagship series but i guess it was just Verizon that wanted the 4.0" to stay because everything else about it is One S-Esque.

18. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i dont think the nexus is the most attractive samsung phone… the SII looks nicer-- the back of the nexus is just ugly… LG has practically no attractive phones, but the prada 3.0 is much better looking than the spectrum… the razr i agree is the best looking moto, but the xyboard have never been anywhere but verizon so its not really up for competition… verizon leaves desired obvious good looking devices such as the lumia 900 and the one x (which i think looks the best out of any android phone)

20. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Nexus with it's curved glass and buttonless face doesn't look better than the GSII? insanity. the back looks fine i think. the Prada 3.0 has no carrier availability so it doesn't count and in a comparison there is always a most attractive option and in LG's line-up of carrier available phones it's definitely the Spectrum. that's the point. it's the most attractive Moto Tablet...and it's on Verizon. if it were anywhere else mentioning it would've been irrelevant to my point. Verizon may yet receive a Nokia device and i wasn't real impressed with the One X. it looks okay but that's it. i even saw one yesterday and it didn't feel nearly as good as i thought it would.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You need to raise your standards some if you think those phones look attractive. Attractive doesn't mean good though.

32. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Maybe I like brunettes and you like blondes but that doesn't mean either of us have to "raise our standards".

33. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

to what exactly? xD well it's a good thing they're good phones too then huh? :P

10. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

The Razr comes to mind! :) ​Galaxy Nexus, iPhone 4S and the Rezound are all good looking phones too, but there are a few I wished VZW would have snagged like the Note, SGSII, and the Evo when it was new.

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i didn't count the 4S because it's Apple's only current phone and it's available on AT&T & Sprint as well. Verizon could do with the Note but i'm kind of curious to see how this 5.0" HTC will turn out. VZW didn't need a Crapdragon powered SII, the rest of the line-up would have trampled all over that thing and as for the EVO, i don't think people missed it THAT much with the original Incredible present and since there was no near availability of any kind of 4G on Verizon the Sprint version would've been better anyway.

24. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I just have to say, Most Beautiful Phone (looks) goes to the RAZR :p

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

definitely does. it's really sleek. o:

28. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

True, the Dinc did fill the slot for a high end HTC at the time, I just had a little screen envy with the 4.3 inch display. That 5.0 HTC SOUNDS like a good idea, but honestly HTC's designs are getting really old for me. My wife has had 3 HTC devices and I received the Dinc 2 as a replacement for my DX. So at this point I'm all Sensed out. I get nauseous when I see HTC phones now wether it's 3, 3.5, or 4.0. I know it's the most appealing UI to most Andrd users, but it's gotten really old looking to me.

36. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Actually beg to differ, I think AT&Thieves, unfortunately have the best phones. SGS2, Nokia Lumia, GNote, HTC X, and Samsung Focus and on and on. Verizon, the only attractive phone is the iPhone. Moto's are ugly; Rezound a block of ice; GNx looks, well still trying to figure it out, either a child's toy or my grandfather's old shoe.

39. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's the most ridiculous thing i've heard in my life.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Galaxy Note on Verizon with S4 processor please.

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