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Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC Droid Incredible

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Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Calling quality on the HTC Droid Incredible was more audible thanks to its louder speaker which made for some clearer voices. The iPhone 4 did not perform as satisfactorily, because of the static noise lurking in the background. Since the Incredible also had a louder speaker phone, voices did sound a little bit more muffled, but it's the trade-off you receive when you hear the lower tones emitted by the iPhone 4.

During our time testing out both handsets, we consistently found the Incredible to have a solid connection to the network over the iPhone 4. At certain times, we would see bars on the iPhone 4 fluctuate while surfing the web – which is somewhat disheartening when you're trying to do something.

Manually setting both phones to 25 percent brightness, we found the battery life out of the iPhone 4 performed better than the Droid Incredible. We were able to obtain 1 ½ days on normal usage before requiring a recharge for the iPhone 4. Conversely, the HTC Droid Incredible tapped out after a single day.


These two smartphones are currently the premier offerings from both carriers. You've got the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon's network which does offer a humbling experience that stands at the top of HTC's long list of quality smartphones. Aside from its uninspiring design that doesn't compete head-on to the iPhone 4's industrial look and solid construction, we were very pleased by its overall functionality. It offers a truly compelling experience in terms of customization and social integration, as well as web browsing and multimedia playback. On the other hand, the Apple iPhone 4 holds its ground firmly with its prowess in almost all of the mentioned categories, plus it outperforms the Droid Incredible in the photo and video capturing department. We should also mention that the iPhone 4 is still in a class of its own when it comes to apps and games. 

It's a tough sell seeing that both devices are available for $199.99 on-contract, but it may as well come down to which carrier can offer you the best service in your exact location – so you can't go wrong with either handsets. Needless to say that the next couple of weeks might prove to be heart wrenching as the Motorola DROID X will make its presence across the country, but in the mean time, the HTC Droid Incredible looks to be Verizon's best weapon against the iPhone 4.

Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC Droid Incredible Video Comparison:


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. testman22 (Posts: 339; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)

So if you want to make calls and have a signal, get the incredible. And if you want constant dropped calls and fluctuating signal get the iphone

posted on 27 Aug 2010, 15:15

26. Bill_1234 (unregistered)

And the award for lack of reading comprehension skills goes to.... testman22! Congratulations.

posted on 04 Nov 2010, 14:37

29. KGBoston (unregistered)

You notice the iPhone was rated 8/10 and the Incredible got a 9/10? inconsistencies continue..

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 12:36

2. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)

ya... no mention of the iphones awesome drop call feature by holding it wrong? The single only advantage iphone has over incredible is when you zoom in to tiny text to ready it. and who does that...... anyone...? anyone...? Buehler....? Incredible FTW

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 15:08

3. AaronWasHere (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)

" It's not to say that the uninspired design in play with the Incredible isn't a bad thing, but there is no denying that the iPhone 4 has more of an appeal from a quick first glance. " Wow... really iPhoneArena? Care to be any more biased? The 2 phones look almost exactly the f**king same! Give me a damn break!

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 16:08

4. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2010)

hmmmm....I would disagree. Though the incredible is much better

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 16:55

5. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I agree as well. To me it's like a Ferrari (Incredible) to a Porsche (iPhone4). The both look good, but I like the Ferrari better. P.S. To the editors: on the memory for the Incredible, it's 8GB on board and a 2GB micro-sd card included, not 2GB onboard with an 8GB micro-sd. Otherwise, probably one of the first comparisons that wasn't lopsided biased. I don't agree with "uninspired design". Look at them head-on and I would give it to the Incredible. The sides and the back are a draw for me. The nice thing about the unconventional rear on the Incredible is it doesn't allow the speakerphone opening to be covered, plus I have no doubt the Incredible will take a drop better. Plastic may not look as expensive, but it has some give and transfers shock in a fall. Glass & Stainless Steel, not so much.

posted on 10 Nov 2010, 16:41

31. boogie_14 (unregistered)

Please... The Droid looks like S*** compared to the iPhone 4, do you know what quality looks like???? Have you even held the two next to each other, no comparision!

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 18:01 1

6. belayson (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Mar 2010)

the reviewers at phonearena are idiots. if you take angular pictures of two screens and put one phone (phone 1) closer to the camera than the other (phone 2), phone 1 is going to look alot brighter as it is at a significantly lower angle than phone 2. If they wanted to be fair (or atleast decently intelligent) they would have put both phones top to bottom and taken the picture from the sides for horizontal view-angles.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 19:07

8. pete7625 (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)

And let me guess, they also edited the pictures to make it look like the picture quality was worse, and took a picture closer to the incredible to make it look fatter? You can believe whatever you want, but the iPhone is CLEARLY the winner in mainly every aspect. Not to mention it's AMAZING app store. You're just mad because you're on verizon, and they don't have an iPhone. otherwise, you'd agree with me.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 19:20

10. ilikesmrtphnz (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)

theyre just phones. everyone knows iphonearena is biased. end of story. calm down.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 21:23

11. pete7625 (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)

How do you figure they're biased? if they were, they wouldn't put half the articles about apple on this website, because a lot of them are speaking negative about them. They are just stating the facts. And just because YOU don't agree with them, doesn't make them biased. But I DO agree with you that they are just phones, and people like belayson need to chill out. It's just a review. I'm sick of all these excuses. JUST FACE THE FACTS AND MAYBE YOU GUYS SHOULDN'T BE SO BIASED.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 18:37

7. anthonygolovey (Posts: 44; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)

I just switched from HTC Incredible and its an awesome phone, i never had an iphone and i didnt get to great coverage here with verizon at my house so i switched to AT&T, there both great phones, i personally like the iphone 4 better, it looks a lot better, the camera was FLIMSY on the incredible and the back didnt appeal to me.

posted on 02 Jul 2010, 07:47

13. testman22 (Posts: 339; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)

enjoy not having unlimited data

posted on 02 Jul 2010, 14:14

14. therev767 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jul 2010)

you know verizon has a data cutoff. unlimited is not unlimited for them either. ive never had a problem with my iphone 3g. but i used to work for verizon. i was in store tech support and so much of their garbage came back all the time. ESPECIALLY their high end data phones. i saw a lot of droids come back cause the hardware cant stand up to the need. the software is cool. the coverage is there. but the phone is made of dog balls.

posted on 03 Jul 2010, 12:23

18. dsg_cobra (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Nov 2009)

yeah and in the stores, you also dont know what your talking about either, i work in the call center, and have to clean up the stores mess day after day, and how long ago did you work at verizon? when the palm treo and blackberry with scroll wheel on the side was the options? when their was 5% data base user ratio? please go on little i sheep.. And their is not a cut off for data on a smart phone, it is unlimited, on a data card their was a unlimited plan for 59.99 and yes in the terms their was a soft limit, if you consistently went over it they would send you a letter letting you know of the meant to be usage, since people were networking at home flooding up our broadband usage. but you prolly didnt know that since at the stores you get half the training we do in the call centers.

posted on 06 Jul 2010, 23:08 1

21. iheartblueberry (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)

$29.99/mo IS unlimited data. I have been working for Verizon for 5 years. There is NO cutoff on smartphone data plans. If some magical way there is then I have yet to see ANYONE get charged for going over their Email and Web for Smartphone data plan. You say you "used" to work for Verizon? Probably the reason why its past tense... Couldn't remember your plans so you got the axe.

posted on 09 Jul 2010, 11:02

24. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)

I used 8gb last month on my unlimited data plan with Verizon, if there is a limit I would've hit it by now...

posted on 14 Aug 2010, 20:48

25. allmotor91 (unregistered)

I wouldn't brag about taking calls all day for virizon.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 19:17 1

9. ilikesmrtphnz (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)

When is PA ever going to decide which they think is the better device? They're conclusion always beats around the bush and never gives a verdict.

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 16:55

23. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

PERSONAL preference!

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 22:50 1

12. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

They never give a verdict becuase of people like you bashing them. It comes down to preference. HTC's Peter Chou has said it for years, that there isnt one phone that is for everyone. We are people and we have preferences and opinions. The iPhone isn't for everyone (as much as you MACtavisits would want the world to believe), and neither is the HTC Incredible (for all you drop-dead VZW lovers). They are two different phones, but they share very similar features that make them direct competitors to each.... Do you think that HTC would have made the incredible now if Apple didn't have the iPhone..? and do you think that Apple wouldn't keep making iPhones if they thought taht they didn't have any competition? they could ahve stopped at the 3Gs, but they know that the market continues to evolve and tastes change... EVERYTHING CHANGES!!!!!! deal with it PA, as a DROID Incredible ADR6300 owner and user, I thought this comparison was awesome. Thanks for the hard work.

posted on 02 Jul 2010, 14:21 1

15. therev767 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jul 2010)

well put. they put the comparisons out there and let you decide which one you want to get. if someone is all about the Droid OS, they would get the incredible even if it was 55/45 iphone. same with an iphone user. they prefer the iphone. nobody's opinion is wrong. get what you want and stop telling other people what they should get. plus new phones are going to come out next quarter anyway. no use crying about it

posted on 02 Jul 2010, 14:39

16. jovel16 (Posts: 53; Member since: 05 Oct 2008)

Well said! You summed it up correctly. And unless you own and use both devices on a daily basis like me, you can agree to some of the things they mention. The iPhone definitely has a better build quality, but sense running on top of android is sweeter.

posted on 10 Nov 2010, 17:16

33. boogie_14 (unregistered)

Nicely said, one phone is not meant for everyone. It also comes down to human nature to compete against someone else, it comes down to which side are you on?... I thought the review was comparision was great aswell.

posted on 02 Jul 2010, 15:06

17. Bowling4Scope (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jul 2010)

" Aside from its uninspiring design that doesn't compete head-on to the iPhone 4" Editors: do you realize there's a picture right above this statement, showing the two phones looking exactly the same? I lol'd. Check it out, there's a picture of the Inc and the 4 right next to each other looking identical, and in the paragraph below you're going on about how much better looking the iPhone is. Pretty funny. Personally, I think they look about the same. I think the iPhone looks kind of girly, though. I've compared the two phones in real life, though, and they look very similar. ...Except the iPhone's screen is a bit smaller and more boxy.

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 11:18

19. Vegas89 (Posts: 51; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)

"The only difference that we experienced this time around was how much faster the Droid Incredible acted versus the HTC EVO 4G" You say that here, but when you compared the Droid Incredible and the EVO you said: "Both devices are super quick when navigating through the operating system, but the EVO had a slight edge when it comes to things like opening applications and loading webpages. Using Quadrant’s benchmark app we ran seven tests on each device and threw out the high and low scores for each, giving us five scores to work with. The EVO was noticeably quicker; the EVO finished the benchmarks significantly faster than the Incredible and on average the results for the EVO were 18% higher than the Incredible. In fact, even if we take the Incredible’s high score and the EVO’s low score (both of which we threw out for our averages), the EVO ran 8% faster (and for those curious if we take the EVO’s high score and Incredible’s low the EVO is an astounding 24% faster.)" So make up your mind phonearena, or are you just having too much fun being apple fanboys?

posted on 06 Jul 2010, 23:00

20. iheartblueberry (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)

So what I got from this video is that they are comparing the iPhone 4 to and already outdated phone and calling them comparable. With the onslaught of the Motorola Droid X I think the next review will be largely in favor of the Droid X. Dont get me wrong. I think the iPhone is beautiful and has nice features but I did get the chance to play with a Droid X and it will be my next phone. It truely is amazing. You have to see it to believe it! I showed it to an Evo user and the first thing that went through his mind was. "I wonder how much it would be to cancel Sprint?"

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 13:20

22. bucky (Posts: 3134; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

i still dont really see any difference between the 200 android "super phones" being released every month. Honestly, if you purchased a nexus one 6 mths ago there would still be no reason to upgrade to a droid X or incredible or any other droid phone. I laugh soo hard when people say stuff like OOOOOOH THAT PHONE IS GONNA BE SOOO GOOD!!!!! meanwhile, its the same as the other 50 or so android phones that came out already... I thought it was a fair review. They are also not the only ones that think so either.

posted on 29 Aug 2010, 10:30

27. dopetype (unregistered)

I thought this review was very helpful. Extensive and relatively fair/unbiased. I lean moreso towards the 4. That said, i use open source and see the importance of owning all leading market smartphones. I am a canadian user on FIDO, so by default i use the 4 for most of my daily needs. The day when FIDO starts carrying the HTC, i'm there!

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