Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Review

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Review

Yet another installation into the 2-year-long Droid Incredible lineup, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE fits right in. As someone who owned the original Droid Incredible (in fact, it’s still lying around somewhere around here) and whose wife carried the Incredible 2 for a while, I was very eager to get my hands on this device. With obvious cues to its heritage in its form factor and color, the newest addition to the family has some obvious upgrades, but I’m still waiting for the “Ultimate Incredible.”

The Good

The most obvious upgrade is the availability of Ice Cream Sandwich, Android’s somewhat-newest (considering the recent news of Jelly Bean) OS, right out of the box. The Incredible 2 is capable of updating to ICS as of July 2012. If you have 4G available in your area then the service speed of the phone while browsing the Internet or downloading a file should be the next most obvious upgrade. A slightly speedier 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor was present, which is always nice, but it wasn’t enough to blow me out of the water. While the 8 megapixel camera tied to the Incredible name has never wavered, the addition of HTC ImageSense to the newest version of the Sense overlay truly helps produce some amazing, crisp images. Sense 4.0 is still as clean as previous versions and offers personalization just like it always has. Beats by Dre audio adds a true boost to your music while keeping with the color scheme of the bloodline.

The Not So Good

One aspect I found to be disappointing was that the line has yet to catch up with the size craze. The Incredible lineup has always been similar in size to the iPhone lineup, and my hope has always been that it would break that trend. I guess I’ll have to wait until next time around to see if that wish will get granted. Another “why the heck haven’t they addressed this?!” aspect was the charging port. It’s still this ugly, unfinished micro USB port that could really use some finesse. Sure, it’s functional, but it seems like they would take more time to work on this one aspect that is really the only drawback of its otherwise finished appearance. Per usual, there is bloatware (apps you most likely don’t want but are going to get anyways) present, but with the glory that is ICS you are able to at least disable those apps. Sense already breaks up some of this bloatware into categories (such as Verizon Apps), but I really wish it would then take those apps out of the main selection. I don’t want to see them once, let alone twice.

Droid Incredible 4G LTE Gallery

If you’re looking for a solid, reliable 4G device for Verizon and your hands are too small for the Galaxy Nexus, take a look at the Droid Incredible 4G LTE. It definitely deserves the attention. Plus, it’s reasonably price – as low as $40 in some situations. Get out there and find the best price at your time of purchase, and always inquire about price matching at your local wireless retailers before paying for shipping and waiting for the device in the mail.

Eric has been writing since 2000, covering topics from computers to phones to cars for various websites. He studied computer science and photography at Olivet Nazarene University and has more than 10 years in the information-technology field. He will be primarily covering the Android niche of mobile phones for pinglio.