The Droid Incredible has been a phone that has been around for a while now. They have stuck with making this phone one of the smaller Android devices on Verizon’s line-up, but still they want this thing to pack a punch when compared to some of the Android Super Phones that are taking up space on Verizon’s line-up. The first Droid Incredible had a screen only measuring in at 3.7-inches which was .2-inches larger than the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display that has been the same for the past 5 years. The second generation, dubbed the HTC Incredible 2 had a 4.0-inch display and for this model we stick with that size.
Designs of the Incredible devices there past few years have always been a bit different. The first Incredible had red paint everywhere internally, also had these very weird but interesting ridges everywhere on the back cover but some how it felt very smooth. They explained it as “race car designed”. This year, we see the return of a bit of red paint around the ear-piece, lock-switch, and camera lens. Also we have some new ridges along the back and different levels of ridges as well. Lastly, on the top left corner there is a shiny corner which I think they just threw in for the heck of it. But I’m not complaining.
It’s also the first Incredible with, yes you have guessed it, 4G LTE which is a very nice upgrade in my opinion, now you can tap into that blazingly fastLTE network that Verizon literally has just about anywhere now! Now the HTC Incredible 4G LTE has a bit of features that are rooted back to the HTC One family of devices. Now this is not simply being sold as a One device since this device has many of its own internals like the 1.2GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 processor. This is not the most advanced chip set but it does the job of running the device and the applications at hand. The camera is where we see the One roots traced back, now we don’t have all the same features as the impassive camera on the One S and One X but the shutter speed is almost instant and the images coming out of this 8-megapixel camera is just simply beautiful. Very iPhone 4S quality if you ask me.
Android 4.0 is the base operating system but this being a HTC device, Sense 4.0 is just about everywhere you look. When I look back at Sense when it first debuted on the Incredible, it was actually a very strong selling point, it was beautifully made but it lagged like no one else! Now we see beautiful Sense with the power it needs to run which is very nice. The software is very flush and nicely designed but there is a persistent annoying notification that keeps telling me turn on my WiFi connection. I’m not positive where this is coming from, you cannot clear this message away, a bit strange when you think you’re holding a 4G LTE device in your hand.
Since HTC has stuck with the smaller form factor, you may think this display has a mind boggling pixel density… No. This screen has a resolution of 960 x 540, which doesn’t sound terrible but its only qHD. We are in the world of 720P displays for the same size here but some how they didn’t catch the memo. It looks alright, it works in sunlight (barely) but other than those two I can’t say I like it. The colors just seem washed out to my eye, maybe because I’ve been looking at ultra-high quality displays like the Retina or AMOLED HD displays.
I’m not really going to type much in this section, I say pictures and videos speak louder than words. This camera is very good. Nuff’ said.
The HTC Incredible 4G LTE is the biggest upgrade to the Incredible line, it has a faster processor, much better camera, and for once the software is brisk. I still think that they left a lot of room for improvement. But 4G LTE is one of the biggest selling factors of this device and really this is not a bad phone at all. For $149, it gives you almost a super phone and 4G LTE speeds, that’s a steal!