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Quick Hands-on With the DROID Incredible 4G LTE

Last night, while making the rounds in New Orleans, I had a chance to spend a few minutes with the newly announced DROID Incredible 4G LTE. This will be Verizon’s next major LTE release and has easily been the topic of the week here at CTIA. The phone in hand, feels great. It only carries a 4″ display, so it really is like a 2012 version of last year’s Incredible 2. The size is almost identical, but the build materials and internals make it quite the upgrade.

One thing to note is that this does not have HTC’s ImageChip (we were told that was reserved for One Series phones) which means that some features of the camera will be slightly different than on the One X or One S. In our short time with it, I wouldn’t say that it seemed worse off, but features like burst mode did not appear to be included. It should still be the same high-end 8MP shooter from the One Series, but with slightly different software.

We should have the opportunity to dive deep into the phone within the next couple of hours, once the show floor opens, so stay with us. Enjoy the pics for now and let us know what you think about a 4″ screen – too small for 2012? 

  • RichK

    personally, I would love to see a reboot of the original incredible in form factor with 4G LTE. I like having two phones, a larger power phone for work and a small phone for play and vacation. The newer 4″ screen is still too big unless they slim down the body a lot. I still have my original droid incredible but with LTE I can’t transfer between the two as easily as I could when I had my droid x.

  • TrollingLikeAChamp

    This phone is everything a phone that has been thrown through the loops of android developers ideas should be. A fast processor that can kick 90%of phones out there @** and comfortable to be on for hours without worrying the hd screen is draining your battery to oblivion. Either way this phone may not be all the newest BS we’ve been getting on phones but holds every decent spec a phone has had over the last year. SO complain about the screen at your leisure but if your a developer or an avid user of processing power this phone kicks @**. Otherwise gaming is for tablets and I*hone users…

  • Guest

    At this stage in the game, 4″ is waaaaay too small. I’d like to see 4.3″ be the minimum size for high end smart phones along with a minimum of at least dual-core, 1.2Ghz, 32GB external SD and 33mAh battery (I REALLY feel that ALL 4G smart phones that drink power should have a 33mAh battery!!!).

    This is just my opinion, but I’m tired of seeing all of these new phones come out with the same old boring specs from last year’s phones, but of course at this years prices though!!!

  • That’s a sexy back.

  • Austin


  • Austin

    4 is a little small but not to bad, 4.7 is my max i dont wanat to have to use 2 hands to use a smart phone, 4.6 is the perfect screen size

  • RegKilla

    So the HTC Nexus One had a HTC ImageChip all along?

  • Shadowcell

    A friend of mine has an HTC One X. He agreed a 4 inch display is actually the perfect size for a display on a smarpthone. A “step down” from my Droid X in terms of dimensions but I can live with it.

  • me

    HTC really likes that lint remover design.

  • JaySee08

    : I still think 4″ for a screen size is perfect. I just might grab this Droid. 🙂

  • i love my current dinc1 but really want to upgrade in sept. was really thinking the htc one but then heard it is not be sold by verizon.. 🙁 so i thought ok i will get the Dinc4gtle.. but i am not happy about the lesser cammera.. now what

  • Rob Becker

    I’m glad to see a higher end phone without a massive screen. While *I* have no problem with the size of the GNex the wife wants a phone that isn’t so huge but isn’t a POS.

  • teleclimber

    Do the buttons rotate when you turn your phone in landscape mode like on the Inc2? It’s a little detail I really like about the Inc2.

  • Like everyone else said, it’s basically the Rezound warmed up with newer software and smaller screen. Wonder if they’ll decide to show off a different GSIII that the one unveiled last week…c’mon Verizon.

  • C-Law

    why is it so thick. its got such a small battery. it looks thicker than the razr maxx

  • NoMoreHUGEphones

    Is the ImageChip a big deal? Can we get more details about it?

  • NoMoreHUGEphones

    Its a perfect size!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Yawn.. another lame offering by VZW. Oh wow, the Incredible with LTE.. how exciting


    • sk3litor

      “this jacket is……black not”

  • frankandsimple

    4″ is a good size for a phone kellex. Especially considering that the soft menu key in the new Android apps etc. are on the top right corner (which is asinine and a major design flaw in my book).. I don’t want to be using two hands every time I use my phone. This is a good compact size that I can easily work with one hand… and to me.. working the phone with one hand easily is extremely important.

    • what for exactly? 😉

      • frankandsimple

        hahaha.. funny!.. but it’s important for me coz I think using two hands for a phone is ridiculous… except perhaps when I am typing long sentences. It’s a smartphone device after all.. not a jack hammer.

  • inboy81

    take my upgrade fee of 30 please so i can give you over 2,000 in years time. …lol for junk verizon..lmao

  • jcastle482

    No, 4″ is not too small, it’s more reasonable than my 4.65″ GNex.

    • so you dont like the size of your genX?

      • jcastle482

        No, it’s just not great for one handed operation and it feels over sized when talking on it. I previously had an OG and a DInc and they both seemed like a near perfect size for a phone (obviously the OG was a bit chubby). I guess if you could get a larger screen size in a DInc size frame then that would be acceptable.

    • Austin

      its actually a 4.3 screen the extra 2 inches are just the on screen buttons, 4.7 is my limit

      • jcastle482

        I don’t know if I should justify that with a response but in hopes that you learn something I will. That space is available for any developer to use, for example such as various games and YouTube. So yes, it is a 4.65″ screen.

  • DG13

    Personally I love that size phone. I have the gnex and it is absolutely the max size i will have. The on screen buttons are the thing that keeps it from being over the top. I would prefer something slightly smaller though, like this new dinc.

  • The great thing about android is options! Not everyone wants a massive screen and this is perfect for them.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      This one liner is ridiculously over used.

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  • bkosh84

    Well the camera thing is a bit disappointing.. But not a deal killer in my opinion.. It’s this or the Galaxy Nexus as of right now..

    • bkosh84

      For my upgrade. Probably should have clarified that, lol.

  • Bewara2009

    That sucks.. Now my rezound is still better than this crape.

  • Anyone else just not feeling this phone?


      Well, Kellex is the only one that has the physical model…

      • buy this

        +1 facepalm

        • John DeSantos

          ^ didn’t get the joke

    • I think it’s a great option for those people who don’t want huge screens. I love the size of my Galaxy Nexus, but I know it’s not for everyone. I like how HTC is really reinventing themselves and may be poised to be top dog again.

    • mmoreimi

      Yeah….the display kills it for me. everything about the display.
      Super LCD
      Only 4″

      • Sobr0801

        It does suck that it does not have LCD 2 like the One X, I compared my Rezound next to the One X and it was a stark difference in brightness and colors.

    • C-Law

      not feeling it. too thick. who is giving all the negative votes? lol

  • sc0rch3d

    the “htc not making sense” jokes are just never going to get old 🙂

  • mmoreimi

    Hold on….
    So this does NOT have the image chip, but it does have Sense 4.0?
    I understood Sense 4.0 requirement was a hardware piece…the image chip.
    So there’s no reason the Rezound shouldn’t be able to jump from Sense 3.6 to 4.0

    • Sobr0801

      HTC said that the Rezound would get ICS, they never said it would get Sense 4.0. The reason the Rezound is not going to get it is because of business practices, they want people to buy the new products, and they want to make money. There is nothing wrong with Sense 3.6, and if you want Sense 4.0, buy a One Series phone.

      • Evil

        Rezound is still selling, so I am not buying that. They are being stupid with their “business practices”

        • Sobr0801

          Yes, but they want people to buy the Incredible 4G over the Rezound, odds are its cheaper to make.

      • mmoreimi

        Yeah but HTC specifically stated that phones are not getting Sense 4.0 because of a lack of an image chip. Now seeing that the Inc 4g doesn’t have the chip, but it is getting Sense 4.0…that doesn’t make sense to me at all. I know it’s getting ICS….. just not sure what the deal is with Sense 4

        • Aardvark99

          When where did they say no Sense 4.0 for the Rezound?

          • mmoreimi

            Just from reading all the forums here

          • Sobr0801

            oops I ment that it was not getting 4.0 because of the chip.

          • nicotinic

            The 3 Rezound ICS leaks with Sense 3.6 make it obvious. Also when HTC moves onto it’s latest product line the previous devices are left on a lower tier version of Sense.

        • Sobr0801

          Can you please site me a source where HTC states that’s why its not receiving Sense 4.0, I looked and could not find the story.

      • mmoreimi

        Isn’t Sense 4.0 a slimmed down version of Sense?
        So I think I do want it over 3.6

        • Sobr0801

          That is a matter of opinion if you want it, if I never get sense 4.0 Ill be ok with it, I bought the Rezound knowning that eventually it will be out dated. I am just happy it has ICS.

        • nicotinic

          You’ll need to flash a ROM or start a petition. The Rezound isn’t officially getting Sense 4.0. I have the Rez too.

    • Aardvark99

      I’m not sure how this rumor got started. Maybe for those trying to take Sense 4.0 released for other phones and shoehorning it onto a Rezound this would be a problem. For HTC there shouldn’t be much of an issue to adapt Sense 4.0 for a phone that lacks Imagesense. It’s just a different driver and (all new? modified?) camera app.

      Edit: OK I see now all these Rezound ICS leaks are still Sense 3.6, this is just dumb.