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HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE (Verizon) review

HTC continues their trend of making mid-range cell phones that are packed with features at an affordable price

The built-in Android browser supplied with the phone does a fine job of browsing, loading sites quickly and handling both mobile and full versions of websites like the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times nicely.

The only real issue is with the predictive zoom, and double tapping on an article or image in the browser will zoom in off center, and then pop to the item you've tapped on. It's a bit jarring, but doesn't really affect the browsing experience.

The worst thing about the browser is that if you are trying to access the address bar by tapping the top of the screen frequently just reloads the page you're on, and you have to tap to the left that menu bar, providing a significant speed bump to browsing.


HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Verizon

However, installing Chrome is your best bet. It doesn't exhibit the same zoom issues, and handles tabs in a much more elegant manner than the built-in browser.

Additionally it can sync with your Google account, saving your tabs across a range of devices, and accessing the address bar is much easier in Chrome.

It just feels like a much more solid browsing experience, and if you're already tied into the Google ecosphere, it makes a nice fit.


HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE (Verizon)

Oddly enough, the built-in browser supports Flash via an optional install, but not Chrome. Java is supposed to be supported in Chrome, but we couldn't get it to work either and frankly it wasn't worth the fuss to try and figure out what the issue is, beyond it not being an easy implementation on the phone.

As far as connectivity goes, the phone offers 3G/4G LTE options for data on the go, and can connect to Wi-Fi networks of all flavors. Over Wi-Fi, the phone averaged about 6.5 Mbps upload / 2.5 Mbps download over a standard cable connection, and over 3G speeds were 1.22 up and .5 down.


HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Verizon

Verizon's 4G network is spotty where we tended to use the phone most, not connecting to the network at all. We did take the unit to San Diego early for Comic-Con, and before the show started it handled 4G very well and easily worked as a hotspot for a tablet and a laptop. That is until the crush of fanboys and fangirls invaded town, grinding the 4G network into a fine, powdery dust, and slowing 3G to a snail's pace.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandDual Band
Service ProviderVerizon Wireless
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, EVDO
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedCDMA 800, CDMA 1900
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time5.22 Hour
Product ModelDroid Incredible
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)130.4 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height117.5 mm
Width58.5 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time146 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameDroid Incredible Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberVRZDROIDINCREDIBLEBLK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

It blazes across the digital universe. It snaps stunning 8-megapixel photos. It zips them instantly to all of your 8,000 friends. With such attention to detail on the inside and out, the name of this phone pretty much says it all.

Standard Memory512 MB