After a frustratingly long waiting period and what often seemed like endless speculations, bogus rumors, and false leaks, Verizon’s HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE is finally here. Right on schedule (well, the most recent schedule at least), the new flagship phone has started selling both on Verizon’s official website and in Big Red retail stores across the US.
The Incredible 4G LTE follows on the footsteps of the 2010 Incredible and 2011 Incredible 2, and is, as its name proudly states, the first in the series to come with 4G LTE connectivity. Although it’s a significant update over the first two Incredible editions, the new 4-incher doesn’t seem like a real winner to us. The Droid comes at a time when Samsung’s Galaxy S3 seems to be heading full speed to the title of “best sold Android smartphone ever”.
Verizon has priced the Droid Incredible 4G LTE sensibly enough to undercut the Galaxy S3, but it still feels like HTC’s new phone is just not worth its price. Technically available for $149.99 with a new two-year carrier agreement, the phone requires you to shell out 200 bucks out of your pockets at the time of purchase, with a quarter of that returning to you in the form of a mail-in rebate. That’s only for handhelds purchased from physical stores, however, with phones bought online automatically applying the $50 discount.
This is still just $50 cheaper than Samsung’s new Galaxy S3, which is significantly faster than the Incredible 4G LTE and also sports a larger and crisper display. The S3 has already started shipping from Big Red to those of you who pre-ordered it a while back and should be made available to all other users in just five short days.
Assuming that at least some of you will still choose the Incredible 4G LTE over the S3, we should tell you that all of the phone’s suspected features and specs have been confirmed. The handheld comes packing a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU and 1 GB of RAM.
Running Android 4.0 ICS out of the box with HTC’s Sense UI 4.0 on top, the 4-incher sports a 960 x 540 pixels resolution S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, and features 8 GB of internal memory, 8 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras, a 1,700 mAh battery, a microSD card slot, and Beats Audio technology.
Is anyone here thinking of getting Verizon’s new Droid Incredible 4G LTE? Does it hold any kind of advantage in a battle against Samsung’s Galaxy S3? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Is anyone concerned with the size of the S3? It seems painfully large so I am debating the Incredible.
I’m a 5’8 average built guy. The S3 fits extremely comfortably in my hands, and it slips into my jean pockets easily. I can even hold the Note comfortably.
In my experience, most people who talk about size being an issue have never actually held it in their hands.
You’ll be more than fine with the S3.
I’ve been waiting for the Incredible 4G for some time now. I love my original Inc., and passed on the S3 because I don’t want to try and stuff tablet computer into my pocket.
I guess people like the newer gigantic phones that seem to proliferate these days, but my pockets haven’t gotten any larger over the past few years. Maybe the thought is bigger (fatter) people these days = bigger phones.
Nice analogy, still seems to only be bigger is better. I want a great camera and all the reviews appear both cameras are comparable. This will be my first non-qwerty hardware phone.
I read another post saying if you want a tablet sized screen just get a tablet. I prefer to carry my phone in my shirt pocket, anything larger than this phone is not practical.
OMG this is a fugly azz phone.
I am an HTC Incredible fan, bought the GS3 based on specs but am sending it back. GS3 is really nice but I miss the well thought out interfaces and the one hand use of the HTC. While driving and trying to use the GS3 is (yes dangerous) its nearly impossible and feels like the extra large sized phone will fly out of my hand. Size is a huge consideration for a phone I will use everyday, sadly GS3 doesn’t fit in my pocket or hand. The keyboard on the HTC integrates special characters in the main screen and use of text suggestions doesn’t automatically choose words for you that you have to go back and correct, this feature is off on GS3. Also, HTC allowed adding of special words to suggest, a feature I used often. Although, being bilingual I enjoy (while using suggest text) the GS3 keyboard feature that allows you to add multiple languages. Also, I’m an Exchange/Touchdown user and GS3 has issues with contacts, I set up the phone with this account and after making changes to contacts a synch did not find changes so had to copy all contacts over to phone. Button placement on the GS3 is annoying, placed right where I hold the phone so suddenly phone will lock or max out volume in the midst of activity. My decision to go back to the HTC is based on form and function, surely I will miss video formats and views available on GS3.
P.S. FU VZW liers for not grandfathering in unlimited data users! While I still have unlimited data I am using it selfishly.