The HTC Incredible 4G is HTC’s latest iteration in their Incredible line. Let’s see if it can live up to the Incredible name.
The HTC Incredible 4G has the same black and red, racecar design as all the other HTC Incredible phones. This design has it’s trade offs. While it might not be as thin as other HTC phones, i.e. HTC One X, the textured back cover of the HTC Incredible 4G makes it easy to hold. It is not slippery and won’t collect finger prints. The phone features a 4” super LCD screen qHD display, with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels; 1.2GHz dual–core Snapdragon S4 processor; 1GB RAM; 8GB internal storage; a 8 MP rear camera; and a VGA front–facing camera.
The phone has what I would call “interesting” array of capacitive buttons below the display for back, home, and task switcher. I would have preferred the task switching button to be a menu button. Menus/settings have to be accessed from the the notification dropdown. The other issue I have with the phones design is the display itself. It is touted as a qHD display but it disappointed me. While the display is crisp, the overall colors seem to washed out and unsaturated.
Software & Performance
The HTC Incredible 4G runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC’s Sence 4.0 skin. I am going to have to give HTC another strike for this one. It is disappointing to see that HTC couldn’t tone down their Android skin. While the phone runs Android 4.0, you almost wouldn’t even know it, as it is mostly covered up. After a week of using Sense, I installed Apex Launcher from the market to get the stock feel. The keyboard on the phone worked surprising well. It is a little cramped in portrait mode because of the small display but the word prediction, etc worked well.
With the 1.2GHz dual–core Snapdragon S4 processor, I didn’t have any performance issues. Battery life was average. About 8 hours.
The camera on the Incredible 4G is a 8mp shooter. It performs well in good lighting. Indoors, in bad lighting, the quality drops dramatically, as you can see in the sample shots below. I also noticed in photos with distances in the background, the background tends to get noise, not the usual depth of field blur.
Overall, I can’t say I would recommend the HTC Incredible 4G, unless you specifically want a smartphone with a smaller screen. The display quality, unoriginal design, and software are turn off points for me. I would recommend spending a little bit extra for the HTC Rezound or Samsung Galaxy SIII.
You can find the HTC Incredible online at VerizonWireless.com here.