If Verizon's DROID brand is the Alamo (and at this point, it sure seems like it is), then the Incredible is Davy Crockett's trusty rifle Old Betsy (yeah yeah, I know he didn't he use it at the Alamo.)

The original Incredible was the best Android phone available when it stormed onto the scene in April of 2010. The follow-up Incredible 2 was still a hot-shot, though its 4" display and lack of 4G had it outgunned from the start, relegating it to a "high end of the mid-range" role in Verizon's Android lineup. And now, the Incredible 4G LTE is riding in with reinforcements - a modern S4 Snapdragon dual-core processor and Verizon's 4G LTE. But if you know anything about American history, you know where this analogy is headed.

Much like an old flintlock rifle, the Incredible 4G LTE is packing substantial firepower, but at this point, its adversaries are so numerous and better-equipped that, even when price is considered, it simply isn't competitive. I'm also guessing most 19th century firearms don't suffer from the world's creakiest, cheapest-feeling plastic chassis I've ever had the displeasure to hold, either.

Verizon, it's time to put the DROID brand down and succumb to the sweet goodness of a unified handset nation, and the Incredible 4G LTE proves that.


HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE: Specifications

  • Price: $149 (much cheaper elsewhere)
  • Processor: Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon MSM8960 dual-core at 1.2GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 225
  • Network Compatibility: Verizon CDMA 3G / 4G LTE via microSIM
  • Operating System: Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.0
  • Display: 4.0" S-LCD qHD 540x960 (275DPI)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM / 8GB storage (6GB usable)
  • Cameras: 1.3MP front, 8MP rear
  • Battery: 1700mAh, removable
  • NFC: Yes
  • Ports / Expandable Storage: microUSB / microSD slot
  • Thickness: 11.7mm (0.46")
  • Weight: 132g (4.7oz)

The Good

  • Battery life is great. Thank Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 processor. Even heavy users will manage a full day and change out of the Incredible 4G LTE.
  • I prefer the S-LCD display on the Incredible to the SAMOLED PenTile on the One S. Colors are more accurate (though much less vivid), it's decently bright, and it provides true qHD resolution. That said, it's not fantastic or anything.
  • Performance is solid, though everything feels a little less... smooth than it does on the One S or One X for some reason. That may just be placebo. I'm not sure.
  • If you want a small phone, it's small.
  • It has a removable battery and a microSD card slot (but so does the Galaxy S III).
  • The camera is probably better than anything else at the mid-range level.

The Not So Good

  • The Incredible 4G LTE has the worst build quality I have ever experienced on any modern smartphone (well, that isn't like a $200 Chinese knockoff). I have held better phones that cost much less. It's put together like the body panels on a late-model Chrysler LeBaron - you can feel the whole phone twisting when you torque it between your hands. It makes me sad just to hold it. It also has stupidly sharp edges around the display bezel. I can't see it even lasting a year, let alone the two you'll be stuck with it for.
  • I just can't recommend a $150 "mid-range" phone to anyone anymore. Especially on Verizon. It makes no sense. For $50 more, you can buy a Galaxy S III, or for the same price, a Galaxy Nexus. This phone exists only to get former Incredible owners to buy a crappy, middling smartphone that has a high profit margin for Verizon.
  • Sense 4.0 has its issues, and the legacy menu button that appears on most 3rd party apps thanks to the lack of a dedicated one on the Incredible 4G takes a sizable chunk of the already limited 4 inches of display space. This will probably be addressed in an OTA, but who knows how long that could take. There are Verizon bloat apps and tweaks, too - ugh.
  • 6 months from now, when everyone else has a Galaxy S III, a new iPhone, or some other cool new smart-thing, you're going to feel stupid.


Design and Build Quality

Last year's looks wrapped around a McDonalds-toy-cheap plastic frame.

Let's start with the design. This is an ugly phone. Not EVO 4G LTE ugly, but ugly. The Galaxy S III may not be the prettiest handset ever devised, but at least it looks modern. The Incredible 4G LTE looks like a miniature, cheaper, plastic Rezound. The Rezound wasn't a good-looking phone to start with, and this just takes that un-prettiness and throws it off the polyurethane ugly tree, hitting every branch on the way down.


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The textured lines across the back of the phone are like perfectly designed grit and food-bit magnets, ensuring that everyone will know you enjoy your morning bagel toasted.

The odd shiny-plastic accent on the upper-left-hand side of the rear cover is there for... what purpose? I don't get it, HTC. It's like you started to make a shiny plastic phone for a second and then quickly decided not to. Fact aside that it's asymmetrical, and therefore looks even weirder.


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The front of the phone is less offensive, in that it looks basically looks similar to the front of most previous-generation HTC phones: boring.

Now for the build quality: it's awful. Really awful. When I took the Incredible 4G out of its box, I could swear I was using a phone that had been sat on by someone for 6 months. Every button-press, every squeeze, every attempt to put some kind of physical stress on the phone elicits a blood-curdling creak or snap. The battery cover pops into place in a very un-reassuring way, fits sloppily, and is annoyingly difficult to remove. Grabbing the phone at opposite corners and gently twisting it provokes a truly maddening groan from the cover as well as the battery, which doesn't exactly fit tightly in its housing.

Pressing the power button is an exercise in second-guessing - it provides basically zero feedback. The volume controls are much better in this regard, however. Overall, I get the feeling this phone just isn't built to last. In fact, it feels incredibly cheap. What happened to no "cheap, cheap" phones, HTC?


A speedy S4 dual-core and LTE leave little to be desired.

Theoretically, the Incredible 4G should provide basically the same performance as the One S. It uses the same processor, same UI overlay, and has the same display resolution. In reality, I feel like it stutters a bit more. Not enough to be annoying, I guess, but I did notice it. This is the same Snapdragon S4 (MSM8960) dual-core chip you'll find in the AT&T One X, T-Mobile One S, and all the Galaxy S III variants here in the US. It's obviously very versatile, and very powerful. So at least you have some peace of mind in terms of future-proofing. The Adreno 225 GPU also ensures you'll be able to play almost any game out there.

And, of course, you get Verizon's 4G, which has the most coverage of any LTE network in the US, by a lot. It even finally reached me out here in the suburbs north of Los Angeles. Speeds are, predictably, a lot better than 3G (with ultra-low latency, to boot).


For the mid-range, the Incredible's S-LCD is a solid performer.

The S-LCD qHD panel on the Incredible 4G LTE is something of a redeeming point. For a 4" device, qHD provides solid pixel density that, while not on par with 720p phones of much larger size, allows a good amount of information on screen. The colors on the S-LCD are fairly accurate (greens look a bit dead), but they do get a little washed out when you really crank the brightness. Black levels aren't very good, especially when compared to any device with a display in the AMOLED family.


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The brightness levels are adequate, I'd say it gets roughly as bright as my One X, maybe slightly less. That does mean sunlight viewing isn't spectacular, though. As with most S-LCDs, viewing angles are very good, with minimal loss of brightness and almost no color distortion.

Battery Life

All-day battery, even with LTE.

It's really good. While LTE can be a bit of a juice-sucker, Qualcomm's S4 chipset has an integrated LTE radio and fully independent processing core management that provide the best battery life in the business. One day of heavy use should be easily achievable, and moderate to light users can probably squeeze almost two out without much difficulty.

The 1700mAh cell is removable, too, so you can carry a spare and basically guarantee you'll never be short on juice. It's not exactly of RAZR MAXX-proportions, but outside that device, there are few that will beat the Incredible 4G in this regard.

Storage / Wireless / Call Quality


You get 6GB of internal storage that are usable, plus a microSD card slot. The problem, though, is that only 1GB of that 6GB is usable for apps. Which makes no sense. HTC's partitioning scheme is stupid and needs to stop - there is literally no advantage to laying out storage in this manner. You can, of course, expand the remaining 5GB of generic space with a microSD card (not included), but you're still stuck at that 1GB for apps.


Wi-Fi performance is great, as it is on all these S4 devices, and so is Bluetooth. Call quality on the Incredible 4G was decent, but until we start using voice over LTE networks, the only real distinguishing mark here is volume. And the Incredible definitely gets very loud, louder than my One X, actually. I'd say abnormally so. It's almost like they're trying to sell this phone to people who can't hear very well.

Audio / Speaker

The sweet sound of sound.

The Incredible 4G has the same audio hub as every other MSM8960-based device out there, and it's a good one. You'll get great headphone audio out of it (I refuse to acknowledge or thank a certain "B" word for any of this), and I'm always OK with that. The external speaker, much like the earpiece speaker, gets very loud. What's that? I can't hear you over the sound of how hard Verizon is trying to market this to the "early bird special" crowd.


Not bad, but definitely not great.

The rear shooter on the Incredible 4G LTE is not the same one you'll find on the One X and One S - it is noticeably worse. However, it's not at all terrible. It's powered by a BSI (backside-illuminated) sensor similar (f2.2 compared to f2.0) to the one found in the One X and S, meaning low light performance should best most devices at this price point. For someone walking into a Verizon store and spending $150 on this, their very first smartphone, the results will probably impress. Compared to the Galaxy S III or iPhone 4S sitting across from it on their own display pedestals for a mere $50 more? It's not good at all.


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Compared side by side to its One series cousins, though, it's a little more respectable. It's obviously superior to the budget 5MP sensor you'll find in the One V, but when you put it against the One X, you'll see the difference. Images are noticeably less sharp, and graininess is present (in similar amounts as the One X). Colors are a little on the washed-out side - but there's one thing about the Incredible's camera that really bugged me: the auto-focus.

Every time you even twitch and move the sensor's field of vision a few pixels, it re-focuses. WHY? My One X does this to some extent, but its sensor seems much quicker about re-focusing, and it doesn't go to infinite focus every time and then shorten back up to the object it's shooting. Shoot times are pretty much comparable to the S4-powered One XL and One S.


Sense makes sense for some, but still needs tweaking.

Having used Sense 4.0 a lot, I've developed a number of opinions on it. First, it's not bad. Despite some power users absolutely despising it, I think Sense is a perfectly good UI overlay, generally speaking. For first-time smartphone users, it's a little more friendly than stock Android, and I wouldn't call it bad-looking.


There are a few flaws that have come to annoy me, though. Some specific to the Incredible, though others with Sense at large.

The recent apps button quickly became my "public enemy #1" on HTC's new phones - the legacy 3-dot menu button that appears in almost every 3rd-party app in existence (because they haven't changed over to the action bar menu button) is unbelievably annoying. On my 4.7" One X, it really bugs me. On this 4" display? It practically ruins the experience on some apps.

I actually decided to measure how much screen space you lose when it's there, and on the Incredible 4G LTE it comes out to almost .4" diagonally. So it's like you're using a 3.6" display in those apps instead of a 4" one. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone makes a 3.5" display work, but it also has a significantly higher pixel density (330DPI vs 275DPI). And while turning down the font size on the Incredible to "Small" in the display settings will give you more content in lists, it will also provide you crazy-bad eye strain. Here's a comparison between Twitter (medium font) on the Incredible 4G and an HTC One X (small font) with the menu button fix:

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Left: Incredible 4G, Right: One X (w/ menu button fix)

HTC has promised to fix this (and already has in leaked One X software builds) by allowing a setting toggle for the recent apps button to be used as a menu button instead, with a long-press for recent apps. Given how long it typically takes Verizon to roll out software updates, I'm not hopeful on this happening any time soon for the Incredible 4G, though.

Another problem with the Incredible's down-sizing comes in the form of the keyboard. The stock Sense keyboard on a display this small is terribad. Not only are the keys too close together, HTC's strategic placement of the enter / go / submit button at the bottom right corner of the keyboard right next to the numeric / symbol switcher has literally caused me fits of rage. It took me six tries to enter my Google account password because I kept hitting enter instead of the character switcher. Seriously, HTC - fix this.


Verizon has also added to the annoyances on the Incredible 4G by using a persistent notification icon whenever Wi-Fi is turned off. Yes, off. It does this because it assumes (probably correctly) that a lot of first-time smartphone owners are going to buy this device, and they have no idea what the hell Wi-Fi is or why they should use it on their phone. An option to disable this would be nice for the rest of us, guys.

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Additionally, only one of the location services comes enabled by default. What is up with that? I had to go in and turn on everything except standalone GPS - even Verizon's network location service was disabled. And when you do enable them, every time you boot the phone, it warns you that your location is being used with a really scary message about people being able to see where you are. You can disable the warning, but I don't even know why it's there in the first place except as a tool to confuse the tech illiterate.

Verizon has meddled with the app drawer, too, adding a third bottom category for Verizon Apps. Great, so I know exactly where to find all that useless bloat I need to disable in the settings menu.

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Multitasking is still an annoyance on the Incredible 4G, as it is on any Sense 4 phone. RAM-heavy apps (eg, Chrome, Maps) seem to constantly have to reload content, and this means things like Pandora will randomly skip tracks, Maps will forget you had directions up, and background tasks like Tasker will be killed. For a novice user, it probably won't be too annoying. For someone who has used an Android phone that doesn't behave this way, it will at the least provide the occasional frustration.

Finally, HTC's App Associations menu that was implemented as a result of Apple's ITC lawsuit is present, too, so you can't leave an action unassociated (eg, launching web links) with an app by default - you have to choose one. Some people may not care. Some people may hate it with a fiery passion (Artem). I'll admit, it's kind of annoying, and it definitely removes a very useful native feature from Android.


The Incredible 4G isn't a truly awful phone to use, but it doesn't need to be to in order to get a "no sale" from me. I just can't in good conscience recommend it to anyone. Much like T-Mobile's myTouch (that name gives me the chills), the Incredible line is designed to increase carrier profit margins by providing unwitting (often older) consumers a subpar product at a premium price - in that most people will buy this phone at carrier retail stores for $200 with a $50 MIR they'll never send in. I don't really blame HTC for this (at least on the hardware side) - the Incredible 4G is decidedly more Verizon "DROID" phone than it is off-brand cousin to the One series.

Is there an audience for it? Sure. People that demand a smaller smartphone, people who believe "DROID" means anything, and people who can delude themselves into thinking saving money up front by buying mid-range hardware is "smart." It's not. Cost of 2 years of Verizon service aside, you'll likely end up replacing this cheaply built (or, as Mr. Chou would say, "cheap, cheap") phone before your upgrade cycle comes due. As for lovers of small phones, let's face it: if you really want a small Android phone with 4G, a microSD card, and a removable battery, I doubt anything I say here is going to stop you from buying this.

But if you have a relative or non-tech-savvy friend looking for a "good deal" on a smartphone, do them a favor - don't send them to a carrier store where a smooth-talking salesman is going to plop this thing into their unsuspecting hands at a completely unjustified premium. Convince them to spend the extra 50 bucks on a Galaxy S III (they'll learn to live with - possibly even love - the size), or go on Amazon Wireless and drop $50 on a Galaxy Nexus. It'll be better.

And hey, if someone really wants a small, simple-to-use smartphone, there's always that other option.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

    LOL. This is why I come to Android Police, the #1 Android blog around. They make a review on a phone I don't care about extremely entertaining.

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

    LOL. This is why I come to Android Police, the #1 Android blog around. They make a review on a phone I don't care about extremely entertaining.

  • ProductFRED

    Wow. That Wifi notification says it all. Verizon wants to charge you as much as possible for as little data as possible, while encouraging you to use your own home internet connection...


      Why wouldn't you use your home internet? I have unlimited but I still connect to WiFi fir numerous reasons.

  • INC 4G Lover

    I just converted from the DINC2 and I love this phone. I'm not a "clip my phone on my belt" kind of guy and I love the small size of this phone. I don't need to carry around a mini-tablet everywhere I go. Other than the non-4G iPhone, this is the best 4" device I've found.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      You'd be surprised how easy it is to adapt to a larger phone. There are drawbacks, but I rarely notice them. I was in the same boat as you for a while - I loved my 3.7" Nexus One. It seemed so massive in retrospect.

      Then I had a DROID BIONIC, and the 4.3" display took about a week to get used to. And then I was OK with it (despite it being a horrid LCD PenTile) - I now think 4.3" is about the "sweet spot" for maximum reachability and in-hand feel.

      And now I have a One X with a 4.7" display and I love it. Is it a pain to use with only one hand? Sometimes, definitely. Do I care? Eh, not really.

      Would I love a Galaxy Note? Hard to say, but when I was in Barcelona at MWC, I saw a woman who was no taller than 5'5" pattering away on her Note happily like it was second nature. She just kept it in her handbag instead of her pocket.

      Like I said, I was where you are - dead-set on smaller phones. Now, I'm not. I suggest you take advantage of the 2-week (or whatever it is) return policy and try out a bigger phone. You just might like it.

      • blazingwolf

        I think this gets down to the reason why you gave this phone such a bad review. You prefer large screened phones. Great, you can have them. I have had larger phones and prefer to keep them smaller. As stated above I don't need a tablet for my phone.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          You're welcome to think that.

        • Latise Baker

          How do you say that is the reason he gave the phone a bad review when half the review is about how bad the build quality is and how ugly and boring the phone is? The other negatives come from Sense, the lack of a dedicated menu button (or yet to be implemented software toggle), and bloat. I guess we didn't read the same review...

          • chris125

            he's mad thats why lol

        • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

          You could not have actually read the entire review and come to this conclusion.

  • blazingwolf

    I'm certainly glad I didn't depend upon this review to pick up my Inc 4G LTE. This device is so much better then this reviewer even begins to understand. The build quality alone makes this review not worth reading. Please check out other sites for a better review of the Inc 4G LTE.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      If you think this phone is anywhere near deserving of marks for build quality, I'm not sure how to respond to that. It's definitely not. Even if my review had been used prior to my receiving (I suspect it has), it's just a sign of how quickly this phone will develop creaks, moans, and groans. I know build quality when I see it - this isn't it.

      • blazingwolf

        First, it's plastic. Plastic can creak. Get over it. Doesn't mean the quality is bad. Metal casings do not mean good build quality (been there with a few devices). It takes more then that which makes me seriously wonder about your quality when you see it comment.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          "Build quality" is all about the tightness and fit of seams, and attention to detail.

          The sharp edges around the display? Lack of attention to detail.

          Creaky battery housing? Lack of attention to detail or low-quality choice of materials around the battery housing.

          Creaky / poorly fitting rear cover? Poor engineering of battery cover mount points. I used an LG Optimus 4X HD with a removable cover that had zero play and made no noise whatsoever.

          A power button with basically no feedback? Cheap choice of button mechanism.

          Rehashed design? Laziness.

          This phone has "phoned in" written all over it, and while I'm glad you like it, and can clearly understand you disagree with my review, that doesn't make you right. I have one in my hand right now as well, it's not as though you know something I don't.

          • Bob Liptack

            So you're saying that Samsung has chaged their build quality? Because every phone of theirs I've tried has been cheap feeling, they flex & creak with the best of them. But apparently the S3 doesn't.
            I've been considering the Incredible 4G and have been watching the forums. Every owner so far has said excellent build quality, so maybe you got a dud. When manufacturing phones in the hundreds of thousands to millions, you going to get a few that aren't up to snuff. That's life.

          • http://twitter.com/simp1istic simp1istic

            THANK YOU. I don't know why people are so quick to give shit phones a pass in the build quality department. Nothing makes a phone feel cheap (they are NOT CHEAP) quicker than a creak or a squeak when simply using it.

            I'm just so glad HTC got called out in this review for doing exactly what they said they wouldn't do: diluting their brand with lots of special, crap phones.

            Said it all with the comment of this device existing only to sell with high margins.

            The GNex is plastic, and it no way feels this cheap.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1415370034 Clifton McGilvray

            I held a One X and it felt like a piece of shit in my hand in all honesty. The build quality on the OG Dinc isnt the best the back cover is probably the thinnest cheapest plastic you can buy, but still I have dropped it and opened the casings a lot for battery pulls during ROM Installs and it still holds up fine. Question though how can it be only 40 bucks on that website. It would be a no brainer to buy it from there over VZW. HTC All around has sub par build quality. Still you can't beat this phone if you want a small phone. I want it because it has decent specs and is small and as far as Hardware goes it doesnt really matter when it comes to hacking. Easily OC this to 2GHZ

          • Isaac

            Agreed. HTC sent this out the door without any product testing. I can't figure out what magic motion is needed to get menu options while in the web browser. it seems to be a rapid succession of upward flicks. severely annoying when you just want to bookmark a page, but continue reading where you are, as you end up halfway up the page. Apologies for typos. Keyboard is crap. is there another available without rooting?

      • squiddy20

        I'm sorry, but did you ever think of asking Verizon for another review unit due to the *possibility* that maybe your unit was bad/had defects?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Yeah, it's not defective, it's just cheap. And even if it's more creaky than some, that doesn't speak well to quality control, another aspect of build quality.

  • Seth M

    I didn't understand how people thought the first incredible was better than the moto DROID when the incredible came out. It may have been newer but it was mediocre in all areas and one of the first non vanilla androids. Which I don't prefer to my DROID. So it looks like DROID didn't again with this installment...

    • http://twitter.com/dark_funk dark_funk

      Performance was better on the OG Incredible than the OG Droid. I personally couldn't stand to look at those 1st gen AMOLED panels and ended up waiting for the Droid X, but it was a decent phone when it was released. It was basically a Nexus One with Sense.

  • Andre Bradshaw

    I loved the OG Dinc (still do for what it is), but the dinc2 is a piece of trash, and this phone looks to be of even lesser build quality. Thanks for an honest review. I am looking forward to receiving my gsiii tomorrow.

    • Wayne Randall

      Inc2 is trash? not the best phone, but at least it's compatible with all the EA offerings. and most any other non-ICS-only apps. it doesn't creak, battery lasts all day, has a decent camera.. guess i've misunderstood "trash" all these years.

      • Andre Bradshaw

        I am judging from my expirience. Month 1, dust under my screen. 8 months later the SD mount breaks. My of dinc1 still runs better than the dinc2. I had to steal my dinc1 back from my wife a few months ago.
        I use cm7 on both devices.

        • Wayne Randall

          well either you or I got the odd-man-out because my has been mint since i bought it almost a year ago. mine even took a nakid faceplant onto the asphalt with no damage other than a few nicks in the chassis. sorry to hear of your troubles. btw, running SkyRaider Zeus 1.3 on my Inc2, installed that about three weeks after rooting and never flashed again.

    • John Alvares

      Inc2 is trash when used stock. Pretty awesome with Condemned CM 7...

  • Knlegend1

    Verizon needs to play nice!!!! The Incredible could have been Incredible.

  • Wayne Randall

    huh huh huh.. you said " but ugly"

  • Jakob

    Nice review, probably going to get the Galaxy S3.

  • John Alvares

    I think they made that shiny smooth corner with sliding it into your pocket in mind...

  • Mike

    Although this phone has its downsides, I hope it sells amazingly so that manufacturers realize that most people want a reasonably sized phone meant for actual human hands.

  • Rincewind

    On many other Android phones (such as the original Droid Incredible), there is a button (with a magnifying glass icon) which I can press to start Google Search. If I long press this button, it pops up Google Voice search. I find this handy, especially when I use this to enable navigation, by long pressing the search button, and then saying "Navigate, 1235 main street". The DINC 4g does not have a dedicated search button. Is there a way I can pop up Voice Search by long pressing one of the existing buttons? I couldn't figure out how to do it when I looked at the DINC 4G LTE in the store.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      No, not without a custom ROM. Google has moved away from this, because in Android 4.1, there is a universal gesture for opening the search dialogue by swiping up from the bottom of the display.

      Many people have complained about this on modern Android phones, and Google / the manufacturers' response has basically been "deal with it and use the widget instead."

  • InvaderDJ

    Well that's disappointing. Verizon and HTC had an opportunity for a nice LTE phone that wasn't ginormous. All they had to so was take the One S and add an LTE radio, but they couldn't be happy with that.

  • Latise Baker

    Very funny and helpful review!

  • chris125

    htc just doesn't seem to be able to optimize their devices like samsung can. This was the case with their devices that used the s3 processor and still got outperformed by samsung devices with same chip.


    Is the build quality any worse than the Rezound or Thudnerbolt? After owning those phones, I'll be staying away from HTC until they figure out how to build a more solid phone.

  • Dmitriy

    I don't agree with your review of the phone. I've been using it for about two weeks. The reason I bought is was, like many others, because of the smaller size. The phone has a great battery life comparable only to the Galaxy 3 or Razr MAX, which both have an unbearably large size.

    Your article is too opinionated. Why do readers trust you regarding the build of the phone, when they can experience for themselves at the Verizon store?

    There is one problem I found with this phone... I'm constantly having trouble with wifi and blue tooth connections. This just seems like a software issue. A software issue that can be fixed, but that takes time. Also, that time will delay our Jellybean release, which kinda sucks.

  • Dmitriy

    I don't agree with your review of the phone. I've been using it for about two weeks. The reason I bought is was, like many others, because of the smaller size. The phone has a great battery life comparable only to the Galaxy 3 or Razr MAX, which both have an unbearably large size.

    Your article is too opinionated. Why do readers trust you regarding the build of the phone, when they can experience for themselves at the Verizon store?

    There is one problem I found with this phone... I'm constantly having trouble with wifi and blue tooth connections. This just seems like a software issue. A software issue that can be fixed, but that takes time. Also, that time will delay our Jellybean release, which kinda sucks.

  • Isaac

    I am a throwback original Incredible owner. I wanted a replacement for it that was 4g and small. That is why I chose this phone. My biggest problems with this phone Are the crappy keyboard and the lost menu button. The keyboard is atrocious.If I'm not hitting a dot in lieu of the space bar, then I'm inadvertently hitting return instead of backspace, and these two events usually succeed one another.The loss of the menu button boggles the mind, and makes you wonder if they tested this phone at all before they mass produced it. in addition, the reviewer is point on when talking about HTC storage partitioning. Lastly, I haven't been terribly impressed with the speed of the dual core processsor. My old In credible seems just as fast. Disappointing that this is the only option for users who want a small, higher end smartphone. HTC should be ashamed.

  • George

    this reviewer sounds like a really pessimistic whiny little bitch

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.milliken.98 Scott Milliken

    Really sad that the reviewer can't be unbiased. The Incredible 4g is exactly that, incredible. I have no idea where you are vetting your build quality info, but it is way off. Maybe you were given one of those fake non working demo versions some low end stores have.

    The Incredible 4g runs for about $50 (what smart mark isn't getting the upgrade price?) And caters to those of use who aren't trying to have an iPad sized phone. Even Apple refuses to make a phone with bigger than a 4" screen. If you are relying on your phone so much that you need a 5" screen, I feel bad for you.

    But I would never make such a biased re Jew for those 5" phones. You can't beat this phone for $50.

    • http://www.facebook.com/scott.milliken.98 Scott Milliken

      As for.build quality, this phone is on par with anything else out there. I had the original DINC and beat the piss out of it. 3 story drop, constant drops down stairs, beating and banging against all sorts of objects while in my pocket. All it got was a couple of dings on the corners (Especially after the 3 story drop onto gravel) and the HTC emblem on the back fell off. I have already had this one drop a few times off various size bar tops and tables, and it has gotten the same abuse in my pocket as my original working on my Jeep and other vehicles.

      The original DINC and this one are the only two phone I have trusted to not have a case or screen protector.

  • Boo

    Contrary to the negative article, this is one GREAT phone at the physical size of the iPhone. I don't like huge phones in my pocket. This has it all! As for the backside, it is grippy, not shiny like so many. And good battery life. I came from a Droid-X to the HTC Incredible 4G -- no regrets. It does it all; great camera too.

  • christi

    I hate hate hate that it doesn't have an option to use the camera from a button on the frame vs. just the dreaded "shutter" button. It makes taking self photos difficult and clumsy. And it look so distorted like I have a huge nose and bad skin (some days but not always lol).

  • Keith

    Put on your Big-Boy hat, root your fireball, dump the Sense launcher, pull out the bloatware, and enjoy a REALLY good phone.

  • D2Duehren

    I have been using my Incredible 4G LTE for a few weeks and like everything except it thinks I have two SD cards installed. I love the bottom right button that allows me to switch between and close any open application.

  • Cat On Sunday

    I've been using this phone for a while. Had an Incredible 2, upgraded to this. I love the screen size. I want a phone, not a tablet that makes phone calls. Memory management is fine, plays video well, games well, and because Android can be customized, the keyboard issue is fixed easily, unlike the crap iPhone keyboard. This phone is great if you want a smart phone that is affordable and useful, and won't be as big as your head.

  • Jeremy Fretts

    You got this SOOOO right. I just wish I had seen your review 11 months ago before I bought this POS. It is nothing like the quality of the Incredible 1.