It’s been teased for a while now, An “Incredible” phone from HTC for the Verizon Network. The phone we can now confirm comes with 4G LTE service, A 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8GB internal storage, and 1 GB of app storage. Running Android 4.0.3 and Sense 4.0 does the phone live up to its name? Continue reading to find out.
The Incredible 4G from HTC continues with the 4.0″ screen form factor. This is a qHD screen with a resolution of 540 x 960, with a pixel density of 275 ppi. . This is the highest screen resolution of all of the Incredible phones so far.
Pictures are super clear and video, while remembering that it is a small screen, has a theater like quality. Very easy to see, and clear.
The Incredible 4G is sporting a 8MP rear camera and a VGA front facing camera. The 8MP camera includes auto focus, multiple filters through the camera app, LED flash, a F2.2 aperture, and has a 28mm lens. There are options for autofocus on and off, Face detection, Auto smile capture, widescreen, geo-tag, and auto enhance. The camera will take full HD video at a resolution of 1920 X 1080. The video function has image stabilization, silent record mode (aka silent films), and stereo sound recording. The Incredible 4G also give you the ability to shoot HD Video and take still pictures at the same time.
The battery that comes with the Incredible 4G is of the 1700 mAh lithium-ion variety. With daily use over the past 3 days, I have managed to get between 7-8 hours of battery life on a charge. I was on 4G with most of my data being used to stream Slacker Radio, Facebook, and Twitter. All music was streamed via Bluetooth to a Motorola Roadster 2. Wi-Fi was used, but in minimal amounts to see how the 4G data would strain the battery. compared to the other 4G phones I have reviewed this seems to be a normal battery life for a stock battery. Look for Verizon and HTC to offer an extended battery soon after release.
UNDER THE HOOD:
The Incredible 4G for Verizon Wireless is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon S4 processor. There is 8GB of internal storage, and the phone can handle up to a 32GB microSD card. There is 1GB of RAM 4G service is provided a microSIM card. The Incredible 4G is NFC capable and has the ability to transfer data to other NFC capable phones, and check into your favorite Foursquare places. It is also Hot Spot capable and can handle up to 10 devices. You can connect your phone to your TV via a USB to HDMI cable.
For the music lover, the Incredible 4G includes Beats Audio. Beats Audio gives you and enhanced audio clarity with improved bass, clear mid range, and crisp high’s. Beats Audio now also works with Bluetooth streaming as well as listening through wired headphones.
HTC SENSE 4.0:
This was a treat for me. I have had Sense 2.1 and 3.0 on my HTC Thunderbolt. While I always like the premise behind the Sense UI it always seemed to lag. Sense 4.0 has changed that. There are some minor UI tweaks over the previous version, but the lag is gone. You still have all the options, widgets, lock screens, and everything else Sense has had before, but in a more fluid package. You can stream your music and videos’ via Wi-Fi thanks to Sense and DLNA. Thank you HTC, there were many naysayers that felt Sense 4.0 would ruin the ICS Android 4.0 experience. Having used both I can say while a purist may not be 100% happy with it, the rest of us like what you have done.
For those of you who like the smaller form factor Android phones, you will be very happy with this phone. The ICS 4.0.3 OS, Sense 4.0 and 4G LTE make this a very nice successor for the Incredible line of Android phones from HTC and Verizon.
Author: Ben Oaks
Ben is a 911 Telecomunicator and a tech nut. Ben was born and raised in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. He reviews Verizon Wireless products for Techburgh.com and is the owner of Cerebral-Overload.com. His hope is to bring you the reviews you want to give you an informed decision on products you may be looking into.