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At first blush, it's easy to say that Verizon made a crucial misstep by excluding the One X from its lineup. While it's difficult to quickly dismiss that claim, the Galaxy S III will no doubt satisfy a large number of customers in search of a large and powerful smartphone. And besides, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE is a strong addition to Verizon's lineup, as it offers nearly all of the power and functionality of a premiere Android superphone, except in a smaller form factor.

As is, the purchasing decision for Verizon customers is now clear and distinct: those who want a best-of-breed smartphone with a large display should choose the Galaxy S III, while those who want nearly the same level of performance within a smaller enclosure should choose the Droid Incredible 4G LTE. Naturally, the Galaxy Nexus remains a solid option for those who insist upon stock Android above all other considerations, and the Droid RAZR Maxx is a competent performer for those who demand maximum battery life.

While the One X would still be a welcome addition at Verizon Wireless, the carrier now has an incredibly strong portfolio of Android smartphones that cater to a wide variety of desires. If you're currently on the hunt for a compact smartphone that offers world-class performance, you've reached your destination.

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Critic reviews

7.1
14 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.4
  • Display
    7.9
  • Battery life
    6.9
  • Camera
    7.1
  • Ease of use
    7.4
  • Design and form factor
    6.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.8
  • Media support
    8.6
  • Durability
    7.1
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.0

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User reviews

8.4
5 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jul 6, 2012

The Droid Incredible 4G LTE is a strong addition to Verizon's lineup, as it offers nearly all of the power and functionality of a premiere Android superphone, except in a smaller form factor.

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8.0
Computerworld Jul 5, 2012

Given it runs Android 4.0, has a $149.99 price-point, interesting Video Pic capability, and awesome audio, it's unfortunate that the Incredible's case is ho-hum. It's almost as if HTC has hidden Incredible's light under a bushel.

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7.0
CNET Jul 5, 2012

Priced lower than Verizon's other more compelling smartphones ... it straddles the fence between low-end and cutting-edge Android devices. The problem is, though, that it doesn't play the balancing game well, offering a decent amount of features for a price that should be lower.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 6, 2012

The HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE delivers a fast camera, bright screen and enhanced audio in a compact design, but it's a little pricey... it's a good choice for Android fans looking for a phone that's around the same size as the iPhone 4S.

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7.0
PC Mag Jul 6, 2012

The Droid Incredible 4G LTE for Verizon Wireless is a powerful, sensibly sized smartphone, but it isn't quite a 'One.'

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7.0
TechCrunch Jul 8, 2012

If your mitts just can’t grapple with something like the Galaxy S III or Galaxy Nexus (or if you just prefer a phone that’s less conspicuous in your pocket), the Incredible 4G is an admirable choice in spite of its minor flaws.

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6.0
AnandTech Jul 24, 2012

HTC’s Droid Incredible 4G LTE has a fantastic screen and a powerful processor, but is otherwise compromised in too many ways. At $149, you’re only 10 days without your latte away from something better.

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6.0
Gizmodo Jul 24, 2012

Should You Buy It? Probably not. If you're on Verizon and want an Android phone, you're better off with a Galaxy S III. But if you want a smaller phone, and it has to be Android, the Incredible is your best choice.

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8.0
SlashGear Jul 5, 2012

This device is not made to be flashy, instead it’s made for people who want long battery life on a 4G LTE smartphone that’s also got HTC’s lovely user interface on a reasonably sized – not to big, not too small – handheld display.

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8.0
phoneArena Jul 4, 2012

Its key feature is its smaller physical size, making it usable with a single hand. It also has some nice features, such as Android ICS with HTC Sense 4 UI, good call quality, and a nice camera – all of which make the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE a good phone, although lacking any “wow” factor.

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8.0
IGN Sep 18, 2012

When it comes down to everyday use, the Droid incredible 4G LTE is the best Android experience on a phone of this size. If you’re looking for a smaller smartphone and don’t need to be making calls or taking photos all day, this is a great device.

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7.0
Phone Scoop Jul 5, 2012

.... hardware is decent, the display dazzling, and the signal and voice performance as good as any phone I've tested ... Perhaps the Incredible's only weakness is the camera, but it's not so bad as to be a deal-breaker ... It just doesn't offer the same pizzazz that some of the competing devices do.

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6.0
Android Police Jul 9, 2012

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.

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6.0
MobileBurn Jul 7, 2012

The HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE is a fine phone, but it feels a bit like it was designed last year for last year's smartphone market. It doesn't really have any glaring performance issues, but compared to what is available in HTC's own One series ..., it's hard to say that the Incredible is...

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9.0
nmaster64 nmaster64

A fantastic Android 4G device for those wanting more of a phone than a mini-tablet like some of it's bigger-screen competitors. Battery life suffers greatly with all the services on (3G/4G, Wifi, GPS), but will generally get you through the day unless you're playing with it constantly. Battery is...

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9.0
727stretch 727stretch

I've owned this phone for over three months now and overall pretty happy with it. I got it at a highly discounted price on newegg mobile (I would never have paid what Verizon was asking!). Primarily I purchased this phone due to its size and specs. I am not a fan of the large phones out there but...

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7.0
JamieWho JamieWho

On paper, this phone in truly incredible. Fast processor (I scored over 4000 on quadrant) and 1GB of RAM. They give you some built in storage (4GB effectively) and support for 32GB SD card. However, you still only get around 1GB of app storage (which I thought they fixed with ICS), so it seems...

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