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HTC Droid Incredible 4G, an iPhone for Android fans

Many buyers have complained that while large screens are great for surfing and watching movies, they can make it awkward to use the phone with one hand.

Clinton Stark
05.08.2012 | View Comments

HTC's sequel, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE, bucks the trend and features a smaller 4-inch display.

At the CTIA wireless show in New Orleans, Verizon has released their latest Android, the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE.

Spec-wise, it’s about the same as any other premium Android smartphone out there, with one exception. Whereas other recent models — HTC One X, Motorola Droid Razr, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Nexus — feature large displays, greater than 4.5-inches in size, the Incredible’s is “merely” 4-inches.

Everything else is by the books: 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8GB memory, microSD slot, 4G/LTE, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), HTC Sense (ugh), Beats Audio, 8MP camera, 1,700 mAh battery.

So what to make of this Android?

Simply put this is an iPhone for those that prefer Android.

While the Incredible 4G’s display is still about half an inch larger than the iPhone 4S, we all know Apple will go bigger with the iPhone 5 this fall. Many buyers have complained that while large screens are great for surfing and watching movies, they can make it awkward to use the phone with one hand. The new Incredible gives consumers the best of both worlds: a bigger display than the current iPhone, but one that can (for the most part) still be operated with one hand, unlike its larger Android brethren.

While we don’t know the price of the HTC Droid Incredible yet, it’s a safe bet to say it will come in at $199 with two-year contract. Verizon could surprise, however, and target AT&T’s well-regarded (though reportedly slow selling) Nokia Lumia 900 which runs Microsoft Windows Phone and costs only $99 under contract.

Meanwhile HTC, Motorola, Samsung and other Android manufacturers would do well to continue to segment their models more distinctively. Consumers are confused when they see a row of 10 black Androids; all of them look the same, and feeds and speeds are surely not the best way to communicate to potential buyers the various advantages. Price will speak to many. For others, the purchasing decision needs to be based on easy-to-digest information. Otherwise those possible Android buyers will just head over to the nearest Apple store and make an easy decision: iPhone 4S.

The HTC Droid Incredible 4G will ship in the “coming weeks.”

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Clinton Stark
Clint writes about Silicon Valley (Churchill Club Academy member), film, California wine, theater (ATCA member) and tech including his trusty Canon EOS 70D and, much to his wife's chagrin, his new Pebble smartwatch. A would-be NHLer if it weren't for the clarinet, he tries in vain to direct Loni on Stark Insider TV. He's held executive marketing roles at Cisco, EMC and Salesforce.com, and is active with start-ups across the valley. Clint's story...
  • http://soundcloud.com/seraphiansounds Jordan Dietrich

    This article doesn’t really explain the headline, and makes some questionable comments. Why or how is this the “iPhone” for Android fans? Also, why the editorial “(ugh)” regarding the Sense UI? I understand that journalists have been pretty universally panning extra UI layers that manufacturers put on Android, but Sense has always been one of the better UIs, and Sense 4.0 has been pretty well received in general.

    • http://www.facebook.com/xaero5150 Justin Presley

      I am a big android fan, and I was a big iphone fan(right up till I had a choice of something else) I have owned pretty much every flavor of android (touchwhiz, sense, motoblur, etc) I am also not your average consumer , in that when things go wrong, I can usually fix them without external intervention. 

      Now while I like “flavors” of android, I would prefer the choice to run vanilla android. Sense can be great, but it suffers from a lot of bloat (at least in the last generation) Sometimes it feels like driving a car with oven mitts. It uses a fair amount of resources that I would like the freedom to allocate myself. Make sense an optional addon and I would like it better.

      • http://soundcloud.com/seraphiansounds Jordan Dietrich

        I can agree with that. I was not a big fan of the minor modifications Moto made to the original Droid, so when I was ready to upgrade, I went with the Galaxy Nexus to get that stock Android experience.

        My comment was more about the Author’s writing than it was about Sense or any other UI mod. I’m not a fan of insinuating that something detracts from the value of a device without explaining how.

  • Jim

    I could not agree with you more about the size of Android phones and I am glad that someone finally came to their senses and introduced a new phone without trying to one-up the other in terms of size.

    I have been waiting for a 4″ screen with an updated processor and NFC support. I believe it has arrived.