When it comes to new smartphones at Verizon Wireless, I'm on the fence about the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE. On one hand, it's Verizon customers' first (and likely only) attempt to snatch something remotely similar to an HTC One series device, and it packs some nice features like a Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE, and Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4, the company's newest user interface. On the other hand, its 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU is underpowered in comparison to its HTC brethren, it packs a smaller display that's not HD, and it opts for a plastic body that looks awfully similar to the HTC Rezound as opposed to the sleek curves that are found on the HTC One S.
For many phone enthusiasts, it's a step down from the popular HTC One series - which could be easier to swallow, if the price point weren't $149.99 on a two-year agreement. This is a problem on two fronts: it's only $50 cheaper than the supercharged Samsung Galaxy S III, and those that are concerned about losing unlimited data likely won't bite. I could be wrong (and certainly have been before), but it appears to make for a near-perfect storm where the DROID Incredible 4G LTE won't sell as well as similarly-spec'd HTC devices.
All of that aside, choice is a good thing, and here's what I've discovered in my time with the device:
The DROID Incredible 4G LTE isn't a bad phone by any stretch of the imagination; in fact, if this phone were $99.99 on contract, I'd be singing a different tune. But at $149.99, I have a hard time justifying this device to prospective buyers when the Galaxy S III packs so much more for $50. In the specifications department, it comes in just below the HTC One S, and it should offer a price point to match. If you're an HTC fan and have been longing for Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4.0, this could be a great device for you. Otherwise, I'd suggest holding off for the Samsung Galaxy S III - or perhaps better yet, a more supercharged HTC smartphone.