At this point, I don’t even know why Verizon would release the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. Actually, I do know why. It probably has to fulfill a contract with HTC. Still, both companies might want to re-think their plans because the Droid Incredible 4G LTE is likely going to be a dud.
Back in early May, Verizon announced the oft-rumored Droid Incredible 4G LTE.
Only, it didn’t release any sort of information on the pricing or release date for the device.
That was mistake number one.
If Verizon didn’t know when it was going to release the phone or how much it was going to charge for it, why on earth did it even make the announcement? The carrier should know by now that smartphone consumers are impatient creatures. Many don’t want to wait week after week for release date and pricing confirmation.
Mistake number two happened when Verizon failed to communicate any sort of a delay to interested parties. You see, Apple engaged HTC in a patent dispute that held HTC-made phones up at the U.S. border. That hold up delayed the launch of Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE and it put the AT&T HTC One X out of stock. It also made other phones like Virgin Mobile’s HTC EVO V 4G hard to find.
Verizon decided to stay silent and offered up zero information on the status of the Droid Incredible 4G LTE. If it had said something, consumers might have been more inclined to wait it out.
The carrier’s third mistake was staying mum about the device, even while announcing the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Samsung Galaxy S III is going to be headed to Verizon in July and pre-orders began yesterday.
While it’s certainly a debatable subject, I believe the Galaxy S III blows the Droid Incredible 4G LTE out of the water.
The Galaxy S III has a bigger battery than the Droid Incredible 4G LTE which will help to mitigate the strain that LTE has on the battery life. In fact, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE’s battery is 1,700 mAh, which is tiny.
Both employ dual-core Snapdragon S4 processors but the Galaxy S III’s is clocked faster, 1.5GHz to 1.2GHz.
The Galaxy S III is thinner than the 11.7mm design of the Droid Incredible 4G LTE and most notably, the Galaxy S III employs a Super AMOLED display with HD resolution. The Droid Incredible 4G LTE is stuck with qHD.
So really, the only reason that someone might buy the Droid Incredible 4G LTE would be because of the 4-inch display. And see, that’s where Verizon made its fourth mistake.
Unless it decides to launch the phone this weekend, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE is going to get overshadowed by iOS 6, Apple’s new operating system that is going to be announced on Monday.
We’ve heard that there are some pretty fantastic features on board the software and we’ve also heard that it might be accompanying a 4-inch iPhone 5 this fall.
Obviously, that is not set in stone but it appears probable and that might be enough to pull would-be defectors away from the Droid Incredible 4G LTE.
Fall, when the iPhone is supposed to launch, isn’t all that far off either.
About the only thing Verizon has done right here is price the device appropriately. It appears that the phone will cost $149.99 on-contract which is appealing, until you see that the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX and its huge battery and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with its HD screen and the Samsung Galaxy S III are priced at $199.99.
The Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR MAXX are even cheaper at retailers like Amazon.
That being said, it’s going to be a tough road for the Droid Incredible 4G LTE should it launch this summer. Would I be singing a different tune had it launched in May like it was supposed to?
I’m not sure but at least then it would’ve had a chance.
Anyone feel the same way or are you still going to be buying the Droid Incredible 4G LTE when it arrives, possibly on June 21st?