5 Reasons Not to Buy the Droid Incredible 4G LTE

Verizon has finally added the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE to its smartphone lineup, releasing the phone several weeks after it was officially shown off at CTIA 2012 in New Orleans.

With no release date announced at the show, interested consumers were left waiting for several weeks until Verizon finally announced July 5th as its official release date just a few short days ago.

Now, the phone is on shelves, waiting for consumers to make it their next smartphone.

Well, before going out to buy the device, we want those thinking about buying the Droid Incredible 4G LTE to consider the positives and negatives about the device. We’ve already shared five reasons why buying Droid Incredible 4G LTE might be a good idea and now it’s time to look at five reasons why not to buy the device.

The Droid Incredible 4G LTE launched on Verizon today.

qHD Display

First off, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE display isn’t 720p in nature, a feature that has come pretty much standard on top of the line Android phones this year.

Instead, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE offers 560 x 940 resolution, which, while still good, isn’t as vibrant or crisp as those nice 720p displays found on other Android smartphones.

For those that don’t watch a lot of video content on their device, this won’t be too much of a big deal but for those that want top quality video, a true HD display is going to be the way to go.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

The Droid Incredible 4G LTE will feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Just a few short weeks ago, this would have been a good thing. However, at Google I/O, Google announced that it would be releasing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean during the middle part of July.

Read: Jelly Bean Makes Galaxy Nexus Faster, Smoother & Smarter.

So, sadly, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE won’t come with the latest version of Android which means owners will have to wait for the update to arrive sometime later in the months ahead.

And, as we all know, waiting for Android updates to arrive is never fun.


Especially, when the waiting is being done for a Verizon phone. Verizon, while maybe not the slowest to updating its devices, is known to provide little information on Android updates instead choosing to be silent.

It also often provides misleading information from its Twitter support account that has led many an Android owner astray.

Point is, dealing with the Android update process is tough but dealing with the Android update process and Verizon at the same time is even tougher.

Remember, this is the company that took five months to update the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. So, don’t expect swift updates for the Droid Incredible 4G LTE.

More Intriguing Options

Believe it or not, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE isn’t the only intriguing device on the market. In fact, there are devices that are much more intriguing than it.

One, the Samsung Galaxy S III which boasts top of the line hardware including an HD display and 4G LTE speeds and only costs a mere $50 more than the Droid Incredible 4G LTE.

And two, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX which is available for cheap at Amazon Wireless and which boasts the same quality screen as the Droid Incredible 4G LTE and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to go along with a thin frame and a massive 3,300 battery.

So, similar pricing but better specifications on both the Galaxy S III and Droid RAZR MAXX mean consumers will want to take a long look at the Droid Incredible 4G LTE before buying.

No Image Sense Camera

Unlike the other HTC One Series devices, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE does not boast an image sense camera from HTC. We originally assumed that it would, considering it’s essentially Verizon’s version of the HTC One, but alas the device does not feature it.

HTC image sense provides a variety of options for the camera that turn it into a more powerful option for taking photos and video on the go.

The Droid Incredible 4G LTE doesn't have Image Sense.

Image sense users can take photos while shooting video or easily take a photo in environments with poor lighting. It also includes an instant capture feature that allows users to, surprise, instantly capture moments on camera.

That all sounds nice right?

Too bad it’s not available, at least officially, on the Droid Incredible 4G LTE.