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Review: HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE for Verizon Wireless

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The HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE returns to its roots a bit. It's more like the original Incredible than the Incredible 2. This new Incredible is small -- at least compared to HTC's newest devices -- and has the same design that I found so appealing about the original.

It sticks to the well-worn red-on-black styling cues that have become familiar territory on Verizon's phones. I wish the Incredible offered the same awesome red interior that the 2010 version did, but alas, it does not. In fact, I wish the Incredible came entirely in red instead of black, but I digress.

 

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The Incredible is soft, yet solid. The battery cover has a soft-touch finish, and it feels really nice against your skin. I like that the phone’s edges are all rounded. I find it to be just the right weight. It's not so heavy as to be a brick in your hands, but not so insubstantial as to make you think it was cheaply made.

The display measures four inches, which helps keep the overall footprint of the device down. There are three capacitive buttons along the bottom of the screen for the Back, Home, and Multitasking functions. I found these buttons to be responsive to the touch and had no trouble using them. They offer haptic feedback when pressed, but that response can be turned off if you wish.

The volume toggle is on the right side, placed snugly towards the top corner. It presents just enough of a profile that your fingers can find it. I didn't care for the action, however, which I thought was mushy. If you're looking for a physical camera button, you won't find one.

The microUSB port is on the left side, positioned close to the bottom. Along the top, HTC has included a 3.5mm headset jack for stereo headphones, and a lock key. This key is about perfect. It's just large enough so that it is easily found. Travel and feedback were spot on.

The battery cover has a ridged surface that gives it some real grip. I was able to hold onto it firmly even though my hands were sweaty thanks to the hot July sun. Once the battery cover is removed, users can access the both the microSD slot and microSIM slot, which are located next to the battery. It's notable that both can be removed without first pulling the battery. Removable batteries are also a rare sighting in today's smartphones, and it's a "feature" I am sure some buyers will appreciate in the Incredible.

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