Review: HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE for Verizon Wireless
With respect to music, the Incredible offers a pretty wide range of options. Amazon MP3, Slacker, Google Play Music, and the bare-bones music app are all pre-installed. These apps each have their pros and cons. Amazon and Google Play can be used for purchasing music, as well as streaming purchased tracks to the Incredible. Slacker offers free and for-pay streaming services. Bummer that there's no FM radio.
On the video front, the Incredible includes the stock YouTube app, HTC Watch, a simple video player, Google Play Movies, and Verizon Video. HTC Watch is HTC's movie rental store. You can also download (purchase or rent) video content (TV shows and movies) from the Google Play Movies store. The selection between HTC Watch and Google Play is about the same, as are the prices.
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Oh, and SlingBox is also pre-installed if you're into streaming the content from your home cable box to your smartphone. This requires separate hardware and monthly fees, though, making the app's presence more of an ad than a useful function for most people.
Thanks to the Beats Audio integration, music and video sound great through the Incredible. I used several different sets of earbuds/headphones and was impressed with the quality. What I really like is that the Beats software has been integrated deeper into the OS, so it works with all media apps on the device.
Hands-On: HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE
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Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced the Droid Incredible 4G LTE, a new Android 4.0 smartphone that boasts a 4-inch super LCD qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, back-side illumination, and an f/2.2 and 28mm lens. The Droid Incredible 4G LTE also features a user-facing camera for video chats, mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices, and support for 32GB microSD cards.
Verizon's First Isis Handsets Are HTC and Motorola Droids
Verizon Wireless today announced that its first Isis-compatible handset is the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. Owners of that device can activate Isis on their handset starting today by visiting a Verizon Wireless retail store in the Austin and Salt Lake City trial markets.
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Verizon Wireless today announced that the HTC Incredible 4G LTE goes on sale starting July 5 for $149.99 after $50 mail-in rebate with a new contract. The Incredible 4G LTE runs Android 4.0 and HTC's Sense 4.0 user interface, and features a 4-inch super LCD qHD display; 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens; front-facing camera for video chatting, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor; and support for mobile hotspot.
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Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.