Last week, I ventured uptown to HTC's launch party of their latest HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE phone. As a gadget-fiend, I was probably too excited to see the debut of this sleek model but what can I say? Once a tech nerd, always a tech nerd.
Anyways, after checking out the phone, I was left with a major dilemma. Why? Because I'm an iPhone lover, through and through. Ask anyone in the office, I'm glued to my phone. However, the problem is that I've now seen what life is like outside of the iPhone world. And I kind of like it.
The three main reasons why I might be switching my loyalties to the Droid? Speed, size and camera capabilities. The Droid Incredible 4G LTE boasts a lighting-fast network that allows me to access my Instagram content, emails and Twitter feed at the swipe of a finger. No, but seriously. This thing is super fast and, in comparison, can load in a second compared to my iPhone which takes 5-10 seconds longer.
Another great characteristic of the Droid Incredible 4G LTE is its size. The 4-inch display is pretty large, compared to the iPhone's 3.5-inch display, which makes viewing photos and video easier. Also, weight-wise, the Droid Incredible weighs 4.66 ounces whereas the iPhone weighs 4.88 ounces. Seems like a minor difference, right? Wrong. That .2 ounces makes ALL the difference, especially if you have a case on your phone. Nothing is worse than walking around town with a heavy bag that is packed to the brim.
Last, but not least, let's talk about the Droid's camera. Because it is amazing. Sorry, iPhone, but the Droid is beating you to the punch. The poor 5-megapixel iPhone camera just can't compete with the Droid's 8-megapixel camera. Plus, the interface on the Droid is much more user-friendly and doesn't take as long to load. AND! If you want to switch between camera and video, it button to switch modes is right near your finger. I know, small but major detail that the iPhone overlooked. Definitely makes it easier if you are shooting video at a runway show as you can toggle back and forth between modes in a hot second.
Oh, and can we just say that Verizon might be the better wireless carrier in the city? Sorry AT&T, but your dead zones are killing me.
The Droid Breakdown:
- It's light. Like really light. Like light enough to fit in your teeny-tiny clutch that you bought especially for NYFW.
- Bigger display, which means viewing photos and videos is better. And you don't have to squint to get a better view.
- Much faster load time. Time is of the essence, people!
- Same apps as the iPhone but better network. Honestly, the load time for Instagram makes me want to cry sometimes and I blame AT&Ts awful network. With the Droid, I can upload my photos and check my feed 10 seconds faster than the iPhone.
The only downside to the Droid is its impossible small keyboard keys. I guess it takes some getting used to but nobody has that small of fingers. Sorry.
What do you think about the Droid? Are you planning on making the switch? If you already have a Droid, share your feedback in the comments!
Disclosure: IFB was given the Droid Incredible 4G LTE by HTC to review but IFB mailed back the sample product after testing the camera. We were not paid for this review.