Over the past six months, the Droid -- and its slightly scary "DROID!" battle cry -- has become the public face of Android smartphones. Today, we bring you the latest in the line -- the Verizon Droid Incredible, which will be available starting April 29 (you can preorder it now) for $199 with a two-year contract.
The Droid Incredible (henceforth simply the Incredible) is a kinder, more gentle smartphone than Motorola's initial offering. It also replaces the Droid Eris -- both devices are manufactured by HTC and feature large touchscreens in lieu of a keyboard.
And the Incredible brings with it the latest version of the Sense user interface, making Android even easier, more customizable and more eye-pleasing than ever.
The buildup leading to the announcement and release of the Incredible has kept the Android faithful in a frenzy for weeks, and the phone should be a strong attraction for those looking for their first smartphone, or for those looking to make the switch to Android.
Click on through for our impressions as we take a look at the Incredible and see if it lives up to its name.
The Verizon Droid Incredible marks the first time HTC's updated Sense user interface is actually available on a phone in the United States. (It's also coming later this year on the Sprint Evo 4G and has been available for some weeks in Europe.) Here we take a quick look at the major software features on the Droid Incredible, including Sense and a few of the basic apps.
The Verizon Droid Incredible, Sprint Evo 4G and Google Nexus One -- three of the biggest, baddest Android phones available today (erm, or soon, in the case of the first two). But which should you get? After the break, we put the three phones against each other head to head, spec for spec. Which comes out on top? Click through to find out.
Want to peek inside the Verizon Droid Incredible without all that boring commentary? Gotcha covered. After the break, a monstrous gallery of screen shots showing you the ins and outs of the Droid Incredible and the all-new HTC Sense.
Our pal Rene at TiPB raises an interesting point: Look at how much of a nerdgasm has been created over these purported iPhone G4 (not iPhone 4G!) pictures that Engadget scored, just as pre-orders began for the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible. Put on your tinfoil hats for a minute, people. Do you really think Apple's as petty and paranoid about Google, Android and/or Verizon to leak this out on its own? (Personally, I wouldn't put it past them, though you'd think they'd come up with a better cover story than "lost it in a bar.") Anyhoo, let's hear it, folks. Whatcha think?
Oh, my, you all certainly are excited about signing up to be notified by e-mail for when Adobe begins its Flash 10.1 and AIR betas for Android. And so are we. But do note that you're only signing up to be notified when the beta begins. It doesn't mean you're actually getting Flash next week (or even getting accepted into the beta program, for that matter), and we're not even sure exactly what's going to be involved in the beta, or just how usable it's going to be. Not to burst the Flash bubble, it's just that all you're doing right now is signing up to get a future e-mail. That's all. And here are the links to do it. [Flash 10.1 beta notification | Adobe AIR beta notification] Thanks to everyone -- and we do mean everyone -- who sent this in.
Some great stuff rolls in during the wee hours, and this is a doozy. An actual demonstration video of the one and only Droid Incredible by the fellas at nerdstalkertv, shot during the 99% conference in New York. It's an awfulnice walk through of the software, and it really shows just how fast this phone is. There's not much we haven't figured out already, but who cares? It's a great video of a monster of a phone and a must see.
Hit the break for the video, keep the tissues to wipe your chin handy. Thanks, Patrick!
Not to be outdone by Best Buy, Verizon's in the middle of sending out e-mails announcing that it'll start taking online pre-orders for the HTC Droid Incredible starting Sunday which is just a matter of hours away. You're still not going to get it any sooner, but you can rest easy in the knowledge that you pre-ordered as early as you could, for what that's worth.
Also, the e-mail clears up the matter of the internal memory, noting that the listed 8 gigabytes of storage is less, confirming other reports. Thanks, Will!
If you just can't wait until Monday to pre-order the Droid Incredible, you're in luck. Best Buy Mobile is doing pre-orders on Sunday -- as in tomorrow. This will reserve you an Incredible for when they're available in Best Buy stores, so you'll be going through BB, not Verizon. You'll also get the $199 price without the hassle of a rebate, which is very cool.
Here's how it's gonna work: You fill out a form, pay $50 on Sunday and get a $50 gift card, which also serves as your ticket to pick up your phone once it's available. Then you can spend the card on anything else you want. Just a few more hours to go, folks. [Best Buy]
Hey everybody. Jerry back this week with with some tips for Google Voice. If you're not using Google Voice, you've surely heard people talking it up, with good reason. Google Voice runs great on most smartphones, and like most things Google, it runs incredibly well on Android phones.
Hit the break for some hints about getting an invite and setting it all up so you can enjoy the convenience of visual voice mail and a central number across multiple phones.
We're taking this one with a pretty big grain of salt, but word around the water cooler is that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 -- currently languishing with Android 1.6 -- will get its upgrade to Android 2.1 in September. And on top of that, it'll miraculously get multitouch, too, never mind the report that it's supposed to be physically impossible due to a hardware limitation. We're not getting too worked up over this as the X10 isn't actually available in the United States. But for everyone else's sake, let's hope September brings some good news. [Cell Phone Reviews.co.uk via Electronista]
I'll be up front - WeLove the WePad. I'm all itchy in the pocket just waiting for it to hit the US shores. Today we get a glimpse of the Neofonie UI and I for one am loving it. Big icons, widgets, and a sidebar look to be a great mix for an Android tablet. The video shows something else to get excited over, the first half shows the WePad with a USB mouse attached. Yes, a computer mouse on a tablet. Maybe ports and connectors on a tablet isn't a bad idea after all, Mr. Jobs. Later in the video we see another prototype using the touchscreen as well. If you're holding out for an Android tablet, you gotta have a look. At 450 Euros ($609.00 US) the WePad won't be the cheapest Android tablet, but after seeing the latest video, it looks like a bargain to me. Hit the break for the video. [via TechCrunch and SlashGear]
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