HTC actually introduced new copy-and-paste features in the new version of Sense way back at Mobile World Congress, but let's take a look at it here on the Verizon Droid Incredible. You can select one word, several words, or whole paragraphs, and from there paste them into another application, look up a word in Wikipedia, or share it with a friend. (You also can share links.) Note that these features are currently only available in the browser and partially in HTC's e-mail client (not gmail), and we did experience a hiccup or two. Take a look.

 

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Copy and paste on the Droid Incredible and in the HTC Sense user interface

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Only available in the browser?? :L Weak. It's a lack-luster version of Apple's implementation and at least over there it available anywhere. HTC is honestly starting to piss me off with there chop it up, add it here and there, lay it on top, do whatever we can even-if-it's-janky way of doing things. You can only make so much mess before it's just a pile'o fuken mud.

so phil, can you also copy text together with images and paste on a new email like you can on the iphone?

First Commenter,
Copy and paste works in the HTC Mail application just fine, just like it does in the browser. So don't go blowing up HTC HQ just yet over this review. Copy and paste doesn't work in Google's Gmail application. The Gmail application has nothing to do with HTC Sense and is a Google engineered software application.

Phil,
I personally think it is unfair to HTC to mention the Google's exclusion of copy and paste in it's Gmail application in a review of HTC Sense. Part of HTC Sense's experience is in its applications but there is no appearance of the HTC Mail application in this review.

@erongcal, I don't think phil should have not said what he said about the gmail copy and paste not being there but he should have also covered that it does work on the regular email app....cut him some slack though, I haven't see anyone else even cover copy and paste on the new phone with this level of detail.....he might update the post to reflect what you just said.

I saw the Wikipedia look up, but isn't there a dictionary option when you select text?

Ok. So to be clear...you cannot copy-and-paste in the gmail app, but you can in the HTC mail client. Is that right? Though not necessarily a deal breaker for me, being able to copy-and-paste from email is essential for my wife (who currently uses a Blackberry). It would seem using the gmail app would be ideal if you use Google Apps, because I find there's a delivery lag when using Google Apps-supported e-mail through a POP client.

Fair or not, the gmail app is a major part of Android, and it should have copy and paste. If HTC could find a way to do it, cool. Doesn't really matter to me who gets it done. :)

Good point
*slack given to Phil*

I know there's a lot to cover especially with the incredible. there's android stuff, there's sense stuff, and there's the gray stuff in between.

Props to Phil for hitting a subject that the others slept on.

While I think it's Google's fault, not HTC's, I can't believe the Gmail app doesn't have copy/paste. Why would Google leave this out? I suppose you could always just go to Gmail on the browser and copy from there, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having a dedicated app...

Let's be clear about the gmail app: You can copy links. You can paste text. You cannot copy text. You can paste links. You can eat paste. You can pick your friends. You can pick your nose. You should not pick your friend's nose. :p

lol @ phil

so phil, can you also copy text together with images and paste on a new email like you can on the iphone?

Seems like an almost exact copy of the iPhone implementation with minor changes. Except that it works everywhere on the iPhone.

Another time you have to wonder if Apple really does have a good case for patent infringement. Can't folks come up with their own ideas rather than always copy Apple?

I think you mean can't folks stop copying apple who copied someone else....get it right....apple doesn't invent anything, they copy or steal from someone else, make it look pretty and throw tons of marketing behind it, hoping that the brainwashing worked and everyone buys the product.

im very confused with all of the "can't copy in gmail" talk. i can ABSOLUTELY copy text within the gmail app on my droid. i hold shift and a little mouse cursor appears, you drag what you want to copy. is this not on keyboardless android phones in another variation?

Wow I'm jealous. I have an iPhone 3GS that I rarely use any more and after using my 3GS with 3.0 since June 19, I really miss copy and paste on my Nexus One. Copy and paste on the Nexus One sucks. I rarely use it because it's so inconvenient and hard to select sometimes. This is almost exactly like Apple's copy and paste and I wish Google would do something similar to this and add it to Android soon.

It's still not the best, but I find that using the trackball helps a lot with accuracy. Give it a shot. If you are a letter off from where you want to start, use the trackball.

Only thing is the amount of steps is takes to copy and then paste. So much easier on my 3GS.

Who cares about email copy and paste if you can't copy a telephone number or paste it or dial a pasted number.

That is a total failure when it comes to sense - stock android 2.1 has this feature with no problems.

HTC made its fans wait for the upgrade so long, and yet still added mostly eyecandy features rather than decent business or just usability functionality.

Not good, HTC. Get it together.

LOL, "Not good, HTC"? seriously, you cannot blame HTC for the faults of google's gmail app. if anything you should be praising HTC for including their own email app into Sense. It's an email app that does copy and paste. just because you have google mail doesn't mean you have to use their app. if you want to have the ability to copy and paste in HTC sense, then use HTC Mail as your email client. gmail works just fine on it. I ditched the gmail app and now use only the HTC mail app. Unlike the gmail app, the HTC mail app will allow you to copy and paste, allow you to view html email properly, and allow you to use the HTC mail widget with it.

I for one don't see the need for the gmail app when using HTC sense because the HTC mail app works so much better.

GOOGLE MAIL WORKS ON THE HTC MAIL APP. YOU ARE NOT RESTRICTED TO THE GMAIL APP SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU USE GOOGLE MAIL.

I'm glad you gave us some insight on the mail apps for the Droid. This was almost a deal breaker for me. Since you say HTC Email app allows copy and paste, and is better I think I'm really considering getting the Incredible. I see where others have blamed HTC on the inability to copy and paste within the GMail Mail app. This is not HTC's fault. It's the way the app has been developed by Google. I'm not sure if it's for security reasons, but I wish they would find a way to incorporate that feature. It's the same way on my BlackBerry. The GMail Mail app on my BlackBerry does not allow me to copy text from incoming or old Email, but it does allow me to copy and paste while composing a new message.

Let's just hope Google adds this feature in with there next release of the OS so it will just be built in for all apps rather then just with HTC Sense

For those of you that now are mad at HTC because of this review:

1. copy and paste DOES NOT work in email on the gmail app on any android phone.
2. copy and paste DOES work in email when using HTC sense (through the use of HTC mail app)

conclusion:

If you want to be able to copy and paste in email on an android phone, then get an android phone with HTC sense and use HTC mail.

And then ditch gmail app as google mail works just fine with HTC mail app.

I have read every single comment that's been posted On this page, and u guys obviously don't know what you're talking about. The reason I say this is because I have the Droid Incredible, and this comment was typed On my computer & sent to my gmail, where it proceeded to be COPIED and PASTED!!!! Not only that but the password I got for this Android webpage account or whatever it's called was sent to my gmail where I proceed to COPY and PASTE it. I'm 13, way out of the loop in the phone industry, and I STILL figure out how to do something On a phone that you guys have been yelling at Google and HTC about not having and arguing with each other about since APRIL!!!! That's just sad.

I have read every single comment that's been posted On this page, and u guys obviously don't know what you're talking about. The reason I say this is because I have the Droid Incredible, and this comment was typed On my computer & sent to my gmail, where it proceeded to be COPIED and PASTED!!!! Not only that but the password I got for this Android webpage account or whatever it's called was sent to my gmail where I proceed to COPY and PASTE it. I'm 13, way out of the loop in the phone industry, and I STILL figure out how to do something On a phone that you guys have been yelling at Google and HTC about not having and arguing with each other about since APRIL!!!! That's just sad.