Verizon HTC Droid IncredibleVerizon HTC Droid Incredible

It was all over but the press release. For weeks now we've seen information about the HTC Incredible -- now officially the Verizon Droid Incredible -- pour out of the woodwork. And now, it's real.

For all intents and purposes, what we're looking at is the HTC Desire with Verizon branding. Same 3.7-inch 480x800-pixel AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, same HTC Sense user interface, same trackpad instead of a trackball. Same 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The camera's been upped to 8 megapixels, and there are 8 gigabytes of internal memory for music, photos and video.

But what about the Verizon Nexus One? Make no mistake, this is not it. The Nexus One is Google's baby. The Droid Incredible is Verizon's. And at this point, it's poised to do major battle with Sprint's Evo 4G come summertime. The Incredible will arrive first, slated for preorders on April 19 (that's Monday) and will be in stores on April 29. Pricing is set at $199 after two-year contract and a $100 rebate.

We'll have plenty more coverage of the Verizon Droid Incredible as we near launch. In the meantime, check out the full presser and specs after the break. And in the meantime, head into our Droid Incredible forums to chat your little heads off.

 

It’s a Droid, It’s Incredible, It’s on the Nation’s LARGEST And Most Reliable 3G Network
 
DROID Incredible™ by HTC Combines Power of Android™, Usability of HTC Sense™, Exclusively from Verizon Wireless
 
        BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and NEW YORK Verizon Wireless today announced DROID Incredible by HTC, the newest Android device on the nation’s most reliable wireless 3G network, will be available beginning April 29.       
        Featuring a “topographic” design that demonstrates the powerful engineering just beneath the surface, DROID Incredible by HTC is designed with craftsmanship and precision while making it easier than ever to stay connected.
        DROID Incredible by HTC features the newest version of the HTC Sense experience, a seven-panel home screen with a wide selection of interactive widgets so the most important content is immediately available at a touch.  Customers will enjoy seamless integration with Exchange ActiveSync®, quick and easy access to Flickr for sharing and viewing pictures, video, and Android Market with more than 30,000 Google applications.  DROID Incredible by HTC is the first Verizon Wireless phone that takes advantage of Qualcomm’s 1GHz superfast Snapdragon processor, and it’s the first available phone from Verizon Wireless to include an          8 megapixel camera. 
        Shortly after the phone becomes available, customers will be able to enjoy two of the latest exclusive apps from Verizon Wireless – NFL Mobile and Skype mobile™.
Additional Key features:       
  • Android 2.1 with HTC Sense experience
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor for maximum responsiveness
  • Friend Stream for unified Flickr, Facebook and Twitter updates
  • “Leap” view for quick access to all seven home screen panels
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash for crisp, detailed images
  • Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480x800) AMOLED capacitive touch display
  • Optical joystick for smooth navigation
  • Dedicated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search keys
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass
  • Integrated GPS
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
 
Price and availability:
  • DROID Incredible will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning on April 19 and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on April 29.  Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  • DROID Incredible customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access.  Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
  • For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

 
There are 60 comments

AJFSTORM says:

I CAN"T WAIT!!!!! The second thing I'm going to do after getting this phone is to beat my BB Storm with a hammer .

qbanpete says:

LMAO! Can I borrow your hammer when you're done?

lightfuse says:

Seriously, I'm taking my storm out to family land and filming while I shoot it with a 9mm for YouTube. Can't wait for my new Droid.

roman08225 says:

Have you not learned from BB STORM??? I'm not pre-ordering it. I'm waiting for it to come out, on the 30th or 1st I will go to Verizon Store and check it out first before i grab it. It better be Incredible (i'm sure it will be better than Storm) I will also need to borrow your hammer!!!!

Holly freaking CRAP!!!!

I WANT IT NOW!!! AHGHGHGHGJHGHGHGHG It hurts to wait more!! This phone looks really really good!

Elden says:

YYYEEEEEEESSSS!!! ITS SOOO BEAUTIFULLL!!!

afazel says:

Set to do battle with the Evo 4G? This thing only comes slightly close ;)

kmatheny says:

Wait, the Evo 4G is a tablet, right? ;) Jnco jeans anyone?

AJFSTORM says:

LOL!!!!

afazel says:

A tablet? No, it's got a large screen (think HTC HD2), but it's still a phone. Not to mention 4G WiMax data. That's not everyone's cup o' tea, but in my area we have great WiMax coverage.

keerf says:

Is $599 going to be the price to buy this thing outright?

gregba says:

Sorry for my ignorance.....but other than the bigger screen, android 2.1, and the better camera, how is this phone differnt than the eris.

kmatheny says:

More internal memory, RAM, faster processor- just about everything in this phone is faster/higher quality than the Eris.

nitsuj17#AC says:

Its a huge upgrade over the eris screen size goes up from 3.2 to 3.7 and amoled, the processor goes from 528mhz to lghz snapdragon, 8 gigs of internal memory plus card storage of up to to 32 gigs where the eris only really had card storage, and RAM doubles to up over 500mb.

Its the difference between jv and varsity

kmatheny says:

JV to Varsity, nah. Peewee to Varsity is more like it!

eazid says:

LOL yeah. And that's why the Eris has already hit end of life. lol

ripcity00 says:

Why did they design the back that way? Is it to look more "droid" like? The specs look really good. Do you think viewing the screen in direct sunlight will be an issue or is it usable most of the time?

kmatheny says:

AMOLED screens work great in direct sunlight, so you shouldn't have any problems there.

joshyth1012 says:

you got to be joking right? nevermind, i don't think you have used the Nexus one before. if you have used it, you will know tha amoled is the wrost screen to read in direct sunlight!!!

meho1010 says:

As a Sprint customer I mean this fromt he bottom of my heart.DAMN IT! Now T-mobile & AT&T has Nexus One, Verizon has the the HTC Incredible(HTC Desire/Nexus One), and Sprint?????? WTF. I know the EVO is being touted like the second coming of Jesus, but what do they have now. The grey colored google brick...I mean the Moment...and the HTC Hero.

EVO won't be out for a couple months, even with the most optimistic outlook. There is absolutely no reason, and I mean NONE, that Sprint should not have the Nexus one available on its network by now. How difficult is it to change antennas?!?!? If they don't release the Nexus One this month, Sprint is going to miss out on a lot of new customers in the void between now and the EVO launch.

Relax, dude. The Incredible is fine for VZW users, but it's the EVO's little cousin. Why would anybody buy inferiority when they know something better is coming down the pike? And what are you, three years old that you can't wait two more months?

When the EVO hits, it'll slam down like an atom bomb -- erasing all other eletrical devices, incinerating all enemies, and clearing a path for the Second Coming of Android, and his name will be Froyo.

Awake says:

With respect to Android/HTC you can call them cousins, that is where the similarities end. The EVO and the HD2 are much more similar. The Incredible is more similar to the Desire and Nexus One.

moosc says:

Let the media blitze begin

kmatheny says:

What really excites me is that I bought a Moto Droid on release day, and just months later I'm seeing Android devices that come with [almost a standard now] 1Ghz processors. Can't wait until my 2yr contract is up- gonna have some killer Android phones by then!

makya53 says:

sjcea says:

I will keep my N1 , still the best Android phone no question , and it will recieve any and all updates before anything else !! hate the back of that phone ? what gives with that ? I do like it comes in black however

Bazzocco says:

Thank god this is actualy got a release date now. if anyone wants i can post the actual equipment guide shot of it up later on tonight or send it just pm me

vitalmind says:

im assuming this will not have the google maps nav like my droid does right? that was just a moto droid thing wasnt it?

It will. It's not just for the Droid it's an Android-wide thing.

fj40bryan says:

What does "pre-order" actually mean? By ordering on Monday, could the phone arrive before the 29th?

You save your place in line and they'll ship it to you the day it comes out. You won't get it early you just won't have to worry about buying it the day it comes out.

fj40bryan says:

I found my own answer ---> Pre-orders placed online before 4pm local time on 4/28 will be delivered 4/29

agarrett527 says:

No way to pre-order at a Best Buy is there?

Anyone know if its 512/512 on ROM and RAM or a match to the desire specs?

Zotz says:

Alright, AT&T - it's your move. Where's your Desire? (pun intended) My reliable Moto Q9 is growing old.

It doesn't seem like AT&T cares about Android based on the 2 garbage Android phones they have now, so you might be waiting a while. I hope not for all you people on AT&T, but that's how it seems now.

AT&T will cripple it just as much as Back-flip and that Dell one. Only way to get a good Android handset on AT&T is the Nexus One directly from Google, or another carrier that uses the same 3G frequencies.

estrouse#WN says:

Based upon what we have seen Apple doing with "controlling" all this stuff in the mobile phone industry, I have a hunch, and this is solely speculation, that Apple is limiting AT&T on Android devices because they can directly compete with Apple's iPhone (I am NOT comparing the two...). The iPhone is a gold mine for AT&T to the point where I doubt they will soil that relationship knowing they could lose a HUGE amount of traffic into their services. I mean c'mon, the backflip? And I don't even know the other one. Simply put, until AT&T's contract with Apple is up, I feel like you won't see a large # of high end Android devices on AT&T. It's time for VZW, T-Mobile, and Sprint to shine...

ulnek says:

if only htc would make one with a keyboard it would be htc amazing. still i'm considering getting this even though i hate not having an actual keyboard.

mikey1#AC says:

I felt the same way until I realized every phone I've ever had I replaced because the keys stopped working. Here's to no moving parts!

Shadnic says:

Does anyone know if the wallpaper they're showing off in these pictures is a live wallpaper...because if those red swirls move or look like flames, then I'm in love...

That said, I'm getting an Evo, but still, this is a pretty incredible phone.

kee23kee says:

I have already put the date set in my BB calendar!!! Thank God its only a couple days away. Wait a minute, I'm thinking I should wait until it hits stores to play around with it. I've never used the Sense UI and I see that many people are 50/50 about it. I guess I'll ponder about it over the weekend.

estrouse#WN says:

Go play with the Eris... it won't be too far off from that as far as the aesthetic look and functionality. You just might note lag on the Eris which hopefully won't be present on the Incredible since the guts are pretty much doubled.

nyc_rock says:

Wish Verizon handled pre-orders like Apple. With the Iphone it ships before luanch day so you get it the day it hits stores. With Verizon they ship it the day it is released so you have to wait. Not the biggest deal in the world, but still.
EDIT-Just saw that they will delivered on the 29th!! GO BIG RED.

Also, wasnst this supposed to have Wireless N?

tarund says:

It does. Maybe Verizon forgot to put it on there. It was definitely in the Verizon Wireless User Guide that was leaked a few days ago.

Adiliyo says:

TWO WEEKS!

that's all :D

Awake says:

Do battle with the EVO?? The Incredible is basically a Desire with a better camera. No HD, no 720p, no HDMI, no front facing camera, no 4G. The Incredible has a smaller battery as well. It's better than the 3GS I'll give you that, the Incredible does not come close to the EVO.

fupamobile says:

of course not what people want to hear but it is the damned truth. any smartphone coming out that does not replace a digital video camera with 720p hd recording in its camera is just not a smartphone. i dont see why htc makes a bunch of phones that are almost identical. im just gonna wait until there some more options like the EVO and HD2 until i buy anything

xenomorph#AC says:

Just so we are all clear:

Google navigation is an Android thing, not just for the original Droid. So yes, the HTC Incredible will have it as well!

AMOLED screens so far have NOT been very good in direct sunlight ( I have a Samsung Moment and it's really hard to see the screen outside), but I do believe that this issue has been worked a lot, so perhaps the latest AMOLED screens are better now. Most people who actually have phones with AMOLED are not too happy about the direct sunlight issue...

@Droidlover
You can always check out videos of Sense in action on youtube if you are not familiar with it.

About time... Unfortunately in the far reaches of my mind I was hopeful they would change the backing. That is the UGLIEST backing of any phone i've ever seen. I've been waiting for my N1 on VZW for months.. painfully so. Now that this is out, it's hard to not jump on it instead.. until I look at the back of it. It makes me forget about the spec upgrades. If a 3rd party made a different backing that didn't suck I would preorder this on teh 19th.

I CAN'T WAIT! Have an HTC Hero right now; thinking about getting the Nexus One but I want to wait a little bit until something amazing comes out

Jim Washington
Chicago Web Development

mr.saving says:

I love the back of that phone! Now, do I jump on this or wait for the N1? I am not sure if I want a modified Android OS...I'm leaning toward the N1 still.I do hope they lose the trackball before it hits Verizon.

PJnc284 says:

Not sure why it looks like it has a trackball. Based on the spec sheet, it'll be optical like the legend, desire, etc. Engadget also has an actual hands-on pic http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2010/04/htc-droid-incredible-itw-1.jpg

mr.saving says:

I was referring to the N1 losing the trackball.

xenomorph#AC says:

@Chicago Web

This IS Verizon's version, hence the Verizon logo on the phone, and the Droid name, the red parts, etc... The trackball is the final version.

I live in Europe, so this does not mean anything for me. I am waiting for the Desire.

BUT, I am very happy to see HTC and Android in the spotlight again. I also like 'the battle' between the carries in the US! :)

Soon, Android OS will be king. Very sure about that!

Corey says:

Looks nice. I can't wait to get my hands on it and give it a go. I'm not gonna jump on the initial bandwagon, but if it stays solid after a month or two, then I may have to buy it. The battery cover is ugly as sin, but I'm sure there will be some aftermarket solutions that will take care of that, or maybe a Seidio case to smooth out the lumpy potato look of the thing.

NickF227 says:

If only I waited a few months....damnit.

Should I try saving up 600 bucks? Ugh, I hate being a teenager with a shitty ass job.

LCW says:

I just can't warm up to that back panel... looks like an afterthought... hideous!!

estrouse#WN says:

Yeah dude, this thing is awful. I am still getting the thing for a work phone (how sweeeeet is that?!), but the panel looks like what someone said above; it looks like they tried to make it more "Droid" like.. ie: lets make it look like a piece of machinery, because frankly, that's what it looks like to me. Hopefully there are some good cases to cover the damn thing. Usually I like it bare to show off the phone itself, but in this case I'd so go for a case.