Multitouch on Android isn't quite old hat yet, so let's take another look at it on the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible. All things being equal, it just feels better than on the Motorola Droid or Google Nexus One. And, more important, we're not seeing any of the issues experienced when testing on the Nexus One. Check it out.

Update: Buckaroo Banzai spells it out perfectly in the comments. Indeed, it's a different screen panel.


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Video: Multitouch on the Droid Incredible


I thought that the HTC Incredible / HTC Desire / Nexus one all used the same screen? So wouldn't this mean that it is a software issue in the Nexus One and that the rumor of HTC/Google working on a fix for it is at least more plausible now?

Man, that red earpiece really hurts the look of the phone, in my opinion. It looks totally out of place and really makes the phone look funky.

This is awesome news! Any way you could check (look at test pattern pictures? or whatever) and see if it still has the same subpixel arrangement as the N1? I'm sure it does (unfortunately), but then I was also sure that it would still have the MT bug, so who knows...

Right at 1:35 the colors swap. Phil, did you accidentally lift a finger right then? Or is something else going on? Other than that, it definitely looks like it tracks your fingers better.

HTC is now using the Atmel mxt224 screen vs. the old Synaptics 2000. The Atmel is a known component of the upcoming HTC EVO 4G - I just didn't think they'd implement it this soon. Looks like they have. It's not merely a software enhancement on the Incredible over the N1; they are indeed using a new screen type. Very nice.

I guess HTC didn't count on multitouch being enabled anytime soon on a android phone running stock android(Nexus one) and that's y they used a infurier screen when compared to the latest bach of HTC phones.

Giving the Droid to the wife and picking this up on the 29th! Can't wait!! Love the Droid, but hate the slide out keyboard .. have since day 1. Other than that, it's a solid phone -- now looking foward to the DI. :)

I'm digging the commentary on these videos. And the crossing of the streams reference? Money.

Looks like I'm making a good decision.

Thank you for covering that (to me) important matter, while everyone else just shrugs and says: "yes, it does the pinch-zoom-thingy".

Please don't forget to repeat this test whenever a Galaxy S lands in your hands! :D

My N1 has no such issues ? That test runs just fine on my phone ? also the N1 is just a smooth as the Incredible in every way , no such issues or lag noticed by me

The multitouch test app he is using, is I believe called "Multitouch Vis Test".

Also I would like to say that my Nexus One performs just as fast as that Incredible in the video. And even in use I have had zero problems with the multitouch on my Nexus One.

Are you guys REALLY gonna go thru ALL the submissions for Incredible giveaway!!?? Theres alot...aaaaaand mine...mine is pretty awesome.

Multi-touch has never been a problem for pinch to zoom on the Nexus One for me, however it becomes a problem when gaming. Trying to use the D-Pad and the Buttons on the bottom with Gameboid is impossible on the N1 because the multi-touch problems make the game freak out.

Well, I bought the Droid, thinking the Incredible WOULD have the SAME SCREEN as the N1.

Darn it. Well, I love my Droid; it's been good to me. And, maybe I can win the give-away...