Verizon Droid Incredible 

Despite our seemingly endless coverage of the Verizon Droid Incredible, you guys and gals have had plenty of questions. And most of them were pretty good. After the break, we answer a smattering of them.

Might sound awkward ... But, how does the phone feel in the pocket? - Kentoe

Um, just fine. And, yeah, that was a little awkward. Next time buy me dinner first.

Can the Sense UI be disabled similarly to the Desire? - purevenge

Eh, look. here's where we stand on this. If you buy the Droid Incredible, you're buying a Sense device. If you just have to get rid of Sense, wait until the thing's rooted and ROM'd and do it right. Don't go trying to kill essential parts of the OS.

Besides the earpiece, are there any other red accents on the front of the phone? - slinky317

Nope. As *cough* illustrated in our review. :p

When would you estimate that the Incredible would be replaced?
I'm wondering this because I'm unsure whether or not to upgrade my plan, go on a 3-month provisional period, and then grab the phone. - Scopic

Fair question, and it's one we're going to have to deal with from now until the end of tech time. Something better is always coming out. But we feel the Droid Incredible should last you quite a while.

Is there noise cancellation? Is the speakerphone better than Nexus One? - rvinny

There's no second microphone like on the Nexus One or the Motorola Droid. The speakerphone is better than the N1's. It's louder and has a fuller sound.

I'm curious what you think about the feel of the phone. One reviewer commented that the phone felt much lighter than others (Droid, Nexus One) and felt "plasticky." I'd like to get your general impression on how substantial the phone feels. - matthewdlyons

Feels just fine to me. It's not cold and metallic like the Motorola Droid, but it hardly feels cheap.

Do you think a screen protector (Zagg) would be a good idea? - eazid

Do you work for Zagg? lol. Personally, I'm not big on 'em. But they certainly can't hurt.

How loud/clear are the phone's ringers? How strong is the phone's vibrating function? - tourstagefan

Good and good.

When texting or inputting any info can i use the keyboard in both portrait and landscape? like i can with my Storm? - NIKSTORM

Yes. And unlike your Storm, you don't have to press the screen halfway through the device. Try not to break yours, m'kay? :p

Does the phone walk on water? - Goodness

Probably could, yeah. (Or at least skip its way across.)

Does the HTC Desk Clock App also work in landscape mode or only in portrait? - Buckaroo Banzai

When it's in its screen saver-type mode, yeah.

How are the four "buttons" (home-search-etc.). I no the N1 was having problems getting these right, do you find urself having any trouble with these on the Incredible? - TheWay92

Nope. None of the accuracy issues we've seen on the N1.

Does Google Voice dial out? Reason I ask is because the most recent update to the Google Voice app broke dialing out on the leaked versions of 2.1 w/ Sense for the Eris. - davbak

Works just fine for me.

Will the Incredible be receiving updates from Google or Verizon? It says on the Verizon website that it'll receive updates from Google. Last question, will the incredible have the desktop dock like the N1? - ncc

Won't really know until we get one an update. But it'll have to be approved by Verizon no matter what. Like the Nexus One's dock? Whatever it has will be different as there aren't any external battery contacts.

Can I use the Incredible's native e.mail app to associate the phone with a Google Apps e.mail account (ie, NOT a Gmail account)? - hubdju

Absolutely. It's how I do my work e-mail. Works just fine for e-mail, contacts, calendar, etc.

Will I be able to use it with WIFI before activating it with Verizon? That way I could test out many of the features and get my Exchange email working, etc. before saying the final goodbyes to my Palm Centro. Has anyone been able to something similar with previous phones? - droidme

Yep. Google the shortcut to bypass activation. :)

How, if at all, does the phone integrate with Picasa? Will my albums from Picasa automatically show on my phone or is there an integrated Widget that allows an easy view? - Limjelo

Not out of the box. Sense syncs with Flickr.

Can non-market place apps be installed without having to root, or is this locked down by Verizon? - draken

Not locked down. You're good.

Will the Incredible be able to view and/or edit word documents, excel sheets, pdf's etc?? - kohlrabi

Yes. Quickoffice is on the Incredible. (As *cough* mentioned in our review.)

For those that have received their phones early or anyone else comment just how "plasticky" the incredible feels. Can anyone confirm there are no metal charging pins ANYWHERE on the side of the phone? - itch808

See above on the plastic part. And, no, there are no metal charging pins. (As *cough* illustrated in our review.)

With the different "scenes" set up, can you customize the ringtones and sound profiles or just the visual makeup? i.e. can I have different ringtones and message notification profiles for "work" "social" "play" and "travel" in the same way I can change the appearance of the Ul? - shepditch

Nope. It just affects the home screens and what's displayed.

Does anyone know what kind of charger the Incredible will be using. I know it says micro USB, but if you look closely at the port, it look different from the micro USB i'm used to on a blackberry storm for instance. - gordo0427

It says microUSB because it is microUSB. Yeah, it does look a tad different. And that may well be for some TV out adapter. I haven't even used the charger than came with it, actually, so you're probably good with whatever you have laying around.

What about the car dock? Does the Incredible (I'm calling it that because on the pre-order confirmation page I have it's referred to the Incredible, not DROID Incredible) fit into the N1's car dock? - sklemp

Nope. The Nexus One's car dock is for the Nexus One.

There are 45 comments

tourstagefan says:

Thank you for answering my question!

Androidcentral is awesome, so helpful, especially for an Android newbie like myself. I'm ditching my Storm for the Incredible (already pre-ordered).

kentoe says:

Haha, thanks for the response on my awkward question of "how does the Incredible feel in the pocket" I thought it was essential considering I have my phone in pocket everyday and the back of the phone just made it seem questionable. Again, thanks and look forward to the podcasts!

imeanreally says:

i find it quite annoying that so many people asked you about sense, and instead of answering the question, you gave us your philosophical viewpoint on the UI. thanks?

Id have to agree.. We were hoping you'd atleast try to disable it. Sense isn't an essential part of the OS (its not even part of the OS..) its a layer above, more of a GUI wrapper.

rufflez says:

False: It replaces parts of the OS

eazid says:

Thanks. I don't work for them. I shouldn't have gave them free advert! lol

bman12479 says:

Hey guys I have an old outdated LG Voyager that interrupts me whenever I am using the browser or music player every time I get a text, email, ect. Now I know they advertise the MotoDroid as not interrupting you and rather "hiding" the notifications until you want to view them. Does the same apply to the Incredible? My other question is does the Incredible run VZ Navigator or just Google Navigator as I heard that Google Nav is not as good as Vz Nav.

stubbda says:

The notification panel is on all Android phones. And VZ nav is not on any android phone.

mritter88 says:

I thought VZ Nav was available in the app store to Verizon customers? Either way, I wouldn't use it, I think Google Maps is better (for Android at least, since it has turn-by-turn).

I was wondering about car charging. Can I use any old microUSB charger I have (such as my Motorola charger)?

stubbda says:


Mich#AC says:

Registered just to say this. That below is the douchiest answer if you can even call that an answer as it doesn't say "yes" or "no". He just asked a simple and innocent question and you can't even bothering answering. Even worse, you're stating that his choice is so bad that he should get what he wants the hard way - that he himself doesn't know best what he wants/should have is something an AppleDouche would say.

Ps. doesn't rooting have a chance of bricking and/or voiding your warranty? If so, nice "friendly" tip you gave.

"Eh, look. here's where we stand on this. If you buy the Droid Incredible, you're buying a Sense device. If you just have to get rid of Sense, wait until the thing's rooted and ROM'd and do it right. Don't go trying to kill essential parts of the OS."

rion_j says:

No sir, you are the "AppleDouche" for posting your comment. In case you read the forums, or have done any research on this phone you will see that this question is very common and many people have asked it and it's been answered numerous times. The point is this which is what Phil is saying, if you buy the Incredible you are also buying the Sense UI. If you dont want the Sense UI, than look elsewhere. There are plenty of Android devices on the market, e.g. Droid, Nexus One.

imeanreally says:

um, sir, im on the forums basically every day, and the general answer there (androidforums) has been "yes, it can be turned off, just like any sense phone!" well lo and behold, look at phil's response below: NOPE. same method as desire isnt working. that's why we all posted that question (in said forums you encourage us to read, by the way) in the thread- bc we wanted an official answer from someone who has the phone that we trust. phil is allowed to state his point - but he still should have answered the question in the first place - as he thankfully did below.

ZDriver says:

Why does this phone continue to be called Droid Incredible?? I hate it, is the EVO also going to be referred to as Droid EVO?? lord i hope not! You make it sound like its a Motorola Droid on Steroids, or a version 2 of the Moto Droid. Please can we just call this phone "The HTC Incredible" PLEASE..... sorry

phobic#IM says:

You can call it whatever you want. I'm gonna call mine the HTC Unicorn Sparkle. :p

The EVO was internally named the Supersonic when it was in testing by HTC. Once Sprint finalized the device to meet their specs, they changed the name to the HTC EVO 4G. Verizon does the same with their phones, giving a "Droid" moniker to their Android phones (with the exception of the Motorola Devour). You won't see any other phones named "Droid" on the other carriers.

All the carriers change the phone names all the time. Nothing new here at all.

ZDriver says:

ah, I get it now sorry for being the ass, guess I'm glad I don't use Verizon. As for the EVO, I wish it would have kept the name Supersonic.

rufflez says:

Thats why there's spray paint and stencils.

stubbda says:

Verizon paid Lucas a ton of money for the rights to use the name DROID. So no it is not going to be used on the EVO or any other Android phone except the phones on big red. The name is to help marketing. Think how much the platform and benefited from Verizon's ad's and marketing.

cjohnson481 says:

there will be a desktop dock, as well as the tv out cable available through verizon post launch. probably not in the store when you buy it on the 29th, but maybe soon there after.

nice to have friends on the inside.

droidme says:

Thanks for the response on using without activation. Will see if the 4 corners method works when I get the phone.

Jodiuh says:

Well, I'm a little bummed my question on actual screen size got skipped over. If anyone's ever seen the DROID and the Nexus One side by side, especially on forums, it's painfully obvious the DROID's viewable screen area is not as wide.

I simply wanted to know if the Incredible has the same viewable screen width as the Nexus One...down to the mm.

thevoiceless says:

Updates are really my main concern. It doesn't look super original, but I supposed that's hard to avoid. Other than the dual mics and colored trackball notifications, I can't think of any significant drawbacks to this phone.

OK, here's the deal on Sense: Not sure at this point if you *can* turn it off. The same method used on the Desire isn't working here. (And if anybody can tell me why, I'm all ears.) That said, I still stand by my statement. If you want to run the Incredible without Sense, I'd wait until you can put a Senseless ROM on it. And I think Sense deserves its fair shake. HTC's done a hell of a job with it. And judging from our poll, a good number of you haven't actually *used* the new version. So give it a shot before you kill it.

imeanreally says:

thank you for the actual answer! much appreciated.

rufflez says:

I was able to turn it off on the first 2.1 ROMs for the Hero, but with the most recent, more complete leaks, I wasn't able to use the desire method, either. I'll try again with another ROM to confirm this, though:

hubdju says:

Thank you very much for answering my question!!!

mritter88 says:

I'm surprised, but happy to hear that it syncs with Flickr (and not Picasa) since that's what I use!

Thanks for all of the answers!

stubbda says:

I would be surprised if the Albums app on this phone would not sync with Picasa. That is a build in feature of 2.1. Not to mention Picasa is free and Flickr only lets you look at the most recent 200 pix without paying.

gordo0427 says:

Thanks for picking my question Phil!

sjcea says:

Here is a question , tell me this has a glass screen right ? Its not plastic is it ???

stubbda says:

I think this phone is going to be awesome phone! Although i will not buy it, the red bugs me, but I wish my Moto Droid had the FM radio and Snappy Dragon.

My next phone would need a wider screen like on the Dell Thunder, some 2.2 or higher love, and not made by HTC. I just can't stand the touch sensitive buttons on the bottom of there phones and the ear piece's suck. Not to mention sense is not for me.

I really hope Google spends a good hard look at the Market. It is full of crap, or at least it needs to be organized and given a useful web site so i don't have to use my phone to browse apps.

bman12479 says:

hey thanks for the answer but 1 correction is the the Motorola Devour actually does have VZ Nav. I was looking at one in the store and it does indeed have it pre loaded. Unfortunately, the phone has too small of a screen and android 1.6 so no interest here on having one.

drdw says:

are you able to talk on the phone and open the calendar app without dropping the call?

rortt says:

Has anyone tried the Bluetooth with a on-board car system such as Chrysler/Jeep MyGig? I keep hearing different things regarding the interoperability of phone book sync and placing calls by voice.


aidanarcia says:

I was looking up the new Moto Droid and noticed that verizon had apply a 5 gb limit to their "unlimited data plan" for mobile and tethering. Then other sites say that the 5gb limit only apply tethering. So do anyone knows whether it applies only to tethering or both??
Cho Yung Tea

juliokim says:

thanks for the info i especially wanted to know if it felt plastickly and why do people want to know if they can turn sense off on a sense phone. That is called the droid my friends.

Great job. This has sold me even more on the Incredible. Last question made me laugh though. I mean, look at the N1 and Incredible side by side. Completely different. No way is this going to fit in the N1 car dock.

Pimpbot says:

Thanks for the answers. Very helpful.

I was curious about visual voicemail. Is this a free, native app in Android or Sense or do you need to pay for the Verizon app?

mritter88 says:

I just thought of another concern I'd have about this phone. I noticed that the camera is protruding out the back a little bit. Is there a small lip around the actual lens? The reason I'm asking is because I'd be afraid to set the phone down and have the lens get scratched. If anyone knows the answer please let me know, thanks!

00111 says:

where do you post new questions?

BretW10 says:

I have downloaded pandora and flycast, but does not have a Enable Bluetooth feature to allow me to listen through my bluetooth do I go about fixing this. Is there an app that I need to download to be able to listen to music and what not and connect through bluetooth?

etownpal says:

Does anyone know if the presence of Sense precludes the ability to have further Android OS updates? I thought I read that somewhere... that seems pretty limiting if that's true.

antomos says:

Why can't the inc record in hd it has the same camera ds the Eco

I have had the phone about a week or so. It does things I never would have imagined so far just one prob. I can not receive pix/flix messages and can't figure out why it says generic network failure got any ideas on how to get it where I can receive them. Also I still haven't found where to set up the screensaver hoping you could inform me how.