If you've been trying to get your hands on the HTC Droid Incredible ever since it launched and you didn't reserve one in a preorder, you may have had some trouble finding one in stock. In fact, even some later preorders have not been filled yet.
It looks like the Unrevoked team, the same one that brought you the one-click EVO root, has been playing around with some race conditions apparently present during the Incredibles' boot process, which allowed them to slowly and painfully root a couple of their phones.
The process is currently very manual and requires a lot of patience and careful timing but the Unrevoked team is not giving up, hoping to come up with a reliable method as soon as possible (they've been at it all day today).
Wow, what a day. First, Wirefly.com announced a special price that was cheaper than Verizon's or Best Buy's, and now Amazon.com one-upped them and is currently offering the HTC Droid Incredible at $99!
That's $100 cheaper than VZW.com (which is currently sold out) or Best Buy, and comes with a FREE 2-day shipping when purchased with a service plan.
Moreover, Amazon traditionally doesn't charge any tax in most states. We are not sure whether they do on the phones or not so if someone could clarify that in the comments, it would be great.
Only a day after @PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com, defeated HTC's new protection techniques and successfully rooted HTC Desire, he strikes again with a successful root of HTC Legend, using pretty much the same methods.
The hack is coming ASAP but for now we can all admire the following beauty in tweet form:
Update: a new tweet from Paul:
Update: full instructions now available!
Of course, we will update you when the details of the root become public.
In this video, Wirefly compares the new HTC Droid Incredible (which you can get here for a better price than your Verizon store) to the Motorola Droid in a series they like to call "Schmackdown" (we won't even mention the cheesiness of the name here).
Here are the highlights from the video that I annotated in my favorite bullet point format:
- Comparable size-wise
- Motorola Droid is thicker and heavier
- Motorola Droid has a physical keyboard while the Incredible doesn't
- Both have a virtual keyboard
- Speech-to-text on both phones
- Both have a dual LED flash
- 1GHz and 512MB RAM on the Incredible and 550MHz and 256MB RAM on the Moto Droid
- The Incredible has an 8MP camera vs Motorola Droid's 5MP
- No MicroSD preinstalled on the Incredible, though it comes with an 8GB internal storage while the Motorola Droid comes with a 16GB MicroSD card
- Same buttons on the outside of the phones but the Incredible has a trackpad on the front while the Motorola Droid has it on the inside
- Both have a 3.7" display but the Incredible has a 480x800 px resolution while the Motorola Droid has 480x854 px
- Droid Incredible has an AMOLED display
- Battery life on the Incredible is not as good as the Motorola Droid
- Both are running Android 2.1
- Incredible has HTC Sense (with additional apps and widgets) on top of Android while the Motorola Droid has vanilla Android 2.1
- Incredible has Scenes which are like presets for your home screens while the Moto Droid doesn't have this feature
- Incredible has some Flash support while the Moto Droid doesn't (though full Flash 10.1 support is going to come with Android 2.2)
- Incredible seems to have a faster browser, probably due to hardware (both are on Verizon data network)
The video follows:
So, who wins?
Update: VZW.com is currently sold out of the Incredible but you can still get it from Wirefly.
Buy It With A Discount
Starting immediately, Wirefly.com, one of the biggest online mobile phone retailers, is opening up the sale of the HTC Droid Incredible for a low, low price of … well, unfortunately we can't tell you due to certain restrictions but here what we can tell you:
HTC Desire didn't last long - it was rooted (see here for an explanation and benefits of having your Android phone rooted) today by @PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com - a forum dedicated to rooting and customizing mobile devices, similar to xda-developers.com.
Paul, who had claimed he was confident he could root the Desire earlier this month, was away for about 2 weeks. His return today was accompanied by the following photo, clearly showing a program called Superuser Permissions present on his Desire:
While the root method is currently not yet available, Paul promised to post it by tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28th.
This video shot at Wirefly.com's headquarters, however, shows a 14 minute walkthrough by a man by the name of Manny who knows how to showcase the phone best. Why? Because he actually works for HTC and tells the story the way HTC itself wanted you to hear it.
In the video, Manny doesn't just jump around all over the place but instead starts the way a completely new customer would - by logging in.
The first one, posted by Verizon's official Youtube account, is an official and professionally shot product review going into all aspects of the Incredible:
The second video, shot by Wirefly, shows what happens when you hook up the Incredible to the TV with the included TV-out port.
The Incredible review units have been arriving to some of the big sites in the past week, and the embargo is now off. Here I've assembled a collection of the best available review posts and videos, so that you can get the full Incredible experience before committing to a pre-order.
The general consensus is: it's an amazing device, better than anything available in the US right now (Motorola Droid, Nexus One, etc) and yes, you should go get it.