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).
Only a day after @PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com, defeated HTC's new protection techniques and successfullyrooted HTC Desire, he strikes again with a successful root of HTC Legend, using pretty much the same methods.
Wirefly.com loves posting useful phone videos, and the latest one is no exception.
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:
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)
Guys, we have incredible news (didn't expect me to start this post so originally, did you?).
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:
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 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.