So why should you order online instead of buying it in a store where you can pick it up right away on the release date of April 29th?
Well, first of all, this monster of a phone which sports a blazing 1GHz Snapdragon processor and an 8MP camera, will cost you $299 and come with a $100 mail-in (this mail-in crap should die already - this is 2010 last time I checked) rebate in the store.
It is official - as of today you can guarantee that a brand new shiny HTC Incredible will find a new home in your pocket on launch date - April 29th.
Incredible is regularly priced at $299 with a $100 mail-in rebate but if you head over to your local Best Buy store and preorder it, you will only have to pay $199 (+tax) out of pocket, $50 of which is due at the time of your visit.
There are no mail-in rebates to worry about when you deal with Best Buy, however, which is exactly why I got my HTC Hero there last October and will do it again with my next phone.
If HTC's various members of the One family seem a little cold and lifeless to you, you'll appreciate the new Desire 820. This decidedly mid-range device uses a variety of color schemes on its polycarbonate shell, adding a bit of style to the company's standard unibody dual-speaker layout. The result is a look that blends the HTC One M8 and, oddly, the iPhone 5c. Check out those two-tone accents on some models.
Inside the Desire 820, you'll find the first application of the Snapdragon 615, Qualcomm's middle-of-the-road 64-bit processor. HTC isn't saying what the clock speed is, but the standard implementation is an octa-core 1.8Ghz chip paired to an Adreno 405 GPU.
When you're a big-shot investor in a major tech firm - or just happen to have enough shares and time to waste to get into the annual shareholders meeting - you have every right to expect free stuff at said firm's annual shareholders meeting.
At least, that's what a substantial number of attendees at HTC's yearly stock-person get-together thing expected. In fact, many of them decided to use their question time at the meeting to express their expectations, and the fact that said expectations had not been met, and seriously, what the hell man, you totally gave out free phones to everybody last year, what gives you jerks?
It's been nearly 2 years since the Incredible name last graced a Verizon phone (albeit a crappy one), and while the name doesn't seem to be making a comeback, the philosophy might, in the form of the HTC One Remix.
HTC and Verizon have a long and storied history of branded handset partnerships, and the Remix looks to be a very slight twist on the One Mini 2, the HTC One M8's down-market counterpart. In fact, aside from some Verizon logos gratuitously splattered across both sides of the phone, it's hard to say what, if anything (aside from bloat) will make the Remix any different from the One Mini 2.
Do you want most of the HTC One's features in a device that's not quite as expensive? Then meet the One (E8), HTC's newest smartphone. Between the plastic (oops, sorry, "polycarbonate") body and a separate model with dual SIM card slots, it's clear that this handset is aimed at developing markets. The announcement post for the phone doesn't mention a specific date or price, but my money's on "soon" and "upper mid-range."
First of all, the E8's screen is 5" and 1080p, the same as the One M8. The processor (Snapdragon 801) and RAM (2GB) are also holdovers from the flagship model.
HTC took the wraps off the previously leaked One Mini 2 today (stylized as One mini 2), revealing a device that is slightly smaller than its older sibling and substantially more out of shape. With only a Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM, it won't move around pixels nearly as quickly as the device it takes inspiration from. At least with its 4.5-inch 720p display, it won't need to crank out as many, though it's still a stretch to think of a phone this size as small.
Yet like anyone with an inferiority complex, the One Mini 2 compensates however it can.
The DROID Incredible 4G LTE came out in 2012, and it hasn't received an OTA since that year. The phone was less-than-stellar at the time, and since its hardware was worse than its software, an update can't do much to turn it into a better device. That said, if you already own this quirky handset, be on the lookout for a notification bringing with it a handful of enhancements, such as ISIS Wallet support, reduced power cycling, and some security patches. The software version is 2.19.605.2 710RD.
And while we're talking about aging handsets that we wouldn't expect much in the way of continued support for, Verizon is also rolling out an update for the Casio G'zOne Commando.
The week is just getting started, but HTC is dropping new devices like it's going out of style. No, it's not that rumored One Max we've been hearing about. The company is breathing new life into the Desire brand with the mid-range Desire 601 and the entry-level Desire 300. HTC is also announcing a Bluetooth subwoofer accessory for BoomSound devices and a new "Vivid Blue" HTC One.