As if the EVO and Incredible weren’t already great phones, it turns out both are capable of 802.11n.
An FCC filing by HTC was posted a few days ago, revealing that the Droid Incredible packs a chip that supports 802.11n, though currently not supported by the OS itself. Speculation around the interwebs is that it means such support will be added in a future update from HTC. I’m slightly less convinced of this than the rest of the blogger-army, but more on that in a minute. Regardless, the Android-hacking community already came up with a way to enable 802.11n on the Incredible.
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).
The team offered a screenshot of one of their Incredibles documenting the result of the rooting procedure, showing the su binary written to /system/bin/su.
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. If there is no tax, this deal is SWEEEEEET!
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:
If you were waiting for the Nexus One to hit Verizon anytime soon, the bad news is that you can wave goodbye to that ever happening as Google updated their phone sales website today, and the Verizon Nexus One is officially off the list.
The good news, however, is that instead of the N1, Google recommends you buy the Droid Incredible, calling it ‘a powerful Android phone and similarly feature-packed cousin of the Nexus One.’
Shortly after the changes were made to the site, the Boy Genius Report published a statement by Google that read
We won’t be selling a Nexus One with Verizon, and this is a reflection of the amazing innovation happening across the open Android ecosystem.
The date 4/20 is usually associated with things of mellow nature, and apparently some of Verizon’s employees or the shipping system itself seems to have been affected by it - a few lucky people who pre-ordered their HTC Incredibles got notices saying it would be delivered 4/20, and sure enough there are reports of these units being received.
What Is Going On?
It is a bit confusing as to what is actually happening right now in regards to the HTC Incredible. While some people put in their preorder and the actual release date is not until the 29th of April, they received order confirmations stating they would be receiving their new phones on either 4/20 or 4/21.
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. He then goes over the features that clearly set Android, and the Incredible specifically, apart from the competition, like showing how your favorite contacts are automatically populated from Google contacts and easily changing the wallpaper to a live one.