android, mobile tech

incredibly purdy

Maybe only a tech geek would refer to a phone as pretty or sexy, but the HTC … ahem … I mean Droid Incred­i­ble announced today for Ver­i­zon Wire­less is def­i­nitely one good lookin’ piece of mobile goodness.

For a num­ber of peo­ple wait­ing on the Google Nexus One to debut on Ver­i­zon, the Incred­i­ble throws a seri­ous wrench into the mix. In many ways, the Incred­i­ble has more fea­tures packed into it than the Nexus One.

Here is the offi­cial press release from Ver­i­zon, which lists some of the excit­ing fea­tures. 

It’s a Droid, It’s Incred­i­ble, It’s on the Nation’s LARGEST And Most Reli­able 3G Net­work DROID Incred­i­ble™ by HTC Com­bines Power of Android™, Usabil­ity of HTC Sense™, Exclu­sively from Ver­i­zon Wireless

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and NEW YORK – Ver­i­zon Wire­less today announced DROID Incred­i­ble by HTC, the newest Android device on the nation’s most reli­able wire­less 3G net­work, will be avail­able begin­ning April 29. Fea­tur­ing a “topo­graphic” design that demon­strates the pow­er­ful engi­neer­ing just beneath the sur­face, DROID Incred­i­ble by HTC is designed with crafts­man­ship and pre­ci­sion while mak­ing it eas­ier than ever to stay con­nected. DROID Incred­i­ble by HTC fea­tures the newest ver­sion of the HTC Sense expe­ri­ence, a seven-panel home screen with a wide selec­tion of inter­ac­tive wid­gets so the most impor­tant con­tent is imme­di­ately avail­able at a touch.

Cus­tomers will enjoy seam­less inte­gra­tion with Exchange ActiveSync®, quick and easy access to Flickr for shar­ing and view­ing pic­tures, video, and Android Mar­ket™ with more than 30,000 Google appli­ca­tions. DROID Incred­i­ble by HTC is the first Ver­i­zon Wire­less phone that takes advan­tage of Qualcomm’s 1GHz super­fast Snap­dragon proces­sor, and it’s the first avail­able phone from Ver­i­zon Wire­less to include an 8 megapixel camera.

Shortly after the phone becomes avail­able, cus­tomers will be able to enjoy two of the lat­est exclu­sive apps from Ver­i­zon Wire­less – NFL Mobile and Skype mobile™.
Addi­tional Key features:

* Android 2.1 with HTC Sense experience
* 1GHz Qual­comm Snap­dragon™ proces­sor for max­i­mum responsiveness
* Friend Stream for uni­fied Flickr, Face­book and Twit­ter updates
* “Leap” view for quick access to all seven home screen panels
* 8 megapixel cam­era with dual LED flash for crisp, detailed images
* Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capac­i­tive touch display
* Opti­cal joy­stick for smooth navigation
* Ded­i­cated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search keys
* Prox­im­ity sen­sor, light sen­sor and dig­i­tal compass
* Inte­grated GPS
* Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
* 3.5 mm head­set jack

Price and availability:

* DROID Incred­i­ble will be avail­able for pre-order online at begin­ning on April 19 and it will be in Ver­i­zon Wire­less Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Stores on April 29. Pric­ing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year cus­tomer agree­ment. Cus­tomers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, cus­tomers may use the card as cash any­where debit cards are accepted.
* DROID Incred­i­ble cus­tomers will need to sub­scribe to a Ver­i­zon Wire­less Nation­wide Talk and an Email and Web for Smart­phone plan. Nation­wide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smart­phone plans start at $29.99 for unlim­ited monthly access.
* For addi­tional infor­ma­tion on Ver­i­zon Wire­less prod­ucts and ser­vices, visit a Ver­i­zon Wire­less Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Store, call 1–800-2 JOIN IN or go to
As you can see, the phone will retail for $199 (after a $100 rebate) with a two-year con­tract, or $599 unlocked. Don’t for­get you’ll have to add a $30 data plan if you intend to get this phone.
Pre-sale for the Droid Incred­i­ble starts this com­ing Mon­day, April 19. Click here if you want to sign up for infor­ma­tion about the pre-sale.

In case you’re won­der­ing, I think yours truly will be fork­ing over two bills on April 19 and be up early on April 29 (my annivesary) to retrieve this beauty.


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