By Harry McCracken | Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 10:43 am
There’s the Droid. And the Droid Eris. And now there’s the Droid Incredible, a new Verizon Wireless Android-based handset made by HTC. It’s got a 1-GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.7″ OLED display, an 8MP camera, and Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense user interface. The Incredible is $199 after $100 rebate with two-year contract–just like the Droid was when it shipped last November. (Actually, the Droid is still officially $199, but for most of its life Verizon has had 2-for-1 deals and other incentives–and other sellers have had the phone for as little as $50.)
As long as you don’t want a physical keyboard, the Incredible is clearly the new flagship of the Droid line. And, on paper at least, maybe the Android handset to beat for the time being–although new Android phones arrive so quickly that it could well lose that honor shortly after it ships on April 29th.
The Bay Area, incidentally, is still rife with “Droid Does” billboards–although the new ones focus on apps, so the message is presumably less that the Droid trumps the iPhone than that it’s not completely uncompetitive. The fact that there’s a plain-old Droid as well as an Eris and an Incredible is kind of confusing–I assume that future advertising extravaganzas are more likely to focus on the sexy Incredible than the aging–hey, it’s been out for five months!–Droid.