HTC Droid Incredible reaches the 'End of Life'; Droid Incredible 2 coming?
When launched, its 3.7 inch AMOLED screen was still considered big in size. The 1GHz Snapdragon processor was among the fastest available at the time and the 8MP camera captured 720p HD video. Right from the get go, the huge demand for the device forced Verizon to put the phone on back order. The demand was led by the nearly unanimous positive reviews from the cellphone media which created a huge buzz around the device.
Another reason why the device was so hard to find last year was a shortage in AMOLED screens. Samsung didn't produce enough of the display, not realizing what a success it would have with its own Galaxy S handset and its variants which included a different named version of the phone for each of the top 4 major U.S. carriers. The shortage of screens led to such a long delay in Droid Incredible production that many who ordered the phone were allowed by Verizon to change their order to the Motorola DROID X at no charge. When the phone returned, the AMOLED display was replaced by a Sony Super LCD screen as we reported.
Now, as Verizon prepares to bury the Droid Incredible, the HTC Droid Incredible 2 appears ready to take over. Spotted on the carrier's inventory system as we told you, the Droid Incredible 2 will be the Stateside version of the Droid Incredible S. A 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655-the same chip seen on the HTC ThunderBolt-is under the hood and the display is bumped up in size to a 4 inch WVGA, TFT screen. 768MB of RAM is on board along with an 8MP camera with dual Xenon flash. That is an improvement over the dual LCD flash seen on the original model.
So as we say goodbye to the HTC Droid Incredible, we find ourselves wishing that we could have known this phone much better than we did, but the combination of strong demand and a parts shortage prevented the handset from getting the accolades it should have received. Now it is up to the HTC Droid Incredible 2 to keep the tradition alive.
Last year, a leaked Verizon document showed that the HTC Droid Incredible would reach its EOL on March 31st 2011
1. E (unregistered)
The Droid Incredible is already showing up as Retired in the VZW Equipment Guide.
2. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
About damn time! Many retailers have essentially been giving these away for the past 6 months. Some (like Dell) were even offering to pay you (through rebates) to clear out the inventory. Apparently someone in marketing and sales expected demand to stay considerably higher for a longer duration than what actually occurred. Not that the Incredible is not a slick phone, but with other phones that have been introduced in the past 6 months and the launch of LTE, the phone no longer has any edge.
3. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Just kinda brings to light one more time how short of a shelf life "premium" phones have. This time next year, these phones we are excited about and are ready to pounce on will seem so tame. The owners of the Evo on Sprint are already getting excited about an Evo 2, and it was released in November. 2 year agreements for these phones seem way unrealistic, despite the initial loss carriers take on the devices.
5. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Actually, the EVO was released in June, but your point is well taken.
4. AAABall (unregistered)
Its still better than some of the crap that has come out in recent months. If you are going to pay for the premium data plan, get a good phone! At this point, with LTE far away for many, getting a quality 3G phone now while Verizon irons out the 4G bugs is a smart idea.
7. derp (unregistered)
This is faaaaar from a good phone.
10. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)
why? did he hurt your feelings? try growing a pair.
11. grags (unregistered)
can't take an opinion that's not your own?
12. roldefol (Posts: 3085; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Well, it would be preferable if people justified their opinion instead of just saying "this phone sucks" and running away, but you can't have everything.