Google won't sell Nexus One to Verizon customers; suggests buying Droid Incredible instead

Google won't sell Nexus One to Verizon customers; suggests buying Droid Incredible instead
With both phones practically the same, Google has decided that selling the Nexus One to Verizon customers would be a waste of time and effort and is telling Big Red's customers to go ahead and order the HTC Droid Incredible instead. On Google's Nexus One blog, it says, "In the U.S., if you've been waiting for the Nexus One on Verizon Wireless' network, head over to to pre-order the Droid Incredible." Both the N-One and the Incredible have similar features although the latter device has the edge when it comes to specs with an 8MP camera vs. 5MP for the Nexus One. A newly discovered difference involves the use of newer and better technology for multitouch sensors on the Droid Incredible vs. older sensors that are deployed on the N-One. The latter uses a positively medieval trackball while the former uses an optical track pad. The HTC Droid Incredible can be pre-ordered through Verizon with an April 29th launch date. The phone will set you back $199.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and of course, your signature on a 2 year contract.  As we told you last week, some lucky buyers have received their handset early.

HTC Droid Incredible Specifications | Review
HTC Nexus One Specifications | Review

source: Google, SeattlePi



1. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

The N1 was a great learning experience for Google, but it didn't make sense for them to compete with the HTC Incredible.

10. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Compete? The N1 is made by HTC. I don't think that's exactly competing.

14. iheartblueberry

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

Your a moron. You shouldn't be allowed to reproduce.

19. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

I think he meant cannibalize...Google didn't want the N1 or Incredible to cannibalize each other considering they are both made by HTC with Google Android OS. It definitely makes sense from a business and sales perspective.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Could the reason be that the N1 has a drop call issue for them to not sell it, since the hardware has a flaw and doesnt hold calls.

5. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Pretty much, and the GSM version had 3G issues too. I could see the N1 being a mistake in the making. The N1 was all flashy and sparkle but couldn't deliver, in other words looked good on paper but sucked in real life. The Incredible is the better choice from what I can tell. If I didn't already have the Motorola DROID then I'd probably get the Incredible too. The only thing I worry about the Incredible is the reception. I think they did a review of the Incredible and said the reception was weak compared to the DROID. We'll see when it comes out.

3. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009


4. mrbill

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

You can put any spin on it you want, but I believe the truth is that it's Verizon that shot down the Nexus One not GOOGLE shooting down Verizon. The Nexus One has way too many issues for Verizon and the fact that they have stopped supporting the main 3G issue was all Verizon needed to slam the door in GOOGLE's face!

6. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Either that or Google pulled the Nexus One because they thought Verizon would loose faith in their products. The Nexus One was a nice try but it's time to move on to better products.

7. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

you are correct as far as I am concerned. Can't wait for next I Phone.

15. iheartblueberry

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

This isn't an iPhone topic idiot. Go compare specs.

18. Gawain

Posts: 448; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

My $.02, I think VZW didn't want a third party involved in their very lucrative partnership with HTC. I think that in Google announcing its intent to partner with Verizon at the beginning was done without actually having made any inroads on the issue. VZW has tightened agreements with MicroSoft (Bing, KIN 1/2), and this leaves its equipment makers to manage the OS builds with the carrier (RIM being an exception).

8. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

So since the N1 was originally planned to be released on Verizon, did they ever start building CDMA versions of the phones? I'm assuming since the phone was supposed to be release in the near future that they started making some in the factories. Did they just scrap this since the Incredible is coming out?

9. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

This is the most likely case. HTC builds both and the 3G issues on the GSM Nexus are more than likely an antenna issue, easy fixed in new production phones like a CDMA version. The incredible is better than nexus and costs less, it just makes sense to avoid the added costs of launching a product variant.

11. trentin23

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 23, 2010

Does anybody know if this means that the Nexus 2, better known as the Motorola Shadow, is coming soon??? I've been waiting on an update about that phone since January.

22. spk

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

why would it be referred to as Nexus 2 if it's made by Motorola not HTC? Just curious...

12. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

the incredible lives up to its name...wait til you get this in your hand...just purely outstanding device

23. spk

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

I second this. It truly is the most impressive phone i've ever used.

13. iheartblueberry

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

i am posting using my droid incredible. it truly kicks the nexus one's ass. it's an amazingly beautiful phone.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Well I'll just patiently wait for the EVO....The phone that iPhone wants to be when it grows up!

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Didn't see this one coming? Under a rock > born yesterday.

20. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

Spec wise this phone is just about perfect but where are all the snapdragon qwerty phones!? I supose its too soon for a Droid 2

21. Homotechual

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 27, 2009

I love how people are sitting here and saying how the Nexus sucks because of all the ISSUES. Yet, not one person here actually OWNS the phone? Hmmmmm I'v had my Nexus since day one and it's worked flawlessly since day one. No 3G issues, no multi-touch issues...ect and now that it's rooted it's an even better phone. The Incredible is a good phone now, but we'll see who gets the first update of Froyo. I bet you I'll be running Android 3.0 on my Nexus by the time The Incredible or any other Android device with Sense, Blur, Touchwiz gets an update. I played with the Droid Eris and Hero and let me tell ya Sense on a Android phone is a battery eater for sure. Nexus w/Stock Android FTW :)

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