It's Incredible! New Droid on its way to Verizon

HTC's Droid Incredible has a better camera than Google's Nexus One, but is this an iPhone killer?

HTC Droid Incredible
Verizon's Droid Incredible by HTC.

HTC's Droid Incredible will hit Verizon Wireless on April 29 for $200 after rebate and a two-year contract, with online pre-orders starting on April 19.

The new Droid Incredible is a cousin of the Motorola Droid and the HTC Droid Eris, also on Verizon, but Incredible compares best to the HTC-built Nexus One, originally only sold via Google online and with service from T-Mobile USA, but coming soon to Sprint Nextel.

Incredible runs Android 2.1 with the newest version of HTC's Sense user interface, which offers users a seven-panel homescreen, meaning they can quickly navigate to any one of seven open applications or close one through a pinch called "Leap" on the homescreen.

Nexus One also runs Android 2.1, but has a 5-megapixel camera, compared with Incredible's 8-megapixel camera. Both have similar touchscreen displays, of 3.7 inches, WVGA AMOLED and 800x480 pixels.

Droid Incredible uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, a first for a Verizon phone, but also the same as the Nexus One.

In sum, Droid Incredible has a better camera, and a quicker-to-use interface than Nexus One, but also offers Verizon as the carrier. Those factors could matter to users weighing the next version of top-selling iPhone on OS 4.0, and whether the AT&T iPhone exclusive continues -- all unknowns.

Best Buy is reported to be planning to sell the phone pre-sale on April 18 for $200 without a need for a rebate.

Verizon requires a two year commitment to a Nationwide Talk plan at a minimum of $40 a month, plus a commitment to an e-mail and internet plan, for another minimum of $30.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at  @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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