Should I get an Incredible, a Droid 2, or wait for the Droid X to ship?


Should I get an HTC Incredible, a Droid 2, or wait for the X to ship?

  1. HTC Droid Incredible

    28.6%
  2. Droid 2

    14.3%
  3. Have some friggin' patience and wait for the Droid X

    50.0%
  4. Other

    7.1%

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  1. Ni Dieu Ni Maitre

    Ni Dieu Ni Maitre Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm waiting on my refund check from school right now either way, so I'm stuck waiting for a little while yet regardless.

    Anyway, my conundrum is the following: I want a smartphone, but I don't want to wait forever for it. I really want the Droid X, but I'm also impatient, so I'm considering "settling" for an HTC Incredible or perhaps a Droid 2. I don't care about the keyboard or anything like that, and I doubt that I would use it that much (I'm much better at typing on my iPod Touch than I am on my cell phone, which has a physical QWERTY, so I assume the same will ring true for any of the three android phones).

    Last week, Verizon's website said that DXs were shipping by the 15th. I looked again today and the date was changed to the 21st. I don't know how long it will be until I get my refund check, but I doubt it will be much longer and I don't know if I have the patience to wait for a Droid X to ship, as much as I'd like to.

    Put yourself in my position: what would you do?

    Also, anyone know how much it costs to cancel and AT&T contract?
     

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  2. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra= VIP Member

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    I wish I could make a choice in that poll, however I'm in a similar quandry at the moment. ;)

    ..though leaning a bit toward the X, as I am. :D

    Unlike you, though, I have not ordered yet.
     
  3. Rota

    Rota Well-Known Member

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    I would get the Incredible simply because you can load custom ROMs on it. The Droid X is very nice, but if you plan to put any kind of case on it, it gets too big to comfortably carry around (and I carry a Glock 17!).
     
  4. ToeJamm

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    I have the Droid X. Love the huge screen! Carrying it is not a big deal. It is thin and slides into the pocket nicely. As mentioned above - if you want to hack it you may want to go with the Incredible.

    BTW - despite having a bigger screen than the Incredible the Droid X is rated to have a longer lasting battery.
     
  5. ionion

    ionion Active Member

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    just something to think on, i ordered my X on 9/4 and had it at my door on 9/8
     
  6. dtilman3

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    350.00 less 5.00 for each month of service.
     
  7. Ni Dieu Ni Maitre

    Ni Dieu Ni Maitre Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'll definitely keep that in mind. Did you order it from Verizon.com? Also, where are you from, if you don't mind my asking?
     
  8. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Well-Known Member

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    Refund check from school? How does that work?
     
  9. Rota

    Rota Well-Known Member

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    Extra money left over from scholarships/grants usually.
     
  10. daddyd302

    daddyd302 Well-Known Member

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    You'll have to call AT&T and ask about the ETF. Why not consider the Fascinate? It's faster then all three phones you mention.
     
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    Fixed :). But in your case, definitely not worth canceling the contract. Just return your phone and exchange it if you must...you have 30 days from the purchase date to do so.

    Personally I would either just wait or get the Captivate/Galaxy S.
     
  12. ionion

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    Ordered from verizon site. I think it would have been here sooner if it wasn't a holiday. On another note, navigating this site on my x is a little tricky. Is there a made for mobile version?

    Edit* S. California
     
  13. goldz28

    goldz28 Well-Known Member

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    They use to have tapatalk inabled on this site but it has some security issuse and they disabled it from what i hear.

    If you go to the bottom left corner of the screen you will see
    Phandroid Skin, click that and set it to AF Mobile and you should be good to go :thumb:
     
  14. turbosol16

    turbosol16 Well-Known Member

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    I would lean incredible because of you can load ROM's and I really love my N1 which the Dinc basically is but with sense. If you don't care about rooting the Fascinate has a nice processor but loaded with bloatware from Verizon. The new HTC Slider that just went through FCC testing looks like it is going to be good also, might be released before the Droid X ever comes back into stock. :)
     
  15. goldz28

    goldz28 Well-Known Member

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    I would wait and get the X, I love mine, you can root it and i'm sure developers will come up with more custom roms. I would not get a lesser phone just because you can load custom roms on it, just does not make sense to me. Be patient and get the better phone.
     
  16. J03

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    No front camera and Verizon has locked the phone down and blocked all google apps until froyo who's date is still tbd.
     
  17. Ni Dieu Ni Maitre

    Ni Dieu Ni Maitre Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'd rather not wait a full year to switch from AT&T to Verizon. AT&T sucks, and I would gladly switch.

    Actually what I was thinking is the following. My AT&T is on a family plan with my mom and grandparents. I'll be able to sign up with Verizon and have more than enough money to pay my monthly bill with them. I could just leave it up to my mom whether she wants to cancel my line or just continue paying the same bill every month until next year. I don't know how canceling my line would ultimately affect our phone bill as I think my number is the primary number associated with her account (I was the first to get an AT&T phone - then Cingular - and my mom merely added her line to mine).

    I don't think I explained that perfectly clearly, but if anyone could give some thoughts on the matter, that would be nice too.
     
  18. ballisticn8

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    i wouldnt get the droid x or the droid 2 simply due to the locked boot loader not allowing custom roms on them. i like the inc and i like the fascinate, inc for sure can be rooted and accepts custom roms, not sure about the fascinate being rooted yet but since it doesnt have a locked boot loader i'm sure its possible/has been done/will soon be done...

    one thing about the fascinate, super amoled... *drool*

    edit: fascinate has been rooted

    i know there are no hard release dates yet but htc merge has been seen and the htc scorpion although not seen in the wild has had some leaked spec sheets on it.

    the merge should be a verizon htc evo equivalent without 4g and the scorpion prob wont be released till november or later but its rumored to have a 1.2gig or faster processor and a 10 megapixel camera as well.

    i've had my upgrade available for a few months now but i just havent seen anything that makes me want to use it yet.
     
  19. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

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    The Droid X has custom ROMs, we have had them for a couple weeks now, and a lot more are in the works currently. Because MOTOs hardware is so much better than HTC you don't need a case to protect it IMHO. I have no problem carrying around my X and because it is so thin it doesn't actually feel as big as it is.
     
  20. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

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    Yes the Droid X does have custom ROMs, and yes the Fascinate has already been rooted. The 2 best choices are the X and the Fascinate, forget the other 2.
     
  21. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

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    Any google apps you want if they are not in the market I am sure there are plenty of people here, including myself that would be willing to rip an apk and pm it to you. It is ridiculous though that Verizon omitted those apps on a GOOGLE phone!
     
  22. ballisticn8

    ballisticn8 Well-Known Member

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    :rolleyes:

    just an fyi, a custom rom does not = fly x that was released by birdman nor does it equal themes laying on top of the stock UI. the boot loader is still locked down and the only release has been a lightly modified (mainly to remove some bloatware) but still stock moto ninjablur android os.

    is it possible that it will be cracked, yeah, anythings possible, but honestly speaking it hasnt happened yet and there are no true custom roms out there for the droid x yet. when you can drop cyanogen, ultimate droid, bugless beast, liquid frozen yogurt, or even just a simple vanilla non blur os onto the droid x then you have a custom rom.

    dont get me wrong, i really like the droid x but moto's decision to start locking everything down with the efuse boot loader turned me away from getting it. the hardware is awesome, build quality is great too the thing is a beast, but until the boot loader has been cracked the droid x will not truly have a custom rom because it wont boot them up.

    edit: even the 2.2 leaked rom was pulled from a developers phone, its not custom either... ;)

    edit 2: i guess on some level we can differ on opinions of custom roms... with the locked bootloader unless someone gets a developer leak of a new OS you wont get the OS update until one is released by moto. I was running Froyo on my Droid, what, 6 months or so before it was released officially?!? If Moto decides to stop supporting updated for the droid x and the droid 2 you wont get any. Custom rom means community support, thats why even the G1 is getting custom rom updates that allow it to run newer OS's.

    to put it bluntly:

     
  23. Ni Dieu Ni Maitre

    Ni Dieu Ni Maitre Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Look, guys, I'm not really too concerned with custom ROMs. All I really want to be able to do, outside of standard smartphone functions, is root the thing and get read of bloatware (Need for Speed demo, for example).
     
  24. pr0t0

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    I happen to have both the Incredible and the DX in my possession at this very moment. Why? The VZW rep assured me they could push Android 2.2 to me, which of course is not true. Since I'm a corp user, the security in 2.2 is essential. So after only two days of playing, I had them ship an Incredible to me and I've been using it for a couple of hours.

    My initial thoughts after very limited use of both are the following:

    The power adapter for the X is poorly designed. It's sideways such that it takes up two slots on a power strip. Good for wall outlets, bad for power strips. The Incredible did this better by elongating the piece vertically...good under both scenarios.

    The micro-usb connector on the incredible looks flimsy and prone to break. I've seen this in earlier Blackberries (8830), and it's only a matter of time. The X is better.

    The screen real estate on the X is amazing. I mean, really really amazing. After using the HTC for a few hours, I already miss the X.

    That said, the keyboard on the X in landscape mode is almost too big. It's a little difficult to thumb-text. You almost want to lay it flat and type on it like a regular keyboard!

    Both advertise 720p recording. That is perhaps technically true, but the size of the CCD is so small, don't expect actual HD. It's not bad though. Better than any other phone cam I've seen. This is true of both phones. The X has a 30-minute limit video recording, but you can start again. I was able to record all three 20-minute sets of my daughter's volleyball match as three separate files with loads of room to spare on my 16GB SDHC. (they won too, she's awesome!)

    I'm kind of "meh" about the HDMI out. It's only for videos. You can't hook up the phone to a monitor and display the phone's screen which would have been awesome for training, or sharing a document in a presentation. The video transport buttons (play, pause, rr, ff, etc.) for the HDMI out completely suck too. There's no way to time-shift to a particular spot on the video. Like at 4:58 when my daughter gets a monster kill...you have to skip 30 sec-by-30 sec until you get there. Want the lobby scene in the Matrix? You'll die of old age getting there.

    As far as GUIs go, I've heard that HTC Sense is immensely better than MotoBlur. I would disagree with that. I feel they are roughly the same, both with things done well and with shortcomings. I'd say Sense is a little more polished. Looking at the Car Panel / Car Dock application for both: Sense has nice icons and Blur is pretty feeble. But then again, the app doesn't rotate Horz in Sense, but does in Blur. In fact, I think the vehicle hardware implementation for the X is much better than the HTC.

    I don't have a good sense of battery life for either device yet, except to say that both offer a lot of power-hungry eye candy that you'll want to play with.

    Another thing about the battery on the X. I did something that in hindsight was kind of dumb and obvious, however I've read on the forums that I'm not the only one. Your pulling off all the plastic clings off of the X when you first get it, and in the battery bay (battery is not in place) is a black sticker that says "Pull"...so you do. Don't do that. It's for pulling the battery out because the geniuses at Moto couldn't figure out how to get the battery out any other way. I'd bet this is mostly tripping up Blackberry users who are used to seeing such a kludge.

    Neither anywhere close to being as good as the BB when it comes to sound profiles. This is of course an OS thing not a hardware thing. The BB for example lets you specify that you don't want to bothered by anyone (no audible or vibrate notifications) unless it's one of the following people. There's probably an app I can get, but I haven't had the chance to look.

    I keep looking the HTC trying to come up with more thoughts, but I should have left the office 20 minutes ago. I'm sure I had other complaints and praise.

    Having said all of the above. I liked the X. If Motorola releases 2.2 before my evaluation period is over in 3 weeks, I'm sending the HTC back (hear that moto?). The Moto rep told me late-Sept/early-Oct. I've heard there are some problems with the Exchange integration and Active Sync. I don't know why it would be different for the DroidX vs. the Droid2.

    This may not apply to you, but for others who are reading...I'm finding it a little difficult to separate Contacts and Calendar information between Exchange and GMail in the Android OS. In fact, that's why I came to this forum. Any advice would be helpful. (Sorry to hijack the thread).
     
  25. goldz28

    goldz28 Well-Known Member

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    You can root the X, I've already done it.
     

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