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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by PetiePal, May 17, 2010.

  1. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    So through a stroke of luck an old college buddy works for VZW and was able to get me a free Incredible. I currently have the Droid, which I love, although I've been considering swapping my phone.

    When they root the Incredible, (which is only a matter of time!) I may be interested on putting just stock Android on the phone instead of Sense. I've got a Motorola Droid and I'm really having trouble liking Sense UI, just not for me.

    Think it'll happen?

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  2. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Well-Known Member

    Enough interest in the phone that it will be rooted. Just a matter of when. Check XDA forums...
  3. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    What I'm really interested in is if they'll put stock Android OS (like Droid or Nexus 1 2.1) on there.

    I can't stand the Sense keyboard and after a week and a half still haven't gotten used to it ;L
  4. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Well-Known Member

    You can replace the keyboard. Mine is Swype.
  5. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Dislike Swype, I want a plain Android keyboard on their like Droid, Nexus One etc. It's too bad you can't turn Sense UI "off" or components of it you don't want.
  6. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    I wouldn't expect another version to be ported over and work well for sometime after its rooted. You will however have access to roms that have less in them and possibly even have senseui removed, but thats just speculation. Its been rumored that htc integrated the senseui alot more so in this version than it has in previous versions so who knows that will happen with that.
  7. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    If you got it for free, why not sell it and get a nexus one? I mean if that is what you really want then whats keeping you from getting what you want?
  8. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I like the phone hardware, the form factor size etc. Don't want a trackball.

    I mean I'd probably be happy if I could get an apk that was just the stock keyboard. I've tried better buttons and swype. Does a stock apk keyboard exist?
  9. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Would it be feasible to just get the standard Moto Droid .apk for the keyboard and install it? Would you need root for this? I know keyboards like BetterKeyboard and Swype just have you install the apk?
  10. rezajune

    rezajune Member

    I totally feel you. Coming from MOTO Droid I thought I would like sense but can't stand it.
    Installed helix launcher and a bunch of other apps to make it feel and look like
    My MOTO Droid. I really miss the stock 2.1 android keyboard too.
  11. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    Their could be reasons for wanting root down the road, but main issues are already covered that were not on Droid and other devices:

    1. OC the CPU. Inc is already open to 1ghz and that gets hot and drains battery enough.

    2. App space. Inc has 748mb free emmc flash for apps and not even OS and stock app updates will mess with that, since the OS and stock apps are on the 512mb rom. Unlike other devices that have everything on the rom, Inc can get bigger updates and no displacement of the apps space.

    3. Tethering. Already covered with an app for USB, and wifi method again makes the device run hot.

    Only other main reason would be to get rid of Sense, or add another theme not possible (for whatever reason with stock).
  12. necosino

    necosino Android Expert

    Once rooted, we can just make a ROM without Sense UI in it :)
  13. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    I don't think making a custom rom for it will be that easy. You'll either need to port the nexus one rom and then make it work on the incredible or try to remove senseui from the stock rom, which may or may not be possible. In other android phones it was simply a matter of turning it off, but its integrated in the os this time (from what i've been told). I don't know what will happen once we do get root, but we'll see.
  14. jamor

    jamor Android Expert

    Isn't Sense UI what allows you to have 7 different home screens?

    What's not to like about that?
  15. justing1319

    justing1319 Newbie

    Sense UI actually has a lot of nice features to it however the dialer is just awful. I'd be happy to get the standard Android dialer to replace it.
  16. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    If the ERIS is capable of 5, (prob 7 with a replacement) and no lag lol I'm sure the Droid could have handled 5...and we know the Incredible can handle 7...doesn't need Sense to get there ;)
  17. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    Yeah that and it integrates some widgets as well. I don't see why folks don't like it, but some don't. I love it. You can remove the stock widgets and create your own layout. I just couldn't imagine only have 3 home screens of real estate.
  18. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    Where are you getting your figures from? The eris has 7 home screens, same as all other senseui equipped phones. The eris is notorious for dialer lag. I don't have any lag at all on the incredible.
  19. sylent101

    sylent101 Well-Known Member

    Yeah Im not a fan of sense UI the stock UI is much better to me it looks cool but its just not me I've installed helix I even have the nex theme clock installed with the Genie widget hopefully we can get a stock rom and someone can port over the dark edge theme ill be a happy camper if that happens
  20. zeke88

    zeke88 Well-Known Member

    i dont even see a different between stock and sense.......
  21. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Well-Known Member

    The exchange integration in the Sense UI is pretty critical for me.

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The HTC Droid Incredible release date was April 2010. Features and Specs include a 3.7" inch screen, 8MP camera, Snapdragon S1 processor, and 1300mAh battery.

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