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Why Android on the HTC Incredible Ruled in 2010

In 2010 my crap Windows 6.5 phone got upgrade to an HTC Incredible from Verizon and I couldn't be happier. Originally I was hoping to buy a Nexus One but then along came the Incredible. It had similar specs plus a better camera. Since then I've used the hell out of it and I've always been able to get it to do what I want it to. After rooting it I was able to make the wireless hotspot functionality work with Verizon caring. Shocking. Below are is a list of the apps that made the HTC Incredible RULE in 2010.

Gmail – I have both my personal Gmail and my Google Apps account (for Oliver Media) available from the Gmail app. As slimmed down versions of Gmail go, it RULES.

Google Voice – I love this app because it allows me to have one phone number. This phone number rings at my office, phone and Skype. The free SMS allow me to dump my SMS plan with Verizon saving ~$6/month. I also get crappy text transcribing of voicemails.

Foursquare – For some reason location-based social media makes the dopamine flow and chill the OCD. As of this writing I've built up quite the little empire of intersections and homes. Foursquare FTW.

TweetDeck – This app has had me since the BETA. As Twitter apps go this is my favorite. It's got an endless timeline and it's laggy like other Twitter clients I've used. I configured it to post to Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Buzz. Much love to TweetDeck.

Kindle App – The high resolution of the AMOLED has finally made reading on a phone an enjoyable experience. I can now read books on my Kindle and pick up where I left off whenever I have some time to kill. The WisperSync functionality makes it seemless.

Cardiotrainer – This app gets the credit for helping me lose 10 pounds this year. It tracks all my runs using GPS and encourages me to keep it up. There something about it that makes running into a game. It's seemless Facebook integration allows me to brag about running too.

Flybys – Ever wonder when the Internation Space Station is going to fly over? Probably not but this app will tell you. That's all I got. Space FTW.

Sirius/XM – I'm adicted to Opie and Anthony and this lets me listen to it with my headphones anywhere. Especially good because that show is NSFW. You need to have a subscription to XM.


I'm sorry, I just can't stop talking about this damn phone. Love it.

One-click ‘root’ for my Droid Incredible on Verizon

One of the cool things about having an Android phone is the ability to do what you want. Unfortunately the cellphone companies (in my case Verizon) do not allow this out-of-the-box requiring you to "root" your phone (jail-break in the iPhone universe). "Rooting" allows you to do things such as uninstall factory-installed crapware like Skype & Peep and freely use the wi-fi access point feature.

Unfortuately "rooting" your Android phone is dangerous and could brick your $600 phone. Fortunately the folks over at Unrevoked made this a one click process. All I did was uninstall HTC sync and install the HBOOT drivers from the unrevoked wiki instead of the stock HTC drivers. I also had to enable "USB Debugging" accessable via settings > applications > development. After running the Unrevoked package for the Incredible the phone rebooted a couple times, installed some stuff and was rooted in less than 10 minutes.

I tested the wifi access using Wifi Tether and connecting to my iPod Touch to the Incredible. I used wireless_tether_2_0_5-pre11.apk because it runs in Infrastructure mode instead of Ad-hoc mode. I was able to connect to the internet via iPod Touch converting it to an iPhone without the crappy phone part. I haven't tested it but I'm sure I could connect any other wifi enabled device to the internet via my Incredible.

If you intend to 'root' your phone beware and don't take my word for it. It worked for me but proceed at your own risk.


Impressions of a HTC Incredible Froyo Update

Android Froyo

I got impatient yesterday and manually downloaded and installed the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the HTC Incredible on Verizon Wireless. Since then I’ve been playing with the new features and I’m quite pleased. There have been numerous updates which add significant value to the Android platform on the spiritual successor to the Nexus One. The best part is I think my non-techie wife actually wants one.  Too bad we recently renewed her contract with a “feature phone” and she’s locked in for a several more months. Without further ado here’s the run-down of my opinion of the notable features.

720p HD Video…ON A PHONE

I shot a 15-second sample video during my evening commute. Moving at 55 mph the train made a good subject.

Performance Improvements and Web Standards

This feature is quite nice. Web browsing is much snappier. For a mobile browser the JavaScript and standards compliance are quite impressive. It scored an astonishing 93/100 on the Acid 3 test (considered the current benchmark for browser performance and standards compliance). Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 only scored a 12/100…so go figure. Switching between apps is much smoother too.

WiFi Hotspot

I was initially most excited about this feature. Unfortunately it requires you to purchase a Internet plan from Verizon for an additional $20/month. You could potentially avoid this by rooting your phone but Verizon may get wise to your scam and shut down your operation.

“Update All” option in the Android Market

Anyone who has an Android phone and has suffered through updating each app, INDIVIDUALLY, can appreciate this.

Flash 10.1

It works great, I watched some live.twit.tv on my phone just to be sure. I can sum it up with SUCK IT Steve Jobs.

Overall I’m very pleased with my HTC Incredible with Android 2.2. Thanks again Google and keep up the good work.