HTC DROID Incredible 2 Review Pt. 1&2

Aaron from phonedog takes an in-depth look at Verizon’s HTC DROID Incredible 2, the successor to last year’s popular HTC DROID Incredible. Sporting a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel camera, and Android 2.2, it ups the ante by offering a 4-inch Super LCD, global roaming capabilities, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a new version of HTC’s Sense UI. All in all, it’s an excellent improvement to the original, and can be had at Verizon for $199.99 with a two-year agreement.

It’s still a high-end phone, but is it worth buying, considering the 4G LTE smartphones that are on the market? We’ll think it through.

Verizon doc suggests BlackBerry PlayBook, HTC Trophy and Xperia Play ‘coming soon’, prices LTE tablet data and intros 4G netbooks

What happened to the HTC Trophy, long overdue on Verizon 3G? How about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, mysteriously missing a Verizon release date long before Japan’s catastrophe? Will Verizon commit to carrying the BlackBerry PlayBook this year? Just how much will LTE data cost for the Xoom and its tablet friends?

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Unboxing Videos of the Verizon HTC Incredible 2, Casio G’zOne Commando and the Samsung Droid Charge

On Tuesday I told you about three phones that Verizon Wireless was launching today: The HTC Incredible 2, The Casio G’zOne Commando and The Samsung Droid Charge. Here are the unboxing videos from Aaron at phonedog.com. Just as an FYI, these might be the last unboxing videos I post. I have nothing against Aaron’s videos. In fact, I think they are excellent and until I can make a deal to get the phones myself I will still repost his. I just think that the announcement story, unboxing video and review video just is getting redundant. So why am I reposting these you ask? Well, these are 3 very unique and highly anticipated releases so I thought it would be nice to get a first look at each. Please enjoy. Thank you Aaron.-Bill

Update: As of the posting of this article, Verizon has announced that the Droid Charge release is being delayed. It probably had something to do with the LTE system outage and the fact that the phone could not be activated. I am hoping that since the Verizon LTE network is back up and running they will announce the Charge for release within the next few days. I will keep you posted.

“Can you see me now?” Not anymore.

The spokesman for Verizon Wireless since 2002 Paul Marcarelli (yes he does have a real name) will no longer be saying his famous saying anymore. Verizon has decided that it will be going in a different direction in its ad campaigns. The “Test” man was named by entertainment Weekly as one of the most intriguing people in 2002. During his tenure he was also named the most recognizable spokesman in America. When he was first brought on Verizon was trying to make consumers understand how important the network was over pricing plans and “free” phones. Well, I think he accomplished that task. Verizon is easily known as having the strongest network and consistently stayed number one or two in customer activations during Paul’s as reign. Recently, based on the tales he recounted to The Atlantic, leaving the role may be a good thing. Paul once heard someone say “Can you hear me now?” at his grandmother’s funeral — as her body was being lowered into the grave. Yup, it’s time for a role change.

Verizon adds $50 unlimited prepaid plan

Verizon Wireless planted a bigger flag in prepaid this week with the announcement of its new “Verizon Unleashed” plans. Though only available in Southern California and most of Florida for the time being, the plans offers unlimited services for $50 per month.

Verizon Unleashed will offer subscribers unlimited calling minutes regardless of time of day, unlimited calls to other Verizon subscribers, unlimited domestic messaging, and unlimited messaging to select carriers in Canada and Mexico. Unlimited mobile Web is a feature as well, though the plan is not available on handsets that have full HTML browsers.
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The Next Generation Of Incredible: DROID Incredible 2 By HTC Delivers Style And Performance To Verizon Wireless

So the much anticipated Droid Incredible 2 is coming to Verizon this Thursday for $199.99 with 2 year contract and voice and data plans. So what does the Incredible 2 offer over the original:

*4″ screen vs. 3.7″ screen
*Front facing camera
*”Upgraded” 1GHz processor
*World Phone (runs both CDMA and GSM)

Check out the full press release:

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced that DROID Incredible 2 by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, will be available beginning April 28 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

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Verizon Wireless and Casio Introduce the CASIO G’zOne Commando First Ruggedized Android Smartphone for Verizon Wireless

For all you construction, warehouse, dock, transportation, etc. workers who have been saying “I want a smartphone but I am afraid of breaking it” your day has come. Casio has added to it’s “rugged” line up with the G’zOne Commando for $199.99 with 2 year contract and voice/data plan. The first rugged Android Smartphone for Verizon. As many of you know Casio has been offering some of the best rugged phones through Verizon for years. The only feature not offered is push-to-talk (not sure it is even needed for the applications this phone will be used for). It does include what is called Lifestyle features like an earth compass, thermometer, a trip memory and more specifically designed for the marriage of rugged and smartphone. Check out the full press release for all the specs and features.
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How to root Droid Incredible with unrevoked

Here is a great video from one of my faithful on how to “root” your Droid Incredible. Thanks Justoeasy (please check out his page).

It’s Got a Name and Date, The Samsung Droid Charge Coming to Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network on April 28th.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this past January, I was privileged to get an individual demonstration of the 4 new LTE phones Verizon was bringing to the market. The HTC Thunderbolt (released last month), The LG Revolution (release soon), The Motorola Bionic (maybe this summer) and the Samsung 4G. Well not only does the Samsung finally have a real name, The Droid Charge (hopefully not because it always has to be charged), it also has a release date April 28th. A little pricey at $299.99 (especially since it has a single core as opposed to a dual core processor) but that is inline with the iPhone 4. On the good side, Verizon is still offering the unlimited data for $29.99 and free HotSpot access for a limited time. Check out all the specs and goodies in the official press release below including a chance to win a Droid Charge for yourself:

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Verizon flips the 4G LTE switch in a handful of new markets

Earlier today, Verizon teased that they’d be expanding their 4G LTE coverage to “a mess of new cities and towns” on the 21st. Apparently Big Red couldn’t wait to share exactly which areas would be getting in on the high-speed love, as they just announced several new LTE markets:
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