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Greetings OCN.

I was thinking about ditching my crappy LG Cosmos for a smartphone. (Yes, the time has come.)

Currently, I'm on Verizon, and want to stay that way. I also am not going to get the iPhone, as I'm anti-Apple.

That leaves Android. I have a few questions though...

1.) What phone should I get? The Thunderbolt seems nice, but is way to expensive at the moment.

2.) Some of the phones (such as the Droid Incredible) don't have Youtube, Facebook, etc standard. Does this mean I can still get them, or not?

3.) Is there any way to jailbreak Android to get unlimited tethering, like on the iPhone? (I'm not even sure it's possible for the iPhone on Verizon.)

4.) And finally, which would you recommend? Verizon phones only, please.


Thanks in advance, I know it's a lot of questions, but I'm new in this field.
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I dont see the difference between Q #1 and #4. but to answer your questions.

1. wait abit and price will go down.

2. It does not matter what comes stock and what not. You can download those Apps in the android market for free without any hacking.

3. yes, you can root your phone and have S-OFF which gives you the ability to tether without the plan, but it depends on what model you decided to get.

4. If i were on Verizon and wanted an android upgrade, i would go with thunderbolt as my 1st choice and Droid X as my second option.

Android is indeed fun to mess around with.
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I dont see the difference between Q #1 and #4. but to answer your questions.

1. wait abit and price will go down.

2. It does not matter what comes stock and what not. You can download those Apps in the android market for free without any hacking.

3. yes, you can root your phone and have S-OFF which gives you the ability to tether without the plan, but it depends on what model you decided to get.

4. If i were on Verizon and wanted an android upgrade, i would go with thunderbolt as my 1st choice and Droid X as my second option.

Android is indeed fun to mess around with.
Chances are I'll go with the Droid X then. I don't have the extra cash to pay an extra $150 for the Thunderbolt.
Does the Droid X support S-OFF and tethering?
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Greetings OCN.

I was thinking about ditching my crappy LG Cosmos for a smartphone. (Yes, the time has come.)

Currently, I'm on Verizon, and want to stay that way. I also am not going to get the iPhone, as I'm anti-Apple.

That leaves Android. I have a few questions though...

1.) What phone should I get? The Thunderbolt seems nice, but is way to expensive at the moment.

2.) Some of the phones (such as the Droid Incredible) don't have Youtube, Facebook, etc standard. Does this mean I can still get them, or not?

3.) Is there any way to jailbreak Android to get unlimited tethering, like on the iPhone? (I'm not even sure it's possible for the iPhone on Verizon.)

4.) And finally, which would you recommend? Verizon phones only, please.


Thanks in advance, I know it's a lot of questions, but I'm new in this field.
Few things..The Droid Incredible has Facebook, youtube and everything else + more. It's one of the best non-4G phones available. There are TONS of roms for it, HTC Sense is awesome. Anything the phone doesn't have you can get on the Market for free. You can root and tether your phone, but it's not unlimited. Verizon will throw a hissy fit if you go past 5GB.

I love the Incredible. It's awesome, but I'd have to ask how much you're going to pay and how much you care about future proofing and if you're going to pay straight up cash for it or if you're renewing contract.

If you're renewing contract, I would wait for the Bionic or something just to future proof your purchase. If you're paying cash and are not renewing, but can get the Incredible cheap, I'd do it. Has almost every rom available to it. 1ghz fast, AMOLED screen (some have SLCD). It's a beautiful thing.

Also, it's 3.7" screen. Big enough to enjoy, but not big enough so that you feel like you're carrying around some huge device in your pocket. Slides in pockets very nicely. Many complained the 4.3" screens are too big. It's user preference though.
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Few things..The Droid Incredible has Facebook, youtube and everything else + more. It's one of the best non-4G phones available. There are TONS of roms for it, HTC Sense is awesome. Anything the phone doesn't have you can get on the Market for free. You can root and tether your phone, but it's not unlimited. Verizon will throw a hissy fit if you go past 5GB.

I love the Incredible. It's awesome, but I'd have to ask how much you're going to pay and how much you care about future proofing and if you're going to pay straight up cash for it or if you're renewing contract.

If you're renewing contract, I would wait for the Bionic or something just to future proof your purchase. If you're paying cash and are not renewing, but can get the Incredible cheap, I'd do it. Has almost every rom available to it. 1ghz fast, AMOLED screen (some have SLCD). It's a beautiful thing.

Also, it's 3.7" screen. Big enough to enjoy, but not big enough so that you feel like you're carrying around some huge device in your pocket. Slides in pockets very nicely. Many complained the 4.3" screens are too big. It's user preference though.
So now it's between the Droid X and the Incredible...

Future proofing doesn't mean much- I've been using feature phones up until now, which get outdated, what, every month?
Also, with the tethering you mentioned, do you have to pay for it?
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So now it's between the Droid X and the Incredible...

Future proofing doesn't mean much- I've been using feature phones up until now, which get outdated, what, every month?
Also, with the tethering you mentioned, do you have to pay for it?
When you root your phone, you just download a tethering program off the Android Market (free) and you can tether. You don't HAVE to pay for Verizon hot spot fees. Just don't go over 5GB.

Also, I've had my Incredible for almost a year now and I don't at all feel like I've been outdated. Even though people are saying the Incredible is near it's EOL, I have no issues with it whatsoever. I don't have to pay 4G data fees, I don't feel like my phone needs dual cores or anything so at the moment I'm fine and dandy with my phone.

Visit a Verizon store and test out both if they still have them for show. See if the Droid X is too large for you. Know that the Droid X has a locked bootloader though. HTC phones aren't locked and are easy for rooting and putting roms on. Also HTC's stock interface is pretty awesome in and of itself while Motorola Blurs...bleh
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If the phone doesn't have YouTube or Facebook pre-installed, that's no problem, since they're free on the Android Market.
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I have the Droid X and <3 it, it has a faster processor, bigger/sharper screen (the incredible's no longer come with AMOLED's), the stock battery life is better, its thinner/not as bulky, the only downside which only applies to you if you are heavily into custom roms is that the X isn't as customizable as the Incredible.
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When you root your phone, you just download a tethering program off the Android Market (free) and you can tether. You don't HAVE to pay for Verizon hot spot fees. Just don't go over 5GB.

Also, I've had my Incredible for almost a year now and I don't at all feel like I've been outdated. Even though people are saying the Incredible is near it's EOL, I have no issues with it whatsoever. I don't have to pay 4G data fees, I don't feel like my phone needs dual cores or anything so at the moment I'm fine and dandy with my phone.

Visit a Verizon store and test out both if they still have them for show. See if the Droid X is too large for you. Know that the Droid X has a locked bootloader though. HTC phones aren't locked and are easy for rooting and putting roms on. Also HTC's stock interface is pretty awesome in and of itself while Motorola Blurs...bleh
Alright, HTC it is then. Two questions: Does rooting your phone make it slower? And are there any new HTC phones about to come out?

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If the phone doesn't have YouTube or Facebook pre-installed, that's no problem, since they're free on the Android Market.
Alright. Well that's one of my questions answered.
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I have the incredible and I love it. Another user helped me root my phone, and it's pretty sweet ^_^ My battery lasts at least 50% longer than my wife's (she's on stock unrooted incredible), and the HTC sense (a UI that you can put on your phone) is much better than the stock imo. However, the stock incredible is pretty awesome as well. I'm very biased, though, this is the first smartphone I've owned.

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Does rooting your phone make it slower? And are there any new HTC phones about to come out?
Rooting in and of itself will do nothing to your phone, afaik. It just makes it so that you can run any program on your phone. Thus, it won't make it slower at all. Some of the roms (user created UI's) might cause your phone to run slower, however of that I'm not sure. I think there are some dual core phones about to come out (bionic?), but I'm certain that other users on here can give you a more definite answer.
    
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