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DROID Incredible Changes to Super TFT LCD Screens

Remember that Verizon closeout/phaseout list which featured the Droid Incredible?  According to the latest rumors surrounding the delays of the device, the DI could have found its way onto that list because of a screen change which is apparently happening as you read this.

While the Samsung AMOLED screens sported by the Incredible are beautiful and a key selling feature, HTC is looking at the Sony Super TFT LCD as a replacement while they attempt to catch up with demand.  HTC claims that there are “no discernible difference between the displays” and they even expect the change to fly under the radar.

We’ll be interested to see what these new LCD’s look like, especially out in the sun.  We’ll also do what we can to try and get a hold of one so that we can put them through a side-by-side comparison to look for any dramatic differences.

And on a related note, we’ve been told that the Incredible is definitely not on a closeout schedule and we should instead expect a big ramp-up for the device once the shortages have disappeared.

Cheers to everyone who sent this in!

Source: Android Community

  • Danny DeMichele linkedin

    HTC confirms Super LCD handset changes…..screen change would have been really happening!!! TFT LCD is less battery costly… ..thats good!!!

  • http://www.fedmod.tv fedmod.tv

    Even if the resolution doesn’t change, there’ll still be visible differences due to the pixel matrices. PenTile is easily spotted on modern OLED-toting superphones.

  • http://www.ProfessorProsperity.com Professor Prosperity

    It’s a smart move by Verizon to be running three phones in it’s Droid line: it means variety! They all are pretty much on par with one another in terms of speed, camera quality, and memory, so it ultimately comes down to the customers’ choice of form factor.

  • http://www.lead411.com/Cassandra_Stubblefield_2899974.html Cassandra Stubblefield

    Well These displays” and they even expect the change to fly under the radar…Thanks for sharing with us

  • http://www.brickellcadillacparts.com cadillac 60special parts

    Droid Incredible is going to be getting Sony’s Super TFT LCD displays, so no, the Incredible is not going out of production, just the AMOLED version.

  • http://www.lead411.com/Angela_StuartMills_183805.html Angela StuartMills

    Well how to make the Droid X boot animation work with sound? You stated it in the video you made. Just wondering. Thanks.

  • DI man

    So did they end up sending you a TFT screen? or did they change the phone? because i think i have the TFT on mine and i recently cracked mine… ordered 2 replacement screens already and neither of them worked… the screens did look different… so im guessing mine is the TFT one… Does anyone know where i can get a replacement?

  • http://viettelonline.com/ HoaiPX

    Well, interesting post, thanks!

  • http://www.lead411.com/Dave_Stubbs_530888.html Dave Stubbs

    The good news i’ll be getting a Droid Incredible soon so fortunately there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel…Thanks for sharing with us…

  • Solidgroundx

    i just got a replacement with the new screen and i love it so much more. no glare in the sun. people should stop complaining.

  • Solidgroundx

    i just got a replacement with the new screen and i love it so much more. no glare in the sun. people should stop complaining.

  • Supersalad7777

    i just got a replacement for my broken incredible, and right away i noticed a difference. theres a noticeable green glow if the screen is slanted at all. and without any brightness the screen is a shade of purple.

  • Ccoquel

    Apparently, they are shipping these subpar screens now. I got one in my replacement when my amoled screen broke while in my front pocket of my shorts. Needless, to say there is a discernible difference. I called up Verizon and they tried to tell me they knew nothing of the matter. I then referenced them to the multiple webpages regarding HTC's decision to switch the screens. So now they are sending me a replacement, but I told them that won't solve my woes due to the slim chance of me receiving one with an LED screen. They then conceded, if the new unit is an LCD they would work something out with me as in pricing or possibly a new phone. But that was after 30 minutes of back and forth between me and the representative. Looks like people are going to have a rough time with this, judging from my experience.

  • Ccoquel

    Apparently, they are shipping these subpar screens now. I got one in my replacement when my amoled screen broke while in my front pocket of my shorts. Needless, to say there is a discernible difference. I called up Verizon and they tried to tell me they knew nothing of the matter. I then referenced them to the multiple webpages regarding HTC's decision to switch the screens. So now they are sending me a replacement, but I told them that won't solve my woes due to the slim chance of me receiving one with an LED screen. They then conceded, if the new unit is an LCD they would work something out with me as in pricing or possibly a new phone. But that was after 30 minutes of back and forth between me and the representative. Looks like people are going to have a rough time with this, judging from my experience.

    • DI man

      So did they end up sending you a TFT screen? or did they change the phone? because i think i have the TFT on mine and i recently cracked mine… ordered 2 replacement screens already and neither of them worked… the screens did look different… so im guessing mine is the TFT one… Does anyone know where i can get a replacement?

  • bobsmith1234

    http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/07/15/1317205/… To everyone talking about the X, if you are a geek you might be interested to note that you won't be able to root the X?! That makes the Droid Incredible the verizon flagship device for real geeks now… At least until the next non self destructable android comes out

  • cory2107

    So I ordered my Incredible on the 14th, and it was supposed to ship July 12. Will I get the AMOLED or TFT screen? Will this change only effect new orders or will it also effect orders that have been placed, but not yet shipped???

  • Jeremy

    My Incredible comes tomorrow but I'm wondering how long I can use it before I have to keep it?

    Does Verizon offer 30 days risk free?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Stl Cards_fan26

      mine2

  • doomsjay

    I know a lot of people who still want to Droid Incredible even with the new phones coming out. I really don't think there will be more than a negligible difference between this and the AMOLED display.

    It's a smart move by Verizon to be running three phones in it's Droid line: it means variety! They all are pretty much on par with one another in terms of speed, camera quality, and memory, so it ultimately comes down to the customers' choice of form factor.

    Droid Incredible for something compact and lightweight, Droid X for a large display and HDMI out, or the Droid 2 for those that have to have a physical keyboard. There's no regret in whichever choice you make, you're certainly not buying a one-size-fits-all iPhone (err, unless your left handed apparently, in which case, you're just holding it wrong).

  • http://twitter.com/n8_ironGUT_bFd Nate

    I predict the shortages will disappear on or around July 15. Its just a hunch. On a completely unrelated note, I will be selling my Droid Inc starting July 15. Let me know if your interested…… Baahaahaaahaaa

  • trombone dixie

    Have they already started using the Sony Super TFT LCDs? Or is this something to expect in the near future?

  • Rogue5

    I'm interested to see how different this is compare to the original screen. Is it actually a downgrade?

    • EC8CH

      Not if you ask Steve J.

      :-)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WL33AHCUENUOLLJDXOINMORFKY peter

    There is no such thing as a Super TFT-LCD. Its S-LCD, the subsidiary of Samsung Electronics (was once a joint venture between Samsung and Sony but Sony left recently due to money constraints and Samsungs conflict of interest)

  • Ajcroteau

    The Droid Eris such a piece of shyt… I own one and i'm very very dissatified with it… The good news i'll be getting a Droid Incredible soon so fortunately there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel…

    • Rampagedeluxe

      Did you root your Eris? Its amazing if you know how to handle it

  • WAldenIV

    The Droid Incredible isn't being phased out? You don't say!

  • EC8CH

    They should throw us a bone and upgrade something else if they are going to downgrade the display. Any suggestions on what they should improve?

  • R.Dz

    does it show full and clear under the sun like iphone and can any one tell me if i can sync this phone with apple macbook pro or intel mac if so ill be damn ill pay any thing to have this over iphone i've been an iphone user sense the begging of time i went true 8 iphones and now i think i will try motorola the one of the first inventions cell phone comp, of all time my first motorola was the block 8500X check it out i payed 4999.00 Canadian dollars believe it or not monthly bill 500.00 a month 1 dollar a minute yes my friends i was only 27 y old so Motorola i believe in you

    • Timoh

      The incredible is HTC, not Motorola. The Droid X and D2 are Motorola.

    • http://gbrenna.com/ Graham

      ???

    • andrew401

      ok, you got some balls coming to an android site praising the i phone. common now that's just childish

  • EggoEspada

    I'm interested in hearing about this new screen HTC is making. Supposedly better than the Super Amoled screen.

  • evltwn

    off topic…what ever happened to posting how to make the Droid X boot animation work with sound? You stated it in the video you made. Just wondering. Thanks.

    • kellex

      The sound file was just the “DROIIIIIIIIID” noise and not exactly what I was expecting, so I bailed on it. Sorry!

      • evltwn

        ok, that's cool. I thought maybe it was something different. On that note, my phone doesn't do the DROOIIIIIID on start up after I installed Froyo. Is this supposed to be like that, or should it still be making the start up notification?

        • EC8CH

          Settings:sounds:sd notifications. If this is checked you will here the notification sound on start up, if unchecked… Silence.

          • evltwn

            I downloaded jrummy's new Froyo FRF83 tonight and went to settings:sounds: and there is no sd notifications option. Any ideas?

          • EC8CH

            Hmmm, in 2.1 that's were the option is. I had jrummy's 1.1 installed for awhile but never looked for this option. Maybe check and see if there's an option for a notification sound in the sd card menu. Still the most logical place would be in the sounds menu.

          • evltwn

            I know…but it's not there now in Froyo.

          • EC8CH

            http://androidforums.com/all-things-root-droid/

            based on this it seems like the sd notification sound is removed from froyo (just like you have noticed). Appears the only way to play a sound during boot in froyo is to use the boot animation.

            Too bad for people who liked the startup sound, this was an easy way to control that (i personally always turned it off anyways).

          • Elliez2et

            ARRGhhhh! Did the sd card notifications off thing, turned off notifications volume, STILL getting Droid sound on start up – what to do? I don't want to have to run around with my finger over the speaker or totally silence everything on my phone!!! Help please.

        • EC8CH

          Btw the reason for the sound on startup is because the sd card is being mounted to the phone, that is why this option controls the sound you hear on startup.

    • EC8CH

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/archive/index.p

      Last post:
      “to use a sound the first folder in the bootanimation.zip has to be called android”

      Hope this helps a little…

  • StephanC

    Slow day here? Hey people, what's your favorite Twitter app?

    • quiklives

      I don't have an Android phone yet (or even a smartphone for that matter) but my Droid X is pre-ordered, and I was wondering the same thing. I've read dozens of comparisons, but I was hoping for people's actual opinions.

      • Igstone2

        I use a variety of twitter apps mainly though twidroid, tweetcaster, touituer, and the official twitter app. Each has its pros and each its cons but if I had to choose it would be tweetcaster

        • Igstone2

          Follow me @ gstone2 over twitter :-p

    • Vik

      Twicca! It's really elegant and minimalist. Have also used seesmic in the past and it wasn't too bad.

  • Chris Nimon

    are the sony tft screens stronger than the amoled screens?

    • kellex

      Not that I'm aware of heh.

      • Chris Nimon

        Hey Hollywood, what are you doin here on your day off ?
        P.S. Im gonna have my own Droid-Life shirt made unless you tell me I cant due to copyright laws.

        • kellex

          Just wanted to post a couple of things to get the DROID juices flowing for tomorrow.

          Feel free to make a shirt, that would be sweet. Make sure to send me a pic of it or something!

    • Timoh

      It's not the LCD/AMOLED you have to worry about, it's the glass they put over it.

      • Chris Nimon

        Im assuming I want the gorilla glass? what are the other types. I honestly have no clue when it comes the screens.

        • Timoh

          Well, gorilla glass is good. Motorola used it on the original Droid. Strong glass will make a difference but It's really more about the structure of the phone, the bezel around the glass and how it distributes the forces if it's dropped. Really the only way anyone would know is waiting and seeing how many people break their screens. The Incredible will be just as likely to break with the new LCD as before is what I'm trying to get at.(whether that's more than any other phone or not is another discussion.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Jablonski/1200654254 John Jablonski

    Third? Must be a slow Sunday.

  • thegod

    SECOND

    • Poundfoolish

      All about the LCD … imo LCD looks better than OLED (contrast on OLED is unreal… in a bad way), but more importantly, LCD is built to last and OLED is exactly the opposite; It is a technology that is built to rapidly decay.

      • Xplmr

        Explain your statement please. Why is a cold cathode fluorescent lamp backlight better than an LED or an Organic LED panel as the display light source?

        • http://twitter.com/Politicalslug Politicalslug

          These smartphone LCDs are LED backlit. They don't use CCFLs in portable devices anymore. Even super cheap netbooks use LED backlighting. You'll only find CCFL backlighting on cheap computer monitors and television sets. Yes, contrast is great on OLED because black means turning a pixel completely off (hence no light whatsoever), but OLED pixel colors degrade at different rates and your screen will show signs of color degradation quickly and unevenly (by color).

  • cduce2411

    Too late, Droid X is announced XD

    • Timoh

      I agree, I think HTC could have had incredible(har) sales, if they didn't keep running out of phones to ship. Too little too late I think, unless people want a smaller screen that the X.

      • Chris Nimon

        My wife still wants to keep her incredible. I bet the ladies will keep wanting it because of the softer look. (the phone ) I however prefer the tank like tumbler batmobile look of the droid.

        • EC8CH

          Agreed, my wife has the Incredible and I think it suits her better, both the physical looks and the UI (SenseUI)…

          face it people the Incredible is a Droid for the Ladies!

          • smartguy

            or the Droid for people who like fast processors and a phone that blows away the competition without rooting. Oh, and when it is rooted it's even faster. I guess it only makes sense that a phone that is being phased out and is over 6 months old would be better than the best phone on the market. Well, if you like what you have than it must be the better phone for everyone.

            Intelligent post.

          • Chris Nimon

            yeah, even with these new droids coming I still like the O.D. a lot.

          • WhereIsTony

            I am glad my gender Identity is not tied to my phone….

            My wife wants Droid X because its bigger for more calandar visibility, and she carries it in her purse. I am keeping my inc because i keep my phone in my pocket. Works out well for me since I canuse hers if it does anything mine won't.

          • EC8CH

            My gender identifier doesn't leave any room in my pockets for a phone…

            I was joking about the Inc being only for ladies…

          • WhereIsTony

            two pockets buddy, if you feel a sharp pain, switch pockets or switch to vibrate mode. :-)

            Lol, yeah sorry if i came off too harsh after your joke, I hadn't had my cofee.