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Buh-bye Blackberry, hello Droid Incredible!

So it's a done deed. Although I've been waiting for a Verizon Nexus One, that's looking increasingly unlikely.

So it's a done deed. Although I've been waiting for a Verizon Nexus One, that's looking increasingly unlikely. Not to fear, though, since the Droid Incredible looks to be a comparable, if not superior phone and will be delivered to my office on April 29th. I took the plunge today and said goodbye to my trusty Blackberry Curve and hello to the new Droid.

If I had any doubts about my choice in phones (I've been looking for a while now, but I'm limited to Verizon since I live in the sticks and they're the only provider with reasonable service out here), then Matthew Miller's thorough review of the Incredible put my mind at ease. I won't bother outlining the specs for you - Matthew's review covers them nicely. Suffice to say, AT&T can keep their iPhone.

I bought an 8GB SDHC microSD card ($20 at TigerDirect) since the Incredible will support the higher-speed cards and an 8 megapixel camera and decent video capabilities will fill up the internal memory pretty quickly. I'm more than a little excited, partly because I'm a gadget junky and partly because mobile is simply so vital to Google's strategy. Google has plenty of eggs and plenty of baskets, but company leadership has made it abundantly clear that they are prepared to tap the potential of mobile computing.

In fact, I'm pushing off purchasing a new computer for a bit to get the Incredible. The $200 price tag not only ate into my savings a bit, but the Incredible gives me an opportunity to evaluate the power of a state-of-the-art mobile device. As much as possible, I'll be leaving the laptop, netbook, and desktop alone and relying on the phone and Google's ecosystem of software (Docs, Gmail, the Apps Marketplace, Android's native capabilities, etc.) to handle both personal and business needs.

Obviously I won't be putting together any podcasts or doing much serious writing on the Incredible, but I've found that my Blackberry, messaging-focused device that it is, has become quite limiting. How secure will I be that it's OK to leave the laptop behind? And how ready is Android really to meet our increasingly sophisticated mobile needs?

Once I get it, I'll be posting "from the trenches" reviews and thoughts. You don't need any more product reviews - there's several hundred floating about the Web already. I'd rather talk about Android in the wild, Apps that work, Apps that don't, and ways that a "superphone" can change what I do and how I do it.

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