Droid Incredible 2 Review

The Droid Incredible 2 is the follow-up to one of Verizon’s best Android offerings, the Droid Incredible. Some of the noticeable updates to the Incredible line include a 4″ WVGA SuperLCD display, which means a larger phone and larger battery. There is no optical pad, it is all touchscreen, and has a front facing camera. With the original Droid Incredible still available for sale at some retailers a year following its original launch, it was definitely the time for a follow-up device. Is the Incredible 2 that much more incredible? Let’s find out.

Hardware

The Droid Incredible 2 is a 4-inch smartphone that actually to me feels smaller. Compared to other 4-inch  smartphones, it feels light, and fits comfortably in my pocket. The Incredible 2 has the same backing as it’s predecessor, which helps the phones from sliding when placed down. It’s sort of rubberized casing is good against scratches versus a plastic, metallic, or glass. The SuperLCD screen is beautiful, as long as you stay indoors. The display is not at all useful in direct sunlight, so trying to avoid using at the beach.

Battery Life

The battery life is typical of most smartphones, dependent on the user. As I need to keep up with my Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, email alerts, and Google Reader, in order to bring you guys the latest in tech, I need a lot of widgets running. Those widgets consequently contribute to the demise of the battery. I will say, that I could make it thru 8 hours at work with the Incredible 2 versus barely 6 with an extended battery (1750 mAh) in my OG Droid Incredible. So if you’re a fairly light user and don’t have apps constantly retrieving info, you should be able to make it thru a day with no problem.

Camera

If you own a Droid Incredible, then you aren’t going to notice much that is different in the Incredible 2. There are a few different filters to apply to your photos. There is still the 8-megapixel, dual LED flash, and still 720p HD video recording. The one new inclusion is the 1-megapixel front camera. The photos come out with great color. Check out a few photos below.

Software

HTC continues to supply the very efficient and, in my opinion, lovely, Sense UI. Now it does not run the Sense 3.0 that it seen on the Sensation 4G and EVO 3D, unfortunately, but it is still snappy nonetheless. In the apps pane on the Incredible 2, there is no infinite scrolling like there was in the Incredible. They are blocked off into 16 app “blocks”. There is also separate panes for downloaded app, and those pre-installed from Verizon. Sense is still one of my favorite UI’s on Android, as opposed to say, MotoBlur.

Final Verdict

So is the Droid Incredible 2 the best Droid Incredible? Well, that depends. The Incredible 2 offers a larger screen, front facing camera, world capabilities (GSM/CDMA) for the globetrotter. Verizon had the opportunity to make this phone more incredible than its predecessor, but it fell short. There really isn’t much separating the Droid Incredible 2 from the Droid Incredible. One thing that might have helped would have been that brand new 4G network we’ve heard about so much. Regardless, this is still a great phone, especially paired with Verizon’s more than reliable network. Plus, it never hurts to have plenty of options.

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