HTC DROID Incredible 2 Review
Employing the same exact processor used by the HTC ThunderBolt, the 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor with 768MB of RAM enables the HTC DROID Incredible 2 to fly swimmingly in its operation. Facing some stiff competition by the horde of newer devices packing on dual-core processors, the single core CPU of the DROID Incredible 2 might be perceived as last generation, but it’s still nonetheless adept at handling even the most demanding needs. Activating an intensive 3D live wallpaper, the handset doesn’t stutter much when navigating through its homescreen or launching various applications.
Love it or hate it, especially when upcoming devices like the HTC Sensation 4G and EVO 3D flaunt the latest version of the Sense UI, we’re simply left with the usual looking last generation experience of Sense running on top of Android 2.2.1 Froyo. Finding plentiful levels of personalization thanks to its vast mix of standard Android and HTC widgets, the experience is supplemented with the handset’s “Scene” modes which are essentially preset themes. When it comes to beautifying the device to your liking, there’s a total of 7 homescreen for you to fill up with various things, which can all be displayed simultaneously with a quick pinch gesture to get it into helicopter view.
Sadly enough, the handset doesn’t offer all the vast usable features present with some of its siblings that are connected to HTCSense.com – and it’s hard to comprehend the reasoning behind it. Furthermore, there’s a ton of third party apps that are preloaded out of the box – these include things like Blockbuster, City ID, Kindle, NFL Mobile, Need for Speed Shift, Skype, and Slacker. Last, but certainly not least, Verizon throws in their presence with apps like Backup Assistant, My Verizon Mobile, V CAST Apps, V CAST Media, V CAST Music, V CAST Tones, V CAST Videos, and VZ Navigator on board from the onset.
HTC Sense takes a smidgen of getting used to if you've never used it before, however is no more challenging than vanilla Android. In fact, it’s easier. For example, you can personalize the homescreen and add icons without a long-press of the homescreen. Instead, just tap the paintbrush and palette symbol on the bottom left of the homescreen - very intuitive. As already mentioned, there are plenty of pre-loaded HTC widgets which are very functional further improving usability. For those of you who want a list of HTC Widgets, in alphabetical order - your wish is our command: Bookmarks, Calculator, Calendar, Clock, FM Radio, Friend Stream, Mail, Messages, Mobile Instant Messaging, Music, News, People, Photo Album, Photo Frame, Search Anywhere, Stocks, Sync All, Tips for Home, Twitter, and Weather.
Organizer & Messaging:
Tap the "Phone" button, centered in the bottom of any one of the 7 homescreens, and the dialer is pulled up. This works wonderfully, enabling you to numerically enter a name (i.e. bob as 262), with the HTC DROID Incredible 2 displaying it instantly. Behind the dialer are all your contacts, so minimize the dialer, and intuitively, you're left with your contacts – great. The phonebook works well once you learn how to control it. By this, we mean that HTC Sense pulls in ALL your contacts from EVERYWHERE by default. This feels overwhelming at first, however, open "People", press "Menu" and then tap "View" and you can select which contacts to display (Google, Facebook, SIM etc). Once done, your contacts are a pleasure to thumb through. As for voice recognition, it works better than most, but still gets it wrong every so often.
Organizer tools performed very well indeed. Running Android 2.2,1, the HTC DROID Incredible 2 is perfect if you use Google calendars and contacts for example, it all functions as would be expected from a high-end Android phone (great), with the added sprucing up that comes with bespoke widgets courtesy of HTC, such as calendar and calculator. There is also a swish alarm interface, a flashlight and voice recorder along with all the other organizer tools you would expect.
With a larger display in tow, the messaging experience is fantastic to say the least thanks to the Sense keyboard’s useful layout. Meaning, there are numbers and certain punctuations available to you directly within the main layout by executing a long press on a particular button – rather than having to click the separate secondary characters button. Complementing the experience is the responsive rate that the handset is able to exhibit, which in turn, allows us to speedily type long messages without much fault. Despite being somewhat constricted with its portrait option, the landscape one obviously provides plenty of room to accommodate even the largest of fingers.
There are numbers and certain punctuations available to you directly within the main keyboard layout
As usual, the Gmail experience with the HTC DROID Incredible 2 is top notch much like any high-end Android smartphone out there. That’s partly due to its wealth of features, like threaded view and the ability to add multiple accounts, which concretely combine together to offer an engaging and productive experience. Additionally, the setup of other email accounts is especially straightforward at this point since it mainly relies on you providing your email address and password for the popular services. Albeit, it may ask for you to input additional information, such as ports and server address, to properly get things up and running with custom accounts.
1. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 236; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Not that this is a bad phone. But I'm kinda confused about what HTC was thinking releasing this so close to the Thunderbolt. I mean, I guess this is a high-end phone, it has all the same specs as the Thunderbolt (except the screen size, and 4G), but I think this would have done better at the sub $150 price point. It seems like it should be marketed as a cheaper alternative to phones like the Thunderbolt and Charge. But that might cut into sales of the Thunderbolt and Charge. See why I'm confused? I think they might have been better off replacing the Eris with something like the new Wildfire, or even the Salsa!
2. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
World phone. That is the only logic behind this device that I can see. It is a solid device I am sure, but unless you are a globe-hopper, I have no idea the advantage to selecting this device over some others.
3. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
It's a good solid phone. I can easily see someone new to smartphones, or doing an upgrade in a non 4G area choosing this phone. Would I trade my Droid Incredible in for the update? No. But I can see this device being very successful.
6. AAABall (unregistered)
I think many people don't see anything wrong with getting a good 3G phone now, and going to 4G at the next upgrade, by which time Verizon should have all the bugs worked out.
$299 for a phone with serious battery issues and technology that has not even been built yet in my area? I'll pass.
12. M-Walsh (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)
I am a former Droid 1st gen owner and have really enjoyed it for the past two years. I had naturally intended to upgrade to the Droid 3 but after reading some pretty dismal reviews about the pentile screen, low quality camera and overall heaviness, I decided to do some comparing with other Droids and ultimately settled upon the Incredible 2. I was a little hesitant to get another HTC, as a former Touch Pro owner, I had found it to be just cheap and buggy and it just didn't last that long.
HTC has stepped up it's game with the Incredible 2. It is very light, yet it is built like a tank. It feels great in my hand and is amazingly fast. It may not have a dual core processor, but it does have a 2nd gen 1 Ghz Hummingbird processor accompanied by 768 MB of RAM. I don't care how many cores a processor has, if you only give it 512MB of RAM it isn't going to live up to it's full potential. That would be like filling a Ferrari's gas tank with 87 octane. In the Incredible's case, the processor matched with 50% more RAM makes it fly through apps and screens with no issues.
The biggest part of making the switch to the Incredible 2 was the lack of physical keyboard. I've always loved using a physical keyboard and thought I was going to have issues using the on screen keyboard on the Incredible 2 but it's actually really easy to get used to and use. The 4 inch Super LCD screen makes it a breeze to type on and I really don't miss the Droid G1 keyboard at all now. HTC's Sense UI is really fast, easy to use and doesn't bog down the phone like I've read about with the Motoblur/Ninjablur UI that is on the Droid 3.
All in all, the Incredible 2 is thin, fast, built rock solid and has an amazing screen, an awesome camera and is more than two ounces lighter than the Droid 3. I'm really glad I decided to give HTC another try and go with the Incredible 2.
P.S. If you will buy this smartphone I suggest at:www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI
4. Thick (unregistered)
Sync'd my phone on sunday, screens changing fast. woke up monday & now it sucks. looking for some quick answers or I phone her I come.
5. AAABall (unregistered)
"Seeing marked improvements in various categories, it’s still one great all around handset at $200 on-contract, but its arrival on the scene feels ever so late and seems as though it’s past its prime already."
Doesn't a 7.5 seem a bit harsh? Will the above statement apply to all non 4G phones that come out now, or just the ones that come out after February?
7. ohnoezDx (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Apr 2009)
I agree. I think 7.5 is a bit harsh because the device is really good even without 4G capabilities. It deserves at least an 8.
8. jabo75 (unregistered)
I just really don't understand how this smart phone (as well as many more out there now), hugely sacrifice call quality and signal strength compard to most inexpensive non-smartphones, and few seem to care! "Hollow audio..REASONABLE enough to hear voices", crackling speakerphone.
Why can't these companies make phones that sound at least close to as good as my old StarTac? Am I the only one that buys a SmartPhone to primarily use as a phone?
Even if I were going to use this primarily for data the statement "the handset is painstakingly atrocious with retaining signal strength" would certainly give me concern. Dropped calls AND data connections. I think I'll pass.
9. jenn05 (Posts: 14; Member since: 24 Jun 2010)
Android is still laggy, buggy, and a battery destroyer.....I'll stick with my iphone. But I do agree with the comments about call quality and 4G. Call quality is VERY IMPORTANT even in this the digital age. Also, who cares about 4G when there is none in my area or even close to me???? Not to mention the extra cost that I am sure Verizon will be implementing soon for those folks with the 4G phones whether you use it on 4G or not (i.e. Sprint).
But my absolute biggest gripe with Android is the battery life! I have had lots of Android phones and none of them can compare with the battery life of my iphone. Sure I have to charge it every now and then more than just once at nite, but I don't have to have it connected to a charger all day for any kind of use. Some things are just worth the extra money now so I am not having to pay for an extended battery that won't even let the phone fit in normal cases. I did have a Samsung Fascinate that had good battery life, but as soon as it got the Android 2.2 update, it went down to about 50% of the life I was getting before the update.
What's the point of having a smartphone that goes dead all the time?!?
I have not used the DInc2, but I have a feeling the battery life is similar to the rest of the "Droids."
10. JohnC (unregistered)
Thanks for reviewing a phone you don't use and know nothing about.
Given that you don't know that phone and know very little about the OS, I'll set you staight. I have both iOS and android devices. Neither is laggy, but Android devices can actually multitask. An iOS device bogs down when trying to do so. iOS apps are much much buggier now. They crash much more often than android apps. My iPad requires daily reboots because it bogs down from updates and multitasking for example.
So instead of spewing BS and Trolling, stick to your Jobs approved ifanboy sites, like a good little girl.
11. BJB (unregistered)
I need help. I am not up on all the newest things, but do use my cell a lot in nursing. My 2yr contract is up next month and i am due for an upgrade, or just continue with what i have LG flip open, these comments are somewhat mixed. Do i even consider the droid incredible, or try an iphone 4 ? I charge my LG every nite as it is, i don't feel burdened by that. anything helpful?
13. mary (unregistered)
I think groom Droid 3 to HTC Incredible 2 the HTC is a better choice
14. axmad (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
HI isnt htc droid incredible 2 the same as htc incredible s.I live in Sweden and they dont sells droid incredible 2 here.Anyway i want to buy an HTC Incredible S but i dont know if its good as htc droid incredible 2.PLS HELP ME