HTC DROID Incredible 2 Review
Photo enthusiast will adore the myriad of specialty modes available with the HTC DROID Incredible 2 since this adds a dose of fun when shooting photos. Moreover, its camera interface provides enough manual controls, such as the ability to modify exposure, contrast, and saturation, to enable the user to perfectly capture specific shots in all of their glory. And finally, its vast mix of effects will entertain just about anyone who wants to add a sprinkling of quirkiness or fun to their shots.
Following the trend, the HTC DROID Incredible 2 utilizes a sizable 8-megapixel auto-focus sensor, much like the ThunderBolt and Incredible S before it. Unfortunately though, its quality is rather lacking mainly due to its muddy looking visuals, subtle over-exposed appearance, and cooler looking color production with images taken outdoors. Low-light shots come out grainy, but it’s nice to see that the dual-LED flash is equipped in lighting up the scenery. You may be able to get away printing 4” x 6” photos with the Incredible 2’s results, but we’d wager that printing out anything larger would expose its flaws tremendously.
Capturing those perfect poses is one thing, but the smartphone’s 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera makes it easy to shoot self-portraits – though, it’s not the best in terms of quality. Rather, it’s positioned to be used mostly for video chatting, which is acceptable in performance with services like Fring.
When you’ve got muddy looking visuals combined with a sluggish capture rate of 20 frames per second, you know that it’s far from being considered as “good” 720p video recording. In fact, it’s utterly downright awful and really makes you wonder how in the world it’s even able to advertise itself as offering high-definition video recording. On a bright note, the audio recording is marginally improved over the Incredible S since voices are natural in tone and distortion-free. Still, a disappointing video capturing experience to say the least.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 Sample Video:
There isn’t much transformation with the Gallery App on the HTC DROID Incredible 2 as it lays out content in the typical grid-like formation in portrait, while turning it to landscape, switches it to a camera roll like carousel. With photos, there is a finite set of editing tools available, such as cropping or rotating, but there are additional after-effects that you can apply on them as well.
Happily accepting the HTC Music Player over the customary stock one, there’s some visual eye candy with its presentation in the form of a nifty looking cover-flow like interface in portrait and landscape – though, it seems to work better with the latter. Far from being boisterous in any way, the audio output from its rear speaker is rather mute in tone, and even though there is an option to enable SRS enhancement, it still lacks the pop to make it soundly resonating.
Shining brightly with its larger sized Super LCD display, high-definitions videos look ever so sweet on the HTC DROID Incredible 2 – and it’s definitely a companion for those long trips. Equipped at handling a short video encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution, its performance is nonetheless expected since it doesn’t stutter in its playback whatsoever. And even though it offers DLNA functionality, which some might find appreciative, it feels somewhat lacking since it doesn’t offer HDMI out support like some of its rivals.
Preloaded with a 16GB microSD card, it’s usually what’s expected nowadays with something that’s priced at $200 on-contract. In the small event that it’s not sufficient enough, you can always swap it with other cards up to 32GB in capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
It’s not the first time we’re seeing a global enabled Android smartphone from Verizon’s camp, but world travelers will scream for joy knowing that the HTC DROID Incredible 2 is yet an option for them. Capable of running on Verizon’s network domestically, it also has support to run on GSM networks abroad to keep anyone connected in almost every part of the world. Meanwhile, you’ve got features like 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and mobile hotspot functionality that allows it to share its data connection with up to 5 Wi-Fi devices simultaneously.
Being a 3G enabled device and all, it might not take away from the ThunderBolt’s lightning quick data speeds, but the overall web browsing experience is nevertheless astounding with the DROID Incredible 2. Continuing to show off its potential, we find convincing things like smooth kinetic scrolling, responsive pinch zooming, and its unflinching operation in the face of heavy Flash content present. Agreeably, we have to say that it executes on so many levels to offer a resounding well-balanced experience.
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