Motorola DROID 2 vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Needless to say that Android 2.2 Froyo on the DROID 2 can substantially compel most people to side with it since it's the latest build of the platform, but the Incredible isn't too far from seeing the creamy filled dessert. the HTC Droid Incredible's Android 2.1 experience is of course beautified with HTC's Sense user interface which has to be one of the better constructed and thought out customizations available on Android. When comparing it to the DROID 2's MOTOBLUR like elements, we still find Sense to be extremely appealing since it is tastefully able to display a myriad of information, like social networking statuses or news, directly on the homescreen without navigating away from it. Under the hood, the Incredible receives its processing prowess from its 1GHz Snapdragon processor while the DROID 2 is powered by an equally capable 1GHz TI OMAP CPU. In actual usage, we found the Incredible to perform better in terms of relative responsiveness as it's able to move between its homescreen more fluidly, but both are able to launch applications in the same amount of time.
There's no kidding the kind of serious integration both devices have to offer when it comes down to social networking, but there's just something about HTC's Friend Stream that makes it more compelling. One reason is that the Friend Stream widget is able to display all of your social networking accounts within the widget without the need to open up a window on top of it or loading a separate app. Conversely, the DROID 2 still retains some of the elements found on MOTORBLUR – as the widget will display the status or tweet from friends, but clicking it will open up a window which will then allow you to read all of them.
Even though the DROID 2 offers the convenience of a full QWERTY keyboard, the on-screen keyboard of the HTC Droid Incredible is still responsive and accurate enough to type on. Although it doesn't replace the cozy feeling physical buttons on the DROID 2 physical keyboard, we still find HTC keyboard to employ a better layout than the on-screen options available on the DROID 2. They're both naturally responsive thanks to their peppy processors, but there are less instances when you need to navigate from the main keyboard to input a specific character; say like a punctuation. With the HTC keyboard, you can quickly input a number or punctuation by simply performing a long press on the associated button. While on the DROID 2, you'll have to press another button to access all of the alternative characters. However, the Swype keyboard on the DROID 2 employs a similar scheme to the Incredible, but it doesn't feel quite as normal since numbers are laid out on a numeric keypad fashion as opposed to finding them across the top row of buttons.
Since they're Android powered devices, both feed off the Android Market to considerably supplement their experience thanks to the host of apps available to the platform. In addition, there are some personalization offerings that can profoundly improve the look and feel of the platform – such as widgets, live wallpapers, and customized themes. Additionally, both are perfect when it comes down to loading a casual game since their high-powered processors allow for a smooth and satisfying experience.
1. lewislee (unregistered)
great review htc incredible owns
2. Joe12304 (unregistered)
Good review. I don't even use the keyboard on my Droid 2, but the Droid X is to big, and I REFUSE to buy HTC's cheap plastic junk.
3. TheNatster (unregistered)
What a great review. Thank you for being this thorough. I was in the store today and the Verizon guys insisted that the displays are exactly the same when they are not. Thanks for clearing that up. Both are great phones (hence the tough choice). I'm gonna go with Droid 2.
4. bucky (Posts: 2279; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
carefully with the reception issues though. Id wait it out for a few weeks to see what the issue is with the droid 2
5. brian (unregistered)
i can`t wait to get my new phone
6. Droid2 Owner (unregistered)
Excellent review of the most key features a customer would want to know about. Great job guys. I bought the Droid 2 and I'm extremely pleased with it.
7. lp067 (unregistered)
This review is very informative. I'm going from a Treo 755p to a Droid and am really struggling with this decision. I'm leaning toward the Droid 2, as it's hard to imagine not having a keyboard at all.
8. G-Nyce (unregistered)
I went from a Palm Treo 800w to the Droid 2. I chose it over the Incredible mainly for the qwerty, which I do use more than the on-screen keyboard. This review is spot-on. I absolutely love my Droid 2!!! As for the connectivity issues that have been reported, the only time I've dropped a call in the 9 days I've had it is in my apartment, in which other Verizon phones also get a low signal. The signal strength is way stronger than on my partner's LG Envy Touch, which must be used by a window and held just so in order to keep a call from dropping. I can use my Droid 2 anywhere in the apartment. Another thing worth mentioning is the customer service I got at the Verizon store. As a long-time Sprint customer, with extensive customer service experience to boot, I was totally blown away! They were able to move my contacts from the Sprint Treo to the Droid 2, and even put on the case and screen protector I purchased. At Sprint, you're extremely lucky if they can move your contacts, even between two of their own phones! Mind you, I got that Treo a month after it came out, while I got my Droid 2 the day after it came out. Sprint said they didn't yet have the software to help me. Pffffbht.
9. NJBillyv (unregistered)
I love my Droid 2, excellent phone. Very solid feel to it, it feels like it should cost $200. I've had it for a month and have had zero problems. Phone works great, very clear sound and no dropped calls. Keyboard with direction arrows rocks. Very fast interface and fast browser. Voice recognition is excellent too. I'd hightly recommend it.
10. jawse (unregistered)
Do not go by this review, the incredible now has android 2.2 and 720P video recording, so it has a better camera now
11. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1217; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
The Droid 2 will probably be getting 720p also tho.
12. DDR (unregistered)
I've had my Droid 2 for a week now. I've been trying to wait til at least 30 days before giving a review on this thing and maybe it might because I'm coming from a FAR inferior Samsung that's giving me such a huge impression on the Droid 2 but I have to give the Droid 2 my highest recommendation.Definitely agree with the comments on the Droid 2's build quality over the Incredible. It feels solid. I chose the Droid 2 over both the Incredible and the Droid X because of the physical keypad. But in actuality, I haven't put the keypad to much use - I've grown quite fond of the swype feature. Though it's just nice to have option of the keypad available as opposed to the X and the Incredible. In my opinion, as much as I'm loving the Droid 2, i think it's just going to boil down to personal preference for a physical keypad. The other differences between these 2, as well as the X are negligible. They're both great choices.
13. CorpHandHeldTech (unregistered)
Loved your review, but do not totally agree with your conclusion. IMHO, HTC has just done a better job at implementing the Android OS, has a better user experience than the Motorola has, and since the rollout of Android 2.2 Froyo to the Incredible there isn't that much difference in the two. The Incredible performs slightly better, and has a nicer camera, and overall, I'm still recommending the HTC- unless the physical keyboard is important. The Moto just hasn't done enough to push the design in my opinion.
14. LBB (unregistered)
Despite the effort to maintain neutral, the review is clearly written by a serious Droid fanboi. My feeling is that if you need the physical keyboard, there's something wrong with the i/f (and trust me, I've been burned by bad touchscreen implementations before -- can you say "Glyde" -- so I'm hard to win over). Having a keyboard to back up a touch screen that you can't really make work seems backwards somehow. 2.2 is on the Incredible now, so that's irrelevant. I really appreciate the thorough review, and I think I'm probably going to choose the Incredible, but I want a little more time in the shop playing with both models to figure out which one has more friendly edge buttons (yeah, it's probably going to come down to that -- seriously, badly placed edge buttons will make you want to kill yourself...can you say "Glyde").
15. eazyduzit (unregistered)
Really great review. Thank you for expanding all the details for both phone. I currently have an HTC Eris but will most likely upgrade to the Droid 2. Thanks again--I will definitely save this website on my favorites.
16. Huskee (unregistered)
I own the Incredible, upgraded from the eris and it is "incredible", very aptly-named. From this review it sounds as if they each have one little thing here and there that the other outperforms it on. That tells me that if the two phones were in the super bowl they'd hit quadruple overtime and the fans would just leave. They are equals! Decide if you want a slide-out keyboard to collect dirt, or not. I use Swype beta on my Incredible, and it is undeniably THE fastest way to type. 8mp camera on the Incredible means you can tweak the pic on your pc and print a higher-resolution 8x10 from this phone than the droid 2. Colors? well, I tweak my pics anyway, regardless.
I'm an Incredible.
17. dcv (unregistered)
Ive had two droid 2s in the past yr and at first i loved them but i get to get a new one due to a bootloader error. not happy so i got another one and the same thing happened to that phone. these phones were not damaged or dropped and not used very much. and verizon would not give me a replacement on either phone so i spend over a grand on phones that crapped out in under a yr hopefully the incrediable is better