Motorola DROID 2 vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Let's say it again, but the support of Flash 10.1 on the Motorola DROID 2 offers that true-to-life desktop experience that the Incredible is lacking, for right now. But it's not to say that the Incredible can't do a good job in the web browsing department – especially when it has support right now for Flash Lite, so there is some Flash content that will load. Both handsets obviously provide for a stellar experience since pages load in a timely manner, offer support for multi-touch, and exude some great visuals thanks to their high-resolution displays. In the end, there's no arguing that the DROID 2 has the edge right now thanks to Flash 10.1 content being able to load, but we know that the Incredible isn't too far off from providing the same surreal experience.
These two Android smartphones share a common bond with their dual-band (800/1900 MHz) radios with 3G speeds courtesy of EV-DO revision A connectivity. Of course, you can also rely on using their built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi to gain a data connection – plus there is also Bluetooth 2.1 on board that will allow for an alternative wireless solution. In the mean time though, the DROID 2 has the ability to act as Mi-Fi unit thanks to its Mobile HotSpot service – so your 3G speed can be shared by other devices via Wi-Fi. Of course it'll allow for one less thing to be added in your pockets, but we'd imagine this to arrive on the Incredible as well when it officially receives its Android 2.2 Froyo update.
Camera and Multimedia:
This time around, we're a bit more satisfied with the DROID 2's camera performance since it produces warmer looking color with a fair amount of detail thanks to its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. Despite boasting a bigger 8-megapixel sensor, the Incredible's captured images lack the color reproduction that the DROID 2 produced – instead, outdoor images generally have a darker tone to them. However, we'd have to say that both devices are able to meticulously capture a sizable amount of detail. In low lighting conditions, we still find the DROID 2 to edge out the Incredible with its neutral looking colors – although detail remained the same. When using their respective dual-LED flashes, images with the Incredible looked over-exposed, while the DROID 2 still reproduces colors more accurately.
It's a close race in the video capturing department since the quality and performance exhibited by both smartphones are almost identical with very few, and sometimes insignificant differences. We actually prefer the DROID 2's capture ability since it's smoother looking, compared to the Droid Incredible's, even though the latter device records in 800x480, while the DROID 2 captures its videos in 720x480.
Motorola DROID 2 sample video at 720x480 pixels resolution
HTC Droid Incredible sample video at 800x480 pixels resolution
Both smartphones still have some work in truly offering a spot-on music player interface, but both function as they should – so naturally the experience isn't going to deviate that much. You've got the HTC music player running on the Incredible while the DROID 2 relies on the stock Android one. The usual allotment of items are displayed with the two players, but the Incredible has a somewhat coverflow-esque look that will allow you to move between songs by simply swiping left/right on the album cover. Even though the DROID 2 lacks that functionality, it can display a visualization when you tap the album cover and offers a set of specific equalizer settings. Don't let the small cut out for the Incredible's speaker fool you because it's able to produce the same level of volume that the DROID 2 is able to pump out. Tunes are more than audible between the two, so there isn't much of a variance between their qualities.
Not pausing for a moment, both the DROID 2 and Incredible are fantastic at playing videos – even high resolution ones at 1280 x 720 resolution. We were able to play a movie trailer encoded in MPEG-4 and neither one came up short as playback is undeniably swift with no evidence of any jittery movements. Combine the decent sized and high resolution displays employed on both handsets, you won't find too many faults between them in watching videos. However, some people might prefer the AMOLED display on the Incredible over the DROID 2 since it produces such lush and vibrant looking colors – but the DROID2 still can hold its own ground overall.
The Motorola DROID 2 includes an 8GB microSD card with its packaging, while the HTC Droid Incredible has 8GB of storage which actually equates to 6.4GB of real life access after it's all said and done.
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: 1096; 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: 960; 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