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Motorola DROID 2 vs. HTC Droid Incredible

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Motorola DROID 2 vs. HTC Droid Incredible
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Motorola DROID 2



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.

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Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs. HTC Droid Incredible

HTC Droid Incredible

Motorola DROID 2


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.

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