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Motorola DROID 2 vs. HTC Droid Incredible

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Again we find that the Incredible produces stronger tones out of its earpiece – making it more deafening than the DROID 2. As far as calling quality is concerned, there is still some faint static noise that can be heard when listening to our callers while using the DROID 2 – which is something that doesn't plague the Incredible. Voices did sound a bit better on the Incredible as they are more neutral in tone which makes it still very easy to comprehend our conversations. When switching to the speakerphone, voices are more than audible to the ear with the DROID 2 since it produces sharper tones – while on the Incredible, they sound a little more muted. However, there is a slight echoing effect with the DROID 2 while it's pretty much non-existent with the Incredible.

During our time testing both handsets in the greater Philadelphia region, we didn't experience any dropped calls or major fluctuations in signal strength.

If you're looking for longevity with battery life, you'll probably want to stick with the DROID 2 since it was able to produce 9.5 hours of talk time after a full charge with its 1400 mAh battery. Comparing it to the Incredible's 1300 mAh battery, it was only able to obtain a talk time of 5.5 hours of talk before requiring a recharge. However, you'll get close to a full day of normal usage out of both devices – but it seems that the DROID 2 still puts out longer levels. Regardless, you'll want to consistently have a charger on hand if you're a typical heavy user.


Conclusion:

Placed on the same level at the upper end of the echelon on Verizon's lineup, both Android powered smartphones are priced at $199.99 on-contract – so it'll obviously come down to what features are placed highly on your list. The obvious first decision you'll have to make is whether the touch-only option of the Incredible is something you can endure. If you can't fathom to see yourself adjust to the touchscreen, then it's quite blatant that the Motorola DROID 2 is looking to be the correct solution for you.

As we've compared the two, we've come to appreciate the subtle variances that each has to bring to the table, but we'd probably recommend for those shopping around for a new handset to stick with the DROID 2. It's a bit easier to absorb when you'll have the option of a physical keyboard, Android 2.2 Froyo from the start, support for Flash 10.1, and a fantastic experience exploring the platform. In addition, the $200 pricing can be clearly justified from just a cursory feel of the two phones in your hands. For starters, the Motorola DROID 2 has that industrial design that radiates a sense of fine craftsmanship thanks to its tough metal like exterior – easily garnering the attention of most people. However, the HTC Droid Incredible is still one equipped device with its peppy innards which can go toe-to-toe with the competition. In addition, it'll also become graced with an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo soon – which will supplement its overall experience.

All in all, you can't deny the lure that the Motorola DROID 2 has to offer over the Incredible with its solid performance, pristine build quality, and its in-the-moment inclusion of the latest build of Android.


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