Motorola DROID and HTC Droid Incredible: side by side

Motorola DROID and HTC Droid Incredible: side by side

With the ever growing population of Android based smartphones for Verizon, many of you may be wondering which is the best high-end device…the Motorola DROID A855 or the new HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300. We’re here to help and will be directly comparing the two in several key areas, including the design, hardware, software, and performance. The Motorola DROID has been king of the hill for the past few months, as it’s been the most popular smartphone for Verizon in recent history, sporting a large 3.7” display, QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera, and has recently updated to Android 2.1, but the HTC Droid Incredible is upping the ante with an AMOLED display, 8MP camera, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and 8GB of internal storage. To paraphrase from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Two phones enter, one Droid leaves.

Design and Hardware:

Other than their overall color being black, the Motorola DROID A855 and HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300 are quite different when it comes to their design. The Motorola DROID is relatively large and with a noticeable weight of almost 6oz, but this is due to its metal construction, which gives it a feeling of durability and quality. The HTC Droid Incredible is almost the same height and width as the Motorola, through not as thick, as you lose the sliding QWERTY keyboard. However its weight is 1.4oz less, making the HTC Droid Incredible easier to carry around and to hold, though you give up the metal body for a plastic one that doesn’t feel as durable.

Since the HTC Droid Incredible doesn’t have a physical keyboard, you’re stuck with having to use an on-screen virtual QWERTY, but it is large enough to use (even with big fingers) and we didn’t experience any issue. Even though the Motorola DROID doesn’t have the best designed physical keyboard that we’ve seen (we like the one on the Motorola DEVOUR more), it’s still nice to have the option to use it when you want and we kind of wish there was one on the HTC as well. Both units retain the four function keys at the bottom of the screen for home, menu, back, and search, but the HTC Droid Incredible adds an optical pad that can be used for navigation.

The Motorola DROID A855 and HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300 both have the same screen size at 3.7-inches, but the Motorola uses a TFT display with a resolution of 480x854, while the HTC has an AMOLED display with a slightly lower resolution of 480x800. We noticed that small text (such as in the web browser) was sharper on the Motorola DROID, but this only part of the story, as images and most standard-sized text look better on the HTC because it has an AMOLED display, which is capable of higher contrast and better viewing angles. But when used in direct sunlight, both displays appear darker than we would like, regardless of using the auto brightness or manually selecting the highest setting.

For connectivity, both devices use a standard microUSB port and have a microSDHC memory card slot, through the Motorola DROID comes with a 16GB card pre-installed and the HTC Droid Incredible has 8GB of internal storage for music, pictures, videos, etc. We would have liked to have seen a 16GB card included with the HTC as well, but that isn’t a major concern. What makes more of a difference is that the HTC Droid Incredible comes with 576MB RAM (more than twice the amount of the Motorola DROID), and has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, while the Motorola has a 600MHz processor. The faster processing speed and more RAM is apparent in most tasks, such as swiping between the home screens, installing and running apps, and scrolling web pages with the browser.



27. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Ugh fanboys suck balls. I love my iPhone like my N-1(wish I got froyo already) but there is no need to talk about anything other than a droid on this page! Why compare iPhone? It has nothing to do with this!(and actually taco50 except the camera the 3Gs specs are better than the motoDROIDs). Stick to the subject at hand. That said, if it wasn't for me hating Vzw I might wanna replace my N-1 with the incredible. Both are better Han the droid but the camera is what does it for me. But all in all the differences are so negligeble for me that I wouldn't upgrade. Maybe the desire might do it. Back to the point. Being someone who has a car dock and a spare charger at all times, because I am a huge power user. I wouldn't care about battery. I am way more at home with a virtual qwerty than physical, so in that respect I likethe incredible. However, I think I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like the sense UI. That may be why I like my N-1.

21. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

you know whats funny? im running sense ui on my droid as we speak. stock android wins no matter what because you root way easier and the options are endless. (ps, i thought the droids pictures were more vibrant)

24. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you know what, i was thinking the same thing!

19. Maarek Stele

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 27, 2008

A camera is nothing unless you have the speed to take the picture. For me, I always need a keyboard, my fingers are too big for touch screens. So the Droid is right for me. I've also been a huge Motorola fan and had excellent phones since the V710 (first blue tooth phone). I won't badger HTC, I have their Touch Pro which works like a charm, but lacks necessary programs that Android has. I'm also looking into more open source material and that's where Android leads the way. Put it this way, the Incredible needs to have a price drop, the processor will be outdated in a month and people will buy the Droid or Eris stating that the Incredible is too much $$$ for their need.

26. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

The Incredible is the same price as the Moto Droid....with a faster processor....I don't understand your argument?

15. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

yea, il be sticking with my droid. This phone is wonderfull and all but i dont see a big enough upgrade on any level to make me want it badly.

5. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

These are both the Best phones on the market right now, hands down.

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iPhone is still king. Sure these phones have better specs, but iPhone wins usability easily. It's funny because even though droid has more megapixels on it's camera pictures come out better on the iPhone. Specs aren't everything. It's also how you put them together.

10. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

how is iphone king? maybe in the apps department, but other than that, android is a much better and more exciting ui.

11. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I smell a fanboi....

12. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

ditto that crapple

13. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

Yes I Phone is smoother and has better apps. When new one comes out these phone will not be as good. I quit using my Droid and went back to an lg 8100 (old Phone). I will wait for new I phone now.

17. Rhetoric

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

That's a strange downgrade.

18. plyfulgentleman

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 17, 2008

iphone...hmmmm lets see here...tethering uhhmmmm... Iphone has NO TETHERING!

22. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

actually, the iphone has LESS smooth animations. my sister has an iphone and i constantly sit there and look at it and compare it. the ui of the iphone isnt only outdated, but the pictures are choppy, too. idk but androids possibility (as i said, im running SENSE UI and can switch to any rom i choose at any time) is endless. the iphone is more like the jitterbug of smartphones to me. my grandparents share an iphone...

25. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

the incredible is great and is a better option when compared to the iphone. that said, the iphone is 3 years old. the 3G and 3GS were just minor upgrades to the 2G version. this summer, we get a brand new device. that is the device that the device that the incredible needs to be compared to. 4.0 on the new iphone will be the OS and device of the summer. im a fanboy, but i will admit the evo 4g will give the new iphone a much tougher comparison than any Droid device (for now).

4. AaronWasHere

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I love how PhoneArena lacks a set of balls when it comes to actually picking a winner in these comparisons. Put on your big boy pants and have a concrete opinion.

3. dandirk unregistered

I found the droid keyboard pretty useless but I came from a curve... Way to man miss hit keys due to the flat nature of the kb. The onscreen keyboard in landscape mode is more accurate imho and if you have to tilt the phone either way, no win. The portrait mode onscreen kb is still too bunched up for me... even with better kb I miss hit many keys. Since the screens are the same size I don't expect the HTC to improve that...

9. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i love the keyboard on the droid. the buttons are nice and quiet when texting.

14. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

@dandirk If you use the keyboard more, the keys will start to become rounded, and you may like it better that way... just a thought. I am personally someone who prefers to use on screen keyboards. HTC has the Portrait QWERT and [QW][ER][TY] and landscape QWERTY as well. The Suretype qw er ty is my personal favorite, but I am excited for Swype to come out on Android as I will then use that on my Incredible when it arrives... THIS FRIDAY! (i am excited to ditch my 6900)

2. gemini6991

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

I will stick with my Motorola Droid. I enjoy having the option of the physical keyboard and between apps and rooting the phone I can customize it however I choose :). The only big difference for me is the memory and camera.

8. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i'm stickin with my droid too. the camera on the droid is amazing when outside but inside it really does suck. i'm runnin at 800 mhz also. it definitly is better with it rooted.

1. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Look like every things are almost the same the big different is the sound Motorola DROID is very loud and clear.

6. briankeith513

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 12, 2009

@ som This is hilarious! "looks like every things are almost the same? Right, buddy. The Incredible has a faster processor, more RAM, better camera, FM radio, 8GB of built in memory, better UI(Sense), 7 homescreens. But yeah, you are right, "every things are almost the same" LMAO!

16. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

it is pretty much the same.

20. PoRTaLFieLD

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

The Droid still wins in my book, unless your fingers are gigantic the physical keyboard is fine and you get used to it in like 2 days, 8GB of internal memory is a real bummer in my book, a memory card is always better, the 7 home screens argument is worthless because there is an app for 3 dollars which will give you that on the droid, the extra phone RAM is also pointless, I have every which app and then some I could think of on my droid and still have like 80 free MB's, who needs 600 apps? Nobody....I promise that processor doesn't make a big enough difference for anyone to want to charge a phone every 18 hours, thats total BS, I can't wait to see how many people complain about the Incredible's battery life, even in that review they said the FM Radio was fuzzy and pointless, which Pandora is better in my book anyway...There really is no argument, MOTO DROID wins....

23. jsnika

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 23, 2008

ok it has 8 gigs of internal memory along with an expandable memory card slot. just to clear up that part of the argument

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