Motorola DROID and HTC Droid Incredible: side by side

Introduction, Design and Hardware

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.

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