Motorola DROID and HTC Droid Incredible: side by side


When the Motorola DROID A855 was introduced last year it came with Android 2.0, but has recently been updated to Android 2.1, which also comes on the HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300. The key difference is that the Motorola DROID keeps the user interface as stock Android “Google experience”, but the HTC Droid Incredible includes the HTC Sense UI (very similar to the one on the HTC DROID ERIS) which adds extra functionality and personalization to the device. For starters, the Motorola DROID only has 3 homes screens that you can swipe between, but the HTC Droid Incredible has 7 home screens to allow for more desktop widgets and program shortcuts. Also, the HTC Droid Incredible includes 7 scenes, which alter the overall appearance of the home screens to allow for even greater customization, which you can change between or save a current scene at any time. We also like that the HTC Droid Incredible includes more desktop widgets than what’s found on the Motorola DROID, including Friend Stream, which continually pulls updates from your social networking sites. Additional software benefits that the HTC Sense UI includes is better integration with your contacts, as you can view details, messages, emails, updates and events, photos, and call history for each one separately. Unfortunately, neither device comes with the slick 3D Program Launcher that is included on the Google Nexus One.

The web experience is also pretty similar between the two devices, as they use a WebKit based browser that has support for multitouch pinch-to-zoom. The only benefit is that the browser on the HTC Droid Incredible also includes Adobe Flash Lite 4.1, which allows for some embedded Flash files to work in web pages, but it is still quite limited. Future support for Flash 10.1 is included on either browser.


Both the Motorola DROID A855 and HTC Incredible ADR6300 are well equipped when it comes to their multimedia capabilities. Image viewing and video playback is standard, which we tested using a H.264 encoded MP4 file with 720x306 resolution and 1500kbps sample rate. The HTC Droid Incredible also supports TV out with a wide variety of formats (NTSC-M, NTSC-J, PAL-BDGHIN, PAL-M and PAL-N) but a cable is not included, so we guess that it will be available as an accessory.

The music player on the HTC Droid Incredible is laid out slightly different than the one used by the Motorola DROID, but offers similar features, such as viewing audio files by artists, albums, playlists, songs, genres, composers and purchased. Music playback through the rear speaker on the Motorola DROID is a bit louder than the HTC Droid Incredible, but both sound good and distortion free. The HTC also adds an FM Radio Tuner, but it requires you to use a wired set of headphones, which is used as the radio antenna. We tested it out with two sets of earbuds, and most radio stations would not come in, and the ones that did had a large amount of static, which is uncommon as south FL has dozens of strong-signal radio stations.


A picture is worth a thousand words…but the image quality says a lot too. One area that is lacking on the Motorola DROID is the camera program, as it only has a handful of settings, such as for the resolution, flash mode, scenes, autofocus, etc. Thankfully the HTC Droid Incredible includes more options like the ISO, metering mode, and review duration, which make it more advanced. Also, when capturing an image with the Motorola DROID you use the two-stop shutter button on the side: pressing it down half-way to first focus, then all the way to snap the picture. The HTC Droid Incredible continually focuses on the center of the image, but you can tap anywhere on the screen to change your focus point to another area (which is nice if the subject is off-center), then press the optical pad to capture the image. Since the Motorola DROID comes with a 5MP camera, and the HTC Droid Incredible has an 8MP camera, we were eager to see which device captured the best images. (You can also check out our Q4 Cameraphone Comparison.) Images that were taken by the HTC Droid Incredible outside on a sunny day are sharper and clearer than ones taken by the Motorola DROID, but the HTC has a tendency to overexpose some areas while the Motorola will look a bit dull in its colors. When moving indoors the differences became less apparent, as both show a lot of grain and have difficulty focusing in low-light conditions. Each camera is paired with a dual-LED flash, and as we discovered, the one on the HTC Droid Incredible is brighter and has a larger effective range, but you’ll need to make sure the subject is at least 4 feet away; otherwise it will come out overexposed by the flash.

Video recording is supported by each device. The Motorola Droid can record at 720x480 resolution at 25FPS, with embedded audio at 16kHz, and with a total data rate of 3Mbps. While the HTC Droid Incredible records video at 800x480 resolution at 28FPS, with embedded audio at 8kHz, and with a total data rate of 2Mbps. So what does all this mean? Simply put, the HTC is capable of recording at a slightly higher resolution than the Motorola, but when viewing them on a PC, the video recorded by the Motorola DROID looks sharper and overall better than the video recorded by the HTC.

Motorola Droid sample video at 720x480 pixels resolution.
HTC Droid Incredible sample video at 800x480 pixels resolution.

We believe that the HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300 captures the best overall pictures, but the videos recorded by the Motorola DROID A855 look a bit better. So you’ll have to ask yourself which is the most important to you.



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: 3791; 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

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.

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)

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.

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).

15. bucky

Posts: 3791; 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.

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?

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: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you know what, i was thinking the same thing!

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.

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