Motorola DROID and HTC Droid Incredible: side by side


As we mentioned earlier, the Motorola DROID comes with a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM, while the HTC Droid Incredible features a beefier 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 576MB of RAM. Because of this, the HTC is noticeably faster and smoother when using the interface, as well as running apps and performing different tasks.

The call quality of the Motorola DROID and HTC Droid Incredible are quite good, but we could hear some differences. First off, the slight “background static” that we heard while using the Motorola is not present on the HTC, as it is clear and lacks any background noise. However, voices on our end sounded more true-to-life while using the Motorola DROID, as the HTC Droid Incredible sounding a bit flat. People that we called said our voice sounded nearly the same on their end regardless of which phone we were using. Signal reception was also about equal with both the Motorola DROID A855 and HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300 showing 2-3 bars in high-coverage areas around south FL. When going into the software menus, both had between -89dB and -91dB of signal strength (numbers closer to 0 are better).

The Motorola DROID comes with a 1400mAh battery that is rated to provide up to 6.4 hours of talk time, while the HTC Droid Incredible has a lower capacity 1300mAh battery that is rated at 5.2 hours of talk time. During our testing we were able to get an amazing 7hr 30min of continuous talk time on the Motorola DROID, but only 5hr 30min of talk time on the HTC Droid Incredible. For normal mixed usage, which includes some talk, text, web, and standby, we were able to get nearly a day on the Motorola DROID before needing to connect the charger, but the HTC Droid Incredible was only able to last about 18 hours. So it appears that the extra processing power of the HTC does eat-up the battery faster.


So which Android device is best for you? It basically comes down to which features you believe to be the most important. The Motorola DROID has been around for nearly six months and has a large following. It was recently updated to Android 2.1 and has a nice TFT display, as well as a QWERTY keyboard (though not the best designed), and is constructed out of metal. On the other hand, the HTC Droid Incredible is hot off the plastic presses and comes with a beautiful AMOLED display, faster processor, HTC Sense UI, and an 8MP camera. Our advice is that if you are considering purchasing either one, try them both out in a store first, as heavy texters may gravitate to the Motorola due to the physical keyboard, but power-users may prefer the HTC because it is faster and has more personalization. But if you’re one of the thousands of current Motorola DROID owners, is it worth replacing it with the HTC Droid Incredible? Probably not, unless there is something about the HTC Droid Incredible that is a must-have for you.

For more details, please see our full in-depth reviews of the Motorola DROID A855 and HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300.

Motorola DROID Review
Motorola DROID
HTC Droid Incredible Review
HTC Droid Incredible
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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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