Motorola DROID and HTC Droid Incredible: side by side
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.
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