HTC Droid Incredible 2 First-Look Review

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UPDATE: This “first impressions” review was based on a short time with this device. A more complete version written after much more in-depth testing is available here:

 


The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is one of the newest Android OS 2.2 phones offered by Verizon Wireless. It has a lot to offer: a 4-inch WVGA super LCD touchscreen, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera plus a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, a web browser with Adobe Flash Player 10.1, and 3G mobile hotspot capability.

This “first impressions” review is based on a short time with this smartphone. I’m already working on a more in-depth review that will be out in a week or so, when I have had time to fully test it out. 

BUILD & DESIGN

The Droid Incredible 2 is significantly smaller than some of the giants like the HTC ThunderBolt and the HTC EVO 4G. The sides are slightly thinner than the overall device, since the back bumps out just a bit, so the phone really does feel slim. There’s almost no border around the display, so you get the sense that the phone is as small as possible, with no wasted space.

HTC Droid Incredible 2The back of the phone is coated with a rubberized finish that is slightly textured. The back bump-out looks kind of cool, in a Droid sort of way, and suits the device well. Fortunately the phone is just the right width to hold comfortably in my hand, because it does seems a bit slippery, like it could fall out of my hand at any moment. Though I hate to cover it up with a case, I think it would be a good idea with this phone.

The screen looks really nice, and though I’m more used to phones with 4.3-inch displays, I hardly missed that slight bit of space that is missing from this 4.0-inch display. Everything is sharp, with vivid colors, so I expect that games are going to look great. Text entry is a breeze as well, with a virtual keyboard that has plenty of room so my fingers don’t feel too cramped.


PERFORMANCE

The HTC Droid Incredible 2 has performed well in my rather limited initial testing. It’s very fast and responsive, and I didn’t feel like I really had to wait for any of the included apps to load, or when I was switching from one app to another.

HTC Droid Incredible 2The web browser performs well, though I haven’t had the opportunity to visit all of my test sites yet to see how it will handle Adobe Flash, embedded video, and other issues.

The external speaker offers great volume, though I’m concerned about how tinny it sounded with the first few songs that I played. This will require further testing to determine if it’s a problem with the device or merely the fault of my song selection.

As with most of HTC’s Android devices, the Sense user interface is here layered over Google’s standard one, and it works just as I expect, offering cool weather animations on the home page as well as the familar FriendStream app that unifies my Facebook and Twitter accounts.

HTC Droid Incredible 2The camera on the Incredible 2 is super responsive and focuses very fast. It seems able to capture every moment, no matter how quickly it passes by, and I was able to get pictures of even fast-moving objects without any blurring. If my initial impressions hold true throughout the testing period, it will come out a real winner and be one of the major highlights of this device.


PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION

I’m really excited to test the Droid Incredible 2 from HTC. The original Incredible is still my favorite of all the phones I’ve reviewed, so this new edition of the phone has a lot to live up to. So far the physical design, the screen, and the camera are all top notch, and my only major concerns relate to the external speaker. Stay tuned for the full review on Brighthand.

 

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