- Extremely thin and light
- Great speed and responsiveness
- Nice display
- Some voice quality issues especially outside
- Slightly disappointing battery life
Doesn't quite live up to its predecessor, but still a good smartphone.
The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is one of the newest Android OS 2.2 phones offered by Verizon Wireless. It has a 4.0-inch super LCD WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera plus a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, a web browser with Adobe Flash Player 10.1, and 3G mobile hotspot capability so you can share your smartphone’s Internet connection with other mobile devices.
The Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2 is available for $200 with a new two-year service contract.
BUILD & DESIGN
The Incredible 2 closely resembles its older cousin, the original Incredible. There are a few differences of course — the exterior of the case is a matte material rather than shiny, and the cool red accents around the camera lens and inside the battery compartment are gone. The optical joystick is also gone, so if you’re a big fan of the original device you’ll have to make some adjustments if you upgrade to the new model.
Some things are still the same, however, so you’ll find that the Incredible 2 is very thin and super light. The “bumps” on the back of the phone are also still there, though they have been slightly reconfigured. The back of the phone is rubberized, so it’s easy to grip in your hand and won’t slip.
The overall build quality is top notch, which I’ve come to expect from HTC. The phone feels solid, and though the back cover snaps on securely, you won’t find that it’s too hard to get off if you need to switch out the microSD card.
The display is just as nice as anything I’ve used on other recent HTC devices, though it does tend to be one of the worst I’ve seen as far as gathering fingerprint smudges are concerned. Most phones don’t need to be cleaned more than once every few days, but I’ve found myself compulsively wiping the Incredible 2′s screen off almost every single time I use it.
One thing I noticed is that in lower light situations, such as when you’re using your phone to check your email one last time before you go to bed, the screen can be almost painfully bright, even at the lowest brightness setting. That makes it easier to read in bright situations, especially outdoors in sunlight, but could be a partial explanation for the battery life issues noted below.
In all other respects, I found the display to be really nice, from color saturation to lack of pixelization. When examined very closely, I don’t see the hard edges of the individual squares, but a softer pattern that isn’t noticeable when you’re looking at the screen from a normal distance.
There’s no physical keyboard here, so you’ll be using the on-screen virtual one. It’s easy to use since the display is so large, though of course the excellent word-completion software that’s part of Android really helps me get text entry done quickly. I also found the keyboard much easier to use in landscape mode than in portrait, though of course that’s a personal preference.
Other Buttons & Controls
The headphone jack and the power button are on the top edge of the Incredible 2. The volume button and the charge/sync port are on the left side. There’s a status light in the speaker grille at the top of the device; it glows orange when charging, green when complete, and flashes green when you have new notifications.
All of the buttons are very thin and extremely low profile, so they can be a little hard to find and use. Even when I run my finger up the edge of the phone it can still be hard to actually find and press the button I’m looking for. That’s especially true of the volume button; since it’s just one button I always seem to turn up the volume (or zoom in the camera shot) instead of turning it down.
It also means that it can be hard to tell which end is which when you grab your phone out of your pocket or bag without looking. That can be rather frustrating unless you memorize which way the ridges are arranged on the back cover — only one of the corners has an angle, the one on the back bottom left corner of the device when you’re looking at the screen.