The DROID Incredible 2 much like the DROID X2 is a sequel to a previously successful phone and it comes in with 3G only in a world that is going 4G. Let’s see if the same design plus upgrades is enough to make it a good choice.
Hardware & Design
The phone has the same design as before but drops the trackball, uses a 4 inch Super LCD display, a 2nd generation processor still clock at 1.0 Ghz, front facing 1.3 Megapixel camera, 16 GB of micro SD card storage pre-installed, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Global GSM roaming to round-up the features. There isn’t many physical buttons with just a power and volume that is flush into the bezel on the phone is hard to press sometimes. You do have two ports a 3.5 mm headphone jack and micro USB port for charging and syncing.
Honestly its hard to tell the different between the DROID Incredible 2 and the original unless you look real close. It still maintains the same weight as before and soft touch finish on the back which makes the phone feel good in the hand. No risky changes to the design but still a solid hardware package and build.
The rear facing camera is the same as before at 8 megapixel and with flash and 720p. Still image and video quality is a bit better than before but not by much. The camera app is the same as in all Sense UI phones and works well.
Software & Usability
The phone comes with Android 2.2 with HTC Sense UI interface. There isn’t anything really different from from the last time. If you used Sense UI before you will be familiar in using it here. You have 7 desktops with HTC Widgets and custom scenes you can use to change-up the look. The software work just as fine as before and is a bit snapper in responsiveness with the new processor. I would have been nice to have seen the new version of Sense UI that’s on the Sensation 4G and EVO 3D but there is no word if that will make its way to the Incredible 2.
Call quality is on point with most Verizon phones in the northeast. Calls sounded good and I didn’t experience and dropped calls. Battery life isn’t great as it’s on the same level as most android devices. You get about a full day with moderate usage and anything heavy you’ll be looking to charge it up.
Much like this review is the updated DROID Incredible 2 comes up short. While its is a good phone that works well, it isn’t a tremendous upgrade and only worth it if you need global roaming capabilities and prefer Sense UI over other Android skins. If you have the first one you can stay put as it’s not a big enough change to recommend the upgrade.