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The Droid Incredible 2

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My Review of the Droid Incredible Featured in an article at paramuspost.com.  Check out the meta link below for more details and pictures.

The Droid Incredible 2 is back, and it this time, HTC comes out with guns blazing. The original went under the radar living under the shadow of other Android options. This time around, it packs an unforgettable 4inch display, front facing camera, 1ghz Snapdragon processor, with 768mb of RAM and 16gb of SD storage. It also now more worthy of your pocket book because its status as a “world phone” via Verizon Wireless. With pricing at $200 on a 2-year contract, it is cheaper solution than the 4g options and is on par with the iPhone 4.

All these specs maybe standard fare for the devices already on the market, but the Incredible 2 remain distinct because of HTC’s ability to pack so much into such a small package. The gigantic phones being produced today all pack a great user experience but they are often unpack able themselves.

 

 


Hardware
At less than half an inch thick, weighing in at 4.7 ounces, it is just as slim as the iPhone. However, it doesn’t bear the same ergonomic issues. The Incredible 2 wrapped in soft touch, rubberized, matte black material with rounded corners made to conform to your hands. It doesn’t feel anywhere as fragile as the iPhone wrapped in glass either. 
The standard volume keys and power button placement is nice, but the horizontal placement of the microusb port may be a slight annoyance when using it during charge. 
The front bears a gigantic 4 inch screen, and with the exception of the Verizon logo and the speaker cut out. When the screen is off, the soft touch navigation buttons power off as well leaving a clean black slate reflective enough for a double life as a vanity mirror.
 

 
Notice the prism back-lit Android navigation buttons on the new Incredible rotate with the phone.

Display
The 4in display has the same 480x800 resolution as before rendering over 200dpi. The colors on the super LCD screen make colors pop and the viewing angle is substantial. There really isn’t anything bad to be said about it, and it is smart of HTC to adopt the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” strategy with this phone.

Performance/Battery
The philosophy is carried over when it comes to hardware as well. The new Incredible 2 packs the same class-leading 1ghz Snapdragon chip that worked so wonderfully with its first iteration. The ram upgrade is far more than sufficient to make the Incredible 2 a performer. 
May people will make the argument that dual core, 4g phones are the way to go, but keep in mind cutting edge technology takes a toll on the longevity of the battery life. The sensible restraint in hardware allowed the Incredible to be a phone that only needs to be charged every other day. This is an Incredible leap in comparison to any of the hummer phones that wont last through a solid day and my aging Droid, which needs charging almost twice a day.

 
The Droid Incredible 2 showing off its low-light photo-taking capabilities.

Software/Camera
The phone comes with HTC sense applied to the standard Android 2.2 software. The HTC sense makes the phone a lot prettier than other Android phones, the clock, weather, calendar, and messaging all have added flare.
The Incredible 2 is one of the first phones to come preloaded with Verizon applications like VZNavigator, Backup Assistant, 3g Mobile Hotspot, and Blockbuster. This may be discouraging to some since the navigation software as well as the Backup Assisant are cost added replications of features already baked into the Android operation system. However, add-ons such as the 3G Mobile Hostpot and its widgets are make up for the annoyance by being extremely helpful. The ability to track data usage is a great addition for heavy users.
The built in 8 megapixel camera is very good. Good enough to leave the point and shoot at home as long as your not going to use it in low light situations. The front facing camera is the true highlight since it allows for video calling through Skype and other apps.

 
This is the best way to express how thin this phone really is!

Final Words
The Incredible 2 doesn’t do much to set it apart from its original formula. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. In fact, it should be incentive to pick it up. The battery grips and quarks of from the first one are alleviated here. The added megapixels in the camera and addition RAM makes the phone run quick. It is lot quicker than the original with even batter battery life. 
Phones like the Incredible 2 may not be seen as technological milestones, but they still deserve the hype. The slightly larger screen is a noticeable treat in comparison to other 3.7in phones. HTC’s Incredible 2 loads web pages fast. The 3g works well, the navigation is fully functional takes less time to load than other models.

Bottom Line: Ignore what the dual core fanatics say! This is the phone to get if you want something reliable, quick, and classy.

 

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Originally published here at paramuspost.com 

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