HTC Aria vs. HTC Droid Incredible – Review

by Jerry D on August 2, 2010

What’s the difference between a fully-fledged smartphone and a mid-range or budget model? By throwing the HTC Aria into the ring with the heavily muscled HTC Incredible, we can see what the core differences are in terms of screen size, memory, processor speed and camera quality. Let’s start the experiment…

Connectivity:

In this round, it’s usually hard to prise a mid-range/budget phone and a smartphone apart. In terms of connectivity, the HTC Aria includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. The Droid Incredible, meanwhile, packs CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

How do our fighters measure up To each other? The Aria and the Droid Incredible measure 104.1 x 58.4 x 11.7mm and 117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9mm respectively. The Aria is the thinner of the two. The Droid Incredible is beefier than its opponent, weighing 130g. In contrast, the Aria weighs 115g. (2-1)

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Camera:

The Aria’s 5.0 MP lens features autofocus, geo-tagging, ‘touch focus’ and VGA video recording. The Droid Incredible impresses with a better camera, which has a resolution of 8.0 Megapixels and includes autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging and video capture. (2-2)

Screen/keyboard:

The Aria boasts a touch-sensitive LCD display, measuring 3.2 inches and delivering a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. In comparison, the Droid Incredible’s touch-sensitive AMOLED screen is a roomier 3.7 inches across. It boasts a better screen resolution too – 480 x 800 pixels – delivering a far better Android experience. (2-3)

Performance:

In terms of raw power and usability, the Aria’s engine is a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 chip; the Droid Incredible relies on a Snapdragon (QSD8650), which zooms along at 1GHz. Both phones run Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC’s Sense UI and should be upgradeable to 2.2 when HTC produces a customised version of the software. (2-4)

Storage:

In terms of storage capacity, the Droid Incredible features 8GB of internal storage, while the Aria features 384MB. Yes, the Aria also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 32GB. But you can expand the memory of the Droid Incredible up to a maximum of 40GB. Nice. (2-5)

Battery life:

With a maximum charge, HTC claims 6.0 hours of talktime for the Aria, compared to 5.2 hours for the Droid Incredible. Standby times are 372 hours and 146 hours respectively. That’s one to the Aria. (3-5)

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Extras:

Summing up, the Aria also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS plus GPS/A-GPS. The Droid Incredible features GPS/A-GPS, a similar built-in FM radio tuner and a digital compass (3-6)

The HTC Droid Incredible wins!

droid incredible HTC Aria vs. HTC Droid Incredible   ReviewNot entirely a surprise… The Droid Incredible emerges as the winner of this fight (3-6). It has the highest-spec camera (plus the best all-round camera features). It also has the most memory out of the box, the better display and the bigger of the two screens. If the result here shows us anything, it’s what a mid-range smartphone looks like and what the technological trade-offs are.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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