Motorola Droid 2 vs. HTC Droid Incredible – Review

by Jerry D on August 12, 2010

As time goes on, the HTC Droid Incredible seems less and less, well, ‘incredible’. The Droid X is worthy of the moniker, as is the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S. Even the new and improved Droid 2 shows no mercy. Here’s another Droid vs. Droid match-up…
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Connectivity:

As far as wireless technology goes, the two phones should be evenly matched. The Droid 2 comes with CDMA 1X 800/1900, EVDO rev. A, shows off its ‘newness’ with extra 802.11n Wi-Fi support plus Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP. The Droid Incredible, meanwhile, boasts CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A, just the two wireless bands (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Droid 2 goes one up. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

So how pocket-friendly are our two phones? Good question. The Droid 2 measures 116.3 x 60.0 x 13.7mm, while the Droid Incredible is 117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9mm in comparison. Overall, the Droid 2 is the bigger of the two phones. In terms of weight, Moto’s Droid 2 weighs a 169g, while the Incredible is a more lightweight 130g. (1-1)

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Camera:

The Droid 2 comes packing a built-in 5.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging and a DVD quality (that’s a 720 x 480 resolution) video recording capability.

The Droid Incredible boasts superior imaging technology and defeats the Droid 2 with a 8.0 Megapixel camera and various photography frills that include autofocus, a matching dual LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture. (1-2)

Screen/keyboard:

The Droid 2 features a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The original Droid was known for its slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Motorola has listened to customer feedback and improved the keyboard in this updated model.

The touch-sensitive AMOLED screen on the Droid Incredible has the same 3.7-inch dimensions. But it boasts a slightly poorer screen resolution – 480 by 800 pixels. But not enough to really make a difference. (2-2)

Performance:

In terms of raw power and usability, the Droid Incredible uses a Snapdragon (QSD8650) processor, rated at 1GHz. The Droid 2′s processor is an equally speedy 1GHz TI OMAP chip.

Android 2.2 (Froyo) grabs the headlines on the Droid 2 – it’s the first handset to ship with 2.2 rather than receive it via an over-the-air (OTA) upgrade. The Droid Incredible launched with Android 2.1 (Eclair), enhanced by HTC’s well-liked Sense UI. (2-2)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

The Droid 2 wins the internal storage battle with 16GB, compared to the 8GB on the Incredible. The Droid 2 also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 40GB. You can also expand the memory of the Droid Incredible via its microSD slot. Again the maximum is 40GB. (3-2)

Battery life:

With a maximum charge, Motorola boasts 9.5 hours of talktime for its Droid 2, versus a quoted 5.2 hours for the Incredible. The standby times are 315 hours for the Droid 2 and 146 hours for the Droid Incredible. So the Droid 2 takes the round here and has built up a commanding lead. (4-2)

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Extras:

The Droid 2 also includes GPS/A-GPS sat-nav functionality, a digital compass and a 3G mobile hotspot feature (supporting up to 5 devices). The Droid Incredible also features GPS/A-GPS, a built-in FM radio tuner and a digital compass. (4-2)

The Motorola Droid 2 wins!

Droid2 Front Home Motorola Droid 2 vs. HTC Droid Incredible   ReviewNot so ‘Incredible’ now, huh? The Droid 2 has newer technology on its side and KO’s its sibling to win the fight (4-2). Where was the fight won? The Keyboard is an obvious advantage for heavy emailers and tweeters, while the Droid 2 also comes with more memory as standard – 8GB internal and an 8GB microSD card. We’re liking the updated Motorola handset and it’s a good addition to Verizon’s powerful Droid army.

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

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