HTC DROID Incredible 2 Malaysia Review
My hands-on review of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 confirms that it is a solid phone with a number of great features. Its "super LCD" display rivals the AMOLED screen of the Samsung Galaxy S series and the Incredible 2's build quality puts the Samsung's to shame.
HTC Droid Incredible 2: Design & Build
The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a nearly perfect combination of size and weight. It feels solid in your hand yet, at 4.6 ounces, it's among the lightest phones with a 4-inch display. And the rubberized back and sides make it super easy to hold. The HTC Droid Incredible 2 measures 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.48 inches, which makes it slightly thicker than the Galaxy S series, but the rear hump adds to gripping comfort. While the rubberized case is very functional, it's also rather bland, and I am concerned that it may start to look scratched up over time.
HTC Droid Incredible 2: Display
The HTC Droid Incredible 2 has a 4-inch display (800 x 480) which uses "super LCD" technology to produce an incredibly bright image, with natural bright colors that don't look oversaturated. Super LCD also offers better viewing angles than standard LCD screens.
Compared side-by-side with the Samsung Galaxy S 4G's highly-regarded AMOLED display, the HTC Droid Incredible 2 was slightly brighter at maximum settings and had richer colors, while the Galaxy S 4G exhibited deeper blacks. But getting into this level of minutiae on a cell phone is probably going overboard. Suffice it to say that you'll be very happy with the HTC Droid Incredible 2's display.
HTC Droid Incredible 2: Web Browsing
If you're an international traveler, the lack of 4G is made-up for (somewhat) by the fact that the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a world phone that can run on both CDMA and GSM networks. Web browsing on the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is made better by the inclusion of Flash 10.1. Pages rendered quickly and they looked fantastic on the super LCD display.
HTC Droid Incredible 2: Camera & Video
The HTC Droid Incredible 2 has an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and can shoot 720p video. There is also a dual LED flash on the back. Photos on the HTC Droid Incredible 2 were very good. Colors were natural and more detailed than most other cell phones cameras, thanks to its 8MP sensor. Both color and detail suffered in low-light conditions, though no worse than on other phones.
The 720p video recording was also better than on most other cell phones, with fewer compression or motion artifacts. But it still is not up to standalone camcorder quality. The HTC Droid Incredible 2's 1.3MP front camera offers plenty of resolution for video chat. But, here again, we really wish that 4G speeds were on tap.
HTC Droid Incredible 2: Performance
Though the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is not using the latest dual-core processors, I noticed little difference in load times or navigation when compared with a dual-core Motorola Atrix. Unless you're planning to rock 3D games on your phone, you probably won't either.
My one criticism is what Verizon/HTC did to the app list. Rather than the typical Android scrolling list, apps are broken up into sections of 16 apps per page, similar to the Samsung TouchWiz interface. If you have a lot of apps, it can get tedious scrolling through these pages one at a time.
HTC Droid Incredible 2: Battery
I didn't have time to do extensive battery life testing on the HTC Droid Incredible 2, but with a 1450mAh battery and specs similar to the HTC MyTouch 4G, I would expect the HTC Droid Incredible 2 to be typical for most smartphone—will last you through the day under normal usage and you may get 24 hours if you don't use it much.
The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is an excellent upgrade from the original Incredible in terms of display, design, and camera, but it lacks 4G support.