Yesterday we received Droid Incredible 2 and got to play with it the whole day! Before I go into greater detail and review, I would like to say thanks to Verizon PR folks and Developers for letting us review the unit before it even hit the store and share this review with MWD audience.
So let’s get started with Droid Incredible 2 Review!
As some of you might noticed today, Verizon released press about the Droid Incredible 2 which entails good detail as to what the phone looks like and also the release date. Release date for Droid Incredible 2 is on April 28th and it’s going to be available in all Verizon stores but you will also have option to buy it online at Verizon Wireless. Price is right! Price for Droid Incredible 2 is going to be $199 which is kind of standard nowadays for smartphones, but if you want to get it cheaper you might want to hit online stores such as Wirefly or Amazon.
Droid Incredible 2 Display:
Incredible 2 has nice display, I LOVE the size, I think its the perfect size for smartphone and I also think that in the near future other companies should look up to Droid Incredible screen size! Its not too wide, not too long but perfect! It’s not Super AMOLED or Retina Display but you must be really picky if your deciding factor is S.A or Retina. Size of the display is 4 inches with 480×854 resolution.
Droid Incredible 2 Battery and Battery Life:
While battery was at 100% I was able to: Make Skype call for 20 minutes, played Angry Birds for 15-20 minutes, browse for almost 1hr, socialize via Seesmic app for twitter for the whole day, shot 26 pictures, 5 minute video, used 3G hotspot for 3 hours, wifi was turned on for 7 hours. I did all that and battery life was at 37% of battery life, which is incredible comparing to other Android smartphones. I am really not sure what they did to this phone, because I have seen similar hardware and same OS but battery would never last that long! Battery is loaded with 1450 mAh.
Droid Incredible 2 Size:
It’s not to small but not to big for holding in hand either. People will not think you are talking on Tablet , thats for sure.
Original metrics: Length: 4.72 Width: 2.52 Depth: 0.46
Droid Incredible 2 Pictures and Video:
I can just say oh, my god! Pictures out of this device are astonishing, I took few pictures on this crapy day and even they look awesome. I took pictures in dark too as you can see and if you have not noticed but other smartphones leave either yellowish-white picture , well with Droid Incredible 2 that was not the case at all! It has 8MP camera on the back and 1.3MP camera on the front (mostly used for video calling). Taking video shot of 5 minutes was great at 720p (HD) but I have seen better quality before.
Droid Incredible 2 Hardware, Software and Memory(Specs):
Well the specifications on hardware and software is pretty much same as what it’s currently out in market, so don’t get too excited. It is not Dual Core, it is loaded with Android 2.2.1 OS. I am not sure if this is correct (see picture) but THIS unit came with 1GB Internal memory, and 16GB MicroSD! I have seen some pre-reviews and most of them said the phone has 8GB + expandable upto 32GB with microSD. I will update you on more regarding the internal and external memory within 24hrs and correct the statement. It is loaded with spank new qualcomm 1GHZ MSM8655 Snapdragon processor, which is quite nice to have, when you have such powerful phone like this one.Droid Incredible 2 DOES support flash and flash video in browser, I always go to my friends site Gcommerceinc to test the flash, because they have flash banner and flash video on site. I was able to display both without any problem. I also played Flash games for like 10 minutes online! (No, not Farmville ). Some other hardware specs : Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP, 768MB RAM…
Droid Incredible 2 Pre-Loaded Apps:
It comes with lots of apps, some are very familiar to smartphone owners, but some are exclusive to Verizon. Sure Verizon added their VZNavigator and VCast Videos app which you will not be able to uninstall. My favorite apps are NFL Mobile, Need For Speed: Shift (racing game) and 3G Mobile Hotspot. Speaking of 3G Mobile Hotspot, I was able to use it for hours but only used data for about 15 minutes on my iPad 2. Speed was ok, I mean I hit somewhere between 600-800kbps on average, still better than dial-up? hahahah.
Droid Incredible 2 Verdict by MWD after 12 hours review:
I love to predict future in technology and I usually am 80-90% right when I do so, but back in October of 2010 when I predicted what Droid Incredible 2 is going to have, I pretty much nailed it by 60%? (See for your self). At that time I really expected that Droid Incredible 2 is going to have dual core processor but unfortunately it does not. Is the phone fast? YES! It is very fast even without the dual core processor, and I tested 1 few months ago. The difference between single and dual core processor to me is just how well the heavy applications are handled, otherwise I have not seen any improvement such as opening and closing apps etc… I think this phone is perfect for everyone that loves to take pictures and videos, that loves to customize the screens and still be popular with their new gadget for at least one year. Battery life on Droid Incredible 2 is what impressed me the most, as I mentioned earlier I tested many android phones and I have not seen one that performed such good battery life as Droid Incredible 2 does.
Some of you are still in between the iPhone 4 and Droid Incredible 2, well don’t be. Your decision I think will be more based as to what an operating system can do vs what the two phones have for hardware. I love my iPhone 4 but then again I love Android OS overall (been android gadget owner since 2007-2011). HTC Thunderbolt or Droid Incredible 2? I Think the major difference is the 3G vs 4G, I would prefer to go with 4G just because of tethering and wifi sharing possibility. When you share wifi over 3g you can hit somewhere between 300kbps and 1mb, but with 4G you hit more than 2-3MB on devices that are connected to devices like HTC Thunderbolt. Other than that both smartphones are awesome, when it comes to design and battery life, I would go with Droid Incredible 2, but when it comes to network speed, HTC Thunderbolt would be my option.
Here are two sets of Droid Incredible 2 Pictures. First set are pictures of the smartphone it self, and then pictures taken with the phone start by the pictures taken outside (green), two pictures of me (one taken in totall darkness and another one in bright room) dogs sleeping pictures are taken in total darkness, I had to wake them up! See what I do for you’all?
Droid Incredible 2 Video Review:
Here is the Video version of Droid Incredible 2 review I just uploaded to Youtube.
Yesterday when we wrote about Droid Incredible 2 we released sneak peek photo and also at the bottom of the article, we asked our audience to post questions about the Droid Incredible 2. Now, I would like to answer those questions as the last part of this review. If you have some other questions regarding this phone please use the commenting section below and I will answer it as soon as possible.
Question: How is the battery life with regard to leaving sync on, and screen turned up to auto sensitivity? (By Adit)
Answer: Battery life on Droid Incredible 2 so far has been great, we played with it for almost whole day and still had 20% left by the end of the day, and we did a LOT of testing with auto sensitivity turned on.
Question: I’d like to know if the Incredible 2 the same size as the original? or is it as big as the Droid X. (by Mcv-exchange)
Answer: Droid Incredible 2 is little bit bigger than original Droid Incredible you can see it actually in the picture below, how about that!
Question: I really want to know about the quality of photos in regular lighting indoors. Are they grainy? What is the speed between the time you push the button to take the photo and the time it actually snaps the shot. (By Chelsea)
Answer: Quality of picture is AMAZING!!!!! No seriously! I loved the pictures of original Droid Incredible due to 8mp camera, but they did something better with Droid Incredible 2, after all it’s x2! Speed between the push and snap of picture is less than one second, out of 30-40+ Android phones I personally have reviewed, this one so far had the least delay! Not kidding! If I remember I will take picture in video you can watch.
Question: Throw up comparisons to the original Incredible in terms of speed, design, etc… Also comparisons to the Thunderbolt and/or iPhone 4 (by Logan)
Answer: Thunderbolt in my opinion is bit better, but again (IMO!!) because it has 4G but when it comes to speed and stuff, Droid Incredible 2 Wins! So what do you want? Speed of your network, or speed of your smartphone? iPhone 4 vs Droid Incredible 2? I hate comparing Android OS to iOS, but let me tell you this, when it comes to pictures, videos, response time, controlability..then Droid Wins. But if we are talking about the productivity etc? Like using front facing camera on skype or watching movies on Netflix, or having all cute little apps that App Store provides, then iPhone 4 wins. So what do you want? Cute, Nice polished apps or Awesome pictures-video and flash in the browser?
Question(s) and Answer(S): (asked by LundynsMommy)
1. does it save ALL text messages forever unless you delete them?
- I have not msg much, but I would imagine it saves ALL your txt msgs, which phone does not?
2. can you easily search/navigate text messages? I’m assuming you can text in a chat-type format, but then can you go through messages individually later?
-Yes it is easy to search and navigate, it has search option for all msgs or individual ones.
3. is it true that you can use the Swype technology on their keyboard?
-No there is not Swype pre-installed, but you can install it later on.
4. is the internal storage still only 8GB?
- 1GB! + 32GB MicroSD! (This answer is subject to change! This unit we currently are reviewing has only 1GB, others say it has 8GB internal memory)
5. does it allow plug and play to any computer to access the phone’s contents?
6. where is the microSD slot located?
MicroSD card insert is internal behind the battery cover, but you don’t need to take the battery out, just pop the cover off and slide it in.
7. how is the flash for the camera? does it white-out whatever you’re taking a picture of?
- it has best flash I have yet to seen! (white-out? I have not experienced it! see pix)
8. what is the fps for the video?
-Have not tested the frames, but looking at the data of the video it is 30fps. Takes 720HD videos.
Well folks, thats the full review of Droid Incredible 2, I hope you like it, and please don’t judge my language, sometimes when I write long articles I tend to be horrible at grammar and that is because I speak and write 5 languages
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