HTC Droid Incredible 2 by Verizon Wireless is the latest smartphone running on Android OS 2.2 Froyo. In comparison, the smartphone is more like HTC Incredible S, the international GSM phone version released in February. The smartphone offers a few nice improvements as compared to its predecessor smartphone HTC Droid Incredible which was released in 2010. Now, the Incredible 2 has large 4 inch capacitive touchscreen. The other major features include rear-facing camera of 8 MP with 720p HD video recording capability, improved browsing experience with support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1. The smartphone offers world roaming and 3G mobile hotspot capability.
The major upgrade in Incredible 2 from Incredible is of design. The design of HTC Droid Incredible 2 is simple and plain but it is tougher, solid and more elegant with aluminum body. The Incredible 2 is 4.75 inches tall, 2.52 inches wide, 0.48 inches thick and has weight 4.77 ounces. The display is capacitive touchscreen super LCD technology with size 4 inches and resolution 480×800. Moreover, the display is mulittouch with Light and Proximity sensors due to which the overall response is really great while scrolling and launching applications.
The left spine of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 has microUSB port with volume control on top. The right side has no controls and ports. The headphone jack is present at the top of the smartphones with a power button. The smartphone has no physical keyboard.
The navigation on the smartphone is powered by HTC Sense which provides faster and smoother navigation and booting with many UI customization options. HTC sense does add nice aesthetics to the Froyo OS with some really cool widgets that include Weather application, Group Contacts, Friend Stream social network and Leap screen navigation system which provides the thumbnails of the home screens. Other preloaded applications include Adobe Reader, City ID, HTC Footprints and NFL Mobiles along with Verizon’s VCast applications.
Moreover, the smartphone has virtual keyboard which is not very fast but the keyboard layout is spacious which is really easy to use. Four shortcuts are present that are Home, Menu, Back and Search at the bottom of the screen below the display. Orientation can be either portrait or landscape and nice thing is the icons also rotate if you rotate the phone and change the orientation.
The main feature of HTC Droid Incredible 2 is its world roaming capability. The smartphone is dual mode and have support for both GSM and CDMA networks. The Incredible 2 has the ability to detect that the CDMA network is no longer available and automatically switch to GSM network. The smartphone comes with preinstalled SIM card that Verizon Wireless unlocks after certain period of time and after confirming that the user is financially strong or stable.
The smartphone has music player and has support for MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A, AMR, OGG and MIDI formats. Video playback feature is really good and videos are played smoothly without any distortion. Supported formats for videos are MPEG 4, H.263, H.264, WMV, 3GP and 3G2. The smartphone has FM radio and also YouTube player.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 has 8 MP rear-facing Camera with Dual LED flash and has Auto focus, Face detection and Geo tagging features. There is also an additional 1.3 MP front-facing Camera. The smartphone has Video Capture feature and provide resolution 1280×720 (720pHD) with video light. In addition, Incredible 2 is Skype phone with video calling ability. The smartphone has speakerphone for video and conference calling and multimedia messaging.
Regarding connectivity, the device has Bluetooth, WiFi (802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n), microUSB port for USB charging and connecting mass storage device, and 3.5 mm Headphone connector. The smartphone can be used as the WiFi hotspot for 5 devices. The Incredible 2 has 3G support which is bit disappointing when there are Android smartphones out there with latest OS 2.3 Gingerbread running and has 4G support. Moreover, the device has support for Location based services of type GPS, A-GPS and E911 with navigation.
Phonebook capacity depends on the memory available and users can assign Ring ID and Picture ID to the contacts, can search the contacts by either first or last name, can create caller groups and can assign multiple numbers per contact. The Organizer applications include Calendar, Alarms, Document Viewer, Notes, Calculator and Stopwatch.
Call quality of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is really fine. Users will not experience any voice distortion and noise because the smartphone supports the noise cancellation technology. Overall the audio and video quality of the smartphone is pretty decent.
The Incredible 2 is running on 1000 MHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor with 768 MB RAM. Though the smartphone does not have dual core processor but application launching speed and navigation speed through menus and screens is really smooth and quick. The battery capacity is 1450mAh with 6.5 hours talk time and 15 days of stand-by time.
At the end, HTC Droid Incredible 2 has no doubt had good enhancements and upgrades. The major upgrade is its dual mode capability that is support for both GSM and CDMA networks. However, the users who are more excited about the new Gingerbread OS or want to have 4G network support should check out other Android smartphones like HTC Thunderbolt.