Hands-on video with the Droid Incredible 2

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2

How do you follow up the HTC Droid Incredible, one of the most successful phones of 2010? If you're Verizon, you tweak a little here, add a little there, but you don't mess with a good thing. Our initial Droid Incredible 2 review is definitely positive, and it should be given our love of its predecessor.

So here's the deal: The DInc 2 has grown from a 3.7-inch smartphone to a full 4-inch display. Gone is the trackpad/button from the bottom, but it's gained a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The rear shooter remains at 8MP. Internally, it's largely the same. Still a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. You've got 768MB or RAM (up from 512MB), and the phone seems speedy enough in our initial use. We would have liked to have seen more than 1GB of internal storage -- the original Droid Incredible had an extra 6GB on board, which was handy.

You don't get the latest version of HTC's Sense, UI, and we're OK with that. But what we're really starting to not be OK with is phones launching with Froyo. We're really far enough into the Gingerbead cycle -- the code was made public in December 2010 -- that it's time to see it on all new phones coming out. Or at last that's what consumers (OK, or at the very least phone nerds) believe.

Also gone are the awesome red accents from the original Droid Incredible. No iconic red earpiece. No red ring on the rear camera. No all-red battery and internals. It's almost as if someone was told they were having a little too much fun and they needed to tone it down a notch.

But that's cosmetic. We'll be giving the Droid Incredible 2 a thorough what-for. In the meantime, hit up a bunch of pics after the break.

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There are 19 comments

Android_Lee says:

If we can do with the Inc2 that we are able to do with the Inc, it's going to be a great phone.

ak110707 says:

Ok so not new sense (from the sensation, assuming that is 3.0)? Is this at least sense 2.0 (comparable to the T-Bolt)?

DolfanCole says:

Thanks Phil for the stills. One of the questions of the day though is, does it have SVDO like the Thunderbolt?

MikeS2923 says:

I agree that it will be a very solid phone, however what disappoints me is that it really isn't a huge leap forward from the original. As one of the lucky ones that got the original out of the gate before it was out of stock for weeks and months I don't see any compelling reason not to wait for Verizon to get something more comparable to the HTC Sensation. When the Incredible was released it really was an incredible phone... now over a year later the successor is just a "good" phone... disappointing...

EvanJ18 says:

the fact they dont have a sensation equivalent is part of the reason why im leaving vzw. they are seriously falling behind, tech wise. I love my Inc. But like you said the Dinc 2 isnt worth signing a 2 year contract. (the fact they got rid of 1 year contract, which is what i always opt for, is the other reason im leaving.)

JayPhill89 says:

Phil hates the dInc.

technomom says:

No trackball? I would definitely miss that from my DInc. It's my combination camera shutter and phone wakeup button and they haven't moved the USB socket to the bottom for easy docking yet?

Is the bootloader signed as it was when it was branded the Incredible "S"?

Froyo? How 2010.

So far, from what I've heard. I can deduce....
DInc1 + CM 7.0.2.1 > DInc2

oomatter says:

You'd think someone would have the decency to not call a middle of the road handset "Incredible". They should have used at least used that moniker on a LTE phone like the Thunderbolt. I certainly won't be replacing my DInc for a Dinc 2. Wake me up when we get some multi-core LTE phones with NFC on Verizon.

ScottJ says:

Maybe it should have been the Droid Incredulous.

crichton007 says:

The decreased internal storage is pretty disappointing.

Womp womp womp

meccariello says:

So basically its the same phone with no real upgrades....they just slapped a 2 on it. Verizon phones suck

bbalak says:

I'll stick with my original Incredible, thanks.

Emoney53 says:

Fail im not gonna upgrade to this for 2 years ill be happy with my original incredible until something that deserves the name incredible comes out.

I was debating on getting this ... but I really think I'm going to get an original DInc for $0.00 and enjoy the hell out of it for two years. LTE and phones will be much better and more advanced by then. I'll take my free phone and be happy VZW ...

dwt10 says:

Cant wait for Motorola to set the bar high, as they do every year. This year with the Bionic.

PortareAF says:

Well it might be the year with the Bionic...more like half year maybe... It is true Moto brought the bar with OG Droid, and raised it with the X (rocking that right now). However I think the Bionic needs to bring a little more than it showed at CES (more RAM for example, 512? child please) in order to raise the bar to the next level we all expect and want.

rmaybach says:

I have a DX, mrs has DInc. I love the screen size and battery life of the Dx, but the form factor and Sense of DInc. This (DInc 2) looks like a great compromise if anyone does not want 4G for whatever reason....

The Dinc2 looks like a great phone but I'll pass. It's really not much of a step up from the original Dinc. And since the Thunderbolt is a battery devouring monster I'll be rocking my original Dinc until something much, much better comes along.