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Droid Incredible 2

The Droid Incredible 2 is official, folks. Coming to Verizon on April 28 for 199 on contract, it's a bit of a bump from the original Droid Incredible, but nothing that'll knock your socks off, at least on paper. Here's what we're looking at:

  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • 4-inch Super LCD display.
  • 1GHz  "next generation" Snapdragon processor
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with 720p video recording
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Dual GSM/CDMA -- a "world phone."

All in all, exactly what we've expected given the course of leaks we've broken. Full presser's after the break.

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced that DROID Incredible 2 by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, will be available beginning April 28 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

DROID Incredible 2 by HTC follows in the footsteps of the popular DROID Incredible by HTC and features the Android™ 2.2 platform, a crisp 4-inch super LCD display, next-generation 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor and 3G Mobile Hotspot that can connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Equipped with the hallmark HTC Sense™ experience, DROID Incredible 2 by HTC offers advanced personalization options, consolidated email capability and unique camera effects and filters. With its sleek, all-black design, DROID Incredible 2 by HTC combines functionality and speed into one stylish package. DROID Incredible 2 by HTC is a global-ready Android smartphone, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, with more than 125 with 3G speeds.

Additional features include:

8.0-megapixel main camera with dual LED flash
1.3-megapixel front facing camera
720p HD video capture plus DLNA® to share multimedia content with a compatible TV
Adobe® Flash® Player
SRS WOWHD™ surround sound
Automatic face detection for more accurate pictures
Integrated noise-cancellation technology


Verizon Wireless customers that purchase DROID Incredible 2 by HTC will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is $29.99 for monthly access. Verizon Wireless customers traveling outside of the United States should contact Verizon Wireless' global customer support team at 1-800-922-0204 before embarking on their trip to ensure their phones have the right features for global usage.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

 

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Droid Incredible 2 is official, available on April 28 for $199

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Did anyone else notice that they moved the order of the buttons around?

Froyo? DroidX just got Ginger Bread!

If your talking about the bottom buttons they are in the same order as the original DINC. The only difference is the menu button. It doesn't say menu anymore it just has 3 horizontal lines.
They did switch the power button and headphone jack on top though.

Yeah that's the way HTC has always made them. My old Eris was the same order and as you've mentioned it said "Menu" instead of the three lines. My DX has home and menu switched around, but that's Moto's way of doing it. IIRC Sammy has their own way of doing them too...

Not all HTC phones have that order.

Nexus One has a different order. (Arguably the correct order as intended for Android).

This drives me nuts. Every time I want to help friend or family out with phone setup I stumble into one of these with different order. Drives me nuts.

There's a correct order? Why is the Nexus One order correct and not the Nexus S order? They're both designed by Google and the Nexus S is the latest...

I agree! drives me crazy too, I think they need to standardize it.. just to unify the platform a little bit.. custom skins? fine.. but at least make the buttons the same across the board. :)

Thunderbolt isn't top-end, it's last year's EVO with with LTE. Not bad, but not in the same league at this year's dual-core phones.

Nah. The Inspire 4G is only $99 from AT&T and free on contract at Amazon. It's basically the same phone as the Thunderbolt except it has HSPA+ instead of LTE and no front facing camera. LTE and the front facing camera certainly make the Thunderbolt a better phone, but the Inspire 4G is still an excellent high end phone at a great price if you have no qualms with AT&T. Moral of the story... not all high end phones are expensive.

Inspire 4G is a capable phone, but the EVO 3D blows it away, spec-wise. (Or at least it WILL, when it's released.) The Inspire 4G is basically a mid-range phone, which happens to have a big screen.

The introduced the Incredible 2 and didn't fix one of the glaring problems with it, the placement of the buttons on the left hand side so that they inadvertently get press any time you hold the phone in your left hand.

Also, the placement of the USB cable on the left when it really should be on the bottom. So I guess we'll never see a docking station for this Incredible either.

port just needs to not be on the same side as the volume rocker.. that's why we never got a dock for the DINC.. didn't pass QC cause no one could change the volume when listening to music while docked.. /facepalm

How much will it cost flat out? I just bought a Droid X because i couldn't stand the iPhone, but now i want this - i'm still in my 15 day window - if anyone know please respond.

Well with a DInc2 you'd get a front facing camera and wouldn't have to worry about the motorola locked bootloader crap. But other than that I think you're looking at a similar experience. Is the DInc2 even an 4G LTE phone?

I have a DX, and my GFs contract is up and she's looking at new phones. I think I'm going to try and get her to hold out for something with a dual-core.

Btw, what's a "next generation" snapdragon?

I thought I read somewhere that HTC is now locking the bootloader, like Moto. If so, the Dinc2 is a no-go for me. We will probably have to wait a few weeks to find out for certain.

I wanted so badly for the next Incredible to be amazing, because I love my original Incredible so much. While I'm happy they've added the front facing camera,the lack of dual processors and 4G means I'll never have a reason to bother with this phone.

I'll just have to have faith HTC puts out a dual processor phone for Verizon in the near future. I think I'll always be loyal to HTC.

I dont get the need for Dual core and 4G?

4G is a battery hog and adds another $10 per month and the dual core maybe but not a necessity.

I agree about the 4G, that's nothing special to me, I'm on wifi most of the time anyway.

But as far as dual-core cpus, that's been added to my list of must-have's. There's a noticeable difference between single and dual, not so much in OS stuff, but you'll be able to tell when gaming and even web browsing. And since I'm VZW and they've done away with the 1yr plans, I'm trying to make sure that the next phone that I get will be robust enough to last through the 2yr plan without it feeling too outdated.

We're at the beginning of the mobile multicore processors, so going with a single core one doesn't seem like a big deal now.... but fast forward a year, and I'm sure that they'll be pretty standard. And if you're VZW then that'll only be the halfway mark of your contract.

I do not see anything in this phone to buy it. My DX is working great, has a great screen for me to see and the speed is great. Looks like this fall to maybe update my phone or next year. The current phones are old technology or just a little bump up, not worth the price. With mature eyes I need the 4.3" screen to see maps, smile you will be here before you know it and need trifocals. Why get a 3G phone and have to wait two more years to update or a 4G phone that eats batteries all day long. So I am waiting for something that works and has 4G, longer battery life, and 4.3" screen or a little larger.

While I am disapponted that this release of the Incredible doesn't live up to it's name, the original Dinc is still good enough that I don't feel like I am missing out on anything with the new phones coming out. Sure, I will not be on 4G and paying more, shooting 3D pictures of double rainbows, or playing Angry Birds on dual-core, but I think I can live with that until next years release of octo-core 8G goodness.

I have the original and this looks just as good. I also don't have issues when holding the phone to my ear when talking. I never hit anything to cause a dropped call or hit anything by mistake....and I am left handed.

I don't need the 4G or the extra costs that go along with 4G.
This is a great upgrade to my current wonderful Incredible.
I get to have this in December. And also the screen size is perfect. 4.3 is just too big for my tastes.

I want to know how a "global phone" works.

More specifically, can I use a local SIM card from a GSM network provider in the country to which I am traveling? If yes, will I be able to use voice AND data if my GSM connection allows it and I sign up for it? Again, if yes, then does my "global phone" have to be unlocked in any way before I go abroad with it, OR do I need to let Verizon know?

Will putting in the local GSM network provider's SIM card mean that the local GSM connection will be automatically given priority over Verizon's own CDMA/GSM local partner? Is my Verizon connection "offline" for that entire period when my phone is using a local SIM card?

I have no interest in using Verizon's international roaming over CDMA or GSM when I am roaming, even if that is allowed, because the costs are spectacular and frankly, prohibitive.

Typically VZW's global phones can be used anywhere but on US GSM frequencies.

If I recollect, when you want to use their global phone overseas, you get your service through Vodaphone, which is their overseas partner/partial owner. You just let VZW know you are going overseas.

So can only Verizon's overseas partners be used on a global phone? What if other GSM providers also offer their services on frequencies that the global phone supports?

If you get the device unlocked and the device has the proper frequencies you would be able to use it on most any carrier.

I really liked my Incredible when I had it...but this minor upgrade is making it hard to bite the full-price bullet - and definitely not worth another contract. I'll wait for the reviews I guess. :P

that's nice and all but how's the battery life? if better than the original incredible then that would be "incredible"!