While it may not have the latest hardware, the Droid Incredible 2 "improves upon the already excellent Droid Incredible with a nicer screen, an even better camera, global roaming capability, and most importantly, amazing battery life," says Myriam Joire of Engadget.com. The 4-inch Super LCD display offers more and gives Apple's Retina display some stiff competition. The Incredible 2 supports both CDMA and GSM networks, meaning it can be used all around the world. Even so, its single-core processor (new phones have dual-core versions) and lack of 4G place it behind the specs of Verizon's current leading smartphones.
"It's much like the interior of a late 20th century BMW -- all class, all business, and all black," Joire says of the Droid Incredible 2's sleek and slim design. Inside the Droid Incredible 2 runs on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and while it's not dual-core, it's still "blazingly fast," according to Jen Edwards of BrightHand.com. Even though it lacks 4G speeds, reviewers find that websites load quickly.
The vivid screen and responsive processor pay off when using the Droid Incredible 2's feature set, though there are some complaints. Some reviewers enjoy the HTC Sense user interface for its fresh style, while others feel it's too complicated. Bloatware (unremovable apps) is another common complaint among reviewers. On the multimedia side, this smartphone packs an 8-megapixel camera that is "capable of producing amazingly realistic pictures without too much effort," says Joire. A front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and 720p (HD) video recording are also included.
Call quality and battery life both receive decent ratings from reviewers, who are especially impressed that the Droid Incredible 2 is a world phone. Still, the Incredible 2 is missing some of the newer features of Verizon's leading smartphones. Bonnie Cha of CNET recommends the HTC ThunderBolt (*Est. $100 with new contract), the Samsung Droid Charge (*Est. $200 with contract) or the Motorola Droid Bionic (*Est. $150 with contract) for "those who crave the power of 4G or a dual-core processor." For customers who can live without those features, Cha finds that "the Droid Incredible 2 does improve on its predecessor and is a much more refined product."
Experts agree that the Droid Incredible 2 is an improvement over its predecessor but lacking in the latest features. CNET, Engadget.com and PCMag.com all provide detailed looks at the pros and cons of the Droid Incredible 2. BrightHand.com and SlashGear.com both offer a look at its improvements and how they perform.
Rating the Droid Incredible 2 at 3.5 out of 5 stars, Bonnie Cha of CNET finds that although the smartphone is lacking in certain features it is still an improvement on its predecessor and a "good choice for Verizon customers looking for a global smartphone."
Review: HTC Droid Incredible 2, Bonnie Cha, April 29, 2011
Praising it for its excellent screen and impressive battery life but disliking the Sense user interface and bloatware, Myriam Joire calls the Droid Incredible 2 the "best 3G Android smartphone on Verizon" and recommends it for those who don't need or can't access 4G coverage.
Review: Droid Incredible 2 Review, Myriam Joire, May 25, 2011
Jamie Lendino calls the Droid Incredible 2 a "nice refresh of the original model" but finds it's no longer a leader for Verizon. Lendino cites its world phone capabilities and improved battery life as positive changes, but notes that it's missing 4G and is "infested" with bloatware.
Review: HTC Droid Incredible 2 (Verizon Wireless), Jamie Lendino, May 5, 2011
Awarding the Droid Incredible 2 a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, Jen Edwards finds the smartphone to be thin, light and responsive but notes that it has "slightly disappointing" battery life and some issues with voice quality.
Review: HTC Droid Incredible 2 Review, Jen Edwards, May 17, 2011
Vincent Nguyen notes that while the Droid Incredible 2 is based on "technology that is being phased out" it's still a "logical choice for a midrange handset."
Review: Droid Incredible 2 Review, Vincent Nguyen, April 29, 2011