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DROID Incredible 2 Hands-on and Quick First Impressions

Ahh the DROID Incredible 2.  How will you ever live up to the success of your original self?  Well, hopefully by showing up with a 4″ Super LCD screen, more RAM, a newer 1GHz processor, and a front facing camera, all of which you did.

I’ve only had the device for an hour or so now, but as you would expect, I like it.  HTC brought back that lovely contoured black battery cover from the original, but for some reason decided not to include any color accents which is a little disappointing.  Other than the color though, this looks like it’s going to be a great little phone.  Actually, calling it “little” isn’t fair, but with 4.3″ phones sitting right next to it, it’s going to look smaller and possibly less attractive.

With that said, it still sports almost the same exact specs as the HTC Thunderbolt, except for that 4G LTE radio.  It’s a tight little package that would be perfect for anyone who won’t be in an LTE area any time soon.  Oh, and with the back plate poppin’ off as a single piece, we’re pretty sure there are going to be different colored backs for it just like we saw on the original.

So like the Charge, we’ll be doing more coverage on this device than you can probably handle, but that’s the nature of this business.  Unboxings for both are on the way, and from there we’ll start with the really fun stuff like benchmarks and comparisons.  Gallery below.  

  • Darkpsycho

    My question is.. what will you guys be doing with the phones afterwards ;D Getting kinda tired waiting for the DROID Bionic with my half broken voyager.. -_-

    • cloak420

      i feel sorry for u i use to have that phone before my og droid

  • Anonymous
  • JagoX

    Actually according to the specs the size of the Incredible 2 is about on par with what Droid X and that phone is just about the sweet spot. The only difference is the Dinc2 is a hair thicker (11.2mm vs the Droid X 9.9mm).

  • JagoX

    Kinda wish HTC has thrown in a dual core CPU in this then I’d really consider ditching my DX for the Incredible 2.

    Hopefully the rumors aren’t true that HTC locked this thing down in any way because I’d hate to go from one locked down phone to another :/

    Speaking of which…anyone ever use Swappa.com to resell a phone or trade? Considering using that service maybe.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, I used swappa.com to sell my X and get my thunderbolt. Using their site was a much nicer experience than going the ebay route.

      • JagoX

        Nice. How’d that work? I’m guessing you sell the phone then go buy a new phone at full price right? Does it affect the Verizon contract at all?

        Someone correct me if I am wrong…but according to Wikipedia, the Incredible S (2) page says it has a ARMv7 dual core chip. I’m guessing that is a typo b/c everything I’ve seen so far says its just a newer generation Snapdragon.

        • Anonymous

          It worked great. I think swappa gets $10 for helping with the sale, I sold my X for $250 there which seemed to be the sweet spot for pricing. I was lucky and took one of my lines other upgrades so I got my tbolt for $199 but if you buy a phone at full price, it shouldn’t affect your verizon contract at all since you are buying it at the full (off contract) price.

  • Anonymous

    I called my local Verizon store and already have one with my name on it sitting in the back. One of the Peoria, IL stores got about 19 in stock. I love of OG Inc so much, I can’t wait to see what this bad boy will have for me!

  • Craigg

    Can this phone handle simultaneous voice and data over 3G like the Thunderbolt?

  • Andrew

    Aesthetically they really took a step backwards from the original. Front looks alright but the back is ugly, especially the HTC logo. Any why no more optical joystick?

  • Eric

    Holy SH*T! This thing is HOTT!!!

  • joe1138

    This is a nice looking phone but not quite enough to give up my DX.

  • Porschephile2k3

    If this thing had dual core processors and was 4G capable, I’d be tempted to ditch my OG for it. 4 inch screens are perfect for me, 4.3 is just too big IMO.

  • Anonymous

    Being subscribed to you on YouTube has it’s perks, getting to see the unboxing video’s before they’re up on the site. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Is it me or did the soft key back button change direction??

    Why can’t they put the back button on the far left?

    • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

      Its still the same. Just don’t change the key order. I went from droid 1 to droid 2 and it effed with me for two weeks.

    • Anonymous

      It changes with landscape. :)

      • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

        I remember seeing the demo of this at unveil. I think they used refracting crystals didn’t they?

      • jason w.s.

        Damn, thats pretty slick how the home, menu etc. buttons change with how you hold the device.

    • Formulanerd

      all the soft keys swap positions in landscape/portrait :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

    thats cool how the icons switch depending on how the phone is held. Pretty cool feature…still not a fan of Sense UI, but like all launchers we know we can get rid of that

    • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

      I prefer stock to sense. So I would wait till a root was available.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

    The optical trackpad on my Incredible is something I really like and use on a daily basis – sad they didn’t include it here

    • JP

      Wake by pressing the optical trackpad is one of my favorite little tweaks in CM7. I’d miss it too, but this looks like one of the best upgrades from the DInc. 4.3″ is just too big.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

        I agree – I’m 99% positive I will never own a device with a 4.3″ screen. It’s nonsense.

        • JP

          I had a Droid X for about two weeks before I gave up on it. Maybe I have small hands and pockets, but it just wasn’t as manageable one-handed as I need from a smartphone. I have a rooted Nook Color for big screen Android goodness.

    • Ron80

      I NEVER use mine.

  • Maizekid

    Nice but no thanks. I love the thunderbolt. Looks good wont lie

  • DROID

    Looks very nice, but I am still not sure why they make the back cover have that awkward design.

    It does look a little disappointing with no 4G, but is without a doubt, a great smartphone.

    The only thing I REALLY hope HTC does, it make more accessories for it. The original DInc didn’t have many.

    For any of you getting a soon upgrade, DONT buy this phone. Get the IPhone 4 instead, and then burn it in your fireplace.

    :)

    • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

      “For any of you getting a soon upgrade, DONT buy this phone. Get the IPhone 4 instead, and then burn it in your fireplace.”

      Go home… unless your “I hate *phone” comments are useful keep them to your self. telling people to piss there money away is about as useful as telling people to “Like” your comment.

      • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

        What’s with the attitude bro. Your comments sound a little stand offish

        • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

          are you talking about more then one comment? or just the one you are replying to.

          • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

            Just the one I replied to.

          • DROID

            I’m hot

      • DROID

        Hey… I dont know why your getting so worked up.

        I obviously don’t seriously expect people to get an IPhone 4 and burn it. (Though that would be totally Bada**)

        Well, whatever. We are all entitled to our opinions….

    • jason w.s.

      Jesus dude, again with the hating? Yeah, we get it bra, you hate the iphone with a passion. You act like Apple is the cause of everything wrong in your life. Did your dad get fired from Apple or somthing, or did they cause your parents to divorce? I know, everybody here hates the iphone, but your posts are a bit much.

    • jason w.s.

      Jesus dude, again with the hating? Yeah, we get it bra, you hate the iphone with a passion. You act like Apple is the cause of everything wrong in your life. Did your dad get fired from Apple or somthing, or did they cause your parents to divorce? I know, everybody here hates the iphone, but your posts are a bit much.

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    @Kellex. I upgrade August 5th. Should I go for an early upgrade now and get the Incredible 2, or just hold out for something like the (rumored) Targa?

    • Anonymous

      hold out for the targa. its not worth the $20 to get a phone thats not 4G

      • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

        True, but I don’t live in a 4G area yet. Though I might by summer (hurry up VZ).

        • Anonymous

          still its not worth it to pay for extra for a phone thats not even the best phone on the market. just wait. or get the thunderbolt or charge if you really wanna get something now

          • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

            I have a Droid 2 (though its pretty busted up, it was free and ran better then my Droid 1) so I will try and hold out.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

      does your area have 4g /will it have 4g?

      • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

        1Mile out side the 4G zone. FML

        • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

          If you are that close now I would hold out for a 4g phone personally.. the will extend the coverage

        • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

          If you are that close now I would hold out for a 4g phone personally.. the will extend the coverage

  • Raaj

    With all the news of new processors coming out at the end of this year or early next year, I can’t see why people would want to upgrade now.

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    Did you just drop like $1200 at Verizon? It appears to be new phone day.

    • Anonymous

      No, they send them to him since he’s considered press.

      • Mr.Joe

        I need to become press ASAP.

        PURE Android is what I’ll call my blog. NO MACS around. Just home built Linux Machines!

      • Mr.Joe

        I need to become press ASAP.

        PURE Android is what I’ll call my blog. NO MACS around. Just home built Linux Machines!

      • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Eddie Roseberry

        does he keep them

        • Anonymous

          I think he has to send them back within a few weeks, not entirely sure. I know he has a couple different phones that he switches. But most people in the press just get sent review units, then they get passed onto another person to review.

      • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

        I took over a site similar to this and we never get offers any more. And I was joking.