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HTC DROID Incredible 2 Review – Verizon

To say that the new DROID Incredible 2 has some big shoes to fill is quite the understatement.  The original Incredible enjoyed massive amounts of success even with delays due to component shortages, finishing out the year as one of the most popular Android devices to date.  Can the second version come anywhere close to it?  With a decent bump in specs and a shiny new 4″ screen, but with the same look and feel as the original, we’re going to do our best to find out.  

The Good:

  • Hardware: It might not be dual-core, but it’s still running the newest single-core Snapdragon which has been one of the top performing processors of the last year.  HTC also tossed in an 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video chatting, 768MB of RAM, new rotating soft keys, and a beautiful 4″ Super LCD screen.  We won’t necessarily give it the “beast” tag, but you’ll see no performance issues on this phone.

  • HTC Sense: Whether you hate Android skins or not, it’s hard to argue against the polish of HTC’s Sense.  With the Incredible 2, you get a slightly updated version over that seen on the Thunderbolt, but it’s still technically “2.0”.  They’ve added some new sorting options in the app drawer, recent tasks in the notification bar, widgets and increased stability.  It’s just too bad we aren’t seeing 2.1 which really isn’t that big of a jump.
  • Feel: The build quality on HTC phones is always top notch.  While they may not take many risks or adjust the look of many of their devices, they still top the charts for appearance.  The Incredible 2 is all black, has smooth curves, a signature contoured back plate and feels amazing in hand.  This might be my favorite in-hand device in some time.
  • Camera:  The camera on the original DROID Incredible was one of the best of last year, so I was happy to see that HTC included a similar one with this phone.  At 8MP with dual-flash and 720p video recording, users should be more than satisfied.

  • Screen Size:  A 4″ Super LCD screen is a thing of beauty and possibly the perfect size.  If you have average size hands, you won’t find yourselves adjusting to reach across it or to pull down the notification bar.  You can easily flip from screen to screen while holding the device firmly in one hand.
  • Battery:  For a 1450 mAh battery, I have been very pleased with life.  During the first few days of Thunderbolt ownership, I was constantly complaining about battery technology, but battery companies turned out to be the wrong enemy.  As we all know now, the LTE technology was to blame, which means that the Incredible 2 as a 3G device has above-par battery life and throughout my time has proven to be much better than the original Inc.
  • SD card:  The Inc2 comes loaded with a 16GB SD card which is pretty standard these days in higher-end phones.  And trust me when I say that you’ll need every ounce of it, especially with the internal storage only weighing in around 2GB.

  • Global:  Yep, the Incredible 2 is a global device.  You can take it to 220 or so countries and still have service.

The Not-so-Good:

  • Verizon Bloatware: Seriously, is it necessary that you include 19 unremovable bloatware apps on a single device?  Seriously, there are 19 Verizon-related apps on here.  They even created a special VZW tab in the app drawer so that I could quickly count them and vomit a little.  This is becoming a joke.  Is it just me, or does it feel like carriers are trying to turn Android phones into bigger feature phones?  We haven’t seen this much crap on a piece of technology since the days of the LG enV.

  • Not dual-core: It’s April 2011 HTC, why are we still releasing single-core phones when you have your first dual-core phone coming out in 2 months?  I can admit that the single-core MSM8655 runs perfectly fine on both the Dinc2 and TBolt, but there are techie geeks out here who want and expect more.
  • On-board storage:  We’re still not exactly sure how much internal storage the Inc2 has, but after installing just a couple of apps, you’ll notice that you only have about 1GB left.  HTC Sense appears to be growing by the second and as it does on the Thunderbolt, hogs almost all of the internal storage.  Luckily you have that 16GB SD card.
  • No 4G LTE:  It’s become hard for us to consider this a truly “high-end” device and that’s because it’s not 4G LTE.  It’s baffling to us that Verizon would continue to release phones that aren’t capable of running on their brand new 4G LTE network.  Talk about locking yourself into 2-years of last year’s technology.

  • Not Stock Android:  We shouldn’t be surprised that HTC has loaded this phone up with Sense, but we still like to point out to these manufacturers that we would really appreciate a stock experience from time to time.  In fact, it’s time you all start to consider giving us an option at purchase.
  • Not Gingerbread:  There aren’t many phones running “official” Gingerbread to this day, but releasing a phone that isn’t running it seems so 2010.  Android 2.3 has been available for months now, so what are we waiting for HTC?  Releasing a phone running a year old version of Android is not what we like to see.  And you know why?  Because we’ll spend the next 3 months asking you when it’ll be updated along with our millions of readers.

Unboxing:

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Benchmarks:

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Gallery:

The Verdict:

Two things kept popping into my mind while I put this review together:  1.  This is one solid Android phone.  Possibly the perfect size and weight.  2.  Why is it not 4G LTE and a dual-core?

So that’s really the verdict on the DROID Incredible 2.  It’s one of the most polished Android devices to date, has an amazing screen, might be the perfect size, has little bugs, feels great in hand, runs one of the newest versions of Sense, and isn’t $250-$300.  But it’s still lacking something and that would be the “new” technology that we are about to see in the next month or two on a variety of phones.  This is 2011 and consumers expect to see the latest and greatest in mobile phones, especially when the technology changes every 4-6 months and carriers are forcing everyone into 2-year contracts. While I’ll be the first to admit that I’m generally impressed by this device, I can’t help but ask why this wasn’t released last year?

And I’ll finish with this – if you don’t see a use for dual-core this or that, aren’t interested in the fast speeds of 4G LTE, and think 3D is a gimmick, then by all means jump on this phone.  It’s a fantastic phone.  While using it, I have had very few negative things to say about it and have been pleased during my time with it in pocket.  In fact, I bought one for my better-half, because that stuff doesn’t mean anything to her and I know she’ll thoroughly enjoy this device.  However, if you want to be on the leading edge of the tech world and have an upgrade available, this might be one to skip on by.

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  • Anonymous

    It’s not 4G or Dual Core, but above average battery life and currently free at Amazon.com with 2-year Verizon contract (new users) is not too bad.

  • KK

    Ok in today’s world this might be a stupid question, but for ppl who still use a phone for the main purpose phones were made–to make phone calls–can anyone even say what the call quality is like?

  • Brad

    This is my first Droid. I traded in my Verizon BB 8830 for this and I like it, but the reception is much worse than on the BB. I’m lucky to get 1 bar in the same location where I used to get 3 on my BB. I know, not all bars are created equal, but the dropped calls and poor sound quality verify my suspicions that the radio in this phone is not as good as the one in my BB. Hopefully a firmware upgrade will sort this out.

  • http://matt.thechestbump.com Matt

    Has anyone noticed the lack of the alarm clock app available in the app drawer?  Only way i could get to it was to place a clock widget on the home screen and press that.  the wife doesnt like that.  Is there a secret to this?

    • Anonymous

      I just got my Incredible 2 yesterday as a replacement for my original Droid. Not sure I care for the HTC apps but I’ll wait and see. I found the alarm clock!

      Go to the home screen and tap on the retro clock widget there.

      This pulls up a configuration screen for various clock functions; Desk Clock, World Clock, Alarms,Stopwatch & Timer.

      Slide the on-screen slider at the bottom of the screen over to Alarm and set alarms there.

      Hope this helps.

    • Anonymous

      I just got my Incredible 2 yesterday as a replacement for my original Droid. Not sure I care for the HTC apps but I’ll wait and see. I found the alarm clock!

      Go to the home screen and tap on the retro clock widget there.

      This pulls up a configuration screen for various clock functions; Desk Clock, World Clock, Alarms,Stopwatch & Timer.

      Slide the on-screen slider at the bottom of the screen over to Alarm and set alarms there.

      Hope this helps.

  • Anonymous

     ” Why is it not 4G LTE and a dual-core?”  Because it is what it is. The HTC Thunderbolt is 4G, and we will have to wait for the new Verizon phones like the Droid Bionic for dual core. The Incredible 2 is just different that’s all, and more than satisfactory for my needs.  I could add about other Verizon phones with 4G LTE and dual core: “Why not global ready”???

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  • Droidman101

    ….no shit vzw wants people to stay on both 3g and 4g networks, this is for the people who don’t care whether its not 4g(which I believe is a waste of money considering 3g is fine for me and LTE is slower than wifi). VZW is giving people choices between:
    4g high-end phones (thunderbolt, charge, bionic)
    3g high-end phones (dinc 2, dx2(probably), fascinate)
    3g low-end phones (ally, et. al)

  • http://twitter.com/stephenwdaniels Steve Daniels

    I am in a 4g market (Austin) but bought this because it was NOT 4g. Better battery, thinner phone, lighter weight. I will get 4g with my next phone when it is truly ready for primetime. Also, this is a global phone and NONE of the 4g phones are global.

    That said, I am totally pissed the bootloader is locked down so thoroughly. I don’t need Sense. I want stock. HTC needs to find a way to offer stock on the GREAT hardware they develop.

    http://www.dredgemyhead.com/post/5163336692/google-verizon-htc-need-to-spend-some-time-in-the

    Steve

  • Ms.Carmen Diva

    Why exactly is it not being 4g or dual core bad things? That is why they have the thunderbolt

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure why dual core makes a difference if you don’t notice any performance issues when using the phone. On the other hand, no 4G LTE is the reason I won’t be getting the phone. If I live in a 4G LTE area and both tech’s data plans are the same price I’m not sure why I’d go with 3G.

  • http://twitter.com/CSick19 Corey Sickinger

    “It’s baffling to us that Verizon would continue to release phones that aren’t capable of running on their brand new 4G LTE network. Talk about locking yourself into 2-years of last year’s technology.”

    When you live in an area that probably won’t get 4g coverage for another 2 years, what’s the point of getting a 4g phone now?

    • Anonymous

      I have to agree… I agree with most of his review, but to say “pass” on it is silly… this is a great phone. I haven’t even seen a dual core phone from Verizon yet… no matter what device you get it will be outdated in 3-6 months. until 4g is available to everyone it shouldn’t be a negative to have 3g

      • Jorbo the Fat

        Well, the original Incredible was as good as the “top of the line,” in one way or another for a LONG time. EVO was better, yes, but aside from screen size, front facing camera, and hdmi out, they were more or less the exact same thing. In terms of camera, processor, memory, storage space, etc., nothing really substantially outclassed the Inc until fairly recently. Too bad for those shortages, eh?

        • Anonymous

          True, but I really don’t see what is out classing it? A dual core that doesn’t exist on Verizon and 4g isnt available for everyone yet . you could knock that it doesn’t have HDMI out port, but it does have the front facing camera and is a global phone. It has the basic internals of the thunderbolt, but better battery life. I would say that makes it a “top notch ” device. Will it be this time next year? Of course not, but neither will the one they wait 2 more months for. I think the incredible 2 fits in very nice, its amazingly fast & smooth and great for those Verizon left off the 4g map.

        • Anonymous

          True, but I really don’t see what is out classing it? A dual core that doesn’t exist on Verizon and 4g isnt available for everyone yet . you could knock that it doesn’t have HDMI out port, but it does have the front facing camera and is a global phone. It has the basic internals of the thunderbolt, but better battery life. I would say that makes it a “top notch ” device. Will it be this time next year? Of course not, but neither will the one they wait 2 more months for. I think the incredible 2 fits in very nice, its amazingly fast & smooth and great for those Verizon left off the 4g map.

        • Eskanday

          I had the original INC, I just got the INC2 last week. Yes, the specs are not very different but i can tell you the differences in my opinion:
          – much better built, it feels high end and not plasticy
          – much nice screen, it makes a huge difference
          – front facing camera and better main camera
          – faster
          – newer sense
          – Global, I already unlocked the SIm, I can put any SIM in it outside the US
          – better battery life

          • Ggoodall1

            How is the screen to view when outside in the sunlight?  I read a review somewhere (PC Mag?) that said it could hardly be viewed.  True?

            thanks

            greg

  • Randomocity

    I really don’t understand what people’s obsession with a dual-core in a phone is. 99% of mobile technology runs serialized code anyways, so what’s the point? It’s going to be at least a year now, if not longer until the software catches up with the hardware, and at that point, I’m going to be getting ready to upgrade again to the newest quad core/8 core phone on the market. While I tend to agree that missing 4G on a top-tier phone is inexcusable at this day and age, unless people can start figuring out what Samsung did right with the Charge as far as battery life goes, I don’t want a phone that lasts me 4 hours before i have to charge it.

    • Datbizzybone

      Just clocked a 26 hour run on the tbolt woot!

  • http://twitter.com/ByTheBook4 CrookByTheBook4

    The last two sentences sum up what I was thinking during the unboxing. Yhis is a nice phone for my wife!

  • Anonymous

    You guys may think this phone is fine today but just wait until 4g hits your area. I could not live with this phone under a 2 year contract. Hell, I would want to upgrade when I see targa/htc sensation/galaxy s2 on Verizon. For people that don’t care about specs the phone is fine.

  • Rmcb6739

    Everybody that has this phone do the grip test at the bottom of the phone an see if your signal drops I have one a if I even hold my phone at the bottom my signal drops please comment back thanks

  • Isaacstaco

    I could care less about 4g, but i’m a little dissappointed that its not dual-core and I think it looks ugly. I would still rather have my OG Dinc.

  • Anonymous
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  • Eskanday

    I thought a lot about which phone to get, the DINC2 , TB or the Charge. At the end I looked what is important LTE, dual core, battery life, size and weight.
    Regarding LTE, I did in store comparison in surfing the internet on both the TB on LTE and the DINC2 on 3G and the difference was barely noticeable. The TB finished downloading full pages like cnn.com may be a second earlier. LTE is probably more important in downloading songs and streaming videos than surfing the internet which what I really care about. The other things that LTE coverage is still limited and not that reliable yet. Until it is more spread out and reliable and there are more and better phone options for LTE, I would stick with 3G.
    Regarding the dual core, it means nothing to me at this point. The DINC2 is very fast. I am not sure dual core makes any difference for daily use. It may be look better on benchmarks only and may be in case of 3D.
    So the verdict, until LTE network is better and we have more LTE phone options that are not huge and heavy, and drain battery like crazy. I would rather use the DINC2 which is fast enough and have the perfect size, feel and battery life.

  • loyal vz customer

    FYI all, I spoke with vz customer service on the phone a few days ago, and after being on hold for a few minutes they confirmed the dinc2 has Gorilla Glass.

  • loyal vz customer

    FYI all, I spoke with vz customer service on the phone a few days ago, and after being on hold for a few minutes they confirmed the dinc2 has Gorilla Glass.

  • JagoX

    So what’s the final verdict about custom kernels with this phone? Has full S-Off root been achieved it as well?

    Thinking of selling my DX in the future on Swappa, then getting the Inc2 from Amazon…but if the kernel is locked down then I’ll just stick with the DX.

    • loyal vz customer

      Yes please. Any info would be helpful here.

    • Grasshopper239

      Still locked and no permanent root yet. HTC has joined the dark side. Samsung and LG might be our only options now for custom kernels. There is a piece of hardware that you can use to s-off the phone, but you have to buy it……..

      • JagoX

        Damn that sucks :( Guess I’ll wait and see how it goes with the Dinc2 then. It was just a mock up but it looked pretty slick when I saw it at BB today.

  • JB

    I’m so glade I waited for this phone, let the haters hate. I’ve about had it waiting around for “dual core”.. But anyway I LOVE this phone. if you have a D1 then this is a great upgrade for sure, don’t let anyone tell you different specially if you don’t want 4g. Battery life is amazing. I can go over a day with a good amount of GPS usage, 1 hour of streaming video of HBO games of thrones,1 hour phone conversation, and normal usage of internet use throughout the day and it is still kicking with 50% battery life at 7:00pm. the screen is pretty beautiful as well and is a snappy phone performance wise like most phones these days but coming from a D1, the D1 definitely lacked the quick performance.

    And I love sense as well. I agree, the option to remove it would be nice, but I’m a fan of it over blur. Go to Verizon and test this phone out.

    • jason w.s.

      I agree, its an awesome phone. Most of us are real phone geeks, so all the talk always on here about “holding out for blank, because it’ll have blank” is just goofy. No phone geek actually keeps their device for the full 2yr contract, lol thats just insane to think. I buy what i want at the moment, and then when the next device comes along that i tell myself i simply must have, then i figure out a way to get it. Ive been doin it for years now. Either you are “IN TO” phones and tech, or you arent. I swear ive probably went thru 10 devices in the last 5 years, at least. Dont get me wrong, my fiance HATES it, but i manage :-P

      • Kct35

        I agree but your still a B I T C H

        • Muddy B00ts

          *you’re…mean.

      • Taylor Davis

        I am the same way and have ben through T-mobile and Verizon as carriers and 6 Androids in 2 years.  I buy what I want when its out but then I give my self some spec’s that must be meet before I buy a new phone.  I swore I would wait for dual-core but now that I see where Android is at I realize that its not that big of a deal( I dont play games).  I owned the original Inc from hour one(BB reserved, had to fight to get a 2gig SDcard for free) I also thought that the Inc2 would have dual-core in its guts. 

        Thanks for the reviews I am going to get this from Wirefly for free!  Paid full retail for Inc first time I think I deserve a break!I also would like to see a poll as to how many spousal fights, leaving late for appointments, going to bed way to late, leaving work early events Android has caused.  I know I can mark a few of those on the list.  

  • Danbudzenski

    I recommended this phone to my girlfriend and she got it over the weekend. Where we live doesnt get 4G, and probably wont for a long time. Also, she doesn’t care if its the fastest thing out there, just that it does everything she wants. So far she loves it, phone is fast, noticeably faster than my DroidX with Froyo…though when i had gingerbread on it would probably be even. This was her first smartphone and the interface gave her no problems figuring out how to do what she wanted and change things to her liking. Great choice for those who dont need 4G and want a fast phone that still got decent battery life.

  • Anonymous

    Google needs to put its foot down and say manufactures can put their skin on phones but they need to give the end user the option to remove it and run stock Android without voiding the warranty.

    • Mr Kolton

      Give me Liberty or give me death

  • Stephen D

    I HATED the way this feels in hand. And the fact that you can press on the screen and get that weird effect. It feels super, super cheap and really easy to break.

    • Katie

      It IS easy to break. I’m on roughly my fourth phone now. The charging port gets loose with repeated use, and has broken over and over again for me. I went ahead and bought a wireless charging pad (reasonably priced at about $50 at the store), but they don’t make covers that will fit the phone with the thicker charging pad on the back, so you have to be super extra careful not to drop it. Which I just did . . .

  • PRALINES

    is the phone incredible laggy for anybody else here? i mean, texting is at times unbearable. thats the only problem im having

    • JB

      I have had the problem once so far. I just did a simple restart and fixed the problem right up. All android phones have this problem though…

  • PRALINES

    agreed. i like it more for its perfect size than beastly specs. plus, i got it to replace my broken X, so

    • PRALINES

      i like the fact that i can actually take it out of my pocket*

      • jason w.s.

        Lol, your happy because you can remove it from your pocket…funny.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=758620228 Aaron Rietschlin

    Question, if anyone could help me out. What exactly is meant by “new rotating soft keys”?

    • jason w.s.

      This means that the Home, menu, search, and back buttons across the bottom of the phone actually change orientation depending on how you hold the phone (portrait or landscape) Its pretty slick

  • Anonymous
  • dinc2 owner

    any news on rooting this phone? tbolt seemed to be rooted within 24 hours…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7XSZIKZXCVSOFLZSQIBG35HF4E That Guy

    Where is the droid branding going anyways? It used to be the best of the best, nerds wet dream phones and now they just are tossing it out for a legacy and a random 4g phone. their first dual core/4g wont have droid branding. Where is their direction?

  • Anonymous

    Love this phone. I was waiting for a great 4G device,but decided it really wasn’t that big a deal. This phone is fast and the perfect size. Will I be missing 4G or dual core.. not really. I figure any phone will feel ancient in a year anyway and I’ll want an upgrade. Honestly, is any techie going to keep a phone a full 2 yeArs? Nope they will pay retail for the latest and greatest so what difference does it make?
    This phone is plenty fast and worth owning even if it doesn’t have the 4G that eats the battery and isn’t available in your area anytime soon :)

  • Jimrie

    to any owners out there, would you say this is an upgrade or a downgrade from a droidx?

  • Jimrie

    to any owners out there, would you say this is an upgrade or a downgrade from a droidx?

    • Owewil3225

      Nice upgrade from droid x. Glad I made the jump. Have to adjust to the size difference but it’s worth it.

    • Glidewells

      I like it much better than the x.

  • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Phoenix Bobby Phoenix

    Sooooo how is the call quality on this PHONE? I mean that is the primary function, and you didn’t mention it. Good, bad?

    • Anonymous

      Rather nice actually, I’m not a big fan of the speaker phone, but crystal clear otherwise.

      • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Phoenix Bobby Phoenix

        Thanks. I was on the fence, but with your experience, I’m going to pull the trigger. :-)

  • http://profiles.google.com/techobsessive Shane Spencer

    I think this phone is still dang top-notch because one, its built off of a good series of devices, (Desire HD, Desire Z, Inspire 4G, etc.,) good build quality, it has a front facing camera(!) which for a 3G device, is pretty great. Video chat is finally coming to America. Its running a great version of Sense wich makes android useful.
    And ya know, we are techies. Everyone else doesn’t care. They just want a good phone. And that’s what this is.

  • Anonymous

    Im very happy with this phone. I don’t regret it at all even knowing its not “top notch” I never had the first incredible I would still recommend this phone to anyone.

    • jason w.s.

      Yeah, i got my better half the original Incredible and she loves it, so i plan on gettin her this now.

  • Anonymous

    great review and i loved the new review format.

  • Anonymous

    My Thunderbolt shows recent tasks in the notification window. Did so out of the box.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds to me like Verizon installed a task killer. Remove that immediately.

      • Anonymous

        None that I’ve seen. I’ve been through the list of apps at least a dozen times. I think it’s just part of Sense. There aren’t any options there to kill a task or anything, just allows it to slide right-left and select from recently used apps. Pretty much the same thing you get if you hold the home key, but in a different UI. Kinda useless, IMO.

        • Anonymous

          Oh! That’s your recent task list. HTC built that into your notification bar. :)

          • Anonymous

            Yes, that’s it. Only reason I mentioned it was because in the review you made it sound as if it was something that didn’t exist in the Thunderbolt: “With the Incredible 2, you get a slightly updated version over that seen on the Thunderbolt, but it’s still technically “2.0″. They’ve added some new sorting options in the app drawer, recent tasks in the notification bar, widgets and increased stability.”

      • Anonymous

        By the way, I’ve had two different Thunderbolts and both were handed to me right out of the box. I’m certain that there is no task killer installed. Positive of it.

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Wait… rotating soft keys? Does anyone else think that’s kinda cool?

    • Anonymous

      I tihnk it’s very cool. :P

    • Stephen D

      They’re very awesome, my only complaint was that the brightness kept fluctuating and it got annoying. Since they seem to be screens or one screen, imagine what can happen when they’re modified. Think of the possibilities. Swapping the search key for an AB shortcut…

  • BasilofBakerStreet

    What about the front LED? Does it have more colors than the TB? That’s a major complaint I have coming from the OG Droid.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      I agree I think the Thunderbolt’s LED is pretty much useless due to it being where the call speaker grille is. Not too easy to see when its blinking unless you’re in a dark room and its only 2 colors. Samsung doesn’t even use LEDs. Motorola definitely got it right.

      • http://twitter.com/DevinCawdrey D

        The incredible 2’s light is behind the grill as well… but is extremely bright… Much more noticeable than the original incredibles light.

    • Anonymous

      Same standard green and amber colors. Sadly….

  • http://profiles.google.com/djnapieralski DJ Napieralski

    So your paying the same price per month as the Tbolt to get no lte :(

    • Anonymous

      You’re not paying for lte on the thunderbolt. Verizon doesn’t (yet) charge a 4g premium.

      • SKINNI

        If u have a 4G phone before the rate change ur locked in at the current rate unless u go back to a 3G phone.

  • SKINNI

    I like this review format. Lets keep them coming this way. As for the phone, Ill be picking it up for the wife before she leaves for Afgahn in Jul unless a better world phone drops before then. World capable with a FF camera to video chat with the kids is perfect.

    I got the TBOLT on release day but im hoping to sell it & grab the Charge until the BIONIC drops & hope its world capable.

    • Johnson

      Ew, charge for the tbolt?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        Better screen and battery life with similar benchmarks? Yeah, Charge for tbolt.

        • jason w.s.

          Hell yeah, i’d take the Charge over the Tbolt too.

          • palomosan

            Better benchmarks, you guys are crazy, the Tbolt gets the same as the Inc 2 in all test, the only thing the charge has going for it is the battery life.

          • Psicologos Barcelona

            I hate this battery…
            http://www.barcelonapsicologo.net/

        • Datbizzybone

          Id take the charge if i liked ugly form factor phones.

        • Mr Kolton

          Similar doesn’t hide the fact that you are comparing touchWiz’s cheesy and choppy UI to the buttercrip look and feel of Sense UI

      • God

        For real, have you had a galaxy phone, especially the fascinate? that bing loaded POS is the worst phone i have ever played with i know this is a droid branded phone but from what i have seen with it, unimpressive. I would take the Dinc 2 over the Charge.

        • Stephen D

          So root it…No one complains about crappy Blur on the DX and D2, or their locked bootloaders, you all simply pass it off as “install LauncherPro, it can be rooted, blah blah blah”. But when it comes to the Galaxy Ss, all you do is whine. “Bing, GPS, TouchWiz, blah blah blah”. They can be rooted too, and since they are completely open, you can actually install custom kernels AND they’re easier to root and you don’t have to worry about running bootstrap. And there are a ton of ROMs that get rid of Bing and TW and all the bloat. And when you do that, the Galaxy Ss blow the Droid devices away. They’re all much slower phones, especially when it comes to the GPU, and the screens suck. Yes, the stock Fascinate sucks, but a stock Droid X or Droid 2 is even worse. If you’re on this site, you are probably rooted, so quit bitching about the Galaxy Ss because they can be rooted too.

    • http://twitter.com/DeltaXain Dammon Burden

      I just can’t see the bionic being world ready. Bummer, but I just don’t see it. I have been selling a few of these Inc2’s and man are they a solid feeling device! I love the feel. Best feeling phone in the hand, great build, and quick like the tbolt!

  • Anonymous

    I thought it had been established that in fact the DincDos was not global, specifically not supporting AT&T’s 3G or EURO 3g bands. Or do I have this confused? I was all set to get this phone until I found that out. Now waiting to see which carrier the Galaxy S2 ends up on.

    • SKINNI

      It is global

      • Anonymous

        It doesn’t support the Euro 3g band, which I believe is what is used across Europe and much of Latin America. I’m no expert — are there other bands which this phone can use which are widespread in Eu/LA?

    • Anonymous

      None of Verizon’s global phones work on ATT.

  • Anonymous

    And the battery lasts how long? That’s probably (sadly) the most important information when it comes to an Android phone review these days.

    • Anonymous

      Battery life seems to be great so far I’ve ran it all day with moderate use and its still above %50

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand why you (the Writer) and everyone else can’t grasp the idea that not all phones are made to be “top tier” and innovating. Some things just work, like a single core and 3g, and they don’t have to be like everything else thats new that comes out. This is a great phone I am sure and the issues you claim to have with device really aren’t issues at all, more just personal preferences.

    • http://steamcommunity.com/id/cypherx82 cypherx82

      That’s why he provides his insights and you substitute your preferences.

    • ThePaintPirate

      I bought this phone the day it came out and have nothing but good things to say about it. Just because this doesn’t have 4g and a dual core, does not mean its not a “top tier” phone. Would you call a GT-R not a “top tier” car because a Corvette has 2 extra pistons?

      • Anonymous

        That is a terrible comparison.

        • ThePaintPirate

          I would hope that you know what I’m getting at here…

          • Anonymous

            I understand what your trying to say. I just disagree with you. While a 3g single core phone can be a fantastic device, it is no longer a “top tier” device, high end, yes, top tier, no.

        • Anonymous

          Not really lol, it has design features inspired by race cars:D

      • Rizzidy

        lolnissan

      • Donstpete

        I picked mine up this weekend and think it’s great. Find a faster adn smoother android phone and I;ll buy it None out there especially at this price point.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1373340065 Ming Wei Hsu

        You forget the 2 Turbos

    • http://www.facebook.com/johncorfee John Corfee

      Yeah, I’m one who won’t have 4G for a while and most like care to have it for 2 years so I might as well get this one because it’s definitely an upgrade from my EnV 3.

    • http://www.facebook.com/johncorfee John Corfee

      Yeah, I’m one who won’t have 4G for a while and most like care to have it for 2 years so I might as well get this one because it’s definitely an upgrade from my EnV 3.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    the review is better than the phone

    no dual-core, no dice

  • Anonymous

    I like the breakdown of this review.

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/cypherx82 cypherx82

    I wish they didn’t dump the red accents.

    Otherwise, I’m happy with my Thunderbolt.