HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 2: A Nice Upgrade To One Of The Most Popular Android Phones Ever [UNBOXING]

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HTC’s DROID Incredible 2 launches today on Verizon, I’ve been able to spend a few hours with the phone this morning.The phone is the sequel to the DROID Incredible, one of HTC’s most popular Android phones of last year, and carries the “Droid” name just like several other Verizon Android phones.

Right off the bat, I love the feel of this thing. It has a similar shape to the original Incredible with raised backing. It also feels incredibly solid, unlike all those flimsy Android phones made of mostly plastic.

Even though it’s not thinner than the iPhone 4, the Incredible 2 feels more comfortable to hold with its rounded edges and rubbery backing.

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I’ll have a full, in-depth review of the Incredible 2 next week, but for now, here are my initial impressions:

  • The screen is incredibly bright, and even more responsive to touch than other HTC phones we’ve used.
  • I’m usually not a fan of widgets thrown into Android by the manufacturer, but I do like the FriendStream. It’s a simple tool that pipes in updates from your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • While I still prefer a clean version of Android, HTC’s Sense interface is still the next best thing. It’s easier to cycle through your home screens and you can’t beat that weather widget.
  • The processor speed is great too. I thought there would be a problem since it was only a single core 1 GHz processor, the same one HTC was using a year ago, but apps and web pages still load fast. Very snappy.
  • The photo quality from the 8 MP camera is on par with other smartphones with the same specs. Photos and videos are crisp and clear.

At $199.99 with contract, the DROID Incredible 2 feels like a good value for anyone looking for a powerful smartphone. If you don’t feel comfortable shelling out another $50 or $100 for one of Verizon’s 4G phones, this is the next best thing.

The classic HTC Android skin.

The Incredible 2 looks a lot like the original, but is faster and more responsive

Here's the 8 MP camera with LED flash

The screen is bright and clear. Almost on par with Samsung's Super AMOLED displays

The Incredible's design is pretty minimal (but we like that). This side has the volume button and micro USB port. The other side is empty

There's a headphone jack, power button, and noise cancelation microphone at the top. It's the same layout as the iPhone

You can't have a DROID phone without the droid eye. This is what the boot-up animation looks like

After the DROID eye you see this neat animation. Fancy.

HTC's Friend Stream is a widget that puts all your Twitter and Facebook updates in one place

The Incredible 2 feels slim, but the iPhone 4 is noticeably thinner.

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