Review: HTC Droid Incredible 2
The Incredible has a 4-inch display that packs in 480 x 800 pixels. It looks great. Colors are rich and text, icons and graphics are smooth. Finding rough, pixelated edges anywhere is a challenge. Indoors, it looks fantastic, and outside it was surprisingly readable. It isn't stunning, but it is usable, and that's more than we can say for most displays when out catching some rays.
Signal was sorta iffy with the Incredible 2. Sitting on my desk, the Incredible 2 captured two bars compared to the Droid Charge's four bars. The Incredible 2 stayed connected firmly to Verizon's network, though it did drop down to Verizon's 1X network several times. It didn't drop any calls, nor did I miss any. Some data sessions gave me serious hang time, though, and stalled when loading some web pages.
Phone calls with the Incredible 2 were somewhat inconsistent.
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I had no problem hearing people, and they had no problem hearing me. The earpiece was reasonably loud. With the volume set all the way up, it is more than enough to overcome noise in a car or taxi. The speakerphone was also loud enough. It will work well in a closed office or in a bedroom as you scurry about, though don't expect it to be able to fill an executive board room. The problem I noticed was garbling and/or indecipherable voices. Callers sometimes had a ragged edge to their voices.
Ringtones and alerts were sufficient, as was the vibrate alert.
The Incredible 2 makes significant improvements over its predecessor with respect to battery life. Where the original died off relatively early each day, the Incredible 2 can easily pace itself through a long day's use. It won't last two days, though, and probably not 1.5 days. Bottom line, you're going to need to keep an eye on the battery strength indicator.
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