Review: HTC Droid Incredible 2
The Incredible 2 runs HTC's latest Sense user interface on top of Android 2.2.1. Sense offers 7 home screens on which to stuff apps, widgets, and shortcuts. The basic menu architecture of Android itself hasn't changed, and HTC hasn't made too many obvious improvements to the main menus. Most of Sense's features are unaltered. What the new Sense does is help the phone to boot faster and it adds several features, such as a unified inbox with labels.
On the home screen, there are three software controls at the bottom of the screen. One opens the main menu (this could be a bigger button, by the way), one takes you to the phone, and the third opens the “Personalize” panel. The Personalize panel lets you find and adjust all the phone's key settings quickly right from the home screen. This includes HTC's Scenes, wallpaper, skins, sounds and alerts, etc.
The drop-down notification shade includes access to alerts as well as recently used applications. Rather than limiting the selection to the most recent four apps, you can slide the app listing sideways to get at the full list of open or recently opened apps. The inner menus don't appear to be altered, except for the nice splash of color.
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In terms of performance, the Incredible 2 was rock solid and speedy. It deftly switched from app to app, and screen transitions and other actions were all smooth and free of crashes.
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