I know some of you have been thinking that the HTC Droid Incredible 2 isn't an incredible upgrade from the original Droid Incredible. Honestly, there are some mightly fine incremental upgrades here, including a second generation 1GHz Snapdragon CPU that's mucho faster than the first gen CPU used in the original Incredible, a front 1.3MP video chat camera, 720p video recording and a larger display. It's also a world phone with a GSM radio and SIM card for international roaming. Not all that shabby.
But Verizon and HTC aren't aiming this phone at Incredible 1 owners. After all, you bought your phone a year ago or less and aren't even at the end of your 2 year contract. And it's a fine phone that's aged well-- no wonder it's been one of Verizon's top selling phones, and one of the top 5 selling smartphones in the US according to NPD. The Incredible 2 is instead a lovely upgrade from an older or lower end Android smartphone like the Droid Eris or a feature phone.
That said, the Incredible 2's biggest competition likely comes from HTC's own Thunderbolt, a 4G Android smartphone with 4.3" display that costs $50 more.
The Incredible 2 is available now for $199 with contract.
Specs: 1GHz second gen Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 205 graphics 16 gig microSD card in the box, 1 gig internal storage 8 MP rear camera with dual LED flash and front 1.3MP camera 4", 800 x 480 Super LCD GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi 802.11b/g/n 3G EV-DO Rev. A World phone with GSM SIM card slot for international roaming
Here's our 10 minute Droid Incredible 2 video review. Full written review to follow.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview