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It's April 28th, the official release date for the 2nd generation Droid Incredible from HTC, and if you haven't studied this phone in detail yet, you're probably wondering just what exactly has changed since the original "Dinc" entered the market last April. Let's have a look, shall we?

Key Differences

Network

First and foremost, just like the Droid 2 Global Edition, the new Incredible 2 is a world phone with both CDMA and GSM frequencies. Verizon Wireless provides the following interesting numbers:

  • voice service in over 220 countries
  • data in over 200 countries
  • 3G speeds in more than 125

Quite a step-up from the original already, isn't it?

A notable omission I should mention while we're on the subject is the absence of 4G/LTE. If you need a phone capable of faster LTE speeds, the Incredible 2 may not be for you, but if you don't care about speeds that much and would rather own a world device, you can't go wrong here.

Screen

The Dinc 2 sports a 4" SLCD screen compared to Dinc's 3.7" AMOLED (although it was later switched to SLCD as well due to AMOLED shortages). The resolution remained the same at 480x800 pixels.

Cameras, Trackpad

Want video calling? The Dinc 2 has a front-facing 1.3MP camera, which the original Dinc didn't have, but as a trade-off, it lost the optical trackpad (or "nipple" as some might call it) that so many users grew to love so much. It kind of bugs me that manufacturers insist on omitting it and then end up including a whole row of arrow keys on the keyboard, wasting valuable screen real estate, but I guess aesthetics and a simpler manufacturing process are more important to them.

Memory

To help keep more applications in memory at the same time, the 2nd Dinc includes 768MB of RAM, compared to the 1st one's 512MB. For comparison purposes, it's lacking compared to the Atrix 4G's 1GB (though, in its defense, the Atrix also needs to use a bunch of memory of the Webtop UI), right in line with the Thunderbolt's 768MB, and noticeably more than the Droid Charge's 512MB.

The internal storage on the 2nd Dinc doubled to 16GB from 8GB, though it looks like this storage is no longer built-in and comes in the form of a removable SD card.

Space available for apps and system data (what the manufacturers are calling "ROM," though it is clearly writable by the system) seems to be around 1GB, although it would be great if someone else with a real device could confirm it.

Processor

On the CPU side, don't let the same 1GHz clock speed fool you - instead of the 1st generation Snapdragon QSD8650 processor that used the 65nm technology, we now have the 2nd generation MSM8655 built using the more efficient 45nm technology. This should translate into better performance and [marginally] better battery life.

UI, Sense

Moving on to the UI, the Droid Incredible 2 ships with the 2nd version of HTC's Sense UI (2.1 to be exact), compared to the 1st generation Sense on the 1st Incredible. While this is no Sense 3.0, which the upcoming EVO 3D and Sensation devices are going to sport, Sense 2.1 is a nice upgrade over the original (see here and here for info on the 2nd generation of Sense).

Battery

Next up, we have a slightly beefier battery on the Dinc 2 - 1450 mAh vs the original Dinc's 1300 mAh. This should translate into a little bit more usage, but it's really nothing to write home about.

Wi-Fi

On the networking side, the Dinc2 supports 802.11b/g/n, while the original only officially supported b and g at launch (the chip on the device was capable of supporting 802.11n, but for some reason it wasn't enabled until Froyo).

DLNA

Droid Incredible 2 supports DLNA streaming for your wireless picture, audio, and video needs.

Weight and size

The weight and size differences are pretty negligible, with the Incredible 2 being slightly larger and heavier, which is not surprising considering the larger screen size.

Conclusion

The Droid Incredible 2 offers a host of both noticeable and subtle upgrades to the original Incredible. With a beautiful larger screen, a front-facing camera, improved capacity and speed, and an updated UI, the Droid Incredible 2 is one of the best (if not the best) world phones available on the market today.

Pictures

Droid Incredible 2

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The original Droid Incredible

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[Sources: Wikipedia, HTC [1] [2] [3], Amazon Wireless, Phone Arena, Verizon]

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris

    The original DROID Incredible had 802.11 N activated with the 2.2 update.

    • Kane

      Did it? All I could find were about 500 million links talking about how it may be enabled, but none that confirmed it after the fact. So it actually ended up happening?

  • http://chris@chrisonea.com Chris

    Any pictures of the back of DINC2? I love the form factor of my current Incredible.

  • dday

    I'm completely new to smartphones, coming from an oldschool flip phone. Is it worth it to spend the extra money on the Incredible 2 or would I be just fine with the original Incredible which I could get for free?>>>

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      If I were you, I'd get the Inc2, but if you don't have to pay anything at all, then you can just do whatever you want - either get the free version without paying anything or grab the better device for a few hundred.

    • Ellen

      I absolutely LOVE my original Dinc! Not enough differences with the Dinc2 to pay, plus I love having the optical track pad. It is really helpful when you need to select words or letters. The size of the original is perfect too. I don't care for the larger screen sizes that most new smartphones are going to. Give me a small (3.5-3.7) with a lot of power, and I'm happy!

  • http://www.burnettpainting.com Steve

    I love my original Dinc too! However I dropped mine in a glass of water today. I have insurance and they are sending me a Dinc 2. I am looking forward to a larger screen and also the front and reverse cameras!

    • JACKSON

      SAME HAPPENED TO ME STEVE, THEYRE CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK STILL SO I'LL GET MY DINC2 TOMORROW. HOW U LIKE IT SO FAR DUDE?

  • IV88

    Though I love the design and functionality improvements put into the Dinc2, I like the stylings of the original Dinc better. 4G is not really a big deal to me as wifi isn't hard to find and is usually faster.

  • Nelybel

    I'm getting the Dinc2 shipped from insurance also. I hope its not a disappointment since I really liked my original Dinc :) I shall find out.

  • Dale

    After receiving a warrant replacement last week from VZW and trying to activate it on Sunday I'll be shipping my old bad one and the warranty replacement back today (Tues) due to it starting to constantly reboot during startup. This started during the activation. Called VZW and they said they're out of the HTC Inc's so they shipped a HTC Inc 2 which I should be on later tonight. Wish they would've sent me a 4GLTE as I still have the unlimited data plan because I was grandfathered in. Maybe I'll upgrade in a few months as I'm not under any contracts.

  • gboosh

    Getting my Dinc2 tomorrow as replacement to my original..does anyone know if extended battery fits Dinc2??

  • John

    An annoying differenc between the incredible and Incredible 2 is that they took away the ability to select and delete all for email. I get a hundred emails a day and may onle read 15 or 20. Selecting 1 by 1 is a real pain!

  • Bucherx

    My Inc1 was always having memory issues...Does anyone know if this has been resolved on the Inc2?

    • Todd

      I just clear my cache out everytime I would a memory message. Usually it was Facebook taking up to much room.

  • chelsix3

    Hubby and I bought the incredible when they first came out, had them and loved them ever since.. he broke his a few months back and had no insurance.. so I thought id purchase the 2 for myself seeing as I had such good luck with the original and give him my old phone, I used it for 5 minutes, put my number on the original and told him he could use the 2... there wasn't a big enough difference for me to love it and honestly the internet seemed slower loading to me... and one little detail i just couldn't overlook, my little "eye" as I call it, the little mouse on the bottom, I didn't realize how useful and convenient it was til it was gone. Point blank the 2 really isn't that much greater.. I prefer my original and its going to be super hard to find a phone to replace it.<3 it

  • ckerb

    I have had both fones and the internet speed is actually a little faster on the dinc2 because of the improvments, also i have found that the incredble 2 is a lot more useful and fast when playing games or uploading videos, also, i got my droid 2 for free cuz i switched to best buy mobile. Best buy mobile has better prices and insurance btw. So if i were you, go with the droid 2. U dont want to be stuck with a older fone for 2 years.

  • booch221

    It's April 28th of which year?
    Why don't they put real dates on these articles?

    • Mad Girl Disease

      i was wondering the same thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnny.siriano Johnny Siriano

    can they take the same battery? i bought one off amazon and the lady that sold me the phone told me the wrong kind. i do not wanna short it out before i can even use it. i

    • Mad Girl Disease

      [ignore this, replied by mistake.]

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