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HTC Droid Incredible 2 Unboxing (video)

The first Droid Incredible was pretty Incredible. For a long time it was my favorite Android phone, and my default answer to the oft-asked, “I’m on Verizon but I want an iPhone! What should I get?” question. But times have changed. First off, Verizon customers can just go ahead and get an iPhone. And then there’s that 4G thing: Incredible 2 doesn’t have it, but at least two other Verizon Android phones currently do. So while Incredible 2 is, on first glance, a nice update to a great phone, is it really enough anymore?

Does it make sense for HTC and VZW to launch a $200 smartphone that doesn’t support 4G? On the one hand, a lot of the country doesn’t yet have 4G LTE coverage. On the other hand, if I’m signing up for two years with Verizon and they’ve got the 4G-ready ThunderBolt and Droid Charge on the shelf next to the 3G-only Incredible 2, I’m going to be hard-pressed not to go with a more futureproof option. It’d be one thing if Incredible 2 was a $99 mid-range device, but it’s not – $200 is iPhone 4 territory, even if it’s cheaper than the ThunderBolt ($249) and Droid Charge ($299).

Still, a 4-inch Super LCD display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, dual cameras and Android 2.2 with HTC Sense are nothing to sneeze at – even if they’re not quite state-of-the-art. Is Incredible 2 incredible enough? To find out, we’ve got to start with getting it out of the box.

Noah Kravitz

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