Everyone knows that sequels are (almost) never as good as the original, but luckily this trend doesn't extend into the world of smartphone hardware. Hoping to drive this point home, Verizon on Tuesday announced the Droid Incredible 2 by HTC will start shipping April 28, 2011, which is tomorrow. It will be available in stores and online for $200 with a new two-year service agreement, but should you look to upgrade?
Depends on what you have. Here's what you get with the Droid Incredible 2:
That's not incredibly different than the original, though you do get a slightly larger screen (up from 3.7 inches), a front facing camera, Android 2.2 (original shipped with Android 2.1, now boasts Android 2.2), and Verizon's 3G Mobile Hotspot app, which allows you to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices for $20/month.
On paper, the second generation Incredible looks like a decent upgrade, but it's not HTC's flagship smartphone, not even for Verizon. Let's not forget that Verizon recently launched HTC's Thunderbolt device, which features a 1GHz Snapdragon chip, 8GB internal storage (32GB microSD included), 4.3-inch display, 8MP front facing camera, 1.3MP rear facing camera, 4G, and a $250 price tag (with two year service agreement).