Incredible 2 vs Thunderbolt for a non-power user

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    Hi everyone -

    New to the forums and new to Android. Been reading a ton of great advice on the boards and wanted to propose a question I'd imagine others have as well. I'm upgrading to my first smartphone. I find the iPhone boring and have heard good things about HTC. So I'm considering either the Incredible 2 or the Thunderbolt.

    I plan to use my phone primarily as a phone. Texting, calendar, some e-mail, very basic functions will be 90% of the usage. Occasional use of web browser, navigation, YouTube, etc. No plans to do any super heavy bandwidth activities like stream full movies.

    So...Dinc2 or TB? I know the TB's big plus is LTE but that battery life sounds like a dealbreaker. If I'm not putting a big load on web/data, is there any reason to go LTE over 3g? The Dinc2 is cheaper and smaller (EDIT: just meant to add these are important factors, esp. size) and if its 3g performance is good I'd rather wait another year or two and upgrade to the latest LTE model.

    What would you choose? Thanks for reading and thanks for the great forums.

    j.
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    Well, If you like HTC stuff I'd say wait for the Inc 2. For me 3G is fine, my next phone will probably be 3G as well.

    Any smart phone you get you will be disappointed by the battery life. I don't have the TB but I understand that if you keep it off 4G and use 3G it's better. But what's the point of having a smart phone if you can't use it with all it's abilities?
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    I would go recommend thunderbolt for two reasons. One thunderbolt allow talk and data and you can use 4g. Even if you don't have 4 g now it is better to have that feature since you will be stuck for 2 year contract. Yes the battery life is.an issue but with the extended battery its a non issue. But if you gonna be stuck with a device.for.2 years at least be.able.to.use 4g.

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    I looked at the Incredible 2 when i got my Bolt today. Good phone but the Thunderbolt is much faster on 3G and really fast on 4G. I just text, make phone calls and browse the internet along with playing games. It can do much more and so can the Incredible. Just go in there and play with both and see what you like.

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    Yes companies are still learning the new technology of LTE but to get a 3g smartphone and pay high end money at this point is pointless. Yes 3g is fast but I use 3 g on my tbolt mainly. But the difference is with the tbolt I can use LTE if I want. At this point I think its best to upgrade to a.4g capable phone now or wait until next year. I see it as if you going to.be stuck for 2 yrs get a device that can use LTE technology or you will be regretting it.

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    The other route you could go is buy a clean ESN phone (Incredible 1 or Mot Droid 1 would be dead cheap on Craigslist or eBay) and you could just add the data plan. That way wouldn't lock you into a new contract and you'd be free to see how the 4g road pans out.

    I bought my wife a Droid Inc for $130 from someone local and she loves it. Plus, the 1st and 2nd generation phones are still VERY impressive.
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    Good idea....If you are not sold on what is out this year get a device off ebay, ie droid x, inc, d2, ...etc.
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    Great advice. I tried Thunderbolt and found it bulky/heavy and a battery vampire.

    Bought Incredible 2 today and I absolutely love it. It's perfect for me.
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    Good choice. I prefer the my phones a little bigger. Incredible 2 felt too thin, but it is still a great phone.

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    Hate to bring it up, but you might want to look at a blackberry. If phone is primary, there's nothing better than a bb. Dedicated call and end keys just make it a more phone-like experience. Messaging is also top notch. Browsing kind of stinks, but suitable for most major sites with mobile versions. Youtube works fine. Nav would cost extra.

    I love my droid pro and android, but if you're open to finding the best device out there for you, might as well throw a bb in the first round.

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    GTFO trader....lol j/p :)

    both are great, IMO the inc 2 is too small (i have a DX) and plain looking (just very dark, i dont like it for some reason) the TB is too big, but it is nice looking.

    i think either way you are going to be happy with either phone. they are both great.
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    I've had the Thunderbolt for three days and it is just a bit too big to use with one hand. I can't reach up and hit the power button and then get back down to the keys at the bottom without adjusting and trying not to drop it.

    Other than that - a superb phone. Going to head over to Verizon tonight and hold the Incredible 2.

    I don't have 4G in my area and mostly use wifi at home. So I'm really only comparing screen size / weight.
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    I had a thunderbolt as well but it had too many issues. I got my incredible 2 and so far I love it, just wish it had 4g. It's a pretty good phone especially if you like the first incredible. Just waiting for skyraider to release a rom for it!
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    By far the Inc 2. No 4g anytime soon n bolt is just too big!

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    First off, look to see if 4g is in your area(or coming soon)

    next if 4g is not there, are you willing to root your phone, if so the TB is still in your ball park. If not throw the TB away and hit up a older phone or get the Droid inc 2.

    Guys really dont point people to BB, the phones just are no longer up to par unless you are using it for work. You may think you want it for basic stuff, but once you have a Android phone, Iphone, or Windows 7 phone you will never look back.

    fact stands you may think you dont want what a true smartphone can do, but once you get your hands on it you will likely change your mind and use the apps.

    BB is a very good step for the older generation who might be scared of no keyboard, or just wont at all understand how to use a smartphone. It adds some apps, a keyboard(not talking about the storm lol) and a somewhat old style feel.
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    Not true at all. First, I know many people with Android that really don't use anything but messaging, youtube and light browsing. I know many people on BB that have tried ios or android and have gone back to bb. A BB still fits many users out there and it's worth it to yourself to get the right device for you. It would have to be something special for me to go back to BB, and I am a big fan of android, but in the end it comes down to what works best for each user. There is no way anyone will convince me that android is right for everyone, same for BB or ios or palm or any other mobile platform.

    Anyhow, to the OP, get whatever works best for you. The Inc2 is super fast and smooth, but so is the TB. So many choices, it's a good problem to have.
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    for me to say everyone will hate BB os after going after a android/iso/W7 phone is a little much. You are right there. For the bulk of people its true though.

    Most BB users wont let go of them mostly because of BBM, thats been shown.

    Rim nos this fact, its why they are aiming to update BB's to be more like the newer phones(android,IOS, and W7) sadly for the most part they are failing. We can see this in the sharp drop for BB market share.

    [POLL] What Mobile Phone OS Will You Get Next? | discovrpOp
    this was a very fast google search, but there have been many polls that show how fast BB is falling, and how many wont leave because of BBM.

    Yes look at RIM's phones, but dont get your hopes up that you will find your true love lol.
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    I picked up an Inc 2 last Thursday. If you are not a power user, then the Inc 2 would be a great phone. I don't really like the 4.3" phones, 4" just seems perfect. I don't have 4G and wont for probably at least a year. 3G is plenty fast for my casual browsing. I don't have anything I need 4G for, right now.

    Why I like the Inc 2: it's nearly as fast as the TB, has a better screen size and is bit lighter.
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    Not sure where you are in the US (?), but for us here in NJ - forget about 4G/LTE until at least next year. 4G won't be "here" till then. The TB is huge - 4.3" - need a wagon to carry around! Judging by your phone "reqs", I'd say stay away from Droids - you won't use even 30% of their features. In your shoes, I'd def. entertain a blackberry - Curve, etc. Perfect for occasional i-net access, and UNmatched in email push technology. I just picked up an Inc 2 Thurs. However, I run a computer/network/POS integration support services company, and will use quite a bit of the Droids features, etc. The Inc 2 is absolutely perfect for me. Came from a BB Pearl, and 1st foray into the Linux world/Droid, and wow! what a really great piece of technology! Was eyeing droids for some time now, but the 4.3 's were just too big for me (from a Pearl), and the 3.7's not worth the switch - but the Inc 2 @ 4.0 was/is perfect.
    Hope this helps a bit in your decision, if you haven't taken the plunge already!
    Cheers,
    Tim
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    Hey everyone - OP here. Thanks for all the insight. I think despite the lack of 4g, I am going to go for the Inc2. The TB is just gigantic and I just prefer the feel and the battery life of the smaller phone. In the end, I simply can't see myself needing the extra oomph of 4g. I don't particularly like the experience of web browsing or watching video on a small screen and I'm really upgrading to a smartphone for features other than media.

    But great opinions from all - thank you for the advice.
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