We’re kicking off the first Android Cup with a match between the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible and the T-Mobile Samsung Behold II. Will this match see the Incredible trounce the Behold II like Germany did to Australia, or will we see a much closer game akin to the England/U.S. match?
The Droid Incredible seems justly named: This smartphone has a large 3.7-inch 800 x 480 AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and runs Android 2.1. Out of the box, consumers can tether the phone, and its soft keyboard is one of the better ones we’ve used. We also like how the Sense user interface lets you “leap” to any one of seven home screens, and the Friend Stream does a good job aggregating all your social networking info.
So what’s not to like? For one, the phone is a relatively pricey $199, and some may find the terraced design on its back to be polarizing. Also, its optical trackpad, while functional, is slightly recessed, making swiping actions a little awkward. Finally, call quality was inconsistent, something unusual for a phone on Verizon’s network.
Facing off against the Incredible is the Behold II, the second Samsung Android phone to hit the market. This device features a small but bright 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels.The 5MP camera wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful, either, and call quality and battery life (about a day and a half of heavy use) were generally good.
On the other hand, Samsung’s soft keyboard is a bit cramped, and had trouble keeping up with out finger taps. Also, when we reviewed the Behold II, it was running an older Android 1.5 OS version; Samsung tried to compensate for this by addings its TouchWiz and Cube UI, but neither were particularly intuitive, and were sluggish, to boot–no doubt because of the 528-MHz processor. When the phone first hit the market in December, it was priced at $229; now, consumers can buy it for $99 from T-Mobile.
So, which phone is best? Vote now, and let’s get the Android Cup off to a great start!