HTC Droid DNA Review

Posted on Jan 7 2013 - 3:43pm by Christopher Allega

The HTC DROID DNA, is their latest and greatest high-end Android Smartphone. Is it the same as all the others, or are there a few goodies that make it stand out from the crowd? Let’s see…

Provided By: VZW

Price: $199.99 with 2 year contract 

 

 

Closer Look:

The HTC Droid DNA comes in a sleeved box; the front of the sleeve features a large clear photo of the droid eye.  The back of the sleeve is full of features and Specifications. Removing the sleeve reveals the phone box itself; the front of the box features the droid logo as well as the name of the device.

 

 

 

 

 

Once you get the packing open you are going to find the phone inside , along with all of the accessories and guides that are nice and neatly arranged to ensure that they are going to stay in place during the shipping process.

Included in the retail package is the HTC Droid DNA , wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, SIM removal tool , and user guides.

The HTC Droid DNA features Android 4.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean and  HTC’s Sense 4+ user interface a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, 5-inch super LCD3 IPS display (1280 x 1920) display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. Other features include built-in Beats Audio which does add a bit of spatial openness; along with accentuated highs and lows but only if you’re rocking headphones or buds.  The small speaker on the back of the device is easily covered by your hand and, well, it’s a tiny smartphone speaker so you can’t expect much from it beyond speakerphone functionality.

On the back you’ll find an 8MP rear-facing Camera, the DNA is entirely coated in a soft touch plastic which is a complete fingerprint and dust magnet but feels great in the hand. At 9.7mm thick, the DNA is thicker than many high-end smartphones these days but thanks to the tapered edges it has a deceivingly thin profile in your pocket or hand.

The HTC Droid DNA top houses the power button and earphone jack on the right edge of phone is the volume rocker. On the bottom is the microUSB power port.   

 

 

Features & Specifications:

Operating System:  Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense™

Processor:   Qualcomm® APQ8064 Quad-core 1.5 GHz, MDM9615M

Memory:   16 GB, 2 GB RAM

Network:  CDMA: 800/1900MHz; UMTS/HSPA: 850/900/1900/2100MHz; GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; LTE 700 MHz (Band 13)

Camera;   8 MP main camera with auto focus, LED Flash, BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens, 1080p HD video recording, w/ HTC ImageSense®: 2.1 MP front-facing camera, Dedicated HTC ImageChip®

Keyboard/Form Factor:  Virtual QWERTY

Display:  5-inch super LCD3, HD 1080p, Gorilla® Glass 2

Special Features:  Beats Audio® built in, HTC ImageSense®, Dedicated HTC ImageChip®

Battery:  2020 mAh LI-ION (embedded)

Dimensions:  141 x 70.5 x 9.73 mm

Weight:  140g / 4.94oz

 

Conclusion:

The HTC Droid DNA is, in my opinion, the best smartphone on Verizon at the moment. It’s well built but a one design choices, the top-center mounted power button, hold this otherwise amazing device back. It’s great to see Android 4.1 on board but Sense tends to get in the way more often than not.  Then again the DNA delivers arguably the best display on any smartphone out there right now, so there’s a lot of forgiveness in that feature alone.  The Droid DNA also boasts one of the fastest processors on the market currently, with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 quad-core at 1.5GHz serving up best in class benchmark numbers in many test cases.

The HTC Droid DNA receives the Xtreme Tech Junkie’s Editors Choice Award!