The HTC Droid DNA smartphone is HTC’s latest injection of what a true super-smart phone is considered. The HTC Droid DNA runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network and performs well in its element. Needless to say, its exterior’s form factor is very clean and simplistic.
Just like Google’s newest flagship smart phone, the Nexus 4, which we’ll be comparing to the DNA, the HTC Droid DNA has a built-in battery and non-expandable on-board memory. Continuing the trend, HTC used a sealed unibody design with a rubber-like soft touch black back that makes the DNA exude quality in opposition to Samsung’s cheap looking S III and Note. Despite the large 5 inch screen, the DNA weighs in at 5oz and has a very slim physique. The display screen is made of Corning Ware’s extremely durable Gorilla Glass 2®.
After playing with the HTC Droid DNA for a week or so we’ve noticed it has a few other quirks, that the usual Android smartphone doesn’t. Unusually placed in the rear, there is an LED notification light on the back of the phone, to the left of the rear camera. When initially e didn’t understand why they would place a notification light in the rear. However, it make sense because if you were to rest the phone downward this alert would let you know that you received an email, call or text message. This way you get an alert regardless of how your holding your phone double the alert [there is a notification light on the front right side of the ear speaker].
The HTC Droid DNA’s full 1080p HD super LCD 3 screen is the first of its kind in the U.S. It measures 5 inches from corner to corner [measured diagonally]. It has the highest pixel density of 440PPi (pixels per inch). IPS and optical lamination technology ensure that looking at the DNA’s screen even under bright lights won’t stop it from being clear to the eye.
Under the HTC Droid DNA’s non-removable housing you’ll find a powerful quad-core 1.5 GHz processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. Adding fuel to the fire, 2GB of RAM surely helps speed up any download or upload task. What assists this beast’s demanding internal power is a huge full HD super LCD 3 screen and 2,020 mAh battery.
We were a bit weary of the battery’s daily life expectancy because phones of this caliber, an HTC flagship particularly, usually tote a 2,100 mAh battery and higher. To our surprise, the technology used in the seemingly high power demanding screen didn’t drain the battery too much!
The Droid DNA’s camera is excellent. Its an 8-megapixel pseudo digital point-n-shoot. It has a multi-shot, One-Press continuous shooting feature that enables you to seamlessly snap 4 pictures in a second and up to 99 pictures in a row not too much longer.
Audio Powered w/ Beats by Dre
Beats by Dre is pioneering the audio industry’s waves right now and the DNA comes equipped with Beats Audio native. The audio playback from the Droid DNA is vivid and packs a bass-filled punch. The rear speaker is powered by a special 2.55v amplifier. It sounds crazy if your headphones are plugged in, you’ll definitely notice that the Beats Audio serves its purpose well. What we did notice is that when blasting music at its loudest through the phone’s speaker, the back of the phone near the top seems to vibrate a little. Lastly, if you’re keen to details, you’ll most like notice the side of the DNA’s cool-looking metallic embellishment which is aligned to the Beats by Dre aesthetic
Features Recap Broken Down
- 5-inch Super-LCD 1080p display w/ 440PPi
- 2GB of RAM
- quad-core 1.5 GHz processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
- 8-megapixel rear-facing HD camera, 2.1-megapixel front facing vChat/ Face-time camera
- 16GB non-expandable onboard memory
- Runs Android version 4.1.1 Jellybean
- Price: $199 w/ two-year Verizon Wireless contract, $599 without contract (CDMA technology restricts you to Verizon use solely; Code Division Multiple Access: A method for transmitting multiple digital signals simultaneously over the same carrier frequency)