HTC DROID DNA Review
For all those Verizon customers disappointed that the carrier would be missing out on a variant of the HTC One X, their patience has been rewarded in the form of a spectacular smartphone bleeding cutting-edge hardware. Strange to say, especially considering the banner year filled with exceptional smartphones, Big Red’s sole HTC offering came in the form of the forgettable HTC DROID Incredible LTE – a device that didn’t do justice over the previously available HTC Rezound. Well people, HTC is going back to its roots with its upcoming offering.
Rather than concocting something that seemingly would fit into the upper echelon of Big Red’s lineup, the Taiwanese company is breaking new ground that no other manufacturer has been able to establish. Galvanizing to say the least, the HTC DROID DNA is a meticulous work of technology, as its 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel Super LCD 3 display is a monumental feat in itself that’s unmatched at the moment. Throw in the fact that it’s complemented with other beefy hardware specs, such as a quad-core Snapdragon processor, 4G LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera with an f2.0 lens, it’s undoubtedly busting at the seams with enough drool worthy elements to raise it over other highly esteemed smartphones. At $200 on-contract, it’s lovable in oh so many ways, but of course, let’s hope all of that spiffy hardware can deliver the goods with its performance.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall charger
- Start Here Guide
- Product Safety & Warranty Information
- Important Consumer Information
- Global Support information & Calling Card Guide
One would think that this would borrow some of the design cues of its siblings, but the HTC DROID DNA is flaunting a totally different design scheme to give it a distinct appearance of its own. Right away, we’re impressed most with its deceptively skinny figure, which is achieved by its tapered sides similar to what’s found on the HTC 8X – thus, giving us the illusion of it being skinnier than what it really is, though technically, it’s at 0.38-inches thin. At the same time, however, we’re taken by surprise by its lightweight feel (4.87 oz) in the hand, which interestingly enough, is lighter than its main rivals in the 5-inch and over category.
Beyond the skinny frame and light feel, HTC does a fantastic job at looking over every design detail with the handset, and overall, we admit that it’s one solid thing – both in construction and build quality. With its soft touch casing, it exudes a clean finish at all times, but even better, we appreciate the red accents littered all around its body to give it some spicy character. Even with the minimal amount of bezel around its display, the handset is still an unwieldy thing to attempt using it with a single hand. It might not have the stylish appeal of the HTC 8X, or the tank-like build quality of the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, but nevertheless, the HTC DROID DNA is still one head turning smartphone.
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Sure it’s Jelly Bean device out of the box, but that doesn’t stop the veteran smartphone maker from opting to employ a trio of Android capacitive buttons beneath its display. Although they’re spaced away from one another, they’re too close to the bottom edge – resulting in some accidental presses. Above the display, the narrow earpiece stands out prominent due to its red accent. Nearby, we find its 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, which is similar to the one used by the HTC 8X, since it features a wide- angle 88-degree f2.0 lens with 1080p video recording.
In the rear, the HTC DROID DNA is packing a respectable 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, which is what we’d find with most high-end smartphones nowadays. Supplementing things, it features an f2.0 lens, LED flash, and 1080p video recording. Very hard to make out, there’s actually a second LED notification light to the left of the camera – whereas the front one is incorporated into the earpiece. And lastly, micro dots form in unison towards the bottom center of the rear casing to comprise its speaker grill. Worth mentioning, there’s no access to its internal 2,020 mAh battery with its closed design, plus, there’s no microSD card slot with this one either.
Shiver me timbers Batman! HTC isn’t messing around in gaining attention with this handset, oh no, seeing that it sets the benchmark with its mind-blowing detail. At 5-inches in size, it doesn’t have a thunderous appeal over the