HTC Droid DNA quick review


HTC finally announced the much awaited Android smartphone in the 5 inch category, the HTC Droid DNA. It’s a really wonderful looking phone, and the big 5 inch screen is easily noticeable, but what makes it stand out of the crowd is the fact that the screen comes with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. What’s the point if the device has a hi-tech screen, but comes with mediocre hardware specs, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with HTC Droid DNA at least. The device was officially announced on Verizon, and after LG Intuition and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, Droid DNA is the third phablet that Verizon has got in the recent times.

HTC Droid DNA is the U.S. version of the much popular HTC J Butterfly that was launched in Japan few weeks back. During the event, the device was dubbed as “the ultimate Droid”. As mentioned before, the device comes with a 1080p display and has a pixel density of 441 ppi. The display panel being used makes use of Super-LCD 3 technology, which is the next generation LCD technology. The HTC One X featured display using Super-LCD 2 technology.

HTC has coupled the best screen in the arena with Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor, which is a quad core processor that has its cores clocked at 1.5 GHz.  The processor is tied with super fast Adreno 320 GPU and 2 gigs of RAM which will ensure that you have the best experience ever, and with that kind of specs, we will ensure that all the apps currently available on Play Store will run flawlessly on this piece of engineering.

For photo junkies, the DNA is featuring an 8 megapixels shooter on the rear. An 8 MP shooter is not exactly something to die for, but seems like that’s the industry standard these days, and even Note II has an 8 MP sensor. Besides, aperture will be quite good at F2.0. Talking of connectivity, it supports LTE and will fit nicely into Verizon’s ever-expanding 4G network. In addition to that, DNA will support Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi a, b, g, n and n, as well as DLNA, NFC and MHL.

HTC Droid DNA will be booting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean instead of the latest Android 4.2, nevertheless, you will have a great experience with HTC Sense 4+ UI and Android 4.1. Below is a quick comparison between Droid DNA and Galaxy Note 2.

 HTC Droid DNA            Samsung Galaxy Note II                
Display Size   5 inches 5.5 inches
Display Resolution (Pixels)  1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Pixel Density (PPI)  440 267 ppi
Connectivity  4G LTE 4G LTE
Processor  1.5-GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.4-GHz quad-core Exynos
Internal Storage  16GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
NFC  Yes Yes
Battery   2,020 mAh 3,100 mAh
Camera  2.1MP front, 8MP rear  1.9MP front, 8MP rear
Size 5.5 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches  5.9 x 3.2 x 0.4 inches
Weight  4.8 ounces  6.3 ounces
Carriers  Verizon  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon
Starting Price  $199  $299


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