Droid DNA is the latest smartphone released by HTC under the Verizon’s Droid series. With it, the company is aiming to reaffirm its superiority in producing beautifully crafted smartphones. HTC’s mastery in design is undisputed and the Droid DNA only enhances the reputation further.
The counts on which Droid DNA scores
Beauty is the feature that draws you instantly towards the device. It is sleek and sophisticated, yet solidly built. The Gorilla Glass 2 display panel, a rear with soft touch polycarbonate coating, and sides with aluminum ensure durability and strength. Coming in the standard HTC colors of red and black, the DNA does look great. And with a height of 5.55 inches, width of 2.78 inches, thickness of 9.73 mm, and weight of 4.86 oz, it is quite easy to handle too.
The Droid DNA sports a quad core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, with 2 GB RAM. It has the Android 4.11 Jelly Bean installed, running the HTC Sense 4+ UI. The 1080p, 440 ppi display is simply stunning and offers remarkably crisp images and text. The smartphone is fast and powerful; it performs well with all the things running quickly and smoothly. The apps load fast, switching from one app to another is swift, and most of the games look great and run smoothly. The smartphone comes with 8MP main camera and the resulting shots are sharp, detailed and crisp, and show vibrant colors. The 2.1 MP secondary camera also puts out some decent pictures. The 1080p video recording offered by DNA is of good enough quality. Switching between still and video shooting is very smooth and quick, and the default settings are perfect.
And the notable shortcomings
Prominent among the oversights is the surprisingly short battery life. One would indeed expect to get through the day without needing to recharge the phone, but that does not seem possible with the Droid DNA. Another curious decision relates to the absence of micro SD slot. Limiting the user to the 16 GB internal storage space does not seem to make much sense. An irritating feature is the plastic flap that covers the micro USB/MHL port.
Summing it up
The bottom line is that though the Droid DNA has some negatives going against it, notably lack of expandable memory and a weak battery, it sure is an excellent, good looking and powerful phone. An excellent camera, brilliant display, Jelly Bean OS, and a strong quad-pro processor, and all this at $200, make HTC Droid DNA an option worth considering.
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