The Droid DNA is the latest flagship smartphone from HTC for Verizon Wireless. It features the some of the best specs for Android right now including a Snapdragon quad core processor and a fantastic 5-inch 1080p display, which is a first for any smartphone! HTC and Verizon are not calling this phone a phablet by any means and in fact it really does feel like a smartphone albeit a large one. The design of the Droid DNA is inspired by Ferrari and indeed it is very sleek as it is very thin and light and the build quality is top notch which is be expected from HTC. Some other standout features are the 2GB of RAM a 8 megapixel camera with Sense 4+ also this phone supports wireless charging which really hasn’t caught on yet but it’s still nice to have considering the Mico USB port is covered by a small plastic cover that can be annoying to remove. Another weird thing is that power button is located top-middle of the phone rather then the top left or top right which makes turning the phone on and off somewhat awkward. Overall the phone has a great design despite it lacks a removal battery which is 2020mah nor does it have a Micro SD slot for expandable memory which is at 16GB.
Performance And Operating System
After testing and using the Droid DNA for about a month I’ve been really impressed with the overall performance of the Operating System (Android 4.1.1) Jelly Bean and HTC Sense+. This is by far the best performing smartphone HTC has made and it actually scores better in benchmarks then any other Android phone. The only other device I’ve used that can compare to is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Everything on the Droid DNA is fast and smooth.
The Camera used on the Droid DNA is the same one that’s used on the HTC One X and it doesn’t disappoint at all! It has some great features from burst mode to snapping pictures while recording video even some built in image filters. Once again this Camera is one of the better cameras overall on any Android device.
Network and Radio Performance
One of the things in the past that really bugged me about some HTC devices was the network performance and battery life. Well I have some great news, as I’m relieved to say that the Droid DNA beats all expectations when it comes to the battery life and radio performance. The battery really stood out to me as the HTC One X didn’t have that great of battery and since this phone has a 1080p screen I was really concerned that this device would have horrific battery life I’m glad to say I was wrong! Now it still cannot match the Droid Razr Maxx HD or Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in battery life but it’s still pretty decent. I also didn’t have any issues making calls or using 4GLTE.
Overall the Droid DNA is a great device for most people that want a 5-inch smartphone. And I say that because the phone is big but it’s considerably smaller the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 but the only downside to this phone is the small amount of storage space (16GB) and the non-removable battery. Outside of that you really can’t lose choosing the Droid DNA for $149.99 on 2-year contract.