HTC Droid DNA Review: Once and Future King?

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Total Score:
      • 8.50
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Large, high-quality screen
    • Breathtakingly-fast processor
    • Reasonable price point
  • Cons

    • Limited memory, and no expansion
    • Slightly awkward ergonomics
    • 1080P screen is overkill
    • Puzzling lack of Office suite

Quick Take

The HTC Droid DNA is a sexy and high-powered device, but is inexplicably hamstrung by its limited memory.

The HTC Droid DNA is HTC\’s most feature-rich smartphone, with an incredibly fast quad-core processor and stellar 1080p screen resolution, all for a very reasonable price tag. The phone is priced at $200with a two-year contract, which is $100 cheaper than the flagship Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD.

\"HTCThe device is powered by a quad-core processor that scored high performance marks on Brighthand\’s Quadrant benchmark test, hitting an average score of 8129, which is over 3000 higher than that of the RAZRs. The phone comes equipped with Android 4.1 Jellybean and HTC Sense 4.1, which is HTC\’s overlay to the normal Android interface. Brighthand noted a high learning curve with Sense. The biggest drawback of the HTC Droid DNA is the storage availability, which Brighthand called an \”unforgiveable sin.\”  The phone has 16GB of internal memory with 11.3 GB available out of the box; however there is no microSD expansion slot which means the memory can never be upgraded. Brighthand noted most users with an average music collection, a few gaming apps and a movie or two would max out the limited available storage.

Brighthand found the DTC Droid DNA to have excellent build quality, noting it \”looks good and has good durability.\” The phone has a 5-inch screen, which Brighthand commented makes it difficult to hit the upper parts of the screen when using it one-handed. The device features a Gorilla Glass display and a smooth-touch plastic back, which Brighthand noted \”feels pretty good.\” The screen has a 440 dots-per-inch pixel density, which is the equivalent to that of current HDTVs. Brighthand commented there is \”no question the Droid DNA\’s screen is beautiful,\” but also noted the resolution isn\’t noticeably different than a screen at 300 dpi.

The phone has LTE capabilities to run on Verizon\’s 4G and 3G networks. It also has inductive charging capabilities, which allow it to be charged wirelessly. There are no included productivity apps beyond the standard Android apps. Brighthand was disappointed there was no basic Microsoft Office-compatible suite, which is a feature even most low-end smartphones include. The HTC Droid DNA has an 8 megapixel camera, which Brighthand noted is of typical quality for a smartphone camera. The device has a 2020 mAh battery, which Brighthand found to last for one to one and a half days with low impact use.

Overall, Brighthand found the HTC Droid DNA to be a high-performing device with some spectacular specs for a reasonable price. The biggest drawback of the phone is the limited memory, while Brighthand also noted the awkward ergonomics and a lack of included Office suite. The phone is fine for anyone who tends to have light usage of their smartphone, but Brighthand said \”having so little memory makes it very hard to recommend the DNA to anyone really looking to harness the power of a very high-end device.\”


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