HTC Droid DNA Android Smartphone Review - HotHardware

HTC Droid DNA Android Smartphone Review

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There was a time when 5-inch and larger smartphones were scoffed at.  The term "phablet" was coined and holding one of these things up to your head typically meant a bit of ridicule was in order.  However, as devices got thinner, lighter and ever more sleek, the 5-inch smartphone has become a hot commodity with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note II taking off towards stratospheric sales projections. 

Recently HTC jumped in on the action with the launch of the Droid DNA for the Verizon network; offering a quad-core Snapdragon S4 SoC under the hood, the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system, an absolutely killer, gorgeous 5-inch IPS display with a full 1080p capable native resolution of 1200x1920 and out of the box wireless charging.  Talk about hitting all the high points.  Does this thing mix Margaritas too? 

Let's give you a quick walk-around of the device and demo it in action. Then we'll look closer at the design, features and performance of this new smartphone titan.

HTC Droid DNA 
Specifications & Features
    • Operating System:  Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense™
    • Processor:   Qualcomm® APQ8064 Quad-core 1.5 GHz, MDM9615M
    • Memory:   16 GB, 2 GB RAM
    • Network:  CDMA: 800/1900MHz; UMTS/HSPA: 850/900/1900/2100MHz; GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; LTE 700 MHz (Band 13)
    • Camera;   8 MP main camera with auto focus, LED Flash, BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens, 1080p HD video recording, w/ HTC ImageSense®: 2.1 MP front-facing camera, Dedicated HTC ImageChip®
    • Keyboard/Form Factor:  Virtual QWERTY
    • Display:  5-inch super LCD3, HD 1080p, Gorilla® Glass 2
    • Special Features:  Beats Audio® built in, HTC ImageSense®, Dedicated HTC ImageChip®
    • Battery:  2020 mAh LI-ION (embedded)
    • Dimensions:  141 x 70.5 x 9.73 mm
    • Weight:  140g / 4.94oz

    The quad-core variant of Qualcomm's excellent Snapdragon S4 system-on-chip powers the DNA, along with an Adreno 320 graphics core that's backed by 2GB of system memory and 16GB of on-board storage.  There's also an 8MP camera with LED flash, a 2.1MP front-facing cam and that sweet 5-inch super LCD3 IPS display we mentioned earlier with 1200x1920 resolution (440ppi).  Other features include built-in Beats Audio which does add a bit of spatial openness, along with accentuated highs and lows but only if you're rocking headphones or buds.  The small speaker on the back of the device is easily covered by your hand and, well, it's a tiny smartphone speaker so you can't expect much from it beyond speakerphone functionality.


    The DNA brings along the familiar Verizon red and black color scheme which does accentuate the design nicely. The front is fairly clean with a single piece of Corning Gorilla glass. The capacitive Android navigation keys on the bottom don't consume screen real estate, thankfully. We can't say enough about how nice the DNA's display is.  It's easily one of the nicest smartphone screens we've seen yet, with eye-popping brightness, great color saturation, good contrast and wide viewing angles.  Pure and simple, it's five inches of love.

    On the back you’ll see the DNA is entirely coated in a soft touch plastic which is a complete fingerprint and dust magnet but feels great in the hand. At 9.7mm thick, the DNA is thicker than many high-end smartphones these days but thanks to the tapered edges it has a deceivingly thin profile in your pocket or hand.  What's baffling, however, is why HTC thought it made sense to cover the DNA's microUSB port with a plastic, tethered cap.  You'll likely just want to rip the thing off as it just gets in the way, but to each his own we suppose.

    One other design misstep is the location of the power button on the top, center of the device.  It's often awkward to get to because the phone is so tall in the hand.  I personally have larger-than-most hands and can deal with it. NFL Linebackers shouldn't have a problem getting to that button with one hand. Ladies, on the other hand (no pun intended), will have a long reach.

    Android 4.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean is here but it's lightly dressed in HTC's Sense 4+ user interface.  This sort of a love it or hate it affair.  In general, we like Sense 4+ but it's more of a departure from the pure Jelly Bean interface than TouchWiz is for some of the more recent Galaxy devices.


    Occasionally, we found that it took another step or two to get things done with Sense 4+ but we did like the multitasking button on the front of the device that allows you to quickly cycle through recent apps with a tile interface, much like you'd see multiple web pages in tile view.  That said, we did miss the app menu button which is replaced by this feature, leaving you with onscreen, in-app menu options to work with.

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    Man androids in general seem to pave the way for pushing hardware limits and growing that area for smartphones, this thing has some hella impressive specs

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    I recently upgraded from a Droid 2 Global which was of no good use to me anymore because it was slow, glitchy, stuck on Android 2.3 forever, and needed an extended battery. After some agonizing over whether I should get this or a Samsung Galaxy S III, I chose this phone because I liked the screen better and I've never had an HTC phone until now. (I had a Samsung feature phone once and really disliked it.)

    I will update this review after I have spent more time with it. For now, this is really just a "first impressions" review rather than a full one.


    This phone is big. Really big. I was afraid it wouldn't fit in my sweater pocket. The screen is a whopping 5 inches vs. the Droid 2's 3.7 inches. That's a big difference, obviously. But surprisingly, it fits comfortably in my small hands, as well as my sweater pocket.

    As for the screen itself, it is really, really pretty. It is 1080p, from what I've heard, and in my experience it is so gorgeous it looks almost fake. It is the "retina display" of the Android world, only far more impressive because of the huge screen size. I can't comment on sunlight visibility yet, as I have not used it outside on a sunny day. Battery life so far seems to be average. Not fantastic, not terrible.

    Camera seems to take mediocre indoor photos, although outdoor ones should be better for obvious reasons. Not a huge deal, as I've never been crazy about phone cameras to begin with. For serious picture taking and video recording I have my Canon ELPH 310.

    Finally, speed. This phone is at least ten times faster than the Droid 2, in both network speeds and general performance. It can handle a lot more due to its super powerful internals and 2 gigs of RAM, which is a lot for a smartphone. To put this in perspective, my iMac has 4 gigs of RAM. Wow!


    Saying that Android 4.1 is a step above 2.3 would be a serious understatement. It is almost like using a totally different OS. Sure, 2.3 wasn't bad by any means, but it is stale now. My Droid 2 could not take screenshots without root, nor could it access Google Play (once known as the Android Market) without background data running, forcing me to use a good amount of my limited data every time I wanted to download or update apps. Not the case anymore; I think this is because the Droid 2 was released before any Wi-Fi-only Android devices existed.

    On top of Android itself is "HTC Sense," a series of tweaks made to the UI in order to differentiate the device from, say, a Samsung phone or a Motorola. It's actually quite nice. My favorite feature is the ability to create and edit "scenes," which are pre-customized homescreens. My least favorite part is probably the keyboard. I've tried it, and it was not very responsive for some reason. So I downloaded the pure Android 4.1 keyboard from Google Play and find it much easier to use.

    As a phone:

    Can't say much about this yet, as I have not made any calls, but I will soon. 4G LTE seems to be very fast, although I keep it turned off most of the time to save battery and data usage.


    Just to let others know, this phone has only 16 GB of storage with no option to expand it. This is not an issue for me because I keep most of my music, movies, etc. on my iPod touch (32 GB), but for a lot of people it will be. Only about 11 GB is actually available due to all the Verizon apps that come with it. But you can always hide and/or disable the ones you don't want. Verizon makes it impossible to actually uninstall them.


    This is a fantastic phone so far. I absolutely can't stop playing with it. I'm glad I got it over an iPhone 5, and this is coming from a long-time Apple fan. The iPhone 5 is nice, but it had too many issues for me to consider it. Also I love Android too much at this point. My iOS devices will always be iPod touches.

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    Thank for reading, hope this helps.

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    ^ he just said hella.

    Is it just me or is there just this huge wave of better than average phones hitting the market right now? It just seems like we've got so many good phones out or coming out, all with different weaknesses. I can't recognize a single winner yet, but they all sound like solid devices.

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    Indeed, there are a lot of choices and options right now. If I were to choose my ideal phone, I'd say it would be this phone on the AT&T network. Oh wait, that doesn't exist... :) Actually, I want the Nokia 920's camera on this phone, on the AT&T network. ;-)

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    My son recently visited me, and he has a nice Android phone. I never really wanted one until I had a chance to play around with his phone.


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    My son recently visited me, and he has a nice Android phone. I never really wanted one until I had a chance to play around with his phone.


    Man, I'm sure I'd feel the same way if someone put a android phone in my hand and said, "Hey, use this for a week and bring it back to me."  I just can't find anyone willing to do that.


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    lol... the reason nobody'll put one in your hand for a week is they'll not get it back

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    OK, kids- a fresh take on the DNA- I've had mine for a few months, and have yet to stress it beyond it's capabilities. The screen and display is amazing, as stated by most reviewers, tho some complain about some color issues in the blue spectrum- i have yet to discern anything wrong with my 50 year old eyes. The UI is flawless, and the customization is perfect - i can't find anything to complain about

    Audio quality in-call is fantastic and outperfoms land-line clarity. Te Verizon network has yet to disappoint with coverage in my area where AT&T, Sprint, etc all have failed.

    As to storage limitations, really... 11g of space is enuf to keep you going, and if more is needed the phone can be tethered to a USB device with a cheap $2 adaptor- and honestly, unless you are watching a 3 hour movie or have hours of HD video taken on the quite capable camera, you will survive without complaint.

    The ability to use a Qi charger is amazing- no cords, just set it down and walk away.

    Bottom line: if you are the average, or above average user, you will be delighted by this phone, and as of now they can be had for as little as $40. Kids, it's a no-brainer- this thing rocks.

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