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Review HTC Droid DNA (Butterfly) Smartphone
11 August 2013
Conclusion: The HTC Droid DNA inspires with a vibrant display and high build quality of the stylish case. It is evident that the Taiwanese manufacturer did not integrate the same high-quality components from the HTC One and only uses a Snapdragon S4 Pro for the Droid DNA, which still offers enough performance for all applications. Even the throttling of the GPU Adreno 320 under continuous load is tolerable because the performance is still sufficient .
Pros: Great display, High color accuracy, Full HD, Good build quality, Application performance, The vibrant display and the good build quality look as if they were made out of one piece. The Droid DNA is comfortably in the hands despite its large 5.0-inch display.
Cons: Mediocre camera, Limited storage without expandability, Average battery runtimes, Non-removable battery, High price, The internal storage is not very generous with 16 GB. A micro SD slot for expandability would have been nice.
Summary: HTC has spent the past two years trying to reignite the fire that propelled the company to be the leading manufacturer of Android devices in the infant years of the Android OS. While the HTC One X earned rave reviews for its unique design and refreshing change of pace for Sense UI, it lacked that one thing that might push it to the head of the Android smartphone class.
Pros: The biggest and clearest display to grace a smartphone
Cons: Annoying port and button placement, limited storage space
Conclusion: After two weeks using the HTC Droid DNA, I can safely say it’s one of my top smartphone picks for 2012 and early 2013. This is not only a fast phone with the latest quad core Qualcomm S4 CPU, but it has a class-leading 1080p display that’s a feast for the eyes. At 5”, you might think this is an unwieldy phone, but it’s much more hand-friendly than the Samsung Galaxy Note II, and not that much bigger than 4.7 and 4.8” Android smartphones like the HTC One X+ and Samsung...
Pros: Superb 1080p display, fast phone, high quality materials and finish.
Cons: Only 16 gigs of non-expandable storage, battery sealed inside.
Conclusion: The Droid DNA looks to take Verizon’s storied Android brand back to its roots with a spec-laden, aggressively designed smartphone packing a headline-worthy feature set. In some respects, like the beautiful hardware, blazing processor, and best-in-class display, that’s just what HTC has accomplished. In others, like the lackluster camera optics, non-expandable memory, and non-removable battery, it feels a bit like a step back.
Pros: The Droid DNA goes on sale November 21 for $199.99 on a two-year Verizon contract, with pre-orders open now at the company’s website. Verizon Wireless VP and Chief Marketing Officer Tami Erwin was bullish on the device’s future at its NYC unveiling, saying, “We think it’s poised to be a real blockbuster for the holiday, and certainly into 2012.”
Cons: -W.C. Fields, - cavalierly tossed around the term “phablet.”, The Droid DNA goes on sale November 21 for $199.99 on a two-year Verizon contract, with pre-orders open now at the company’s website. Verizon Wireless VP and Chief Marketing Officer Tami Erwin was bullish on the device’s future at its NYC unveiling, saying, “We think it’s poised to be a real blockbuster for the holiday, and certainly into 2012.”
Conclusion: If the Droid DNA is a glimpse at the phones coming in 2013, sign us up. HTC has managed to cram an amazingly dense 1080p screen into a 5-inch frame and do it without severely harming battery life or processing power. We wish that a microSD card was included, the power button wasn’t way up on the top, HTC Sense was gone, and that the battery life was better, but these are problems that plague other phones besides the Droid.
Pros: 1080p screen is best in class, Fantastic unibody design, Runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), Smooth interface, Great rear and front cameras
Cons: Only 16GB of storage (no microSD), HTC Sense UI can be annoying, 1080p screen impacts processing power, Battery barely makes it a day on moderate use
Summary: The $199 HTC Droid DNA makes a convincing case for being the flagship Android device. The 5-inch 1080p display delivers crisp details with accurate color and the quad-core processor provides excellent performance. Plus, the overall design is damned sexy, even with that annoying microUSB flap. Best of all, despite its supersized proportions, we could still use the device comfortably with one hand.
Pros: Beautiful 1080p display, Sleek alluring design, Excellent quad-core performance and graphics, Wireless charging capability, Fast and sharp camera
Cons: Unnecessary port cover, No microSD expansion or removable battery