Pros + Camera on this device is fantastic
+ DROID DNA's display is absolutely stunning
+ Device feels exceptional. The material covering the back is slightly grippy
+ Runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC's Sense 4+ UI
+ Signal is excellent
Cons - Still need sometime to get used to the keyboard
- Verizon bloatware
The camera on this device is fantastic--if you're used to the HTC One X you'll know a lot of the features, but coming from the Rezound it's a massive improvement. It's still 8MP, but HTC's new sensors are amazing. The low-light photos are a huge improvement over my Rezound, and the S3 as well. You can take snapshots midway through recording video, and the continuous shooting mode works exceptionally well, offering a "best shot" option to automatically delete all the other pictures in the series if you only like one of them. The panorama feature works exceptionally well, and I wowed an iPhone carrying friend with its ease and quality.
Simply put, the DROID DNA's display is absolutely stunning. At five inches, 1080p and 440 pixels per inch, you'll be hard pressed to find anything that even begins to come close to this. Watching videos or looking at photos on your favorite photography site/app is an absolute treat.
The Auto Brightness setting works absolutely flawlessly, adjusting to the level of ambient lighting before the display is even turned on. This is a stark contrast from my Galaxy S3, which is often too dim, and frequently changes it's brightness long after I've turned the screen on and began using the device.
The device feels exceptional. The material covering the back is slightly grippy, which adds a feeling of security when you hold the device in your hand. The Galaxy S3's smooth finish is almost too slippery, and makes the device feel delicate and prone to dropping, though I am quite a fan of its curved shape. There isn't a creak or groan to be found anywhere around the device, which is something I've become accustomed to with HTC devices in general.
EASE OF USE
The DROID DNA runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC's Sense 4+ UI. What this means is it's EXCEPTIONALLY EASY to use. Everything is where it should be, and everything works the way you expect it to, which makes for an enjoyable experience.
The DNA retains the three primary softkeys (that have become the standard since ICS) instead of on-screen buttons, though unlike the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Menu button is not included. That is somewhat annoying, as apps' inclusion of the on-screen Menu button is inconsistent, and navigating to the phone's setting menu requires a swipe of the top pulldown. This is pretty nit-picky, but it's my only gripe about the ease of using the device.
I struggled when trying to decide whether to select "Good" or "Excellent" under Battery Life in the Product Rating above. At 2020 mAh, the battery seems a bit lacking for a 5" 1080p monster like the DROID DNA. Initially I was worried about its performance, but I've found it to be pretty respectable. I'm getting pretty close to what I had with my Galaxy S3, and for a quad core 5" 1080p monster like this, I think that's pretty excellent.
Upon opening the Navigation app, the GPS locks on instantaneously. This is a huge advantage over my Galaxy S3, which often takes literally minutes to acquire GPS signal and begin directing me on the road. Again, I'm used to good radios/GPS from HTC, my Rezound and Incredible were both flawless in this department as well.
In tough service areas (like basements or large buildings), the DNA outperformed my S3 every time. I held 3G signal in my gym (in a university basement) where the S3 dropped to 1x consistently.
The DROID DNA's signal is excellent, and it's call quality is as well. Callers sounded crisp and clear on my end of the phone, and they reported good quality sound on their end as well.
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Overall, this device is simply magnificent. I was shocked when I first held it, and even more shocked when I slid it easily into my pocket. It felt fantastic, far better than my Rezound, and about the same as my Galaxy S3. If you buy any device in the next six months, it ought to be the HTC DROID DNA.
Pros Reception: HTC's radios are the best.
Screen: 5" 1080p 440ppi. It's INSANE to look at.
Processor: Quad core 1.5GHz S4 Pro = CRAZY fast.
Build Quality: Feels great in your hand, sturdy, slight grippy texture on the back, gorgeous design all around.
Cons No expandable memory will be a problem for some hardcore users.
Summary This phone is sensational. To have a 5" 1080p screen fit in your pocket and feel like it's not even there is amazing. The radios are strong, and GPS lock is instantaneous. Everything works the way it ought to, right out of the box. The processor is so fast, it handles whatever you throw at it, no questions asked.
People will undoubtedly complain about the lack of expandable memory, but honestly, this day in age it's just not a big deal for most users. Periodically clearing off your unused apps, old photos and old videos will give the majority of users ample space.
People might also complain about the 2020mAh battery, and I understand...I was skeptical at first. But this gets me through the day easily, clocking in with only slightly less longevity than the Galaxy S3.
The sound this phone produces is phenomenal. Whether it be in your headphones or over Bluetooth, the DROID DNA will not shortchange you on audio quality.
With top of the line hardware, a slick Sense 4+ interface, and the (almost)latest Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.1, this is absolutely a must have phone.
Pros The fastest mobile processor in the world: (APQ8064)Krait S4 Quad Core with APQ8064
Cons no removable battery
non removable micro SD card
Summary a true iPhone 5 and Gallaxy S3 killer
Pros Quad Core SnapDragon CPU
Gorgeous 5" 1920x1080p Super LCD3 Display
2 GB RAM
16 GB Internal Storage
4G LTE Connectivity on Verizon Network (Largest in America)
Android Jelly Bean (Buttery Smooth)
Quality Build and Design
Cons Lack of SD Card and 16 GB Storage Only (Must Use Cloud)
Summary I have owned plenty of Android Phones and even an iPhone or two, and this is by far the best phone I have owned to date. And I use multiple phones on a daily basis. The screen is gorgeous, you can not appreciate the phone until you physically see it and hold it in your hands. The phone is super fast, no lag what so ever, it is buttery smooth thanks to Jelly Been, and HTC Sense is very minimal and useful. And with Verizon's 4G LTE Network I am seeing 20-30mbps download speeds from my office and at home. Android is leading the way in Innovation these days, if you are looking for a new phone I highly recommend you giving this phone a good luck and test drive and you will be undoubtedly impressed.
Pros - Big screen, slim body.
- Very fast.
- Intuative user interface.
- Great camera.
Cons - No expandable memory.
- "Door" over charging port annoying.
- With a case the on/off button is extremely recessed.
Summary The longer I own this phone and the more I use the Verizon 4G LTE network the happier I am. I find Jelly Bean simple to use and impressively fast.