HTC DROID DNA

89
Engadget
Score
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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HTC Droid DNA review

Summary

With its display, reasonable price and top-of-the-line components, the Droid DNA is our top choice on Verizon's lineup this holiday season.

from $628+
Pros
  • Gorgeous display
  • Strong performance
  • Durable build quality and elegant design
  • Unlocked HSPA+ / GSM radios
Cons
  • Short battery life
  • HTC removed the microSD slot
HTC Droid DNA review

Guanine, adenine, thymine, cytosine... Android? The Droid DNA -- the latest addition to Verizon's Droid series -- may not contain any actual nucleotides (that we know of), but that doesn't make this HTC-made superphone any less of a powerhouse. On the contrary, we've been eyeballing this handset with eager anticipation ever since it first launched in Japan as the J Butterfly; much like its counterpart from the Land of the Rising Sun, the DNA boasts a jaw-dropping 5-inch, 1080p display. But while that may be the headliner-worthy feature, you certainly can't go wrong with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM taking charge behind the scenes, along with an ImageSense camera and other top-notch specs.

In certain respects, the Droid DNA is a sneak preview of what's to come in 2013: a wave of high-performance "superphones" that take advantage of this improved resolution, and offer a long list of other top-notch features. Indeed, that's a future we could all definitely live with, but let's not get too ahead of ourselves; we've got a phone to review, after all. Is the display as tantalizing as it sounds? Will its size be a selling point or a major distraction? Should you waltz into a Verizon store on Black Friday and demand they take your hard-earned $200? Follow us after the break as we focus on the here and now.

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Scores

Engadget

89
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.4
Display
9.8
Battery life
6.8
Camera
8.2
Ease of use
7.3
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Specs

DROID

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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Specs

DROID

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
View Full Specs
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