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HTC DROID DNA

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89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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Pros
  • Gorgeous display
  • Strong performance
  • Durable build quality and elegant design
  • Unlocked HSPA+ / GSM radios
Cons
  • Short battery life
  • HTC removed the microSD slot
89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

89
 

User Reviews

70
underthesea
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
90
bkowalski3000
This is a great device. The UI runs smooth on the quad-core CPU with 2GB of...read more
90
rygavs
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
With quad-core power, 4G LTE, a lovely 5-inch screen, and a stunning design, the $199.99 HTC Droid DNA is currently Verizon's best Android deal.
 
90
phoneArena
DNA is the building blocks of life, but with this, the DROID DNA reestablishes HTC as a dominant figure that’s aiming for perfection – regardless of how small the detail is.
 
80
Laptop Magazine
While HTC's Sense software doesn't really wow, overall the Droid DNA's ground-breaking display and swift performance make it a top pick.
 
80
Gizmodo
It's a really nice piece of hardware with tremendous guts and some pretty good software. It's not the best display ever, but it's certainly the best screen on a Verizon phone. ... We would have liked a better camera and longer battery life, but in general, we really like this phone a lot.
 
80
PC Mag
The HTC Droid DNA for Verizon Wireless gets you the fastest performance and the sharpest display we've seen on a phablet yet.
 
90
Engadget
At present time, it's pretty tough to convince us that you can do much better than the Droid DNA on Verizon's lineup. For $200, you're getting the absolute best display on the market, a great camera, Android's Jelly Bean OS and the best quad-core processor you can get.
 
80
SlashGear
The DROID DNA is a return to what we’ve loved about HTC before, and while it’s not perfect, it’s a significant improvement in the manufacturer’s range and a compelling option in Verizon’s line-up.
 
80
Ubergizmo
If you simply want reliable battery life, there’s only one option for you: Motorola’s Droid RAZR Maxx line. But if you simply want the best handset, with the most recent components, you can’t go wrong with the Droid DNA.
 
80
TechHive
The HTC Droid DNA boasts one of the best screens on any mobile device, but suffers from poor battery life and an overabundance of bloatware.
 
70
Computerworld
All considered, it's difficult to recommend the Droid DNA as a good all-around choice for most smartphone users. HTC has released some fantastic phones this year, but despite having a handful of standout hardware elements, the Droid DNA is not among the company's best efforts.

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