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HTC DROID DNA

- by Edward Choi

HTC Droid DNA

HTC Droid DNA

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Consumer review: 3
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It is about time that a full 1080P-display smartphone arrived on the US shore.

Verizon's Droid DNA by HTC is the first in the US to feature full HD screen. Its 5-inch super LCD 3 display comes with 1080P resolution.

Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU and high-performance GPU, the Droid DNA is one of the first phones to use the latest chip set. Similar to Google's Nexus 4 by LG, the Droid DNA comes with 2GB of RAM.

Even with the 5-inch screen, HTC managed to keep the phone relatively light. Weighing at 5 oz., the phone feels similar in weight as many other 4.7-inch phones. While the 5-inch screen does not feel as huge as Samsung Galaxy Note 2's 5.5-inch screen, the Droid DNA does feel pretty big for a phone. It is a borderline tablet.

HTC continues to pack in some of the better cameras on their flagship phones. The rear-camera unit comes with an 8-megapixel f/2.0 28mm wide-angle lens and 5-level automatic flash. The front-facing camera is equipped with a 2.1-megapixel, f/2.0, 88-degree, ultra-wide angle. Both cameras can capture 1080P video.

The DROID DNA by HTC also comes with one of the better sound systems, thanks to HTC's partnership with Beats Audio.

One of the big concerns of having a big and high-resolution screen is the battery life. HTC used a 2020mAh Li–Ion battery with over 12 hours of usage time. Users may not be able to watch HD videos for full 12 hours, and a real-world testing may be necessary at a later date to determine how well the battery would perform.

Verizon will sell the Droid DNA for $199 with a two-year contract, staring November 21.

SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions
5.55 x 2.78 x 0.38 inches
Weight: 5.0 oz

Processor and Memory
1.5GHz quad-core processor & 2GB of DDR2 RAM
16GB internal (actual formatted capacity is less)

Display
5-inch 1080P Super LCD3 Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Video Playback: H263, H264, MPEG–4, WMV

Music
Create and Manage Playlist
Audio Formats Supported: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-WB, AMR-NB, MID, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Headset: 3.5mm Audio Jack

Operating System
Android Jelly Bean
-Google Now
-Improved Voice Search
-Improved Notifications
-Improved Gallery
-Enhanced Speech–to–Text
Full Suite of Google Apps incl.: Google Now, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude; Google Talk with Video Chat; Gmail; Google Play Books; YouTube; Google Calendar, Google+ with Hangout, Google Play, Speech to text, and more

Keyboard
Virtual QWERTY keyboard

Battery
2020mAh Standard Li–Ion; non–removable
Usage Time – up to 12.8hrs OR
Standby Time – up to 14.7 days

Camera
8MP Auto Focus Rear–Facing camera with Single–LED Flash + HTC Image Chip
Rear–Facing camcorder – HD capture up to 1080p
f/2.0 aperture lens, backside sensor illumination for low light performance, and the exclusive HTC Image Chip which allows continuous shooting for up to 20 images
2.1 MP 88-degree ultra-wide-angle front-facing with improved low light performance
Front–Facing camcorder – HD capture up to 10800p
Photo Formats: bmp, .jpg, .png, .gif

Network
CDMA1x/EV-DO Rev A, LTE/DO Rx diversity
Global Network: GSM (850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz), UMTS (850MHz, 900MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz)
Preinstalled 3FF SIM card

COMMUNICATION
Embedded Wireless Charging support (VZW Exclusive, Charging pad sold separately)
Beats Audio
Global Ready
Simultaneous Voice and Data
NFC – Tap and Share with other NFC-enabled devices; Tap and Pair with compatible NFC-enabled Bluetooth Accessories
Speakerphone
Embedded ringtones, vibrate alert and silent
Calendar, Alarm Clock, and Calculator
Voice input- Google
Supported Languages: 27 (some via download)
Virtually limitless contacts (limited by 16GB on-board memory)
Assisted GPS E911 and GLONASS
TTY Compatible
Hearing Aid Compatibility = M3/T3

Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles Supported: Headset, Hands Free, Serial Port, Stereo, Audio/Video Remote Control , Generic Audio/Video Distribution, Advanced Audio Distribution, Audio/Video Control Transport, Object Push Profile Object Push (Vcard, Music, Album, Cal – Push only), Phone Book Access Profile


The HTC Droid DNA is only the beginning for an onslaught of full HD phones in the US. As the combination of display and battery technology improves, increasing number of devices will feature full 1080P HD screens. In no time at all, the new generation of mobile PADD users will be asking, "what, you didn't have HD display on your phone?"


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