Verizon HTC DROID DNA Hands On: Initial Verdict

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Verizon and HTC have just announced the latest device in the Droid range of mobiles as the HTC Droid DNA. The device has made the competition nervous due to the fact that it has an unmatched 1080p display. So does this phablet live up to the hype. Here’s my initial impressions after our brief hands on of the Verizon bound Android.

Verizon HTC DROID DNA hands on

The HTC DROID DNA comes with a display of 5 inches with 440ppi over 1920 x 1080p. It is a bright display and it is crisp and clear and offers great colour balance. However, boosting the resolution of a 5-inch display is not going to make such a huge amount of difference in most cases. On the other hand the UI is sharp looking and this is one of the first devices to have 1080p. This leads to the question of how many apps are ready for it and if they are suited to meet the resolution.

To the naked eye there isn’t much difference in crispness of the display between the iPhone 5 and the HTC Droid DNA. Thanks to the handset having a thin bezel it does look large and it feels large but you don’t have to struggle to wrap your hand around it. While the device is not iPhone 5 thin, it isn’t Nokia Lumia 920 chunky either.

The HTC DROID DNA is responsive when going around Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and there was no stuttering on the handset. Therefore the quad core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM do what they are supposed to do. How long the battery might last is another thing though but initial tests don’t look so good. Because it has to push almost 2 million pixels out compared to other similar sized devices like the S3, its battery life isn’t the best. If anything, HTC should have stuck a higher capacity battery in the DROID DNA. You’ll notice how necessary this is when you crank up the brightness.

The camera on the front of the HTC DROID DNA is 2.1 megapixels that can record 1080p video and this is better than what others typically offer on their front cameras. The camera on the back of the device is 8 megapixels and it has the f2.0 lens. When taking photos in dim light the photos were not that good and the Nokia Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5 have nothing to worry about.

I hope to get more time with the Verizon HTC DROID DNA again as we approach its official release date.

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