Android has made its name by making affordable phones with great specs for the price. They sell well and offer enough perks to make most smartphone users happy.
But every once in a while, a company like HTC releases a genuine spec monster: a handset with the most impressive iteration of almost everything. A phone to make tech nerds giggle, Samsung Galaxy S II owners squee with envy and smartphone bloggers wax ridiculous with praise.
This month, that phone is the HTC Droid DNA. It’s got the best display around and a bunch of other sweet perks that will make it hard not to sign up with Verizon just to get your hands on it.
Let’s start with the display. It’s 5 inches. Some of you are going to stop reading there. But whether this display is too big or just the right amount of awesome will depend on your personal tastes.
Sure there are slightly smaller tablets available, but the HTC Droid DNA is designed to give you the best of both worlds. You could either look at it as getting a new phone while saving money by not buying a tablet.
If you have small hands you should consider the fact that one-handed typing will be out of the question. 5.55 x 2.78 x 0.38 inches (just slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S III and a bit smaller than the Galaxy Note II) is just too big for some of us to easily get our hands around.
But even that’s a minor setback when you consider the screen’s resolution. It’s a Super LCD 3 and it has 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution and 443ppi. That’s better than any phone you can buy today. Full stop. Yes that includes the iPhone 5 and the Google Nexus 4.
For some of us, knowing that we have the best screen available in the world today is nearly as enjoyable as actually watching it. Everything is reality or better-than-reality quality. Pictures pop and on-screen action feels like you can reach out and touch it.
Although it bears mentioning that some users point out a bluish cast to the images and video they see on the HTC Droid DNA. But it’s really only noticeable when you hold it right next to the iPhone 5 and then only after you comment on how much sharper the image is.
Running the world’s best screen is one of the world’s fastest processors: the Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor. It’s lightning fast. It’s so fast that the LG Optimus G overheats when it runs it.
But the HTC Droid DNA runs it without a hiccup. And everything on the phone runs as smoothly as butter with Android Jelly Bean 4.1. You’ll forget the meaning of the words “stutter” “lag” and “wait”. It’s even faster than the Galaxy Note II.
And one of the perks to getting the HTC Droid DNA on Verizon Wireless is that you have access to their 4G LTE speeds which, according to PC Magazine, are some of the fastest speeds available (and the most accessible). That means regularly reaching average download speeds of 13.2Mbps and upload speeds of 8.6Mbps.
And you’ll be able to talk or take pics (8MP rear, 2.1MP front) and play for a long time thanks to a (nonremovable) 2,020mAh battery you’ll get just over 10 hours of continuous talk time which is great for a phone with the biggest, best screen available and plenty of processor power.
Overall, this is a great phone. The only drawback is that you have to sign up with Verizon Wireless to get it at $299. Which is a great price, but you’ll have to give Verizon 2 years of your life. You’ll need $300 more to get the 8GB version of the phone unlocked which can work out to be much cheaper in the end.