REVIEW: HTC Droid DNA

Yes I am an iPhone girl, but my husband is the Android guy… but when I saw this commercial…

I was like… wha? wha? What am I missing?  This looks sooooo cool!  I knew had to check it out.  Being an iPhone gal, I wasn’t versed in “Droid” and with the husband looking for a new phone to replace his ancient Droid X, I recruited my husband to help me navigate this new world.  Having been a DROID fan since the first release, he was happy to oblige and be my reviewer of the Droid DNA.  Here’s what he had to say. and then what I had to say.

PROS
  • There isn’t enough credit given to 4G LTE speed.  It’s “SUPER FAST!”
  • Retina Display?  pshaw… the display on the DNA is ridiculous!  Crystal clear display at any angle, no glare even in sunlight.
  • It’s the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S3 for those comparing and smaller than the Galaxy Note 2.
  • Can’t beat the sound quality by Beats Audio.
  • The camera is amazing.  It shoots video in 1080p and we can’t wait to capture the kids meeting their new baby sibling with the Droid DNA.  It’s the best compact camera in our arsenal right now. Aww that would make a pretty great vlog moment.
  • I also like the BURST mode which shoots 4 pictures with one click.  With kids, they just move way too fast.  We’re able to catch at least one good shot and in 8-megapixels (rear) to boot (but only 2.1 megapixels in the front).
  • HE SAID: While rumor has it that the battery life isn’t that great.  I didn’t find that at all, just turn off things like WiFi unless you’re actually using it, otherwise it taps the battery life always prioritizing the WiFi search and restricting GPS access for programs that don’t really need it.  I get 300-500 emails a day constantly and this phone can hang.
CONS
  • No memory card slot. That was puzzling since I am use to Androids with that option and why I preferred it over an iPhone.  A little disappointing.
  • Not really a fan of the placement of the power button.  It almost requires two hands to position and make sure you’re pressing down on it.
  • The cover for the micro USB almost requires a little bit of nail use and can be a bit of a fumble. I’ve got nails and struggled with it too.
  • SHE SAID: While my husband didn’t think the battery life was that bad, he doesn’t use his phone nearly as much as this blogger does.  I can drain a battery better and faster than anyone while I’m tweeting, checking Facebook  instagram-ing, checking my email, uploading vlogs, pinning and sharing on Google +.  Not that the iPhone is any better, I do need to charge my phones at least once midway through any day.  That said, I do like that it is a micro USB to so finding a charger isn’t hard amongst friends and co-workers.  Try finding an iPhone 5 charger if I haven’t brought mine along, well is a little harder.  Usually the husband would say, we’ll just get an extended battery but that leads me to the next con…
  • No removable battery?  I know it helps to keep it sleek looking and of course I love the lines and details on the Droid DNA but isn’t that why everyone loves Android phones, the ability to expand memory and replace the battery?  I was excited about the wireless charging option, but having not invested in one yet, can’t speak to it,  I would like more wireless charging devices to be able to make it worth my while.
  • SHE SAID: I don’t know if you noticed this, and excuse my lack of tech language… but when you’re running all those apps in the background and want to shut them down?  On the iPhone, I can double click and it displays all the icons for me to just click click click and close them.  With this phone, I can only see one at a time and I have to close them one at a time.  It’s just a few extra seconds, but I think they could have done that a little better.  
droiddnaSPECS
  • Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, Sense 4+ UI
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Krait
  • 1.5GHz  Quad Core
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5″ LCD screen with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (441 PPI)
  • 2,020 mAh Internal Battery
  • 16GB internal memory
  • Available exclusively from Verizon Wireless and their 4G LTE network
FINAL WORD

HE SAID: It’s definitely a keeper.  A beautiful phone that takes its cue obviously from luxury sport cars in its design.  The speed and quality of the display can’t be beat which is a priority for me.  My usage tends to focus on work emails (getting 300-500 emails a day), listening to music and watching YouTube videos or Netflix on the long ride from and to home each day.  It has no problem handling me.  So can I keep it?

SHE SAID: The Android system isn’t as intimidating as I once thought it was.  Coming from a former Tech Geek, I was feeling a little out of the loop with this new system and apprehensive to using it.  I guess the simplicity of the Apple OS makes you a little lazy.  I do like pretty things though, and the Droid DNA doesn’t disappoint.  It’s sleek looking and chic.  Definitely a little more masculine with all that black and red, but still appeals to my senses.  I also like Google Play which makes it a little more competitive with iTunes and its huge array of apps.  Although they are still missing the Vine app! #bloggerproblems  With that said, most of my favorite social media apps looked gorg on this screen and sometimes I preferred using the DNA to my iPhone 5 just for the look and feel.  Definitely HTC has up-ed their game and is a major competitor in the marketplace.  They just won the global mobile award for best new mobile handset, device or tablet at MWC 2013 for their HTC One+.  Can’t wait to check that one out!

{ disclaimer:  a LOANER phone was provided by HTC to facilitate this review.  That means we have to return it, we can’t keep this beauty.  As always, love it or hate it, all opinions expressed here are our own. }