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Dekend's review of the HTC Droid DNA

original version, submitted Nov 25, 2012, 1:24 PM:

Years best android

I pre-ordered this phone after the conference that was held by VZW and HTC. I have now had the phone 5 days and I wanted to give my initial impressions.

PROS -
-1080p screen that delivers. The screen is so crisp, its doubtful that this screen will be topped anytime soon. The screen is edge to edge greatness, with rounded tapered edges. Amazing!
- Camera greatness. This is the first (and doubtfully the last) with a WIDE angle front facing camera, which really makes a huge difference for those who Skype or Hangout/Google. The rear camera is about a good as any flagship device out there now. HTC also included some great customizations and filters with the new Sense+.
-Size/Feel. This phone feels absolutely amazing in your hands. When you first hear about it and see the pictures you think, "this thing is too big/huge", but its the complete oposite. The phone feels great to hold and the polycarbonate matte finish adds a the right amount of texture and grip.

CONS -
-11gb of usable storage. This to me, is a negative, but then again its obvious that they are pushing you toward streaming/cloud services. The pre-loaded apps scream that. Thanks Verizon :|
-Locked up tight. The OS and phone are locked up tight to prevent customizations and bricks. HTC normally allows all of its devices to be unlocked via their website, but Verizon made sure to have it removed from their website on launch day. Even though this may cure headaches for Verizon customer services/reps, it also hurts HTC sales figures, as a large percentage of the android community prefer this OS specifically for the customization abilities.

CLOSING -
The battery isn't listed in either category because in all honesty the battery works for me just fine. It will last me 18-28 hours depending on usage, different experience depending on usage. Their also is no removable battery. Which I personally prefer: Solidifies body, better design. Lastly the new HTC Sense+ is the least intrusive skin to android to date.

edited May 2, 2013, 10:39 PM to the current version:

Years best android

I pre-ordered this phone right after the HTC Conference. I have now had the phone 5 days and I wanted to give my initial impressions.

PROS -
-1080p screen that delivers. The screen is so crisp, its doubtful that this screen will be topped anytime soon. The screen is edge to edge greatness, with rounded tapered edges. Amazing!
- Camera greatness. This is the first (and doubtfully the last) with a WIDE angle front facing camera, which really makes a huge difference for those who Skype or Hangout/Google. The rear camera is about a good as any flagship device out there now. HTC also included some great customizations and filters with the new Sense+.
-Size/Feel. This phone feels absolutely amazing in your hands. When you first hear about it and see the pictures you think, "this thing is too big/huge", but its the complete oposite. The phone feels great to hold and the polycarbonate matte finish adds a the right amount of texture and grip.

CONS -
-11gb of usable storage. This to me, is a negative, but then again its obvious that they are pushing you toward streaming/cloud services. The pre-loaded apps scream that. Thanks Verizon :|
-Locked up tight. The OS and phone are locked up tight to prevent customizations and bricks. HTC normally allows all of its devices to be unlocked via their website, but Verizon made sure to have it removed from their website on launch day. Even though this may cure headaches for Verizon customer services/reps, it also hurts HTC sales figures, as a large percentage of the android community prefer this OS specifically for the customization abilities.

CLOSING -
The battery isn't listed in either category because in all honesty the battery works for me just fine. It will last me 18-28 hours depending on usage, different experience depending on usage. Their also is no removable battery. Which I personally prefer: Solidifies body, better design. Lastly the new HTC Sense+ is the least intrusive skin to android to date.

 

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