HTC Droid DNA Review

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HTC launched the HTC Droid DNA model, a model that promises exceptional quality at first glance. This model is a reinforcement of the existing constellation of fantastic models from HTC, and a model that has all the predispositions to be one of the most sought-after devices in 2013. The technical characteristics that simply guarantee success to this model are a powerful quad-core processor and an excellent Full HD display that is packed into a “body” that is flawlessly designed. But let’s get to the point, HTC Droid DNA looks like this…


The already mentioned body of the HTC Droid DNA is defined by the dimensions 141 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm, and its weight is 141.7 g. According to these dimensions, it immediately becomes clear to you that this is a fairly large model that can be classified in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone class. Maybe HTC’s goal was just that. To “cover the terrain” a bit when it comes to models of this caliber, the terrain on which once (very successfully) the ringleader was their HTC One XL This model looks a bit like its cousin, HTC J Butterfly. The efforts of the design team of this Taiwanese company are striking and we have to admit that regardless of the dimensions of this model, the HTC Droid DNA looks very harmonious.

The making of the HTC Droid DNA model is truly flawless. This smartphone is made of high-quality plastic that is “soft” to the touch, while the complete front (read-display) of this model (including buttons, camera, and sensors) is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Above the display are a microphone, sensors, auxiliary camera, while below the display are typical buttons for home, back search.

The left side is “free” of any commands, while the right side is a button to adjust the volume. The top of this smartphone houses the power and lock buttons, a place for a Micro SIM card, a 3.5 mm Jack input, and a secondary microphone. The micro USB port is located at the bottom of the phone and is protected by a cover. An 8MP camera accompanied by an LED flash is located on the back cover, and there is an opening for a loudspeaker at the bottom of the back cover.


One of the most impressive details of the HTC Droid DNA is its phenomenal 5-inch Super LCD3 display with full HD resolution and 1080 x 1920 pixels. Words are missing for the image quality of this display! The Droid’s display is “equipped” with 441ppi pixel density, and in terms of image sharpness, it has convincingly surpassed the competition. This pixel density simply surpasses the ability of the sharpest human vision to recognize pixels.

The display met expectations both in the fields of contrast, and observations of the same and under direct sunlight. What we are especially pleased about is the fact that the display of this model or its quality in 2013 could (and should) become the norm for high-end Android devices.

Interface and software

When it comes to the HTC Droid DNA model and its user interface, this model has been “repeated” in this field as well, because DNA works with the improved 4+ HTCSense UI. On the software side, to the general satisfaction of every future use of this model, DNA will work with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. used the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, with this model to feel “at home”.

Processor and memory

It is inevitable to mention the power under the hood of this model. HTC Droid DNA is equipped with a powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, an extremely efficient Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, and Adreno 320 Graphics. As expected, the HTC Droid DNA easily outperformed competing phones according to processor performance testing. This was shown both in graphics and in data processing speed,

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That perfection does not exist is reminded by the fact that HTC Droid DNA does not have the ability to expand memory but is “limited” to its + h 16GB of internal memory, of which 11GB is available to the user. This capacity is in principle far above the needs of an average mobile device user, but it will not make more memory-demanding users happy. When it comes to numbers, the indispensable data is the 2 GB of RAM that this model has and which is again a kind of (current) record in the world of mobile communications.


HTC Droid DNA is equipped with an 8MP camera with autofocus, LED Flash that takes photos with a maximum resolution of 3264 × 2448 pixels. The auxiliary karma of this model is not negligible and can boast of 2.1. Some of the camera features of this model are simultaneous HD recording and imaging, geotagging, face and head recognition of the photographed subject. The camera of this model is able to take pictures very quickly thanks to the built-in chip dedicated to image processing.

Like every aspect of this model, the camera deserves all the praise. The images taken with this camera are vivid and natural, with good contrast, excellent white balance. Videos are in HD quality 1080p or 720p at 30fps and do not lag behind images when it comes to quality. We liked the ability to activate the LED lamp during the video, which allows videos even in conditions of reduced visibility.

Sound and battery quality

The sound quality of the HTC Droid DNA is in line with its class and price range and we consider it exceptional. During the conversation with this model, you will not experience noises and crackles or any interference with the connection, and it is loud enough to hear your interlocutor as well as he can hear you without any problems.

The speakers of this model are fantastic, like their predecessors, and this model carries the Beats Audio label and again we come to the conclusion that the speakers of this model have surpassed all models of this class according to test results. Thanks to the Beats Audio support that this model has, you can connect Beats headphones to Na DNA and enjoy really flawless sound.

Given that this is a fairly strong set of technical characteristics, we were a little worried about the performance of the battery (which we ordinary mortals cannot replace ourselves without service assistance) of this model from Li-Ion 2020 mAh. To our pleasant surprise, the battery of this model received a “rating of 49 hours”, which is more than any competitor. This rating means that with an hour of talking, surfing the Internet, and listening to music daily, you need to charge the battery of this model every 49 hours, which is quite impressive for a phone with these features.


The HTC Droid DNA is definitely one of the most attractive smartphones on the market. If there were no minimal objections to this model, they would declare it perfect. As an unpopular move by HTC, they would state the impossibility of replacing the battery on its own. On the other hand, with this model, HTC has assembled all the right components into one harmonious whole. Exceptional quad-core processor, even better 5-inch display, Jelly Bean operating system, and impressive camera are really the reasons for customers to “stick to this model”. is an affiliate. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
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