Verizon Wireless announced the Droid DNA by HTC is the first HD-TV-like 5" smartphone to to have a 1080p resolution and wireless charging. It is currently available for preorder and will go on sale Wednesday, November 21.
Preorders will ship by November 19 for this top-of-the-line superphone with 440 pixels per inch. As an added bonus you get exclusive access to the Reign of Amira game app.
Features of the Droid DNA include a quad-core processor, 5"inch HD Super LCD3 touchscreen, Beats Audio, NFC, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, global roaming, 8MP camera, 2GB of RAM, HTC Sense 4+, 2020mAh battery.
The f/2.0 28mm wide-angle lens camera has 5-level automatic flash, backside illuminated sensor (BSI), and superfast autofocus. HTC VideoPic allows you to capture video and still images at the same time. And by simply holding the shutter button, Continuous Shooting takes multiple photos at up to four frames per second to catch all the action.
The Droid DNA has a best-in-class 2.1-megapixel, f/2.0, 88-degree, ultra-wide angle, front-facing camera that allows more to be captured in self-portraits, and up to four people for group shots.
Preinstalled apps include Backup Assistant Plus (Contacts backup/restoration only), Visual Voice Mail, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3, Amex Serve, Audible, IMDb, My Verizon Mobile, NFL Mobile, Reign of Amira, Slacker Radio, Verizon Tones, Viewdini, VZ Navigator and Zappos.
Hands down the best features of the Droid DNA are:
- 1080p display.
- Beats Audio for great sound.
- Wireless charging built in.
- HTC Sense 4+ interface.
- Non-removable battery.
- No microSD card slot.
- Lack of current apps for 1080p screen.
- Too big for some pants pockets.
- Wireless charging mat is separate.
preliminary reviews are not comparing the Droid DNA to the Samsung Galaxy Note II which is not available, yet from Verizon Wireless but to the Droid RAZR HD and Samsung Galaxy S III which are huge screen smartphones. The only thing most people don't like about the Samsung Galaxy S III is the thin plastic back. The Droid DNA appears to be more sturdy.
Of course, the well-reviewed Droid RAZR MAXX HD has much more battery life and the Samsung Galaxy S III comes with a suite of special Samsung sharing media apps. The Droid RAZR HD and MAXX have Kevlar and water-resistant nanocoating protection.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with special S Pen software that makes it more like a tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Note II offers multitasking, special drawing apps, special photo editing apps, replaceable battery and microSD card.
This year has been the most exciting in smartphone history. Choices have become more difficult as specs have been increased to super levels. The underlying question of all your buying choice should be, however "What do I need the phone for?"
If you are huge video and gaming fan the super crisp Droid DNA screen may be for you. If you have anoriginal Droid Incredible, it makes sense to continue with HTC Sense. If you want the latest and greatest, you can have it, albeit for a very short time.