HTC Droid DNA Ups the Android Ante
Review: HTC needs a win, and with luck the Droid DNA is it. Loaded with firsts, it's a phone to compare all other Android smartphones to.The Droid DNA by HTC has a display that's 5 inches (on the diagonal), which even in a landscape of growing display sizes would seem to be a—if not the—feature of note. It's not. HTC used a lot of car language when it introduced the DNA Nov. 13, calling it a "performance beast," its tapered sides akin to the sleek behind of a supercar, and the "micro-grill" pattern on the phone's sides inspired by a peek at a Lamborghini engine. But HTC has pulled off the reverse of what car designers strive for: Unlike the happy trick of creating a small car that feels magically voluminous inside, the DNA is a big phone on paper that surprises by being a small phone in the hand. It's a phone you can get your thumb across. The DNA partially manages to feel small because it's fatter in the middle, where it matters less. HTC Design Director Jonah Becker explained at the phone's launch party that his team figured out how to stack the internal components pyramid-style, so that the phone's edges could be thinned to less than 4mm. (At its thickest points, the DNA measures 141 by 70.5 by 9.73mm.)
That established, more obviously a feature of note is the quality of all that screen real estate. The DNA is first smartphone with a true 1080p full HD super LCD 3 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection—it's gorgeous. Photos, video and apps are stunningly crisp.