1Droid DNA by HTC
The DNA measures 141 by 70.5 by 9.73mm. At its edges, though, it thins to less than 4mm, a trick designers pulled off by stacking the device’s internals pyramid-style. HTC’s design team is said to have been inspired by the stylings of supercars, and the sides of the DNA, with its “micro-grill pattern,” were reportedly inspired by detailing on a Lamborghini engine.
The back of the DNA is covered in a soft-touch paint that feels good in the hand but does attract lint. There’s also a dedicated rear speaker amplifier that offers music loud enough, and actually clear enough, to share in a room with a few friends. For an even better listening experience, though, Verizon will also offer the Beats Pill, a small, pill-shaped speaker that pairs with the DNA.
HTC also added features to its Gallery. Photos—very, very easily—can be sorted into albums, but the phone will also automatically sort photos into Events, understanding the difference between sequences of shots taken even an hour apart. Both features help control the glut of photos that can compile on a phone and eliminate that moment of scrolling and scrolling to find a picture one’s looking for.
Like the power button, the volume button is flush and metallic-feeling. I found myself hurrying for the power button most often when the DNA was in what HTC calls “Sightseeing Mode.” A tap of the power button brings a user straight into the camera’s viewfinder, which is several seconds faster than unlocking the phone through the camera icon.
In summary, the Droid DNA by HTC is a great phone. It’s fast, has a gorgeous display, feels smaller in the hand than even devices with smaller displays, and includes smart, new features like near-field communication (NFC) technology and the ability to charge when set down on a wireless-charging pillow. HTC has got its mojo back.