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HTC DROID DNA Hands-on and First Look


The HTC DROID DNA is finally official. We were at the event live and had a chance to go hands-on with the device, snap a few pictures, and then follow along while an HTC rep gave us the ultimate overview.

Just from looking at these pictures and video, it’s tough for me to say anything other than, “Wow, nice job, HTC.” The phone is designed incredibly well, with red accent grills on the sides, a soft-finish back, the best screen in the business, and enough high-end specs on the inside to put almost every other phone to shame. I cannot wait to get this in my hands for a review.

And yes, the guy referred to it as the “Frankenstein phone.”


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  • FletcherRonin

    Well, I think not having removable battery is a mistake…as was the lack of a MicroSD slot. Those are both a huge swing and a miss…

  • MichaelWolfe

    Listening to the Rep talk, I had an idea for a drinking game. Take a shot whenever he says,”Latest and greatest”.

  • daryle barden jr

    If the battery was bigger and if SenseUI wasn’t so atrocious i’d probably got with this because HTC makes a solid phone.

  • DVMT

    I saw a post online saying that the screen of HTC DNA is made of IGZO which supposes to minimize energy consumption because of it’s thinness, and that could be the reason why HTC didn’t go for enormous battery.

  • TylerChappell

    This guy really likes saying “the latest and greatest” a bit too often.

  • jimslaid

    Makes me really sad that I can’t get this at a discount price, and no, I’m not willing to give up unlimited data.

  • How is the time to get a full GPS lock? My HTC Thunderbolt was atrocious in this regard sometimes taking minutes to get a good lock. Thanks!

  • BA

    Why couldn’t THIS have been the Nexus 4 🙁

  • Davny

    I know a lot of people whine about 16 GB is insufficient, and no MicroSD card slot is unforgiving along with that underpowered battery, but I wonder if you save every media files to google music or google drive, shouldn’t we not to have to worry about storage space that much.. The only matter that is holding me back is the battery life and i am waiting for reviews to come out; if it’s good, then it’s a GO for me.

  • Radgatt

    How much is that battery bar?

  • kselby

    According to this guy the selling point for this phone is that it is “The latest and greatest”

  • I’ve seen several people leave [negative] comments about the lack of on-screen “soft keys/buttons.”
    Perhaps a rhetorical question to those of you that have a Galaxy Nexus or Motorola RAZR; but to those of us using phones
    with capacitive or physical buttons (In my case…DINC 2, myt wife has a GS3)…is
    it really that big of a deal?

    Could someone please explain why having on-screen buttons so important? It seems to me that capacitive buttons do the same thing, Is it because the on-screen buttons can morph into anything else when/if needed?


    • Mark Mann

      you’ll get told that when you go to watch a movie, or play a full screen game, the buttons go away and thus give you more screen real estate…woopdie doo…btw, the razr doesnt have on-screen buttons, but the razr m and the razr/maxx hd do

      • Thanks. This seems like a non-issue if the capacitive buttons are located outside of a screen that is 5″. Non screen real estate is compromised. Unless there countless, untold, alternate uses for the capacitive buttons, there doesn’t appear to be a downside. I saw one person say something about the buttons being able to rotate. I have the Droid Incredible 2, and the capacitive buttons rotate when moving from portrait to landscape.

  • bananatroll

    softkeys are from 1920…

    Get with the times HTC!


    • TylerChappell

      Enjoy your 1GB of RAM and your crappy camera.