HTC Droid DNA review: A superphone with flaws

HTC's new Android smartphone has some standout hardware elements, but the phone suffers from significant drawbacks.

By , Computerworld |  Consumerization of IT, android phones, HTC Droid

That said, we're reaching a point where more pixels aren't necessarily a game-changer -- and while the Droid DNA's display is undoubtedly outstanding, the difference between it and the 720p screens on phones like Google's Nexus 4 and HTC's One X is pretty subtle to the naked eye.

The Droid DNA has a polycarbonate material on its back that's soft to the touch and not at all cheap-feeling. The material's matte finish looks nice but does seem to pick up an awful lot of scuffs and visible smudges. The back of the phone is basically all black, save for a bright red ring around the camera lens.

That red highlighting carries throughout the phone's design: The sides of the device along with its power button and a thin grille covering its earpiece share the same bold coloring. The black and red contrast creates an eye-catching effect, for sure -- one that, depending on your personal taste, I suspect you'll absolutely love or passionately despise.

The Droid DNA's power button is oddly placed on the top of the phone, which makes it rather unnatural to reach during typical use. The volume rocker, meanwhile, sits on the phone's right edge. Both buttons are recessed so low into the phone that you can barely feel them with your finger; they almost blend into the device from a tactile perspective. I found this to be vexing during day-to-day use, as I'd actually have to move the phone around to look for the buttons instead of being able to find them by touch.

A 3.5mm headphone jack is on the phone's top, along with a micro-SIM card tray that's locked and accessible only with a small pin tool (included with the phone). The phone's bottom houses a standard micro-USB port that doubles as an HDMI out-port with the use of an MHL adapter.

The micro-USB port is curiously covered by a thin plastic flap that has to be pulled off and then clicked back into place with every use. In the grand scheme of things, that process is a fairly minor hassle, but given how often you access the phone's charging port, it gets old fast. The flap's flimsy feel also makes me worry about its durability; within just a few days of use, the material on my review unit became bent and slightly warped -- a detail that was noticeable when the flap was closed and in place.

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