Verizon Droid DNA: Thoughts and Expectations

Earlier this month, HTC and Verizon announced a new 5-inch smartphone called the Droid DNA which the companies hope will compete not only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet, but with the rest of the competition as well. The device is the first smartphone in the U.S. to feature a full 1080 HD display and combined with its other features, the Droid DNA is likely on plenty of shoppers radars.

At a press conference in New York City, HTC and Verizon took the stage to showcase their latest creation, the Droid DNA, the latest member of Verizon’s Droid stable of smartphones. And with its fantastic display, Droid Incredible inspired design, attractive price tag, and a bevy of powerful features including wireless charging, a quad-core processor and Jelly Bean Android 4.1, the Droid DNA looks like it will be a solid release to cap off an exciting year in mobile.

Read: 6 Ways the Droid DNA Beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

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The Droid DNA arrives this week on Verizon.

The Droid DNA is slated for a November 21st release on Verizon, a date that lands a few days before the presumed release date of the Verizon Galaxy Note 2, a device that is thought to be launching on November 29th. Verizon hasn’t said anything yet so it’s possible that that could change but it looks like these devices are on a collision course.

We’ve already taken a look at how the Droid DNA matches up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and now it’s time to take a closer look at this upcoming 5-inch smartphone battle and HTC’s Droid DNA itself.

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Here are my thoughts and expectations regarding the 5-inch Droid DNA by HTC.

Two Major Flaws

While I am looking forward to Android 4.2′s arrival on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, I am also looking to potentially replace it in the near future. One of the devices I considered was the Droid DNA because of its Jelly Bean roots, quad-core processor, Droid Incredible design, and of course, its full 1080p display.

As someone who absolutely loves consuming great looking content on smartphones and tablets, the proposition of having this kind of quality screen is intriguing, especially because I’d be pulling that kind of fire power out of my pocket.

Problem is, despite all of the awesome features on the Droid DNA, there are two major flaws that pose impassable road blocks, at least for me.

Read: 6 Ways the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Beats the Droid DNA.

One is the fact that it only have 16GB of storage space. That would be perfectly fine if it had a microSD card slot like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but it doesn’t. Instead, users are left with 16GB of space and the cloud. That’s not good enough for me. Because of the regret I developed with the purchase of my 16GB iPad and 16GB iPhone 3GS, I opted for a 32GB iPhone 5.

For me, that’s been the sweet spot and I don’t think I’ll ever buy anything without that kind of on-board storage, or at least the ability to expand to that, again.

The other major flaw is its lack of a removable battery, again, something the Galaxy Note 2 has. The battery life of the Droid DNA already received mixed reviews and the fact that I wouldn’t be able to easily replace it is killer.

With the Galaxy Nexus, I would have returned the phone on day one if I wasn’t able to put it in a larger battery.

Expect Lots of 1080p at CES 2013

Those who may not be able to buy the Droid DNA right now needn’t worry. CES 2013 will likely be full of 1080p displays. While they might be on devices promised for the future, those who are interested in this type of resolution will likely see their options increase immensely once January rolls around.

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Expect more 1080p options very soon.

Samsung is rumored to be showing off its 1080p display that will likely be coming with its Galaxy S4 smartphone and there will likely be other players as well including Sony who has been shown to be committed to this type of technology.

So, if you can wait, or if you aren’t in love with the Droid DNA, you may want to take a look at what is announced at CES and see what kind competition the Droid DNA will be facing.

Won’t Beat Galaxy Note 2 in Sales

HTC may have tried to play off the comparisons to the Galaxy Note when it said that the Droid DNA wasn’t a phablet but it’s clear that these two are competitors whether HTC acknowledges it or not.

Those hoping to see HTC pull a page out of the original Samsung Galaxy Note’s book in terms of sales should temper those expectations. The Droid DNA may have some awesome specifications including the first 1080p display in the U.S. but the Galaxy Note 2 also has some powerful hardware, the proven track record, the name, and the five carrier options.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA.

While it would be great to see HTC see some great success with this smartphone, and it might see a small victory, there is just no way that the company is able to topple the juggernaut this time around.

A Solid Option

All that being said, the Droid DNA is still going to be a solid option for those looking to buy a new smartphone.

In fact, it definitely warrants a spot on just about every smartphone shopping list this holiday season as it has all the intangibles that make up good smartphones: Lots of RAM, speedy processor, almost current Android software, a large HD display and not to mention the power of Verizon’s 4G LTE network which is the largest in the land.

Will it sell three million units in the same amount of time that the Galaxy Note 2 did? No, but it will likely hold many people over through the duration of their contract which is always a sign of a great smartphone.

Are you picking one up on November 21st?

  

Comments

  1. marcus aurelius (@mca5287) says

    In total agreement Adam. I actually preordered last Tuesday but cancelled over the weekend. Surprise surprise, my reasons were exactly yours. From what I’ve read, after formatting there’s only about 11GB of storage left. Some reviews are that the 2020maH battery is competitive, some aren’t. Since I would’ve bought at full $600USD, I simply could NOT take that chance. Yes I could have chargers everywhere I am(work, car, in pocket) or carry an external battery charge pack. I choose not to though. I am a firm believer in removable batteries & expandable storage. That is why I will ALWAYS support companies like Samsung. To me those 2 features alone are very consumer friendly. Thank you Samsung!

  2. David Allard says

    lack of SD card slot (or more internal memory) is keeping me on the sidelines. what a shame HTC screwed the pooch on the DNA with their DUMB decision to go with just 16GB. They are going to 1) lose tons of sales and 2) get returns galore from folks who take the thing home only to discover the memory is lacking. Wonder what the honchos at HTC are smoking these days?

    • jon says

      david right on!!.. htc is so disappointing. the phone is a beast with that beautiful screen and to only have a 2020mah battery and 16gb?? complete idiots!.. the people who put this thing together at htc are brilliant. what the hell are they thinking!! the phone will be dead within 2.5-3 hours and the memory will be gone in a couple of months with 99% of us.. but oh yeah, the screen is bright and beautiful.. LOL.. just complete arrogant idiots at htc!!

  3. GroundLoop says

    I love how everyone believes that these shortcomings are HTC’s decision. The J Butterfly has an SD card slot, yet it didn’t make it to the US. I wonder who really made that decision. Maybe the owner of the high speed network who can charge for the necessary use of cloud services.

    The battery on the other hand, the only one benefitting from that is the aftermarket charger manufacturers.

    GL

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