And, finally, Verizon's gotten some top-shelf HTC hardware in 2012. And what a device it's gotten in the Droid DNA.
I spent some quality time with the DNA early this morning, and again at Verizon's launch event, and there's no denying that HTC's Android phones are starting to follow in the footsteps of its Windows Phones, in terms of design. The DNA is large, with that gorgeous 5-inch display. But it doesn't feel overly huge. A little bigger than the HTC One X, but thinner. Slimmer, especially as the edges taper off 4 mm at their thinnest. So think One X, but more svelte.
The mix of polycarbonate (with its soft-touch coating) and aluminum edging is to die for. It's got just enough grip, but it doesn't look as industrial as other phones in Verizon's Droid line. Do note, however, that the red grilles on either side of the DNA are for design purposes only. The speaker is on the back of the phone.
And that screen. Oh, that screen. Have you ever seen so many pixels?
Check out our hands-on report and video after the break.
Gorgeous? Beautiful? Freakin' high resolution? How many ways can we say "Wow, that's a lot of pixels!" Because, wow. That's a lot of pixels. The full resolution is 1920x1080, for 440 pixels per inch. And I dare you to find a single one of those pixels. Will you notice a difference over 720p? Perhaps. My tired eyes tend to blur a bit. But there's no denying that the Super LCD3 display, like its previous iteration, makes images appear to float above the glass. Words almost don't do it justice.
The back of the phone is a piece of work in its own right. Like the HTC 8X on Windows Phone, it's moved the 2020 mAh battery between the display and the PCB, meaning a slimmer overall profile. That gives it a nice slope toward the edges, but it's not as steep as on the 8X. The camera housing is nearly flush. You can only barely tell it's not flush, and the red ring accent certainly helps it stand out.
Up top you've got the SIM card tray and 3.5mm headphone jack. Volume rocker is on the right-hand side.
The DNA's running Android 4.1.1 out of the box -- it'll get updated to Android 4.2 at some point, but remember that Google hasn't even released that code yet. Sense 4+ is excellent as ever, and it flies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. Storage is what it is -- 16GB internal, with about 11GB usable out of the box. That's what Verizon wanted, and that's what you'll get.
The only really suspect design we can find on this phone at first blush is in the decision to put a door over the microUSB port at the bottom. The rest of the design is top-shelf, but this one choice seems more like well whisky.
Boil it down to a single sentence, and we're pretty confident in saying, even after just a few minutes, that the Droid DNA is a worthy addition to Verizon's flagship line.