5. HTC Droid DNA - gamer's delight
Verizon commissioned a whole lot of Droids this year. It had Motorola build three great phones, the Droid Razr Maxx HD, Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr M. Then Big Red called up HTC and had them craft the Droid DNA, a mammoth handset that's nearly five and half inches long and packed with power. As a Droid, it's exclusive to Verizon, and offers improved battery life compared to other phones from HTC.
With it's Bunsen burner of a name and matte black finish streaked with red highlights, the Droid DNA looks like some straight up science fiction. The internals are from the future as well. It's got a 1.5Ghz quad-core and a bruising 2GB of RAM. That's like a laptop from a couple years ago.
Thanks to its size and stats, the Droid DNA is a mobile gamer's delight. Games load fast and look great on the DNA, and all that screen real estate means plenty of room for thumb action. You won't be misplacing your Wall-Nuts in Plants vs Zombies using this phone.
It also comes with Android 4.1: Jelly Bean right out of the box, and the stellar camera that HTC phones have become known for.
Sadly, the issues that HTC detractors complain about are here too. The DNA's battery life is just ok. Game or stream a lot and you'll probably wear down the charge before the end of the day. That's the consequence of having a quad-core, massive screen and 4G LTE data. Stick to more standard tasks like browsing, email, texts and calling and you'll be fine, but a spare charger for the office is not a bad idea.
Finally, we're not crazy about HTC's Sense UI. It makes some odd and ineffective choices, like a recent apps selector with previews that look that floating space prison from "Superman II."
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