I have recently been invited into the Verizon Insider program which gives me a chance to check out new mobile technology so I can share my thoughts, tips, and tricks with you. The first arrival is the Droid DNA from HTC. I have been wishing for a Droid DNA since I first saw it at CES. I have a bad habit of falling for things at CES! In any case, my wishes came true and I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now. I was going to tell you all about the amazing camera, but I’m in the middle of a tech crisis at home: my laptop is dying. Not only that, but the wacky weather has been causing people to lose power. The good news is that it inspired me to mention just a few of the ways the Droid DNA can help you out if you find yourself in a similar crisis or without electricity.
Music – I just love Pandora radio. I like to listen to the mix of music and to discover new songs that I like just as much as my old favorites. In addition to being able to put a Pandora Widget on one of the home screens on my phone for easy access, the HTC Droid DNA has Beats Audio, so if you have Beats Audio headphones, you can listen to your music with all of the bass you desire. Of course, you can listen to your own music or any one of the many other online music stations, as well!
Movies – I never really thought about watching movies on my phone, but the Droid DNA has a gorgeous 5″ 1080p HD screen that’s bright and clear. It’s not going to replace your home theater setup, but video looks amazing on it.
Sending email and keeping up with social media – Most of us do this anyway, but having a large, bright screen makes it easy to read all of your many messages. The Droid DNA uses the Sense User Interface (the UI is the “skin” the manufacturer places over the Android operating system… each one has different features and options). Sense has the option for a “Trace keyboard” (similar to Swype if you’ve used it). Once you get the hang of it, it can be faster and easier than the two-thumb typing many of us are used to.
And of course, you can stay on top of appointments, set alarms, take notes, play games, do your shopping, take and edit pictures and movies. Heck. It’s got Bluetooth, so I can connect it to my Bluetooth keyboard and do some blogging.
I was a bit concerned that the Droid DNA would be just too big, but it turns out my fears were unfounded. I scoffed a bit when I read that HTC designed it with a curved back so it feels smaller than it is. Guess what? It’s true. And the Droid DNA still fits in my pocket. While I don’t recommend this, I just toss it into my purse without even so much as a screen protector. It’s got Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and is highly scratch (and crack) resistant. Honestly, when I’m running around with my kids and worried about the weather and keeping them entertained, the last thing I want to worry about is babying my phone.
I’ve got some other features that I want to share with you, including some that speak to the future of mobile technology, but those deserve posts of their own. And I will share more about the camera, too (it’s amazing), but here’s a sneak peek:
Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Wireless Insider Program which gives me free access to mobile technology and other benefits. There is no additional compensation and no promise of a positive review. The opinions in this post are my own.