HTC has had a less-than fortuitous 2012 so far and has in some instances been shoved into the same near-down-and-out category as beleaguered BlackBerry maker RIM. Understandable if a little mean, as revenues for HTC have fallen catastrophically, it patent battles with Apple haven’t gone entirely to plan and millions of existing HTC devotees were dealt a fatal blow last week when it was announced that no Android Jelly Bean update would be coming to the company’s latest range of Smartphones.
Or to put it another way, HTC needs to pull of something big…and soon.
Perfect time therefore to usher in the HTC Droid DNA release date, which set its sights on capitalizing on the incredible success enjoyed by the Samsung Galaxy Note and Note 2 Tabphone hybrids. Boasting specs and features like a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a superbly sleek and slender body and a market-leading 440ppi 5-inch display, you’d expect the Droid DNA to pretty much wipe the floor with its rivals – or at least shine through as game-changer for HTC .
Sadly, the downside of packing in so many pixels is the way in which corners have to be cut elsewhere, albeit behind the scenes. As such, while there is no disputing the way in which 440ppi is a truly remarkable spec for the HTC Droid to boast, it somewhat loses its luster when considering the tradeoffs made in terms of lower battery life and lesser overall quality of graphics.
Early reviews have been largely positive, though dozens have already picked up on certain rendering problems when running certain apps a battery life that just doesn’t cut it – up to 22% lower than the Samsung Galaxy S3 during standard operation. Worse still, bump up the brightness to 100% and the HTC Droid DNA was found to diminish its entire power reserves in less than two hours.
It essentially all comes down to what is considered most important as the bragging-rights that come with such pixel density are huge and visuals in general are truly off the scale. On the other hand, the list of specs and features boated by the HTC Droid DNA are subject to a very big “but” – one that HTC could have done with sidestepping at this time in particular.