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HTC Droid DNA combines stunning looks and killer speed (pictures)

Sporting a beautifully premium design, quad-core processing, a stunning 5-inch screen, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the $199.99 HTC Droid DNA is the best Droid to ever enter Verizon's ranks.

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Get a load of this screen

The HTC Droid DNA boasts a big, bright, and colorful 5-inch Super LCD 3 screen with a sharp 1080p resolution.
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Hot-rod red accents

At a mere 0.16 inch at its thinnest point, 0.38 inch at its thickest, the HTC Droid DNA is trim despite its large size. The phone also features bright-red metallic highlights, letting you know this Droid means business.
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USB under rubber

Hidden under a small rubber flap on its bottom lip is the HTC Droid DNA's Micro-USB port.
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A bright-red power key

On the HTC Droid DNA's top edge sits a bright-red power key, 3.5mm headphone jack, and slot for LTE/SIM cards.
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The Droid's red-rimmed eye

Staring at you from within a ring of crimson is the HTC Droid DNA's 8-megapixel camera lens. Next to it are an LED flash and a second notification light.
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A comfy keyboard

Thanks to its large 5-inch screen, typing on the HTC Droid DNA's virtual keyboard is very comfortable.
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One-handed texts

Can't reach the keyboard with two hands? Not to worry, HTC also included the Trace text-entry solution. With it you can form words one-handed by dragging lines through letters, similar to Swype.
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The flap up close

Here's a closer look at the HTC Droid DNA's Micro-USB port, which is placed under its rubber flap.
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The DNA's camera app is feature-packed

You'll find plenty of settings and shooting modes in the HTC Droid DNA's camera app, such as HDR, Panorama, and Continuous shooting, just to name a few.
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Lots of ways to listen

Under the Music app are multiple audio applications such as TuneIn Radio, Amazon MP3, Slacker Radio, plus phone-based tracks.
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A screen meant for fun

The HTC Droid DNA's big 5-inch screen makes watching movies very enjoyable. Look out, there are zombies behind you!
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Modern software

To match its fire-breathing components, the HTC Droid DNA runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean plus HTC's most recent Sense 4+ UI grafted on top. You get five home screens to customize, and you can jump quickly among them.

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