For the past month, I have been using an HTC Droid DNA, which has similar specs to the rumored upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4. People approach me at grocery stores, airports, coffee shops, even on the street and ask me about the phone. The device is indeed quite compelling, even from a distance.
The HTC DNA has an amazingly bright 1080p HD display with a higher resolution than Apple’s iPhone 5 Retina display. The operating system is modern, with dynamic widgets that tell you at a glance what’s going on. The apps, such as Facebook and Twitter, are equivalent to those available to iOS. Google Apps, such as Google Now, voice recognition, and Google Maps, are sleek and modern.
This is hands-down a better device than the iPhone 5, and people seem to intuitively recognize it.
What phone would I recommend for my mom? An iPhone. It’s safe, predictable and uniform.
What would I recommend for anyone under 40? Definitely one of these new breed of five-inch Android phones. Android might still be a bit quirkier than an iPhone, but it’s definitely not confusing for people who interact daily with a variety of advanced technology. Samsung really nailed it in its commercial where a young woman is waiting in line for a new iPhone and it turns out she is holding the spot for her parents.
The new breed of Android devices exceed the iPhone 5 in every category: hardware, operating system, and apps.