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So its 2014 and I finally left Team Iphone for Team Droid haven’t looked back since…. That being said great video demonstration of the power of the Samsung Note 3 Enjoy.


What?! Is that a squadron of commercial airliners?! Not quite, but through the magic of editing, it sure looks like it. With the help of Adobe Premier, Cy Kuckenbaker took five hours of plane landings on Black Friday and condensed them down into just thirty seconds using composite and timelapse techniques like the ones seen in Empty America. The result is a staggering vision of some sort of commercial jetliner apocalypse, and it’s damn cool. [PetaPixel]

AT&T has the One X. Sprint has the EVO 4G LTE. But it’s been a long while since Verizon customers had an HTC flagship to call their own.

The Droid DNA would very much like to grab that mantel, please. And it’s got about every spec a geek could ask for. As we know, specs don’t always add up to a great device, but then again, sometimes they do.
What Is It?
A big, beautiful phone that runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC’s Sense UI on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Who’s It For?
People who want a device that really performs—and looks good doing it.

The Droid DNA has a whopping 5-inch 1080p screen, but it’s slender enough that it doesn’t feel nearly that big (it’s basically the same width as the Galaxy S III, just a little bit taller). The Gorilla Glass screen curves around to the sides, making the display seem bigger than a phone with this footprint should allow. The back is a curved polycarbonate that’s smooth but grippy. The 8PM camera is flush with the back, as are the buttons with the sides. And the DNA opts for three capacitive navigational buttons (Back, Home, and App Switcher) rather than sticking with stock Android’s onscreen nav buttons.


Using It
The user experience is quick and smooth, thanks to the zippy quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM inside. HTC’s Sense overlay isn’t quite as fast as stock Android on the similarly spec-filled Nexus 4, but it’s close enough that you won’t notice or care. Even with seven HD games open simultaneously, it was still able to handle Dead Trigger—with the graphic details set to High—without skipping a beat. Text looks terrific on the 440 ppi screen, phone calls sound good, and the camera software is powerful and intuitive.

The Best Part
Hardware design. It looks good, but it feels great. It’s light, but strong. The curved edges of the screen give you more usable space. The convex back gives a thins the Droid DNA out nicely; it sits comfortably in the palm of your hand, and it slides right into your pocket. You approach the same screen real-estate as the Galaxy Note II (5.5-inch screen), but it’s in a much smaller package.

Tragic Flaw
For all of HTC Sense’s strengths, its keyboard is terrible. Terr-ible. The predictive text and autocorrect are unintelligent, the layout is unintuitive, and it’s just generally inaccurate. Blech. The very first thing you’re going to want to do with the Droid DNA is download and install a competent third-party keyboard like Swiftkey. You’re welcome.

This Is Weird…
The most-hyped feature of this phone is its 5-inch 1080p screen, which gives it an unheard of pixel density of 440 ppi. But an exhaustive screen comparison of the DNA and the competition found that it’s really one step forward, one step back. The almost imperceptible gains you get in sharpness aren’t worth the hit the phone takes on brightness and color accuracy.


Should You Buy It?
Yes. It’s a really nice piece of hardware with tremendous guts and some pretty good software. It’s not the best display ever, but it’s certainly the best screen on a Verizon phone. It’s also handily the fastest phone on Verizon. We would have liked a better camera and longer battery life, but in general, we really like this phone a lot.

You could make a case for the Droid RAZR MAXX HD based on battery life alone, but in terms of performance, the Droid DNA is Verizon’s best phone.

Created by Vladimir Yuzhikov—a software engineer specialized in image and signal processing—the SmartDeblur app is truly impressive. According to him, the “restoration of distorted images is one of the most interesting and important problems of image processing—from the theoretical, as well as from the practical point of view.” Even while the math for doing this started about 70 years ago, he says, it’s only now that we are seeing the results of it.

I’m sure that we will soon see this and much better focusing filters in future software. And with the computational power of smartphones increasing by the day—especially their graphic processing units, which are ideal for the math required in this—it will not be surprised to see this feature built in the camera software of future iOS, Android and Windows phones.


I’ve been tossing this around for a while now what does everyone think???? Gimmick or legit bargain?


I reported this past summer that Jay-Z serves as the executive producer of NBA 2K13. But it appears that his role in the game has gone beyond that role. Those of you who purchase the game and play against the Brooklyn Nets at home will see a familiar face in the crowd. That’s right, Hov himself can be seen sitting courtside in Nets games. Check out what it’ll look like.