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15 reasons the HTC Droid DNA keeps my SIM out of the Apple iPhone 5

I still have an unlimited data plan on Verizon and am enjoying unfettered LTE. There are many reasons that my Verizon SIM lives in the Droid DNA instead of my iPhone 5 and this gallery shows the top 15 reasons.

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Topic: Mobility
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Reason 1: Droid DNA hardware is absolutely gorgeous

This and the next 15 images (not in order of importance) show the reasons why the Droid DNA keeps stealing the SIM from my iPhone 5.

The HTC Droid DNA may be one of the best pieces of hardware I have ever held. The 1080p 5 inch Super LCD 2 display is beautiful and cannot currently be matched by any other smartphone. 5 inches may sound large, but it isn't on the Droid DNA and the smartphone is pocketable and portable while being large enough to do just about anything. It has cool red accents and a solid design that will have you flipping it over and over in your hands.

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Reason 2: App associations are under your control

Unlike iOS, you get to pick which default application is used for several core functions. I personally prefer Chrome as my browser, due to cross platform syncing, and have it set as my default web browser.

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Reason 3: Visual task switcher

I like that I don't just see an icon for a recently used/open application, but get to see the actual status of apps I want to switch back to in the HTC visual task switcher.

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Reason 4: What do YOU want to do?

Android gives you the power to control what you want to do with files. As you can see in this screenshot, there are a number of things you can do with an image in the Gallery.

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Reason 5: File system access

While iOS locks you out of the file system, with Android you can use 3rd party apps to have full control over your information.

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Reason 6: Useful lock screen

I love that I can customize the HTC Droid DNA lock screen to provide me with useful information and quick shortcuts. This lock screen functionality is part of HTC Sense.

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Reason 7: Keyboard input method is your choice

While the HTC keyboard is solid, I also like to use Swype and Swiftkey on the Droid DNA. Once you get used to swiping around it is very tough to go back to single key tapping on iOS and Windows Phone.

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Reason 8: Widgets provide value

One thing I cannot stand about using my iPhone is the fact that I have to open each application to see what is going on or use the new notification slider up top. With Android and the Droid DNA, I can use handy widgets to check on things without ever having to open anything up.

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Reason 9: Full 5 inch display is awesome for reading

Apps such as the YouVersion Bible are amazing on the large screen Droid DNA because you can read in full screen mode and see a large amount of text without the need for constant tapping or scrolling.

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Reason 10: Share, share, share

iOS 6 did add a few more share options, but you can't beat the power of Android when it comes to selecting how you want to share content with others. This is just a partial list of apps that allow me to share directly from within the file system.

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Reason 11: NFC has very little to do with payments

All I hear from people is that NFC isn't anything special since no payment standard has been readily adopted. Once you have a device with NFC, you should quickly learn that payments are just a small part of the technology. I use NFC to simply connect to Bluetooth speakers, share images between devices, check on the status of my ORCA transit card, and tap on NFC tags to control my device. It's a shame that Apple didn't add it to the iPhone 5, but I guess it was held back so they could get us to buy the next incremental update.

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Reason 12: HTC is focused on people

HTC does a great job with their Android devices when it comes to integrating people into the experience. They have had evolving People utilities for years and their current application lets you quickly view contact details, recent communications, social networking status updates, and images from various galleries.

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Reason 13: Google Now gives me a glimpse of the future

Google Now is a slick service that provides you with unsolicited information based on your Internet usage patterns. I like that it automatically tracks my packages and provides status update, has a great voice recognition system, and keeps me updated on my sports teams without requiring me to do much of anything. Unlike my Galaxy Note II, it is very easy to get to Google Now on the Droid DNA by simply pressing and holding the center Home button.

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Reason 14: Google Maps Navigation

I have lots of GPS navigation options on different platforms, but my go to service is Google Maps Navigation on Android smartphones. Google keeps updating the application and I haven't found anything better. The large 5 inch display of the Droid DNA and high resolution makes the experience even better.

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Reason 15: Wireless charging is convenient and cool

The HTC Droid DNA supports the Qi wireless charging standard and given the difficult to open microUSB door it seems that HTC is encouraging wireless charging. A slick Qi charging stand coming out soon is the TYLT Vu (pictured above) and it is much easier to just set the DNA on a charging pad or stand rather than plugging it into a cable. Then again, I do like that HTC uses a standard microUSB to charge up the DNA so you should be able to find power at any time.

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