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HTC DROID DNA hands-on

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HTC DROID DNA hands-on
Holy smokes people! Just when we all thought it couldn't get any better, it just did. By now, you're all probably aware about HTC and Verizon's big news today, but more importantly, we managed to check it out in person! Making the competition sweat, the recently announced HTC DROID DNA is one monster of an Android smartphones. Armed with a long listing of impressive specs, it's sure to become one of the most highly prized smartphones this coming holiday season.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty regarding the handset, we got to commend both HTC and Verizon for quickly bringing this handset to market. Between now and its release, which is penned for November 21st, there's barely any wait to have it in the hands of consumers. On top of that, it's brimming from the seams with plenty of drool worthy specs to keep other phablets, like the Samsung Galaxy Note II, shaking in its tracks.

HTC DROID DNA hands-on
HTC DROID DNA hands-on
HTC DROID DNA hands-on
HTC DROID DNA hands-on


For starters, it's featuring an impressive 5-inch Super LCD 3 display with 1080p (1080 x 1920) resolution and Gorilla Glass. Secondly, it's a powerhouse thanks to its quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM. And finally it's running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the HTC SEnse 4.0+ software to complement its hardware prowess. Needless to say, the competition will really need to watch out for this one!





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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:20 16

1. gregoryyy3 (unregistered)


the screen is so nice. i own everything apple, but i might just have to jump ship.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 21:58 1

43. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


but mobile like this could rock only if comes with 32 or 64 gb version or atleast with sd card support also 3k+ mAh battery.....

remaining spec. r railly good

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 22:06 1

44. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


That was some noise in the background

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:22

2. KParks23 (Posts: 639; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Wish they pushed the lumia 920 this hard cuz that's a great phone but phone arena never even talked about it but there all about this let down of a phone... The way there talking this is the best phone ever all u got to do is read the comments on all these dna articles and find out why htc is in the garbage and this phone will not sell well!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:30 6

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Yea cuz people r greedy there's nothing wrong with this phone

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:32 4

4. I_Slap_Fat_Kids (Posts: 40; Member since: 04 May 2012)


It's still a damn good phone.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:35 1

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i tried to tell you not to expect too much. xD
as powerful as these high-end phones are now i definitely don't regret giving up some power in exchange for 4x the total storage and a battery that's larger by 1280mAh on my MAXX HD. it's all about keeping a good power/battery ratio for me at this point and if i wanted to i could trade my MAXX HD for a DNA because of the price difference. no problem.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:38 2

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Do it.....

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:45 1

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


nahhh, the DNA is a sexy phone but it's not going to serve me as well as the MAXX HD and it's pretty damn sexy too.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:04 8

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


not mad at you bro......you seem to be the only friend here on phone arena......everyone else is filled with pride and biased opinions........i may be at times uninformed about certain things which is why i may appear to speak out brashly but one thing is for sure if you have a good UNDENIABLE point i will have no choice but to agree with you and see things your way.........some people here refuse to listen even if facts and Truth hit them square in the face.......peace to you bro and God bless a loyal fan of motorola like you even with all the "opinions" and criticism around here :) i bet the maxx hd is a beast of a phone

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:17 1

13. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


thanks man, that was very nice of you to say. c:

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:48 1

17. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Hey you forgot me xperia lol. King is one of the if not the best poster on here though. Always has a relaxed, informed opinion to offer, unless you manage to piss him off first lol.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:05 1

20. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


yea sometimes I wanna change my name because certain people tend to think I'm all for Sony when I'm just a fan of them not a brainwashed "Sony only" Fan boy! But its the name I came up with from the get go so I gotta keep it for now......not that I don't like it....but it would help avoid confusion when arguing sometimes ya know

sent from my HTC droid incredible 4g LTE

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:29 2

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


thanks guy. c':
yes, don't piss off KingKurogiii...things will get ugly.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:34 1

15. KParks23 (Posts: 639; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Yea I guess u were right.. I underestimated Htc stupidity I had like 6 people waiting for this phone and I'm going to recommend that they all pass on it now. what a let down I was soooo hyped a 2020 battery and 16gb of storage what a bunch of retards!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:31 1

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i think the trade-offs will be acceptable for some people but i believe this could've been so much better.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:01 1

30. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


King, you are so right, and you see me cussing about the very same thought on other threads lol.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:33 6

5. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Still rather have Note 2, and im not going back to Ripoffwireless for any phone

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:15

12. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Amen to that! I'll stick to my tmobile $30 a month plan vs $100+ verizon plan and it's two year contract.

But i'm worried about windows phone. How can they compete with this?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:56

19. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


The new Windows Phone 8's are pretty bada$$. I've had my hands on the 8X and the Lumia 822 for Verizon and I'm very impressed with the OS.

With WP8 looking as good as it does, BB10 will be dead on arrival, if it arrives at all.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:14

22. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Gotta disagree bro.....I think the black Berry is going to be fine ;)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:21 4

23. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


We will see that is for sure. BB10 better bring it, b/c WP8 is extremely solid, and with the integration of their phones, computers, and XBOX360 platforms, WP8 will take in some market share. I'm real close to wanting the HTC WP 8X. Got my hands on it in training on Monday and it is VERY slick.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:23 1

24. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


as great as the windows phone is.......there will be a "reserved" spot for RIM peace to you bro :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:45 2

28. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


oh believe me if i ever lose unlimited data on Verizon i'll be hopping my ass over to T-Mobile and getting either a Nexus 4 or an HTC 8X.

if WP8 had more ground swell with third party developers then i'd probably switch over but for third party developers to get that incentive WP8 needs more market share. it's a chicken or the egg situation for Microsoft and they realize that. that's why they're trying to make it easier for developers to develop for the platform now and since Windows 8 code will work with WP8 it may just be a matter of time now before the whole situation just works itself out. i think it's been hard for Microsoft trying to squeeze in between the Mobile Giants that are Apple and Google but i'm confident that they'll prosper from their efforts in due time. i'm probably going to get an 8X to have as a backup from a third party after it cheapens up over time. it takes a while for WP devices to depreciate though since there's so few of them so it may take a little time.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:02

31. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


i as well believe they will get better in time......just like android has gotten alot better with time.........so far my only problem with them seems to be the UI as it appears to be really "cluttered" and unorganized or at least not as organized as you can make your android phone or even ios! Seems like scrolling down to find an app on a very long list can be really inconvenient.......Is it a deal breaker? not at all just will take a little more adjustments to the UI and a few new updates to fix that problem......all in all windows phone seems like the better option than going to IOS if anything as i get the feeling there will be improvements in the near future, unlike IOS which remains majority the same......

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:08

34. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


The UI is highly customizable brother. They have about 100k apps available, and my trainer for it said they are adding about 300 a day, so at that pace, it won't take long before they have most of the major apps that are on iOS and on Android.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:06

33. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I think once people see that Microsoft has finally put out a phone product worth owning, and are moving to an all in one ecosystem encompassing phone, tablet, pc, laptop, and xbox, WP8 could really take off, and should. The trainer I had for the WP8 is a die hard Apple guy(phone, tablet, macbook, you name it), and he is going to look hard at adding WP8 etc to his home.

WP8 also brings a load of security to it, along with Office products available on the go. I may still buy the HTC 8X. I'll take a couple days to think on it, but WP8 is slick and fairly simple to use. It is a worthy platform.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:15

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i want a unified environment too and i'm more plugged into Microsoft services than Google i.e. Xbox LIVE, Outlook, Office, Skype and my OCD LOVES the WP UI however Microsoft has ways to access all of the services i use from them on Android and Google doesn't even have Youtube on WP which is a big deal to me and i'm so much more invested into Android and it's so much cheaper to have Android because so much more is free. i still think i'd try out WP8 if the developer support went up, these are just the things i'm thinking about.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 00:45

46. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Let's keep it real gentleman. I applaud Htc and it's exclusive DNA device for Verizon this is and always will be Htc's downfall. Exclusive devices on Verizon do not sell that well. Plus the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 trumps this device in so many ways it's pretty comical. The ultimate all purpose/entertainment device ever made is the Galaxy Note 2 nothing else even comes close to comparison. I will be purchasing the Galaxy Note 2 on Tmobile November 15th...

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 08:57 1

50. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


We know we know WE KNOW! We have seen your Tmo pimpslaps this and that and the Note II pimpslaps this and that ad nauseum! Different phones fit different people. This is and ALWAYS will be true. What works for you works for you. Me and a lot of other people don't want a phone that has such a massive screen you can't put it in your pocket without wearing MC Hammer pants!

The way I see it, in my own person opinion, the only two ways the Note II trumps this device is in battery life and storage. For me, that is all. To me, the screen size is a drawback. I have a Nexus 7 tablet, I dont need a phone that is only 1.5" smaller in screen size.

Purchase it. Be happy. I'm happy for you. But please dear God stop saying your opinions as if they are absolute facts for the rest of us!

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