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HTC Droid DNA battery tests out, prove that the Full HD screen isn't a power hog

0. phoneArena 21 Nov 2012, 05:44 posted on

The Droid DNA managed north of 11 hours of talk time, 6:40 hours of web browsing, and 7:30 hours of video playback, which, while not comparable with the duration shown by marathon runners like the RAZR MAXX, iPhone 5 or Note II, is still up there with the best Android can offer...

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posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:50 16

1. tiara6918 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Well it looks like battery isn't much of a problem with the droid dna, but htc could have included a much bigger one so it can last a few more hours than the note2

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:06 14

10. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Just Wait and Watch now how the Sammy Fans will move around pointing out the sd-card problem !!
This Droid DNA is Beast !! Take That Btches !!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:31 17

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes this phone is a BEAST. It definitely has its advantages over the Samsung Galaxy Note II. But the Samsung Galaxy Note II has advantages over the HTC Droid DNA.

To me the world's 2 BEST phones are interchangeable between the HTC Droid DNA & the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The LG Optimus G DEFINITELY needs to be mentioned.

If it's a tie between the Samsung Galaxy Note II & the HTC Droid DNA, then second would be the LG Optimus G.

To me the BOTH the HTC Droid DNA & the Samsung Galaxy Note II are a 97 out of 100 & The LG Optimus G is a 95 out of 100. That is how GREAT those 3 phones are respectively.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 09:15

56. alouden (Posts: 167; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Ahh, a refreshing and fair assessment. Thank you. The fact is folks will buy the phone that is best for them. Yes for some the lack of SD storage is an issue, especially with restricted data. The size of the Note 2 is an issue for others. Both are excellent phones. If the DNA came with at least 32 GB of storage, I would have gotten it, even with the "puny" battery and no SD option. If the Note 2 were a 5 inch phone, I would have gotten it. Even with the "lousy screen resolution."

I only wish the Optimus G were available on Verizon. For me it would have been the choice to go with. Powerful. Right size. Great display. Good storage.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:40 7

25. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Not a Samsung fan, but i can't help but point out the fact that 16GB is kind of small compared to what we have now. And i get it that this phone will record full HD videos and full resolution photos, which will definitely eat up the space. I would really love it if HTC comes up with 32GB and 64GB variant of the DNA or a microSD support of up to 64GB.
Getting back to the headlines, it's quite an achievement for HTC to have garnered this feat... A 2020mAh battery powering a full HD resolution. Looks like HTC is not ready to back down after all. Good job.
PA, one question...why is iPad mini up there? Isn't that a tablet?

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:04 3

26. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Exactly about the 16gb. When you think about the OS on the phone, the apps already installed and your at about 10gb left. Video @ 1080 eats up size quickly.. Not to mention pictures and other apps we want to install.

When its all said and done the DNA is a nice phone, hardly a flagship phone. 16gb and no removable battery and that makes this DOA.. Don't let the people who write the articles sway you. They get their phones for free from the carriers or manufacturers in exchange for the "review!"

What were the apps they were using to determine its outcome? What were they looking for on the web? Stats like that will tell the story. Kinda like the EPA and its Fn gas mileage suggestions on new cars. Its a joke.

The Note 2 is the best phone on the market. Enjoy your over pixelated phones. People who get this will be trading it in within the time that Verizon allows for a return. The lack of internal size is a major issue. Nice specs, but the DNA is severely limited based on sim and battery in the long run!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:33 9

30. danny_a2005 (Posts: 114; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


The only thing missing on the DNA is the storage.. Samsung galaxy note 2 is a plastic toy.. And the screen.. We better not talk about it.. I hope that the international version of the DNA comes with 64GB of storage.. Samsung note would be nothing against it..

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 09:17 1

57. alouden (Posts: 167; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Oh, I don't know about that. There are other features unique to the Samsung phone that make it appealing. Same for the HTC. Love the build of the HTC. Love that screen.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:50 9

32. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


No...i disagree with you on the DOA part.
While there's meager memory...this phone still stands out from the others, well at least for now!
It won't die...HTC just rose!!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 09:51 5

34. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


You have absolutely no clue about phones. Get that? None. Anyone who thinks the OS is 6GB has no clue about phones. None.

Any rating from you is beyond meaningless. Anyone who chooses a phone based on micro SD is a complete fool. Complete. It is 2012... not 2005. Cloud storage...desktop sync...tablet for video...get with the program. You store over 16 GB in your phone...you need a clue and a life.

Have a nice day.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 11:42 5

39. lonewolf2873 (Posts: 40; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Where do you think you rate??

The fact you have no use for more than 16GB, has no bearing on the rest of us "POWER USERS".

FYI, cloud means data transfer every damn time you want to look or use file. Forget the fact you have to have data service to use cloud storage. Before you get your panties in a bunch, not everyone stays in a large city. Sounds like instead of telling people to get a life, you probably should look into yourself.

I, like many other professionals, want to carry ONE device to suit our needs. Your opinion actually holds no substance.

Now that I wasted time I'll never get back, on to the phone.
This is a sharp phone and i think HTC finally stepped up. The short comings already mentioned are what will continually hold them back. 16GB....maybe tolerable, not for most though. Lack of SD slot...NOT tolerable. Small battery...FAIL.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 12:16 2

41. babyk (Posts: 197; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


totally agree couldnt have said it better i have the htc one x plus 64gb and the original htc one x honestly ive never used more than 4 gb of data on this. Why do i have my desktop i7 pc with 2tb hdd or my i3 laptop with 500gb i dont need all this GB onto my phone all i do is music and a bunch of videos im not gonna transfer any highend games from my phone to a friend i would use a 2.5 inch external hdd coem oen guys you make that memory thing such a big problem where as most of you dotn even use half of 16 gb. You guys just need big storage just to boast to your friends and to make yourselfs feel good simple. theres something called NEED AND WANT

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 13:46 1

46. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


no doubt, i have 8gb internal storage and ive been downloading a good amount of apps and emulators and wall papers........and i still havent used it all up yet.....dont see how 16gb isnt enough for "most" people........may not be for the "power" users but they are honestly in the minority when it comes to sales...

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 18:58

50. pokerc (Posts: 47; Member since: 24 May 2012)


We'll said!!!!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 18:59

51. pokerc (Posts: 47; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Meant to say well

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 20:01

52. jroc74 (Posts: 3977; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


So....because I prefer, choose an sd card slot I'm a fool?
Because I like the convenience of sd cards I'm a fool?
Because I dont want to rely on the cloud I'm a fool?

Sorry....but I thought Android was about choice. I dont have a tablet....am I a fool for that too?

For the record...he didnt say the OS alone was 6GB....he said OS and apps. It depends on some things. I have used 5GB on my phone for apps and apps data. 89 apps I see in the app drawer and some stuff I cant see. Every app isnt the same size. Some apps store more data than others. I have used 4GB on my sd card, other apps, music folder with 150 songs. Some pics. Thats pushing 10GB total right there. So I would say he's more correct than you give him credit for.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 20:12

53. jroc74 (Posts: 3977; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I do disagree with him about the DNA. The DNA is a flagship....for Verizon and HTC right now.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 22:10

54. 14545 (Posts: 983; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Why is this getting down ranked? This is one of the many reasons HTC is failing. I was(and to some extent still am) an HTC fan till they screwed over the tablet owners on the update to ICS. I could understand if they stopped at ICS, but not before. That has ruined me on HTC. After that I will not own another one. Couple that with the fact they keep releasing these carrier only devices they can't be supported well by XDA, and that just one more reason not to buy from them. I have(had) the Rezound, Tbolt, TP2, xv6800, flyer, EVO view. As I said, I was an HTC fanboy. But their a$$dragging updates and unwillingness to listen to customers(SD and removable batteries and battery life which may have actually ben fixed.) is my final straw on HTC.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:37 3

31. Captain_Doug (Posts: 735; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I'm waiting for a Droid DNA+. It'll have a larger battery and more internal storage. Would make this thing unquestionably perfect.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 11:26 4

38. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Hey we also have to look at the price factor !!
You cannot get the BMW Engine at price of a Toyota Car !!
It more than justifies its price !!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 11:08

35. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


no microsd is a problem with a device that size. and the battery though up there with the best of android still has much left to be desired because the note 2 lasts much longer. there is no real benefit from this device. a screen is only part of the complete experience.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 11:26

37. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


its a best no doubt mate but only in screen.
dont get me wrong its a superfone by all means with its hardware and yes I believe it can go toe-to-toe with the best out there but what frustrates me about HTC is their software optimization is below par. the whole UX suffers cuz of that but I am hopeful cuz I know this isnt the flagship of HTC for 2013...this is the beta testing for something badder to come

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 13:11 1

45. Twisted247 (Posts: 193; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


And what device do you carry?... Please do tell, I'm waiting

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:14 5

19. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


HTC decided to keep phone thin...may be they need to do a MAXX version of DNA :)

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 13:50

47. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


ive been saying for awhile now.......HTC should work with motorola to do thin phones with large batteries.......would be beast no doubt.... :)

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 16:15

49. jroc74 (Posts: 3977; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Some of us already knew this based on some battery tests done by reviewers recently. Most ppl saw 2020 mAh battery and said aww hell no!!! I admit I was one...lol. After that battery test, I opened my mind a lil. Something I dont think many of us do for many things.

Take away phones named Maxx and Note....and it holds its own vs phones like the GS3, One X. Phones with a similar size battery.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:51 5

2. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


veryy good

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:52 7

3. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


with this nember i accept with gsm..
its the best android in the market..love u HTC

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:53 7

4. aayupanday (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


This beast needs to be recharged once every 49 hrs.
Impressive !!!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:54 10

5. darkskoliro (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Finally, now haters can shut up.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:55 6

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 May 2012)


admire the device for all the pros it has, stop nit picking details you havent even seen for yourself.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:07

27. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


LMAO .. Its a phone. its limited because of what HTC did. We can hate all we want. HTC is floundering because of crap like this. 1 phone on 1 carrier won't help them. Sorry. HTC is bleeding hundreds of million each quarter and this is the best they can do? If they really want to compete with Sammy & Big Fruity then offer this to ALL US Carriers. Until then you can shut up!

HTC is digging their own graves. This phone won't sell more than 1 million in the US. Its like the Thunderbolt. Nice until people in the real world get it. Then its buyers remorse.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:51 2

33. thunder18 (Posts: 81; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


To be fair, it's really what the carriers want. HTC provides several options to the carrier to kind of allow them some customization and it's Verizon that said to skip the MicroSD card slot.

Anyway, how is Verizon going to make extra money off you if you have so much storage you don't go over your data allowance streaming all your music and movies over their ridiculously fast LTE network? Overages baby!
HTC isn't Samsung or Apple, they are not at the point where they can offer a model and say take it or leave it because I'm not modifying it for you.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 15:16

48. darkskoliro (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 May 2012)


you realise they are unveiling an international variant at CES 2013? Do some research before you make blind statements. And I have to agree with thunder18.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 11:16

36. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


The phone has one heck of a screen especially with 1080p. its not a bad phone just not for me because of certain limitations. I want the expandable memory and removable battery. Personally, it is something that I can utilize on my international trips, when I watch movies, swap out cards, etc etc. that is why I am thinking about and I just do not have that with the DNA. Decent oh yes for what I want to do with a phone of that size, sorry.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:59 4

7. bayhuy (Posts: 262; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Good news. And ...HTC One X+ has better battery life (in web browsing) than Droid RAZR MAxx? ...

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:59 3

8. syedzain (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


lol, iphone 5 tops .....

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:00 6

9. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)


not bad that the iphone 5 can manage to surpass the razr maxx

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:09 1

28. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


No flash thats why its browsing is "the best" lol.. Wow the best the iphoney can do is in browsing! LMAO

Big Fruity is stuck in 4 inch land for small handed people.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 11:58

40. syedzain (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


So u mean , ur hand can acquire more than 4 inches size ;-)

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:09 3

11. GUNDAM (Posts: 63; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


i am pleasantly surprised :D

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:17 3

12. samsung4ever (Posts: 36; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Still stuff it the galaxy note 2 is always the best

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:29 3

14. JC557 (Posts: 702; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Considering the DNA's more pocketavle size I would take that or the Droid Razr MAXX HD over the note 2.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:25 1

13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Nothing to write home about, but not not bad either. I guess the Note II set the bar pretty high, I don't wanna see anything less than 3000mAh on a 5" device.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:44 3

15. saffant (Posts: 185; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


No S-Pen = boo!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:06 1

16. KindSir (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


What is the methodology behind these tests, and is it consistent across every phone? I just find it a little hard to believe that the iP5 beats the Razr maxx in any kind of battery test, as basically every other tech site has that as the undisputed leader in battery life by far.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:07

17. squeeb (Posts: 99; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Read the arstechnica review; less than impressed.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:13 3

18. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


DNA has posted better results than One X(s4) in all benchmarks...I can get a day's use with One X...So DNA can definitely get me through a day's use...looking forward to own this phone.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:21

20. mr.techdude (Posts: 491; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Yeh wait for jelly bean on the HTC one x for tegra 3 and s4 versions I heard it can last for 2 days on moderate use and 1 day easy for heavy users cat wait for that !!!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:33 2

22. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Not a Samsung fan, but i can't help but point out the fact that 16GB is kind of small compared to what we have now. And i get it that this phone will record full HD videos and full resolution photos, which will definitely eat up the space faster than most. I would really love it if HTC comes up with 32GB and 64GB variant of the DNA.
Getting back to the headlines, it's quite an achievement for HTC to have garnered this feat... A 2020mAh battery powering a full HD resolution. Looks like HTC is not ready to back down after all. Good job.
PA, why is there iPad mini up there in the comparison? Isn't that supposed to be a tablet??

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:36

23. aboona777 (Posts: 9; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


i know this has nothing to do with this post, but Nexus 10 32GB is back in stock at Play store!!
head there now if interested!!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:36 1

24. ghanemsam (Posts: 54; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


they all said that HTC's devices have the worst battery in the world ,,,, and they are wrong in every new devices HTC approve thier performance in thier batteries
and phonearena said at the end of the news "In any case, now the only thing to worry about seems to be whether the internal storage amount is right for your needs."
they just want to find any weakness in this beast device and to show you that samsung and apple are better poor phonearena

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:11

29. TechTitan (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


It's interesting how much of a discrepancy there is with this report vs reports from The Verge and other tech media outlets who reported this device as having disappointing battery life. Hmmmm. Hopefully, it is performing this well. Still gonna be a Note 2 for me though. Just gotta wait one more week, VERIZON! smh

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 16:56

58. ngo2dd (Posts: 773; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


the verge review was dumb because in the battery rundown test the DNA was better then the S3 but the DNA has a lower score. People call them out on that. Name another media outline beside the verge.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 12:22

42. babyk (Posts: 197; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


who ever owns this droid dna go to your friends with you dna and tell them my droid dna kills your s3 and you note 2 HA HA. I own a one x plus i dont really care my next phone will be international version of droid dna.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 12:26

43. babyk (Posts: 197; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


look at this people look at the one x plus and look at the other phones below look at s3 and they say htc is bad LOL look how the one x plus is better than many with battery life here. They said the tegra on the one x plus eats battery LOL. I guess the galaxy s3 is swallowing it instead LOL

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 12:40 4

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


Dear God will people stop comparing this phone to the Note II???? They aren't the same target at all! This phone seems to me to be meant to go after the SGS3, as they are much closer in size, and this phone pwns the SGS3 in everything but storage. The Note II is pretty much in a league of it's own simply because there is nothing else out there like it. Some people like me want the DNA for several reasons over the Note II, not the least of which is that I can put the DNA in my pocket without wearing pants like MC Hammer! The average user will likely be fine with 16GB of storage(11.something after OS and bloatware), and those of us that buy it at retail can use cloud storage services and be fine.

Bottom line, stop comparing it to a phone that it is not meant to be compared to. The Note II is all by itself simply b/c of what it is. It is not necessarily better or worse than anything else. It is up to your taste and what fits your needs and wants.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 20:13

59. alouden (Posts: 167; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Amen. Choose one or the other. But understand that they are two different phones. One is a phablet, the other a phone.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 02:31 2

55. yajia1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


I do appreciate that it can last on par with SIII and OneX. But after using Note2, I won't settle for anything less than 12hours of screen-on time with 3days usage. Technology should go forward. That includes the battery and storage. What's holding back HTC from releasing this phone with 3000mAh battery? I can understand about the storage (Japan's version have SD Slot), Verizon forced it straight down HTC's throat that people should use Cloud storage, so people will use up their data and get tons of over usage and pay $$$ for it then after two years, pay to be able to access their files. Greedy indeed. But the battery? They should aim for the best, not mediocrity. But for all we know they already have DROID DNA+ prototypes around to be released after 3 months. HTC always does that anyways. So might as well wait for them 5incher battles at Q2 2013. 'Tis gonna be awesome!

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 14:58

61. ngo2dd (Posts: 773; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


the note 2 only have 8:48 of web browsing. Which has it screen on so what are you talking about

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