HTC Droid DNA will be the first Verizon Android preloaded with Amazon app suite, more to follow
0. phoneArena 14 Nov 2012, 07:44 posted on
Starting with the Droid DNA, Amazon introduces its App Suite on Verizon's Android phones front and center, with a full-screen widget to boot. The app integrates Amazon's Mobile, Kindle and MP3 services, together with Audible, IMDB and Zappos, of all things...
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1. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
My Galaxy Note II better not have that AmaCrapware or I'm rooting on day 1!!
2. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
dude one thing is certain ....display is not every thing....... there is also battery and more storage every people need
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Nothing like more bloatware to waste non-expandable storage.... I guess bloatware is how the price is being subsidized. That really sucks. :-( Personally, I would be prepared to pay more for a bloatware free phone.
36. Ralston1983 (Posts: 70; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
I would rather pay less and root my phone. Lol
4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Look I am going to look at all the reviews for the Droid DNA. Here is a preliminary review on xda-developers.com.
They are saying the battery life is not that bad because the 1080p S-LCD 3 is VERY frugal. Over a day on a single charge with 1 hour & 30 minutes of screen on time & at 42% battery seems alright with me.
Also I have checked my Samsung Galaxy Nexus & I have about 3GB of apps on my phone. The only thing I am going to have to do is manage my pictures & videos I take. That will suck but that means that I will be connecting the phone to the computer more often than I am used too thanks to the weak 16GB of memory.
Also on the review from xda-developers.com they say the phone is going to be S-OFF meaning that all I need to do is unlock the bootloader & presto I am rooted & ready for PURE AOSP ROMs without the HTC boatware which should free up 1 to 2 more GBs of memory.
This phone is not as bad as I stated before, I am going to wait for all the reviews to see if the battery life indeed is respectable, if not the Galaxy Note II will be mine.
Plus if I get the HTC Droid DNA now & wait for say a ARM A-15 quad-core Exynos 5 @ 2.0GHz rocking the Mali T604 GPU with a 5.5" 1080p RGB Super AMOLED HD screen with 3GB of RAM on the NEW Samsung Galaxy Note III. Yeah now that is what the Note III will be like.
Again I am going to play this out very carefully but so far the HTC Droid DNA is going to get a fair shot from me. Let's see if it actually pans out. I am going to give the HTC Droid DNA the benefit of doubt.
12. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Bro, I've decided I'm going to buy it and see if I can manage my pics etc good enough with cloud services. That said, I will likely root this sucker asap for either aosp or cyanogen roms. I've heard the battery isn't as bad as most are speculating it to be, and I'll just have to watch my storage better.
Should still be a good phone, and the average customer probably doesn't need 16GB or more like most posters on here probably need.
I'll give it an honest shake, that is for sure.
16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
That's what I am saying. It's going to suck micro managing my pictures & videos but it really shouldn't be too much of problem. It's going to me more of a nuisance. To me this device would be more compelling if it had 32GB not 16GB.
What I am REALLY concerned about is the battery life. If indeed there is consensus that the battery life is NOT bad & actually decent then I am all in on the HTC Droid DNA.
I was reading about S-OFF & if it does come like that then this phone is going to have ROMs galore because it's packing the insanely beastly Qualcomm Krait S4 Pro with Adreno 320.
Can you imagine a TRUE AOSP ROM on that beast running Android 4.2? I am not going to be closed minded when it comes to the HTC Droid DNA. The battery is KEY, if it's actually decent I am there. If not the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the only other option for me, because Google dropped the ball & didn't make a CDMA 4G LTE Nexus 4. Man that STILL pisses me off!
17. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
With ya there man. That, and the newest Nexus is an LG. I won't buy an LG smartphone. The last several on Verizon have been terrible, so I have little if any faith in them to make a high end smartphone atm.
If the DNA had 32GB of storage, I would call it a no brainer, b/c I'd have my contacts backed up as always, and would simply back up my pics etc. on the cloud. Movies etc I can redownload in the event of a catastrophic failure, so I wouldn't need a lot of cloud storage, and my music would easily be resynced.
All in all, I think it will be fine.
18. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
Come on man lose the pride.....if you think for one moment that cuz the nexus 4 "has an lg sticker" on it that it will affect it in any way.......then i would have to say think again and think hard on it!
To Super android evo........google didnt release the nexus 4 with lte, ON PURPOSE! Get over it dude.......I get the feeling there will be an LTE version of that phone and if so they will also give you what you seem to be begging for ...........A HIGHER PRICE TAG! so if you are willing to pay more for "just LTE" then so be it.....but please know that alot of people dont use LTE and could care less.... And with this phone being only three hundred dollars again.......IT IS INDEED A BLESSING FROM GOOGLE!........So the choice is yours bro..........peace
19. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
It's not pride bro, its experience. I've been an agent rep for Verizon for over 2 years, and LG has yet to release a smartphone that has impressed me. Just my personal experience. What I saw with the LG Spectrum was so bad it got to where I couldn't in good conscience sell it compared to phones from Motorola, Samsung, and HTC.
And, since I am a Verizon agent, I simply have to have an LTE device. 3G just doesn't cut it anymore lol. I'm praying for a new Nexus device on Verizon there is no doubt there,
I think because it is a Nexus device, it will be head and shoulders above any of their previous offerings, but what they have released on big red the last couple years has been quite underwhelming at best.
21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Thank you I was going to say what you said on my post but I didn't want it to become a thesis. lol
22. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
You are missing the ENTIRE POINT......do not look at this as an "LG" phone! Although it has an LG sticker on it,.... that is about it........This is a GOOGLE PHONE bro I am pretty sure this will be NOTHING LIKE previous LG phones.....because once again, This is mainly a google phone........Get it?
24. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
I do get it, check out my closing statement there. If it was LTE and on Verizon I would probably be getting it simply b/c it IS a Nexus device. The only apprehension I would have is that LG made it, but that would not stop me from buying it and giving it a shot. If the HTC Droid DNA had been a Nexus device, it would have decimated all other phones for probably the next 6 months at least, imo.
And, ultimately, the point is moot for me anyway, as I cannot use the Nexus 4 on Verizon, so it doesn't matter anyway.
Lastly, relax man, you are conversing among friends here, no need to get too excited lol.
25. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
yea umm i kinda just read your first line and didnt bother to read the rest because it seemed like you were just complaining about LG's past.....when this is really a Google phone which so happens to have an LG sticker on it..........So no worries bro :)
28. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
It'a a Google phone MADE BY LG.
LG makes bad phones, period. I am pretty confident that LG did not use different factory, a lot better quality materials, upped built quality, used different engineer crew and so on for this phone. LG is LG, it's not gonna look like Apple built this Nexus ;)
29. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Thank God Apple isn't making it. It would come out of the box scratched and with a crappy maps app lol!
30. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
LOL, I hope that wasn't a bad choice of example on my part.
31. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Not necessarily. You just gave me an opportunity to take a shot at Apple and I took it. I do personally think Motorola and HTC have the best build quality in their phones overall currently, with Samsung 3rd. Please do not confuse my opinion on build quality to equate to my opinion on best phones though.
Let's face it, there have been many people having problems with the build quality of their iPhone 5's being substandard out of the box. That is what I was taking a shot at lol.
20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Guy there are MANY people & I mean MANY people who would love a CDMA 4G LTE enabled Google Nexus 4 for Verizon Wireless.
They sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on the Google Play Store. On the Google Play Store they ONLY sell the GSM version NOT the CDMA 4G LTE version. You can only get THAT version EVERYWHERE else, like almost any website out there. That never hampered the price point of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on the Google Play Store, SO why on this good Earth would a CDMA 4G LTE version of the Google Nexus 4 even affect the GSM version of the Google Nexus 4 on the Google Play Store?
Why do you keep talking about "A HIGHER PRICE TAG"? The GSM version is cheaper & the CDMA 4G LTE version is more expensive. I mean it’s clearly Apple & Oranges or 2 different things.
My thing is why can't they have done the same thing as before? Release a GSM & a CDMA 4G LTE versions like they did when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus came out a year ago!
Also about LTE, LTE is the future. Voice & data WILL be done on LTE VERY soon. CDMA & GSM are obsolete technologies & are going to go EXTINCT in less than 10 years I say 6 to 7 years, the way technology is moving. 100mbps is going to be the standard sooner than later.
Also what is all this talk about pride? lol
23. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
OHH LORD.......and as for you "DUDE" since you feel the need to call me "Guy".......
Yes there are MANY people, including YOU, that would like LTE.......I get that dood.
I will just say this.........the lg nexus 4 that we can buy now......is GSM right?
Well if Google decides to release a CDMA LTE version........IT WILL BE MORE MONEY!!
Do you comprehend that?
26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
You are stating the obvious. It's like saying a Ferrari is more expensive than a Mini. Everyone knows that so why even waste the time to type that out?
Why even say that?
27. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
JEEZUS!! because you DONT UNDERSTAND thats why........do you think im typing because I know better than you......and because im just "stating the obvious" and want to look good?
NO! im stating because you just said in your last post
"They sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on the Google Play Store. On the Google Play Store they ONLY sell the GSM version NOT the CDMA 4G LTE version. You can only get THAT version EVERYWHERE else, like almost any website out there. That never hampered the price point of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on the Google Play Store, SO why on this good Earth would a CDMA 4G LTE version of the Google Nexus 4 even affect the GSM version of the Google Nexus 4 on the Google Play Store?"
Earlier you were "crying" about it not haveing LTE and you dont like it and you dont like GOOGLE because of that reason alone.......And i am simply telling you that if you want the COMPLETE PACKAGE (LTE and bigger battery?)......then be prepared to PAY A HIGHER PRICE TAG!!
Googel released this with no lte ON PURPOSE in order to give us a BEAST phone with a budget price!
Do you understand that?
32. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Why do you think having LTE radios would make the phone more expensive? Not sure if I get the logic, because if you remove the unsupported radios and replace them with the one that the carrier supports why would the phone be more expensive? The Droid Razr HD costs the same as the SGSIII on Tmobile off contract to me, so how did you come to your conclusion that having LTE radios all of a sudden make the phone more expensive?
37. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
Ok man i could be wrong and you're right......but somethings telling me that If google releases a CDMA version of this phone "on verizon" with LTE.....it will not cost you the same as the GSM version...........and you just said that the Droid Razr HD and the GS3 cost the same off contract on t mobile? Well of course because they both ARE GSM! loool makes sense right?
40. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Thank you. That is what I have been trying to say all along. A CDMA 4G LTE Nexus 4 has NOTHING to do & won't affect the price of a GSM Nexus 4.
I am so glad you finally got through to him. These last 2 days with him have been brutal. My 4 year old gets things quicker.
+100 if it were possible so a +1 will do!
41. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
XPERIA-KNIGHT you are a sorry individual. It's known that "NEW" technology is ALWAYS more expensive at first. Once the "NEW" technology becomes the STANDARD then prices ALWAYS fall.
For you to say & I quote "And i am simply telling you that if you want the COMPLETE PACKAGE (LTE and bigger battery?)......then be prepared to PAY A HIGHER PRICE TAG!!" is just redundant at best.
I mean it's like saying what humans breathe air, I mean how silly can you be. Just so you know the GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a cheaper price point than the CDMA 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Nexus SO we all have known that already & you were just clearly stating the obvious.
MorePhonesThanNeeded said it best. XPERIA-KNIGHT you need to slow your roll just a slight bit, I think you are getting to ahead of yourself. You are posting some crazy stuff.
34. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I thought you and XPERIA-KNIGHT were getting G-Note II's ??
Don't get me wrong, screen is gorgeous and phone is bad-@§§ but, I need the extra half inch.
One thing I haven't looked into: no MicroSD slot but is the battery removable??
38. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
no micro sd slot papinyc and non removable battery.......Some are saying the battery will be decent enough though so we'll just have to wait for a review......
O and LOOL when did i say i was getting the Note 2? hahahaha
39. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I am not sure yet. I just need to see what this HTC Droid DNA brings to the table that's all. I am falling in love with the 1080p SLCD 3 & the Qualcomm Krait S4 Pro. It all boils down to the battery, if the battery is decent on STOCK which early reviews are claiming, then once I root & get rid of HTC Sense it will get GREAT battery life with a GREAT AOSP ROM & Kernel.
If not I am going Galaxy Note II all the way.
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Disable what? My understanding is that the bloatware doesn't automatically load, just that it sits there, taking up storage that could be used for content (photos, videos, songs, etc.) chosen by the user.
If the bloatware automatically loads and burns CPU cycles, that is even worse. :-(
9. protozeloz (Posts: 5395; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Go to setting> app, go to the all tab and look for that app, tap on it and hit disable, it won't use CPU, or ram or anything but the storage on the ROM (you can't uninstall sorry) but it will be as if the app does not exist :3 no root needed (4.0 feature)
11. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
But if you disable them they don't use almost any storage, right? I mean, first, they don't have any data stored within them. And I seem to remember that some bloatware like that asks to download the actual app if you click on it, Like, some of them is just a shortcut to the app in the market, not an actual **MB app.
14. protozeloz (Posts: 5395; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Well I recommend you clean the cache, but after they are removed they won't use any more space that the one they had. For example a 3Mb bloat will use 3Mb when disabled, if you already downloaded something on the app then you just clear the data and and should be good to go
35. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Explains the death of Verizon Apps.
Why do all the work when someone else can, no overhead, and a cut of the revenue.
More dogfood bloatware.
7. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
Sh!t!!!!! I hate this. But can't you just disable all that immediately? I'll quit checking Amazon from PC too if they keep jamming it down my throat.
8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
wrong, the Razrs received this with Jelly Bean. i have it right now but i'm not using it.
10. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Ya, I think I have made my mind up, after my contract ends next year with Verizon....only Nexus devices from now on. I just hope by then ATT will have improve their service here...or I might have to give Tmobile a try
13. rb68 (Posts: 27; Member since: 23 Apr 2010)
Big Red bloatware FTW!
Swear that company will never buy a clue.