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source: Verizon via Droid-Life
1. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
this crushes all verizon phones(maybe with the exception of the galaxy s III)
2. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Sorry but Id still take a note 2 over it maybe not 1080p screen but everything else is as good or better. 1080p screen vs 5.5 in screen Ill take the larger screen.
4. Max_Boost (Posts: 101; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I'll take the Note II also over the HTC for its removable battery. (Besides the larger screen.)
15. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Not a fan of a non-removeable battery, but the DNA will get the nod from me personally. Both phones will kick a** though, especially compared to "the phone that must not be named" lol.
26. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
another reason why i wouldn't get the note II:
the verizon logo on the home button. it looks absolutly hideous. thats a dealbreaker
28. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
I love Verizon, but they are so wrong for that lol. That is hideous.
41. Max_Boost (Posts: 101; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I know how to get rid of the logo, but I'm not telling you. LOL
(Found it on another site on how to do it.) :D
5. Birds (Posts: 1154; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I love and hate the name...mostly love but something about the word DNA makes me feel like I reverted back to my primordial ways and acted like an Australopithecus in a world without....*GASP*...cellphones....But then again, I'm simply drama queening and I am in love with this name. I also hope that the Droid DNA is what HTC needs to put itself back on top.
7. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
More power to you guys that want the Note II, but I'll take the DNA over the Note II. I can barely talk myself into the 5" screen, much less a 5.5" screen. Just not my taste. That, and I love my Rezound, and look forward to seeing HTC return to the top tier of phones with this one.
I honestly don't think you could go wrong with this or the Note II. Both will kick some serious a**.=)
8. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Which phone will have the faster processor though? In my experience the HTC phones have always been faster than the rest of them. So do you think the HTC will be faster than the note 2
14. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
The difference in speed is likely to be so small you won't really be able to tell. Both should be quad core and 2GB of RAM with LTE, so more than anything the speed will probably depend on the strength of the LTE signal where you happen to be at that time.
18. ben7337 (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
Both phones have quad cores running at 1.5ghz and 1.6ghz respectively. However the 1.5ghz qualcomm in the htc has the Krait architecture, so it should be more powerful than the higher clock speed samsung. Also the adreno 320 in the qualcomm chip is more powerful than the galaxy note II's gpu from what I've seen in glbenchmark tests at least. So overall I'd say the HTC will be more powerful. Plus it should be usable one handed. The only downside to the HTC is the non-removable lower capacity battery, and possible LCD, if you prefer amoled screens. Overall I'd say the HTC wins for anyone who doesn't want a giant phone, and should be pretty good assuming it has a microsd card slot.
10. alouden (unregistered)
It depends...so it has a 5-inch screen. Anda ridiculous 441 ppi. So I will love the screen, no doubt. But I need to see some other specs. Details are lacking.
11. jphillips63 (Posts: 218; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Also HTC radios are far superior over anything Samsung has released. Hardware is no good if it lacks the main piece a good radio. Samsung does well in areas where the towers are nearby but once you leave those areas this is where they fall off, actually this is where Samsung falls on there face. So its all HTC for me.
13. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
I think these two devices are going to be so close in specs that there will be little difference in processor speed and both should sport 2GB of RAM. I'm not a fan of a battery I cannot remove, but that said, I've watched the RAZR series do quite well for Motorola and none of those have removeable batteries. Also, there are some good external battery options out there like the smartseries battery packs that can help with juice away from a power outlet.
I've just really liked my phones I've had by HTC, so I'll stick with them personally. The Note II is just a lil too big for me, and I think the rest of the specs will be very very close, especially if previous articles here on phonearena are correct.
16. oldghost (Posts: 8; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
If this phone has a decently sized battery AND a SD
CARD the HTC DNA will be my next phone.
Sorry, Mr. Duarte, SD cards do not confuse me.
17. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Nor I lol. As long as the battery is 2500 mah or better with an SD card slot, the DNA shall be mine.=)
20. alouden (unregistered)
And likely mine as well...SD cards confusing...uh yeah. Real difficult to grasp external memory...
19. ben7337 (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
I think this phone will rock. The Note II is just too big I think. This phone is right on the limit in size for me, and bigger is better, so that is a plus. The only competition I see for it is the GSIII and Razr HD line. However the GSIII has 1/2 the cpu and gpu power, and weaker cell reception. The Razr HD Maxx is $100 more just to get better battery life, but still only 1/2 the cpu, and gpu speed and 1/2 the ram. At the $200 price point, the Razr HD matches this phone on the rumored 2500mah battery, but this phone has a bigger higher resolution screen that should use way less power, not to mention all the extra power and ram. So long as the DNA has a micro sd card slot like the razr HD, I think it easily holds more value for the dollar.
21. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
You broke it down right there ben. 2500mah battery and a microSD card slot, and this phone should be the powerhouse phone for at least a couple months for anyone not wanting to go as high as the Note II. The Note II will be bada**, but it's just too big for my taste. The 5" is right on the limit for size for me as well.
22. VirtueParadoxx (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
Yeah, no the Maxx HD is $200 with a 2 year contract through Amazon Wireless
35. ben7337 (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
Shame a lot of the people buying these power phones have unlimited data though, and need to use the upgrade of another line just to get the smartphones at any discount, and guess what? Transferring a phone bought from amazon.com to another line will get you a huge fee for not keeping it on there for 6 months. I focus on verizon's prices for the phone because it is where a majority of people buy them in the first place, and is one of the few options for those of us with unlimited data using another line's upgrade.
You are right that there are some people who will look on amazon and see the maxx hd for $200, but they will also see the razr hd at $150, and who's to say the DNA won't be $150 or even $100 on amazon when it comes out? To deal searchers, the DNA might still end up as the best price for performance, especially if it doesn't sell too well and needs a lower price to push it on 3rd parties.
42. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i got the MAXX HD and kept my unlimited data, no problem. i'm not a big fan of Sense and i'm not real interested in having a Phablet. at this point i want a phone with enduring battery life. i can get a Nexus 10 to satisfy my power needs.
43. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
I almost went the MAXX HD route, but I can't stop thinking about the quad core and 1080p goodness. That, and I've had good experiences with my HTC phones so I'll stick with them. Can't go wrong with the MAXX HD though. Very solid phone.
45. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, you're making the right choice for yourself for sure then. it's got to be announced early this month. Verizon & HTC will not miss the Holiday window for this thing and people start buying around this time. we could be hearing about an HTC & Verizon event any day now.
47. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Yeah I expect an announcement very very soon. No way they miss Black Friday on this one if they are smart. The timing has been off for some of HTC's recent phones such as the Droid Incredible 4G, and they simply cannot afford to mess up and release this one too late.
48. alouden (unregistered)
They better hurry up...my fingers are starting to itch.
49. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the Droid Incredible 4G's delays were mostly due to Apple's preliminary injunctions that they had on HTC's new devices of the time. my sister was going to get it but in order to preserve her unlimited data she had to get the SIII.
50. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Yeah I know, Apple screwed HTC bad on that one. What else is new lol.
31. alouden (unregistered)
Why do you say the GSII has weaker cell reception? I am just curious. Am leaning toward the Droid DNA myself.
32. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
I don't think he's really knocking the GS2 as much as he's saying HTC has a history of really good radios, which I totally agree with having owned 3 HTC smartphones and never had a lick of trouble with reception on any of them.
Samsung has good radios, just in his and my opinions, HTC radios are superior.
37. alouden (unregistered)
Yeah, I have owned several HTC phones. Reception has never been a problem. In fact, the Rezound is the best cell phone I have ever owned.
I have never owned a Samsung, so I cannot comment on them.
34. ben7337 (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
In my experience, testing phone signal strength measured in dbm, the Galaxy S3 had somewhat weaker 4g reception than the other phones out there at the time. To be honest, that may have just been an outlier at the time. I have more recently tested and my galaxy nexus, compared to the razr hd, htc rezound, etc, all had the same dbm signal strength on 4g within 1 or 2 dbm. On 3g samsung does sometimes have weaker reception, but this varies from what I've seen, and overall is not a problem. However 4g is becoming more and more prevalent and is what I care about, and while I love everything else about the GSIII, the weak cpu and gpu are a bit of a downer, as is the potentially weaker cell reception.
38. alouden (unregistered)
Thanks for explaining things to me. Another reason why I like HTC.
44. psycholist (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)
I agree with the weak GS3 reception! I live in the Sierras and although the Moto X and Moto Bionic that I used for a few year had NOOO issues with dropped calls on my drive home from the Valley, the GS3 drops calls in about 3 different locations once in the hills. Verizon, who I love, tried an OTA settings update and a new SIM Card to try to fix the issue. No luck. As an experiment, I bought the Razr Maxx HD, for a day, and the phone was rock solid all the way home. No surprise. Unfortunately, the Razr's camera sucks and their idea of a 4.7 screen SHOULDN'T include the menu/back/recent apps buttons on the bottom that never go away. Back to the GS3 for now and very happy to hear about the HTC Radio! Just hoping for a SD Card slot. 16 gig internal.....? Really??
46. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Samsung devices typically have worse radios than any of the other heavy hitters in the Smartphone Market here in the States. the SIII was an improvement for them there and it's radios aren't even bad but current high-end Motorola, HTC & LG devices are typically better in this department. Motorola definitely has the best radios of them all.
23. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Thank you guys for the input it was awesome! I always turn to the knowledge on here it's seems to be more accurate than some of the store employees!
33. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Believe it or not, some of us are actually store employees lol. I manage a large agent location myself, and have been in the business for over 2 years now. I just like to stay informed on the items I sell since they change so quickly. It's awesome watching the tech advance so fast these days.
24. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I just don't "get" the name. Is DNA supposed to be an acronym, or are they just playing on, well, DNA? I'm lost on how a giant One X+ represents the DROID DNA. I've always thought of Motorola as carrying the DROID heritage while HTC just got pulled into the brand by Verizon.
Sounds like a great phone and a unique offering sizewise by VZW, but HTC needs to demand more input into naming their phones. I love my Rezound, but it was so clearly a Verizon brand.
29. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Could be worse bro. Could be named the Butterfly like in Japan lol. Not sure I could own a phone with that name, no matter how awesome it is.
39. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Also beats the rumored Droid DIx.
Pun intended. :D
27. hawaiian (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
im getting the note 2 i love the biger screen and games sweet cant wait for the 32gb note 2
51. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Just saw the leaked photo of this device. Aside from the hard buttons on the bottom, it is one sexy phone! Based on another web site I was looking on, this device WILL have a microSD card slot, so I'm sold. I'll deal with whatever battery they put in it, but will be sad if it's not at least 2500mah......