HTC DROID DNA User Reviews
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Reception8.6/10Display9.1/10Build quality8.7/10Text input7.5/10Everyday usage8.2/10UI speed8.2/10Camera7.8/10Multimedia8.5/10Internet8.3/10Call quality8.6/10Battery7.2/10
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posted on 28 Jan 2014, 14:33 (Posts: 0; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)
A good phone for some, but not others
Johnb212 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
This is the first smartphone I have used, and I was hesitant to get it due to the lack of expandable storage and rather small battery.
If those two factors don't bother you, then this might be a pretty nice phone for you.
One thing I MUST mention is that if you do not have Beats Audio turned on, then your phone will actually make the music sound worse than it actually is. This makes Beats Audio sound a lot better when you do enable it, persuading you to purchase the phone. It is only an equalizer that turns the lowest and highest frequencies of sound up. We perceive these sounds as interesting. When it is off, this range of sounds is turned down more than usual, making the sound quality worse than it actually is.
Build quality 7/10Reception 8/10Call quality 8/10Internet 6/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 5/10UI speed 4/10Everyday usage 3/10Text input 2/10Display 9/10Battery 1/10
- Gorgeous Display
- Verizon's Coverage
- Build Quality (Except Screen)
- Will Get KitKat In First Quarter of 2014
- No MicroSD Card Slot
- Very Little Storage included in phone (10 GBs usable)
- Slow To Receive Updates
- Beats Audio (Kind of)
- Screen Easy To Crack
- Brightness Doesn't Go Very Low
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posted on 15 Dec 2013, 11:26 (Posts: 0; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)
gabelaskey has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This phone is very good. The camera is doable, the the processor is great on the phone. The sense 5 ui is great and the display is great. The only issue is th the phone is too powerful for the battery.
Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 7/10
- FAST PROCESSOR!!!!!
- SENSE 5 IS BOSS!!!!!
- Camera is good.
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posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:12 (Posts: 0; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)
Avoid this phone like the plague
seachild777 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I was torn between this phone and the Galaxy Note2. I wish I had bought the Galaxy. This phone has been one series of problems after another. The biggest problem is this -- the phone regular loses "contact" with the SIM card. This makes the phone useless in emergency situations. I have had the phone replaced three times because of this. Additionally, this phone has the worst battery life of any phone I've every owned (and I've owned smartphones back since the first Palm Treo). Combine this with HTC's and Verizon's refusal to address the inherent problems with the SIM card, means they have both lost a customer.Build quality 9/10Reception 5/10Call quality 10/10Internet 3/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 3/10UI speed 5/10Everyday usage 3/10Text input 3/10Display 9/10Battery 2/10
- Internet lags
- Poor camera
- Needs to be rebooted 1-3 times daily
- Hot keys and keyboard lags or freezes
- Poor battery life
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posted on 17 Oct 2013, 21:23 (Posts: 0; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Another VZ pile
commandline has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
so far, in less than 2 years on Verizon. I have had over 30 phones, all of which have problems, the DNA is no exception. Not at bad as the GS3 or the Razr, but still a pain to live with. Verizon has offeren no solution or fix for me, simply stating that "Its supposed to do that" even after demonstrating time and time again the flaws with all the phones i've had thus far.Build quality 4/10Reception 3/10Call quality 3/10Internet 3/10Multimedia 3/10Camera 3/10UI speed 5/10Everyday usage 3/10Text input 3/10Display 4/10Battery 3/10
- Large screen
- Quad Core
- less than $50 on contract
- Bad WiFi
- Bad Bluetooth
- Bugs In Sense UI
- Poor graphics
- No SD card slot
- Plastic is cheap
- Verizon phone (ya thats a con for me)
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posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:23 (Posts: 0; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
cbreezy84 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
This phone is a beast and as of right now its still beating most phones once the update comes I'm really gonna love it the rear led light is a must the display is beautiful the processer is brutal the wireless charging is fun and the looks are killerBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Display quad core processor rear led light camera beats audio
- battery could be better
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posted on 14 Sep 2013, 14:29 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
DNA Solid Yet Flawed
jaredvillhelm2002 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Phone overall was a very good phone, fast, etc. As it aged though it began behaving quite erratically, and the screen would randomly at times grey out. These problems might be expected on an older phone but the fact that it is less than 10 months old is shocking. Charging port is easy to damage to the point of non usability after a few short months of normal use(THANK GOD for Qi charging capability). Grilles on side absorb dirt rapidly (even with air dusting) and form a mud like substance with the glue underneath, eventually causing grilles to loosen. Microphone on the phone is possibly the worst I have experienced, my first DNA, replacement, and my gf's DNA all have ridiculous issues with their ability to pick up your voice during calls. BUT! Overall the phone is a good phone to use with fast responses, great resolution, and solid reliability on the whole.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 6/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 7/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Design, Build Quality, Screen Resolution, Beats Audio, Very Fast, HTC Sense UI
- Poor Microphone, Lacks MicroSD Support, USB Cover, Freezes Up After Time
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posted on 30 Jul 2013, 16:55 (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)
One of the Best HTC Devices to Date.
sunzhine337 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Coming from the HTC Rezound my expectations were set high, and have all been met with surprisingly just features. This is the best 5" device I've laid my hands on to date. With the extremely high ppi and Beats Audio, my Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll experience has been second to none with the DNA. Even compared to the Galaxy S4, which is actually far less beautiful in screen quality, my DNA seems to run a bit faster and maintain better connection when multi-tasking with as many applications as I can throw at it.
HTC, FTW.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- 441 ppi Crystal Clear and Bright Display
- Great speaker sound and Beats overlay
- Thin and ruggid design
- No Expandable Memory
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posted on 14 May 2013, 13:16 (Posts: 0; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Droid DNA review from a Droid fan.
AreWeData has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
So far so good! Upgraded from the Droid 3, and it's a whole new world of possibilities at my fingertips. Quick response, quick power up/down, and never a lag between opening/closing programs or windows. Such a powerful processor and large amount of RAM never fail to deliver fast gaming or web browsing. Love the design and build of the phone, and would recommend it to anyone.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Large Screen
- High Pixel Density
- Fast everything!
- Flap over micro-usb port
- Flush buttons are hard to find/press at times
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posted on 13 May 2013, 16:32 (Posts: 0; Member since: 13 May 2013)
This phone is terrible
silly has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
this phone does not work well, sense sucks, call quality is terrible, battery lasts 4 hours, and it lags. Will be getting the galaxy s4 because i have played around with it and it is truely a amazing piece of technology.Build quality 1/10Reception 1/10Call quality 1/10Internet 1/10Multimedia 1/10Camera 1/10UI speed 1/10Everyday usage 1/10Text input 1/10Display 1/10Battery 1/10
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posted on 15 Apr 2013, 15:24 (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)
A well oiled, finely tuned, beast of a phone
Gbrunner24 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
It is odd how many people underestimate the HTC DNA, even though it has amazing specs. The Sense UI is still holding down HTC, however it is very easy to install a third party launcher and messaging system to help remedy that. The battery life is fantastic with real life usage, much better than my S3. There was a sim card seating issue, but with a recent update (as of today) that has been fixed as well. Don't overlook the DNA.Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 7/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Fantastic underrated camera
- Brilliant screen
- Great battery life
- Strong antenna
- Sense UI
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posted on 23 Jan 2013, 17:11 (Posts: 0; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
HTC DNA Review
MRohr has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
The DNA isn't as great as I expected, BUT it's not horrible. I LOVE the crisp screen! I also like having the on/off button in the top rather than the side. Top things I don't like are the freezing/stickiness with the keyboard, photo album and delay in receiving txts.Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 8/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 9/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 7/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Bright, crisp screen
- On/Off button at the top
- Creative unlock circle
- Poor battery life
- Freezing and Sticking as time goes by
- Keyboard is slow to respond and not always accurate
- No SD slot
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posted on 24 Dec 2012, 04:30 (Posts: 0; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)
best phone ever!!
michalis11 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
i am completely fine with my droid dna! it has beautiful display and it's speed is amazing! camera is one of the best for me if not the best! defenetly one of the best pfones ever so dont thing about it!! goooo and buuuuuuyyyyyyy iiiiiit!!:D:D:DBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
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posted on 21 Dec 2012, 13:20 (Posts: 0; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
VZW Droid DNA
Trios has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This thing is a powerhouse! The specs remind you of buying a computer because this thing runs like a top line machine handling everything I have thrown at it beautifully and I put my tech through its paces...Streaming music while surfing the web, while running multiple apps like FTP and WMD and others in the background, this phone isn't even taxed to do this stuff. The only problem I have found is that you may initially have to reseat the SIM Card because there is a problem where it doesn't seat right the first time it is inserted (idk why).
The lack of expandable memory isn't a problem 11 Gigs is amazing and certainly plenty for a phone designed as a media powerhouse...if you are recording more than 11 gigs of video at a time I'd recommend investing in a Cloud sync app or program to offload to. but this phone is definitely one of the best decisions I have made for my tech uses. Highly Recommended!Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- Beautiful screen
- Fast as a bat out of hell
- SIM card glitch (initial)
- No memory expansion
- not network backward compatible
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posted on 04 Dec 2012, 16:58 (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 May 2011)
idaman12000 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
amazing hd camera, great hd screen, battery life is okay but could improve. camcorder video should have an option to push the icon to let the recording begin rather than it starting once in that mode. great phone overrall. have had no issues with it. beats audio is amazing especially with actual beats headphones.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- quad core processor, 2 gb of ram, nice and sturdy built.
- no sd slot for expandable memory,better battery capacity, option to have a standard battery or extended battery.
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posted on 03 Dec 2012, 15:03 (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)
Ardoleon has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I saw this phone here at PhoneArena, and had to try it out. I had a chance to use a Moto Droid RAZR MAXX HD, and the build quality seems roughly the same, I can't really compare deeper than that because I would never put either through any real durability test. The screen is by far the single most dazzling display I have viewed in my life, and with the quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, it will be a competitive phone for many months to come. As far as reception goes, I feel it is about equal to the Motorola radio, I am in a tiny town with lower-end VZ service, but I can always hear the other end loud and clear, and no one has told me that they cant hear me. As far as the internet goes, htis phone does a remarkable job of bringing your content to you at a very fast speed, especially on LTE. As for multimedia, I usually don't put movies on my phone, but any HD content just becomes mind-blowing at that resolution. The camera is comparable to what I saw on Apple devices, haven't really gotten into the nitty-gritty of photography with it yet. The one UI element that could use a little help is the text input, i feel the auto-correct and predictive technology could use some help from Motorola, it feels laggy at tile when you use the trace funtion, but otherwise OK. The battery is an average life, not really any less than other smartphones have given me. It isn't the RAZR MAXX HD, but then nothing is comparable for that battery. Overall, I would definitely recommend this phone...Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Awe-inspiring Display
- Quad-Core Processor
- Lots of RAM
- Great Build Quality
- Not too huge to use
- No SD card slot
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posted on 27 Nov 2012, 17:40 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)
NeoSin has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I had a decent flagship device going in, the RAZR MAXX. But seeing the specs of the DNA made me drool, and I HAD TO HAVE IT! What better Christmas present to myself than a new phone? After working out the deal on how I could open a new line without having to pay for it all myself, I went out and got myself this after heavy deliberation between this and the Galaxy Note II. I strongly feel I did not make the wrong choice at all! This phone is THE phone to own right now. If you're in the market at Verizon, and you did not chose this or the Note II, you simply chose incorrectly!Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Quad Core, the future is here!
- Brilliant display
- Goes through a typical day with some juice left over
- Expandable memory, but only because I have to hate something.
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posted on 24 Nov 2012, 13:26 (Posts: 0; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
Great phone so far...
poole_shark has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is an initial reaction. I just picked it up yesterday afternoon from the verizon store. I am coming from a no ICS Samsung DROID Charge so anything I decided to buy would be an upgrade. I did not realize I could populate each category below with a TON of text. I want to use the phone for a week and then give my thoughts on the perks and nuances. I will update this review after I use it for a full 7 days.Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
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posted on 22 Nov 2012, 17:20 (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
Best smartphone right now and for months to come.
Owlet has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I was curious if this phone wouldn't live up to the hype. I must say, it's even better than you would expected from reading about it and looking at pictures.
It's a pleasure to hold and look at. But even more so to use it. Screen is very nice, everything is very smooth and fast and responsive.
The radios are so much better than the SGSIII that this phone replaced. VZ network on SGSIII goes down to 1 bar to no bar in a weak service area, but this phone stays connected with 2-3 bars. Same with WiFi, HTC is superior.
Battery is nothing spectacular, of course, but probably no phone is right now. For me it lasts the same as my SGSIII. Batteries is where we need innovations now, so they can last a week like phones used to.
Sound is very nice, both through the loudspeaker and through the Beats Studio and Beats Pill.
Camera is good, but I prefer a real camera. Even if some say DNA's camera performs a tiny bit better in low light conditions, it's still pretty bad to me. But, it's enough to share some pics with your friends. But don't pay attention to what I say about camera, I use Nikon DSLR for work and pleasure, so no phone will do it for me.
Bottom line, the overall experience is very satisfying. This phone is just an eye candy inside and out. And performance keeps up with the looks. I can't see any smartphone right now in the same league.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Build quality
- Screen resolution
- Beats audio
- Very fast
- HTC Sense UI
- No memory card slot
- USB port cover
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