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Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA

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Call Quality:

Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
Getting the job done sort of speak, they’re nearly fantastic in the call quality department, seeing that voices on both ends of the line are audible and filled with enough clarity to make out. However, we simply notice a tiny bit of crackling using the DROID DNA’s speakerphone – though, it’s not terrible.


Battery:

With our normal usage, which consists of primarily surfing the web, checking emails, and sending text messages, the Nexus 4 coughs up a single day of usage out of its fully charged battery – whereas we’re only able to get close to the 10 hour mark with the DROID DNA. To be fair though, we tested the Nexus 4 using T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which isn’t as much of a battery drain when compared to the LTE connection with Verizon that we used on the DROID DNA. Regardless, we’re certain that the DROID DNA can inch close to a day as well if it’s sticking with old fashion EV-DO 3G connectivity.


Conclusion:

Without a doubt, the competition is fierce, even from within the Android camp! And not surprisingly, these two premier smartphones show us that exactly. In the end, though, pricing is something that manages to come around – getting us to think which of the two provides for the most value.

Looking at their outright off-contract pricing, it’s a unanimous win for the Nexus 4, rightfully so, seeing that $300 will nab you one heck of an awesome device that’s blessed from el Goog as being part of the Nexus family. Knowing that, it’s the experience of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that makes it so very compelling right now, as few devices at the moment offer it. And as we look down the road, there’s no question that it’ll get software updates considerably faster than its rival.

On the flip side, if we were to look at contract pricing, we’d vouch to invest in the DROID DNA more – even though the two are selling for $200. Why so? Well, it’s hard to not fall in love with its impressive 1080p display, and on top of that, it’s sporting LTE connectivity that most top-tier smartphones offer in this day and age. Indeed, it might take some time for it to see certain software updates, but nevertheless, the Sense experience has always been a delightful one.

Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA:



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posted on 30 Nov 2012, 06:56 9

1. networkdood (Posts: 6328; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Anyone with a google nexus device can clear data on the framework app and check system update - 4.2.1 is out - root is same as 4.2.

I believe either phone is a winner ...at least to me....

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:11 18

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have the HTC Droid DNA. I got it on the 21st & rooted it on the 25th. To me there is nothing more STUNNING than the DNA's 1080p TRUE HD Screen. It literally is a technological marvel. I have NEVER used a phone that has such a detailed screen EVEN during direct sun light. You can see EVERYTHING. The perfect phone for outdoor use.

The 5" 1080p HD screen is the differentiator compared to the LG Nexus 4. Now that I have the HTC Droid DNA rooted it literally becomes a Nexus device for me because I am only going to rock Android 4.2.1 AOSP ROM's on the Epic phone that is the 4G LTE HTC Droid DNA.

To me the HTC Droid DNA is a better device than the LG Nexus 4. Verizon’s 4G LTE is WAY more common & covers over 225 million people compared to the small foot print HSPA+ has in the U.S.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:40 9

15. MeoCao (unregistered)


And there are people who say anything higher than "Retina" is waste.

I think right now most apps do not support 1080p, but once they do DNA will have clear advantage.

W/o the price consideration I cast my vote to DNA, otherwise it's Nexus 4.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:58 7

16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This same issue happened when 720p HD screens first came out. This time around the 1080p transition should be a lot faster because the 1080p push is coming & they have the experience from the last major jump in pixel density. Basically 1080p is the NEW norm for ALL high-end phones that will start to come out.

No high-end phone will be released with a 720p HD screen in 2013. All the new "Spring" phones of 2013 will be 1080p IF they are high-end.

To me the HTC Droid DNA is future proof because 1080p now has been reached & should be the norm for years to come. The SLCD-3 technology is truly impressive, I mean you literally have no issues reading even the finest details under DIRECT 12’noon sun light. You REALLY won’t believe it until you actually experience what I am talking about.

The HTC Droid DNA has the BEST display EVER made in my opinion. It has NO flaws even outdoors & that is truly amazing.

+1

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 23:46

36. VictoriaFont (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


battery life?

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 08:24

42. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Sorry about the late post.

Battery life on the HTC Droid DNA is great. I got this 2 days 14 hours on a single charge using the phone moderately. That means average amount of calls, texting, emailing, videos, gaming & web surfing. The one thing I hate about HTC Sense is that it doesn't show actual screen on time.

My estimate was maybe 3 to 3 1/2 hours of screen on time on my HTC Droid DNA.

I say this because when I was on my GNex an average day would be 1 day 3 hours on a single charge with 1hour & 18 minutes of actual screen on time. My usage hasn’t changed just my device has changed.

I really hope this helps, the SLCD-3 & the Qualcomm Krait S4 Pro are VERY frugal with the battery. It’s a GREAT combination.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 11:21 1

19. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


So you pulled the trigger on the DNA huh? Good call. I ended up getting the Note 2 last minute last week. Pretty happy with it. I should have some cm10.1 ports very soon from my international counterparts. I checked out the DNA, and thought about it. But coming from the note 1, i couldn't see myself getting a smaller screen. Amazing phone none the less. Kudos +1

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 11:45 4

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I was going to get the Samsung Galaxy Note II but when I actually saw the HTC Droid DNA's 1080p HD screen I was sold. I figured that the Samsung Galaxy Note III will have a 6" 1080p HD screen so I figured I will rock the 1080p HTC Droid DNA & be an early adopter of the fabulous 1080p SLCD-3.

Can you imagine a 5.5" or 6" 1080p Super AMOLED RGB HD display? I am salivating that the thought. lol

Kudos to you too! Your Samsung Galaxy Note II is indeed epic also!

To me the world’s 2 best phones are the HTC Droid DNA & the Samsung Galaxy Note II by a landslide, followed VERY closely by the LG Optimus G/LG Nexus 4.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:01

25. remixfa (Posts: 14187; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


hey, SAE,
Remember when we were arguing over chips and I said anything from the Quad pro with Adreno and up was more than anyone will need for quite a while?

Totally right on that.

Dude, I run the nexus 4 clocked DOWN to 700mhz and it has ZERO slowdown on anything... games, browsing, facebook, camera, voice commands.. nothin.
Huge battery savings though.

When you root it, give it a shot.. knock it down to 1ghz see how it does.. if its still running fine, clock it lower. Its a HUGE battery savings.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 14:38 1

32. ngo2dd (Posts: 793; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Remember when you where bashing the S4 and saying that is only an slightly upgraded S3 and the 4414 was going to be better then the S4 pro. Guess you were totally wrong on that.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:34

26. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I think most screens were a huge upgrade over my note 1 screen. But I have to admit I saw the DNA and instantly stopped what I was doing. Amazing device. This is the right direction for HTC. If they use the DNA specs for HTC's rumored nexus, I will be sold it and be happy with it. I was comparing the screens between the N4 and DNA, both are absolutely amazing. On another note, I sold my note for a good price, and got my note 2 from a buddy brand new for 650 off contract. Too much of a good thing to pass up. One thing I am enjoying from TW is the multi-window functionality. If they can just incoporate that with a custom rom running so AOSP love that would be perfect haha.

Remix, I do the same on my Note 2. I'm running it on stupid low numbers and I don't experience any lag what so ever. I'll try the 700mhz and let you know. That's pretty insane btw haha.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:39

27. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Forgot to ask, how's the battery life been for you so far?

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 08:27

44. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey read my post 42 or 43, there were multiple people asking the same thing.

Sorry for the late post. lol

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 17:58 1

24. remixfa (Posts: 14187; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you do realize that HSPA+ has a much bigger footprint than LTE right? you could combine all the LTE networks together and it doesnt equal HSPA+.

However, being on VZW, you need LTE since otherwise your on 1.5mb/s "3g". really they should call that 2g now if people want to argue that 42mb/s is somehow 3g (its not folks get over it)

I'd add a slighty bigger battery to the note4 and some better camera software (which I will add), and otherwise its stunningly perfect for me.

Everyone has their preference.

However, 4.2 and 4.2.1 should be AVOIDED if you can. Its a huge battery drain. While google now works a bit better, the rest is a trade off. stay on 4.1 for a bit.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 11:54

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


How are they similar In any possible way?!?!??!!

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 20:42

40. mills0806 (Posts: 37; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


How is the battery life with the DNA?

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 08:24

43. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Sorry about the late post. I posted this same responce earlier.

Battery life on the HTC Droid DNA is great. I got this 2 days 14 hours on a single charge using the phone moderately. That means average amount of calls, texting, emailing, videos, gaming & web surfing. The one thing I hate about HTC Sense is that it doesn't show actual screen on time.

My estimate was maybe 3 to 3 1/2 hours of screen on time on my HTC Droid DNA.

I say this because when I was on my GNex an average day would be 1 day 3 hours on a single charge with 1hour & 18 minutes of actual screen on time. My usage hasn’t changed just my device has changed.

I really hope this helps, the SLCD-3 & the Qualcomm Krait S4 Pro are VERY frugal with the battery. It’s a GREAT combination.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 06:57

2. bubbadoes (Posts: 368; Member since: 03 May 2012)


PA the DNA runs JB also . Both are nice devices and credit should be given to both devices for running JB in conclusion vice just the N4

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 10:19

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2730; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The DNA runs JB 4.1. The Nexus runs JB 4.2.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:02 3

3. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


why no lumia 920 comparison PA? c'mon..

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:09

4. networkdood (Posts: 6328; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


http://www.phonearena.com/windows/reviews

There are a few lumia comparisons on the link I posted....

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:32 1

9. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


i mean compare it with other phones, like 920 vs iphone or S3 or nexus 4

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:06

11. networkdood (Posts: 6328; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


yes, there are some comparisons there...

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:09 1

12. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


but its not lumia 920 against other flagship.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:14 2

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


Nexus 4 I choose you!!!

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:20 5

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


Omg 1080p does visible o.o!!! Thank you pa for showing us the display comparison...

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:15 3

6. mydi.maus (unregistered)


both are great phones there is just up and down for either,but im gonna go with dna on this one,...

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:33

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I agree totally. The DNA's 1080p TRUE HD Screen makes the LG Nexus 4's 720p HD screen obsolete. As a matter of fact it makes EVERY other display out in the market obsolete.

This time NEXT year every HIGH-END smartphone will have a 1080p HD screen. The future is now & 1080p is the NEW standard.

+1

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 11:48 2

21. android78 (unregistered)


I thought you was a apple fanboy???? I love android and will never switch sides to the dark side, I got the dna, and the sg3. The dna is the best smartphone i ever owned, I like the nexus 4, but I have always been a fan of htc phones, the htc sense, beats audio, now the 1080p screen. How the hell can ppl even want a i phone 5. Go get that Htc Droid Dna!!!!!!!

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:17 3

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


This will come down to the price point. If you can get the DNA under $400 off contract, I'd easily recommend it over the Nexus 4, but over that price it's Note II territory, and if you're willing to pay for a high-end device, that's by far the best you can get.

Luckily for us I expect the DNA to drop to that mark in months or 3, and it will still be very much futureproof.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:59 1

10. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


I completely agree. The Droid is a pretty awesome device with it's 1080p display but that's all it has that the competition doesn't, save for the beast of a quad-core processor that many phones are getting these days. The GALAXY Note has the S-pen and the apps that come with it, an even larger screen, it's selling like hot-cakes and if the original Note's any indication, it'll get updated quite frequently, not on time of course but it'll get them. The Droid DNA will probably get supported for a shorter amount of time. Everything else is just personal preference and Nature UX really grew on me.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 09:31 4

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


DNA best in the market this year.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 16:13 1

22. gboo2565 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


I cant understand the advantage of on screen buttons, as all it does is makes the screen so much smaller and wastes the space under it...

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 16:20 1

23. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


DNA 1080p screen makes all other phone screens look weak. This screen is ridiculously bright, sharp and colorful(you'd swear it was Super Amoled). While it does have a little bit of light leakage in total darkness, it's inconsequential as when it's on it really does a number on your eyes. I still can't stand Sense as it lacks things you would expect, like a blasted file manager, what the hell HTC? I don't like having to plug up to a PC to search out files on my phone, I hate that sort of dependency it's a stand alone phone the PC is only for emergencies. The volume rocker is kind of indistinct but the power button is in the perfect place, place where you're least likely to touch. unlike the GS3 easily invoked power button. Google are being a bit short sighted with no Flash on built in, when even Google's own Google Play music upload page tells you it needs flash to display fully...stupid. Flash on the DNA looks amazing videos are crystal clear and vibrant and no lag anywhere. I still hate sense with a passion, it's worse than anything but TouchWiz. Samsung have a bad habit of changing the name of things and acting like they created it, S Beam is bloody Android Beam, works exactly the same way, NFC enabled hold phones together and tap the screen to send. At least HTC doesn't try to pretend they created something that was already there.
Now Google needs to get to get on the Google Initiative so OEM can stop forcing us to have our phones bogged down with their extra OS tweaks that don't always help Android look and work better. DNA is one of the best phones tech wise that is; this year that 1080p SLCD3 running on S4 Pro with 2GB of RAM, only down sides are low standard memory and battery capacity.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 06:18

30. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Sounds like it has the best of Super AMOLED displays without the blue tint. I just want a 1080p Super AMOLED display, I'm a huge fan of super high contrast ratios.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 14:41

33. ngo2dd (Posts: 793; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Dude just download EZ file manger for it. The Nexus does come with one either. It is not hard.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:39

28. Aeires (unregistered)


Great comparison, thanks John.

Today is my second day with the N4 and the point about it being slippery is right on solid, it's something to really get used to that I haven't reached yet. Even pulling it out of my belt case I'm forced to be more thoughtful of how I grab it. I was also concerned about the screen after coming from three different Samsung phones that have SAMOLED screens but the clarity and sharpness on the N4 is impressive. I'm really loving this phone so far and I bought it partly due to some of the articles posted here. Thanks.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 03:27 2

29. ghanemsam (Posts: 64; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Droid DNA is the best around

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 18:20 1

34. samystic (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


is PA not interested in a full fledged review and comparison of Nokia Lumia 920? i waited patiently to comment / complain on this.

samystic

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 23:32

35. VictoriaFont (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Compared to the HTC, the Nexus looks like an LG Intuition! The DNA is wild. I need it on AT&T's 4GLTE here in Austin. I LOVE the high-res screen; it's amazing. It makes the photos of the styles I create in my hair salon really glow for my clients after I finish; I e-mail them the shot so they can do the same styling at home.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 10:21

37. Andrew44 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Htc said they are releasing the droid dna and one x+ with 4.2 jellybean also htc wants to have the color white but verizon is holding them back with the "droid theme"

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 13:47

39. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2730; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Please back that up with proof. I'm pretty sure both said Jellybean 4.1. There aren't currently no phones released or unreleased that I know of other than Nexus devices that have been anounced to receive 4.2.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 10:28

38. Andrew44 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Battery life is just right considering the new LCD3 1080p True HD display takes up less battery then the LCD2 720p display. Only thing i hate is no micro sd slot. I wish we got the HTC J butterfly same phone micro sd 3 colors white black and red

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:28

50. flyguyee (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I would love for there to be a Micro SD card slot on my Nexus 4. I read an article that they choose to do this because adding a Micro SD card slot requires using an old file system. The newer type is faster and better, but it can't have a Micro SD card slot. It's probably also because the companies want to make alot of money. It was $50 more for me to get the 16 GB version of the Nexus 4, but it cost LG less than $10 for the upgrade. >:(

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 20:45

41. jo_Ny (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Tried both. Price aside (besides Nexus4 is unavailable...) DNA is CLEAR WINNER, PERIOD. Both have premium feel but the DNA is way more robust. DNA display is amazing which make it better for multimedia. Dedicated amplifiers make the sound quality DNA way better. LTE DNA wins again. Camera is average on both.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:26

49. flyguyee (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I own a Nexus 4 and I love it. In terms of hardware they Droid DNA clearly wins, but in terms of software and price the Nexus 4 wins. I love the vanilla experience of Android 4.2.1. The build for Droid looks cluttered and old fashioned. The Droid DNA is locked to Verizon, while the Nexus 4 can be used on any cheap GSM carrier. I don't mean to start a war, but I prefer the Nexus 4 overall.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 12:05

51. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


I own a Droid DNA and if you are planning on rooting it after buying it the DNA is a clear winner. I just rooted my friends nexus 4 and as long as the dna is de-sensed its just as fast but has a better screen faster better looking pic gallery and the camera quality is much better. The screens are alot different dna shows true white nexus is yellowish. dna is alot brighter also.

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