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HTC DROID DNA Review

0. phoneArena 15 Nov 2012, 08:42 posted on

Rather than concocting something that seemingly would fit into the upper echelon of Big Red’s lineup, the Taiwanese company is breaking new ground that no other manufacturer has been able to establish. Galvanizing to say the least, the HTC DROID DNA is a meticulous work of technology, as its 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel Super LCD 3 display is a monumental feat in itself that’s unmatched at the moment...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 18:40 2

70. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Ah... the dislikes i expected from samsung fanboys...
the Samsheaaaeps.

You see? those devoted sammy fans are just like apple's iiiiiisheeeeeaaaaeeeeeps. They should be friends.

Admit defeat.

P.S. Samsung fans are good..but those very devoted ones.. are..just ugh.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 01:36

127. RubeDog64 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


I have the DNA and as of right now, i've used the phone for 12hrs and 8minutes and i have 21% battery. I am a moderate to heavy user and also, this phone's 3rd generation LCD screen pulls less power than the iPhone 5's screen. (true story)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:52 3

5. miladkhahil (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Dec 2008)


Too bad it's only 16g....

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:11 5

10. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Well im using a 2.65gb smartphone and im okay with it :) say, 16 gig is big enough for average users..
but if ur on the geeky side, its somewhat average... or less, depending on ur preference.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 12:43 2

42. tomn1ce (Posts: 221; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Funny I said the same thing last year when I was comparing the Droid Razr, G-Nexus and the Rezound since it was time for an upgrade and my OG Droid was on its last leg. I myself was only using 3.5GB out 8GB on my microSD card. I got the G-Nexus with 32GB and I currently have about 5GB of free space left.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:10

92. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I have no e books, not many videos, some pics, havent installed all my games from previous phones, use Spotify, have 3 mp3 folders with 150 songs.

And currently have used 11GB of space.

Thats not geeky usage. Let me add more songs, more videos, some e books, more games, apps, download more playlist with Spotify and I will be hitting 16GB quick. For the average user....I feel 16GB is now the bare minimum. Blame manufactures and companies for giving us more stuff to play with, do.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 02:03

93. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


That is because you put in a lot of apps that you may not be using often.. and u don't clear ur caches regularly...and also.. remove all the 1080P or 720P videos u store in and replace it with 480P videos.....

Clearing caches may save up to 12MB or more of storage- depending on how much cache u have.

HD Videos occupy more space than Standard Definition Videos. 480P is good enough.. but 320 and 240P are bad.

Remove all the apps you don't use on a regular basis or rarely use it (like 1use/mth) Thats what i did- and my Phone has only used 0.9 GB of internal memory out of 2.65 GB.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:54 7

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4188; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Mama Mia... HTC rising from the death bed?? Cool!!
Cool, compact and sexy!!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:10 4

8. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


When this monster HTC vs Note 2, HTC Droid DNA wins handsdown..

Higher screen res, higher dpi, faster and more powerful processor.....but screen's smaller...

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 18:41

71. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


ADMIT DEFEAT, NOTE 2 DEVOTEES!!!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 02:04

94. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Again! Samsheeeeeaaps strikes again!

Benchmark is higher on the DNA. ADMIT DEFEAT!!!!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 02:04

95. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


HATE HTC? HATE US? DONT READ THIS REVIEW!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:22 4

13. McLTE (Posts: 921; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


judging by the comments in this review in comparison to the Note II.. I can't see how both phones got a 9.

No SD slot? That's a ding for me, though I can see others not caring so much.

Crackly speaker? That's not a good thing

Battery life average at best? Seriously HTC.. I'd think by now more companies would pay attention to the batteries. Is Moto the only one that cares? Makes NO sense to me why HTC couldn't put a 2500mah batt in there.

I love the line in the review that talks about design and how this is a departure from other HTC phones.. LOL. Seriously?? It looks like EVERY OTHER HTC phone for the most part!

I'd score it an 8.5.

Having said that, it does look pretty awesome if you don't care about the smaller battery or lack of SD card. The price is nice too!

I really hope Verizon and HTC sell a TON of these.. we need HTC in the phone game to keep Sammy on their toes.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:36 3

21. darkskoliro (Posts: 1079; Member since: 07 May 2012)


"Certainly, it’s very strong and powerful at the loudest volume setting, but it emits a slight crackle." Does not mean that its got a crackly speaker.

If they were going to put a larger battery inside it would come at the cost of size, then everyone would complain that it was too thick. IMO they did a good job of keeping it under 10mm and having a battery that lasts a day. I dont need it to last "one and a half days" because I change my phone every night anyway. Who doesnt?

Looks like every other HTC phone? If you think they look the same you obviously havent met the galaxy line. No, HTC phones have the best design in the market, and build quality.

And for $200, you are getting plenty. Lack of storage just means you cant put any videos on it and not installing two or three massive HD games on there. Aside from that its plenty for music and normal everyday apps. You forget that you are getting a quad core krait here, with a freaking 1080p display and a pretty decent camera.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:37 1

22. darkskoliro (Posts: 1079; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Not to mention the wide angle ff with HD recording, and also the build in amps for the speaker and headphone jack!!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 12:04 1

38. Aeires (unregistered)


Have you checked out the battery on the Note II?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 12:50 1

45. tomn1ce (Posts: 221; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


My thought exactly and the phone is still thin.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 13:33 2

47. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


it is also wider and has an amoled screen which is thinner then a LCD. It is easy to have a big battery when the phone is so wide.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 14:20 2

50. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Setting the speaker on its loudest setting and hearing a little crackle isn't too uncommon...

"we’re able to fly by the 10 hour mark before it’s completely depleted" Over 10 hours is enough for any average user.

You forget, HTC isn't making their phones for power users or the memory hogs. They're making them for the average consumer. And for the average consumer, the DNA is MORE than sufficient in all categories.

Average consumers > special needs consumers, in terms of numbers. Though HTC is still lending out a hand to the spec whores a bit with the S4 Pro CPU and 1080p display.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 14:52 1

55. Aeires (unregistered)


DNA: 141 x 70.5 x 9.73 mm
Note II: 151 x 80 x 9 mm

It is wider and longer, but it's also thinner. If this truly does get 8+ hours of time, think of how awesome it would have been with a mere 2500mAh improvement. There are also much smaller phones with bigger batteries so I'm not buying your argument.

This was supposed to be a flagship phone but they gave it an average battery at best.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 18:42 1

72. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


No SD slot is due to cost cutting or the manufacturer is thinknig that its internal mem is big enough for use.....

Strangely enough why didn't you complain about the iPhone4S? it has 8GB, which is lesser, and NO SD CARD SLOT.

Also HTC Phones must look the same.. strangely you didn't say samsung phones look the same too.. so is LG LSeries phones.. (im using L5 fyi)

One conclusion on you, mah boy.. your a samsheeeeaaeep.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 21:43 1

78. darkskoliro (Posts: 1079; Member since: 07 May 2012)


For someone like me, I care more about performance than stats.
Take the Nissan GTR for example. A V6 twin turbo is able to beat most v8's out there, while only maintaining a 3.7l engine.
I dont care how much the note 2 has, it needs a bigger battery to suit its larger screen anyway. Give me real life performance and ill take it as is.

Right now, they say this phone can last 10 hours. Well damn, thats good enough for just about anyone, taking into consideration that this thing is also using 4G lte the whole time as well!!

Yes it would have been nice if it had a larger battery, but if it lasts you the day what more can you ask for.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 14:24 1

119. PiccoloKu (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


yeah, cause the "average user" would never want ONE movie on their phone. DNA usable storage - 11GB 1080p average size - 10-12GB. This phone is a pass all the way

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 14:26

120. PiccoloKu (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


HTC sells the same phone in Japan under the name J-Butterfly, which has an MicroSD slot, so it has nothing to do with the manufacturer, it's Verizon. And the reason no one complains about a 16GB iPhone with no SD slot is because you can buy a 32GB version OR a 64GB version. EVERY SINGLE DNA is forever stuck at 16GB.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 00:56

121. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Where are you getting your numbers from? There are a lot of variables when it comes to size of a movie, not just resolution.

I never said that the average consumer doesn't want movies on their phone, but everyone I know who wants to watch movies on the go either has a separate device for it or just streams it from Netflix.

There are a lot of easy fixes to all of these cons and "deal-breakers" people are complaining about. There is no perfect phone, so stop crying, deal with what you have, and try to accommodate for what is left out.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:22 8

14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Wishing you all the very best Htc.... And please listen to you'r customers..

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:23 1

15. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


how the hell can I get this in the UK ?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:24

16. Crossblade (Posts: 213; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)


Wait... :)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 15:04

58. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Maybe for us, HTC is cooking something special. 2500mAh battery+MicroSD= Game Changer !!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:25 2

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Wow, review already? That was quick!

As fantastic as the DNA is - gorgeous screen, awesome design - I don't think it tops the Note II as the best smartphone on the market, because with bigger size comes bigger responsibility (lol), and Sammy packed it's monster with all kinds of goodies. Would I like to have the Droid DNA? Oh, I'd love to! But with battery concerns and not all that great usage of the epic 5" (would be great for multi-view), if I had the opportunity to buy a flagship, which I don't currently, it would go with Samsung's phablet.

Nonetheless, good luck HTC, hope this will sell well!

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