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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, 09:36 3

20. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Oh yeah forgot it, the 16GB storage limitation is a major issue. Why HTC? Why?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:55 1

24. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


The Note II will be sweet no doubt, but the DNA still works better for me b/c I have a chance of fitting this in my pocket lol. Don't see that happening with the Note II, and I hate belt clips.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 10:00

25. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Not much a difference in size really, but you can't go wrong with either phone, the Note comes with the better stuff, the DNA comes with the better HW and price, you'll love both.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 12:41 7

41. winddroid (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


The size of the DNA is the same as the GSIII. Same width and about a tenth of an inch taller. The Note 2 is considerably larger. I think the DNA is competing more with the GSIII than the Note 2.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 15:10 2

60. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2442; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


The note 2 is NOT a damn smartphone! And many Samsung fans will disagree but common sense will tell you this IS A MINI TABLET! It just so happens to have a freaking built in calling system in it.......people should really consider the fact that the note has a stylus that comes with it .....as if it were A WRITING "TABLET".........the DNA may be large but one thing is for sure it is not the same size as the note 2......in both width and height!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 19:48 2

74. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


IMO the DNA is in direct competition with the SGSIII, and with the exception of the microSD card slot, I think this phone will smoke the SGSIII. The Note II really kinda is a tablet with phone capabilities as xperia is saying. That puts it in its own category really.

Personally, I'm hitting the max at 5" for how big I will use anything as a phone. I want my phone to fit in my pocket, and I seriously doubt that will happen with the Note II.

I know it will take adjustment, but I personally don't think I'll have a problem dealing with the 16GB on board storage. I'll just pick up a 32GB Nexus 7 for most of my entertainment, and utilize more cloud storage for music and movies for my phone. Problem solved. I'd prefer a microSD card, but hey, it is what it is, and b*tching about it won't help the situation. Cheers!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 02:06

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


Hahaha I am with you! Note 2 Devotees are really too much.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:29 2

18. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Gorgeous screen, gorgeous build quality, amazing price, this will be a huge seller.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 10:38

30. jphillips63 (Posts: 173; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Come on PA you give a review based solely on specs? What we need to hear are real world uses of this phone, radio signals for he how well are the quality of phone calls, what's real world battery life like on network not on wifi. How is sense 4 on the phone what bloatware has it got we have to remove. Is the boot loader unlockable?
Anyone can write a review based on specs and what's on paper, real reviews that are legit are from real world uses so please let's hear some real reviews with hands on use.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 11:43 7

33. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Did you read the review?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 15:40

62. jphillips63 (Posts: 173; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


My apologies I was browsing this from my rezound and just didn't see the added pages on the reviews until I got to my tablet.
Good review I will say. A few added questions however, you didn't mention if it comes with a unlockable boot loader and also do we have the ability to disable the bloatware we won't be using?

Can you guys give a dbm reading of the radio signal strength as well please.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 00:29

81. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Based on a post earlier by Superandroidevo, xda developers already have a rom for the DNA.=)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 14:21 2

51. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4006; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It's obvious you didn't read the review at all but maybe 2 sentences.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 15:01

57. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


jphillips, all of that information is right there, but you have to actually READ the whole review to get that info. Try that, and get back to us.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 02:07

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


You didn't read the review and you're clearly another of the thousand very very very very devoted Sammy fan.

One Sentence for you- YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 11:34

32. MattAdorno (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


If only they have put the 64GB of internal memory from the One X+ or an SD card slot - then they would have had a winner. 16GB in a high end device like that is boarderline unacceptable these days (maybe even completely unacceptable).

With that 11GB of storage you'll be able to store maybe like 4 movies on your device?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 11:44 1

34. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Yeah, the 11GB of storage is super weak, especially considering that the One X+ is packing 64GB. I suppose they had to make some compromises to keep it within the $200 on-contract price point.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 11:58 1

37. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


This phone looks amazing can't wait to get ahold of one

(pulls hair out) stop releasing so many awsome phones lol

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 12:20 2

39. yajia1 (Posts: 107; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Argh! 11gb useable memory and 2020mAh battery? Those awesome specs will be wasted if all you can do is facebook, twitter, call and text. Might as well use a symbian/bada/iOS craps. The battery will surely not last 3hrs screen-on time at 50% brightness. My OneX with 1,800mAh barely lasts 4 and its just 720p, 4.7". I was hoping there would be at least 2,500. HTC really loves their weak battery reputation dont they? Note2 will be my upgrade then.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 12:36

40. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Nice review, I would love to see a screen comparison between this device and other popular phones.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 12:46

44. shamatuu (Posts: 133; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


only 10 hours is pretty weak in my book. I was so excited for this phone but i play games so 2020 battery will be even less. I just don't understand why HTC didn't increase the size to at least 2650. This should have 3000 to make sure it last ththough an entire day with medium use plus haveing 1080 display will suck the crap of of the phone.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 13:12

46. TA-21 (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


Is there any sign about realizing International version of HTC Droid DNA ?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 13:35 4

48. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Wow people still crying about the battery. That 10 hour time is with LTE on the whole time.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 15:14 2

61. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2442; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Wow....thats hella good.....goes to show you how people love to complain doesn't it....

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 14:47 1

54. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


A really nice phone, I just wish it had more internal storage and a bigger battery. But hey if you don't mind the storage and don't mind charging your phone a couple times a day, there is no reason not to get this phone.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 15:00

56. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


11gb internal storage ONLY is an amazing way to spit on everything else about this phone.
HTC is a retarded company.
Wouldn't buy it even for this price

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 16:01

63. DatabaseMX (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 May 2009)


"We were desperately hoping for the best with battery life, but alas, it puts out nothing more than average results. Charging its 2,020 mAh battery, we’re able to fly by the 10 hour mark before it’s completely depleted – thus hitting the tally we’re normally accustomed to seeing with most Verizon 4G LTE smartphones."

Really?
A new law should be passed, such that vendors cannot release a new smartphone without BOTH of the following:
1) Minimum of a 3,000 ma battery.
2) Removable battery.

And only 16GB and no expansion. Really ?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 16:13 1

64. NickPeters (Posts: 64; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


@John.V

Very good review! Could you please, somehow, always (ok, mostly) review HTC phones and most of the other NON-iPhone phones (especially flagships!) because you really try to show us the good things about the handset and not just complain about some minor things related to it just in order to make it look like a fail and forget about all the good stuff it has.

I'm very satisfied with your review, like most of the times.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 17:05

65. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


I do not understand how this phone get a higher score in every benchmark than the Nexus 4, When they both have the same CPU and GPU. I was expecting more from the Nexus 4.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 19:50

75. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


HTC is better than LG. That is the only explanation I can come up with. Just like you I was expecting the Nexus device to win out in benchmark testing. That said, LG hasn't impressed me with a phone since......ever.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 17:19 1

67. redmd (Posts: 884; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


with all those cons why did this phone get a score of nine? the note 2 review don't have a con. this does have 3!

what did PA reviews talk about the battery life of one x? now compare that with real life users and you'll get the idea of the battery life of droid DNA.

well good luck HTC.Verizon isn't the world though.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 17:21

68. ohiwastedmylife (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


What type of microUSB port is it? How many pins does it have? Is it like the Galaxy note 2 11-Pin port where it will support both HDMI out + OTG at the same time?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 17:41

69. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Guys at xda will get USB otg working with it, add a pocket full of flash drives an away you go.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 19:16 6

73. shnibz (Posts: 155; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


The SGSIII scored higher than this!? Am I the only one who likes Android but not Samsung? Having owned HTC,Motorola, and Samsung I can easily say I will never get another Samsung phone. ...... ..P.S this HTC Droid DNA is SEXY!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 02:09

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


Thats because devoted samsung fans are acting like iSHeeeeaaaps nowadays.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 19:59

76. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


This review is not very objective.

Design - let's be serious, this thing is ugly
Camera - mediocre at best. Low light samples are out of focus.
Browser performance - below average according to other sites (sunspider score of 1420)
Battery life - nothing out of the ordinary
OS - Android has many flaws that people seem to ignore - poor email client, a pointless layered structure, security concerns, fragmentation issues.

IMHO this phone is a 7/10, but as always, reviewers give the android device a
'free ride".

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 02:16

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


Oh okay.. let me rate your 'beloved' samsung Galaxy SIII and iPhone 5. (Assuming you're another samsheeeeap or iSheeeap judging by how u speak)

S A M S U N G S I I I -

Design- Odd. Not even as pretty as a HTC One X... Even a Low end phone like the LG Optimus L5 looks hotter than this..

Camera- Good but clearly not the best.. and if i want to say something.. not as good as the HTC One X's camera.

Browser performance- Fast.. but obviously can't be as fast as DNA..

Battery life- Nothing out of the ordinary.

OS- Android has many flaws? bullcrap. They are getting better each day- thanks to google tinkering with the OS' coding.

Screen- Cold. very cold. Blue tinting.

IMHO this phone is a 8/10.. i am not like you Edmund.

i P H O N E 5-

Design- Urgh. Like a brick. SIII even looks better than this.

Camera- BAD BAD BAD! Purple halo issue with it and apple says its a norm.

Browser- Speedy....buts thats becuz of the coding of the OS.

Battery Life- Meh. You get what i mean.

OS- Fast but boring.... fast speed is due to the fact that when someone launches an app or scrolls from homescreen to homescreen, the background processors of the iOS stopped.. and once its done, it continues. fast partially due to coding.

IMHO This phone gets 6.5/10. Design is old.........OS is as boring as ever.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 20:23 1

77. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


this is a nice phone that i would suggest to a lot of people but the MAXX HD suits my needs better and will perfectly supplement my Nexus 10 which has an even more powerful SoC than the S4 Pro and an even higher resolution than the DNA giving me a really sharp 300ppi on a 10.1" display versus the kind of pointless 440ppi on a 5.0" display.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 00:31 1

82. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


If that works for ya King, rock on man. Handle your business bro. I think I'll give this whole cloud storage thing a whirl and pair this beauty with a 32GB Nexus 7 tablet and be set on my end.=)

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 00:40 1

83. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i hope you've gotten yourself a brilliant combo. c:

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 00:42 1

84. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


You and I both. I know I love the Nexus 7 tablets, and I'm pretty sure I'll love the DNA too. Can't say I'd have anything bad to say about your setup though man. Good stuff.=)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 21:55

79. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Waiting for an International version of this may be HTC deluxe.!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 21:59 1

80. tiara6918 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


For me the htc droid dna is the best smartphone out there despite the 16 gb internal memory and the average rating when it comes to the battery life. HTC, please make an international version of this phone and change your marketing strategies for this phones to sell very well

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 04:26

85. Einstein333 (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I really don't get it! WTF is wrong with HTC??? They bring up a fantastic phone with fantastic specs that could easily have become the best smartphone on the market today and then they put in 16GB and an average battery?? It would have taken so few in order to get the best reviews everywhere und to get back their market share but somehow they always need to mess it up with some stupid things! How dumb is that??

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 05:26

86. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)


So now Samsungs screen suck? Man, I really hate now fast technology changes in the cell phone market, makes me tired of hearing about it, even as an IT guy

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:32 1

87. ChafedBanana (Posts: 359; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Why isn't a non-removable battery a "con"? That ought to be right on top of the con list.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 15:54

103. darkskoliro (Posts: 969; Member since: 07 May 2012)


So the Nexus 4, Motorola Razr, and just about every other phone aside from Samsung has a "con" phone?

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 13:20 2

88. Jonathan41 (Posts: 527; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


This phone is incredible. I'm glad phonearena agrees with me.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 14:21

90. tidus28 (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Feb 2012)


not a fan i think note 2 is better

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 19:04

91. thegodofphones (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Woww to all you dumbass htc trolls that are drooling over this device. The truth is HTC continues to come out with the best phones bbut s**tty battery life, when that s the main problem they need to correct in the first place! What they did even more retarded this time around is that they dont even allow you to access the battery for the first time! So you cant even replace the battery when it dies as you used to. Go ahead im sure this comment wilk be disliked by these trolls obsessed with htc, but go look on other neutral postings on other phone arena articles and you ll see the truth. Keep looking at the specs telling yourselves you ll be fine while you ll actually suffer. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?​!?!?$&#&&#&#&#&#&#&#&#&#&#

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 02:18

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


Oh and what about sammy?? Bulid quality is a complete poop, battery life is no where better than DNA.

Calling all of us dumbasses means u are also one. ''It takes one(Dumbass) to know one (another dumbass) ''

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 03:14

107. thegodofphones (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Aww im a dumbass too then? Go eat d**k ya lil bitch. Samsung is much more reliable then htc. Htcs have many problems. At least samsung doesnt have that and is reliable. Also, much better battery life and ii believe the note 2's is removable. Removable battery is a must for these phones, remember this is supposed titi be a mobile phone rather than a plugged in laptop. The f**kheads DATA htc continue to not address their main problem, battery. Now the sad thing is htcs have the best and brightest screes where as the samsung phomes are perfect on paper but the screen is not bright at all

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 09:21 2

101. yajia1 (Posts: 107; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


I don't think this phone deserves a 9 rating. Those stupid battery life and internal memory alone, this phone should be rated 7.something. 11gig of memory will be full in no time at all. Cloud isn't an option at all because they will make you pay after 2 years. It's all about the money. And reviews from the verge and gsmarena are out already, with battery tests. 4hrs of video playback and 6hrs of LTE talk time. How the hell does HTC want us to use that hardware? Beside an outlet everytime? I won't be confident to bring this on a vacation or a night out at all. Stupid HTC. Even my OneX which has 7hrs video playback won't last 4hours screen-on time when surfing at 0% brightness. HTC really wants that "stupid battery" reputation.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 12:40

102. Jackch33 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


HTC made the best phone in the world again. Now please spend tons of money marketing.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 22:08 1

104. JuanitaAlfonzo (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


wow. This might be my next phone! Just wish it was on AT&T's 4GLTE network. Thought about a Galaxy Note II but it's expensive. But this phone doesn't have the writing app I'd use to jot down notes for haircuts I do at my San Francisco salon. decisions, decisions!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 22:53

105. maxout (Posts: 32; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


a Micro SD and 2500mah would have killed the competition. HTC never been the company who believes in perfection. HALF SSA is their policy.

I would have paid $100 extra for 32GB Built-in + Micro SD + 2500mah.

yes i would have paid $299.00 but now you won't get a dime.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 03:12

106. thegodofphones (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Aww im a dumbass too then? Go eat d**k ya lil bitch. Samsung is much more reliable then htc. Htcs have many problems. At least samsung doesnt have that and is reliable. Also, much better battery life and ii believe the note 2's is removable. Removable battery is a must for these phones, remember this is supposed titi be a mobile phone rather than a plugged in laptop. The f**kheads DATA htc continue to not address their main problem, battery. Now the sad thing is htcs have the best and brightest screes where as the samsung phomes are perfect on paper but the screen is not bright at all

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 12:32

109. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i wouldn't say Samsung is more reliable than HTC at all. HTC devices typically have better build quality, better sound quality, faster updates and aren't plagued with GPS issues like Samsung devices USUALLY are although they've been improving there it seems as of late. yeah, HTC blows in the battery life department though. if Motorola laid off some engineers recently then HTC needs to hire them up so they can start fitting some bigger batteries into a thinner chassis. Motorola can fit the biggest battery HTC uses into something as small as the Razr M.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 16:14

110. alvicious (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)


The Problem with HTC using a 16gb internal storage is you don't really get all 16 gb Sense takes up what like 3-4gigs so that leaves you with 12gb's then you download ANY GAMELOFT game which takes ups 2gigs of space, add some movies and music then you have filled up your phone rather quickly. Yeah you can stream your music and podcast on VZW but all plans arent created equal (unlimited still exist on VZW?)

BTW are the new Hotness until the Next Samsung Phone comes out. Sad but true.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 16:29

111. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


From other reviews I've read :

Battery life is terrible
The high resolution screen (1080P) results in considerable lag
Main camera is mediocre at best
The display performs poorly outdoors
No SD expansion
Expensive

I don't believe this phone deserves a 9/10 rating. Not with this many shortcomings anyway.

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