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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...

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posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:36 3

20. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; 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: 2155; 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 (unregistered)


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: 224; 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: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Did you read the review?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 15:40

62. jphillips63 (Posts: 224; 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: 4275; 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: 99; 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: 179; 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: 151; 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: 1034; 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: 159; 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: 896; 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 (unregistered)


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: 3109; 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: 74; 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: 355; 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.

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