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HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

0. phoneArena 06 Dec 2012, 05:01 posted on

Quickly making its arrival and presence known in time for this crucial holiday period, the HTC DROID DNA is simply one of those new smartphones on the block that really catches attention for its killer specs sheet. More importantly, the question is whether or not it has the right stuff to steer people away from Apple’s beloved smartphone?...

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posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:41 5

7. karas (Posts: 78; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Thats like giant vs midget !!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:56 4

8. CODHP13 (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)

is this phonearena or iPhone arena? I accept that iphone's camera z bttr but vat about burst mode,group shot features of htc?

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:24 11

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

and HTC's monster win again yesterday against S3 and today against iPhone
plz iphonearena just admit it

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:26 10

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

No need comparison- Droid DNA wins handsdown! No need to seee the specs.....its obviously better!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 14:06

78. StretchDee1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)

I think apple is paying them to say otherwise.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:32 1

12. wendygarett (unregistered)

iPhone 5 I choose you!!!!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:40 2

13. byazatt (Posts: 291; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

iphonearena? please... that's dated

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:11 1

14. bucky (Posts: 3077; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I'll take the phone I already have a tablet :)

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:31 6

15. Aeires (unregistered)

Basing my choice purely on the arguments continually made by Apple since revealing the Retina Display, I'd have to give the win to the DNA just for screen alone.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:42 2

16. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

The point is the DNA is nothing new, all it has is a better screen thats it. The DNA is a blown up One x+ with a better screen. If the One x couldnt completely take out the Iphone 5 what makes you think the DNA will.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:49 9

18. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 2012)

So then if it's nothing new, then what the heck is the iphone5...other than an iphone, 3g, 3gs, 4, 4s, etc. Your comment makes no sense!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 08:54 4

22. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

Thats the point, everyone bashes apple for there increment updates but when Android does it, its the best thing in the world, I know theres alot of HTC fanboys on this site but to tell the truth HTC is the first to come out with everything but they still manage to finish last. You know why because Sense is mediocre and the mass think that way and thats why there on a down hill spiral. DNA is a better phone than Iphone5 but phonearena left it a tie because of Sense; thats the point I was trying to get across. Software will always beat hardware in the end because hardware will eventually become the norm and what your phone can do will be praised more than its hardware.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 09:57 2

26. bucky (Posts: 3077; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

One of the best points I'v read in a while.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 12:26 7

33. Dave_B (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)

Sense can be disabled if you don't like it(HTC even releases tools to unlock their own phones). And, if you want to talk about software, what about Google maps? The DNA has it, while Apple banned people from using the app on their phone.

Swipe and Swiftkey are also android exclusive, as Apple doesn't want to "confuse" users by allowing them to change the Sacred Apple Interface.

And, on average, software on the Android costs less than on the iPhone. So, add that to the cost of also paying more for proprietary iPhone cables and adapters, and paying more for the phone to begin with.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 04:52 1

46. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

Can you please point out which part of Sense if bad and if yes, which part is irreplaceable? Dialer? MMS? Launcher? Notification Drawer? Music Player? Calender? Notes? Widgets? Camera?

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 08:59

84. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

Right! Can some one tell me why Sense is such "problem"? It's one of the best android manufacture skins but, still people love to hate it. Whatever problems you have with Sense believe me they no longer exist in Sense 4+ and if you still find problems, no worries you can just replace it with a home launcher or a rom.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 12:18 6

32. Dave_B (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)

The DNA is the first and only consumer device below 9.7 inches with a 1080p resolution. It has a pixel density that's head and shoulders above the "revolutionary" retina display. It has a pixel density over 10 times that of some "full HD" big screen TV's. That's not incremental, that's a huge leap ahead. According to Intel, 5" premium smartphones aren't supposed to be reaching this resolution until 2015 - 3 years from now! (source: w ww.tomshardware.com/news/Intel-Higher-Resolution-D​isplays-Coming,15329.html )

Secondly, you say that "all it has is a better screen thats it"? Maybe if you read the specs, you'd notice that it has other nice features as well. It has the Snapdragon S4 Pro quadcore processor - the fastest smartphone processor on the market. It has two 1080p video cameras built in, featuring a wide-angle lens on the front one, so you can hold your phone and take a video or photo of yourself with friends. It has wireless charging, NFC, gorilla glass, a narrow body(so you can use it with one hand, unlike the 5"+ "phablets"), a soft-touch back(read: doesn't slide off of things easily), Google maps, a standard micro USB port, and hdmi output(with an adapter).

Note that the iPhone 5 has almost none of those listed features.

Sure, it has some flaws, but it is the best smartphone out there, for numerous reasons. And, it's cheap. You can buy them for $150 right now with 2 year verizon contract, or $600 retail. The cheapest iPhone 5 costs $200 on a verizon contract, or $650 retail. So, far superior and cheaper, as well.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 15:21

38. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

Your right phonearena did not give credit where its due. You cant say the GS3 is better than the Iphone and then turn around and say the DNA is better than the GS3 but ties with the Iphone. HTC is usually the first ones to the market with something new but it seems like they can never finish strong. The DNA shows how hungry they are and how much they wana turn things around but will it happen or will Samsung continue to be the king.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:47 10

17. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 2012)

PA will never pick a winner over the iphone!! They are so biased there! When clearly the DNA wins in every corner. DISPLAY, PROCESSOR, SIZE, FUNCTIONALITY, MAPS, ETC!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:59 4

20. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

this is what i have realised too,they have no problem making the iphone a winner but when theres a phone that clearly tops tops the iphone they call it a draw and depends on what os you what...if thats the case then all phones that have different os when compared the conclusion should be depends what os you want lol

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 09:00

23. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

Not true because they actually gave GS3 the win over the Iphone5.

"Ultimately, it’s the TouchWiz Nature UX experience and its extensive set of functionality that makes the SGSIII the more productive and complete handset between the two."


posted on 06 Dec 2012, 09:56 3

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

And then they gave the DNA a slight win over the GSIII, so what sense does it make that the DNA and the iP5 tie when GSIII > iP5 and DNA > GSIII?

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 10:13 3

28. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

You have a point. Phone arena logic is out of whack.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 10:23 1

29. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

I guess its one of those things when Water beats Fire and Fire beats Leaf but Leaf beats Water.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 19:35 1

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

Guess maybe they didn't give it the old Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock try lol.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 12:47

35. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I direct your attention to the Lumia 920 vs ip5 face off. IPhail lost.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:57

19. Pyoung0560 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

There is no phone or table Phonearena will put up against an apple product that will ever beat it in comparison as when they pitted the Asus transformer prime aganst the ipad it came out a draw and now htc DNA against the iphone5 a draw again. Apple will always stay on top on this site and dont forget the SGS3 comparison

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 09:16

24. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

We Android geeks go crazy over hardware and bench marks but to tell the truth at the end of the day its all about the software. Software is praised more than hardware and thats why Apple ends up tieing with alot of android phones because there software package is good. The DNA is no doubt the superior phone but Sense is mediocre. You can complain about how phonearena is bias but phonearena gave the GS3 the win over the Iphone. So how bias can they be, it comes down to preference because I cant live with a quadcore phone with 8000 ppi and hate the usability.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 04:58

47. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

Give me one link where an expert say iOS is better than Android purely in terms of software comparison. Also, if you don't like OEM tweaked version of Android, "almost" everything can be replaced by a better 3rd party app. Your argument sadly holds no water.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 07:57

49. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

When I talk about software I mean everything including app optimization to the platform. Android is more advance than IOS hands down. They have more features but what IOS excels in is app optimization because they have fewer devices to worry about. So if your a consumer and you only care about using apps to play games and do simple stuff like browsing the web or updating your status, than IOS would be a better fit for you. It comes down to what you need because not every app on Android is going to work well on all devices and that gets annoying sometimes.

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