HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
0. phoneArena posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:01
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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19. Pyoung0560 posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:57 0 0
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
24. lzsbleach posted on 06 Dec 2012, 09:16 0 0
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.
47. iDroidWin posted on 07 Dec 2012, 04:58 0 0
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.
49. lzsbleach posted on 07 Dec 2012, 07:57 0 0
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.
51. iDroidWin posted on 07 Dec 2012, 14:05 0 0
Like I said, you included hardware and developers. But let me counter your argument. If you can afford iP5, you can afford any android flagship too. All apps will run smoothly on all flagships, if there are some flagship deice specific bug, it gets fixed asap as flagship is owned by more number of people. Yes, its difficult and there are delays, but experience on each flagship device is good, until and unless you give me any link to show otherwise. So, where is the problem? When you buy a phone which is a budget phone which comes with its trade off. Sadly, its one of them. That's why I always prefer to recommend flagship devices to people, so atleast they get few updates to keep them floating for next two years.
110. miket1737 posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:19 0 0
Meh, even the brand new Galaxy S4 was showing lag at the unveiling... Fact is Android is still terribly optimized and iOS outperforms it
Any Android flagship you get that isnt a Nexus will be left in the dust , you wont get future software updates ever
52. iDroidWin posted on 07 Dec 2012, 14:10 0 0
Also, I don't want to take anything away from apple. Apple has excellent hardware software integration and scrutinizes each app before introducing it to AppStore. This, however can't be done extensively for Android due to diversity in Android Handsets, and different companies producing hardware and software with an exception to nexus device, but atleast it should new apps to basic scrutiny. And I would recommend iOS only to old people who find it hard to use technology. Otherwise I prefer my generation to handle the basic technical complexities of this level properly as they have to learn it sooner or later, because as far as I can see, Smartphones will be an integral part of our daily lives in near future.
53. lzsbleach posted on 07 Dec 2012, 15:18 0 0
Point made. IOS still have more developer support than android and you can tell by the games each one has, gaming sites such as IGN and gameinformer dont even bring up Android; everything is IOS when it comes to mobile gaming. I hope in the near future Google can make Android app developing easier for the developers so we can get some of those big games like infinity blade.
56. iDroidWin posted on 08 Dec 2012, 02:20 0 0
I agree. My friend is a developer and he admits that developing on Android is tough due to variations. And also some popular games are not there on Android. But Android also has lots of good apps which are not there on iOS as it restricts access to elements in its OS. Root further increases the scope of Android specific apps which jailbreaking can't meet. Also, I don't think people would make decision on the fact whether some games are available on one platform or not. Also, I don't think major players in App industry will leave a platform which such wide coverage (75%) completely for their competitors or a new one to fill the vacuum. Reason why Google has to provide YouTube and Maps apps to Apple customers along with other google apps, or microsoft launching skydrive and MS-Office (yet to come) for every platform, or for that matter anything else. They will bring up, sooner or later. Apple, in eric shimdt's word acts like a teen. Instead of allowing people to use its apps and make them comfortable using it, it tries to restricts it to iOS users. What happens "if" iOS starts shrinking and people become more comfortable with other apps after leaving iOS? No reason to go back to iOS. To explain it further, BBM. No one misses it. Watsapp is cross platform and people talk more on watsapp than on BB (I own a BB as a spare phone). Making such apps propreity only hurts you. Maps apps needs constant data from its users. Apple has restrictive user base. No way Apple Maps can succeed. Nokia also provide its app to other OEMs and Platforms. Apple needs to grow up. I like apple till iPhone 4. Not anymore though.
PS: I like that unlike other iOS evangelists, you make sense. I will try not to be rude like other Android fanboys.
34. nofear posted on 06 Dec 2012, 12:31 2 0
Why? this iCraaaaapple is keeping and goes round to compare with every phone are made, more than half of the globe awared this iDevice is incapable of.
36. TMach posted on 06 Dec 2012, 13:28 3 0
This review is not biased, just plain idiotic! You couldn't truly compare these two phones and not conclude the Droid DNA is the winner. As for the comment by one of the readers that stated that the DNA is basically the same as the One X except for the screen, you just have to laugh. All you need to do is look at the specs sheet to realise how ignorant that comment is! Seriously......!!!!
41. tiara6918 posted on 07 Dec 2012, 03:18 3 0
Droid dna wins over the iPhone 5. This review would have been a lot better if the dna was declared the winner.
50. The_Innovation posted on 07 Dec 2012, 09:58 0 4
Hey, hate it or love it, the iPhone always keeps up. Even with most Android phones having better specs, the iPhone still beats them in many benchmark tests. The truth is, the iPhone doesn't need a quad-core processor, yet. This is because iOS is a much simpler OS of course, therefore does not require so much processing power. But regardless, it's easy to use, very fast and smooth, (it's like project butter x2, though I hate to admit it but it's true, I've used it for 5 years), the battery is very good, and the camera is, well, the best in the market.
It's not for me because I prefer the open freedom of Android OS, but there's no denying that the iPhone is a great smart phone for an average user.
59. Berzerk000 posted on 09 Dec 2012, 07:23 1 0
Benchmarks don't mean much anymore really. You know how the Nexus 4 performs poorly on benchmarks, when it has arguably the best hardware available right now? Lack of software optimization in 4.2 lowered the scores. The opposite was done in iOS, where it is heavily optimized and increases benchmark scores. Apple beats out all the competition, in terms of optimization, not power.
In reality, the 1.3 GHz dual core A6 Apple Swift is moderately inferior to the Exynos 4412, S4 Pro, new Tegra 3, etc. Especially when you take frequencies into account.
But yes, iOS is incredibly smooth, but Android is catching up (a lot might say it already has).
One more thing, the iPhone's camera is not the best in the market. With the PureView tech in Nokias and the new Sony lineup, the iPhone's camera is inferior, and matched by a few Android flagships.
61. The_Innovation posted on 09 Dec 2012, 16:32 0 0
Even with all that said, the iPhone is STILL the most balanced handset for the average consumers. Most users don't need, "power". They need simplicity with enough power to handle their "apps". That's exactly what the iPhone gives them.
63. iDroidWin posted on 11 Dec 2012, 02:21 0 0
I agree with a lot on what Berzerk000 has said. Exactly the way I feel about iPhones. People say android is complex, I say it isn't complex. It gives you enough space to be complex. People try using that space and get lost. If someone wants to keep it simple, they can by not using it. iOS is just an app drawer. Rest of the functions are copied. I also think OEMs can make it simple but altering their tweaked versions like Xiaomi did with MIUI, which is more simple and easy to use than iOS. Sadly, MIUI is not so popular among average user.
65. The_Innovation posted on 11 Dec 2012, 09:01 0 0
You're still ignoring the hard data. You can't simply call such a huge population of people "idiots", just because they are using iPhones. They are happy with what they're using. If there were features they just HAD to have, and the iPhone lacked it, I'm positive they would consider other phones. People are happy with their app drawers.
66. iDroidWin posted on 11 Dec 2012, 10:16 0 0
Simple is good. Less is bad. Ignoring people's learning curve is treating them as idiots. People are more than familiar with what they have in hand. Why can't it update it right now. It will do it later and somehow people will start calling it a nice move. It will end up copying windows and Android. All the updates were copied from android. People fail to see apple for what it is. It provides a lot less for a greater price. It could have provided NFC to its customers with 5. Its already in consideration for 5S. I bet it will be there. Atleast people owing 5 won't be left hanging and feeling deprived of one feature. My friend, who is apple fan, knows it too. I was one, till iPhone 4. He is disappointed with the update. The way apple is bullying developers for share which is bad for business and kicking google out like a kid and actually endangering people's life in Australia. He needed one urgently right now, and iPhone 5 doesn't cut it. He is buying note 2, not because he wanted to, but he had to. His investment in iOS environment in down the drains. Atleast he is happy he is out before it got worse.
67. The_Innovation posted on 11 Dec 2012, 13:42 0 0
Hey, I've used an iPhone for 5 years myself. I switched this year. For my own reasons, mainly wanting features that the iPhone doesn't provide. But you'll be surprised at how many iPhone users I compare my Droid with, and show them features after features that they lack. Their answer is always the same. "Yea but I don't need that."
They just want their smooth iMessage group texts, shiny icons and simple features with a billion apps. They are happy with what they have...that's my point. No one seems to care about NFC, or customizing widgets.
70. ShutUp posted on 12 Dec 2012, 04:16 0 0
LOL! App drawers :P
111. miket1737 posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:22 0 0
Iphone 5 GPU beats all these SoC's you mentioned. The dual core on the i5 is faster then the Exynos processor. The i5 got a score of 1650 on geekbench with only 2 cores and the note 2 got a score of only 1800.
So with that being said, each core on the i5 gives you a score of 800, while each core on the Exynos gives you about 450 points per core.
We know that Geekbench can fully utilize all cores in testing, but we also know that Androids multi core support is absolute garbage right now and that it doesnt support quad cores good
The dual core chip in the i5 is superior to the SoC's you mentioned
54. caseball2051 posted on 07 Dec 2012, 15:42 0 0
ive watched the degradation of this site and this is the point where i stop visiting this site.
i hope others will follow suit.
there are too many places on the internet to give my traffic to that will offer real life comparisons and analysis. not this preference shit cause tehy dotn want to choos a phone over the iphone.
55. The_Innovation posted on 07 Dec 2012, 15:52 1 1
But it is...preference. Saying a phone is "better" is relative. If you mean better specs, ok...the specs on the iPhone 5 don't stop it from anything. It does everything as fast as any other Droid device. It's very well balanced. Look at benchmarks if you don't believe me. In the end it all comes down to what you prefer. Simplicity vs complexity. iOS vs Android. Some people look at all the widgets and say "that's stupid", and choose their iPhones instead.
60. JohnnyBravo posted on 09 Dec 2012, 10:17 0 0
thumbs up for you.
That is what people dont get. Its all personal preference...unless you have another 4' iphone like device then it is truly a comparison. All these comparisons come down to personal preferene.
64. iDroidWin posted on 11 Dec 2012, 02:48 0 0
Two more years. We will see where iPhone loyalist preference will stay. If you think preference is simplicity, then I hope they won't change their layout. Windows is also simple and smooth, at the same time its personalized. Comparing Android and iOS is not fair, I agree, because both have different strengths. But comparing Windows and iOS is fair. Only thing, imo, Windows lag is app environment. It will catch up soon. Apple will dig its own grave. It is ignoring users learning curve. It is following wrong strategies. It tries to "trap" customers by making them invest in their system and difficult for them to leave it. Its trying to take on Sony, Samsung in their forte, TV. I don't think Apple can concentrate on TV, Mobile and Software. Samsung is taking care of hardware, google of software. Integration is already reached to the level of Apples ecosystem. With Android creeping into TV, Camera, Mobile phone and every other possible equipment running on software, Apple will have to keep up with it, which they can't as they try to do it all on their own. Android will be available throughout while iOS wont be, as open source is not Apple's thing. Apple maps is doomed to failure. Maps requires data from users. User base of Apple, 15%, US centric. Apple planning to bring a cheap phone for everyone. If it does, value associated with Apple's eco system will decline. Apple wont be a premium phone. It won't be a status symbol which is the reason MANY people buy it. 2 years. Apple will be sorry for being arrogant. And evangelist for investing in its ecosystem.
57. Jay..Apple4Ever posted on 08 Dec 2012, 12:52 0 0
I love the design,screen size and clarity of the DNA..If only it came with stock Android and a bit more storage.I am not a big fan of Sense. Both of these phones are winners depending on what kind of user you are.
62. hateuall posted on 10 Dec 2012, 19:40 1 2
you all bitch about apple fan boyz, take a long hard look in the mirror. you are fan boyz of android. each is OS has their place and as said it is simply a matter of preference. i still believe IOS apps are more refined. Andriod apps have come a long way but still do not meet the refinement that apple's IOS app program provides. all in all it is a matter of what you prefer, apples IOS and echo system or googles open OS and not so clean echo system. just my opinion. so byte if you don't agree and i could really give a hoot if you do or don't
79. ticktok posted on 19 Dec 2012, 06:31 0 0
viewing angles, background pictures are different, not really a fair fight.
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81. GinaG posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:43 0 0
Now THAT's a thorough review. I'm torn between these phones. I'm on AT&T and 4GLTE and it’s often a toss-up since it seems to have a wide selection. I have a graphics design firm in Austin and my smartphone is becoming like a third arm since the data speeds are so good.
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86. legionsquirrel posted on 06 Jan 2013, 05:32 0 0
I'm new to having a smartphone and have recently just gotten the HTC DNA. I'M not a little person and the bigger screen and better display provides me with a device that isn't a f**king notebook that fits in my pocket. Dont get me wrong the note 2 is easily the best phone out but for a phone that I can rely on and UsE regulary without worrying about it being odsolete five seconds later this phone is phenomenal. And how much of a bitch is the guy crying about there only going to be 2 updates for the htc dna. Be a bigger instant gratification whinny bitch. If daddy and mommy was not paying for your trust fund and you had to earn what you get you wouldnt be so tough in a bitch blog because lets be honest that's what you are all about. I was searching for legitimate research on which phone is worth while. Most of your complaints about this phone show me two things A you didn't even try this phone out and 2. You just want to bitch because mommy didn't love you. So cry yourself to sleep on your cock shaped pillow and next time try for one second to be a legitimate critic to benefit others. Its. Anew idea and its never been tried before but unlike George Carlin we do have time for rational solutions
87. shamataa posted on 06 Jan 2013, 13:44 0 0
OMG just say THE DNA is a better package and better specs. DNA kick ass compare to the iphone.
88. TMach posted on 06 Jan 2013, 16:48 0 0
Pretty much owned every top end HTC since the Desire but since this baby was not, correction is still not released as HTC Butterfly in Europe, looks like HTC has missed a great opportunity! I shall now wait for the Xperia ZL as Samsung is not an option for me as point of principle since the mysterious crack in my Blue S3 which cost me £134 to fix and appalling customer service! Ha, don't hate as it is a fact and my specific case featured by PA with pic.
In droid terms, my affection will rest with HTC and Sony as their build quality is excellent.
91. mickb67 posted on 14 Jan 2013, 15:03 0 0
being non-biased,both are def. equal. it comes down to if you really use MAC or PC what you choose and how you wanna use you phone. if you like more games go with DROID. IF NOT APPLE. Mick,Verizon
94. Dave_B posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:56 1 0
Both are definitely equal? I'm curious as to how you can honestly claim that.
I mean, let's look at some of the features of the Droid DNA:
1080p screen resolution
quad core processor(in fact, uses the fastest cell phone cpu on the market)
Launched with Google maps native app support
Two 1080p video cameras
So, does the iPhone have any of those features? No, it doesn't. So, not sure why you think they're equal, when there's clearly a huge feature disparity between the two.
And, it's also not an issue of whether you plan to use it for gaming or not. Most of the features I listed don't have anything to do with gaming. They have to do with normal use of the phone.
So, if you are going to claim that they're equal, well, the facts seem to point out that you are indeed biased.
104. miket1737 posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:00 0 0
/yawn both cameras on the i5 are superior to the DNA,
The quad core processor in the DNA still makes the phone lag here and there, its truly not as smooth as iOS. I5 beats the DNA in speed tests every single time, espcially the browser speed tests, iPhone 5 whips the DNA there
1080p screen with a lower brightness, worse viewing angles, worse color production then the iPhone 5.
105. miket1737 posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:04 0 0
Droid DNA has the following when compared to the iPhone 5:
-worse screen quality with worse color production, worse viewing angles, and lower brightness then the iPhone 5 screen
-worse camera, both front and back when compared to the iPhone 5...even the new "ultrapixel" camera from HTC One is worse then the iPhone 5 cameras
-worse build quality
-running on a year old OS with no future software updates from HTC, yes your left in the dust with the DNA
-slower GPU then the iPhone 5 graphics chip
Care to tell me how the reviewer was biased in any way? Because its clear as day the i5 has beaten the DNA in all these catorgories
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96. DSinger posted on 04 Feb 2013, 16:09 0 0
I own the HTC DNA and found problems with it after 2 weeks and now i regret getting it and want the iphone 5 now
98. Dave_B posted on 05 Feb 2013, 12:44 0 0
I own the HTC DNA, in fact I bought it back in November. I'm curious to hear what problems you have with it, as I rather like mine.
102. miket1737 posted on 17 Mar 2013, 11:56 0 0
Look at all you butthurt Android fans, its clear as day the i5 is a superior phone to the DNA...screen quality is better on i5, music is thousands of times better on iOS then Android(Android got it all wrong with this one)
I5 camera embarrasses the DNA camera
...how the hell are you guys saying the DNA is more future proof? The DNA already comes with a year old OS and HTC is going to leave the DNA in the dust, just like the rest of their products.
My iPhone 5 will be on iOS 8 while the DNA will still be stuck on JellyBean lmfao...
It truly isnt biased at all...the clear winner is the iPhone 5. The DNA supposivly has a better processor but that doesnt translate into the real world, the i5 beats the DNA in browser speed tests 100/100 times.
Apps are better on iOS then they are on Android and Android apps crash more then iOS 6 apps.
I fail to see how the DNA is more future proof when every aspect of the DNA is worse then the i5.
DNA has the following:
-worse screen, viewing angles and color production then the iPhone 5 screen
-worse camera then the iPhone 5
-no future software support by HTC for the DNA in the future, it will be stuck on JellyBean forever while the iPhone 5 willl have been on iOS7 and up
-worse build quality
Care to tell me how the DNA is better and more future proof then the i5 butthurt Android fans?
103. miket1737 posted on 17 Mar 2013, 11:58 0 0
I love when a website like Phonearena does a truly unbiased review/battle on these 2 phones and the Apple product wins, Android fans come out from the ground and start trolling and try to damage control the situation...hahaha
112. miket1737 posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:25 0 0
Not to mention the i5 was the most sold smartphone last quarter for a reason , because its superior to all the phones in its class (thinner, lighter, better cameras, better battery efficency , true IPS display with full sRGB support, support from Apple for years compared to the kick out the door once you buy a brand new Android device)
113. miket1737 posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:35 0 0
LOL are you joking me look how much better photos and video look on the iphone 5 compared to the DNA.. gtfo Android fanboys i know your butthurt that a phone that "on paper" has superior specs to the iphone 5.. but in real world it doesnt perform as well as the iphone 5
114. miket1737 posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:36 0 0
the guy even said that the iphone 5 felt snappier then the DNA.. wait what lol? A 1.5 ghz quad core processor not outperforming a 1.3 ghz custom dual core chip from Apple? i blame Android...