x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

Pages
Camera:

Not surprisingly, the iPhone 5 is a constant smartphone praised for its photo-taking abilities with its 8-megapixel snapper. Well, the DROID DNA’s 8-megapixel camera also manages to entice us with its great quality too – so much so that it rivals the iPhone 5’s quality step-by-step. Overall, the iPhone 5’s results are filled with luscious details complemented by their subtle color saturation, which splashes that hint of vibrancy with its shots. Conversely, the DROID DNA also delivers some good looking visuals, but with its indoor shots with artificial lighting, images tend to have an ethereal/hazy appearance. And even though the DROID DNA is sporting an f2.0 lens, versus the f2.4 one in the iPhone 5, its shots don’t appear as bright compared to its competition, but they’re still more than good looking as well.

Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA


The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5


HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

HTC DROID DNA

Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

HTC DROID DNA

Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

HTC DROID DNA

Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Camera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5
Camera samples


Strong - HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Medium - HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Low light - HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

Strong

Medium

Low light

HTC DROID DNA

Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5


3ft - HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
5ft - HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
7ft - HTC DROID DNA - Apple iPhone 5Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

3ft

5ft

7ft

HTC DROID DNA

Apple iPhone 5Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5
Darkness with flash
Indoor samples


Call it a photo finish with their still image qualities, it’s downright a unanimous win for the iPhone 5 in the 1080p video recording quality department. Remarkably, the iPhone 5 maintains sharp visuals throughout its recording. However, with the DROID DNA, we’re distracted a lot by its flat looks and the pervasive amount of artifacting elements that diminishes its quality.

HTC DROID DNA Sample Video:



Apple iPhone 5 Sample Video:




Multimedia:

When playing a track, the two share very similar presentations, which aren’t visually stellar to tell you the truth. Yet, the iPhone 5’s coverflow mode continues to be an attraction in this day and age for its cool movement. Although the iPhone 5 pumps out some pleasant tones from its speaker, it doesn’t match the distinct and bass filled tones produced by the amplifier aided speaker of the DROID DNA. Additionally, it’s nice to find Beats Audio support with HTC’s beast.

The Sense music player of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
The Sense music player of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
The Sense music player of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
The Sense music player of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

The Sense music player of the HTC DROID DNA


The music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
The music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
The music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
The music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

The music player of the Apple iPhone 5


Mainly because it’s sporting the larger display, we find it more pleasing to use the DROID DNA for watching high definition videos. Well, the two can handle the process effortlessly, but the DROID DNA offers a wider support of various codecs as well – not to mention less conversion required for getting 1080p videos to run.

HTC DROID DNA - Watching video - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Watching video - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Watching video - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Watching video - HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

HTC DROID DNA

 

Apple iPhone 5

 

Watching video



114 Comments
  • Options
    Close






posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:09 17

1. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


The ip5 looks like it's a tiny bit larger than the DNA's screen. We all know which one should have won, that bias though. Bias everywhere. :(

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:14 6

2. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


its not bias actually. im not an apple fan BTW.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:24 26

4. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


But it is. I'm an apple fan and even I know that the DNA should have been declared the winner.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 08:43 17

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The HTC Droid DNA is way more future proof compared to the Apple iPhone 5. I can appreciate an Apple fan who can admit when there is clearly a better device.

You are unbiased.

+1

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 10:00 2

27. bucky (Posts: 2687; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


The only real future proof android phones that can match apple are the nexus lines. Even the sgs3 (which is a great phone btw) is still on ics in certain areas.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 11:05 7

30. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Still future proofed, as only Verizon GS3 are left to get their update to jellybean. Carrier specific phones are the reason for the death of phones before their time with slow updates and the like. Once the Google initiative hits this should fix that crap, as all OEM phones will be required to have Vanilla Android and OEM tweaked Android and the user makes the choice on which to use.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 04:47

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


I desperately want them to give us this choice between vanilla and OEM tweaked version of Android,

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 04:25 3

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


To some extent I agree with you. Irregular updates is a true story. For geeks, DNA is the winner. Future phones will need to have these specs to run all apps smoothly. I am already feeling the pinch because of my ancient hardware. But, even Android 4.0 is better than iOS 6 , infact I have met people who preferred not to update their OS from 5 to 6. Until and unless Apple decides to redesign its whole OS, I will stick with Android as even older iterations of Android are better than latest of iOS. Also, on android, OS itself isn't the only way to get all the new features. Already developers are providing Daydream, 4.2 keyboard and camera functions to 4.1. Also, old phones like iPhone 4 can't enjoy some of the latest features of iOS, not even after jailbreaking (which btw hasn't arrived for iOS 6). I am using HTC Desire with 4.1, never had any regrets with Android.

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 07:06 3

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


Future proof, until you realize that HTC won't give more than 2 major updates to it, if that.

I love HTC (obviously), but what's the use of giving a phone such monstrous specs when you aren't going to update it? I doubt the DNA will see past 4.2, and if it does, it'll be way down the road.

And if you mention roms, then just about every Android device is future proof given the right amount of dev support.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:08

106. miket1737 (Posts: 2979; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Why should the DNA have won?

It has a worse screen with worse color production and viewing angles, lower brightness the the iPhone 5 screen

Worse cameras then the iPhone 5 cameras

Worse build quality then the iPhone 5

The DNA is running a year old OS with no future support from HTC, so i will be on iOS 8 while the DNA is still stuck on JellyBean

Worse battery life then the iPhone 5

Slower GPU then the iPhone 5

Slower web browsing performance then the iPhone 5

Care to tell me how the reviewer was biased in anyway? Its pretty obvious your a butthurt Android fan

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 18:38

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 22020; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Y do u have to say you're not an apple fan dude? It's like people make a point to say that so the droiders won't pick on them or thumb them down. Not saying that's what u did, but screw these droiders they don't own PA. U should say what u want, if u did then more power to u. Who the hell r they...

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 01:39

72. kidtronic (Posts: 13; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


What the hell is a droider? You sound like the fanboy equivalent of a bigot.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 19:28

74. Barbara (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


Why do you have to start name-calling. What's wrong with being a Droider? I have a client at my NYC hair salon who got one of these HTC phones and LOVES it. She also likes taht it's on AT&T's 4GLTE vs. HSPA+. It's all about speed in this city.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 12:03 3

31. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


actually, i have to agree with phonearena. It's up to your personal preference in this matter. Their both great handset.

It's not bias. I see a clear and fair review here.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 14:45

37. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


plz rw bw droid dna & lumia 920..

both are the best this year..
Dna = android
lumia 920= wp

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 04:37

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


The bias is in the language. I have been following PA for a long time to notice it. In case if droid performs better than iP5, than they prefer to write "the rival (iP5) matches the performance of ". If iP5 performs better, they write "iP5 is a bit better in performance". This kind of language can affect a consumers decision. Also, they have been playing down 4 inch screen size for far too long and the argument of thumb friendliness evades me. If thats the case, can we expect them to stick to 4 inch and 16:10 ratio? No. Apple will increase the screen size of future iterations. Suddenly, that will become the best design and best iPhone ever. Most people doesn't even know the best part of iP5's design. Its awesome battery life in a small lighter package. Infact, I would prefer 4S's design instead of 5's scratch-ophilic aluminium with a trade off on weight. iPhones are known to look beautiful. Its a shame you have to hide iP5's back.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 06:14 1

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


Just read the introduction of both devices, and you will feel what I am trying to say. May be you can remove the sugar coating and be objective, but the same is not the case with everyone. People do make their assumptions subconscious while reading, which if biased, can affect their final decision.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 00:01

69. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


PhoneArena is not biased..

they are just trying to be politically correct..

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 13:54 1

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


I agree. You ever seem to noticed no matter what phone/tablet they put up against the apple they always say apple is the winner. Even though nothing has really changed since the first Iphone was released. There is really no sense in reading the review or watching the video you already know who they are going to declare the winner.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 08:40

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


I believe the DNA did win. PA seldomly ever out right says that the "rival" (Which implies that the iPhone 5 is the champion of these comparisons) is a better buy than the iP5. So usually when the reviewer says it all comes down to "personal preference" take that as the iP5 just lost. You don't have A vs. B comparison and then as a result say it comes down to personal preference. Especially, when The DNA has such obvious advantages over the iP5. Of course it comes down to personal preference. I though the point of these head to head comparison was to have an informed opinion on which phone gives the average user the most for their money. If that is the point then the DNA is the obvious winner but, if these comparison are just side by side reviews with no winners or losers then PA should treat them as such.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:19 3

3. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Is HTC DNA's brightness level kept low ?

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:10

107. miket1737 (Posts: 2979; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


No, its just the iPhone 5 has higher nits, thus making it a brighter, better screen

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:27 17

5. MeoCao (unregistered)


Big vs small? Apple fanboys always use this argument: it's preference. Really? Now iP5 moved to bigger screen they claim it's big IMPROVEMENT from 4S and that they can't come back to the TINY screen of the 4S again.

Of course there are people who prefer small phones, but I'm sure that the overwhelming majority will prefer DNA's size to iP5.

There can be only 1 winner, DNA all the way.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:31 14

6. Kuherrn (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


I don't live in the US. But I know that HTC's sales went up because of this phone. Given a choice I would go for the phone with the highest value: The Droid DNA

The only sensible conclusion I could come up is that the only phone the Iphone 5 manages to beat is the Iphone 4S.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 21:09 1

68. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


How is this 10 thumbs up? There are more anti-apple people than there are Apple fanboys and such bias is really aggravating. I'm a Lumia 900 user and will never buy an Apple device, but at least I see that they aren't complete trash like people say they are. The Iphone has a better camera, better video, brighter screen, better viewing angles, more apps, (probably better battery life this comparison is really vague), lighter, easier to carry, etc. While I'm not trying to suggest that the Iphone is the better of the two devices, I am certainly not ignorant enough to say that the only phone the Iphone 5 beats is the Iphone 4s.

Lets remember that without Apple, phones would not be where they are now.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 06:11 2

71. Kuherrn (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


I am abusing Apple because they are the ones that come out saying that iOS 6 is the world's most advanced operating system and let's not get started on their ridiculous patents. So when they say that they are the best, we expect the best. When consumers don't see those claims being fulfilled, Apple will be criticized and be hated for. That is what I am doing, and that is why those thumbs up are for.

I will agree that me saying the iPhone 5 beats the iPhone 4S only is an over cry and I apologize.

But until Apple changes its way and stops suing everyone, there will more anti-Apple people than there are Apple fanboys

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 08:34

75. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


And I completely agree with you. I hate Apple for all the legal patent bull sh*t that they pull and their over-hyping every aspect of their products, but I think people take their hate too far. They may be a terrible company when it comes to ethics, but their products are not the worst things ever made.

So yeah, I absolutely agree with you, I just think people bash Apple to bash Apple and are really close minded about it all.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 08:04 1

89. Dommer (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Have you have ever invented anything or patented an idea? If you have, then you may understand the importance of protecting that which you have so heavily invested in.

Create vs Copy - that is what is stake.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 13:20

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


But of course. I mean, remember a few years back when Apple invented the rectangle with rounded edges? I can't imagine how people got by before that was created by Apple. We should give them more money so they can develop other innovative shapes.

theverge.com/2012/11/7/3614506/apple-patents-recta​ngle-with-rounded-corners

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 08:24 1

73. caseball2051 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


phones would be much farther advanced without apple.

dont kid yourself. they have been holding back innovation for years. before you come on here and bash others you should stop for a minute and think abotu what youre typing.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories