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HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Interface and Functionality:

Let’s get one thing straight, we’re humbled to know that both smartphones are running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean underneath their customized experiences right now, which means they’re treated to many lovable features such as Google Now and Project Butter. Between the two customized Android experiences, we’ll hand it to the HTC Sense 4+ UI for donning the more polished widgets and flexible personalization elements. Overall though, it pales in comparison to the comprehensive set of secondary features seen with Sammy’s TouchWiz Nature UX experience. Quite frankly, there are so many cool things about it that not only enhances the typical Android experience, but they are actual features that prove to be practical in everyday usage. From S-Beam to its useful set of buddy sharing photo modes, the comprehensive tally is impressive and delivers more than its rival.

The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface


We find the TouchWiz Nature UX on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We find the TouchWiz Nature UX on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We find the TouchWiz Nature UX on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We find the TouchWiz Nature UX on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

We find the TouchWiz Nature UX on the Samsung Galaxy S III


Keeping us organized couldn’t be any easier with these two smartphones, seeing that their set of organizer apps mirror one another with their functionality – meaning, there’s not one that’s better. And on top of that, it’s wonderful that Google Now is on board with them as well. Rounding things out, the email experience is delightful, especially considering that the Gmail app provides for a very tasteful experience.

The core organizer apps of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The core organizer apps of the HTC DROID DNA


The core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy S III


Even though it has a slight size advantage with its larger screen, we don’t find the DROID DNA more advantageous with its on-screen keyboard – primarily because the two offer spacious layouts and they’re extremely responsive. Also, we also appreciate that various numbers and punctuations are easily accessible from the main layout. However, some will no doubt like that the Samsung keyboard employs some Swype-like gestures as an alternative way to input stuff – though, the Swype keyboard is an option as well.

The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA


Composing messages with the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Composing messages with the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Composing messages with the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Composing messages with the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Composing messages with the Samsung Galaxy S III



Processor and Memory:

Yes, it’s obvious that the HTC DROID DNA is sporting the more prized processor, since it’s newer of course, but we don’t find its quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM to outperform its competition with real-world tasks. Frankly, the once prized dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus chip with 2GB of RAM of the US versions of the Galaxy S III is effective enough to maintain an equally solid performance. Yet, they’re not entirely perfect, as some instances of choppiness can pop up every now and then – albeit, it’s nothing that proves to be a headache.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
HTC DROID DNA 7888 13917 59,1
Samsung Galaxy S III US 4520 6111 59,4

Talk about a sigh of relief, but it’s so inviting to know that the Galaxy S III has an available microSD card slot to supplement its 16GB of internal storage. Seeing it lacks one, we’re not too thrilled to know there isn’t much flexibility found with the DROID DNA – even more when it’s stuck at 16GB of memory.


Internet and Connectivity:

Needless to say, it’s a pleasure to surf the web with these two 4G LTE enabled smartphones. In addition to the fast page loads, we’re exposed to other lovable qualities that make the experience so enjoyable – such as proper rendering, silky smooth navigational controls, and sharp details thanks to tits high-res displays.

Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA's 1080p display - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA's 1080p display - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA's 1080p display - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA's 1080p display - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA's 1080p display


We're presented with an all too predictable top-notch web browsing experience on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We're presented with an all too predictable top-notch web browsing experience on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We're presented with an all too predictable top-notch web browsing experience on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We're presented with an all too predictable top-notch web browsing experience on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

We're presented with an all too predictable top-notch web browsing experience on the Samsung Galaxy S III


Sure, its allegiance is with Verizon, but the DROID DNA is in fact a world-enabled smartphone with GSM connectivity on top of CDMA. On the other hand, depending on which version of the Galaxy S III you pick up, it’s available in both GSM and CDMA flavors. Meanwhile, they’re both packing connectivity features like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.

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posted on 05 Dec 2012, 06:50 8

1. straywish (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


Well SIII is still proving that it can give a tough competition to powerful beasts so far.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:01 13

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


You are right about the Samsung Galaxy S III, BUT the HTC Droid DNA has that 1080p screen that is just literally to die for. Also let's mention that the quad-core Krait S4 Pro is more future proof than the dual-core Krait S4 Pro.

To me the HTC Droid DNA is just a VERY capable phone that is really future proof. I got mine rooted & there is word around the grapevine that S-OFF has been achieved.

+1

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:48 10

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


All I can say dude is I LOVE my DNA. This phone is a monster, and the battery life is very reasonable for how I use it.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:48 4

19. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1017; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Can't wait for CM10.1 on the DNA.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:49 2

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


I am with you guys 100%. The HTC Droid DNA is already is a vicious beast, & with a PURE AOSP ROM it will dominate.

Both RootzWiki & Xda have a Senseless ROM that just came out today. It's a Beta 1 BUT it's progress toward a PURE AOSP.

Check it out!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 01:22 2

39. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


doesn't matter what kind of screen it has.
16 gigs of internal memory and no slot for memory cards are a huge nail o its coffin.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 08:17

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


Ok I am glad you feel the same way about the LG Nexus 4. lol

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 05:25

49. Zarak (Posts: 23; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Does anyone know the name of that home button sticker on the S III?

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 06:57 16

2. shnibz (Posts: 329; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


PA just Admit that the SIII is ugly...everyone knows this. Droid DNA all the way.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:31 3

24. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Why would PA do that???
You want to go down the "Bias" road again???
Besides, SIII is one of the better looking phones...
That being said, DNA is better in my opinion, but i won't throw SIII like that!

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:14 3

29. shnibz (Posts: 329; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


SIII is certainly a good phone. I just think much my like Galaxy Nexus that it's ugly as hell. Samsung has been making some rather unatractive phones.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:16 3

30. androidlikeaboss (Posts: 40; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


SIII looks good,but feels like cheap plastic

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:19

31. shnibz (Posts: 329; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


Nexus feels cheap too. Especially compared to my wife's Razr and my old WP7.5 HTC arrive

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 11:27 4

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


+1 shnibz.
still s3 is a good phone but not Against droid dna..
just see:
performance & Panchmark
build quality
design
Screen
sense4+
beats

samsung always is more popular for softwar..they are unique in this case..but most of softwar programs can port on the other phones..like direct call..
but design and builld quality never come back with up.

i think s3 couldnt beat one x in very aspect..one X+ is more powerful than s3 and beat it in very aspects..its clear about dna.

finally must accpet that droid dna best this year in total..

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 09:35 1

43. cripton805 (Posts: 1452; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


You forgot to throw in the negatives of the DNA.

I dont think the DNA is best by a long shot.

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 14:01 1

45. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


You want a pretty phone? C'mon men we need phones with unique fictionalized and not beauty it's a phone not a girl

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:42

50. Coolest4ever7 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


if you want a pretty phone get an iPhone 5 for anything else Galaxy S III

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:03 2

3. Techsplash (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


if they are saying that the droid DNA is better then why have they given more review scores to the s3.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:32 4

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


Review scores are done based on the competition at that time. The GS3 got a 9.3 because nothing could touch it at the time and it set the bar higher for smartphones. This also proves the .3 deference because the GS3 was still the king after a few months on the market. No doubt the GS3 will be the phone of the year.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:39 2

32. Techsplash (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


well.it is alresdy the phone of the year.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:05 6

4. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


It's really amazing that the 6-month old GALAXY SIII can still hold it's own against all these new smartphones.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:14 9

5. MeoCao (unregistered)


GS3 is 6 months old and looks boring now, GS3 has more software features but JB has made things like S-Voice obsolete.

DNA all the way.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:20 6

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


All the way to hitting the wall of tiny storage.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:34 6

10. MeoCao (unregistered)


haha, u guys live in the past now is the era of clouds.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:45 1

11. tizz06 (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 May 2012)


we livin in an era of the cloud and data caps so the cloud storage could b your phone bills worse enemy

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:49 4

13. MeoCao (unregistered)


I don't hear ppl complaining about Nexus 4 with even less memory. Remember Nexus 4 were sold out on contract at Tmo as well.

I guess Wifi serves the well?

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:46

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


Nexus 4 is a bargain.
It costs as much as a midrange phone, but has the latest OS and tech.
You don't have to be a power user to realize the benefit of getting a Nexus 4.

As for me, I said it already - no way it could replace my S3, with that kind of storage

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 14:25 1

36. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


unless you go to Tmobiles truley unlimited plan with no overages or throttle. then cloud life is juuuuuust fine. :)

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 15:35

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


I know Tmo works for you bro, but there are still too many places like where I live where Tmo is straight garbage man. Otherwise you are right.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:49 5

12. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Sure, the GSIII is old now and I'd recommend the DNA over it to anyone but don't be in denial of the plus that expandable memory gives you. Not everyone's willing to waste money over data usage when one can access his files for free using a memory card.

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