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HTC DROID DNA hands-on

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:13

Holy smokes people! Just when we all thought it couldn't get any better, it just did. By now, you're all probably aware about HTC and Verizon's big news today, but more importantly, we managed to check it out in person! Making the competition sweat, the recently announced HTC DROID DNA...

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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:37

7. imkyle (Posts: 1084; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

'Holy smokes people!'

Automaticlly new it was John V

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:08

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

yep.. this price tells everything. Bad year for HTC. They will try to take over lost marketshare even though it would mean they will have to pay extra to every single DNA.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:26

14. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

Why in the puck won't HTC offer this beast to ALL carriers like ATT, Sprint, etc? I am going to get the Note 2 since this isn't on ATT.. Sad really. HTC is bleeding millions each quarter because of this crap. This if offered to ALL carriers would compete with the Note 2. I doubt they'll sell a million in the first 6 months.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:36

16. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

Get the nokia lumia 920 if ur on att.. it can't be beat nokia lens maps and music are all awesome and the screen is beautiful u don't want that Samsung plastic POS trust me..

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:31 1

27. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

LMAO, please tell me your not comparing the little 920 to the note 2. The nokia line is for the entry-mid level user, it couldn't compete with even the sg3 or i5 for Christ's sake.. GTFO of here with that garbage. . Also DNA > 920 ALL DAY

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:51 2

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

because dna is bigger and has 1080p screen? that's why you think it's much better?
crappy battery, hog sense, far worse camera, delayed updates and so on and so forth. Kid, back to school.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:28 2

37. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

lol this guy is losing his mind or just trolling!! the 920 is a high end phone and beats the iphone 5 in every catagory and also beats the S3 in about everything he is obviously just a windows hater for some reason.. i took a trip to a att store today just to play with a 920 and i was very very impressed with the phone and windows 8. i got to mess around with nokia music and lens and they all worked great and the screen was stunning! and i personally own a S3 and i think its garbage.. i was really excited for the HTC DNA so i can get that and sell my S3 but its a let down for me in several departments so now i play the waiting game again.. but if ur on att i would give the 920 a go and the red one looks awesome!!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:54

38. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

You don't own an S3 so stop BSing, f'in Nokia troll.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 17:26

40. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

how many screen names u got .. and how u going to tell me what phone i have and dont have.. im done with u grow up kid!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:02 1

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

for the record...920 is high end device...wireless charging, amazing sensitive screen, great unibody, great camera capabilities...but for you those are just gimmicks...but beats audio is obviously not.
At least Nokia is trying to implement as many new technologies as they can.
HTC bought 1080p screen technology and what else? It's htc one x in a little bit changed wrapping, the same crappy camera with useless imagechip and cpu from qualcomm. Any THEIR updates or pushing the boundries? I don't see it.

Grate we got 1080p but if HTC fails with this one they going to be in big troubles.

One more thing. Keep your mouth shut if you want to swear unless you want to be banned.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:54

18. imkyle (Posts: 1084; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

How long will this take to get 4.2? Summer 2013?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:06

21. smartphonelover (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)

Thank you for having so many things about this phone phonearena.com! Which all the articles you have on the launch of an Apple product, it seemed that you were just Apple fans. But this has restored some of my faith in you with having so many articles on this fantastic android device. It really does seem to almost be the perfect device. The lack of a MicroSD card slot is disappointing, but hopefully they'll release a 32GB version. I don't want to use USB hosting for my storage all the time.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:24 3

36. Kkalian311 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

I have had the privilege of having the DROID DNA for a few days and here are my few thoughts so far.

Battery life - For above average use it did not drop below 30% by the end of the day. I didn't have to worry about mid day charging at all.

The screen - Amazing picture quality. pure 1080p. and it seems the glass has a laminate which makes it very easy on the eyes. the colors are crisp the images flow smoothly on the screen.

The build - Very nice to handle and fits nicely into a pocket. its thin enough to not cause any obtrusiveness.

The hardware - The processor is super quick. Everything runs smoothly on the device. The one thing the device does lack is a SD card slot but its still doable without it. The cameras are awesome. The back is great in HD, and the front widescreen camera is a nice touch for sure. Image Sense helps the camera function a lot with super quick photos, HDR, and stability.

HTC Sense - it seems a lot lighter, and quicker than my old incredible 4g. This is a huge improvement as it used to lag a bit but now its appears to be gone.

Built in software - usual verizon stuff - NFL Mobile, audible, amex serve, amazon, zappos and viewdini, oh and slacker radio.

This is a true super phone. I have loved every minute of it.

I recommend the DROID DNA to anyone and everyone.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 17:41 1

41. chrisbo5 (Posts: 31; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)

I hope this is true, all i want is battery life comparable to the s3 because i use heavy apps like groupme , instagram and facebook occasionaly. all the other gripes like storage is nothing to me .

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:47

42. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


posted on 13 Nov 2012, 22:28

45. maxout (Posts: 32; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

1. QuadCore
2. 2GB RAM
3. SEXY DESIGN/ Screen
4. 8MP Cam
5. Jelly Bean

1. 16 GB Storage / 11 GB ONLY.
2. NO Micro SD
3. NO Micro SD
4. NO Micro SD
5. NO Micro SD

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 01:26 1

47. ubarua1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

Everything about this phone is superb except the 16GB part.. if i own a monster phone, i'd like a 'monstrous' storage ..

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:08

48. bohannibal (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2009)

It looks great but after the HTC Thunderbolt im concerned about trying another HTC phone so I think Samsung is running the game now with the GS3 and SGN2 so i guess i will go with the Note 2

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 09:00

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

The HTC Rezound was and is a highly underrated phone imo, far far better than the Thunderbolt ever was. And, let's be honest, the Thunderbolt wasn't that awful for being the first ever LTE phone in the US. Sammy is making some great stuff there is no doubt about that. You can't go wrong with Sammy, or Motorola, or HTC, depending on what exactly you want in your phone. Stay away from LG though lol. I think the only phone of theirs that has a shot is the Nexus 4. Rest have been disappointing.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:30

49. Einstein333 (Posts: 74; Member since: 22 May 2012)

Seems like HTC hasn't learned much from the One X mistakes. This phone would probably have been the perfect smartphone for me if it had a decent battery (at least 2500+) but now it's most probably completely useless for me...

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