HTC Droid DNA battery tests out, prove that the Full HD screen isn't a power hog

HTC Droid DNA battery tests out, prove that the Full HD screen isn't a power hog
We were all worried when we saw that HTC equipped the Droid DNA with a "just" 2,020 mAh battery, whereas most flagship smartphones with big screens now come with 2,100 mAh and up, and that's with "regular" HD screens, not the 5" 1920x1080 pixels monstrosity we got in HTC's finest.

Turns out the HTC engineers knew better than us that the new technology behind those Full HD mobile screens isn't the battery hog we cracked it up to be, as independent battery testing confirms.

The Droid DNA managed north of 11 hours of talk time, 6:40 hours of web browsing, and 7:30 hours of video playback. 

These numbers, while less than the duration shown by marathon runners like the RAZR MAXX, iPhone 5 or Note II, are still up there with the best Android can offer. 

It beats the Galaxy S III in web browsing times, for instance, and is slightly better than the Optimus G video playback stamina. In any case, now the only thing to worry about seems to be whether the internal storage amount is right for your needs.

source: GSMArena

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DROID DNA
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2020 mAh(12.8h talk time)

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64 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Well it looks like battery isn't much of a problem with the droid dna, but htc could have included a much bigger one so it can last a few more hours than the note2

10. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Just Wait and Watch now how the Sammy Fans will move around pointing out the sd-card problem !! This Droid DNA is Beast !! Take That Btches !!

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes this phone is a BEAST. It definitely has its advantages over the Samsung Galaxy Note II. But the Samsung Galaxy Note II has advantages over the HTC Droid DNA. To me the world's 2 BEST phones are interchangeable between the HTC Droid DNA & the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The LG Optimus G DEFINITELY needs to be mentioned. If it's a tie between the Samsung Galaxy Note II & the HTC Droid DNA, then second would be the LG Optimus G. To me the BOTH the HTC Droid DNA & the Samsung Galaxy Note II are a 97 out of 100 & The LG Optimus G is a 95 out of 100. That is how GREAT those 3 phones are respectively.

56. alouden unregistered

Ahh, a refreshing and fair assessment. Thank you. The fact is folks will buy the phone that is best for them. Yes for some the lack of SD storage is an issue, especially with restricted data. The size of the Note 2 is an issue for others. Both are excellent phones. If the DNA came with at least 32 GB of storage, I would have gotten it, even with the "puny" battery and no SD option. If the Note 2 were a 5 inch phone, I would have gotten it. Even with the "lousy screen resolution." I only wish the Optimus G were available on Verizon. For me it would have been the choice to go with. Powerful. Right size. Great display. Good storage.

25. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not a Samsung fan, but i can't help but point out the fact that 16GB is kind of small compared to what we have now. And i get it that this phone will record full HD videos and full resolution photos, which will definitely eat up the space. I would really love it if HTC comes up with 32GB and 64GB variant of the DNA or a microSD support of up to 64GB. Getting back to the headlines, it's quite an achievement for HTC to have garnered this feat... A 2020mAh battery powering a full HD resolution. Looks like HTC is not ready to back down after all. Good job. PA, one question...why is iPad mini up there? Isn't that a tablet?

26. redsox420

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Exactly about the 16gb. When you think about the OS on the phone, the apps already installed and your at about 10gb left. Video @ 1080 eats up size quickly.. Not to mention pictures and other apps we want to install. When its all said and done the DNA is a nice phone, hardly a flagship phone. 16gb and no removable battery and that makes this DOA.. Don't let the people who write the articles sway you. They get their phones for free from the carriers or manufacturers in exchange for the "review!" What were the apps they were using to determine its outcome? What were they looking for on the web? Stats like that will tell the story. Kinda like the EPA and its Fn gas mileage suggestions on new cars. Its a joke. The Note 2 is the best phone on the market. Enjoy your over pixelated phones. People who get this will be trading it in within the time that Verizon allows for a return. The lack of internal size is a major issue. Nice specs, but the DNA is severely limited based on sim and battery in the long run!

30. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

The only thing missing on the DNA is the storage.. Samsung galaxy note 2 is a plastic toy.. And the screen.. We better not talk about it.. I hope that the international version of the DNA comes with 64GB of storage.. Samsung note would be nothing against it..

57. alouden unregistered

Oh, I don't know about that. There are other features unique to the Samsung phone that make it appealing. Same for the HTC. Love the build of the HTC. Love that screen.

32. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

No...i disagree with you on the DOA part. While there's meager memory...this phone still stands out from the others, well at least for now! It won't die...HTC just rose!!

34. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

You have absolutely no clue about phones. Get that? None. Anyone who thinks the OS is 6GB has no clue about phones. None. Any rating from you is beyond meaningless. Anyone who chooses a phone based on micro SD is a complete fool. Complete. It is 2012... not 2005. Cloud storage...desktop sync...tablet for video...get with the program. You store over 16 GB in your phone...you need a clue and a life. Have a nice day.

39. lonewolf2873

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Where do you think you rate?? The fact you have no use for more than 16GB, has no bearing on the rest of us "POWER USERS". FYI, cloud means data transfer every damn time you want to look or use file. Forget the fact you have to have data service to use cloud storage. Before you get your panties in a bunch, not everyone stays in a large city. Sounds like instead of telling people to get a life, you probably should look into yourself. I, like many other professionals, want to carry ONE device to suit our needs. Your opinion actually holds no substance. Now that I wasted time I'll never get back, on to the phone. This is a sharp phone and i think HTC finally stepped up. The short comings already mentioned are what will continually hold them back. 16GB....maybe tolerable, not for most though. Lack of SD slot...NOT tolerable. Small battery...FAIL.

41. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

totally agree couldnt have said it better i have the htc one x plus 64gb and the original htc one x honestly ive never used more than 4 gb of data on this. Why do i have my desktop i7 pc with 2tb hdd or my i3 laptop with 500gb i dont need all this GB onto my phone all i do is music and a bunch of videos im not gonna transfer any highend games from my phone to a friend i would use a 2.5 inch external hdd coem oen guys you make that memory thing such a big problem where as most of you dotn even use half of 16 gb. You guys just need big storage just to boast to your friends and to make yourselfs feel good simple. theres something called NEED AND WANT

46. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

no doubt, i have 8gb internal storage and ive been downloading a good amount of apps and emulators and wall papers........and i still havent used it all up yet.....dont see how 16gb isnt enough for "most" people........may not be for the "power" users but they are honestly in the minority when it comes to sales...

50. pokerc

Posts: 60; Member since: May 24, 2012

We'll said!!!!

51. pokerc

Posts: 60; Member since: May 24, 2012

Meant to say well

52. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

So....because I prefer, choose an sd card slot I'm a fool? Because I like the convenience of sd cards I'm a fool? Because I dont want to rely on the cloud I'm a fool? Sorry....but I thought Android was about choice. I dont have a tablet....am I a fool for that too? For the record...he didnt say the OS alone was 6GB....he said OS and apps. It depends on some things. I have used 5GB on my phone for apps and apps data. 89 apps I see in the app drawer and some stuff I cant see. Every app isnt the same size. Some apps store more data than others. I have used 4GB on my sd card, other apps, music folder with 150 songs. Some pics. Thats pushing 10GB total right there. So I would say he's more correct than you give him credit for.

53. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I do disagree with him about the DNA. The DNA is a flagship....for Verizon and HTC right now.

54. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Why is this getting down ranked? This is one of the many reasons HTC is failing. I was(and to some extent still am) an HTC fan till they screwed over the tablet owners on the update to ICS. I could understand if they stopped at ICS, but not before. That has ruined me on HTC. After that I will not own another one. Couple that with the fact they keep releasing these carrier only devices they can't be supported well by XDA, and that just one more reason not to buy from them. I have(had) the Rezound, Tbolt, TP2, xv6800, flyer, EVO view. As I said, I was an HTC fanboy. But their a$$dragging updates and unwillingness to listen to customers(SD and removable batteries and battery life which may have actually ben fixed.) is my final straw on HTC.

31. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm waiting for a Droid DNA+. It'll have a larger battery and more internal storage. Would make this thing unquestionably perfect.

38. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Hey we also have to look at the price factor !! You cannot get the BMW Engine at price of a Toyota Car !! It more than justifies its price !!

35. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

no microsd is a problem with a device that size. and the battery though up there with the best of android still has much left to be desired because the note 2 lasts much longer. there is no real benefit from this device. a screen is only part of the complete experience.

37. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

its a best no doubt mate but only in screen. dont get me wrong its a superfone by all means with its hardware and yes I believe it can go toe-to-toe with the best out there but what frustrates me about HTC is their software optimization is below par. the whole UX suffers cuz of that but I am hopeful cuz I know this isnt the flagship of HTC for 2013...this is the beta testing for something badder to come

45. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

And what device do you carry?... Please do tell, I'm waiting

19. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

HTC decided to keep phone thin...may be they need to do a MAXX version of DNA :)

47. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

ive been saying for awhile now.......HTC should work with motorola to do thin phones with large batteries.......would be beast no doubt.... :)

49. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Some of us already knew this based on some battery tests done by reviewers recently. Most ppl saw 2020 mAh battery and said aww hell no!!! I admit I was one...lol. After that battery test, I opened my mind a lil. Something I dont think many of us do for many things. Take away phones named Maxx and Note....and it holds its own vs phones like the GS3, One X. Phones with a similar size battery.

2. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

veryy good

3. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

with this nember i accept with gsm.. its the best android in the market..love u HTC

4. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

This beast needs to be recharged once every 49 hrs. Impressive !!!

5. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Finally, now haters can shut up.

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