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Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA

0. phoneArena posted on 30 Nov 2012, 06:47

Even though the Google Nexus 4 from LG is positioned as the pure Android device straight from el Goog, HTC is being fairly proactive on its end with its equally grand offering in the HTC DROID DNA, which fittingly allows them to stand tall throughout this crucial holiday season. Despite their affinity to Android, there’s no arguing that these two are in contention against one another at the moment....

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posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:59 1

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

I completely agree. The Droid is a pretty awesome device with it's 1080p display but that's all it has that the competition doesn't, save for the beast of a quad-core processor that many phones are getting these days. The GALAXY Note has the S-pen and the apps that come with it, an even larger screen, it's selling like hot-cakes and if the original Note's any indication, it'll get updated quite frequently, not on time of course but it'll get them. The Droid DNA will probably get supported for a shorter amount of time. Everything else is just personal preference and Nature UX really grew on me.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 09:31 4

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

DNA best in the market this year.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 16:13 1

22. gboo2565 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

I cant understand the advantage of on screen buttons, as all it does is makes the screen so much smaller and wastes the space under it...

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 16:20 1

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

DNA 1080p screen makes all other phone screens look weak. This screen is ridiculously bright, sharp and colorful(you'd swear it was Super Amoled). While it does have a little bit of light leakage in total darkness, it's inconsequential as when it's on it really does a number on your eyes. I still can't stand Sense as it lacks things you would expect, like a blasted file manager, what the hell HTC? I don't like having to plug up to a PC to search out files on my phone, I hate that sort of dependency it's a stand alone phone the PC is only for emergencies. The volume rocker is kind of indistinct but the power button is in the perfect place, place where you're least likely to touch. unlike the GS3 easily invoked power button. Google are being a bit short sighted with no Flash on built in, when even Google's own Google Play music upload page tells you it needs flash to display fully...stupid. Flash on the DNA looks amazing videos are crystal clear and vibrant and no lag anywhere. I still hate sense with a passion, it's worse than anything but TouchWiz. Samsung have a bad habit of changing the name of things and acting like they created it, S Beam is bloody Android Beam, works exactly the same way, NFC enabled hold phones together and tap the screen to send. At least HTC doesn't try to pretend they created something that was already there.
Now Google needs to get to get on the Google Initiative so OEM can stop forcing us to have our phones bogged down with their extra OS tweaks that don't always help Android look and work better. DNA is one of the best phones tech wise that is; this year that 1080p SLCD3 running on S4 Pro with 2GB of RAM, only down sides are low standard memory and battery capacity.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 06:18

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

Sounds like it has the best of Super AMOLED displays without the blue tint. I just want a 1080p Super AMOLED display, I'm a huge fan of super high contrast ratios.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 14:41

33. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Dude just download EZ file manger for it. The Nexus does come with one either. It is not hard.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:39

28. Aeires (unregistered)

Great comparison, thanks John.

Today is my second day with the N4 and the point about it being slippery is right on solid, it's something to really get used to that I haven't reached yet. Even pulling it out of my belt case I'm forced to be more thoughtful of how I grab it. I was also concerned about the screen after coming from three different Samsung phones that have SAMOLED screens but the clarity and sharpness on the N4 is impressive. I'm really loving this phone so far and I bought it partly due to some of the articles posted here. Thanks.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 03:27 2

29. ghanemsam (Posts: 64; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

Droid DNA is the best around

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 18:20 1

34. samystic (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

is PA not interested in a full fledged review and comparison of Nokia Lumia 920? i waited patiently to comment / complain on this.


posted on 01 Dec 2012, 23:32

35. VictoriaFont (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

Compared to the HTC, the Nexus looks like an LG Intuition! The DNA is wild. I need it on AT&T's 4GLTE here in Austin. I LOVE the high-res screen; it's amazing. It makes the photos of the styles I create in my hair salon really glow for my clients after I finish; I e-mail them the shot so they can do the same styling at home.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 10:21

37. Andrew44 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)

Htc said they are releasing the droid dna and one x+ with 4.2 jellybean also htc wants to have the color white but verizon is holding them back with the "droid theme"

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 13:47

39. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3798; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Please back that up with proof. I'm pretty sure both said Jellybean 4.1. There aren't currently no phones released or unreleased that I know of other than Nexus devices that have been anounced to receive 4.2.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 10:28

38. Andrew44 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)

Battery life is just right considering the new LCD3 1080p True HD display takes up less battery then the LCD2 720p display. Only thing i hate is no micro sd slot. I wish we got the HTC J butterfly same phone micro sd 3 colors white black and red

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:28

50. flyguyee (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

I would love for there to be a Micro SD card slot on my Nexus 4. I read an article that they choose to do this because adding a Micro SD card slot requires using an old file system. The newer type is faster and better, but it can't have a Micro SD card slot. It's probably also because the companies want to make alot of money. It was $50 more for me to get the 16 GB version of the Nexus 4, but it cost LG less than $10 for the upgrade. >:(

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 20:45

41. jo_Ny (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Tried both. Price aside (besides Nexus4 is unavailable...) DNA is CLEAR WINNER, PERIOD. Both have premium feel but the DNA is way more robust. DNA display is amazing which make it better for multimedia. Dedicated amplifiers make the sound quality DNA way better. LTE DNA wins again. Camera is average on both.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:26

49. flyguyee (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

I own a Nexus 4 and I love it. In terms of hardware they Droid DNA clearly wins, but in terms of software and price the Nexus 4 wins. I love the vanilla experience of Android 4.2.1. The build for Droid looks cluttered and old fashioned. The Droid DNA is locked to Verizon, while the Nexus 4 can be used on any cheap GSM carrier. I don't mean to start a war, but I prefer the Nexus 4 overall.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 12:05

51. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)

I own a Droid DNA and if you are planning on rooting it after buying it the DNA is a clear winner. I just rooted my friends nexus 4 and as long as the dna is de-sensed its just as fast but has a better screen faster better looking pic gallery and the camera quality is much better. The screens are alot different dna shows true white nexus is yellowish. dna is alot brighter also.

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