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Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA

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Sure, they’re both sporting 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras that feature LED flashes and 1080p high definition video recording, but the DROID DNA’s camera is somewhat notable for its f2.0 lens and backside illuminated sensor. Well, the same can be said about their front-facing cameras, seeing that the Nexus 4 has a mere 1.3-megapixel one that’s equipped for 720p video recording – while the DROID DNA steps it up with a 88-degree wide-angle 2.1-megapixel camera with an f2.0 lens and 1080p video recording.

Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA

Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA

Honestly, both smartphones conjure up some great looking photos with their respective 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras. So much so that the quality seen with sunny outdoor shots are very similar, as we’re presented with strong details throughout the scenery. However, we notice a hint of color saturation with the DROID DNA, which adds some vibrancy to its production – whereas the Nexus 4 maintains a neutral balanced look. Checking out their low light performance, it’s clear that the DROID DNA’s f2.0 lens shows its worth, seeing it’s noticeably brighter and less noisy than its rival.

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Unfortunately, we’re a bit underwhelmed by their 1080p video recording quality, even more when they perform well with still shots. To tell you the truth, we don’t find one that delivers enough substance with its results to enlighten us. Above all, we’re distracted by their heavy artifacting elements and super dull looking details.

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By now, we’d like to see some sort of significant change to the interface of the Sense music player on the DROID DNA, but alas, it’s the same thing on other recent devices. Well, we can’t say that the music player on the Nexus 4 is anything new, since it’s simply the usual Google Play Music app – so either way, both stick to the conventional fanfare. In terms of audio quality with their speakers, the built-in amplifier with the DROID DNA gives it some much-needed poppy and robust tones to make it sound better than the neutral output of the Nexus 4. Also, the DROID DNA feature Beats Audio support with its headset jack.

The Google Play Music app on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
The Google Play Music app on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
The Google Play Music app on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
The Google Play Music app on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA

The Sense music player on the HTC DROID DNA - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
The Sense music player on the HTC DROID DNA - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
The Sense music player on the HTC DROID DNA - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
The Sense music player on the HTC DROID DNA - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA

As expected, the two are more than equipped to play high definition videos with plenty of attractive qualities – thanks primarily to their vibrant displays. Yet, knowing that bigger is usually more optimal for the experience, we prefer using the DROID DNA with this one.

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Watching videos - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA
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Watching videos - Google Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA

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