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HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5

Call Quality:

HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5
Surprisingly enough, their call qualities are identical to one another, since voices through the earpiece are audible and have plenty of clarity to make us fully comprehend our conversations. At the same time, however, we find the same subtle amount of distortion with voices when using their speakerphones.


With 4G LTE in tow with them, battery life is always something to be conscious about – especially when they’re only good to get you through an 8-hour work shift. However, if you’re connected to last-generation data networks, it’s a bit more average with the two, as they can get a single day of normal usage with their fully charged batteries. Worth pointing out, the DROID DNA features wireless charging via the Qi wireless charging standard.


Simply put it folks, the outcome basically boils down to personal preference – even more when they perform similarly in nearly all departments. It’s Android or iOS, so you just have to pick your poison. Also, it’s a matter of big versus smaller in this comparison, which is another thing that might factor into your decision. With the two priced at $200 on-contract, some might see the value in the DROID DNA’s impressive specs sheet, but then again, the iPhone 5 matches its rival’s performance with hardware specs that don’t appear to be drool worthy amongst the masses. In the end, whichever you decide to go with, we’re certain they’re two hot devices that are going to be on the gift list of many people this holiday season.

HTC DROID DNA vs Apple iPhone 5 Video Comparison:


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posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:09 17

1. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

The ip5 looks like it's a tiny bit larger than the DNA's screen. We all know which one should have won, that bias though. Bias everywhere. :(

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:14 6

2. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)

its not bias actually. im not an apple fan BTW.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:24 26

4. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

But it is. I'm an apple fan and even I know that the DNA should have been declared the winner.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 08:43 17

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

The HTC Droid DNA is way more future proof compared to the Apple iPhone 5. I can appreciate an Apple fan who can admit when there is clearly a better device.

You are unbiased.


posted on 06 Dec 2012, 10:00 2

27. bucky (Posts: 3133; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

The only real future proof android phones that can match apple are the nexus lines. Even the sgs3 (which is a great phone btw) is still on ics in certain areas.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 11:05 7

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

Still future proofed, as only Verizon GS3 are left to get their update to jellybean. Carrier specific phones are the reason for the death of phones before their time with slow updates and the like. Once the Google initiative hits this should fix that crap, as all OEM phones will be required to have Vanilla Android and OEM tweaked Android and the user makes the choice on which to use.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 04:47

45. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

I desperately want them to give us this choice between vanilla and OEM tweaked version of Android,

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 04:25 3

42. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

To some extent I agree with you. Irregular updates is a true story. For geeks, DNA is the winner. Future phones will need to have these specs to run all apps smoothly. I am already feeling the pinch because of my ancient hardware. But, even Android 4.0 is better than iOS 6 , infact I have met people who preferred not to update their OS from 5 to 6. Until and unless Apple decides to redesign its whole OS, I will stick with Android as even older iterations of Android are better than latest of iOS. Also, on android, OS itself isn't the only way to get all the new features. Already developers are providing Daydream, 4.2 keyboard and camera functions to 4.1. Also, old phones like iPhone 4 can't enjoy some of the latest features of iOS, not even after jailbreaking (which btw hasn't arrived for iOS 6). I am using HTC Desire with 4.1, never had any regrets with Android.

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 07:06 3

58. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Future proof, until you realize that HTC won't give more than 2 major updates to it, if that.

I love HTC (obviously), but what's the use of giving a phone such monstrous specs when you aren't going to update it? I doubt the DNA will see past 4.2, and if it does, it'll be way down the road.

And if you mention roms, then just about every Android device is future proof given the right amount of dev support.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 18:38

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Y do u have to say you're not an apple fan dude? It's like people make a point to say that so the droiders won't pick on them or thumb them down. Not saying that's what u did, but screw these droiders they don't own PA. U should say what u want, if u did then more power to u. Who the hell r they...

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 01:39

72. kidtronic (Posts: 13; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

What the hell is a droider? You sound like the fanboy equivalent of a bigot.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 19:28

74. Barbara (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

Why do you have to start name-calling. What's wrong with being a Droider? I have a client at my NYC hair salon who got one of these HTC phones and LOVES it. She also likes taht it's on AT&T's 4GLTE vs. HSPA+. It's all about speed in this city.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 12:03 3

31. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

actually, i have to agree with phonearena. It's up to your personal preference in this matter. Their both great handset.

It's not bias. I see a clear and fair review here.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 14:45

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

plz rw bw droid dna & lumia 920..

both are the best this year..
Dna = android
lumia 920= wp

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 04:37

43. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

The bias is in the language. I have been following PA for a long time to notice it. In case if droid performs better than iP5, than they prefer to write "the rival (iP5) matches the performance of ". If iP5 performs better, they write "iP5 is a bit better in performance". This kind of language can affect a consumers decision. Also, they have been playing down 4 inch screen size for far too long and the argument of thumb friendliness evades me. If thats the case, can we expect them to stick to 4 inch and 16:10 ratio? No. Apple will increase the screen size of future iterations. Suddenly, that will become the best design and best iPhone ever. Most people doesn't even know the best part of iP5's design. Its awesome battery life in a small lighter package. Infact, I would prefer 4S's design instead of 5's scratch-ophilic aluminium with a trade off on weight. iPhones are known to look beautiful. Its a shame you have to hide iP5's back.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 06:14 1

48. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

Just read the introduction of both devices, and you will feel what I am trying to say. May be you can remove the sugar coating and be objective, but the same is not the case with everyone. People do make their assumptions subconscious while reading, which if biased, can affect their final decision.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 00:01

69. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

PhoneArena is not biased..

they are just trying to be politically correct..

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 13:54 1

77. StretchDee1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)

I agree. You ever seem to noticed no matter what phone/tablet they put up against the apple they always say apple is the winner. Even though nothing has really changed since the first Iphone was released. There is really no sense in reading the review or watching the video you already know who they are going to declare the winner.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 08:40

83. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I believe the DNA did win. PA seldomly ever out right says that the "rival" (Which implies that the iPhone 5 is the champion of these comparisons) is a better buy than the iP5. So usually when the reviewer says it all comes down to "personal preference" take that as the iP5 just lost. You don't have A vs. B comparison and then as a result say it comes down to personal preference. Especially, when The DNA has such obvious advantages over the iP5. Of course it comes down to personal preference. I though the point of these head to head comparison was to have an informed opinion on which phone gives the average user the most for their money. If that is the point then the DNA is the obvious winner but, if these comparison are just side by side reviews with no winners or losers then PA should treat them as such.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:19 3

3. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Is HTC DNA's brightness level kept low ?

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:27 17

5. MeoCao (unregistered)

Big vs small? Apple fanboys always use this argument: it's preference. Really? Now iP5 moved to bigger screen they claim it's big IMPROVEMENT from 4S and that they can't come back to the TINY screen of the 4S again.

Of course there are people who prefer small phones, but I'm sure that the overwhelming majority will prefer DNA's size to iP5.

There can be only 1 winner, DNA all the way.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:31 14

6. Kuherrn (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)

I don't live in the US. But I know that HTC's sales went up because of this phone. Given a choice I would go for the phone with the highest value: The Droid DNA

The only sensible conclusion I could come up is that the only phone the Iphone 5 manages to beat is the Iphone 4S.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 21:09 1

68. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

How is this 10 thumbs up? There are more anti-apple people than there are Apple fanboys and such bias is really aggravating. I'm a Lumia 900 user and will never buy an Apple device, but at least I see that they aren't complete trash like people say they are. The Iphone has a better camera, better video, brighter screen, better viewing angles, more apps, (probably better battery life this comparison is really vague), lighter, easier to carry, etc. While I'm not trying to suggest that the Iphone is the better of the two devices, I am certainly not ignorant enough to say that the only phone the Iphone 5 beats is the Iphone 4s.

Lets remember that without Apple, phones would not be where they are now.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 06:11 2

71. Kuherrn (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)

I am abusing Apple because they are the ones that come out saying that iOS 6 is the world's most advanced operating system and let's not get started on their ridiculous patents. So when they say that they are the best, we expect the best. When consumers don't see those claims being fulfilled, Apple will be criticized and be hated for. That is what I am doing, and that is why those thumbs up are for.

I will agree that me saying the iPhone 5 beats the iPhone 4S only is an over cry and I apologize.

But until Apple changes its way and stops suing everyone, there will more anti-Apple people than there are Apple fanboys

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 08:34

75. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

And I completely agree with you. I hate Apple for all the legal patent bull sh*t that they pull and their over-hyping every aspect of their products, but I think people take their hate too far. They may be a terrible company when it comes to ethics, but their products are not the worst things ever made.

So yeah, I absolutely agree with you, I just think people bash Apple to bash Apple and are really close minded about it all.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 08:04 1

89. Dommer (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Have you have ever invented anything or patented an idea? If you have, then you may understand the importance of protecting that which you have so heavily invested in.

Create vs Copy - that is what is stake.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 13:20

90. Dave_B (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)

But of course. I mean, remember a few years back when Apple invented the rectangle with rounded edges? I can't imagine how people got by before that was created by Apple. We should give them more money so they can develop other innovative shapes.


posted on 15 Dec 2012, 08:24 1

73. caseball2051 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)

phones would be much farther advanced without apple.

dont kid yourself. they have been holding back innovation for years. before you come on here and bash others you should stop for a minute and think abotu what youre typing.

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 08:44

76. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

I would agree that they would be without Apple placing a patent on every little thing they think is "innovative" but it's also important to note that Apple were the first to really revolutionize the smartphone. They are part of the reason that we have the phones that we have today and it's ignorant to come on here and just start bashing Apple.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 17:28

100. UNIT057 (Posts: 8; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

Wait what? Lets keep in mind Google was creating a BlackBerry OS competitor before they saw iPhone.

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