HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Being the latest entrant in the smartphone kingdom, there’s no arguing the imposing presence of the super spec’d HTC DROID DNA. Simply put it, the smartphone is one immaculate piece of tech that’s a sure fire competitor ready to fend of the hungry competition this holiday season. However, in order for it be glorified and accepted openly as an upper echelon device, it really needs to show its worth to what’s arguably regarded as the most prestigious Android smartphone pushed out this year – the Samsung Galaxy S III. It’s the summer king versus the new kid on the block, so let’s find out how they stack up against one another.


Looking at the two, it’s rather difficult for us to concretely make a decision as to which of the two is sporting the better design, since they have many likeable elements. In terms of size, they’re both obviously a handful to comfortably use with a single hand, but the Galaxy S III is a smidgen smaller in footprint – while also being the lighter and skinnier in profile as well. Whereas the Galaxy S III is more curvaceous, we still appreciate the stylish industrial design of the DROID DNA, especially when it’s highlighted by its cool red accents. Rounding things out, we absolutely love that the two sport very clean finishes – thanks primarily to the soft touch matte casing of the DROID DNA and the hyper-glaze coating on the Galaxy S III.

Seeing that its trio of Android capacitive buttons are squished in no man’s land, below the screen and above the bottom edge of the phone, it’s more prone to accidental presses. Oppositely, it’s not much of a problem with the Galaxy S III, since it employs a combination physical home button surrounded by two capacitive buttons. Besides finding their earpieces and light/proximity sensors above their displays, we’re also presented with their LED notification lights. It’s more prominent with Sammy’s offering, obviously, considering that it’s incorporated into the earpiece with the DROID DNA. However, it’s neat that there’s a second one in the rear of HTC’s baby.

Not surprisingly, we prefer the physical buttons of the Galaxy S III over the DROID DNA – mainly because they’re so much more prominent and responsive, versus the flush and indistinct feel associated with the DROID DNA’s set. Taking a look around their trims, they pack many commonalities, which include their 3.5mm headset jacks, noise-cancelling microphones, standard mics, and microUSB ports for charging/data/video-out functionality.

Flipping them both around, we spot their 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras, which both feature LED flashes and 1080p video recording. However, it’s the DROID DNA that’s standing out more on paper for its f2.0 lens. Concurrently, the two are also outfitted with front-facing cameras – a 1.9-megapixel one on Sammy’s prodigy and a somewhat more impressive 88-degree wide-angle 2.1-megapixel camera with an f2.0 lens on the DROID DNA.


There’s so much that our eyes can see from a great distance away, right? That’s particularly evident as we glance at the sharp looking displays on these two handsets. Without question, the DROID DNA impresses us with its 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD-3 display, which sets the bar with its even more spectacular

HTC DROID DNA 360-degrees View:

Samsung Galaxy S III 360-degrees View:



1. straywish

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

Well SIII is still proving that it can give a tough competition to powerful beasts so far.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You are right about the Samsung Galaxy S III, BUT the HTC Droid DNA has that 1080p screen that is just literally to die for. Also let's mention that the quad-core Krait S4 Pro is more future proof than the dual-core Krait S4 Pro. To me the HTC Droid DNA is just a VERY capable phone that is really future proof. I got mine rooted & there is word around the grapevine that S-OFF has been achieved. +1

18. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

All I can say dude is I LOVE my DNA. This phone is a monster, and the battery life is very reasonable for how I use it.

19. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Can't wait for CM10.1 on the DNA.

27. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am with you guys 100%. The HTC Droid DNA is already is a vicious beast, & with a PURE AOSP ROM it will dominate. Both RootzWiki & Xda have a Senseless ROM that just came out today. It's a Beta 1 BUT it's progress toward a PURE AOSP. Check it out!

39. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

doesn't matter what kind of screen it has. 16 gigs of internal memory and no slot for memory cards are a huge nail o its coffin.

40. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ok I am glad you feel the same way about the LG Nexus 4. lol

49. Zarak

Posts: 23; Member since: May 21, 2012

Does anyone know the name of that home button sticker on the S III?

2. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

PA just Admit that the SIII is ugly...everyone knows this. Droid DNA all the way.

24. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Why would PA do that??? You want to go down the "Bias" road again??? Besides, SIII is one of the better looking phones... That being said, DNA is better in my opinion, but i won't throw SIII like that!

29. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

SIII is certainly a good phone. I just think much my like Galaxy Nexus that it's ugly as hell. Samsung has been making some rather unatractive phones.

30. androidlikeaboss

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

SIII looks good,but feels like cheap plastic

31. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Nexus feels cheap too. Especially compared to my wife's Razr and my old WP7.5 HTC arrive

35. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

+1 shnibz. still s3 is a good phone but not Against droid dna.. just see: performance & Panchmark build quality design Screen sense4+ beats samsung always is more popular for softwar..they are unique in this case..but most of softwar programs can port on the other direct call.. but design and builld quality never come back with up. i think s3 couldnt beat one x in very X+ is more powerful than s3 and beat it in very aspects..its clear about dna. finally must accpet that droid dna best this year in total..

43. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

You forgot to throw in the negatives of the DNA. I dont think the DNA is best by a long shot.

45. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

You want a pretty phone? C'mon men we need phones with unique fictionalized and not beauty it's a phone not a girl

50. Coolest4ever7

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

if you want a pretty phone get an iPhone 5 for anything else Galaxy S III

3. Techsplash

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

if they are saying that the droid DNA is better then why have they given more review scores to the s3.

8. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

Review scores are done based on the competition at that time. The GS3 got a 9.3 because nothing could touch it at the time and it set the bar higher for smartphones. This also proves the .3 deference because the GS3 was still the king after a few months on the market. No doubt the GS3 will be the phone of the year.

32. Techsplash

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 24, 2012 is alresdy the phone of the year.

4. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

It's really amazing that the 6-month old GALAXY SIII can still hold it's own against all these new smartphones.

5. MeoCao unregistered

GS3 is 6 months old and looks boring now, GS3 has more software features but JB has made things like S-Voice obsolete. DNA all the way.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

All the way to hitting the wall of tiny storage.

10. MeoCao unregistered

haha, u guys live in the past now is the era of clouds.

11. tizz06

Posts: 15; Member since: May 17, 2012

we livin in an era of the cloud and data caps so the cloud storage could b your phone bills worse enemy

13. MeoCao unregistered

I don't hear ppl complaining about Nexus 4 with even less memory. Remember Nexus 4 were sold out on contract at Tmo as well. I guess Wifi serves the well?

26. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Nexus 4 is a bargain. It costs as much as a midrange phone, but has the latest OS and tech. You don't have to be a power user to realize the benefit of getting a Nexus 4. As for me, I said it already - no way it could replace my S3, with that kind of storage

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

unless you go to Tmobiles truley unlimited plan with no overages or throttle. then cloud life is juuuuuust fine. :)

37. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I know Tmo works for you bro, but there are still too many places like where I live where Tmo is straight garbage man. Otherwise you are right.

12. SleepingOz unregistered

Sure, the GSIII is old now and I'd recommend the DNA over it to anyone but don't be in denial of the plus that expandable memory gives you. Not everyone's willing to waste money over data usage when one can access his files for free using a memory card.

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