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HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Interface and Functionality:

Let’s get one thing straight, we’re humbled to know that both smartphones are running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean underneath their customized experiences right now, which means they’re treated to many lovable features such as Google Now and Project Butter. Between the two customized Android experiences, we’ll hand it to the HTC Sense 4+ UI for donning the more polished widgets and flexible personalization elements. Overall though, it pales in comparison to the comprehensive set of secondary features seen with Sammy’s TouchWiz Nature UX experience. Quite frankly, there are so many cool things about it that not only enhances the typical Android experience, but they are actual features that prove to be practical in everyday usage. From S-Beam to its useful set of buddy sharing photo modes, the comprehensive tally is impressive and delivers more than its rival.

The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

We find the TouchWiz Nature UX on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We find the TouchWiz Nature UX on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We find the TouchWiz Nature UX on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We find the TouchWiz Nature UX on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Keeping us organized couldn’t be any easier with these two smartphones, seeing that their set of organizer apps mirror one another with their functionality – meaning, there’s not one that’s better. And on top of that, it’s wonderful that Google Now is on board with them as well. Rounding things out, the email experience is delightful, especially considering that the Gmail app provides for a very tasteful experience.

The core organizer apps of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Even though it has a slight size advantage with its larger screen, we don’t find the DROID DNA more advantageous with its on-screen keyboard – primarily because the two offer spacious layouts and they’re extremely responsive. Also, we also appreciate that various numbers and punctuations are easily accessible from the main layout. However, some will no doubt like that the Samsung keyboard employs some Swype-like gestures as an alternative way to input stuff – though, the Swype keyboard is an option as well.

The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Composing messages with the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Composing messages with the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Composing messages with the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Composing messages with the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III


Processor and Memory:

Yes, it’s obvious that the HTC DROID DNA is sporting the more prized processor, since it’s newer of course, but we don’t find its quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM to outperform its competition with real-world tasks. Frankly, the once prized dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus chip with 2GB of RAM of the US versions of the Galaxy S III is effective enough to maintain an equally solid performance. Yet, they’re not entirely perfect, as some instances of choppiness can pop up every now and then – albeit, it’s nothing that proves to be a headache.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
HTC DROID DNA 7888 13917 59,1
Samsung Galaxy S III US 4520 6111 59,4

Talk about a sigh of relief, but it’s so inviting to know that the Galaxy S III has an available microSD card slot to supplement its 16GB of internal storage. Seeing it lacks one, we’re not too thrilled to know there isn’t much flexibility found with the DROID DNA – even more when it’s stuck at 16GB of memory.


Internet and Connectivity:

Needless to say, it’s a pleasure to surf the web with these two 4G LTE enabled smartphones. In addition to the fast page loads, we’re exposed to other lovable qualities that make the experience so enjoyable – such as proper rendering, silky smooth navigational controls, and sharp details thanks to tits high-res displays.

Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA's 1080p display - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA's 1080p display - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA's 1080p display - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA's 1080p display - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

We're presented with an all too predictable top-notch web browsing experience on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We're presented with an all too predictable top-notch web browsing experience on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We're presented with an all too predictable top-notch web browsing experience on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We're presented with an all too predictable top-notch web browsing experience on the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Sure, its allegiance is with Verizon, but the DROID DNA is in fact a world-enabled smartphone with GSM connectivity on top of CDMA. On the other hand, depending on which version of the Galaxy S III you pick up, it’s available in both GSM and CDMA flavors. Meanwhile, they’re both packing connectivity features like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.

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