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Review: HTC Droid DNA for Verizon Wireless

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ahopkins224

Dec 20, 2012, 2:06 AM
over in the "HTC Droid DNA" discussion:

Battery Life

Crying or Very sad

That little emoticon about sums up how I feel about the battery life of this phone. It basically sucks.

Five hours if you're lucky with normal use. Which for me is two gmail accounts set to push. Bout 50 or so texts. Moderate web/social network usage 10 minutes for ever hour(isn't that average?)

Coulda used a few hundred more mah's in the trunk. I'll probably be returning this phone.

This phone is perfect Otherwise. Anyone else feel my pain?
My battery life is great. No problem. Too bad yours is not doing so well. Love this phone. Good luck on your next choice.
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jennahbarnes

Mar 5, 2013, 6:28 AM
over in the "HTC Droid DNA" discussion:

Loving it

I also didn't like its short battery life but it's not as serious as what other people are saying in this forum. Very Happy

It has a lot of great features and it looks beautiful. Got mine with a great plan at http://www.squidoo.com/htc-droid-dna-reviews
Tofuchong

Nov 24, 2012, 5:14 PM
over in the "HTC Droid DNA" discussion:

It's really a shame

That HTC produced this useless device. Even the new Lumia line (810, 820) have memory card slots, and windows phones were notorious for omitting that. Microsoft learned quickly.

Just based alone on the fact that this is a 16GB phone, non-removable battery, and I would be forced to use up the data that I pay for to use a cloud service, there is no way in hell I would ever even pay a single cent for this phone, which would be a money-pit.

You change those two things about this device, and it goes from the bottom of the barrel INSTANTLY to the very, very top. Above the Note II and the GS III.

This could have been *THE* flagship phone, instead, it's a tugboat.
It's strange that its sister phone the HTC Butterfly J has a sd card slot. Why would HTC omit a memory card slot on such a high end device? Is it possible the carrier would make such a request.
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I personally don't see anything wrong with it. Whats the most popular single phone on the market? The iPhone. Whats the most popular storage capacity for that phone? The 16gb. What does the iPhone not have? a removable battery. Its really not that c...
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No memory card slot was Verizon's decision. I can't tell you how I know that, and I have no idea what their reasoning was. But trust me, it was Verizon's call.
I can deal with not having a card slot. Only because I don't watch movies on my phone and I stream all my music with Google play.

What else would you need more than 16 Gb for really? It's clear that the carriers and manufacturers are trying to per...
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bofis

Nov 16, 2012, 2:54 PM

battery life

Hi, The Verge does not agree at all with your battery life assessment. What sort of usage or tests did you run to decide that the battery would last 24 hours?
i wouldn't worry so much about that one review. The Verge doesn't seem to be very consistent with their reviews. For example, they gave the DNA a rating of 4 on battery life for getting about 4.5 hours on their battery test, yet they gave the Galaxy S...
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I used the phone a lot for three days. Constant email and RSS, both of which use the screen and radio intensively. Same with checking twitter, browsing their web, all while under LTE coverage.

I see the TuneIn radio to stream music over the network...
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I carry a spare battery for my cell phone every where I go... it's saved me many times, since I am often out in the woods, walking around urban/suburban areas, etc. The DNA sounds like a great phone and HTC is my brand of choice, but the non-removab...
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Mikey C

Nov 17, 2012, 1:10 AM

16 GB non-expandable storage

Kills it for me. I can give up a removable battery, but I personally dont want to give up my SD card.

Otherwise, looks pretty cool. I want to look up all the specs now.
It wouldn't be so bad if there was 32 GB...The 16 gigs are ridculous.

Wow the spec driven DNA! Its like getting a Cadillac with an AM radio......
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tjobrien21

Nov 19, 2012, 1:51 PM

I'd be so there if it was "sense-less".

We gotta find a way to get great hardware like this, without the manufacturer customization. It's not even so much my hatred of Sense (though I do hate it), as my hatred of how it prevents updates.

I predict in the near future, phones will be as big a target for hackers as computers, if not more. When that happens, there will be a need for timely OS updates for ALL phones, whether new or old. Things like Sense get in the way and prevent fast updates, and it's going to be a big problem.

It's better for the hardware mfg's to differentiate themselves through cool hardware design, and leave the OS alone so the software folks can take care of that part.
I seriously think we should get the phones stock, and have the option to change the firmware to something more sense later on if the consumer wants to. I personally have no problems with sense, but stock is best.
Wired4Fun

Nov 18, 2012, 8:07 AM

Scratching head...

Why, oh why, put so many impressive features into this phone, only to miss out on the most basic ones?? 1080p display with a fixed storage of 16gb?? What's the point of baking in the features if you can't truly take advantage of it? It's like getting a new Lamborghini with snow tires.

My excitement for this phone has been quelled by what I feel are 2 MAJOR flaws:

1 - Non-Removable Battery.

2 - No External Storage (c'mon, I have a 64gb in my Rezound.)

Must admit I'm tempted, but I think I'll wait for the next train...
Those two omissions place this device in Blackbury "innovation" land. Specifically, watch for the new BlackBury 10-10=0 to be released in 2016 with native email following 60 days after that.....
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newfoneguy

Nov 16, 2012, 3:18 PM

Man....

I wish I had this screen on my phone. Can wait till a windows phone gets this screen hopefully with the same pure black led type screen... I love the dark black and great contrast on the 920...
I wish I had this screen on *insert device name here*

Literally. Computer, TV, Phone, Tablet, any of them.
 
 
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