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Aaron takes an in-depth look at the HTC DROID DNA, Verizon's newest 4G LTE smartphone.  Packing a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, the DROID DNA is the first smartphone to pack a 5-inch S-LCD 3 1080p HD display.  Additional specs include an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 4+, and a 2,020 mAh non-removable battery.  It's coming to Verizon on November 21st for $199.99, making it a great option for those looking for a powerful smartphone.  Part 1 of 2.


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Gihan Fernando
Gihan Fernando Boo!!!! No sd wtf r they hoping to gain????
Shrs-tha Nys-shad
Shrs-tha Nys-shad any rumours about htc dlx ??
Robert Skeen
Robert Skeen Yep
David Moreno
David Moreno It's good to see HTC steps it up. Although my complaint here is that all their phones look and feel the same, with exception of the One X. I prefer samsung but the DNA will definitely give them a run for their money lol.
Amir Canty
Amir Canty I just got mines and I luv it it better for what I need to use it for I hate phablets anyway so
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes HTC is improving though, that's for sure. I actually got to hold one yesterday and it a very light device and the screen looks great. Makes my phone seem even like a brick (weight and speed). If it had expandable memory though, it would have been a phone for me to take under consideration of purchasing.
Wayne Nowacki
Wayne Nowacki The Droid DNA is better in virtually every respect
Brandon Holley
Brandon Holley I think one thing most of you don't understand is that it's not a "phablet" it's just a large smartphone. It shouldn't be compared with the Galaxy Note 2 because it's nowhere near that size. It's more of the size of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Once you realize that you should compare it to something like the GS3. Which in all respects it blows the GS3 right out of the water. Yet if you want to compare it to the GN2 then by all means we can. I prefer the build fo the DNA to the build of the GN2 because I don't like the plastic back of it. It slips out of your hands far to easily. As for the pen? Seriously? since when is that EVER been a must have feature? Removable Battery and memory are a bit of a pain but honestly I've synced my music and files to google music and drive respectively so I see no reason to complain about that. As for app space, clean out the apps we all know you don't use EVER on your phone, you know the app that's just taking up room that you've only used that once because somebody said it was awesome? Yeah THOSE apps. And you won't use more then 8GB of space AT MOST. The battery life is the only thing that bothers me about this phone. Sorry about the long comment people just don't seem to understand where to classify this phone at.
Austin Deane
Austin Deane Kinda sorta. It has many specs that dominate the note II, but it is given the phone treatment instead of the phablet treatment.
Chris Peeler
Chris Peeler Still. The Samsung reception issues worry me.
Tan Chong Ling
Tan Chong Ling HTC is improving these days...the droid dna may have a smaller battery but the latest reports showed that the droid dna has a long battery life. The benchmark tested also showed that the droid dna is ahead better than the note 2 in performance. 440 ppi vs 267 ppi, the droid dna has a better screen than the note 2 (1080p).
Hector Alvarado
Hector Alvarado Look this comment is for everyone including you Aaron, No matter what screen android decides to use, apps just don't support it! Apple still #1
Federico Cao
Federico Cao And Anthony Bailey, what you said does not make much sense. You claim that it fails in all of those aspects, but you did not justify why. Again, I am a Samsung fan, but Droid DNA > Note 2. S3 > One X. I may be a Samsung fan, but I am not 100% biased to always pick their devices.
Federico Cao
Federico Cao
Lim Xilvre
Lim Xilvre Just larger screen; no big deal.. doesn't seems HTC really innovative and put their creativity
Lawrence Lepes
Lawrence Lepes At Anthony Bailey- I agree with you to a certain extent. The Galaxy Note 2 is better, but there is some areas where the Droid DNA is better. The Droid DNA does have a 1920x 1080 display while the Galaxy Note 2 has a 1280x 720 display. The Droid DNA is easier to hold in the hand. Those two things are what a lot of cell phone users like to have in a cell phone. However, that phone is a very close second to the Note 2. Does anyone else realize that the Droid DNA is the same thing as the HTC J Butturfly?
Gary Bowling
Gary Bowling The Snapdragon Quad Whoops the Exynos, look it up.
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey Is it better than my Galaxy Note II? Let's see... 5" screen - FAIL 1.5GHz processor - FAIL Snapdragon processor - FAIL Battery - FAIL Removable memory - FAIL Nope. Seems like my Note II reigns supreme. Keep trying HTC and HTC fanatics.
Shyam Sundar
Shyam Sundar Can you comment on the hspa+ speed with at&t simcard on the droid dna
Chris Peeler
Chris Peeler I've had 2 Samsung phones, Both had reception issues. Do they have those radios fixed yet?
Luis Robles Figueroa
Luis Robles Figueroa As User Interface but not in screen resolution.
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski no htc is not better than samsung.
Allen Lien
Allen Lien Absolutely yes! Better screen, no useless S pen, n better UI. Non-removable battery is not an issue for me..!
Ryan Etzel
Ryan Etzel You are the hottest guy ever I love watching your reviews on phones ;)
Christian Rios
Christian Rios Note II is for men. The DNA is for boys.....and girls.
Stephen Crighton
Stephen Crighton NO
Sujit Tiyar
Sujit Tiyar obviously no......
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes Nope, no expandable memory.
Adrian Ruiz
Adrian Ruiz Hands down! I got my today! DROID DNA > Galaxy Note 2
Ilija Jovanovic
Ilija Jovanovic No pen,no sd card,non removable battery ... so no
Ezekiel Carsella
Ezekiel Carsella no
Ken Hoey
Ken Hoey Both are great phones and light years ahead of Apple.
Carmen Jessica
Carmen Jessica Nope.... :-)
Miguel Placencia
Miguel Placencia Only thing better is the 1080p super LCD 2 screen. That is all. Beats is a joke. The none removable batter is a bigger joke. The inability to add more memory is the biggest joke. Is Samsung the only one of the big phone developers who isn't being held tightly by the ball
Derek Almond
Derek Almond I had a hard time watching with all the freaking hand motion he was giving. Couldn't go more than 10 seconds without some hand gesture popping in there. Geez! Phone looks sick tho!
Daniel Quintero
Daniel Quintero Nah but HTC are improving
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???? ?????? yes
Zach Cline
Zach Cline It's right up there with the note 2 but its not better .
Dalton Davis
Dalton Davis Samsung is the best!
Eugene Yap
Eugene Yap Htc droid dna is definitely better than sgnote2 and htc one x, but I think one x+ is the best
Syed Usama Shah
Syed Usama Shah Not really it does have quite a bit of limitations whereas note 2 is currently a near perfect xl smartphone
Gordon Christie
Gordon Christie no S-pen i notice even the LG Vu has one (not that i would touch it with a barge pole
Gihan Fernando
Gihan Fernando Ts 2 big!!!!
Gihan Fernando
Gihan Fernando Ya the int. Version s htc deluxe rgt??
Ebadullah Bhurgri
Ebadullah Bhurgri Perhaps it had a bigger battery, storage, an international launch and the features that s pen offers =p...
Ken Reil
Ken Reil Note 2 hands down best phone out there right now.
Steve Hartsock
Steve Hartsock Perhaps if it were on more carriers...




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