Rated 5 out of 5Â by TDLucas Nice!!
Best cell device I've ever owned. I work in IT at a fortune 500 company, and I've seen a lot of phones come and go...
This one is THE ONE!
I can watch the Lakers play and it's as good as my Sharp Aquos LED.
Wirelss Qi charging... Sweet! I scored the Energizer Qi induction charger and it works like a champ! 4G, Rockin'!!
Blows the Wife's iPhone 5 away. This is a fabulous phablet. :-)
November 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Schenges Missing Features
The phone has top screen resolution and a quad core processor but no removable battery to swap out and no expandable storage, only 16GB and no memory card support. I was really excited to get this when I heard about the screen resolution but now I won't because of the short comings. To bad they used the screen and processor in such a poor designed phone.
November 21, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by jerkhead Over rated glass
I loved the phone itself, but very soon after getting it I cracked my screen after dropping it one time from a short distance. Gorrila glass isn't any better at all. It broke way easier than regular glass.
August 16, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by watter Lover HTC ten years ago
We want a device identical to the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note II but HTC, because the butterfly weak battery, memory, and you can not add external memory and other specifications weaker,Power button place error must be sound buttons to place easily accessible, thanks
March 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MrPicky Awesome!
How do you hate on this device? HTC FINALLY came through Verizon with a very nice phone. I am quite particular about my devices and I must say that I am happy. I have been a little put off about some apps not being compatible with my device but to my understanding this is because the devs of the apps are not caught up with how advanced this device truly is. I would have liked to of seen this device come with the nano coating throughout but you can't have it all. Thank you to HTC and Verizon for putting this device out into the market. I finally feel like I can show my phone in front of people.
November 27, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by smwandrie Great Phone
I had a fun idea play through my head about some of us maybe writing out a review about the model of phone that we own, giving all of us a more â€œpractical,â€� knowledge of how the phone performs day in and day out. Sure, there are a ton of review sites that will throw how a phone performed in a two day test, and type out a bunch of specs, but they fail to tell you the â€“real- day-to-day experience of the device.
That being said, after months of following the phone since its initial benchmark scores came out back when I got hired, I decided to pick up the HTC Droid DNA!
Battery life: My number one concern after learning about the disappointing 2020 mAh Battery, pretty tiny when youâ€™re parting ways with a 3300. Not to mention this tiny battery has to give attention to a quadcore processer, and a 5 inch 1080p screen! I managed to talk myself into the phone despite this (at least in my opinion,) tiny flaw. The first day I had it, I was FLOORED by how well the battery did. First it managed a two hour drive connected to my Extreme 2 and playing music without even breaking a sweat (The Beats audio was also on the entire time, it is AMAZING!). Then after that it powered through the rest of my average day without really having a problem, and when the battery finally begged for mercy at 14% capacity I had logged 11 hours on it!! It is worth noting that I was in a 3G only area, so an hour to an hour and a half can be shaved off if youâ€™re in an active LTE market. That being said: The battery performs despite its small size.
Responsiveness: The phone has a monster of a processor, and it shows. The phone quickly reacts to any action you tell it to do, and everything skips along with virtually no hickups. Android 4.1 is doing its job in the background, and Sense 4.0+ gives its infamous customization to the customer. This is one phone where the customer will feel like it is really their phone!
Reception: HTC is up there with Motorola in terms of radio quality. Signals are found, and once they are found it is VERY hard to get rid of them. One complaint I had about my Razr, and here in Green Bay I hear this a lot, is that it would skip from 4G to 3G back and forth for seemingly no reason, very annoying when youâ€™re loading a webpage or executing a download. Iâ€™ve yet to experience such random jumping between the two spectrums. Simply put, the phone finds the stronger signal and locks onto that, rather than jumping foolishly between the two. Luckily for us, LTE is the stronger signal ï�Š. Phone calls are crisp, clear, and loud. No dropped calls yet, even in the middle of nowhere up in Michigan!
Build Quality: The material feel absolutely fantastic in the hand. Corning Gorilla Glass two almost feels like a liquid under the finger, and I have a screen protector on it! The soft touch on the back is great, while still giving you a dependable grip on the phone. This being said, we need to remind customers that this is a 5 inch display we are talking about, and it NEEDS to be protected. Tecguard and a case are a â€“must- in my opinion. The USB door at the bottom is a bit of a nuisance, and I wish the buttons were raised a bit more and textured better, but other than that they respond fluently to touch and work just fine.
Charging, and cool little stuff: The USB head locks into the charging port firmly, even giving you a small click when you push it in. Very gratifying to hear, knowing that the charger fits in firmly with the port. The phone charges FAST. Not only do customers have the USB option, but the DNA has built in wireless charging! This is a perfect time to get a couple of Charging Pads into our store and sell them as a bonus (The HTC 8X shares this feature, and to my estimation it will start to become a steady practice amongst developers.) Some customers may love notification lights, I know I love mine. Those customers will be thrilled to know that the DNA supports TWO notification lights. The typical one on the front of the phone, and then a back mounted one to the left of the camera. So if you flip your phone over commonly (something I do constantly,) you wonâ€™t miss out on a text or email! NFC, NFC, NFC! I think with the introduction of this technology spreading like wildfire, we should be more prepared to show customers what it can really do! Iâ€™m lucky enough to have an NFC supported Tablet, show I can show off the Android Beam to customers if they show interest in it, but another cool thing that we can talk to customers about is programming their own NFC stickers. (Theyâ€™re dirt cheap, 15 bucks for 10 of them online.) Itâ€™s simple, fun, and can add a lot of depth to their day to day lives. Weâ€™re selling them a phone to simplify things for them, right? Some examples of what a programmed NFC Tag can do: Turn on wi-fi, dim screen brightness, enable GPS, Launch apps, open URLs, UNLOCK YOUR FRONT DOOR. Of course the final example is an extreme example, but this is where the technology is moving towards!
Dimensions: Itâ€™s a big phone. Yes, it has a 5 inch screen, bigger than the Galaxy SIII by .2 inches. We heard a lot of complaints about how big the GSIII is. I know I have catchers mitts for hands, but I donâ€™t find the DNA any harder to use them my RAZR, in fact they feel about the same to me. The phone is so thin that it disappears in your pockets, and I have literally forgotten it was even there and did the â€œOh god, whereâ€™s my phone!â€� routine.
The glaring flaw: Non-expandable storage. This little lady comes with 16 on board, about 5 of which is taken up by Jelly Bean and Sense. That leaves a fairly meager 11 gigs left to the user. But we should be able to turn that flaw into a positive. This is the perfect time to explain cloud storage to the customer. Again, this is something that can make our customers lives a LOT simpler.
Well I hope that my rant will be able to help you guys with the DNA. This is a fantastic phone, and for its price, I think it is the top-of-the-line model that we offer today. The ONLY model that competes with it is the Note II, and that is 100 dollars more!
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Srivatsan Best phone yet!!
I used to own an Iphone3gs and then a Samsung Captive. When I bought this phone, I decided I'm never moving away from HTC phones. I love the design and the finish. Dropped the phone multiple times and no scratches or problems. Love the futuristic look and the beats audio. Camera takes crisp pictures and the overall operating system is super fast and easy to use. I would highly recommend this phone. My next HTC phone would be the ONE. Till then DNA is definitely the best phone to have!!
May 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DerrickDM Love This Phone!!
I traded my S3 for this, its the best phone ive had period, and i switch often, im keeping this til a newer DNA comes out !!!
May 8, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by DoesHTCHaveAQATeam Sim Card Nightmare
In general I love this phone, but i have had three Droid DNA's now and every one of them has serious SIM card issues. I have tried and tried to find a solution, but there is none. The last software patch was supposed to fix it, but it did not. When the SIM card issues happen you cannot send or receive any phone calls or texts. It is terrible and in my opinion it ruins an otherwise great product.
May 9, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by BuySomethingElse Absolute GARBAGE!
this non expandable and cannot take battery out to reset piece of garbage has crashed 4X (in 4 months) and I am done with it. of course the network blames the hardware and the hardware blames the network or third party apps and nothing can be done to make a customer happy. will be a long 2 years with this piece of junk DO NOT GET A DNA !!
June 9, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by mlcoats bluetooth bad audio
I have tried several different brands of headsets & still the audio is bad, sounds like I am screaming, even had Verizon to send
replacement phone still bad Bluetooth audio
July 3, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by supashawn Yes I am unhappy
This was by far the phone I have liked above any other I have ever had. After about a month of having the phone it started giving the message; "Change of SIM detected". As it began to increase in frequency I noticed that whenever this happened everything shut down except for power. Whether I talking, texting, or streaming video; everything stops. I have done everything but send the phone to HTC for repair. First I had the SIM card replaced, then pulled a warranty replacement (which was worse off than the phone that I had), an HTC representative told me my SIM card holder was bent and sent me a new one (still detecting change of SIM though), my cell phone company refuses to give me a different phone and HTC says that the next step is to send in the phone for repair.
By now I have what I call the bad taste syndrome. I just do not even like my phone anymore because of this problem. If you research this phone you will find that my case is not happenstance; many people have this same problem.
It is too bad really; I wish that I would have taken the time to research the phone before I got in this mess.
September 3, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Sweets Dissatisfied
This is the most old ancient dinosaur of a phone I have ever had.
September 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ILOVEANDROID Simply stunning and impresses me from performance to battery life.
This phone is the next android flagship powerhouse smartphone. It is fantastic! I only hope that the next gen will have a micro sd card slot for more memory
November 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Nesta Switched from iphone5
Couldn't be happier.
Camera: Went looking at wedding venues over the weekend. Not only did the camera take stunning photos, the DNA then organized them by day and GPS location. So every venue was perfectly organized....without me doing anything.
Screen: Its perfect. And I like the power button up top.
Speaker: Very good and loud
Sense 4+: Personally I like it. Some don't.
Battery: Equivalent to my iphone5 and previous s3. I get through a whole day.
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 HD HD HD
very high ppi display, love it. Camera, large display, beats audio n design are amazing.
June 17, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by postman ok
Port door to charge is in a bad place and I cracked screen on 1st phone when it was dropped a short distance, and on both phones within first couple of days the port charger door fell off on both of them, I wish I would of got a different phone now. Its been a hassle already!
February 19, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by JoeRay27 Good Hardware. Bad Software
Obviously going from a 3G to a 4G phone I was impressed with the speed, and 2GBs of ram is more than enough for a smartphone. I purchased this phone due to the fact that it currently has the best hardware out there, but I am having some major issues with the software (Android 4.1.1 and HTC sense 4+). With the DNA, you have the ability to group apps and icons in folders on the home screen without going into the all app selection. When 4 or more apps are grouped together, and there are multiple folders in each column on the phone, the wrong folder will open when the lowest icon is selected. This seems like a very subtle issue, but it becomes quite annoying when you cannot select the icon you want multiple times in a row. This bug needs to be fixed. Another issue is that when setting your wallpaper from an image in your gallery, the selection window is much smaller than image, and it is very idiotic that you cannot select the entire image. Along with not being able to select the proper size of your wallpaper, you cannot make an image from your downloads nor saving it from a website, unless you are going through your camera gallery; It seems like just another unnecessary step.
TL;DR The phones hardware is the best out there, but multiple issues with the software make certain aspects of the phone quite annoying.
December 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Alex14 Great phone!
I've had the DNA for about a month now and haven't found a single problem. The quad core processor is just so smooth. The screen is just unbelievable, not one pixel was visible even when I hold the phone to my eyes and the colors are amazing. The retina display on the iPhone 5 is just wiped out of history compared to this. Sense to me actually makes android more fun to use rather than stock android plus its so much better designed than touch wiz on the galaxy s3. The camera makes super sharp images and out matched even my 16mp Kodak camera, the colors are just so vibrant. The 5 inch size may sound like its ridiculously big but it fits in my pocket perfectly fine. Finally the over all feel. The battery is pretty good for me it lasts 12 hours so I can get through the day. Compared to the galaxy s3, s4, and the whole Droid line up this the best quality feel with perfect fit and finish with its infinity curved glass and minimal modern design it sure looks the best. But I wish it had the material design of the HTC one with the aluminum body. Overall its a fantastic that is worth every penny.
April 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Apopleptic Got my second phone two days after release
I purchase the DNA on Black Friday and was one of the 10 people in my local store to be able to get one.
When I got my first phone call and put it on speaker phone I found out that the speaker was defective and had to get it replaced. Had to travel 25 minutes to another store that had one left. The replacement had been used as a demo already so there ended up being a tiny mark on the back of the phone, but at least the speaker wasn't blown right out of the box.
The lack of a memory card is a huge design flaw, and the lack of a removable battery is too. My sister asked what to do if your phone locks up/crashes, and I told her I didn't really know...
I find the preinstalled apps useless and ended up hiding 24 apps right out of the box. I also didn't like the fact that no USB/HDMI converter is included.
Very nice screen, decent connectivity, medium sound volume on the second phone. I am not a fan of the beats audio option. I have it linked up to my car stereo for audio over bluetooth and I find that it sounds OK but that it makes the music about 50% louder than the phone calls making me need to adjust my volume every time I get a call. Overall performance is nice.
GPS is quick to locate, drains the battery a little quicker than I would like. 2 hours with the GPS navigation drained the battery to 46%
Camera works very fast. pictures seem very clear.
Installed most of the apps I require (no games) and there is a lot of space left.
I dislike how I am prompted to connect to Wifi constantly. I haven't found a setting to disable that, there are a few other little things like that in the software that I think I can deal with.
Only one spot for all the messaging that I see, seems to have a tab for all messages, SMS, and Voicemail, and the voicemail tab seems to contain a permanent advertisement for visual voicemail, I will never pay you $2.99 for this service...
I also had one instance where the phone started ringing with a standard telephone ring (not the standard for the phone, or the one I had set) at low volume, but there was no call coming in, no alarm going off, no messages, no reminder. I had to restart the phone and then still couldn't figure out what had caused the ringing. At least the restart is pretty quick.
I don't like the 'Trace' option too much on the keyboard and ended up installing an alternative keyboard method to swype my input.
Overall I think that I would give this phone an 8/10 based on it's missing memory card slot.
November 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DeaconFrost Wonderful Phone
When I first read about this phone's announcement and the specs I knew I would immediately purchase it. I love the screen, the operating system, and battery life is doing well for me. Overall the phone is meeting MY requirements in every which way possible. I am very pleased and happy with my purchase.
December 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HaitianMirl I Like It a LOT
Was hesitant because of battery specs but, battery life is good......
Camera is awesome .........
Try it........You have 14 days to test it out
November 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by 65caliente Beast mode.
Best phone I have every owned hands down. I want to acknowledge a couple concerns that have been brought up by people, those being the battery life and the storage. For me the storage will not be an issue as I never even used 8 gb of my previous phone but I realize that I am not everybody. HTC was pressured to take out the sd card slot by Verizon in order to move more people to cloud storage. Gotta love big red.
Now as for the battery life, I was pleasantly surprised by its performance. It lasts me 12 hours with moderate web browsing and video watching. There are a couple factors that come into play here, one is the power efficient architecture of the S4 pro processor along with the SLCD 3 display which is also designed for more effciency.
The phone itself fits great in the hand for its size (thanks to the thin bezel) and feels great as well, a combination of curved edge Gorilla glass 2, metal, and polycarbonate make this one solid and sexy phone. Features I like the most are obviously the gorgeous screen, wireless charging, notification led on the back and front, and built in ampliers for the headphones and speaker.
You won't be dissapointed if you like large phones...that is if you can get over the storage issue.
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tony909 Love this phone
This phone is awesome at first glance I knew it was for me I did my homework & came to the conclusion that this phone is gonna be the DNA of what's to come. Pictures are brilliant detailed & crisp, music is rich & powerfull with the Beats Audio, The quad-core is super lighting fast the display is eye popping brilliance. The only thing that did bug me was only 16gb... Really for all this muscle under the hood I was sure It would be more or at least give me an option of adding more with an SD card slot but sadly no. Other than that I would definitely recommend this phone it won't disappoint. Oh did I mention the battery life sweet!
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Fav40 Nice upgrade !
Coming from a Thunderbolt, this thing is a nice upgrade. I did like my T-bolt since it's release and was quite comfortable with it. I do miss the physical "menu" button, flash light, and radio. Battery could be bigger. No need to make the phone this thin. I've owned the HTC Evo, Evo 3D and T-bolt prior. DNA+ in the future ?
Looking forward to getting to know this phone.
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TrooperThorn Best Smartphone Ever
To call any phone "The Best Smartphone Ever" is a bold claim, though given the nature of the industry, where new phones come out almost quarterly with specs that trump everything else, it's not too far off the mark. The truth is, there is no better phone available anywhere at the moment.
For the moment, the DROID DNA is unparalleled in the smartphone world. It's the first to deliver a 1080p screen into a smartphone (aside from its cousin the J Butterfly) and shockingly it squeezes the 5" screen in without feeling like a "phablet."
The camera on this device is fantastic--if you're used to the HTC One X you'll be familiar with a lot of the features, but coming from the Rezound it's a staggering improvement. It's still 8MP, but HTC's new sensors are amazing. You can take snapshots midway through recording video, and the continuous shooting mode works exceptionally well, offering a "best shot" option to automatically delete all the other pictures in the series if you only like one of them. The panorama feature works exceptionally well, and I wowed friends with its ease and quality.
Simply put, the DROID DNA's display is absolutely stunning. At five inches, 1080p and 440 pixels per inch, youâ€™ll be hard pressed to find anything that even begins to come close to this. Watching videos or looking at photos on your favorite photography site/app is an absolute treat.
The Auto Brightness setting works flawlessly, adjusting to the level of ambient lighting seemingly before the display is even turned on. This is a stark contrast from other Android phones, which are often too dim, and frequently change brightness midway through using them.
FEATURES: Build Quality/Design
The device feels exceptional. The material covering the back is slightly grippy, which adds a feeling of security when you hold the device in your hand. There isnâ€™t a creak or groan to be found anywhere on the device, which is a hallmark of HTC quality Iâ€™ve become accustomed to.
EASE OF USE
The DROID DNA runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC's Sense 4+ UI. What this means is it's EXCEPTIONALLY EASY to use. Everything is where it should be, and everything works the way you expect it to, which makes for an enjoyable experience. Further, Sense 4+ adds a layer of polish that the harsh lines and contrast of vanilla Android lacks.
The DNA retains the three primary softkeys (that have become the standard since ICS) just below the screen instead of the on-screen buttons found on Nexus devices. The missing Menu button is somewhat annoying, as apps' inclusion of the on-screen Menu button is inconsistent, and navigating to the phone's setting menu requires a swipe of the top pulldown. This is pretty nit-picky, but it's my only gripe about the ease of using the device.
I struggled when trying to decide whether to select "Good" or "Excellent" under Battery Life in the Product Rating above. At 2020 mAh, the battery might seem a bit lacking for a 5" 1080p monster like the DROID DNA at first. Though after a month's use, I've found it to be pretty respectable. The battery lasts me through the day easily with heavy use, and typically I go for two days before charging it with normal usage.
HTC has always had the best radios. Period. I've used several other manufacturer's Androids, and they simply do not compare. In tough service areas (like basements or large buildings), the DNA outperformed the competition every time. The DROID DNA even held 3G signal in my gym (in a university basement) where I usually drop to 1x consistently.
The DROID DNA's signal is excellent, and it's call quality is as well. Callers sounded crisp and clear on my end of the phone, and they reported good quality sound on their end as well.
Upon opening the Navigation app, the GPS locks on instantaneously. This is a huge advantage over the other Android devices I've used, which often take literally minutes to acquire GPS signal and begin directing me on the road. Again, I'm used to good radios/GPS from HTC, my Rezound and Droid Incredible were both flawless in this department as well.
Overall, this device is simply magnificent. I was shocked when I first held it, and even more shocked when I slid it easily into my pocket. It felt fantastic, as if it weren't even there. If you buy any device in the next six months, it had better be the HTC DROID DNA.
December 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 HTC DNA still relevant
I've had my DNA for 8 months, and with newer state of the art smartphones available, I am happy to say that the DNA stacks up well against the likes of the GS4 and LG2. Sure, it comes up a bit short on battery life and there's no SD Card, but this device is rock solid and performs.
I'll still recommend it, and it's almost a year old. Good job DNA, good job HTC.
November 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by pengguin000 Nice screen and factory unlocked but small battery
Nice screen and very usable size despite being 5". Shows that this is the best size for a smartphone. Sense gets this correct that others miss and thus is by far the most usable platform.
However the battery is relatively small in HTC's desire to have the smallest possible device with a 5" screen. For some the memory is limited as well as 11GB won't go very far for a serious audiophile for whom features like beats audio seem to be designed.
December 1, 2012