Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mclyte Great Phone!
My only complaint is the battery drains quaickly. I dropped this phone in the swimming pool it landed at the bottom. I fished it out and amaingly it still worked. I dried it out over night it works like a charm I only had to wait for the camera lens to unfog, it did and phone is back like new!!! Love this phone so easy to use.
June 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Kelly31 best phone i've ever owned
This is the first time I've had a phone I've been totally happy with, plus it's way ahead of anything that is out right now so I know it won't be dated in 6 months.
May 7, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by DonotbuyDNA This phone was great a first but has become useless
The internet coverage is spotty at best. 3g or 4g matters not. There are known issues with the sim card that turn the phone into a brick at random. You can not receive group text messages. This phone is a piece of garbage and should be recalled.
June 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Benj Gorgeous screen and smooth operation
The screen is gorgeous and its resolution superb. Sense is now mature and operates smoothly. My only complaint is the internal storage space (about 12 GB available) and no memory card slot. However, it is not HTC's fault, because the same model (e.g., J Butterfly) in other countries does come with a card slot for memory expansion.
May 29, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by UpsidedownB HTC DNA
Overall coming from a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 I was excited to try this phone out. After having it a few months and being on my second one for issues beyond my control I am now possibly going to need a 3rd one. First phone I received would not wireless charge, Second phone had major SIM card errors along with the one I currently have has had them also. I have went into the store and had the SIM card also replaced. Now I am getting data and transfer blockage. Trying to use Pandora or any game that needs the data and it's a no go until I reset the phone. I do this on a regular basis but I feel I should not have to reset my phone 2 to 3 times a day. I feel this phone is a fail in a lot of ways. I love HTC but this has been a deciding factor that I will never buy one of there products again.
June 27, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by emmyp Nice phone but not for me
This phone was excellent when I first got it. The screen is amazing and the performance is great too. Picture quality was the best thing about this phone in me opinion. The pictures always turned out really clear and crisp. The battery life wasn't that good, I had to charge it more than once a day. I had SIM card errors keep popping up on this phone, which turns our to be a regular issue with this phone. It would happen 5-15 times a day which was really frustrating because for those times I had no service. HTC should be coming out with an update to fix it soon. It's a really powerful smartphone with awesome features but it wasn't for me. The battery life issue and the SIM card issue is what turned me away from this phone. I've gone through two of these phones and three new sim cards now because of the SIM card issue. Without those issues I would love this phone.
June 19, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by UnsatisfiedConsumer999 Not recommended
This is without a doubt the worst phone that I have ever owned. Although I do not expect a phone to last forever, I do expect the functions and applications that are compatible to it to work properly. The phone, and its apps have worked minimally well from the start, and now are routinely crashing. Desktop, and menu's have become garbled, information has been lost, battery life is not existant,and performance has become very poor.
April 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TIminSC What Android is meant to be
Easy to use. Great features, Fun!!! I never appreciated what a phone could be until I got this one.
April 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Hillacious Great look combined with flawless performance
Had this phone for several months and have had zero issues. Love the big screen, clarity of pictures, and overall ease of use...
June 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Matthew54321 Excellent
Battery will last you all day. Coming from a phone that got only a little over a hour of screen on time it's amazing.
Bluetooth works very well, picks up everything fast, syncs up to car for music/calls without a problem.
Screen size is not a problem, I used to believe anything over 4.3" would be far too much. I personally was amazed with Super Amoled, but S-LCD3 is even more impressive with just as much vibrance and much more 'true' colors.
Responsive, very snappy, web browsing is very easy. That's always been an issue with android in the past, but this phone hasn't had a single reboot ( or delay ) over the 2 months owning it.
Call Quality is what you might expect, loud and clear, having had previous phones that were a little too quite.
Signal is terrific, I wasn't aware 4G was being integrated into these phones. So it was a surprise to find that you actually get better signal ( and battery life ) by using 4G. That does NOT mean more data usage, just faster data transfer.
Camera is solid, but average, like any other standard 8MP shooter.
I always recommend new smartphone users to the Iphone, but now that's going to change thanks to the DNA and Galaxy S3.
April 20, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by dgvft worse phone i ever bought
Find another phone. Nothing but problems. Filled the memory the first two weeks I had it. I dont have a lot of stuff on my phone. I charge it twice a day. Always having some issues and having to restart phone.
April 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Willywill1982 Best HTC Android w/Sense yet. Seriously.
I've had a lot of smartphones, 3 iPhones, 1 Windows Mobile 6.5, and 15 Android phones since the debut of Android: the HTC G1. I've always preferred either Samsung or HTC. HTC has always had the best build quality, and Samsung seems to have always had the fastest processors and most innovative features, along with, in my opinion, the best screen quality and sizes. I originally wanted to wait for the Galaxy S 4, but even though the DNA came out months ago, this thing has incredible build quality, it's incredibly fast and responsive and is pretty darn near future proof for a while. Hopefully with 4.2.2 and maybe even 5.0, it'll even fly faster. But to be honest? 4.1 on this baby absolutely flies. It's amazing. Plus, most of the features 4.2 bring are basically already built into this Droid's version of its Sense UI. The worst drawback about this phone is the fact that it only has 16GB of onboard storage, 11 GB and some change of which is even available. That'll make you, in the long run change your phone app downloading habits, and actually...probably for the better. I use DropBox and Google Drive to store all my documents and use the auto-upload feature on my phone to store pictures in a private folder you automatically get with G+ accounts, so you save a tremendous amount of space that way. I've read that Verizon requested the phone's specifications to be built with only 16GB, but it doesn't make sense because the Asian market version has only 16GB, too, but it has expandable storage, an option we don't have on our device here, but here's the thing: they don't have inductive charging, and I might be mistaken, but no NFC, either. Don't quote me on the latter, but I'd take the inductive charging and watch my storage usage a little closer for those two features. Overall, Sense brings a brilliant look to stock Android, which I prefer, but it's probably one of the most user friendly and longest lasting Android UIs still available (since '09's Hero, & Droid Eris), which continues to evolve and stay closer to the original Android standard look and performance. Check this guy out and compare it to anything else on the market on anyone's carrier. The screen and camera quality, along with it's exceptional reception and radios make this one of the best Android phones to come from ANY manufacturer to date. HTC out did themselves on this puppy, and Verizon did well to get it on their network. This is the most powerful Droid ever. This is the Droid you were looking for!
April 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Stic Excited about my new phone,,,,,
This is by far the best phone Ive ever had. I did a lot of research (pros/cons) on this phone. The memory space and the fact that that it has no memory card is the only setback. Other than that the size, picture quality and sleakness is breath taking. HTC has quality phones......LOVE IT!
April 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MCSweets A worthy heir to the droid crown
I knew it was time to upgrade from my old Droid x phone when I couldn't answer calls because the phone took so long to switch to the dialer app to get the answer or ignore buttons on the screen. I can kiss that problem goodbye and a host of other issues also. Everything is super fast on this device. Switching between apps is seamless, especially to/from the camera which is amazing.Speaking of the camera, there is virtually no shutter lag when snapping pics, regardless of mode or resolution. I do like the built in panorama mode and some of the other effects as well.
I know what you are thinking: performance is great, it's a quadcore processor, tell me about the battery life. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I got this device just before a long weekend trip and I must say the shortest battery life was one day that I drove back and forth using Google maps for directions and Bluetooth enabled. It was about 7 hrs before I had to recharge that day but since then, I have gone from 6 am to 10 at night and still been at 30% before going to bed. My internet usage admittedly is somewhat light, mostly words with friends and maps, occasionally streaming music or movies.
4G data and WiFi blew away all my other mobile browsing, including my modded touch-pad which ran a build of ICS as well as native OS. App downloads whizz by, streaming movies is a stutter free experience. Can't say enough about how awesome 4g AND WiFi browsing is on this device. Its also nice that the settings allows you to disable internet use outside of WiFi access to keep data usage under the ridiculously low caps that I now have to live with. I do miss my old grandfathered unlimited data cap. Sniff.
Call quality was superb and I confirmed this with 5 of my slightly annoyed friends the first day I had this phone. I have yet to drop a call which is shocking because that had become a way of life with my old phone. Previously marginal reception areas are now just another place where I can have an uninterrupted call. Nice considering that for all its whizz bang tech, this is still a phone.
The screen, the screen. 5 inches of brilliant clear color glory. My reading is sooo much easier on the eyes now. Surprisingly, the phone fits very well in my hands despite the large screen. Just a gorgeous display, nothing else to say.
Well there are 2 cons : no external SD card slot and that stupid lil plastic thingy to cover the USB connector/charging slot. I simply leave the opening uncovered because it is such a pain to pull the thing off! In truth, the 16 GB on board storage has proven to be bigger than I thought, especially since I use cloud storage and I really have not much music stored on it to speak of. I will investigate Google music and drive and see how they work also.
In summary, if you have an old droid, if you use maps and voice to txt on the keyboard, in fact, if you use any of the features available to the Android OS, if you like to stream music and movies you MUST get this phone. They all are slick as heck. After less than 2 weeks with this phone, I can't imagine living with anything less.
December 9, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by tleeprog1 This phone is fast. .. BUT
This phone has a big issue with the SIM card, where the SIM card becomes unreadable by the phone. this results in not being able to make / recieve any phone calls, (emergency). I am an on call network administrator this behavior only heightens fear that I will not get a phone call. The phone otherwise is fast and easy to use. Verizon coverage is great and the battery life is above par. I simply feel that if I am paying for the hardware, the hardware better not turn itself off while doing nothing.
May 24, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by m111984 Radio issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10-15 times a day I loose connectivity in one way or another. Either just disconnects mobile data still allowing me to make calls and receive SMS, or it will say the SIM card is not found or say the SIM card is PUK locked. The last two issues require rebooting the phone to reconnect (no calls, data, texts, anything). I have had to reboot the phone up to 5 times to get it to connect. Remember to check your phone constantly because you are probably missing calls, texts, emails, everything. Completely worthless as a mobile device.
I have replaced the SIM card and cleaned it and the slot as best I can. This card came installed in the phone from Verizon and had this problem in the first week of owning the phone. I have done research and HTC claims it is a software problem, NOT hardware, however their most recent OTA update (February - including radio updates) did NOT fix it. Seems like it made it worse actually. I am very dissatisfied with this phone and would not recommend it to ANYONE. Read about it you will find this is a very common problem with this model.
March 21, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by ryanj0 Over sylish and under powered (battery wise)
I have used 3 HTC phones before this: the droid incredible, thunderbolt, and rezound. Each was great and worked well, except for some battery issues on the thunderbolt as it was new for 4G.
However, I had to return my droid DNA due to the extremely short battery life. On all of my android phones I run GPS and bluetooth on at all times, wifi off, and the screen usually at 40% brightness. I do not run any sync tasks in the background other than HTC's cool weather/clock widget (and it is really cool on a 1080p screen).
However, despite my power conservation, the phone ran only (to 20% life as i dont want to fully discharge in case of emergency, so the last 20% does not really count as usable) 12 hrs on standby with 3 hours of screen time. I feel this is very poor for a 3rd generation LTE phone.
So overall from a hardware side, HTC cared first and foremost about style. From a software side, it is my opinion that Sense has gone backwards in usability. Features that the rezound had have been removed.
Therefore, despite being a loyal HTC customer for 3 generations of phones, I returned my DNA and therefore cannot recommend it as the shortcomings overwhelm the truly great screen.
December 9, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5Â by borisv1203 Worst Phone Ever
Worst phone ever. Month in, getting lots of errors, phone is dropping calls, weird echos, apps are crashing. Battery life horrible. Wish i had my iphone back.
March 21, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 Do not get this phone
This phone has a software issue that results in the phone having a "sim card" error where you basically don't receive text, phone, calls, or any service. It only works in this state if you have access to wi-fi at the time.
At first a simple restart will fix the problem, but then the error will start to come up more frequently and the restarting of the phone won't even help. It's taken me 5+ restarts for the error to go away and this happens on a daily basis.
**if you are a business person or use your phone for IMPORTANT calls and etc. DO NOT get this phone--you'll probably get the error while talking to you boss which makes it look you basically just hung on on your boss or whoever. Because it happens.
June 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by dookybrown Its so easy to make a bogus review, but this is real
i've read the reviews claiming this phone has random disconnects, sim card errors, and poor battery life. i've had this phone for a month now and have experienced none of those issues . this is the best phone i've had so far, it gets great reception, no sim card errors, and the battery life is really good. i can leave it off the charger for 16+ hours and have about 40% battery life left before i plug it in for the night.
May 28, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Texasfan9898 DNA IS A Good Phone EXCEPT For- SIM CARD ERRORS
Phone is very fast and love the screen size and takes good pictures, BUT it has a SIM card error which I was told by Verizon customer service is becoming a common error. It is a pain to re-boot phone every time it happens.... you can miss calls, miss texts and it happens about twice a day now. I will be getting rid of phone and going with the Iphone5.
Wish HTC got the SIM card right then it would have been a GREAT phone!
March 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Curiosity best Droid Ever
The design is fantastic. I had a Thunderbolt before this, HTC really messed up the T-Bolt LTE Phone, but not this one. The vibrating function seems smoother, nice 1080p display(unnoticable pixels). Seems better than a GS3 and is alot faster, newer, better than the GS3. I think this is the fastest android phone in the world. Glad I didnt get a GS3. HTC didnt mess up on this, they had a horrible past, but this phone changes everything, and now its my favorite phone manufacture.
December 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by braumeister So far, so great!!
I chose this phone because the Galaxy Note II was just too big. I've only had this phone for a few days, but so far I am very impressed and very happy with the DNA. The display is fantastic, my battery life has been averaging 45 hours on a charge, the performance is very fast and call quality for me has been great. I followed some very simple tips after Googleing how to prolong the DNA's battery life and the results have been tremendous. I am not one to spend my entire life with my nose in the phone and I do not play games on my phone. I just read some news apps I have installed and check Facebook every so often. The phone is the perfect size for me and is surprisingly light---makes my old Samsung Charge feel like a brick in comparison. I highly recommend the DNA!
May 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by OhioTechnician This thing is slicker than slug snot
I've had a little over a week to put the DNA through it's paces. Overall, this is a very good phone. The good points outweigh the not so good ones.
Sleek looking black with red piping down the sides
Excellent screen size with brilliant graphics
Fast quad core processor
Has "bloatware" but not as much as I've seen on other phones
As thin as about 4 credit cards
Battery life is excellent, even with 4G running
Apps run quickly and phone is super fast.
Embedded battery, can not remove or replace
16gb max with no Mini-SD slot, memory not expandable
Rather large - does not feel real comfortable in my hand
Volume rocker and on/off buttons flush with unit, making it difficult to feel without looking at it. The flush mounted on/off switch can be difficult to use.
JellyBean is not most up to date OS,even with HTC Sense.
All in all, a nice upgrade from my power hungry HTC ThunderBolt. The Verizon guy had to talk me into this phone, as I had my mind set on the Samsung Galaxy S3. But so far, this phone is pretty as good as he made it out to be.
February 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Joepa0119 DNA
Smart phones are not in my DNA, but I am slowly learning my way around this device. :)
February 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HappyDroidDude Finally, eveyrthing I want in Phone!
I am a phone guy. Usually I buy a new phone every ~6-8 weeks, and sell the old one. Most of the time for something new, or some feature on the recently acquired phone that annoyed me. Cheap build quality, bad battery life, no NFC and/or wireless charging, etc. I pre-ordered this phone, and came from a Galaxy SIII.
The HTC Droid DNA is a phone I will keep for a year, a rarity for me.
-Amazing display, dimensions surprisingly slim and narrow, battery life that exceeded my expectations, nice camera and sound, quality of build, etc.
-I actually like the USB cover as I only open it on long road trips to plug into my car charger. It provides a small degree of water protection, and keeps it clean looking. They rest is strictly wireless charging. I have a wireless pad at work, on my nightstand, and in our living room for convenience. I love this set up and will never again buy a phone without the ability to wirelessly charge your phone without buying some hideous fat replacement cover.
-Nicely detailed with a great feel to the device. From the back cover, to the screen, which has a downward lip on it to make the front seamless, HTC has obviously worked on the details here.
-It is fast, smooth and polished.
-LED on the back, genius! Mine phones are always face down and now, when in a meeting, know silently and privately I have a message.
Some areas that could be improved.
-Not a huge Sense fan. I use Nova launcher as it is so superior to any other launcher out there with simple limitless customization, so not an issue for me. Others may not want to customize, or care about Sense though.
-LED light in front is small and difficult to see, though at least we have one on Android, *cough*cough*.
-I also don't prefer the three capacitive buttons on the bottom of the device. Jelly Bean 4.1 is designed without the need for such things, and makes the phone look antiquated by those who know this. However, i must admit at times they are handy, and I had a Galaxy Nexus so I am aware of both set ups.
-Notification LED's are only green, be nice if they had the abiity to show different colors for different notifications. As is fairly common now.
The HTC Droid DNA has the best feature set so far in an Android phone I have had. I also prefer the DNA to my wife's iPhone 5, though they are both excellent phones.
December 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DNALover Best bang for the buck
Very good phone for the money. Cheaper (and better) than the Razr MAXX HD and a much better size than the Note II while still being big. Only reason to get an iPhone or another android handset over this is if you NEED more memory than 16GB. HTC- Release 32 and 64 GB versions to compete directly against the iPhone and itll sell even more.
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by se7en GREAT Superphone with acceptable (not bad) battery life
I have read many of the reviews here and have to say that I agree with most everyone here except those who really hammer the battery performance. Let me address the battery first. I am coming from the original RAZR and was able to make it a day and a half with my normal day-to-day use. I wasn't expecting anything more...certainly I didn't want less...and I HAVE NOT received less!! Look, its a new phone and I, like many of you, will be on it more when it's new. We do our standard setups, customizations, probably watch more YouTube in HD because the screen is really beautiful, so naturally it's not going to last as long initially. Now that the "new" has worn off (I received mine on the release day), it's lasting a day and a half, as expected. I've even gotten longer on two occasions, with 2 full days of service! I think that is just about average and what I expected. As for MY normal usage, here's what I usually experience: 15-20 emails a day between two accounts (i have it set to sync (POP) every 30 minutes), 100 or so gtalk messages, 10-15 normal texts, 1-1.5 hours of web surfing, very little gaming if any, around 15 minutes of video chat, 20-30 minutes of calls, and 2 hours of music playback. This usage will force the battery dead after a day and a half. Not bad in my opinion and, again, on par with the original RAZR. THE ONLY phone that will outlast this is the MAXX. If you're a heavy user, do everyone a favor and get it. Nothing else will make you happier than that of a larger battery.
Now, for all the bells and whistles, this phone is fantastic at those. I have a "qi" wireless charger and love it...although it IS a slower charge. But no worries as it charges while I sleep. As mentioned, the screen is EXCELLENT. I have experienced almost no lag when flipping between apps and such and the camera is GREAT!! I can say this because of the pathetic Motorola cameras I've had over the last two phones! Motorola needs to work on that. I would rate this camera second to only the iPhone's. I love it. The only negative I have is the darn LED notification light. Although this one has two, which I really like, HTC in all their wisdom has it set to only flash for 5 minutes, then it times out and shuts off even if you haven't yet cleared the notification. Bummer. Motorola will blink forever.
Summary: THE BEST phone on this network, and maybe the best phone currently in the U.S. on any network. Don't let the bad press of the battery scare you...unless you're a heavy user.
December 4, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 Phones are possessed!
These phones (I have had 2) are fully possessed by demonic content! They launch what they want when they want to. They cancelled calls when they wanted to. Different desktops would be populated with shortcuts to mp3 files, Adobe pdf files and other app shortcuts. It would set random alarms for weird times (02:07 am?) which would wake me up. Sometimes it plays audio and video tutorials. Yesterday it played a YouTube "BudLight Commercial"...
June 20, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 I like the phone, but I have begun to have issues with it.
2-4 times a day it says it cannot detect the sim card, but you can't get to the sim card. It is a huge inconvenience. If it weren't for that, this would be a great phone.
February 26, 2013