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HTC DROID DNA Announced for Verizon – Available November 21 for $199 on Contract


This morning, Verizon and HTC took to the stage to announce the all new DROID DNA. Being labeled as the next step in the evolution of the DROID brand, the DNA comes packed with some of today’s hottest specs.

Powering this monster is a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, while being equipped with an 8MP back-facing camera, NFC, Beats audio, a 2,020mAh battery, Sense 4+, and running Jelly Bean. The display is a 5″ 1080p HD super LCD 3 that is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, which should look great from any viewing angle and also in direct sunlight. When it comes to specs, this thing is packing. 

The device is available for pre-order starting today, with release scheduled for next week on the 21st of November at $199 on a new two-year agreement.

Picking one up?



The first full HD 1080p display with the highest pixel density of any smartphone also features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE

and HTC Sense 4+ with Android Jelly Bean 

BELLEVUE, WA — Nov. 13, 2012 — HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, and Verizon Wireless today announced the exclusive DROID DNA by HTC, the ultimate smartphone and the first with a full HD 1080p display.  The DROID DNA by HTC will be available exclusively through Verizon Wireless through pre-order starting today and at retail stores nationwide Wednesday, November 21st.

“It’s no secret that people depend on their smartphones more and more every day which rightfully raises expectations for performance, speed, and design.  The DROID DNA by HTC embodies a smartphone that pushes the envelope in all of these areas with the first true 1080p HD display, latest quad-core processor, and Verizon’s 4G LTE network, all wrapped in a beautifully crafted design,” said Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Corporation. “The DROID DNA by HTC is sure to top wish lists this holiday season.”

The Ultimate Smartphone

With technology rivaling the latest HD TV’s, the DROID DNA by HTC is the first smartphone to feature a true 1080p HD super LCD 3 display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 protection.  It boasts an extraordinary 440 pixels per inch (PPI) on a 5-inch screen for unprecedented in-hand HD experiences that delivers the maximum pixel clarity available on a smartphone.

Designed to accentuate the incredible display, the deep black, soft-touch back is understated, with the exception of a metallic red camera bezel, while the red microgrill pattern of the sidewalls hint at the phone’s DROID heritage and the power inside.  The beautifully crafted smartphone feels thinner than other devices of a similar size as the edges of the curved back taper to a mere 4mm for a comfortable feel in the hand or pocket.

The Qualcomm® Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, featuring a quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU and high-performance GPU, paired with America’s largest 4G LTE network from Verizon Wireless and a full 2G of RAM  enable the seamless use of multiple apps simultaneously.  With HTC Sense® 4+ and Android™ 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), you get great software experiences including Google Now. HTC Sense 4+ offers a wealth of easy-to-use and customizable features bringing highly sought after personalization to your phone and placing the most important content front and center.  A series of intelligent features powered by HTC Sense 4+ also provides a number of improvements to the camera.

Amazing Camera

The DROID DNA by HTC has a world-class camera that delivers fast image capture, great images even in low-light and an easy interface to capture stills and video. With an 8-megapixel f/2.0 28mm wide-angle lens, 5-level automatic flash, backside illuminated sensor (BSI), and superfast autofocus, you’ll capture amazing moments without the worry of missing a single one. Instead of choosing between photos and video, HTC VideoPic™ allows you to capture video and still images at the same time. And by simply holding the shutter button, Continuous Shooting takes multiple photos at up to four frames per second to catch all the action.

It also includes a new best-in-class 2.1-megapixel, f/2.0, 88-degree, ultra-wide angle, front-facing camera that allows more to be captured in self-portraits, and up to four people for group shots. Auto Portrait makes it easier to take photos of yourself and your friends with automatic face detection and a countdown timer so you can focus on your pose and not the shutter button.  Capable of capturing 1080p HD video, the front-facing camera also provides a sharper picture during video chat.

Authentic Sound

The DROID DNA by HTC has a unique, 2.55-volt, built-in headset amplifier and dedicated amp for the external rear-speaker to help boost the audio signal to deliver crystal clear sound with less distortion, even at maximum volume. The combination of amplified hardware and the rich, authentic, studio-quality sound of Beats Audio™ allows music to be heard the way the artist intended, and enhances the sound quality while playing games or watching video.

Additional Features

The DROID DNA by HTC is equipped with a 2,020 mAh battery and power saving software that enables long-lasting endurance.  In addition, the embedded wireless charging makes it easy and convenient to top off power throughout the day or fully charge overnight, simply by setting the phone down.  Finally, with near field communication (NFC), you can use the DROID DNA by HTC to share music and videos, add someone to your social networks, or download apps by tapping other NFC-enabled devices.


The DROID DNA by HTC will be available exclusively from Verizon Wireless through a pre-order starting today at www.verizonwireless.com/droiddna, and in-stores nationwide beginning Wednesday, November 21st for $199.99 with a two-year customer agreement. 

The names of companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by HTC Sense, a multilayered graphical user interface that vastly improves user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

  • cooksta32676

    What is the wireless charging that is listed as a feature on the VZ site?

  • Why bother releasing the best screen, best processor with 2GB of RAM and only leave people with less than 16GB!!!.. Who in HTC’s camp put this together and said yeah…. no extended memory is awesome!!! It’s stupidity like this that is making HTC lose money along with not releasing the phone to all carriers! Seriously was salivating for this phone and then the specs come out for the battery and no expandable memory (PASS). There really is no point in releasing a super “Entertainment” driven phone and then leave you without enough room to put anything on it after you install the usual apps and games. Holy fail batman!! They even gloat about the fact that games would be awesome on this…. too bad you can only have about 2 of the top games on the phone at a time. Most of them are in the GB range as far as how much memory they take!

  • It says this phone has wireless charging on Verizon’s website. Is that built-in or is it a case that Verizon has for some of their other phones?

  • LionStone

    Cool, got one on pre-order…$649.49. Yeehaw, DNA here I come!! 🙂

  • tomn1ce

    WTF 16GB of internal storage of which only 11GB is user accessible and a 2020mAh battery=DOA……….BlackBerry didn’t innovate on their phones and HTC isn’t innovating on their battery…

  • Diablo81588

    Lol HTC you’ve done it again.. 5 inch 1080p display with a 2000mAh battery.. What a joke, although I can’t say I’m surprised.

  • Nazzi_Muhammad

    Why bother with HTC’s crap when the Note 2 blows it away? Seriously, 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display, bigger battery, more storage, micro sd slot, great camera, quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz. I’ve had my share of HTC phones.

    No more….same issues over and over again.

  • George

    2020 mah battery quad code and 5′ 1080p screen = 1 hour talk time and 15 minutes of heavy usage for a company (htc) who’s infamously horrible with battery management this doesnt look good. whats the point of these specs if the phone dies within a few hours??

  • john

    9,73 mm thin with 2.020 mah on the dna vs 9,3 mm thin with 3.300 mah on the razr maxx hd. It’s a hard choice, or should i say “long live the battery”.

  • teevirus

    Guess I’ll have to wait for the HTC Droid DNA Max. Battery seems far to small for that much screen.

  • TPelt17

    Who else is waiting for CES to see what else is coming down the pipe?

    • Tyler Casilio

      When is it?

      • TPelt17

        January 8-11

  • trophynuts

    complete with that new gingerbread dock

  • FarmerTechno

    Still debating this vs. Nexus 4 on StraightTalk/AT&T. My biggest concern is can LTE be turned off? I have little to no 4G coverage here, and turning it off on my last 2 phones nearly doubled battery life.

  • Chuck Finley

    Seriously…couldn’t make the non-removable battery 2500+ mAh and the storage at least 32GB?
    Why tap into the “Maybe I Want a Phablet” crowd if you’re not going to go all in?

  • Radgatt

    I carry my charger everywhere anyway so I will get this phone. I don’t download large game apps and I use Google music for streaming my music. Unlimited data is all I need. Despite the battery, I’m happy to have this phone. I don’t root anymore miss HTC. I had the original incredible. I will be OK with this phone. As I saw on another site’s forum, this phone will be my one year compromise until next year when hopefully Verizon gets another nexus. If that doesn’t happen then I’ll figure something out. Either way, I’m getting this phone and I’ll be ok

  • No removable battery or expandable storage and HTC dares to wonder why Samsung is kicking their butt in the Android phone market!?

  • SpikedRed

    To anyone that says, “Oh, why do you feel the need to have an additional SD Card? You can get all your info from teh clowd, right?” WRONG. Examples: Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Tornadoes throughout the great plains, sunspots, hiccups in the electrical grid, a damned update to a newer phone via the cell towers from any carrier, “dead zones”, PICK ANY NATURAL DISASTER. The fact is, Verizon, At&t and other carriers refuse to upgrade the infrastructure when it comes to generators for every tower. Don’t believe me? Read the industry news *just* for Hurricane Sandy. We will NEVER be without a problem when it comes to interference with service interruptions.

    • Cloud storage should ALWAYS be a compliment to local storage, NEVER a replacement.

      • Ive been using the google music dont have music on my phone, but that wont be possible once I lose my unlimited data it takes up a ton

    • Add to the list “living in flyover country where carriers couldn’t be arsed to supply coverage.”

      • SpikedRed

        Added. It’s terrible isn’t it? I mean if you have Verizon, why couldn’t you have service on the same device in say Europe where Verizon’s parent company, Vodafone? Stupid telecoms.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Talking to a Verizon associate person right now, I asked about the battery and she says it will last 12.8 hrs when in use. I asked why, she said because she has a wireless battery agent….

  • ToddAwesome

    Stupid question. How do you reset and/or bring back to life a phone with a non-removable battery?

    • Tyler Casilio

      Actually, I was thinking that exact same question. Nice

    • TylerChappell

      I could be wrong but I think you simply hold the power button for much longer than normal?

  • haupman

    VZW reports a usage time which I think makes for good relative comparison:

    Droid RAZR HD MAXX: 32 hours
    Droid RAZR HD: 24 hours
    Galaxy Note 2: 22 hours
    Droid RAZR MAXX: 21.8 hours
    Galaxy S3: 15 hours
    Droid DNA: 12.8 hours
    Droid RAZR: 12.5 hours

    I don’t regard the actual times as relevant but I do regard the relative value of the numbers as relevant.

    • ToddAwesome

      and of course by usage they mean…..turned on, but never used, right? Either way, you’re right, they matter in terms of comparison purposes.

    • droidsung

      Did they post official numbers for Note 2 and DNA already? An earlier reviewer at phandroid claims DNA gets through a day with medium usage just fine.

      • Tyler Casilio

        Are you serious Clark?

  • steve30x

    I cannot believe that.. 16 gigs internal.. So three big games at 2 gigs, music added and some pictures and those 11 gigs usable.. Your looking at 6 or 7 gigs left.. Ugh…

  • Worst… name… evar…

  • Just checked VZW website. This phone goes for $600 off contract. Rezound is still $650…

    • TylerChappell

      It makes no sense to me why last years phones dont seem to go down, its the same scenario with the RAZRs, the RAZR is the same off-contract price as the RAZR HD.

    • LionStone


  • schoat333

    Why is it that every new phone is missing, or has 2-3 things I don’t like? I’d love to leave my gnex, but I don’t see a reason to yet.

    • zUFC

      Exactly!!!!!!!!^^^^^^^^ I same the same thing. They are always missing a few things that would make them perfect. I just don’t get it. I guess until phones become like “design your own sneakers” we will never get a 100% perfect phone. I keep waiting and waiting and waiting…………………

    • Ohiwastedmylife

      Exactly what I was thinking! The big let down on this phone is the SD slot which is 100% due to Verizon. Verizon wants you to consume as much data as possible and is forcing people into paying huge amounts for that data. $10/month for 1 GB or if they are lucky they get $15 for overage data.

    • Planned Obsolescence.. If they made a perfect phone, then you would only buy one phone every two years, vs selling tons of phones all the time that are just a little bit better then the last..

  • ChrisI

    I just have to laugh at these joke phones. Crappy size battery from a brand that is NOTORIOUS for making phones with horrible battery life. And no SD slot w/only 11gb storage? I’m starting to think that all the manufacturers actually have ZERO ability to just create a phone with everything a consumer could want. Plus, is 8mp cameras the best we’re going to be getting? That’s been the standard for almost 2 years now…..I’ll sacrifice a mm or two in thickness to get some brutally awesome specs. I’ll bet this POS has a locked bootloader to boot (no pun intended). I wonder if Japan and Europe get everything they demand, but in America it’s the corporate powers that tell you what specs you’ll get.

  • Give me this screen and camera in the 32gb RAZR maxx HD…all I want.

  • steve0617

    I don’t even care about the no SD card if they would just follow Apple (*gack*) and provide 16/32/64 gig models. Would that be *so* hard?

    • BakerDude

      This is why Apple wins. A15ish processor with awesome graphics and tons of storage. Their case design sucks but they rarely disappoint in the specs area. Now, if we could just dual boot that sucker… Honestly, I’ve been saying it for a while, OEM’s should focus on 2-3 models per year. Put some time and thought into them. How many devices, globally, will Android OEM’s dump on the market this year alone? Not to mention these OEM’s are making Windows phones as well. I don’t know, maybe this is just natural selection. Samsung has become the premiere phone maker and will only improve, while the others will fight for the scraps. Companies can only hemorrhage money for so long…

  • If this thing was in AOSP I’d be all over it.

  • BakerDude

    HTC, say hello to BB, on your way down.

  • Zach Armstrong

    This was a fail from the start.

  • Charlie

    This phone will get killed for the lack of storage options and really low battery, as it should. I was keeping an eye on this phone, but not anymore. Camera and screen will be great I’m sure, but the storage and battery are deal breakers for me.

    • Charlie

      I am however, looking forward to using that wallpaper on my current phone. 🙂

  • goodbyebb

    Where can I get that wallpaper? Anyone have it yet?

  • Yep

    When the dust settles on the comments in this thread, it should be screen captured from top to bottom and sent to both HTC & Verizon to show them they are not in tune with their customers’ wishes; and by extension why HTC is in the fiscal trouble it is in.

    Note 2 here I come.

  • StoneColdCarl

    The battery…

  • Not sure which I have come to hate more…the whining about Verizon logos or the whining about Sense. I mean, really? Do you not see what a d-bag you sound like when you constantly whine about something like Sense. Jesus Christ…

  • TechTitan

    They’ll be offering half off an extended battery within 30 days. Anyone wanna bet?

    • Tyler Casilio

      I hope so, I hope so. But its a nonremovable battery

  • Ben Modica

    The battery is very underwhelming. What really kills this for me though is the hardware buttons. Having everything on screen is the way of the future.

    • roberthenderson

      Yes, screenwasting technology is definitely the wave of the future.

  • Is it any wonder why HTC is failing? This manufacturer has become completely disconnected from what people actually want. Being an HTC customer for over 4years for me to be looking at the Galaxy Note 2 as my next upgrade should say something.

  • megrimlockmunchmetal


    hottest item on vzw for this phone and the htc holidays! the new htc portable power pack! this extended battery is huge! haha

    • Tyler Casilio

      That’s actually kind sweet. will DNA work?

  • chris125

    2020 battery? Ha thunderbolt version 2 here it comes

    • Daistaar

      Thunderbolt 3. The Rezound was the Thunderbolt 2. Look at the numbering schema…

  • How is this display compared to the IPS Nexus 4 display?

  • RW-1

    I like the Andromeda Strain Hexagon Wallpaper … but that’s it.

  • Sporttster

    No SD? Are these companies brain dead or something? We like big storage and the ability to make it bigger.

    • Verizon

      I think this is the gentle nudge off the cliff by manufacturers and carriers to move us all towards the cloud and more data usage.

      • Tyler Casilio

        Yeah probably

  • I have a 2100mah battery in my GNex and use the stock back, how can HTC not manage to fit a battery bigger then that in a 5+ inch phone?

    Where Sammy managed to get a SD card and a 3100mAh battery in similar, (I know the N2 is slightly bigger) sized phone.. I am glad I have my N2 on Preorder..

  • John Simonelli

    2020mah Battery?? HTC hasn’t learned. If they wanna compete with the Note 2, how could they put a battery a 1000 mah less in their phone?

    • Tyler Casilio

      If the Quadcore doesn’t use as much yet still powerful, that’s how. Not saying it is just a theory

      • zUFC

        the Note is a quad core also????? So i don’t get what your saying.

        • Ron_Swanson


        • Tyler Casilio

          Oh……well this is embarrassing

        • zUFC

          And I’m not giving you crap Tyler. I’m usually wrong about this stuff (I’m an idiot) so I probably misunderstood your comment.

          • Tyler Casilio

            I just read somewhere that it may be because of the Quadcore or something that they can get away with the 2020 battery. I guess it doesn’t take as much power or something. I dunno lol

  • Hatyrei

    It’s not yet on Verizonwireless page. 🙁

  • j

    i have a question, all my media is on my sd card, would there be anyway to transfer it to this phone becuase there is no micro sd slot

    • Yes its called cellebrite or you can do it on a computer.

    • Tyler Casilio

      USB her up to your computer then transfer the files over to your phone.

  • Is this phone Global as well?

    • Tyler Casilio

      Yes, saw it on Verizon site

      • Cool. Thanks, amigo.

        • Tyler Casilio

          Your welcome my friend

          • BakerDude

            You’re, FFS.

          • Tyler Casilio

            I don’t know that word.


    No Micro SD card, NO THANKS!!!! 16GB is NOT good enough!!

  • Bionic

    Total failure. Tiny battery and no SD card. No thanks.

    • droidify

      your s/n is Bionic. That does make you an expert on “total failures”. So….good point.

      • The Bionic actually runs really well on ICS…finally.

        • WCDave

          From working in customer care… no, not for many customers it doesn’t.

          • From soak test, what we discovered is that when anyone had a problem, have them clear their cache. Doing it once usually solves EVERYTHING. Basically, the upgrade process was awful, but the software is fine after a cache wipe.

          • WCDave

            The only pain is trying to tell that to government customers… they never have time for anything, even fixing stuff! haha

  • This was *almost* win. Non-removable lackluster battery and maxing at 11GB of usable storage completely kills everything else that’s awesome about this device. *SO* close. Grr.

  • thronez

    I still have my HTC Incredible (First run) it’s a great phone but the battery life is crappola, was hoping for a better stance on that but they don’t seem to care. So adios HTC hola Motorola

    • Same here, except I’m thinking S III.

      • thronez

        I’m on the fence about the S III. Why SII over Razr Maxx etc for you?

        • Honestly? Haven’t even looked at Razr Maxx. I was counting on replacing it with an HTC phone until this morning.

          • ezpotato

            Hahaha!! i’m in the same boat. my plans changed quickly after the memory thing was announced….

            i would still do razr maxx hd over gs3.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    I would use two cups and a string before I would buy another HTC phone.

  • Famouz Starz

    so whats in the box?

    • Tyler Casilio

      DROID DNA by HTC Phone with preinstalled 3FF SIM
      Wall/USB Charger
      SIM Tray Removal Tool
      Quick Start Guide
      Global Support Brochure
      Product Safety & Warranty Guide
      and Love

      • Verizon

        Can I buy the love separately?

        • Ron_Swanson


        • Tyler Casilio

          Tis the season lol

    • BakerDude

      Gwyneth Paltrow’s head?

      • Daistaar

        Upvote for the Se7en reference! LOL

  • TechTitan

    Not that I had changed my mind, but that Note 2 is looking even sexier right about now. Anyone notice the small blurb about battery life? I seem to remember a lack of detail around battery life before I purchased the Thunderbolt. Anytime battery life falls under “other features” and the section is dominated by “charging” features, you should know what you are getting into. Ijs. I love what HTC is doing with build quality, but it’s absolutely asinine to launch a “Flagship” phone with a subpar battery. Looks like a Ferrari with a 5 gallon tank to me. I’ll pass.

    • cooksta32676

      My brother ran HD video capture for 55 minutes on his note 2,and the battery went down 7%. Win.

      • TechTitan

        I’m interested to see how taxing LTE is on the Note 2. I’m still getting it though.

      • That is damn impressive!

  • C-Law

    It looks cool, great specs, but I gotta know if Cyanogenmod will get a rom officially on this thing first. I absolutely hate the look of HTC’s sense. It looks pre-ics to me. I much prefer stock, even touchwiz over it. And what’s with the little battery. I’ll probably pick the Note2

  • Looks like its going to be the Droid Razr Maxx for me now…just like Indiana Jones 4, this thing was a big let down.

  • Verizon

    2020 mAh battery and no sd card slot.

    Abandon all hope ye who enter here.

    • Carthage

      The battery can be charged, but no micro sd kills this for me.

      • x0lliex

        Yes no Micro SD + only 16GB means the phone is dead to me. I could live with 32GB with no Micro SD, but only 16GB? What is up with all these “flagship” devices skimping on memory.

        • Verizon

          It can only be one of two options.
          1. This is a push towards the cloud.
          2. Manufacturers have been hiring crack heads.

          • FAL_Fan

            One of two options? I would say that both those options are quite probable

          • Verizon

            So they are pushing us towards the cloud while smoking crack or are they pushing us to smoke crack in the cloud?

          • FAL_Fan

            They are pushing us to create a cloud of crack smoke

          • Please be number 2!!

        • Art Holguin

          32gb is I can live with but 16 and no sd is def. a downer guess i’ll be on this gs3 longer than planned both the nex4 and this dissappointed me.

        • Ohiwastedmylife

          Verizon got rid of unlimited data and is now forcing MFG to limit on board memory, they want more money!

          • Verizon

            Don’t blame me for this! (c;

            The entire One line (which this is a part of) is lacking an SD card slot. The One X, One S, One X+ and One VX are on AT&T, T-Mobile and all across the globe. This isn’t a push by a carrier it is by Google and the manufacturers. They have the cloud storage and services. Look at Google movies, books, magazines, play music, drive, etc. They are all pushing people to use the cloud.

            If this was a Verizon only thing, do you think they would have allowed Moto to put an SD card slot on the Razr line? They can force them to lock the bootloaders, but not give up sd cards?

          • Ohiwastedmylife

            uhhhhhhhhhhhh what about Butterfly J the phone that this device is exactly copied from except for that one thing!

            Matias Duarte is trying to steer android to cater to inexperienced users who do not know how to use smart devices. I just don’t get why no one thinks about long commutes, car rides, airplanes or other instances when 11GB will not suffice. I do not want to carry an OTG cable and a flash drive on me just to have music with me, ill just buy a walkman and start burning CD’s again.

          • Verizon

            And you just proved my point. The J Butterfly is for China and they do not even have access Google Play there. It would be a bit of a challenge for anyone to use Google’s cloud services where they do not exist.

            What makes cloud services difficult for inexperienced users? You put something here (cloud) and it is usable on your phone, tablet, tv, computer and car. You can access the same content from your home, office, car, an airplane (they do have wifi) or anywhere else you can access data. None of this is difficult or complicated. If it doesn’t fit your needs, then buy a different device. Personally, I want devices with SD card slots and huge batteries. It is the reason behind my original comment here. That doesn’t mean I’m going to go into some conspiracy theory about Verizon forcing manufacturers to get rid of SD card slots on their phones (especially when they have phones with sd card slots for sale right now). It means I won’t be buying this device and will look out for the next thing with the specs and features I want.

            BTW, Matias and Google also want manufacturers to lose the custom UIs or at least keep them as close to stock as possible. I don’t think HTC is listening.

          • Ohiwastedmylife

            Uh no? J is for JAPAN. And JAPAN does have Google Play. Get your facts straight. Cloud services are EASIER for new users, Matias stated that SD cards and the separation of different storage locations is confusing to users. You are on the wrong side of my argument.

            I personally want my SD card as well, I plan on using my device as a portable computer with a BT keyboard & mouse as well as MHL adapter to allow me to game on my flatscreen. The devices are powerful enough to replace a console in my opinon.

            BTW one of the founders just came out saying that they want MFG to differentiate their own experience and stop being so close to Google’s experience. They want someone to innovate and bring additional features that they have not thought of or developed yet.

          • Verizon

            The J Butterfly is going to Japan, China and Taiwan. China does not have cloud services with Google. I am not sure about Taiwan. I have my facts straight, thanks.

            I agree that cloud services are easier, that is why I said what I did. Your originally comment was

            “Verizon got rid of unlimited data and is now forcing MFG to limit on board memory, they want more money!”

            That is where I came in. That is why I commented that Verizon isn’t the one to blame here for missing SD Cards, but the finger should be pointed more in Google’s direction if you are going to be upset about it. You were the one commenting on inexperienced users, airplanes and long commutes. Your side of the argument is pretty hard to see.

            What one of the founders said might possibly be different from what Google/Android stated after the release of ICS. With the new trend of incorporating manufacturer’s custom additions into 4.2 that doesn’t surprise me much.

        • zion

          Honestly, while I know the group here is all about SD cards (Droid-Life users are really the 1%’ers, no?) – I HAVE to believe that the vast majority of users out there don’t even know what to do with expandable memory. They might not even know the company includes a card. Why would they? They just know if their phone is full or not.

          I really don’ think it’s an issue for your everyday consumer. And really, that’s who manufacturers make their money from. I know some people that LOVE their droids, and have never once mentioned needing the SD card slot. Or even know if they have it.

          Again, just hypothesizing here. But I think that’s mostly the case.

          • Part of the problem with this is that the phone itself is geared towards movies, pics, vids and gaming….. you can’t do much of that with 16GB (you can if you continually shuffle stuff around). Lets remember that you aren’t really getting 16GB… more like 10-11.

      • Paul

        Same here. The processor that’s much better than the Razr HD’s is great if you want to run large intensive apps, but it doesn’t have the storage for them. Though the camera and screen are also much better.

    • Trevor

      Yeah, I was extremely disappointed when I read about this phone today. I had been so excited too!

      • Verizon

        I had hopes, not high ones, but hopes.

        • Trevor

          Ha, well I made the mistake of having high hopes.

          • Tyler Casilio

            What if the battery ends up lasting pretty good? what if scenario

          • Trevor

            That would be excellent! But I still won’t buy it unless I can have at least 32GB of storage. Oh well, hopefully there are other beast-like phones just around the corner (maybe wishful thinking…).

  • coolsilver

    Nope. I’m NOT sorry HTC. I’m through with you. Verizon get your crap together. One false move and I’ll be porting out.

    • Unlimited data is the ONLY reason I stay with this greedy carrier.

      • coolsilver

        Yup, Love their service but Unlimited is going to keep me

  • Is it a removable battery?

    • steve0617


  • Tyler Casilio

    On the Verizon site to buy the phone, it says for the battery life at the bottom 12.8hrs for Usage time

    • TechTitan

      Define usage.

      • Tyler Casilio

        I believe it is an old, old wooden ship used in the Civil War era.

    • JWat4701

      Nearly half of the Note 2’s usage time

    • zUFC

      I saw that to. What do you think? think it’s true? they can’t lie, right???
      even if correct still not that good. The S3 shows 15 hours and Rzr HD up to 24. I had the S3 and it was good bat life but not exceptable. So I doubt this thing will suffice. Another HTC let down. 16GB storage, no SD slot, small batt, Come on HTC or Verizon. They always have something lacking (nevermid the stupid hardware button on the bottom).

      • Daistaar

        Are you saying the S3 battery life was not ACCEPTABLE or EXCEPTIONAL? Those two words are pretty different and I was looking forward to the Droid DNA but now I’m on the fence. Which one was it for the S3 before i head to Verizon?

        • zUFC

          Not Acceptable(for me). But I’m not normal Daistarr. My phone is used for work. I answer calls ALL day long. Nothing uses battery like actual phone calls. The S3 was the best batt life phone I had until Razr Maxx. But i still had to charge before going home if I wanted to get through the night. My Gnex was on the charger at noon!!!!! The S3 got me till around 5:00ish. On weekends (More of a normal use) it would last all day. the S3 shows 15 hours of use time. This DNA says 12. So that would mean during my work day I would be putting on the charger at around 3:00ish (compared to my 5:00ish with the S3). On weekends maybe we could get till 7:00 with normal use?(with this DNA) I guess we really don’t know until we use it. But i need Maxx battery life. It is so nice not having to worry about charging anytime during the day.

          P.S. i charge every night just so you can figure my times above. So phone is off the charger every morning at 6:30am fully charged.

          And I don’t know If I believe their 12 usage hour stat. That might mean doing barely anything with it. Have to wait and see I guess. Sorry for the not so good explanation.

          • Daistaar

            No that was perfect! Thanks man. My usage is similar. I get exchange mail by push for work and use mine regularly throughout the day. I’m feeling like the S3 might be the way to go for me. It’s good bang for the buck and that battery sounds like enough to get me through a day with a bump charge. I was really looking forward to the DNA and the battery should be fine but the lack of expandable storage (and increasing size of apps) as well as losing unlimited with an upgrade and relying on the cloud are pushing me away from it.

          • zUFC

            I really think it would be your best choice. If your like me then it is. And trust me, i was the same as you, i wanted this thing bad!. But everything you said (plus the batt) i just can’t do it. the S3 had great batt life. I almost didn’t want to give it up. But the maxx is just too perfect. I don’t even worry anymore. But it’s not close to as nice as the S3. And if i didn’t have to answer phone calls all day I would still have it. But wait first, you never know. maybe people that buy this might say “oh my god the batt is unbeleivable”. you never know. but i doubt it. thanks

  • Want to see what your review (particularly, battery life) says. I get the feeling they’re banking on you being OK with using wireless charging a few times a day rather than actually last long enough by itself… so close. 🙁

  • Caleb Shahamat

    How much off contract?!

  • blee

    thats a pretty small battery for a huge screen.. i wouldnt mind it being slighty thicker if it meant a larger battery..

    • JoYu

      As with every phone on the market (Except the Razr line)… I mean 1mm thicker for 1000mAh = no brainer.

  • I love the phone thankfully there is built in wireless charging thus making it less painful to charge this beast twice a day

    • Eric Soriano

      Is it really that difficult to just plug the micro usb connector in?

      • When you plug in and unplug 20 times a day it makes a huge difference

      • Tyler Casilio

        Yes. You actually have to take the phone in one hand, then take the cord in the other and then your not done, you still have to plug it in. I don’t have that kind of time, plus what if I have to sneeze

        • LOL 🙂

          • Tyler Casilio


        • TechTitan

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! I love the sarcasm on this site!

          • Tyler Casilio

            🙂 All in good fun

        • Alexander Garcia

          ROTFLMMFAO!!!!!!!!! =D

      • Daistaar

        The issue isn’t plugging it in. It’s whether this thing will make it to the next time you can charge it. I don’t like carrying a charger with me but have to. It would be nice to have a phone that can hold onto a charge from when I go to work until I return home. Like the ye old days, circa 2006…

  • Dat battery…

  • homelesshobo

    no sd card…only 16gb on board storage… WTF???

    • LiterofCola

      If they’re going to take away my ability to add space, they should at least cram some more in internally

    • JWat4701

      Dont forget that only 11Gb of usable storage…

      • FAL_Fan

        That is exactly what I was going to address! They can give us 16gb of on board storage but you have to account for the “actual formatted capacity may be less” clause that no one seems to be addressing here!

    • callumshell1

      Where does it say it only has 16GB? I find that highly unlikely as the One X+ has 64GB.

      • it is only 16, 11 usable

      • Tyler Casilio

        It is 16GB

      • steve0617

        On their own website:


        Memory / Processor
        16GB internal (actual formatted capacity is less)
        1.5GHz quad-core processor & 2GB of DDR2 RAM

        • callumshell1

          Wow that is really really stupid. They must have seen the Nexus 4 and thought “that must be the cool thing to do nowadays.”

  • Off contract?

    Oh, and the Nexus 4 is on sale now. My order just went through.

    • Tyler Casilio


  • Tyler Casilio

    I’ll wait to see what you guys say in your review and hands on videos

  • Wow. Rumored 2500mah is actually 2020mah. FAIL!

  • Tia

    might be my new phone!

  • jak_341

    Good specs. Good price. Battery is a little lacking. But Sense though? Eww.

    • dat bootloader

      • evltwn

        Told ya….2020mAh battery. Too bad looks like a really nice phone. Small battery, no good.

        • Touche. You win.

          • evltwn

            It’s a very shallow victory.

          • I’m really surprised. Even the Nexus 4 has a 2100 mAh battery.