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Tuesday Poll: Are You Buying the HTC DROID DNA?


Now that Verizon and HTC have made the DROID DNA official for November 21 at $199, we have to ask – are you buying it? So far, in the comments of most DNA posts, we are seeing a lot of excited readers who can’t wait to feel the soft finish in their hands, gaze into the beauty of the 5″ 1080p display, and snap photos with what is sure to be a best-in-class smartphone camera. On the flip side, we are also seeing a lot of you question the 16GB of internal storage with no way to expand that via microSD card. And what about the 2020mAh battery that has to fuel a quad-core processor and 5″ 1080p display? We’ll be testing all of that shortly, but as of today, are you planning to make this your next smartphone?

Be sure to check out our hands-on and video overview of the device from today’s live event.

Are You Buying the HTC DROID DNA?

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  • chad

    I think in these polls there should be a “I still have X months on my contract and don’t have $600 to spend on a phone that will be 1-upped in another month or so” option

  • avanthomme

    After an atrocious experience with the Thunderbolt, NO MORE HTC for me. Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nexus 4 FTW!

  • I’ve gotten too used to on-screen soft keys. I don’t really want anything else at this point, despite how awesome that phone looks. When it was a rumored HTC Nexus, I was all in, retail pricing.

  • Detonation

    I am spoiled by my Maxx’s battery life. I don’t need a Nexus, just have to have a huge battery (which means it probably won’t be a Nexus…)

  • Brian Walker

    This phone on another network and I’m all over it. I’m taking me and my wife over to T-Mobile in January so that I don’t have to deal with Verizon’s bull crap anymore. From here on out it’s only unlocked Google Play devices for me.

  • Justin W

    Nope, got my order through for a Nexus 4 about 3 hours ago, and that’s what I’ll stick with until next year.

  • DrS

    Cant some one just make a device that has all the goodies without some stupid hobbling flaw?
    A good IPS screen 1080
    S4 pro quad
    1-2gb ram
    Vanilla android
    32gb internal
    Microsd card
    sweet camera… I dont even care the megapix just let it not suck
    Big A battery (or removable… preferably both)
    Motorola build quality and radios

    I mean the DNA sounds like a great phone that I wont even consider bc of the storage.

    I want a micro SD card not even just for the ease and cheapness of adding space but for the super convience of back up: remove SD card, insert in computer, copy. MHC takes an eternity. I could back up everything on my OGDroid to my computer in 30minutes. My GNex takes 8-10 hours…

    I considered the GSIII but on handling the phone and using it, I felt it was not enough of an improvement over my Gnex.

    • guest

      look at my post below

  • Mike Hawk

    I like how the RAZR Maxx HD is thinner than this device… And yes, I said MAXX.

    • callumshell1

      One word: PenTile.

  • Crazydog

    Just waiting for the nexus 4 to get back in stock…

  • Watching TheVerge’s hands-on.. I wanted pull my hair out. HTC Sense is absolutely HORRENDOUS It’s so ugly, how can a skin look that bad?

  • Spider210

    so why not include beats headphones?!?!

  • lmao everything you guys post one of these “are you buying this phone?” polls the majority is always no..

  • droidify

    HTC checks 7 out of 10 boxes.
    1) small ass battery to power big ass screen
    2) small ass battery that is non removable
    3) no expandable storage and only 11gb usable.
    Ridiculous. I don’t know why they still try. Samsung builds inferior products to HTC but give consumers what they want. HTC refuses to learn.

    • cooksta32676

      Samsung is claiming 6 out of every 10 new Android phones sold in 2012. That’s ownage.

  • Mouthwatering specs. But terrible battery life, Sense, VZW bloat and locked bootloaders make it a no go. Nexus 4 for me

  • haupman

    Just by going by Verizon’s own numbers, the Droid DNA will get the equivalent battery life of the Droid RAZR (not the MAXX and not the HD).

    • Captain_Doug

      Still Decent.

      • nhizzat

        Since when is decent battery life sufficient?

        • Captain_Doug

          When its better than bad or mediocre?

  • StoneColdCarl

    That battery.

  • romma

    Sorry HTC, you said ICS was coming for the Inc 2, and you failed without even an explanation.

    • Captain_Doug

      yeah, whats up with that?

    • TylerChappell

      And the Thunderbolt…

  • DJyoSNOW

    Beat or a stylus….beats for TGIS guy

    • ToddAwesome

      TGIS. Thank God It’s Stylus?

    • JoshGroff

      I could have sworn there was a flashable beats zip ported over by some developer that was universally compatible… If only I could remember where I saw it.

  • ddevito

    [Insert Nexus comment here]

    • JoshGroff

      [Insert comment about how bad HTC is because of the Thunderbolt here]

  • will84

    This site needs to stop with all the, everyone is gonna say no. i guess they like there old crappy phones.

  • DJyoSNOW

    I’m a droid charge user still in a 2yr. This comes out first and is a hundred dollars cheaper! So I’m hella over due for an upgrade. My droid incredible has soft ware which is up to date f my droid charge I paid 300 for.

  • jnt

    The S3 has become my “Nexus 4” – killer specs, unlocked BL for now, and while it’s not as immediate as a true Nexus device, it’s still pretty darn quick thanks to our devs. The DNA looks awesome, but HTC’s devices (on Verizon anyway) have a history of being extremely difficult to unlock.

  • U said it… Just add RazrMAXX battery to this beauty… Else GTFO… (GNexus helped me to live with 16GB of space and I have OTG cable and StickMount sw)…

  • itsgonnalast

    I’m a former Thunderbolt & Flyer owner. HTC is dead to me.

    • JoshGroff

      I’m a former Sensation, Thunderbolt, Evo 3D, and Rezound owner. They aren’t dead to me. I’m only not buying this because the N4 caught my eye and I’m so done with Verizon’s share plans.

    • itznfb

      I’m a current Thunderbolt owner and HTC isn’t dead to me but it would be very difficult for me to go to another Sense based phone. I really really hate Sense. I’m going on a trial run with TMobile and the Nexus 4 and if that doesn’t work out I’m probably going with either the Maxx HD or GSIII still. Most likely Maxx HD…. GSIII and DNA are just…. tooo big.

      • itsgonnalast

        I enjoyed Sense until I realized that it was slowing down my phone, introducing security holes, preventing OS updates, and was probably eating up a ton of diskspace.

  • Alex Smith

    The giant phone trend has to stop. Specs are fantastic. But I dont need to carry a cat in the hat book in my pocket

    • cooksta32676

      It’s only 1/4″ wider and 1/2″ taller than an ip5. You’d never notice a difference in your pocket I doubt.

  • I love HTC hardware, even more than Motorola. They really fumbled this time, though. The battery is likely going to be insufficient with such a large screen and high specs. Only 11GB of user-accessible storage space, non-expandable, is also going to be a deal breaker for many. I had more storage than that in my phone 5 years ago and had no problem filling that up even back then.

  • sholtkamp

    Never buying anything from HTC again. You hear that HTC. You can blame your lack of updates and your failed promises as the reason.

  • FD

    Not if I can’t unlock the bootloader. You can bet your ass VZW will have it locked down.

  • i would have if it came out 2 months ago.. i all ready have the SG3 2 yr contract.. Lets see if HTC is still around then.. 😉

  • DroidBricker

    I like the phone but Verizon and HTC have completely lost my trust. It’s a few hours old and 1 Android revision behind. Nexus or nothing.

    • Diablo81588

      Does your nexus have it yet? No? Okay then. AOSP was literally just released today. Nexus trolls are so foolish.

      • DroidBricker

        Actually, yes it does. Thanks for caring!

  • I want to…..but damn that bootloader.

  • Sqube

    If this phone had 32GB of storage, I would have purchased it day one, sight unseen, first wave, manufacturing flaws and all.

    Now? Never. Matter of fact, I’d recommend the SGS 3 to people. Yes,I’m mad bro.

    • ezpotato

      lack of 32gb killed it for me too.. this blows. haha i cant believe i can be so pumped about a phone and it kills it with ONE important flaw that I cant work around!

      • Sqube

        Exactly how I felt. I was basically pulling out my wallet already, even though I didn’t know the status of the bootloader.

        Welp, guess I’ll have to wait for the Droid DNA+.

  • LionStone

    The DNA is on its way!! Oh yea!

  • thronez

    I want to but…battery…man…battery

  • Matt

    I currently have a Thunderbolt and am eligible for an upgrade, but cannot decide what phone I want. When I first started hearing of rumors of this phone i wanted it, but now knowing the huge screen, and not as large battery as everyone was hoping, I am hesitant about this phone. I cannot decide if i want to gamble with this phone, get the Samsung Galaxy S3 or even the Verizon Galaxy Nexus…any recommendations I really like stock experience, but with all the known issues with the Galaxy Nexus, and with it being a year old, I don’t know if it will last me 2 years. As far as the S3, i hate the home button on it., and I really dont want the Note 2 as the screen is too big.Any advise?

    • There are so many great features to the DNA but the only downsides are:
      1. Do you need a battery to last all day on one charge ( This phone more than likely will not)
      2. Do you need more than 16gb of storage (non expandable)
      If you need one of the two downsides don’t get the phone

    • JoshGroff

      If you want an almost stock experience and on screen buttons, the MAXX HD would be a good choice. Two of my friends have the S3 and the battery life is pretty awesome on them, so that’s always a viable alternative if you can get over the home button.

      If you’re going to get a G-Nex, get one used off contract for ~200, no reason to waste an upgrade on it if you have the money.

  • Tyler Casilio

    After your review DL I’ll decide

  • ok

    when will HTC realize that nobody cares how thin your phone is if it doesn’t feel good in the hand and lasts 15 minutes…

    • LiterofCola

      I disagree, if thin is out then you’d be fine with a Zach Morris sized phone?

      • nhizzat

        Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, and Razr HD all have larger batteries and are thinner than 9.5mm. The DNA is 9.1mm thick. No excuse to not have a larger battery.

  • Jose Noriega

    Maxx HD!!

  • James

    Sense to Nova Launcher = Problem solved

    non expandable memory to more reliance on cloud storage = problem solved

    Small battery compared to specs to HTC portable power solution accessory = problem solved (sort of)

    Bad-ass 5″ screen, bad ass camera, bad ass HD audio via BT, and the potential for an HTC unlock tool later on = a lot of positives to outweigh only a couple negatives.

    Ok, I admit it… the battery life thing really has me worried but otherwise I love this phone!

    • Completely Agree. I wanted to stick with a pure nexus device but google forced my hand. I have to have a verizon device and this one fits the bill quite nicely. The wireless charging will ease the battery pain a bit.
      Amazing Screen, Camera, Processor, and hardware build quality is what I crave.
      I am always by electrical power and even if I wasnt I would get a portable power pack for those times I needed more juice.
      HTC latest phones do have great stand by battery life with integrated LTE Radio .

      • nhizzat

        How does wireless charging ease the pain when you can’t hold the phone in your hand and charge it at the same time?

      • seeingwhite

        The LTE actually isn’t integrated but on a separate baseband SoC (the MDM9615); but it is still a very efficient design. We won’t know for sure what this means for battery life until we see actual tests with this particular phone.

    • Sqube

      Look, until the telcos come to their senses and start offering unlimited data again, relying more on cloud storage is going to cost a ton of money. Also, relying on the cloud only works as long as you’re on LTE.

      if you’re in a marginal reception area or you’re relying on VZW’s so-called 3G, you might as well drive home, put the data on a flash drive, and then drive back to where you were before. It’ll take about as much time.

      32GB wouldn’t have killed anyone. I feel the same way about the N4 and every other phone that tops out at 16GB without offering expandable storage.

      • James

        Understood. I can only speak for myself here. I travel all over Mn & N/S Dakota for work and have been surprised by how much coverage VZW has in both LTE and 3G. There are some places in the middle of nowhere that don’t have coverage but I have Sirius XM for that. I haven’t been through any town where I couldn’t open up drop box to send a file as an attachment in an email and etc. Pandora and Google Music stream just fine over 3G for me and I have Sirius XM for the times when I’m on 1x. I haven’t had a situation yet where cloud storage has presented an issue. I do understand there are places where LTE is limited and I agree that 32gb (or at least expandable) would have been ideal… for me that’s just not a deal breaker. I just pre-ordered one and will exchange it for a Note 2 if the battery life turns out to be just as bad as my GNex.

      • BSweetness

        This. Cloud storage is all well and good as long as you have unlimited data and a good connection. But not everyone has that all of the time.

        Then there’s the battery. Sure you can carry around a portable external charger, but then you’ve got to keep the phone hooked up to it for however long, and that’s a big inconvenience in many situations. It’s a lot easier to just carry a spare battery (which will be smaller, lighter, and easier to carry than a charger for those of us who don’t carry a purse or bag around all the time) and just switch when you need it.

        For me, offline storage and a removable battery are far more important than a 1080p screen.

  • michael

    i’m definitely waiting for tests on the battery before buying this phone. crossing my fingers it’s at least better than average!

  • soonersand

    Yep, the battery is going to be an issue. HTC is well-known for not providing enough juice. Another FAIL…

  • Bauce40

    As long as HTC keeps putting Sense on phones, I will never buy another HTC phone. The Incredible was ruined by Sense.

    • Captain_Doug

      Root? All overlays are bad, I only judge phones on hardware because the software always needs to be changed.

    • Bauce40

      I also had an OG Droid and now a Galaxy Nexus and even with connection problems on the Nexus, I’d still rather have that and stock Android than that awful Sense skin

  • Kevin

    I’m not a huge sense fan, but I do like good cameras. The screen size and battery size both kill it for me though. If this was a 4.7″ screen and a 2500mAh battery, I would have probably forgotten that the Razr HD exists.

    • Captain_Doug

      Especially with that tiny bezel. Amazing. A smaller screen, larger battery, and on screen keys, would’ve been ideal for me.

    • I now have the ‘Disneyland’ test. If it can’t make it through a day at Disneyland, I’m not buying it.

  • 16gb of storage and no microsd slot? lol @ htc.

  • Poll: Are you buying {insert HTC device name here} at any point in the future?
    o Sounds great! I can’t wait to own the next phone that HTC will never update.
    o The best thing about HTC phones is how easily they break! After 4 thunderbolts, why wouldn’t I want another HTC?!?
    o Sure, right after I buy the iPhone 5

    • JoshGroff

      I must have been lucky and just had a good Thunderbolt. O-o

  • David Henry

    Nexus or nothing for me from now on…

    • hear hear

    • enob

      I just learned the hard way. Sold my old (new) phone for the gnex

      • Mack

        Same, although my phone was a year old. Goodbye Droid X2, hello brand new Galaxy Nexus.

    • Gabriel Hart

      Indeed. After buying the Thunderbolt, I’ll never buy another non-Nexus device, let alone an HTC product.

      • [email protected]

        I am trying to decide between the DNA, the VZW Galaxy Nexus, and the S3. any advise?

        • nhizzat

          S3 every time

          • afmracer6

            using an vzw s3. i love it. solid device tons of good options.

        • jbegs

          Note II?

          • [email protected]

            Don’t want something that big.

        • Santa

          Get the DNA. If you like HTC phones, get it. Everyone complains about the battery life but it really isn’t a big deal. And according to the Verizon website the DNA will be getting up to 352 hours Stand by Time and 768 minutes of usage.

      • David Henry

        I had a Tbolt too…

    • Not only that, but for those of us with the GNex and grandfathered unlimited data, this phone would probably cost us around $700. That’s more than enough to keep me on the same phone for another year.

      • Mack

        I believe the full retail is $599. Still a lot of money especially when there’s a chance I wouldn’t want to keep the phone for more than a year.

      • You could always sell the GNex to help out with the cost of full retail you know.


        $599.99 full retail price. That’s a good deal in my opinion.

    • afmracer6

      i want a nexus but i gotta give up my unlimited and go to tmobile.
      those are two negatives i just cant accept.
      i wish….

      • SexciiP

        Well at least T-Mobile has unlimited HSPA+

    • bakdroid

      Better leave Verizon then…

      • David Henry

        Yeah….seems that way

    • Jared Nichols


  • kniceguy

    For me, I could never own a phone with HTC Sense and be happy. Rooting it obviously is a real option, but even then I would wait until it was rooted and ROMs were out.

    • Captain_Doug

      Yep. I only choose phones that have Cm working on them whether from a port or not. Sense and all other overlays are too much for me. Launchers can only do so much.

  • azndan4

    I’ve owned Motorolas, Samsungs, and HTCs. HTCs have had the best reception by far. That reason alone is enough to push me to HTC.

    • Radios mean nothing when the phone is dead.

      • JoshGroff

        Mophie 4000mAh juice pack, what now!!!

        • nhizzat

          That’s not cumbersome at all…

          • JoshGroff

            It’s actually not really.

    • nhizzat

      Motorola has always had the best radios in my experience.

  • Captain_Doug

    Gonna have to hold it first but even then, I’m not a huge fan of these ginormous phones. I appreciate them but I can’t imagine having to use 2 hands for practically everything.

  • zmberven

    That battery…*facepalm*

    I can live with the anemic storage….but for my uses I NEED battery life. I just don’t see it happening on this device

    • That battery is barely smaller than the S3. I know the screen should use more power but can’t we reserve judgement until we actually know something?

      • zmberven

        Eh. True. I suppose it’s the history of HTC batteries is what has me worried. I owned the Rezound for a year. 1620 mAh battery. Absolutely atrocious battery life on LTE that only increased a little with ICS. Even with this size battery in just that phone would it be respectable. But this has bigger, brighter, more pixel-y screen. Unless something in the power management department has happened, I don’t have much confidence in the battery.

        Also, I’m spoiled rotten to the core by my current phone, the Razr Maxx.

        • You aren’t alone. Everyone is complaining about the battery. I’m just trying to point out that it is not that small when compared to other HTC devices and I did not think the Rezound was any worse than the Thunderbolt, yet it had a higher res screen. While, I doubt this will compare to either Maxx, I expect it to be decent.

          • Futbolrunner

            That’s the problem. For a flagship phone we’re not liking for decent. If HTC wants the DNA to sell successfully, they shouldn’t be striving for that either.

          • HTC does market research to determine whether or not they should go thinner or longer battery life. Apple does the same thing and they too went thinner instead of extending battery life. Different strokes for different folks. They just need to make it through a work day for the average user. That’s the benchmark for most smart phones. Also, WE DON”T ACTUALLY KNOW HOW WELL OR POOR IT WILL PERFORM.

          • avanthomme

            Um, the Thunderbolt had absolutely ATROCIOUS battery life. I would 3-4 hours with LTE turned on. I would have to move throughout the city with 4G turned off in order to last a measly 7-8 hours.

          • I never had that problem with the Thunderbolt, even when it first came out and had not been tweaked. It had bad battery life but nothing close to what you describe. Sounds like a personal problem.

          • nhizzat

            My sister and I had Thunderbolts. We were basically tethered to an outlet even with the atrociously big extended battery. That’s on top of the 2 replacements each we received.

          • nhizzat

            It would be a serious feat of engineering to build a phone that gets worse battery life than the Thunderbolt. HTC almost did it with the Rezound though.

          • Lactose_the_Intolerant


          • michael arazan

            HTC–Challenge accepted!

          • Joe Trinosky

            It really comes down to which ReZound you have. There are some that suck and some that are amazing. I currently am getting 24hrs with 2+ hours of screen on time out of my ReZound. Completely stock. My previous one was atrocious and I only got about 9 hours with 1 hour of screen on if I was lucky. It’s amazing the difference between devices.

        • zepfloyd

          Fair points, but remember the Rezound nor the Thunderdolt had integrated LTE, this DOES, and that makes a world of difference in these devices. In the rapid pace of advancement in the mobile space, past performance does not indicate future results. I don’t think HTC is THAT stupid, (but I’m sure some snarky people here will say they are). Will this last as long as the Note II? Probably Not. But I’m going to say it’ll probably be right around where the GS3 is now, which does last a day on average. S4 Pro is more efficient than the S4, and Sharp’s new display tech (all resolutions) uses 25% less power according to them. I would still agree it wouldn’t have killed HTC to use a larger battery though.

          • zmberven

            Whoa. Hold the phone. LTE is integrated? I missed that memo. That IS a big deal. My Rezound powered through the day like a boss with LTE off.

            Now I’m curious…. HMMMM….

          • zepfloyd

            Yes. It’s an MDM9615 (same found in the iPhone 5)

          • zmberven


          • seeingwhite

            No, LTE is not integrated. But it is MUCH more efficient than previous designs such as the Thunderbolt. While LTE is integrated into the dual core s4s, these quad cores have two chips: the APQ8064 (processor SoC) AND MDM9615 (baseband including LTE). Again, though, this setup is much more efficient than the 1st gen design in the Thunderbolt.

          • zepfloyd

            you’re splitting hairs on “integrated.” There’s a difference between having an entirely separate LTE processor from the baseband (huge battery drain, and all devices until S4) and how it goes now. Apple does the same thing with the A6 and MDM9615 and calls that an integrated solution (with a 1440 battery no less)

          • Aardvark99

            I don’t think anyone is doing LTE w/o it integrated on the SoC anymore.

          • Diablo81588

            25 percent less power than a comparable screen size and resolution. This is definitely not comparable to the one x.

          • zepfloyd

            I specifically didn’t say it was. Sharp is simply saying it’s IZGO/SLCD3 is 25% more efficient than SLCD2.

            EDIT: which also is much more efficient than SAMOLED now in normal use. If your’re waiting on a 1080p AMOLED…good luck on battery.

          • michael arazan

            $600 full price with 16 gb? My nexus was around 600 with 32 gb

        • brando56894

          I had the Rezound also, even with it underclocked to 192 MHz when the screen was off and no LTE I would get maybe 5 to 6 hours with only about 30-60 minutes of screen on time at around 70% brightness. I picked up a used Galaxy Nexus and I’m just simply amazed by how good the battery is on it (then again I’m using the OEM extended battery which adds about 500 mAH to the stock Rezound battery). I have it underclocked to 384 MHz when the screen is off and even after streaming pandora for a little over an hour it will only drop about 10-15%, my Rezound would drop at least 30% doing the same thing. Just sleeping the Nexus will only lose a few percent per hour compared to the Rezound which would die after about 6 hours even if I wasn’t doing anything with it.

      • chris125

        barely smaller but also has to power way more pixels than on the s3. Plus sense is a notorious battery hog

    • Bionic

      battery fail

    • Kkalian311

      I already have one. I have been using it for a couple of days. The battery lasts me all day long. And i use above average.

    • Rob

      If they want you to stream everything instead of storing it locally, they should have paired it with a larger battery, no?

      If HTC wanted to keep it thin, I think they need to rethink that strategy. I mean people don’t care about the thickness of the RAZR MAXX/MAXX HD – because they know it’s for a big ass battery. I’m not saying HTC should go that route, but if they put in a 2500+ maH battery no one is going to complain about its thickness.

    • nightscout13

      This phone’s main purpose would be the consumption of media on that 1080p screen. To not have any battery options is the Achilles tendon for HTC. 2000mAh is a disgrace for this phone.