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Tuesday Poll: Are You Buying the HTC DROID DNA?

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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  • DVMT

    I saw a post online saying that the screen of HTC DNA is made of IGZO which supposes to minimize energy consumption because of it’s thinness, and that could be the reason why HTC didn’t go for enormous battery. I googled it and here is a part i took from the news on Reuter. Japan’s Sharp Corp said it has boosted output of its IGZO displays, the thin, power-saving screens. hopefully, this could save some battery life on that beauty.

  • ikepete

    I worry about the battery the most like a lot of people on here. I have the thunderbolt with the extended battery and it still doesn’t last me all day. Other then the battery I like my HTC phone. I am just regular use I guess you could say. I mainly surf the web and call and text. I’m not out to solve world problems with my phone but I do want the battery to last all day. I will wait for reviews before I make my decision

  • Royalty

    Being a current HTC owner (Thunderbolt), I have been very disappointed with the battery. In my profession I can not be around a charger all the time. So a 2020mAh battery is supposed to power a 5 inch 1080p screen on 4G and htc Sense all day? Questionable…
    One reason I didn’t go with the iphone is because of not being able to expand memory with an SD card. Bad move for HTC here in doing the same. I’m upgrading to the Razr Max HD without hesitation. I’m sure the DNA is a great phone, just not for me. I need battery and storage with a high quality durable build.

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelNybsns Michael Nybsns

    Have to see the battery benchmarks before making a decision.

  • WCDave

    I wasn’t sure whether I wanted this or the Note 2 – I’m not a fan of the RAZR or RAZR HD or RAZR M or RAZR MAXX or RAZR MAXX HD or.. you get the picture – they’re all just too similar.

    However, Verizon’s running a limited edition employee version of this phone with a red back on it, for $99. I can’t turn THAT down. That, and having a one-year contract…. if it’s as bad as some predict, I’ll go back to the GNex and update next October.

  • Justin

    Why would I buy a phone with no memory card slot? I mean come on my old lg vx8000 flip phone had a damn card slot. I will stick with my Sammy GS3.

  • RaptorOO7

    Hell NO!!!! I am done with HTC devices, after the ThunderTurd and the constant issues with that device (launch day buyer) and their lack of OS updates and support its no wonder their stock and sales are tanking faster than the Titanic.

  • http://twitter.com/razinlightyear AndrewRazin

    this is in in-between territory. seems like you’d either go note 2 or s3, hd maxx.

    ps the battery sucks

  • Jeff

    I’m done with HTC. Well, at least for the next 2 years.

  • Kevin McDole

    I desperately want this phone, mostly because I’m terrified HTC won’t release another phone with these great of specs (screen anyone?) on Verizon again and because I’m terrified HTC might not be around when my upgrade (from Rezound) is available

  • geocab

    Not with that battery unless HTC installed a battery powered by magic. Damn, I was looking forward to this one. Probably the Note 2 for me. I have to get something, my DX aggravates me beyond belief!

    • Jackson

      The note 2 is a dream I left Verizon unlimited for t-mobile because of there sale and I like the way the value plan works you can pay off early and buy a new one and they allow 400 on credit 20a month

  • paul_cus

    Questionable battery life and the Verizon logo up top means I’m out.

    • TylerChappell

      HTC devices always have the Verizon logo at the top, which is better than slapping it on the Home button…

  • Zebelious

    I think HTC has gone deaf without them even knowing beause I’ve been keep shouting at them “stop digging your own grave”.

    Seriously, HTC’s design policy is to minimise product life expectancy while maximising profits. It hasn’t worked for the past nearly two years.

    HTC phones now have now the ugliest dock bar among all OEMs when at one point it was their signature design. Who wants Launcher Pro looking dock bar in ICS or JB today?

    I’m guessing the lack of SD-Card is Verizon’s demand, the butterfly J (DNA variant) having a SD-Card port would prove me right.

  • Santa

    According to the Verizon website the DNA will be getting up to 352 hours Stand by Time and 768 minutes of usage.

  • Trevor

    Not buying without an SD card slot or at the very least 32GB of internal storage. At work I get no reception (no WiFi) and any music streaming sites are blocked on my PC, so I need the storage so I can have my music on my phone. Sucks cause I was really interested in this before. Maybe they’ll come out with a 32GB version soon…

  • hfoster52

    Battery Life and what the dev community will look like are my only 2 questions.

  • Nexus

    Sold my S3 and just bought the DROID DNA full retail, and I’m happy.

  • nightscout13

    Not with that puny battey…..

  • Hatyrei

    I just order this one….cuz Nexus 4 is sold out. I can’t still believed im on my way out to checkout ,…then i get an error and boom it’s gone. rofl. I wan’t a Galaxy note 2 but it’s still on 27 of Nov. :(

  • Alan Burnstine

    If I could keep my current family share plan and unlimited data and still get the subsidized price, I would be first in line. Current situation, looking more and more at Sprint and T-Mobile for my future.

    • hfoster52

      Well keep in mind their coverage and customer support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.centeno2 Michael Centeno

    It’s d.o.a 16gb no sd card slot? non removable battery? wtf htc? would have expected you have learned from the one series, apparently you guys didn’t. smh

  • http://www.facebook.com/mroberte Robert Evans

    After my crappy experience with the Thunderbolt, HTC has lost a long-time fanboy. Samsung seems to be one of the few companies that is trying to be a leader in this space, instead of a “me-too”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1198252656 Jeff Kerstetter

    I have been pumped about this phone since before it even had a name. But no SD card and only 16GB?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Why the hell would I even CONSIDER buying this?!

  • Spider210

    All they need is a mophie case with a SD card slot on it for this phone and it will be perfect. With an app like stick mount this would work perfect.

  • taylor

    Love the specs but the lack of sd and battery are the killer for me

  • Christopher Moore

    I have 2 issues with this phone; 2020mah battery and no sd card slot. I might have pulled the trigger if it had a sd card slot because I have a feeling that morphie can make a decent battery case for this. Looks like I’m sticking with the Note 2. I even bought a spare battery w/charger, 2 tpu cases and screen protectors. Next is a 64gig memory card. My only jealousy is that beautiful display. The phone gods are so cruel.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    I would rather fall down a flight of stairs carrying an armload of light bulbs than get another HTC phone..

    • Daistaar

      That’s what a hand-truck and elevator is for… (lol)

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Battery and no microSD/only 16GB storage is my biggest issue. If it was 32 GB sans microSD slot, maybe. But definitely not at 16 GB and a battery smaller than my S3.

    Looks like I will have to wait until 2013 to see what Samsung has instore as far as 1080p screens go.

    Edit: is this basically what us Verizon users get in lieu of a One X/One X+?

    • Diablo81588

      I think it’ll be awhile before Samsung releases a 1080p phone. They’re having trouble even making a 720p rgb display with their oled tech, much less a 1080.

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        I’m pretty certain I read on several blogs by mid 2013. Definitely sometime in 2013.

  • http://tumblr.marcusjhu.com/ Marcus

    HTC is going to have to revamp everything before I try em again

  • Kkalian311

    I have had the privilege of having the DROID DNA for a few days and here are my few thoughts so far.

    Battery life – For above average use it did not drop below 30% by the end of the day. I didn’t have to worry about mid day charging at all.

    The screen – Amazing picture quality. pure 1080p. and it seems the glass has a laminate which makes it very easy on the eyes. the colors are crisp the images flow smoothly on the screen.

    The build – Very nice to handle and fits nicely into a pocket. its thin enough to not cause any obtrusiveness.

    The hardware – The processor is super quick. Everything runs smoothly on the device. The one thing the device does lack is a SD card slot but its still doable without it. The cameras are awesome. The back is great in HD, and the front widescreen camera is a nice touch for sure. Image Sense helps the camera function a lot with super quick photos, HDR, and stability.

    HTC Sense – it seems a lot lighter, and quicker than my old incredible 4g. This is a huge improvement as it used to lag a bit but now its appears to be gone.

    Built in software – usual verizon stuff – NFL Mobile, audible, amex serve, amazon, zappos and viewdini, oh and slacker radio.

    This is a true super phone. I have loved every minute of it.

    I recommend the DROID DNA to anyone looking for a phone.

    • StayHuman

      Thanks for an ACTUAL review!

    • nhizzat

      Need more than just “above average” use to describe battery life. How about on-screen and total up-time? You know, something we can actually use to compare how the battery is being used.

  • CHRIS42060

    I severely dislike that Google and phone manufacturers are going in a different direct as most service providers.
    I understand it is faster to access data not on an SD card. I also understand that Google would prefer us to use their Cloud services for things we used to store on our phones. I use and love Google Music, Google Drive, and all of the other Cloud services.
    Unfortunately this uses mobile data in many cases, and here are service providers (Verizon and AT&T) that are limiting data we can use.
    Here is the situation I would get into if I upgraded to this phone (or any phone without an SD slot). Since the phone has only 11 – 12 GB of usable data storage when I am at the gym (No Wifi) or driving (I drive a lot for work) I will have to stream Google Play Musc or Amazon MP3 like I do now with my G-Nex. Over the last month I have used about 1 GB of data with just those two applications. I will run into a problem because to upgrade to the Droid DNA I will have to give up my unlimited data, and switch to a share everything plan. The 1GB plan will raise my monthly phone bill by $25/month, and that is the only one I would be able to afford. So I am stuck with 2 applications using all of my monthly data to do something I could do without using any data if my phone had a damn SD card.
    Its a growing gap of Google/OEMs saying “No SD Card use mobile data” and service providers saying “We only want you using xxx amount of data or we will charge you more and more.”

  • JeffColorado

    No SD? No sale. I will never buy any Android phone without expandable memory, ever.
    Even if one of it’s functions is granting wishes for another phone with SD support.

  • http://twitter.com/ChronicAndroid Chronic Android

    Reading through these comments I’m reminded of the original Droid Incredible launch. Turned out to be one of my favorite devices of all time.

  • DEE

    NO

    HTC LISTEN

    UNTIL YOU PUT BETTER BATTERIES IN – I WONT BUY!!!

    • Bionic

      this

  • http://www.facebook.com/smartguy0101 Anthony James

    Not sure about that battery and I don’t think I can go back to capacitive buttons.

  • firebird69

    Broke my GN screen last week. Just pre-ordered this phone, only reason I did not get the Note 2 was its size. I hope this phone isn’t to big in my hand and pocket.

    • Bionic

      my friend’s note 2 is way too big for pocket. it fits but just does not feel right. It feels like you could break it easily.

  • ezpotato

    i can get past the battery, since i have a 4000mAH backup.. but that internal memory did it for me. How is it that a phone with the first 1080p screen in the US, 2 gb of ram, great camera hardware/sw, comes with 16gb of INTERNAL memory with no expandability? Dont give me that “cloud” crap. Not all of us have unlimited, and some of us have music they need on the go. this day and age, 16gb is pathetic….

    I waited 4 months for this phone to get announced, and this comes out. Going unlocked GSM Optimus G or if I stay with VZW, i’m going RAZR HD Maxx. it may not have the screen,but it has a battery and storage worth the $….

    this phone was ALMOST perfect….I was so bummed after reading this today.

  • NemaCystX

    For everyone saying this phone is too big, and rather have the Note 2, whatever, the DNA is taller than the S3 but just as wide. The note 2 is fatter, almost too big…

    HTC does hear the battery complaints, they have a portable battery bar accessory coming.

    2020mAh battery isn’t as bad as it sounds. The newer Snapdragon S4 pro uses less power, so battery should be avg. I for one like the luxury of the beautiful design, NFC, built in wireless charging and cheap price tag. Cheapest quad core smartphone on verizon

  • raven81

    i guess I’ll hold on to my tbolt a little while longer, no sd card slot 16gb and the battery was def a dealbreaker for me.

  • KOBALT

    Note II

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Is it really as thin as it looks?

  • Ethan

    After owning the Rezound, I simply cannot deal with HTC anymore. I left moto for HTC after the disaster that was the X2–Big Mistake. Now moto phones are getting JB faster and the build quality is better. I hate having a fairly nice phone and seeing other phones with lesser hardware with the best software. I’d probably kill for a Gnex and it’s what? A year old now? Blahhh.

    • JeffColorado

      Yeah, I think I might be going back to Moto as well. I have the Rezound also. Moto seems to have finally learned it’s lesson…they dumped Motoblur and are being good about support.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    Yes, I will be buying it… and then returning it in a week to get the Note II.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Randrewcampbell Andrew Campbell

    the battery can’t be worse then the original incredible, i preordered that one and a month later gave it to the wife. 45 min battery life while using gps.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Randrewcampbell Andrew Campbell

      i really was hoping this would be a great phone, but with the limited storage, lack of external memory i may have to pass. i love my 32gb GNEX, but hate the internal storage. its faster to transfer over wifi and if you root and don’t backup say goodbye to all your pictures and music cause NO seperate storage from system storage.

  • guest

    Im not buying this HTC because motorola has THIS coming in 2013.

    Motorola Data sheet for the XT970, XT975 and XT980 (aka Titan, Lunar and Aquios)

    XT970 (Aquios) specifications

    DESIGN

    Device type:Smart phoneOS:Android (4.1.2)Dimensions:5.19 x 2.67 x 0.37 (131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3 mm)Weight:5.54 oz (157 g)the average is 4.1 oz (117 g)Rugged:Water proof (Splash)

    DISPLAY

    Physical size:4.7 inchesResolution:720 x 1280 pixelsPixel density:312 ppiTechnology:Super AMOLEDColors:16 777 216Touchscreen:Capacitive, Multi-touchFeatures:Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

    BATTERY

    Talk time:16.00 hoursthe average is 6 h (360 min)Stand-by time:15 days (369 hours)the average is 10.5 days (276 h)Capacity:3100 mAh

    HARDWARE

    System chip:Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Processor:Dual core, 1600 MHz, KraitGraphics processor:Adreno 225System memory:2048 MB RAM / 32768 MB ROMMaximum User Storage:36 GBStorage expansion:microSD, microSDHC up to 64 GB

    CAMERA

    Camera:8 megapixelsFlash:LEDAperture size:F2.4Features:Auto focusCamcorder:1920×1080 (1080p HD)Features:Video callingFront-facing camera:1.3 megapixels

    MULTIMEDIA

    Music player:Filter by:Album, Artist, PlaylistsFeatures:Album art cover, Background playbackSpeakers:Earpiece, LoudspeakerYouTube player:Yes

    INTERNET BROWSING

    Browser:ChromeBuilt-in online services support:YouTube (upload), Picasa

    TECHNOLOGY

    CDMA:800, 1900 MHzGSM:850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzUMTS:850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHzLTE:700 MHz Class 13Data:LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.APositioning:GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, GlonassNavigation:Turn-by-turn navigation

    XT975 (Lunar)

    DESIGN

    Device type:Smart phoneOS:Android (4.1.2)Dimensions:5.19 x 2.67 x 0.37 (131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3 mm)Weight:5.54 oz (157 g)the average is 4.1 oz (117 g)Rugged:Water proof (Splash)

    DISPLAY

    Physical size:5.0 inchesResolution:720 x 1280 pixelsPixel density:312 ppiTechnology:Super AMOLEDColors:16 777 216Touchscreen:Capacitive, Multi-touchFeatures:Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

    BATTERY

    Talk time:21.00 hoursthe average is 8 h (504 min)Stand-by time:15.5 days (372 hours)the average is 19 days (465 h)Capacity:3300 mAh

    HARDWARE

    System chip:Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Processor:Dual core, 1800 MHz, KraitGraphics processor:Adreno 225System memory:2048 MB RAM / 32768 MB ROMMaximum User Storage:64 GBStorage expansion:microSD, microSDHC up to 64 GB

    CAMERA

    Camera:8 megapixelsFlash:LEDAperture size:F2.4Features:Auto focusCamcorder:1920×1080 (1080p HD)Features:Video callingFront-facing camera:1.9 megapixels

    MULTIMEDIA

    Music player:Filter by:Album, Artist, PlaylistsFeatures:Album art cover, Background playbackSpeakers:Earpiece, LoudspeakerYouTube player:Yes

    INTERNET BROWSING

    Browser:ChromeBuilt-in online services support:YouTube (upload), Picasa

    TECHNOLOGY

    CDMA:800, 1900 MHzGSM:850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzUMTS:850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHzLTE:700 MHz Class 13Data:LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.APositioning:GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, GlonassNavigation:Turn-by-turn navigation

    XT980 (Titan)

    DESIGN

    Device type:Smart phoneOS:Android (4.0.4)Dimensions:5.19 x 2.67 x 0.37 (131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3 mm)Weight:5.54 oz (157 g)the average is 4.1 oz (117 g)Rugged:Water proof (Splash)

    DISPLAY

    Physical size:5.5 inchesResolution: 1920×1080 (1080p HD) pixelsPixel density:320 ppiTechnology:Super AMOLEDColors:16 777 216Touchscreen:Capacitive, Multi-touchFeatures:Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

    BATTERY

    Talk time:21.00 hoursthe average is 8 h (504 min)Stand-by time:15.5 days (372 hours)the average is 19 days (465 h)Capacity:3300 mAh

    HARDWARE

    System chip: Qualcomm Exynos 4 (4412)Processor:Quad core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Graphics processor:ARM Mali-400 MP4 (Quad-Core)System memory:2048 MB RAMBuilt-in storage:64 GBStorage expansion:microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB

    CAMERA

    Camera:8 megapixelsFlash:LEDAperture size:F2.4Features:Auto focusCamcorder:1920×1080 (1080p HD)Features:Video callingFront-facing camera:1.9 megapixels

    MULTIMEDIA

    Music player:Filter by:Album, Artist, PlaylistsFeatures:Album art cover, Background playbackSpeakers:Earpiece, LoudspeakerYouTube player:Yes

    INTERNET BROWSING

    Browser:ChromeBuilt-in online services support:YouTube (upload), Picasa

    TECHNOLOGY

    CDMA:800, 1900 MHzGSM:850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzUMTS:850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHzLTE:700 MHz Class 13Data:LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.APositioning:GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, GlonassNavigation:Turn-by-turn navigation

    • Bionic

      oh my god yesssssss

  • http://twitter.com/nerdydesi Nerdy Desi

    The 1080P SuperLCD screen is very tempting (better than Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens IMO (liked my Rezound’s screen better than my GSIII’s) but the lack of expandable storage and non-removable battery is a deal-breaker. I might as well get an iPhone. Ugh. Looks like its the GNII that will replace my GSIII and then the GSIV next year with a 1080P screen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ned.danov Ned Danov

    How on Earth they make such an big phone and did not find a place in it for SD card an bigger battery.It is thinker and bigger than RAZR HD MAXX witch got both SD card slot and 3300Amp battery. Shame on you HTC

  • djembeman

    I can’t purchase a device with so little storage and no SD card slot. And this is sure to have awful battery life like all HTC phones. Quad core sounds cool! Droid RAZR MAXX is still all I need

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    Is the Galaxy Note 2 On VZW going to be rootable? Do you think this phone will be rootable with the new Incredible 4g root method that was released this week?

  • Destroythanet

    Nice looking phone, but why does HTC always have the smaller batteries and thicker phones than the other OEMs?