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Videos: HTC DROID DNA Unboxing and Device Overview

The HTC DROID DNA will arrive in a week. But before that happens, we want to make sure you know all there is to know about the device, even the little things like the back notification light. Dave has one in hand, so to kick off the festivities, we thought an unboxing followed by a quick device overview was needed. In the videos, you’ll see the standard DROID packaging, a comparison to the Galaxy Nexus and RAZR M, a tour of the design, a finicky USB plug, and some initial impressions. 

Unboxing:

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Device Overview:

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  • http://www.facebook.com/noble.paul1 Noble Paul

    Consumers should push back these carrier specific devices. generic devices(GS3, iPhone, GNote2) are always better in terms of accessories ,tech support and software updates. The carriers need to be shown where there place is

  • vitriolix

    The black gradients all over the UI really kill the class of Android 4.x

  • JeffColorado

    No SD slot tells me everything I need to know about this phone. Pass.

  • DV

    i don’t mind the 16 gb storage to be honest, because how many MP3 are you going to store in your phone and how long do you have to sit there to finish ALL those music on you phone? I am more worry about the battery life, but again everyone has their preference and HTC did say don’t take this one as a phablet, just take it as a beefed up smartphone. I think with all those new techs we have nowadays, people just get spoiled.

  • geocab

    I’m not sure about the memory on this. I only have 3 gigs free on my 16 gig card on my DX. I like the Note 2, except the screen seems kind of dim.

  • ERIC

    Battery=BAD
    NO SD card Slot=VERY BAD
    On board storage- Not enough SHOULD BE AT LEAST 64 WITH NO SD.Would have bought it if not for the above. Big shame.

    • RG

      until you really try it out next week or read the reviews later on, don’t jump on the wagon like others and say it’s bad when you don’t even know if it’s really bad..SD card? I don’t think you would ever carry one with you all the time…just transfer your files to laptop…or push them into Cloud…

  • xraytedjim

    I like how the battery was almost dead. I’m sure that’ll happen a lot. I think that’s going to be the million dollar question on whether this will be a hit or not. That and only 16gb (really 11gb) of storage and locked bootloader

  • Ben

    that looked like a micro lte sim, right? not that new apple nano sim? so if its the same as GNex sim, it’ll be time to dual wield again!

  • Tyler

    I really want to see some macro shots comparing the display of this phone to phones like HTC One X/X+, Galaxy Nexus/S3/RAZR HD. Also curious how that battery fairs against S3 and RAZR HD (not MAXX).

  • Zach Armstrong

    HTC need to do something about Sense makes it makes the phone look dated.

  • Charlie

    Man I hate Sense so much.

  • http://twitter.com/mxfox408 Jake Fox

    Who and the hell is naming these damn devices? The droid names are the most dumbest I have ever heard, a beast of a phone named Droid DNA………really?

  • Ben Modica

    Why does Sense look like it’s still on Gingerbread?

    • George264

      Well seeing as how many people buy the GSIII which is actually worse than this in terms of looks, I don’t think that’s such a big problem.

  • http://twitter.com/teardropcity teardropcity

    Hey Bionic, what forum did you find the info about the 5 inch Moto phone?

  • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

    no beats headphones?

  • http://twitter.com/AMPthe13th Adrian M. Petty

    Darn you, HTC! Why don’t you give soft keys a go on your next high end phone? Please!

  • Stevedub40

    It’s strange, I had no intention of getting any new phones for a while, since I didn’t want to lose my data, but the more I look at this phone and see it in action the more I want it, lol. I think I’m just ready for an upgrade from my Gnex. This is the longest I have ever had a smart phone. Damn you Verizon for taking away unlimited data!

  • Tyler Casilio

    When will the full review be up sir? Later this week I hope!

  • sidney547

    Looks like a cool phone, too bad it’s an HTC. I’ll never buy one again for the sole reason that they dont allow you to use FoxFi.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

      Wha? I have used it on my HTC Droid Inc. do you have any links for me to read up on this issue?

      • sidney547

        Tried to use it on my Thunderbolt a while ago to create a wifi hotspot and it didn’t work, read up on it and it said HTC phones don’t allow it…but I just read up a little and it seems newer phones do? Not sure if this was an old policy or had something to do with older versions of Android or what.

  • DanWazz

    Hopefully HTC will get the Nexus device next year. I really like the uni-body design and their screens and cameras are arguably the best. Throw in; a bigger battery, 32GB of storage, on-screen keys, and you have yourself a pretty impressive Nexus.

  • prestone1

    backside led? interesting…

    • Zach

      To me personally, this is dumb. I never set my phone screen down, so I would absolutely never see this light. Really bad decision, IMO.

      • ikepete

        I think it depends on the person. I have set my phone face down many times while at work.If im texting i will set it face down just so people dont read it

      • James

        You do realize that there is on on the front too right?

  • Jeff “Big Red”

    Its funny because Dave is probably a super nice guy. But for some reason I was disappointed that Kellen wasn’t doing the review… LOL (This sounds very gay)

  • Hatyrei

    Toooooo bad it doesn’t come with U’r beats headphones :(., I’m still confused if I will get the Gnote 2.

  • Rocketjrb

    11 GB of usable storage is not enough. HD movies size starts at 3 GB.

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

      Why would you watch an HD movie on a 5″ screen? And why would you want to store it?!

      • Rocketjrb

        Google Play Store has movies. It’s a full HD screen. You do 2 things to take full advantage of a 1080p screen. Watch videos and look at hi res pictures.

  • Diablo81588

    Fastest initial boot ever.

    • adam king

      They boost so fast because they’re eager to burn through their battery

  • FarmerTechno

    I really wish they would have hid the sim tray, a microsd port, and the microUSB port under one of the grills on the side. This would have allowed them to put an extra MM or two of battery near the bottom, giving us that magical 2500mah that we would have swooned over. Call me, HTC. I’ll have you back on top in no time.

  • Ken Bosse

    Still very interested in this phone and how it all plays out..but how could they drop the ball on no SD card. Maybe the battery will turn out ok..maybe

  • Bionic

    Thats ok guys, i was reading yesterday on another forum from a guy who has inside info from motorola that Motorola is making a 5.5 inch phone with 64GB on board with an SD card slot and the 3300mah battery

    • ToddAwesome

      Is it gonna be called the Bionic 2?

      • Bionic

        no its gonna be called the Motorola Droid Titan according to the man with the facts.

        • ToddAwesome

          Well, that’s a let down. The specs you list are quite impressive and would make a fine successor to the wonder device that is your namesake! /sarcasm

          • Bionic

            you can make fun of me now, but when you start seeing the rumors of the phone pop up on this very website and it sports the specs i listed, you will remember you heard it from me first

          • ToddAwesome

            I have a hard time seeing 64GB on a phone, hell, it’s hard seeing 32 anymore. Why? Data. Data. Data. Data. Data.

          • Bionic

            well i agree 64 seems like a lot but considering all the good things we’ve been hearing about the new motorola lately, it honestly would not surprise me

          • KB Smoka

            Hopefully the battery will be 80000000000mah so you can enjoy it

          • ToddAwesome

            You mad bro?

          • http://www.facebook.com/justin.m.duncan.7 Justin Michael Duncan

            htc onex+ has 64 gigs

          • ToddAwesome

            how dare you bring facts to my rant party!

          • LionStone

            Yes we’ll remember how you sabotaged the DNA unboxing post.

          • Bionic

            HTC deserves to be sabotaged until it uses modern battery technology.

          • LionStone

            Take it up with HTC then! But hijacking threads is usually frowned upon… first time? BTW they do use modern battery technology…you’re just too dense too realize it.

        • ToddAwesome

          which reminds me, I thought HTC owned the name Titan?

          • Bionic

            only for windows 8. if its for android the name can be used. especially if the name is “droid titan” and not just “titan”.

            And who knows, they can still change the name, that is just the running name at motorola as of now.

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

            Motorola rules. My DX2 is still the bomb…

      • Silver Veloz

        LOL – Funny! But remember the Bionic is the phone that keeps on living. It just got upgraded to ICS and is scheduled to get Jelly Bean in a few months. As much as people want to forget this phone, it keeps going and going.

        • ToddAwesome

          I was mostly referring to the hype leading up to the phone, and each delay, and delay, and delay, until it wasn’t bleeding edge tech anymore.

          • Bionic

            that was the old motorola my friend

        • Bionic

          exactly. my bionic is an awesome phone now that its on ICS and I have the OEM extended battery.

    • JoshGroff

      I would buy it without thinking twice.

      • Bionic

        me to, if this phone is true, and i believe it is cuz everything this guy says comes true, this will be my next phone. He also speaks of a motorola nexus coming this time next year, but that is a long time away.

        • JoshGroff

          I hope Google convinces them to put in a good camera. :)

          • Bionic

            indeed

      • ToddAwesome

        It sounds like the perfect phone if you like ‘em big (insert joke here). So naturally that means the camera will be garbage, considering there is NO perfect phone for everyone.

        • JoshGroff

          I don’t get much use out of the camera anyway, so that won’t bother me. (glad you pointed that out, they do use terrible cameras…)

    • zUFC

      I saw something about three Moto phones coming out. Not interested in the 5.5 one but I saw specs on a 5″ one that looked awsome. All three looked awsome (spec wise). But what about the design? Any info on that?

      • Bionic

        correct. the only thing i dont like about the 5 inch device is that it was said to only have a dual core chip. the 5.5 has quad core. both have the 3300mah battery.

        To answer your question he said the form factor and look is all new, not going to be a RAZR.

        • http://www.facebook.com/justin.m.duncan.7 Justin Michael Duncan

          probaby droid x3 lol

          • Bionic

            im sure they are going to move forward with their edge to edge tech

        • zUFC

          Crap!!!!!!! that sucks. But thanks for the info. Plus if you say the footprint isn’t that bad on the 5.5 maybe I still have hope for that one. And don’t take this the wrong way, but I hope your wrong (on the dual core part). Thanks

      • Bionic

        the 5.5 device had a smaller footprint than the note 2, btw.

  • Kurtis Tamez

    I will wait to find a nice used one on craigslist after I see how HTC or the Devs handle bootloader unlocking. It will be unlocked eventually I’m sure like the rest of HTCs phones (yes even on VZW), just a matter of who supports it afterwards. I’m too addicted to AOKP or CM to give that ability up.

  • http://twitter.com/BlackBlizzNerd Ben Landwehr

    I get it, use Nova launcher. I still want to know, though, how does HTC think Sense looks REMOTELY good? Honestly, the ugliest skin..

    • zUFC

      I don’t think it looks good but it’s the best “business” skin there is. For the person that uses the phone for work, sense is good. (maybe not ‘sense’ but their widgets)

  • KB Smoka

    All you jerks complaining about the battery and haven’t even used the phone to see how it performs and how long it lasts…..STFU. Months ago it was people complaining about headphone jacks on the top and not the bottom. Then it was onscreen buttons and now it’s the battery.

    • ToddAwesome

      GFY.

    • JD

      What’s your point? Their complaints are just as annoying as your complaint.

      • KB Smoka

        Where is my complaint genius?

        • Bionic

          you were defending the other guy

          • KB Smoka

            I didn’t defend anyone….I said complaining about battery life when you have absolutely no idea how it will run with this phone is pointless.

          • Bionic

            dude im not technologically stupid. the S4 pro is great on battery yes, but 2020mah is still tiny.

          • KB Smoka

            Like your wiener

          • ToddAwesome

            BOOM!

          • Jim

            I agree. We have no idea what battery life is like…yet

          • KB Smoka

            Yet everyone feeds off each other and jumps on the “this battery is too small” wagon. Next thing you know Kellex will be reviewing and saying how great the battery is and everyone will shut up about it.

        • Genius

          You’re whining about people whining.

        • Jason

          Go look up complaint in the dictionary. It pretty much fits your comment.

      • Bionic

        i have a right to complain as a consumer, i dont have a right to complain about how a website is run if I myself do not run a website.

        • I Am Annoying Too

          Rights has nothing to do with it. You’re just annoying. That is all.

          • Bionic

            says the unregistered pussyyy

    • Bionic

      battery life is a major hot button issue right now in the android world. 2020mah isnt going to cut it no matter what processor the phone uses. get over yourself and just accept the fact that 99 percent of people want a minimum 2600mah battery or more

      • JoshGroff

        99% of power users*

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

          “power user” = lamest thing ever. Seriously…it’s a phone, guys.

          • JoshGroff

            Yeah, maybe for you. :p OK, not “power users”, but people who actually use the smart part of their phone.

      • ERIC REED

        99% of users couldn’t tell you what size battery their phone has…

      • KB Smoka

        OK Bionic boy

    • Diablo81588

      Jerks.

    • yuppers

      we will never know until someone tests the stuff, but anandtech got 4 hours on the nexus 4 using cellular browsing

      the nexus 4 has the same system (s4 pro) as the dna and a slightly bigger batter (2100)

      so now imagine the nexus 4 had lte, and 130 more pixels, do you think it’ll last longer or shorter than 4 hours?

  • Nexus

    Looks like they have the persistent ongoing wifi notification. WTF is wrong with you Verizon?

    • zUFC

      WTF!!!!!!!! I noticed that to.

  • ToddAwesome

    Dave, please stop giving me the finger!

  • http://twitter.com/Rafyvitto Rafyvitto

    The screen is awesome for shattering into a 1000 pieces, thanks to that curved bezel….

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    no headphones?

  • Mack

    Dave!!

  • Spoken Word™

    2 videos? Really? You couldn’t work that whopping 6 minutes into 1 video?

    • Bionic

      when you make your own website and receive free phones for review, you can make a 6 minute video. Until that happens, shut the fuckkk up douchbag.

      • KB Smoka

        Funny…I was going to say the same thing to you.

        • Bionic

          im not complaining about how the website is run

    • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

      Don’t they say that two is better than one? Well, except for lawsuits or ex-wives.

      • Bionic

        i had a girlfriend who said two penises are better than one, lol

        • BehineBrian

          Only because yours is half the size as one!!

      • JoshGroff

        Or children.

    • enigmaco

      Are you seriously complaining about that?

    • JoshGroff

      One for unboxing and one for a review? Maybe they were filmed at different times. (makes sense)

      • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

        Your logic is so sound that it actually blew my mind.

        • JoshGroff

          I just figured it was common sense, but I’ll take that as a compliment. :)

    • cdick133

      Yes, how dare you make 2 videos! I didn’t ask for the convenience of not having to sit through an unboxing to get to the turning it on part that I might actually care about!

  • Bionic

    processor- awesome
    screen- awesome
    RAM-awesome
    Camera- more than likely good
    Battery- Epic failure
    SD card slot- Epic failure
    On board storage- Not enough meaning epic failure

    When taking all that into consideration………..HTC fails again

    • sc0rch3d

      what do you need all the space for? i’m asking seriously b/c I’ve had a 32GB microSD in my phones for years and i’ve never crossed 5GB of it.

      I may be one of the few OCD file managers that only keep what I need at the moment.

      completely agree with you on the rest….you need to add SIZE as an epic fail imo

      • Bionic

        well for me pesonally my music collection is 10GB, also, i usually have 5 GB of work files on my device at any given time and more going back and forth from google drive. So 16 GB isnt enough for me. For most people, yes, 16GB is enough.

        But consider this, doing something as simple as going to Walgreens who do not have bluetooth on their photo machines, you need a SD card to make pictures. Its just a nice conveinence to have.

        • sc0rch3d

          Understood….I’ve moved everything to GMusic, GDrive, and Picasa photos. I try to anticipate what I need in advance in case I’m going to go “offline” like taking a run and needing a playlist.

          • Bionic

            oh believe me i love the cloud, but a large part of me feels comfort in having hard copies ready to go. I look at cloud as backup, not my first choice of storage, simply backup.

          • sc0rch3d

            i’ve got a backup server sitting under the desk at home :) well spent $200 black friday deal a couple of years ago.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

        i have a 32 gb glaxy nexus and i have 13 gb left, and this is with no music and just video and pictures of my son and a few games

        • sc0rch3d

          I was the same with photos until “instant upload” came along. now i don’t even worry about flashing my phone or wiping SD. i get an email when my photos are uploaded and ready for editing.

          • Bionic

            it depends on how many photos, some people dont have unlimited data anymore and instand upload can eat away at data usage, battery as well.

          • sc0rch3d

            wifi only setting :) i’m trying to see if i can actually live without unlimited data. i really like it those months i’m busting 10GB, but i could get an unlocked N4 and save at least 100/month with the family going to share everything on ATT. data freedom vs. budget – the tug o war continues…

          • Bionic

            nice

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

            Remember, you can adjust your plan during the month, moving it up and down according to your usage and saving money by doing so.

          • http://twitter.com/Hardened Hardened

            If you’re paying for those spikes of data for a few months within your contract that means you’re paying MORE $$ …. in my books that is NOT saving you/me/them money. This isn’t investing advice and dollar cost averaging only benefits the wireless carrier – not you.

        • Bionic

          preach on brother

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

          Why do you keep like 19gb of video and pics on your phone? Ever heard of a laptop or cloud?

          • burntcookie90

            It’s both faster an easier if you want to show someone something, ie. a video of your child, if it’s in the onboard memory.

        • FAL_Fan

          I have a 32gb card in my droid 4 and I have 19gb available. I have some pictures on my device but mostly I have rom backups and alternate roms on mine.

        • TT

          and once you lose your phone, everything is in the open …bad move..

      • michael

        honestly, i would say the size is an epic win imo. the fact that htc managed to make a 5in phone and keep it pretty much the same size as the galaxy s3 is pretty awesome

        • Bionic

          the footprint size is nice yes

      • blazednova

        i have 43 GB worth of music on my sdcard alone. im also OCD with file managers. HTC dropped the ball here with limited storage, and because of this folly i am going to take my money elsewhere.

      • Meticode

        Personally I like to take my music collection with me wherever I go. I have about 29GB worth of music (I collect albums at MP3 VBR V0 quality). I love having a 64GB SD card to have my music everywhere I go.

      • TT

        yah i dont’ get those people also. my phone has 16gb and i got TONS of pics on my phone when i get lazy to transfer them and i still have tons of space left. MP3? what are they gonna sit there all day listen to all those MP3 on their phone? tsk…SD card?! I rarely use it….Battery is a bummer though

      • dsim91

        I have a 32gig galaxy s3 with a 64gig card and I only have 9gigs of open space on my phone and more than half of my SD card is full different people have different needs

      • michael arazan

        HD videos in 1080 eat a lot of space up in memory, like 10 minuts is 1+ gb in space. Not to mention with limited tier data people will eat it fast streaming music and HD videos. I use Tune in Radio for 2 hours a day every day and that alone uses 2 gb a month, just one app. Not to mention force closing Verizon bloatware won’t stay closed and it always turns itself back on to send data, on your dime, back to verizon.

      • Droidro

        Just checked my storage on my phone to see how much I actually use….1 gig on the internal storage and 1 gig on the disk. The only music I have on it are songs I upload to make ringtones, the rest has to be pictures I’ve taken. So even 8G would probably do me just fine.

    • hfoster52

      I have a GNex and have not missed my SD Card. Battery Life is where I agree with you 100%. On Board storage I semi agree with you and I am surprised they don’t offer a 32 GB variant for $249.

      • Bionic

        thats great for you, but most people still want a SD card on their phone. I dont miss the SD card on my nexus 7 either, but that isnt my “go everywhere” device, my phone is.

        • RoadsterHD1

          Yeah you’re right, SD cards should be a must. My Bionic has a 64gig SD plus 16gig internal for a grand total of 80gigs. Now that’s storage,

          Motorola DROID BIONIC

          ICS 4.0.4

          1.2GHz OMAP-4430 Dual Core

          1gig-DDR2 RAM Stock Kernel

          NOVA Launcher

          Quadrant Standard Score 3227

          AnTuTu Benchmark 6443

          • crham

            1.0 dual core, the 1.2 was put on the razr

          • RoadsterHD1

            See that’s where you are wrong my friend. The Bionic got a speed bump to 1.2GHz when it got ICS 4.0.4. :) Same processor just over clocked.

          • Anon

            You’re both right. Some phones got the 1.2GHz upclock, some didn’t; it depends on testing that happens during the update. Some phones did not make the cut, and stayed at 1GHz (though I think more have made it than not).

            In my case, my Bionic has happily run at 1.2GHz on every version of ICS I’ve run on it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

        that would be great if did a 32 gb for 249, if they did that a lot more people like myself would go for this phone

    • BTLS

      Not to say you don’t, but I wonder how many people realize you can use ES file explorer and simply swipe to access all of your cloud accounts, in one space, just as you would explore the files in your phone? I do keep a lot of hbo/sho series + movies on my Gnex, but I constantly transfer to & from one of my several online cloud accounts by simply copying and pasting from within ES… If you’re not unlimited or on wifi then yeah I guess it can suck…

    • a.youth.in.Asia

      Why is it acceptable to not put in a SD card slot?

      • Bionic

        well your name says you live in asia. SD cards are made in Asia thus supporting your economy. Everyone knows WE MUST support the Asian economy or bad things will happen right? (insert sarcasm)

        • a.youth.in.Asia

          My user name is not my info page… Your screen name says yours a robot… These G0DDAMN MODERATORS NEED TO GET THESE DAMN SPAM BOTS OFF THIS SITE

      • Bionic

        But seriously, its not acceptable. At least to me.

        • http://www.facebook.com/MrLicensetoSUCCESS Jay Little

          I totally agree SD cards need to be a MUST. I mean i use my phone for many tasks and i have a HTC Thunderbolt with 40GB a in all with my internal and external memory, and i only have about 19gb left. I keep everything from music, photos, videos, and other things i certainly need the space. If I got the DNA a could really have to manage my storage usage!!

    • TT

      see what new technologies take us to….now phone is not a phone anymore, everyone now expects a SMARTphone needs to carry functionality as such and such. I don’t take tons of pics on my phone and i transfer everything to my laptop whenever i get a chance so and16 gb is enough for me. I don’t need SD slot cause I rarely use one..so I really want to know what you guys need all those spaces for, seriously… as far as battery life is concerned…yah that is a bummer…

    • GQ

      do you carry SD card all the time? r you going to sit around all day to listen all your MP3 on your phone? do you ever hear of laptop or cloud? come on….this is a fantastic phone and you guys are just being bonehead and expect everything has to be perfect..a phone is a phone…

  • Rezound

    They removed the lint remover from the back. Talk about removing features.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

    HTC phones have always had insane bootup time… anyone know what attributes to that?

    • http://twitter.com/Rafyvitto Rafyvitto

      Two words…HTC Sense

    • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.johnson.3139241 Kevin Johnson

      Sense. The same thing that attributes to apps running in the background to be terminated way too quickly for you to justify calling your HTC phone a “high-powered, multi-tasking device.” The satisfied HTC phone-owners I know are running CM10. The current build of Sense is the biggest (and only real) deal-breaker this beauty has. :-

      • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

        Ya… I definitely wouldn’t buy the thing because of sense. I just wasn’t sure that Sense was the cause of the awesome boot up time. Phone is on in 2 seconds haha

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        My Rezound boots to fully loaded in under 10 seconds on the stock ROM when fast-boot is turned on. I’ve never had a faster booting phone. Fast boot isn’t a “powered” off-mode, either, it’s a true off similar to hibernation. I’ve never had it cause a problem with any apps or stability, either.

    • Symbiotx

      Coming from a Droid x user, my jaw was on the floor by how fast it started up.

      • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

        Ya. Most of their phones are like that. I had the Droid X as well and when I saw my buddy’s incredible, I was jealous

  • Fo reals

    Don’t call it a phablet! I been Here for years!
    Turning apple fanboys into whining Britney Spears!

    • JoshGroff

      The forbidden word (s)…

    • http://twitter.com/Andr0_X Andr0_X

      Kellex gonna knock you out!! huhhh!!

  • michael cao

    phil over at androidcentral discovered the DNA is sim-unlocked! this is great news guys! now people on at&t and t-mobile can join the fun :)
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/verizon-droid-dna/225051-droid-dna-sim-unlocked-means-works-t.html

    • Joe

      Sounds like it slipped by Verizon. They’ll likely put out an update to close that soon.

      • michael cao

        man i really hope they don’t. i was hoping after the iphone 5 was released sim-unlocked on Verizon that they’d also release other phones like that as well. here’s to hoping it remains unlocked

        • JoshGroff

          I thought there was an LTE licensing deal that required them to have all devices sim unlocked?

          • steve0617

            My Razr Maxx HD is Europe/Asia SIM unlocked. It is not USA GSM unlocked. I can’t just put a AT&T/TMob SIM in out of the box and have it work. But supposedly, I could travel to Europe and get a prepaid SIM and it’ll work fine (assuming the frequencies line up).

          • JoshGroff

            I could have sworn under C block LTE licensing there was some text that stated they couldn’t lock their devices down.

          • steve0617

            I know. I remember that too. I’d like to test it as my wife has a TMob BB, but it’s full SIM doesn’t fit my Maxx HD mini SIM slot.

          • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

            All the C-block regulations state is that Verizon can’t block anyone from activating a device on their network. Since they still own CDMA, its not like it matters, but it may…someday…ish. The point is, they can absolutely lock the device software to accept only Verizon SIM cards on US networks, and allow any SIM outside the US. They pay a lot to get exclusive devices like the DROID DNA, and they like to retain that exclusivity in the US.

          • michael cao

            oh well that’s awesome then! i wasn’t sure if that meant all GSM networks or just ones with LTE. but so far it seems like it works on all GSM networks with 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

      • pete

        They can’t that coz of their agreement with FCC. An HTC rep told me abt it..

        • alan

          Then that means Verizon’s been doing something illegal on all their LTE phones with global capability.

          Also, reps aren’t the best source for any info.

          • LMK

            You are both half right. The FCC agreement means they have to include unlocked LTE but it does not include 3G so they do not have to include the GSM radio which is still required for ATT/Tmobile

      • ceejw

        It’s not a mistake, it’s something Verizon has been doing lately. The iPhone 5 is sold unlocked and when the Droid Razr and Droid 4 were updated to ICS they became unlocked. I have no idea why they’re doing it but it’s nice for people who travel a lot.

  • Ron_Swanson

    That USB plug looks terrible….yuck.

    • Kurtis Tamez

      Depending on attachment, might be able to just chop that flap off!

    • zUFC

      Their defense was “use the wirless charge pad and you don’t have to worry about the flap”….haha (no lie, thats what somone said at the event)

  • FortitudineVincimus

    No expandable memory option, no buy

    • J

      while I feel this is a valuable feature for Android as a whole, only a small fraction of people actually utilize it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        11GB of user-accessible space is “mid-2000’s” capacity. Anything nowadays with 8GB of capacity is considered “low-end” and this is barely above that.

        • tomn1ce

          Its a mid-range device in disguise in a 5″ 1080p display. I’m just wondering what was HTC thinking when they decided on a 11GB user accesible internal storage with no microSD slot…oh and a 2020mAh battery o.O