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DROID DNA Owners, How’s Your Battery Holding Up?

There have been many who question HTC’s placement of a 2,020 mAh battery inside of the new DROID DNA. Reviews from all over the web have shown nothing but mixed feelings toward it – some giving it terrible marks, while others gave it rather good ratings, including ours. What reviews sometimes lack is real world experience, which we know we can rely on our community for. 

If you are the owner of a DROID DNA, let us know down below if your battery is getting you through a day of activity. If it can withstand a holiday weekend, we are sure it can hold up to anything. Feel free to go into detail on usage and if you would recommend the device to fellow readers. For some, the battery life is essentially the only thing that could hold them back from snatching it up.

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  • droid owner

    Awesome phone overall but the battery life is terrible.

  • lucas

    I am a sophomore in highschool and this phone gets me though about 2 days with the juice defender app

  • dip

    100% went to work at 8. Bored at work and left at noon so texting facebooking with WiFi. Now 2pm and at 35% . Thinking a phone shouldn’t need to be charged twice in one day. Not impressed but like phone. Only negative is battery.

  • Jamilack

    Easily getting through an entire day (and then some) of normal use. Not worried about the battery one bit! Confused why so many reviewers said it was awful.

  • soopahK

    I have the DNA and compared to my Galaxy Nexus the battery life is incredible. It lasts at least twice as long.

  • monica

    I love this phone. And the battery life is amazing. It lasts all day and night.

  • Proud owner here. Mine lasted for 1 day and 7 hours when I tested it. This was under normal usage for me. I had the screen brightness turned down, wifi on, and gps and blootooth off.

    I watched a few videos, texted my girlfriend, sent emails to my friends, and played Trainyard for a while. There were about 7 hours where I was asleep.

  • TJWaterskier

    Now that I’ve had it a week I feel I can fairly judge the battery life

    LTE: 10 -14 hours of “heavy” use (4 out of 5 bars)
    WIFI: 16 -17 hours of “heavy” use (Wireless N)
    3G: 9 -10 hours of “heavy” use (1 maybe 2 out of 5 bars)

    “Heavy” Use: For >50% of phone being powered on, screen =100% brightness, active in-use data connection. (Use varies between Netflix, Google hangout video-chatting , general web-browsing)

  • steve machowsky

    MEMORY PROBLEMS ?! DNA MIGHT SUPPORT USB OTG! (usb flash drive solves that problem !) Currently doing research seeing as I dont have DNA yet to test it! ANYONE HAVE SUCCESS?

  • Rich

    Using for business….so very little surfing/music/vids….heavy email/txt’g…so I’m getting a FULL day with no re-charge til bedtime for next day.

    • cocamoxb

      I, as well, am using for 90% business and have the same experience.

  • Saul Hudson

    For regular usage it’s the best battery I’ve ever owned (previous phones were Galaxy Nexus, Photon 4G, and HTC EVO 4G). I’m at 5% right now after 42 hours off the charger. That’s not just sitting in the drawer the whole time, that’s real usage with gps, wifi, 4g, speakerphone, texting, camera, web, gtalk, tapatalk, etc. I know there are phones with better batteries but all the reports that talked about how HTC “blew it” with this battery were way off base in my experience.

    • dannyboi492

      What is your screen time like because mine only last 12-14 hrs

  • jeff

    I have had mine for a week now and the battery life is very good. I take it off the charger and about 7 am and by 11 at night it is still at 20% with alot of use during the day

  • Pioneermonster

    my battery life is actually really good, i live in Portland in an LTE area and the phone lasts all day with pretty heavy usage, the only thing that ill really eat the battery is the gps. with light usage it can last up to 2 days

  • Nettie

    It’s been great so far!! I had a Droid Bionic before this and was getting about 5 hours before it would die. The DNA has lasted me all day since I got it on Friday. The longest day (yesterday) I went 19 hours with moderate use it was at 12% when I went to bed.

  • which phone will get the quicker updates…note 2 or dna

  • Yesterday was my first “regular” day with the DNA. Left for work at 8:30 and got home at 8:15, battery was at 38%. I talk on the phone via bluetooth on the morning commute and text and email throughout the day and make multiple calls. On the way home (1.25 hrs) I listen to SiriusXM on demand via the headphone jack connected to the car audio. Previous phone was DroidX2 and battery life was about the same. Happy I bought this phone, had the DINC (loved it) before DroidX2 (hated it).

  • Bryan

    Coming from a Droid RAZR where my battery was constantly in the 5-30% range it seemed like, I was nervous to get the DNA. But so far the battery has been doing really well. I keep a charger in my car where it seems to charge pretty fast if I’m on the go, and usually will plug it in every now and then to a wall outlet if I’m not really using it (rarely) and the battery maintains its charge pretty well. I think it would be even easier to charge once I get a wireless charger that way I don’t have to deal with the constant plugging in (which is actually a bit more annoying than I’d like because of the cover) and can just set it on top and let it charge. Overall, I really recommend the phone. For the size and the power, the battery could be A LOT worse but it’s actually really good.

  • Hey guys, Mike here from TechHog.com, while I haven’t posted our official review of the DROID DNA, I can tell you from my experience so far (just shy of a week) the battery life has been fantastic. As an example, today, I started my day at 8 am and as of right now (12:46am) I still have 37% left. My usage is typically heavier than average users, as I’m constantly checking Twitter, Facebook, updating posts via the WordPress app and of course, making calls and sending texts. I even tossed in a 25 min gaming session (loving Plague Inc.). So to sum it up, I’m extremely happy with the DNA’s battery life, the 2020mAh battery could always be bigger, but I’m not complaining with my results.

  • Honestly it has above average battery I think. From my usage which isn’t the heaviest most days I get about 14 hours and it has about 30-40% left usually. I don’t know about anyone else but when using theirs does it seem like the battery just kind of disappeared?

    All in all battery isn’t something to worry about unless you use your phone 24/7 for gaming etc. Works beautifully for the average/average-high use customers. The worst part is the damned volume key. Way to flush to the side and may this be your warning, it may just drive you nuts if you always listen to music on your phone.

    Battery above average and probably will be better for people who are lucky enough to ditch Sense.

  • Bill

    So far the battery has been the best I’ve had on any phone. It beats the international galaxy note it replaced as well as a Lumia 920 I’ve been using alongside it. I’m trying to make up my mind between the two of them which both have pros/cons. I just found out you can’t do full text search on emails (exchange, not Gmail). Not even on emails downloaded to the phone. On the otherhand, it’s way faster than any other phone I’ve used and I love the LTE when it’s available. BTW, I’m able to leave LTE, WiFi turned on all the time without it draining the battery. Easily lasts the day even with some streaming radio during the day.

  • bmg

    So I’m use to my T-bolt barely making it through an 8 hour day at work, so i was worried about my new Dna, But I still had 60% battery left when I got home. Still now 16 hours later its still at 20%. So I must say that I’m very happy, because I did push it very hard today showing off the beautiful 1080p display. Man this thing ROCKs…

  • Justin

    The DNA was everything i wanted but after 5 days and less than good battery life i decided this morning to return and i ordered the Razr Maxx HD which im told offers ridiculous battery life with a competitive specs. The final straw for the DNA was this morning when i sent 8 text messages and made a call and found the battery percentage had dropped 12% in about 40 mins. Thats just unacceptable! Shame on HTC

  • Peter

    It already had a battery issue,I had to send one back after the first day because it wouldn’t charge at all. It was completely off for 9 hours charging only got up to 11% and the guys at Verizon were noobs and thought they could replace the battery in it. What idiots….. but anyways this one seems to be holding up

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    Went into Verizon yesterday and tried this phone out finally. I was actually really displeased with it. The screen was not that amazing, and ALL the transitions were slowed way down. I am used to being able to complete actions at a really fast rate even on my old droid incredible yet on the DNA the action transitions were really slow, like 1 – 2 second delay slow. Just opening up apps, closing apps and other functions are annoyingly slow. It is as if they failed to optimize the software and hid the noticable lag by slowing the transitions so the processor could catch up, a very strange thing to do! And on top of that the device is actually TOO light and feels really cheap in the hand. NOTE 2 IT IS, IF IT EVER GETS HERE!

    • alex drum

      im calling bs that your incredible is faster. its literally impossible. they are both skinned, but one has a quad core processor and one has single core.

      • Ohiwastedmylife

        Running CM10 it is faster in normal day to day actions like closing applications. I am not sure if it was somehow messed up but I closed everything running and went through normal day to day things I do frequently. It does not make sense other than they wanted to never show software lag by masking it behind delayed transitions.

        PS why would I lie? I have been waiting 8+ Months for the DNA and ended up not buying it. I really wanted to get it but the lack of sd and the lack of MHL+OTG simultaneous made me choose otherwise. I was just surprised I walked out of the store not wanting it.

        • alex drum

          I’ll start at the top… comparing a phone that is stock to cm10 is like comparing a 2 cars, one completely sock, one completely striped out (bloat ware) with a supercharger (over clocking). it is not a fair fight, but regardless I still doubt it was slower, if you did a benchmark of a stock dna and cm10 incredible, i bet any money the dna is much faster. My guess is that you over hyped the phone in your mind and it didn’t live up to its expectations so it seemed slow, where in reality it was faster… just as as much faster as you had thought. I already addressed part of you “PS” like i said, you might not think you are lying. on to your sd card point… really? like i mean…. really? every high end android phone has done away with them… you have to move with the times, I was upset but i dealt with it and got my nexus, never once have I thought “man I wish I had an sd card slot”. one good point you make is the no MHL+OTG… that might be the case, but positive your incredible doesn’t ether.

          • ha

            Maybe some comment editing would be useful to you.

  • Docholiday

    I got a charging pad, connected to an inverter in my truck. I spend all day in the SUV working, so I just place it on the pad whenever I’m in the truck…

  • David Ou

    Unpluged for 12 hours and 16 minutes with 70% left! 🙂

  • grea8one

    Its fine, I get 9-10 hours of use before I need a charge, a little less if I dont have any WIFI, Android users are such crybabies…this is a great device

    • Guest

      9-10 hours isn’t really all that great…

      • Spider210

        I’m sure my boss would love 9-10 hrs on his iphone, he charges his about 3 times a day

    • alex drum

      you do realize you are an android user… right?

      • grea8one

        yeah sometimes it #suckstosuck

        • alex drum

          this isn’t twitter, i cant wait for that phase to completely die off… it got really bad last year but now thank god its mostly dead and gone.

  • Bob

    For reference, I came from the Rezound where many complained about the battery life but I could get through the day. Before that was the Incredible 2 and I felt that the Rezound had better battery life.

    I’m more than pleased with the DNA’s battery. For me battery life is better than the Rezound. I’m at 66% left after a little over 7 hours. Screen time is 1:43:25. With the DNA I’ve got the display brightness on auto whereas on the Rezound I ran it at 25% or 33%.

    My only complaint on the DNA battery is that when it goes the phone goes. On the other hand, there will be a new phone I want then anyway 🙂

  • WCM3

    Any updates on signal strength guys? I currently have a galaxy nexus, which has about the worst signal you could ask for. Anyone switch from the nexus and could comment on this?

  • Ivan Smithson

    Even on 3g I can’t get more than 8 hours of battery life.

  • john

    battery really sucks, I disconnect it from the charger at 8 am, by 2 pm battery is dead. I’m about to return it if verizon’s policy allows that.

  • BradP

    Mine has held up amazingly well — better than my Sprint SGS3 at work today.

  • And to think, all you had to do was give up functional multitasking to get decent battery life.

    I can’t believe anyone would choose a phone that refreshes web pages every time you switch back to them and apps that get killed in the background shortly after you leave them. I couldn’t stand it on the HTC One X and I sure as hell couldn’t deal with it on this phone, even for a 5″ 1080p screen.

    • LionStone

      You must be doing something wrong. I have 3 tabs open in my stock browser and each time I change tabs, it does NOT refresh the web page when I go back and forth.

  • Jiminy Cricket

    I have this phone and the battery is ridiculous. I dont know if its the processor or what but my phone lasts forever. I just charged it I think I had the thing on for 2 days at least 30 hours. I use wifi primarily at my house and I dont go online like crazy I have a computer for that but still my evo never lasted this long. Plus the HTC sense allows you to leave the phone on overnight and you might lose like 3% battery. Its crazy

  • cocamoxb

    VERY happy with mine. Can’t do SS but here is the breakdown from Gsam:

    Left – Avg: 07:09

    Battery Usage: 54%
    Type: Time – Power %
    Phone: 00:06:09 – 5.1%
    Screen: 02:08:15 – 12.4%
    Phone Radio: 08:30:03 – 5.5%
    Wifi Active: 07:23:41 – 2.9%

    • You should be able to SS by holding the power button and hitting the home key.

      • cocamoxb

        Thanks! I’ve never really needed to use a SS on my phone before posting on this site so I never looked it up. Thanks for the info!!

        • No problem

        • LionStone

          Power/Wake button and Volume down simultaneously also works.

  • michael c

    the battery so far has exceeded my expectations. i’m getting at least 20hrs from every charge to about 15-20% remaining. i talk/text for about 1.5hrs a day. play games for about an hour. i rarely stream videos but sometimes i’ll youtube for 5-10min if someone sends me something. and i browse the web for less than an hour a day. screen is on auto brightness. wifi and 4G is about 50/50 each throughout the day. i use bluetooth whenever i’m in the car, which is about 1-1.5hrs a day. but i don’t leave GPS on unless i need it.

  • I got my DNA last Wednesday, it’s at 30% brightness (not dim at all), either on 4g or WiFi, GPS on and I’ve been running medium to heavy usage since I’ve been showing off the features and playing around with it a lot. I’ve been averaging 12 – 14 hrs of full battery time. I find the DNA capable of getting you through your average day. If you want a badass phone that impresses, get the DNA. I love everything about it so far.

  • newbrickeverymonth

    2 hrs on 4G…just the worst piece of plastic droid since the eris.

    • Chris

      That seems a pretty unbelievable..

    • I had the Eris. It wasn’t a bad phone, ok yes it was!

  • Michael swaim

    Mine has gotten me though a day of use no problem. I’m happy with it.

  • Au0614

    At first I was concerned about the size of the battery but thought I would try it. The Galaxy note II was too large for my taste and I was coming from a Rezound and a Gnex. The battery life for me has been bitching but amazing. After 15 hours of moderate use (around 2 hours of talk time, Facebook, maybe 30 minutes of google music, and googling random things) I was at 48%. It easily gets me through a day. I work in the cell phone department at a major retailer and had to work Black Friday. My phone was off the charger at 10pm and lasted my entire shift (till noon the next day). That included a ton of talk time because the carriers crashed so we had to call in all of the activations.

    My only concern is the maternal memory. 16GB may not be enough. I have uploaded everything to google music and have started to use that but we will see how we’ll that works over time.

    • Au0614

      The battery has been nothing but amazing….sorry for the typo

    • I swear if it takes babying the battery and throwing light loads at it with 30 minutes of music I’m glad I didn’t buy one! Wonder how long people will be using 4G going down to 3G. I use 3G on my Razr Maxx HD and still end up at 20% at the end of the day. I stream a load of music. With the screen off and doing nothing else.

  • Chris

    This thread is making me second guess my want to buy the note 2..

  • Not to bad for the first real day of battery testing.

    • bmg

      Hey everyone check out this screen cap at 1080p, the dna is an awesome phone.

    • steve machowsky

      Just as any battery , it should get better the more you use it. My DX2 has the extended battery (1899mah) and it makes it all day no problem!

  • DNAdude

    Wow that is one pasty hand… The battery on my DNA has been a VERY plesant surprise so far.

  • Sam

    In a nutshell, when I don’t use my phone and its asleep, it’ll last days. If I use it, the phone drains. It drains slowly, but it does drain.

    • ha

      Really the battery drains if you use it!? I never knew that thanks for the info! Also if you don’t use it then it doesn’t drain? That’s fantastic! Batteries that never lose their charge. What an amazing invention!

      • Sam

        Well actually, the statement is much more complicated than what you’re attempting to make it out to be. But dumb people can’t see it.

  • sidney547

    Does this phone have an FM tuner? It might sound kind of weird but that might be the difference between me getting this or an S3, i listen to the radio all the time on my phone (data limits and not all local stations on streaming sites). There is no radio on the S3 but the removable battery and SD card (not to mention the T-bolt soured me on HTC) has me leaning that way.

    • It should HTC is known for putting FM Radios in their phone. I love using FM Radio. My Bionic (Motorola) has a “unofficial” FM Radio support with Spirit FM.

      • sidney547

        Yeah that’s what I was thinking but I would like confirmation from somebody that has one. I use the FM on my T-bolt all the time, my favorite two stations aren’t on any streaming services.

        • LionStone

          sorry man, no FM tuner 🙁

  • Mende

    not to shabby actually, I have been using my DNA for about four days now. On average I am getting around 14 hours on battery which works just fine for me. I use alot of pandora, and other music apps. All in all I have no problem with my battery, its well worth giving up a few hours of battery for Google Now and a quad-core phone!

  • johowdy123

    Friend of mine purchased it on launch day. He is still amazed how well the battery has done. He was using the bionic with extended battery, and with 4g always running, he’s seeing 12-14 hours of moderate useage. He doesn’t have any problem going two days with light useage.

  • bikerbill12

    I’m only getting 5 hours social media and internet Rhys non stop usage and mainly 4g sometimes 3g. But its worse than my s3 by far . That’s the only complaint I have

  • Markytoos

    4 hours with the screen on. I should have bought the razr hd. Furthermore sense seem to be slowing down the device everytime I open or tap the home button.

  • My battery life has been great. Easily through a whole day. It beats the hell out of the gnex battery(the extender version)

  • cdick133

    I hit 22 hours on the first charge, though that was almost entirely on wifi and then through the night when I obviously wasn’t using it. It’s been fairly easy to get a full day out of it though. Yesterday I was away from home from 9 am to 8 pm and it was at 40% when I got back.

  • Gio

    Disgusting, can’t make it through the day without a charger. And the screen is not any different to my nexus 4 🙁

    • bmg

      are you sure you have a dna? must have gotten a bad battery..

      • steve machowsky

        that or this guy is looking up porn all day. NEXUS 4 BATTERY ISNT MUCH BIGGER! Many tests showed nexus 4 lasting only an hour more than the dna! If you want battery phone then buy the maxx ( for those that dont actually work and jerk it all day to their phone ).

  • Liquidretro

    With these positive responses, maybe I need to consider a DNA instead of an S3.

  • Better than the battery I had in the rezound ,no complaints at all

  • Paul

    Pretty bad, it does not last more than 6 hours

  • Ace

    2 hours, 10 mins on battery, 4G LTE, constant pandora use (using headphones, and not the speakers), some basic web browsing and texting in tandem with music. Battery is sitting at 89%. I would say the total screen-on time is about 35 – 40 mins (estimated).

    I am a little skeptical about it, but so far, battery performs a lot better than my HTC Evo 4G when it was new, 2 1/2 years ago.

  • Bionicman

    These posts remind me of the GNex battery topics where some people would say that their battery’s would last a day and some wouldn’t. I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle and or depend on apps and location.

  • Andrew Lind

    I love my DNA. I had the Rezound and then went to the 8X. I swapped the 8X to the DNA due to the battery sucking and the cell radio sucked as well. I am in a fringe 4G area, a buddy of mine has the RAZR M and would get 4G in my living room, where my rezound nor 8X did. I get it now with the DNA, and the battery lasts longer than the rezound did and the 8X!

    • Sobr0801

      Yeah, while the 8X is a nice device, it seems HTC skimped on some of the hardware. Apparently the radio was one of the things.

      • Andrew Lind

        Yeah, it was pretty bad. LTE worked great when I had it, 40-50 on speedtests(I have yet to see more than ~20meg on my DNA.. via LTE). I liked the phone, but I live in a very rural area and radio is key when not in the towns lol

  • jedi_volfan

    The question that no one is answering about the phone is what happens to the battery when there is no 4G available and all you can get is 3G? You can’t turn off 4G so it will be constantly searching for signal. What happens to the battery then?

    • zepfloyd

      You can turn off LTE and use the 3G only, easiest way is the PhoneInfo app, switch to CDMA (auto PRL) and boom goes the dynamite…

      • jedi_volfan

        At least there’s an app to handle that since HTC and Verizon wouldn’t provide it! Glad to hear but now we need to hear how the battery lasts on just 3G.

    • Tim242

      The LTE radio does not constantly scan.

  • rics

    I went 13 hour’s yesterday with 45 mins on talk, 126 text, 73 mins on Pandora, took 34 pics, spent about an hour total online and was using google now to check football scores.

  • Kevin Mills

    I was curious as to how fast I could drain the battery. I charged it to 100%, and as soon as I took it off the charger turned the brightness to full. Ran Netflix (Bill Burr, and Louis CK) then played Granny Smith, a little Facebook and web browsing in between. I was connected to 4G the whole time, gps enabled. When I hit 15% I checked the battery stats and I was at 3 hours and 58 minutes. I was pretty impressed with the results. Set it to 3G or turn on WiFi and dim the screen and I’m sure I could have gotten much better results.

  • zepfloyd

    I’m getting about 16-18 hours or so. So far I’ve been off the charger since 4:30a, Streamed Google music for over an hour at the gym, usual work flow, 2pm now and I just tossed it on the wireless charger at 60% so it’s full when I leave. Probably a little over 2hr of screen on time today.

    The most important thing: AMAZING radios and signal strength. All the dead zones I got on the G-Nexus and S3 with 4G, have 4 bars of LTE on the DNA. It’s incredibly refreshing, I’d gotten used to just how bad Samsung’s radios really are.

    • wickets

      “AMAZING radios and signal strength.”

      Good to hear…the reviews about signal were mediocre. Thanks for mentioning it

    • ciscore

      I noticed the great radios as well. Pleasantly surprised!

    • Do the DNA and GS3 not have the same radios? Both Qualcomm snapdragon SOC, even though a generation apart.

    • awm

      Yes, Radio much better than my S3; however, battery is not working too well for me…especially when I’m using constantly googling and ebaying.

  • Yep

    I’m more interested to see what former Bolt owners who have jumped on the DNA will have to say (not that the larger community’s input isn’t appreciated – it’s just that former Bolt owners share a bond, having suffered through such a horrible device.)

    • i will let you know when i get this tuesday and test it out

  • Richard Colon

    Here is my2 cents on battery. Great phone indeed! http://www.examiner.com/article/droid-dna-the-real-battery-test

  • Dustin

    Mine is holding up great, got over 48 hours on a charge over the weekend, that was with little to no use, however it was in a area that it was switching between 1x and 3g the whole time.

    Doesn’t even compare to the battery on my old Thunderbolt.

  • Much better than my GNex!. I can easily make it through a full day with moderate usage (3 hours screen on time) and still be at 30%. This is exclusively on LTE. I don’t use wifi on my phones, I want to suck every bit of unlimited data from big red as I can. The battery has exceeded my expectations so far.

    • steve machowsky

      how do you still have unlimited data on verizon 4g?

      • LionStone

        Many of us still do, we were Grandfathered into it.

  • ash

    battery comparison. ive had at some point in time all 3 of these devices. The dna is much better than gnex. Almost identical to the gs3. Never had the maxx but obviously its not gonna be as good. The dna is a beast though. Would totally recommend it to anyone who likes big phones

  • I am definitely a lighter than average user, but my DNA battery seems to be holding up very well, probably similar or slightly better than my previous Galaxy Nexus.

    I love this device, and I haven’t even rooted it yet. The only downsides are some of the Sense features. As soon as some AOSP-ish ROMs are available, I’ll love it even more.

    • Bionicman

      “..probably similar or slightly better than my previous Galaxy Nexus” that is exactly why i’m not getting it :/

      • Well, after a few more days, I would say it’s probably significantly better than the GNex. I still haven’t had a super heavy usage day (which are rare for me), but I’m definitely seeing much more battery left at the end of the day. I’m impressed with the battery so far.

        And the performance and screen are just flat out amazing!

  • zUFC

    Not bad actually. I said I would never get it but I did. I would say it’s just like my S3 was. Which is plenty exceptable. HTC finally made a phone with decent battery!!! Don’t get me wrong, they could of done better but at least it’s decent enough to actually call it a good cell phone. P.S. I think reception is great! kellex didn’t like it but it’s been on par with my Maxx so far. The same dead spots I had with my Sammy’s that disappeared with the Maxx are still gone with the DNA. Call quality is crystal clear also. Not a bad phone.

    • zUFC

      Oh to be fair I should say i have Google Now turned off though. I’m afraid that will destroy the decent batt life. A few more days of normal use then i’ll try it with it on. Anybody using google now on the DNA. And if so does it effect batt at all?

      • LionStone

        No, no, no, take it back! 😉 I kid…anyway, I have enabled Google Now on first set up and I’m getting great battery life. And since I am getting great battery life, I see no reason not to have Google Now enabled…it is very useful. Enjoy!

  • Not an owner, but have been using one exclusively since Friday and can say that it is just as good as the Verizon Galaxy S III.

  • a bit off topic but i think bigger batteries are a scam. i replaced the battery in my R2D2 with a 1800 mAh and it still drains just as fast as the one that come with it.

    • Danrarbc

      You can measure capacity in different ways, and with different sample sizes. A third party battery in particular is likely to use the most lax of measurements. Also, if you don’t follow good practices in use you can still kill a MAXX in hours.

  • MatthewSimmons

    Mine is lasting around 12 hours, screen on full. But I have had it last upwards of 15 hours.

    • Andrew Lind

      @MatthewSimmons:disqus what app is that?

    • hfoster52

      Always 3G?

      • MatthewSimmons

        60% 3G. Full brightness, GPS on, wifi, bluetooth, and nfc off.

        I’m actually pretty impressed with the battery life considering the screen and the relatively small battery size. I was expecting it to be appalling but it’s pretty good. However I’ll soon be moving to a 4G area and expect these battery numbers to fall off a cliff when I’m using only 4G.

        • LionStone

          That battery app really used a lot of battery on my phones so I uninstalled it. Also, I have not found 4G to be a major battery drain. In fact, there are hardly any areas where I frequent that are 3G, so I’m always in 4G and I never turn it off and the battery life I get is 12-15 hrs easy. 4G is not the battery sucking culprit it was a while ago.

  • Dan

    Come on guys. SCREEN ON TIME….

  • Cee

    Battery is holding up very well for me. Using phone for work email, playing music and some texting. Haven’t charged it since 5AM and currently at 63%

  • JLC

    I have mine on full brightness and it lasts me all day with heavy use (streaming youtube, listening to music, interenet etc.) I will not have to charge it until around 9pm and I am up at 5 am. I would of needed to charge my Nexus at least 3 times during that time span. I am very happy with the battery.

  • valium12

    I came off of Gnex with extended battery. The DNA is markedly better. Like clockwork every day by 8:00 Pm Gnex would die. Using DNA the exact same way for 4 days, and it is at 40% or more at that time each day. This phone is lighter, faster, feels better in the hand, and the screen is not only gorgeous, but the feel of the glass is smooth as teflon. First HTC phone I ever have owned, and I am very impressed with it. The battery life is a simple non issue for me.

    • you mean a newer phone is faster than an older one? who would have known! jkjk.

      • valium12

        True that. But damn – its not even close!!!


  • Spider210

    i’m curious, does anyone have the wireless charger? how quickly does that charge the phone in comparison to being plugged in?

    • valium12

      I have the Nokia Wireless Charger. It charges it from 30% to full in about 3 hours. Works very nicely.

    • zepfloyd

      I have a Nokia Qi charger, it charges about as fast as the wall it seems, thought charging in a USB port on the computer seems to be very slow for me (more so than other phones)

    • Joel

      I have a Energizer Qi charger and it works like a charm. I think the times are comparable between wireless and chord.

  • DizzyOneCheck

    Posting from my DNA right now – been unplugged since 7am ct, at 85% battery now at 12:30. Usage was light sms including sending and receiving pictures, gmail and facebook use. 4g service can be week in my office building so this includes some searching for signal. So far very happy, although I came from a thunderbolt so battery would be 50-60% by now.

    • Eric Yang

      anything is better than the thunderbolt.

      • Sam

        Or the Galaxy Nexus.

  • AlmostaDr

    12 hours with 38% left with checking facebook updates and texting a couple times of hour! great so far

  • Eric

    I have had mine since day one and absolutely live it. Coming from a gnex this is by far a superior device. I like some of the sense 4 additions over stock and the battery is on par with the S3 AND MY WIFES RAZR HD.

  • duke69111

    what amount of screen on time on 4g are people getting?

    • mende

      on 4G I am getting about 14 hours worth

      • Bionicman

        sorry there is noooo way you are getting 14 hours screen time. i think you meant total phone time. i dont even think the droid razr maxx gets 14 hours hehe

      • duke69111

        14 hours with the screen on the entire time? I don’t think that’s quite right.

  • ac

    I love this phone…. i have not enjoyed a phone this much since my galaxy nexus. I was concerned about battery. But after a few days of use the battery turns out to be excellent. Was on an 8hr road trip and it lasted all the way through with video, music, internet, downloads and games etc

  • Aaron

    It was horrible the first couple of days, but after charging it from 0% a couple of times the battery is actually pretty good.

  • AntimonyER

    Very satisfied with the battery life. 2020 mAh with SLCD 3, Quad core, and decent radios is lasting twice as long as my 2100 mAh in my GNex!

  • Brian Gazaway

    Coming from the Thunderbolt the battery life is amazing. I can go all day without charging, and that’s using navi., playing games and using up all of it’s awesomeness. I can get about 15hours and be left with 30-40% at the end of the day.

    • Eric Yang

      Isn’t it amazing how HTC time the thunderbolt and HTC DNA launch, so that users that is moving from the thunderbolt to the DNA accept the moderate battery as a great battery… I still have a thunderbolt…

  • Craig Pardue
    • duke69111

      I could settle for that. 3+ hours of screen on time with a total battery time of 27.5+ hours.

  • Off topic I know but had to share.

    • John Simonelli

      That’s terrible, but awesome at the same time. Haha

      • Guest

        It was on my news feed on Facebook lol

    • nightscout13

      LMFAO That’s funny right there….. from reddit?

      • jikhead


      • Someone shared it on facebook. Truth be known origenated from reddit though.

  • Guest

    Off topic I know but had to share. In recent news…

  • Korey Page

    10-12 hours with moderate heavy use (twitter posting, phone calls for about 1-2+ total for the day, random browsing when I could just look it up from my computer, messaging about 40-50 times….well this could be considered heavy)

    Pretty good because I have yet to get down to 10% before I plug it in to charge. I am impressed. I might keep the phone now. And using micro usb to usb adapter is a great option because of limited storage.

  • I’m getting amazing battery life. My nexus had an extended battery and did so much worse than this. I can actually go all day without charging!!!

  • Joseph

    starting at 100% and with heavy use, 4g on, low screen brightness, and all sync on its at 63%. way better than my gnex.

  • ash

    if people are looking for a “great battery” get a note 2 or a razr maxx. If people want a sick phone with a pretty good battery,buy the dna

    • Eric Yang

      This is spot on; I was deciding between the DNA and the Note 2, and decided to go with the Note 2. I just can’t bare dealing with this phone six months from now the battery doesn’t perform like it is out of the box.

      • cooksta32676

        It’s amazing to see the difference between my hands holding it and Lebron holding it in the commercial.

        • That’s what she said.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            hahahahahaha well played

      • billy routh

        The note 2 battery is awesome I get 24 hours with about 7 hrs of sreen on time.

    • coolsilver

      I can fix software by rooting. Can’t fix terrible battery performance unless it is the software.

      • Anon

        probably because you’ve never heard of conditioning lol

    • michael arazan

      Note 2 with split screens and nice screen Knew they were going to need power and that’s why they had the foresight to put a bigass battery in it.

  • Damented

    I go 22 -23hrs without charge and still have 30-33% battery left… Lovin it

    • Diablo81588

      Impossible. You’re reaching maxx territory there. Post screen on time and I’ll believe it.

      • duke69111

        Maybe that is with little or no usage.

        • Diablo81588

          That’s useful..

          • duke69111

            yea, no doubt.

      • zepfloyd

        Definitely not impossible. Just light usage and/or Wifi.

  • So far, so good. I had a good mix of WiFi and 4G use yesterday, along with some pretty heavy usage, and was able to get 11 hours out of it before charging. So far today, all 4G use…social networking, GMail, Exchange push email, phone calls and texting…and I’m at 66% life left since a full charge at 7am. I can’t complain.

  • Much better than expected for having this massive beautiful screen!

  • Can we get a post asking “how’s your N4 battery lasting?”?

    I’m pretty curious about that one since it’s not removable

  • Will Stager

    Great. Probably one of the few people that bought this phone as a previous thunderbolt owner, but i took a risk and it’s paying off so far! Played several hours of games on it yesterday and it made it through with ease. 10 times better than my Tbolt.

  • LOL, silly rabbit, nobody buys HTC phones.

  • Joel

    Absolutely love this phone and the battery has been good to me. I am currently at 90% battery after three hours since I left the house this morning. Moderate use so far to check emails, some basic internet, and a few texts. I am in Denver so I am on LTE the whole time. The phone easily lasts an entire day. Love it

    • gujupmp88

      anyway to get the screen on time?? I’m not saying that isnt great battery, but everyone’s “low”, “moderate” and “heavy” use descriptions are different. to me, what you described would be pretty low use. Moderate use for me would be at phone calls, internet browsing, emails and text. more than a few for each category.
      so what is the actual talk time and screen on time?

      • moew

        Ask HTC why they removed it from JB! Gsam from the store will show it.

        • gujupmp88

          seriously? that seems like a stupid feature to remove…

  • rodney11ride

    too funny…. nobody bought one yet?

  • dennis

    Got the phone on friday and the battery is actually doing amazingly well I havent had to recharge it really love the phone overall

  • Bolton Alford

    A heck of a lot better than I expected. Never got 4+ hours of screen on time with my Galaxy Nexus, and that is with WiFi OFF!

  • John

    Post screen shots too (include screen ontime/idle/ etc)

    • ernie

      I’m aware of GSAM Battery Monitor, but what other ways are there of measuring/showing screen on time?

      • John

        I was just referring to taking a screenshot in Settings > Battery > selecting Screen percentage goes to another screen that shows Time on in minutes

        • Ernie

          Thanks. Didn’t realize I could do that. Good to know!

      • will bartlett


  • So far i have not had to plug it into a charger with it under 20% percent in battery. Facebook, Twitter, a Gmail account with everything syncing, another Gmail account just syncing email, and an exchange email account syncing email and calendars, pulling from the exchange server every hour. About 50 to 100 txts messages a day, heavy internet surfing, and maybe an hour of phone calls a day. No battery issues here so far….my only complaint has been that the first two days i had it, i got a no sim error and had to reboot. Also i am in a 4g lte area almost always….

  • leaving for work at 2 and coming home at 12 i have about 5% battery left. it gets teh job done, but damn does it cut it close. going to try turning mobile data off when im not using it today.

    • It is my opinion you shouldn’t have to turn off mobile data just so your phone can last through a day’s usage. That’s not good. Sorry to hear about that!

      • i work in a hospital and there are a lot of times that i am underground/in shielded rooms so thats why i am going to turn mobile data off, or airplane mode, just for when i am in those areas. I had a gnex and went through 2-3 extendeds in a day, so this is heaven for me so far.

        • Well that makes sense then! 🙂

          • Buckeye71086


          • lolz

          • cooksta32676

            Sense…good one.

      • Sobr0801

        I used to do that with my rezound, now with my lumia 920 i generally go a day and a half between charges

        • I still have my Rezound, I recently went to California metal fest and I had to turn off LTE just so my battery can last throughout the day of taking tons of pix, went thru 2 standard batteries and halfway through one extended. since you cannot change the DNAs battery I wonder how that would end up.

          • Sobr0801

            I now appreciate having a battery I don’t have to worry about.

          • Brent372

            Would be time for a external rechargable (solar) battery instead of buying just another battery to swap into the phonr.

      • Great opinion,but no logic. Why not shut of something you are not using to preserve battery? I’ve been using airplane mode more and more and batteries lay longer and longer. As we all know switching radios is what sucks battery dry,that and4gin general. What it’s wrong with turning data off of you know you won’t look at it for an hour our two? I agree with the essence of your thoughts but battery life is simply not that great on any phone except maybe the razor max. How inconvenient is it to touch a data toggle?

        • If you’re like me and need your phone to be a phone 24/7 w/o switching off data, then that’s the logic. If you don’t need it, then don’t use it. That’s fine!

          • I agree, what phones battery gets you through an entire day tho?

          • A phone with a big battery would do that lol

            For example, Galaxy S3 does it with ease. Galaxy Note 2 also. Galaxy Nexus w/ extended battery. One X. DROID RAZR lineup does. Again, it always depends on how you use the phone, but there are plenty of devices out there that can get through a full day.

          • LionStone

            Just to clarify: if you turn off Mobile Data, the phone will still work as a phone. You can still make/receive calls, send/receive text messages and send/receive mms messages. If a person needs their phone to be a computer too, then leave Mobile Data On so everything syncs and stays updated.

    • schoat333

      Can you post more details What were you using it for? screen on time? 4G 3G or wifi? etc

      • work at a hosital so signal can be shoddy in certain rooms or underground, last few days have been slow so i have been heavy use of reddit/spacebook. i have not seen a screen on time in the battery usage details yet,else i would post it. some. about 500mb worth a data over 4g during the day

  • Nick

    Really good. Compared to my original DINC, the DNA lasts all day with moderate use. However, I got my first 50% data warning but that is another story.

  • Colton Wilburn

    My battery is performing pretty admirably for me. Lasts all day for me, using navigation for a little, Wifi and 4G on, several hours of screen on time.

    I am thoroughly impressed with the device as a whole.

  • angel maldonado

    mine lasted the whole weekend with pretty heavy use!!! oohhhh wait, that’s my Note 2

    • ash

      u sammy fanboys are out of control. You guys are just as bad as isheep

      • Oh stop. I thought it was funny! It’s all Android 😛

        • Octotron

          Stop being reasonable, Tim.

      • angel maldonado

        you take it so seriously, it’s just a joke, i dont even own the note 2

        • joe bob

          I do, and you’re right!

      • ApplesNAndroids

        They are sheep.

        • nightscout13

          Oh i see, either you follow a niche manufacturer, or you are a sheep. Since when is that? Samsung just happens to be the most successful Android OEM at the moment, but in 2 years it my be someone else. The enemy is Apple, not Samsung.

    • ApplesNAndroids

      Well, here’s “that” guy everybody.

    • Colton Wilburn

      Was that worth posting twice?

  • Liquidretro

    This is a great idea for a post. I am really interested in what the real world use is. I think I have it down to the DNA or an S3.

    • Drooooid

      I think I’m gonna hold off for the S4! May be a 6-7 month wait though…

      • Liquidretro

        If I had a newer phone I am using now I would too. I am still rocking my old Droid X. LOL.

        • Symbiotx

          Haha man, I’m in the same boat. My DNA comes today though!

        • cooksta32676

          Ditto….probably will jump on the Note2.

        • geocab

          I am also rocking a DX, by throwing rocks at it. I hate this thing. Been buggy for me ever since Verizon’s first update for it. Been through 4 of them because the headphone jack broke on all 4. I’m still leaning Note 2, but the majority saying they are getting good battery life is going to make me look at the DNA this Friday.

      • Danrarbc

        The only thing the S4 would have over this is an Exynos 5 series chip, and possibly an SD slot. Is that worth the wait for you?

        • Drooooid

          and a 13MP camera. Its also rumored to have a Super AMOLED screen. Not sure what screen the DNA is. I still have the LTE Galaxy Nexus running 4.2 with no issues so far. It’s the first phone that I’ve had for a while without the urge to upgrade to something else.

          • cooksta32676

            Most likely a 1080 display also.

          • Dr. Mark Lipschitz

            Any AMOLED screen would kill it for me. I am not sure how Samsung users go from looking at their LCD computer monitor, tablets and TVs and think that a dim blue screen looks good. Please save the “but the blacks look great” comment.

          • Danrarbc

            DNA is a 1080p Super LCD 3. The first generation Super AMOLED at 1080p will be Pentile. And a 13mp camera doesn’t entice me unless it’s a different sensor than what we’ve seen so far – the 8mp sensors take better photos.

  • ash

    i got to say its pretty darn good. I had a gs3 for 2 weeks and i can say its very comparable to that.

    • Liquidretro

      Except with the GS3 you could swap in a new battery!