Remember how disappointed you were the day that HTC announced the One and that the only major carrier across the globe that had decided to pass on it was Verizon? Thankfully, your disappointment may be short-lived, as reports yesterday suggested that Big Red would indeed carry a variant of the One, but that it would arrive later after it passed through testing. Or will it arrive right on time?
A developer on XDA has been hard at work, porting HTC’s newest Sense 5 software to the DROID DNA. Currently, it has some bugs that need working out, but nothing that makes it unusable. For instance, if you had big hopes for HTC Zoe on your DROID, that is currently unavailable. But no worries, the developer is plugging away on fixes. (more…)
Back in early February, we caught wind of a new HTC device that appeared to be headed to Verizon under the codename “DLXPLUS.” For those not familiar with the naming convention, think of the DROID DNA as the “DLX.” At first, we were hoping that this would be Big Red’s version of the HTC One because the purported specs matched up exactly, but since we know now that the device is landing everywhere but there, we’ll assume this phone must be something somewhat different. Will it be the DROID DNA+ or perhaps the DROID ONE (not likely “One”)? (more…)
Yep, we have a brand spankin’ new flagship to talk about, so that means a spec comparison is in order. The HTC One, which didn’t garner a lot of bragging from HTC on a spec front during its unveiling, really is quit the beast in terms of hardware. On paper, because phones are all so powerful these days, it may not seem like a giant leap forward, but it certainly feels like a solid jump over anything else on the market today.
With its brand new Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, brilliant 1080p display and new camera tech called Ultrapixel, it has at least a handful of components that no other phone currently has.
Below, we have a chart that compares it on paper to the Nexus 4, DROID DNA, and Galaxy Note 2.
And after you check it out, be sure to remember that specs don’t always win battles. HTC knows this and has offered an entire suite of software enhancements that should help it stand out from the crowd this time around. Be sure to read my thoughts on it all. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, the DROID DNA received somewhat of an S-OFF through the work of a phone repair shop who had a special tool that they would use on your device should you be willing to pay at least $45. It really wasn’t all that practical. And hopefully, no one actually used the service, because a much simpler S-OFF method has been released tonight by beaups and jcase of TeamAndIRC. (more…)
As we reported just days ago, the DROID DNA was set to receive an update to build 2.04.605.2. This update includes improvements for WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, and other things such as improved audio quality over wired headsets and earpieces. Basically, it’s nothing too special.
But then again, any day Verizon updates a device should go into the record books. If you are a DNA owner, expect to see the update within the next few days rolled out to your device.
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Within the last day, Amazon dropped their price for the HTC DROID DNA significantly, making this one of the better steals for a smartphone you’ll find. If you want to add a line to your family account or are a new customer to Big Red, you can grab the DNA and its 1080p display for $49.99. If you are a current customer with an upgrade, you can snag HTC’s latest and greatest for $99.99.
We reviewed the DNA when it first came out and came away mostly impressed. The display is the best in the business (for now), it has an above average camera depending on who you talk to, surprisingly excellent battery life, and a simple design that can still “wow” your friends.
Verizon is still selling it for $199.99 on contract.
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The HTC DROID DNA is set to receive its first update since launch to build 2.04.605.2. The update appears to be more of a bug fixer than anything, as it most definitely is not something major like Android 4.2. In the update, you’ll find improvements across the board for things like WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, Hotspot, audio quality with headsets, zooming in the browser, and recent apps functionality.
We don’t have a specific date for rollout of the update, but it usually happens within a week once Verizon has posted these support documents.
The update is 103.5MB in size.