Spec Comparison: HTC One vs. Nexus 4. vs. DROID DNA vs. Galaxy Note 2

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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…)

DROID DNA Finally Receives S-OFF


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…)

DROID DNA Update to Build 2.04.605.2 is Live – Improves WiFi, Bluetooth, and Hotspot

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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.

Cheers @rwking75 and @mfestinger!

DROID DNA Drops to $49 For New Lines at Amazon, $99 for Upgrades

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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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DROID DNA to Receive Update to Build 2.04.605.2 – Improves WiFi, Bluetooth, and Hotspot

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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.

More info.

DROID DNA Receives S-OFF Via JTAG, Will Cost You at Least $45

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The DROID DNA has S-OFF! Throw a party! Pull out your $45 for it! Wait, what? That’s right, there is a method to get S-OFF on your HTC DROID DNA, but it’ll cost you. You also can’t do it yourself and will need to part ways with your phone for a number of days. Phone repair shop MobileTechVideos has the solution, which appears to be nothing short of scary to watch.  (more…)

New Version of the DROID DNA on the Way as the DLXPLUS? Is It Verizon’s M7?

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Developer and HTC insider @LlabTooFeR appears to have leaked the specs to a new version of HTC’s DROID DNA on Verizon. Remember the codename of “dlx” that clung to that phone as it approached launch? That same codename has appeared in a new device but with an addition, making it the “DLXPLUS.” Are we going to see a revamped DNA already or is this Verizon’s version of the HTC M7(more…)

Spec Chart: Blackberry Z10 vs. Nexus 4 vs. DROID DNA vs. Note 2 vs. RAZR MAXX HD

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In case you weren’t paying attention, we thought we should point out that Blackberry tried to reinvent itself this morning in more ways than one. First, they are actually called Blackberry now, rather than RIM. That’s right, it’s a global name change that goes into effect immediately. Second, they announced Blackberry 10 (their newest OS) and two devices – the Blackberry Z10 and some random QWERTY thing that no one will want (it may be called the Q10).

The Z10, however, is their flagship and one that is aiming directly at Android and iOS. And since this device has a full touchscreen, is nothing like the failure that was the Storm, and might make some of you peek out the corner of your eye to see what it can do, we thought a spec battle was in store. If that seems weird, it’s not – we do this with all the big competitors.

Ready?  (more…)