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Review: HTC Droid DNA for Verizon Wireless

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Nov 16, 2012, 2:54 PM
Hi, The Verge does not agree at all with your battery life assessment. What sort of usage or tests did you run to decide that the battery would last 24 hours?

Nov 16, 2012, 3:12 PM
i wouldn't worry so much about that one review. The Verge doesn't seem to be very consistent with their reviews. For example, they gave the DNA a rating of 4 on battery life for getting about 4.5 hours on their battery test, yet they gave the Galaxy S3 an 8 rating on battery life when it got less than what the DNA got on it’s battery test. 4hrs 12min. here is the proof:
http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/19/3164699/samsung-ga ... »

and besides that, other reviews have praised the battery life actually.

http://gizmodo.com/5961246/htc-droid-dna-review-veri ... »
"That big screen is paired with LTE and a relatively modest 2020 mAh Li-Ion battery, but the Droid DNA still lasted...
Eric M. Zeman

Nov 16, 2012, 3:55 PM
I used the phone a lot for three days. Constant email and RSS, both of which use the screen and radio intensively. Same with checking twitter, browsing their web, all while under LTE coverage.

I see the TuneIn radio to stream music over the network, shot lots of pictures, and downloaded a whole bunch of apps.

I read the Verge's review and must say that I disagree with their testing methodology. No one hooks their phone up to a program to load web pages until the battery gives out. That's a completely unrealistic use scenario.

Nov 16, 2012, 4:04 PM
I agree Eric. I don't like The Verge anyhow. It was started by a former of employee of Engadget. A hipster with mommy and daddys money living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Rolling Eyes

Nov 16, 2012, 6:31 PM
I have a simple question regarding built-in batteries. Suppose your out in the field and not tethered to an a/c outlet. Your battery is on the downside of the charge....almost "out of gas" so to speak.

Conversely, when my Galaxy Nexus is almost depleted, I throw in a fresh Extended battery 2100mAh and I'm good to go with a full charge. I kind of think you'd be S.O.L. with your dead as a door nail HTC DNA.

I'm amazed that people do not appreciate the convenience of just powering up, right on the spot!

Nov 16, 2012, 8:30 PM
And I'm amazed people actually carry around extra batteries-lol!!! You must do a boat-load of stuff on your phone to run the battery down like that, just saying.

Nov 16, 2012, 10:33 PM
My point wasn't using so much input that I run a battery down. It has nothing to do with capacity, but consumption instead. Since there is a range provided by the moderator, its seems obvious, people will have in their possession, at times, a device they started out their day with, at the lower end of that range. Consequently, they might not elect to stand around waiting for the thing to charge, so they pick up the phone and leave with 10% charge left and go about their daily activities (As I mentioned, there are people that have outdoor activities..

Wallah....dead battery in no time and S.O.L if ya can't just throw a fresh one in and be fully charged in an instant.

Oh BTW, spare batteries are not too heavy or cumbersome to car...

Nov 17, 2012, 7:48 AM
As for as battery life there are portable charges that one can bring along. I use a Motorola P4000 for my S3 and it works pretty good. My concern with non-removable batteries is what do you do if your phone freezes up since you can't just take the battery out.

Nov 17, 2012, 2:26 PM
Every phone with a non-removable battery that I've seen has a key combination that simulates a battery pull.

Nov 18, 2012, 12:06 AM
Agreed there are portable charging devices that can be carried around to charge the built in non-removeable battery, but the smallest of them is not that small, and its annoying to have to equip your pockets with more lameware than your device and its carrying case.

For most people, that dead battery in a phone like the DNA must to be charged a few feet from that A/C outlet. This is confining and a limitation. The spare battery of a removable can be charged while your frollicking about. The two situations do not co-exist in attraction, plain and simple...It is more convenient to throw in a fresh battery in an instant than to deal with that wall outlet!

Nov 18, 2012, 8:00 AM
Probably beating a dead horse at this point, but I agree 100% that it is so much more convenient to slap a fresh battery in the phone, throw the old one on a wall charger and just go.

On many occasions I have found myself in EXACTLY the situation that stormsurvivor referred to: working in the field, commonly inside a building with poor reception (which taxes the battery more), and it is so nice not to have to worry about it with a spare battery on hand.

My excitement for this phone has been quelled by what I feel are 2 MAJOR flaws:

1 - Non-Removable Battery.

2 - No External Storage (c'mon, I have a 64gb in my Rezound.)

Must admit I'm tempted, but I think I'll wait for the next train...

Nov 18, 2012, 5:57 PM
Its funny now that I own a phone with a non removable battery, I never been in a situation where I needed to pull the battery and the phones with removable batteries I've had to.

Even if I should get another phone with a removable battery in the future, I still will not purchase or carry a spare battery...ever!

Nov 19, 2012, 8:35 AM
It can be dangerous. If you also have change, paperclips, anything that is metal in your pocket, if it happens to touch the battery contacts, it can get damn hot and burn you. Or, when you're at the coffee shop and you reach into your pocket with a glob of change, the change itself is burning hot which causes you to throw it everywhere.

Bad situations.

Dec 15, 2012, 8:06 PM
Yeah. Coins are bent in a way that they exactly fit the battery contacts and start heating up.
The ones that are not bent; they just pair and angle, in order to touch the contacts and each other to complete the circuit and produce heat.

I won't laugh on the other thing about the paperclips because... It actually happened to me with a camera battery that I had on my pocket. Wasn't funny at all.

Nov 17, 2012, 10:36 AM
Well the GNex is known for its, let's say...mediocre...battery life.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Ne...

Nov 18, 2012, 12:59 PM
Never a problem, tho, Legend. I have 5 extra batteries, 3 of them extended 2100mAh.....total 11,850mAh.....Might last a day powering a website while those built-ins sit in the wall charging up.....

That's enough to run a website on my mighty Nexus!

Nov 20, 2012, 12:36 PM
I carry a spare battery for my cell phone every where I go... it's saved me many times, since I am often out in the woods, walking around urban/suburban areas, etc. The DNA sounds like a great phone and HTC is my brand of choice, but the non-removable battery and the non-expandable memory are definitely KILLERS for me.

Nov 20, 2012, 3:16 PM
The device is like a tease. Top of the line specs with two limitations that close the door for many people. Its ludicrous that they just couldn't do it right. Somebody dropped the ball at HTC. The whole concept of a cutting edge device was ruined by a major omission....

Nov 23, 2012, 10:07 AM
Word has it that it was Verizon's instructions to HTC to limit the DNA's expandable memory.
Two theories were that:
a) it would be too much competition for Moto's new devices (from what I understand, Moto and Verizon work VERY closely together)
b) You'd have to use the cloud for most of your storage, therefore using more data. $$$

As for the non removeable battery. Yup, totally disagree. Unless it has a mammoth battery like the Maxx....
just... why?

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