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HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S3, deal breaker concerns

Under: HTC, Phone Debates, Samsung, Verizon
Date: November 14th, 2012

The launch of the HTC Droid DNA for the Verizon Wireless network didn’t really hold any surprises for us, as we pretty much knew all the basic specs. While the handset does look pretty good on paper there could be one or two missing features that could be a deal breaker for some, and when you compare the HTC Droid DNA against the Samsung Galaxy S3 it does become evident.

Don’t get us wrong the DNA is still a pretty decent phone and does hold its own against the Galaxy S III in some areas (which we’ll get to) but will this be enough when compared to a consumer favorite? HTC made the Droid DNA official yesterday and it’s clear to see that the Droid is back and while it does offer some great design features, it’s the inside that matters and you will not be let down.

Before we get down to comparing the two handsets we felt you would want to know that the Droid DNA ships on the 19th of November and will be available to purchase in Verizon stores from the 21st. The full retail price is $599, but if you sign up to a two-year contract you’ll pay just $199 instead. More details on this can be found by visiting the official Verizon website here.

Processor

As we have already told you the HTC Droid DNA will be powered by the 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which is the same as the one inside the LG Optimus G. While this is a powerful processor there is an issue with overheating, so will be interesting to see how HTC has managed to get over this issue. This is compared to the 1.4 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A9 processor in the Galaxy S3.

RAM and Storage

HTC’s latest Droid smartphone packs 2GB of RAM and just 16GB of storage, which compared to the 1GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage for the Galaxy S3 shows that while the former wins the first round the latter wins the second. There are concerns with the low storage capacity of the Droid DNA because there’s no SD Card slot to help increase storage, which for some could be a huge problem.

Display

While the Droid DNA comes with the 5-inch Super LCD 3 display and is protected with Gorilla Glass 2, the Galaxy S3 has a smaller 4.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. It’s suggested that the screen for the DNA is of a much better quality, but we’re sure that many of you will disagree with this.

Battery

When it comes to the battery these two smartphones are evenly matched, with the DNA having 2020mAh and the S III packing 2100 mAh. It’s hard to say which will last the longest, but one would presume that the demands from the slightly larger and better quality screen from the DNA could cause more of a power drain.

So which is the best the HTC Droid DNA or the Samsung Galaxy S3? It’s clear to see that the former is clearly targeting the Galaxy Note 2, but a majority of you will compare it more to the Galaxy S3 because of its size and similar processor power. With this in mind while the DNA does have a better display, there’s no getting away from the fact that 16GB storage and no microSD slot could be a deal breaker for some.

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  • http://twitter.com/_KID_ANDROID_ KID ANDROID

    The battery is going to be horrible on the HTC with the high ppi and size of the screen. I don’t know because I haven’t handled one yet but I’m thinking the red strip on the sides of the device are there to help cool the high heat processor. I don’t think that ppl are too worried about the 16gb of memory in devices considering the Nexus 4 sold out so fast in both 8gb & & 16gb models. This device is intended to complete with the Galaxy Note 2 & having the Galaxy Note 2 for a few weeks now I have to say that no company can even come close to competing with the super feature rich ultimate device it is & its kinda pointless to try in my mind. – KID ANDROID. ( Team.Android.Canada)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dropper Keith Huffstutler

    Why are you comparing the Verizon Droid DNA to the International S3? Shouldn’t you be comparing it to the Verzion (US Version) S3: Dual-core 1.5GHz Krait (maybe the exact same processor) and 2GB of RAM.

  • Jack

    Meh. HTC devices are cheapo quality. Break down fast and looks ugly at the same time.

  • ronf57

    Iagree with keith, jack and kid android on each issue..
    1. comparing to international s3 isn’t valid on usa verizon…i.e. quad core beats dual at same speed. s3 2gb memory isn’t a plus..it’s a necessity! I can’timagine a quad core s3 with 1gbmemory that was just stupid.
    2.the HTC DNA design is so ugly, I thought it was my Motorola Droid Original design from the russian 1950′s tank factory.
    3.The battery will be eaten fast with quad core and 1920×1080 display, but that’s always been the tradeoff for resolution. 16gb is NOT enough storage for anything anymore. and No i don’t buy into the amazon hype about cloud storage…that’s lots of data transferring many times with bandwith caps and associated carrier fees. And i kept my unlimited data account. Image a 5gb cap account and how many times do you want to transfer files in and out for music and video?
    A sd card slot again is not an option, it is necessaRY. MY s3 is 32gb with a 32gb card and it fills up with apps and podcasts and a stupid design that prevents moving apps and data to sdcard without penalties.
    so a better comparison is note2 vs dna and i think note2 wins again.

  • Matt

    This article was not helpful. I could’ve done a side by side comparison on the Verizon website and come to the same conclusion 😏

  • Zach

    extremely biased review. Favor the s3 way too much

  • Bob Gladrey

    I spent a good hour comparing the SG3 and the DNA yesterday. I need them on AT&T 4GLTe, though, so the SG3 will have to do. But for camera quality, I liked the HTC. And resolution, which would be great at my Atlanta hair salon for shooting client nail work, would be ideal. Shame.

  • sando

    Acknoledge htc is better……. Is samsung paying u for this crap…

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