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HTC Droid DNA battery review impresses thanks to optimization

Under: HTC
Date: November 21st, 2012

Even though we know that the HTC Droid DNA is very similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC is aiming this handset at the Note 2 audience. The larger Samsung handset has a lot going for it, including a pretty decent battery, but this has been one of the concerns ahead of the release of the DNA. However, now that Verizon made this latest smartphone available today we’re now hearing that the HTC Droid DNA battery review is impressing people, which is said to be down to a number of things, as well as some clever optimization techniques.

Some people have been put off from the start when it comes to the Droid DNA because of the fact that it has limited storage and a poor battery life, and while there is no getting away from the former being true, it seems the haters may have over exaggerated things in regards to the latter. GSM Arena has been hands-on with the HTC Droid DNA and from what they’re saying the results of the battery is far better than we had expected, but how did they come to this conclusion we hear you ask?

From the moment that we learned of the existence of the Droid DNA and its less than impressive 2,020mAh battery questions have been asked if it will be up to the task of handling a 5-inch 1080p display for long periods at a time. GSM Arena decided to run a series of tests (four in total) and while it never topped any of the charts, it performed better than the Galaxy S3 in all of them.

The first test looked at talk time and from a huge list of handsets the DNA came in 11th place with just over 11 hours of talk time. It’s worth mentioning that the Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS) took the top spot with over 21 hours. The next test was web browsing, and the DNA performed better this time coming in fourth with a time of 6 hours and 40 minutes. The Apple iPhone 5 took the number 1 sport with 9 hours and 56 minutes.

The third test was video playback. Again the Droid DNA came in fourth while the Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS) took the top spot again with times of 7 hours and 30 minutes and 16 hours and 35 minutes respectively. The fourth and final test looked at endurance, and if you were considering getting HTC’s latest handset then you’ll be pleased to know that it scored 49 hours between charges if you were to call, browse or watch videos for an hour. Visit the link above for a more detailed look at these tests.

In the past Android handsets have been accused of not being able to optimize their software as well as Apple, but this is proof that HTC has discarded this idea. It’s clear to see that HTC has been able to optimize their software in order to get the maximum from the not so impressive battery size. Having said that, we’re pretty certain that the new display and the 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor also has a hand in it to make the battery far more impressive than it looks on paper.

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  • acktion

    Yeah I call shenanigans on this chart. There is NO Way in hell the iphone 5 is at the top of the list. It get’s worse battery life than both the 4 and 4s. The iphone 5 does not beat the Razr Maxx HD in battery life period!

    • lasersight

      yah i agree that the iphone 5 may seem worse than 4 and 4s ..but a lot depends on what u do with it and how…if u do anything with that lte radio trying to get a decent connection in a dicey connection zone..it pretty much toasts the battery 5-6 hours . bt i if turn it off and be clever how u manage it..it can and does match the droid maxxx..trust me.. i have em both..:)

  • PackerfaninKC

    What is the point of even having a phone? If one has to turn off radios, or major features of the phone? (The IPHONE) To get it through the day! Battery is KEY! 1440mah????

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