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    On Thanksgiving I got to play with my Dad's new HTC Droid DNA and it was 10x better all around than my Galaxy Nexus. I have a Nexus 4 on back order right now but I am strongly considering canceling for the DNA. Its only a hair taller but seems like a better thinner design with a superb screen and camera than the Nexus 4. The only thing I would miss after I disabled HTC Sense (the skin) is getting updates on time directly from Google. Has anone else seen this thing!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctechnow View Post
    On Thanksgiving I got to play with my Dad's new HTC Droid DNA and it was 10x better all around than my Galaxy Nexus. I have a Nexus 4 on back order right now but I am strongly considering canceling for the DNA. Its only a hair taller but seems like a better thinner design with a superb screen and camera than the Nexus 4. The only thing I would miss after I disabled HTC Sense (the skin) is getting updates on time directly from Google. Has anone else seen this thing!?

    IMHO always go with a pure google phone. those overlays are useless and don't do android justice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctechnow View Post
    On Thanksgiving I got to play with my Dad's new HTC Droid DNA and it was 10x better all around than my Galaxy Nexus. I have a Nexus 4 on back order right now but I am strongly considering canceling for the DNA. Its only a hair taller but seems like a better thinner design with a superb screen and camera than the Nexus 4. The only thing I would miss after I disabled HTC Sense (the skin) is getting updates on time directly from Google. Has anone else seen this thing!?
    The Droid DNA and Nexus 4 will not run on the same network, I'm not sure how you're comparing a Verizon-exclusive device with a GSM/HSPA+ device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayjohn View Post
    The Droid DNA and Nexus 4 will not run on the same network, I'm not sure how you're comparing a Verizon-exclusive device with a GSM/HSPA+ device.
    The Droid DNA will work on GSM.
    Google it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziptied View Post
    The Droid DNA will work on GSM.
    It does? No doubting you, as I've done little research about it, but I thought it was a Verizon specific model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayjohn View Post
    It does? No doubting you, as I've done little research about it, but I thought it was a Verizon specific model.
    GSM side is unlocked. Change APN settings and you're good.

    Price is another matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayjohn View Post
    It does? No doubting you, as I've done little research about it, but I thought it was a Verizon specific model.
    Yes, it is exclusively sold through Verizon, but it does in fact have a GSM mode.

    That said, and this is coming from a long time die hard HTC fan, but I don't have the same support for them as I used to. I Can't really say why that is either, because they definitely make high quality phones, especially the build quality. I wish Google would bring them back to the Nexus line, because an HTC built phone with on time updates is tops. And while the general consensus is that Sense is the best Android skin out there, as far as what it adds to stock, I just don't like its usability. It actually slows down the phone, and its "multitasking" still leaves a taste of dirt in my mouth. I don't know why these phone screens keep getting bigger either. I don't know where I'm going with all this, but yea I would take the nexus over the DNA.
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    I'm never buying a phone under a 2 year contract again. I have the Nexus 4 and will be finishing up my contract with it then switching. If you plan on buying the DNA without the 2 year agreement and thats what you want go for it but if your gonna be doing the 2 year contract I wouldn't do it.
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    If you're going to use the DNA on a GSM network, then I assume you're buying it outright? You could buy 2 Nexus 4's for that price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KwietStorm View Post
    Yes, it is exclusively sold through Verizon, but it does in fact have a GSM mode.

    That said, and this is coming from a long time die hard HTC fan, but I don't have the same support for them as I used to. I Can't really say why that is either, because they definitely make high quality phones, especially the build quality. I wish Google would bring them back to the Nexus line, because an HTC built phone with on time updates is tops. And while the general consensus is that Sense is the best Android skin out there, as far as what it adds to stock, I just don't like its usability. It actually slows down the phone, and its "multitasking" still leaves a taste of dirt in my mouth. I don't know why these phone screens keep getting bigger either. I don't know where I'm going with all this, but yea I would take the nexus over the DNA.
    Slows the phone down? Multi tasking issues? You must be thinking of the One X on that.

    The DNA isn't a One X. Better processor, newer sense, and twice the RAM.

    Completely different phone.
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    I never understood why so many people go on and on about htc build quality when their battery doors break, charging ports stop working, and their batteries lose a large percentage of their charge after the first year.

    I'm fact, when i got rid of my evo 4g the battery door didn't hold together well, the charge port stopped working, their included cable stopped charging for no reason and the battery would only last 1-2 hours.


    I don't know anyone with that phone that has a great working one unless they bought it later on and those that did that have a totally different set of issues

    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the Galaxy S3 unfortunately on T-Mobile
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jnorton2724 View Post
    I'm never buying a phone under a 2 year contract again. I have the Nexus 4 and will be finishing up my contract with it then switching. If you plan on buying the DNA without the 2 year agreement and thats what you want go for it but if your gonna be doing the 2 year contract I wouldn't do it.
    That's my story! I'll never do another contract again. We eeeeee are never ever ever... getting back together!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin O'Quinn View Post
    Slows the phone down? Multi tasking issues? You must be thinking of the One X on that.

    The DNA isn't a One X. Better processor, newer sense, and twice the RAM.

    Completely different phone.
    Don't assume anything
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hustleman View Post
    I never understood why so many people go on and on about htc build quality when their battery doors break, charging ports stop working, and their batteries lose a large percentage of their charge after the first year.

    I'm fact, when i got rid of my evo 4g the battery door didn't hold together well, the charge port stopped working, their included cable stopped charging for no reason and the battery would only last 1-2 hours.


    I don't know anyone with that phone that has a great working one unless they bought it later on and those that did that have a totally different set of issues

    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the Galaxy S3 unfortunately on T-Mobile
    Any phone battery door can break if you break it. That doesn't mean HTC doesn't have high build quality. It sure as hell is much higher quality then Samsung.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KwietStorm View Post
    Any phone battery door can break if you break it. That doesn't mean HTC doesn't have high build quality. It sure as hell is much higher quality then Samsung.
    That's just being silly.

    Samsung has better build quality. I have a Samsung instinct (aka Samsung, it stinks) and the charging port, oe charger, battery door are still in working order. The phone just isn't good, but great build quality.

    The gs3 is very well built. High quality phone that's slim AND lightweight. No feeling like the battery door work break at any time because it isn't stiff like the evo door. The material works well.

    Look at evo lte and one x owners, many are already complaining about the fame things. That isn't a result of good build quality

    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the Galaxy S3 unfortunately on T-Mobile
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hustleman View Post
    That's just being silly.

    Samsung has better build quality. I have a Samsung instinct (aka Samsung, it stinks) and the charging port, oe charger, battery door are still in working order. The phone just isn't good, but great build quality.

    The gs3 is very well built. High quality phone that's slim AND lightweight. No feeling like the battery door work break at any time because it isn't stiff like the evo door. The material works well.

    Look at evo lte and one x owners, many are already complaining about the fame things. That isn't a result of good build quality

    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the Galaxy S3 unfortunately on T-Mobile
    When people go on about the HTC "high build quality," they're usually referring to aesthetics (metal instead of plastic, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by KwietStorm View Post
    Don't assume anything
    What exactly did I assume?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hustleman View Post
    That's just being silly.

    Samsung has better build quality. I have a Samsung instinct (aka Samsung, it stinks) and the charging port, oe charger, battery door are still in working order. The phone just isn't good, but great build quality.

    The gs3 is very well built. High quality phone that's slim AND lightweight. No feeling like the battery door work break at any time because it isn't stiff like the evo door. The material works well.

    Look at evo lte and one x owners, many are already complaining about the fame things. That isn't a result of good build quality

    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the Galaxy S3 unfortunately on T-Mobile
    What part is silly? You're speaking as if having an HTC phone will end up with broken parts, battery doors, charging ports, etc, none of which has ever happened to me after owning several of their phones. You can never base the whole on a subset of the people. But Samsung is known for going the cheap route with materials, its a fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin O'Quinn View Post
    What exactly did I assume?
    Really? Your own words were I must be thinking of the One X, and alluding to a point that I don't k ow the DNA is a different phone, when I was specifically referring to Sense.
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    I played with the DNA at my Verizon store today, and with the Nexus 4 at a Tmobile store today. Here's what I got from both of the phones. . .

    - The DNA has a good screen, but my eyesight is pretty bad, so I really couldn't tell a difference in screen quality between the two. No, I didn't have them side by side, but the DNA didn't "WOW" me like I thought it would.

    - The DNA has some lag that the Nexus doesn't. The Nexus was VERY snappy. The DNA's speed felt blehhh. This is coming from a HTC Thunderbolt user currently.

    - The DNA felt better in the hand than the Nexus (Very surprising). I loved the way it felt.

    - Last, the camera was a little better with the DNA




    Needless to say, I'm still going to wait on the Nexus. The DNA isn't worth the 2 year contract, and losing my Unlimited data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hustleman View Post
    I never understood why so many people go on and on about htc build quality when their battery doors break, charging ports stop working, and their batteries lose a large percentage of their charge after the first year.

    I'm fact, when i got rid of my evo 4g the battery door didn't hold together well, the charge port stopped working, their included cable stopped charging for no reason and the battery would only last 1-2 hours.


    I don't know anyone with that phone that has a great working one unless they bought it later on and those that did that have a totally different set of issues

    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the Galaxy S3 unfortunately on T-Mobile
    I've had the evo og (my wife now has it) and i have the evo 4g lte, I've had no issues with either phone, i don't f... With the battery door, i charge my phones by sticking the cable in the port nice and easy, not hastily, knowing that you can ruin the port by jamming the cord in! The moral of the story is, be nice to your phone and it will be nice to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragnarokx View Post
    When people go on about the HTC "high build quality," they're usually referring to aesthetics (metal instead of plastic, etc).
    So it isn't build quality it's build materials

    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the Galaxy S3 unfortunately on T-Mobile
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    Quote Originally Posted by KwietStorm View Post
    Any phone battery door can break if you break it. That doesn't mean HTC doesn't have high build quality. It sure as hell is much higher quality then Samsung.
    The Epic 4G Touch is great, since as many times as I dropped it on the concrete, even forgot about it in the snow, it dried out and everything started working again the next day. Samsung has the highest build quality of any manufacturer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thenameisnigel View Post
    The Epic 4G Touch is great, since as many times as I dropped it on the concrete, even forgot about it in the snow, it dried out and everything started working again the next day. Samsung has the highest build quality of any manufacturer.
    Agreed!

    Build quality is how well it's built, not what material it's built from

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    Is the Droid DNA 100% compatible with T-Mobile, I see maybe 3G but I don't think the high speeds, please somebody correct me if I am wrong because I am not 100% sure.
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