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    Default Droid DNA va. NeXus 4 hardware...

    Alright,

    I gave it some time. As people bought both, there is hardly anyone complaining about the DNA (hardware-wise) but one look at the nX4 forums and u can see people aren't exactly happy.

    Yellow tint, screen-unresponsiveness, cracks and scratches, rattling and whirring sounds etc...
    Wanted to know if any certain hardware issues I need to anticipate with the DNA...
    Honestly, I was very very kicked about the nX4. But seeing all this, I want to play safe. So DNA, now, just looks perfect.
    Reasons I am considering the DNA over nX4:

    Screen size (for my magazine and book reading)

    Beats Audio ( for the love of DnB and dubstep)

    HTC Sense (though a resource hogger, looks pretty IMHO)

    So, in the end, would you guys agree the hardware is better of the DNA than the nX4?

    Thanx....

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    I'm sure that's plausible but I wonder what the sales are for both. I mean for instance in the nexus has way more (which is possible since it's been out longer and can be used on more carriers around the world) then going to have more people talking about it. It's interesting you bring this up because people said the same thing about the HTC one X vs the gs3 as far as forum complaints and it could be that the one x is better built but the sales figures aren't even close either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpiodsu123 View Post
    I'm sure that's plausible but I wonder what the sales are for both. I mean for instance in the nexus has way more (which is possible since it's been out longer and can be used on more carriers around the world) then going to have more people talking about it. It's interesting you bring this up because people said the same thing about the HTC one X vs the gs3 as far as forum complaints and it could be that the one x is better built but the sales figures aren't even close either.

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    There is some sort of blind following for Samsung. Everywhere, people are just going mad. I don't get it. Its extremely bizarre. Its nothing but cheap plastic sold at a premium price. This is my opinion about Samsung. Secondly, I have a few friends who have oneX and I to call them content would be an understatement.

    So yea, sales figures mean very little to me. I want to know, who exceeds whom hardware-wise...

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    Quote Originally Posted by X 0 N 0 D E View Post
    There is some sort of blind following for Samsung. Everywhere, people are just going mad. I don't get it. Its extremely bizarre. Its nothing but cheap plastic sold at a premium price. This is my opinion about Samsung. Secondly, I have a few friends who have oneX and I to call them content would be an understatement.

    So yea, sales figures mean very little to me. I want to know, who exceeds whom hardware-wise...

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    Quote Originally Posted by X 0 N 0 D E View Post
    So, in the end, would you guys agree the hardware is better of the DNA than the nX4?
    I don't think its debatable. Better camera, better screen, and LTE. I've read of some people's nexus's getting very hot. My DNA does not get warm.
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    Default Re: Droid DNA va. NeXus 4 hardware...

    Not that I can claim to know the difference, but the DNA also has a different S4 Pro processor. Mickey glossed over it during this week's TCPJ podcast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X 0 N 0 D E View Post
    There is some sort of blind following for Samsung. Everywhere, people are just going mad. I don't get it. Its extremely bizarre. Its nothing but cheap plastic sold at a premium price. This is my opinion about Samsung. Secondly, I have a few friends who have oneX and I to call them content would be an understatement.

    So yea, sales figures mean very little to me. I want to know, who exceeds whom hardware-wise...

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    I agree but I'm not making it a Samsung vs HTC thing. Just merely stating that it's quite possible that devices that have mire in circulation would probably have more complaints but also more people satisfied just because of the volumes. Nothing personal against anyone or a device. I couldn't care less honestly. Not sure why people always feel the need to think they have a superior device on non factual, purely subjective data so they can feel good about their device. Just my thoughts.

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    Default Re: Droid DNA va. NeXus 4 hardware...

    You know that the nX4's LTE chip can be easily unlocked right.....? If you have doubts head over to tmonews and they have a video of it being done.
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    so you can chose a VZW branded, strangely shaped overly large 5" phone that is unlikely to receive official updates and whose bootloader is currently only unlocked through extremely shade means not to mention whose developer support is bound to pale in comparison

    or a properly sized phone with same procesor and ram, great screen that wont drain the crap out of your battery which can be bought off contract for a great price.

    seem obvious to me.
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    Only obvious if you are willing to leave VZW. After recent evidence that AT&T still can't handle adversity on their network, many folks in NY/NJ probably wouldn't think that's a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agalvin13 View Post
    so you can chose a VZW branded, strangely shaped overly large 5" phone that is unlikely to receive official updates and whose bootloader is currently only unlocked through extremely shade means not to mention whose developer support is bound to pale in comparison

    or a properly sized phone with same procesor and ram, great screen that wont drain the crap out of your battery which can be bought off contract for a great price.

    seem obvious to me.
    I don't think its overly large. I think the size is perfect for my hand. I could care less about the bootloader. I like sense. I'm not going pre-paid, so the subsidized price of $199 is awesome.
    DNA has a much better camera(very important to me). LTE out of the box. Better screen.....and it doesn't "drain the crap" out of my battery. My battery life stats are posted in other threads and I'm very happy with it.

    Official updates is the only downside for me........which is irrelevant in this thread, as the title clearly asks about hardware.

    For me, the DNA was the obvious choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nestafaria View Post
    I don't think its overly large. I think the size is perfect for my hand. I couldn't care less about the bootloader. I like sense. I'm not going pre-paid, so the subsidized price of $199 is awesome.
    DNA has a much better camera(very important to me). LTE out of the box. Better screen.....and it doesn't "drain the crap" out of my battery. My battery life stats are posted in other threads and I'm very happy with it.

    Official updates is the only downside for me........which is irrelevant in this thread, as the title clearly asks about hardware.

    For me, the DNA was the obvious choice.
    Exactly!!!
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    Default Re: Droid DNA va. NeXus 4 hardware...

    Whoa! Tons of replies..thanx guys. I just wanted to know which device takes over the other hardware-wise...

    Also, I have very little to do with LTE as in India, there is no 4G yet...

    Performance was more of my question based on...
    Thanks to all for replying...

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    Default Re: Droid DNA va. NeXus 4 hardware...

    Quote Originally Posted by X 0 N 0 D E View Post
    There is some sort of blind following for Samsung. Everywhere, people are just going mad. I don't get it. Its extremely bizarre. Its nothing but cheap plastic sold at a premium price. This is my opinion about Samsung. Secondly, I have a few friends who have oneX and I to call them content would be an understatement.

    So yea, sales figures mean very little to me. I want to know, who exceeds whom hardware-wise...

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    I think the main reason for the Samsung love is because they cover more bases with their devices. They may not have the best screen or the best camera to the One X or DNA, but they are a close second. Where they win is in a removable battery and sd card support. They cover all the bases while their competitors just don't. The same holds true for the Note 2 and will for the SGS4. They will crush the DNA simply because they listen to what their customers want. HTC doesn't.

    Edit - But because the N4 also doesn't support these things then you are really left looking at durability, camera, speed, price and updates. The DNA wins on the first 2 but Nexus 4 reviews have been glowing on speed. The lack of Sense and bloatware is a speed booster. And I hate not getting updates. For me I would pick the Nexus 4 and save some money and be carrier free.

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    Folks jeep talking about the bloat that is sense and the lag it adds, but I just don't see it when comparing performance to my wife's GSIII. They are both screaming devices compared to my GNex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bespinct View Post
    Folks jeep talking about the bloat that is sense and the lag it adds, but I just don't see it when comparing performance to my wife's GSIII. They are both screaming devices compared to my GNex.

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    The GNex is a much older and lower spec'd device than the S3. But most new phones are going to run plenty fast.

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    The only hardware complaint I have with the DNA is the dam battery door, I ripped it off so problem solved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr0me View Post
    so you can chose a VZW branded, strangely shaped overly large 5" phone that is unlikely to receive official updates and whose bootloader is currently only unlocked through extremely shade means not to mention whose developer support is bound to pale in comparison

    or a properly sized phone with same procesor and ram, great screen that wont drain the crap out of your battery which can be bought off contract for a great price.

    seem obvious to me.
    Look, the DNA is simply the better phone BAR NONE. There I said it! With the best network to back it up! I like to have my calls completed, not dropped! LTE BABY!
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    Quote Originally Posted by droidman2177 View Post
    Look, the DNA is simply the better phone BAR NONE. There I said it! With the best network to back it up! I like to have my calls completed, not dropped! LTE BABY!
    I may be wrong but isn't LTE a data streaming function? It doesn't have anything to do with your call signal.



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    Yes, You are correct. However I was just pointing out that LTE is worth having over not having. Geez read between the lines, will ya!
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    I may be wrong but isn't LTE a data streaming function? It doesn't have anything to do with your call signal.



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    I think you'd be very happy with either device. Just watch comparison reviews like: !

    Just some things to point out, based on what I'm reading:
    -The N4 isn't even that much smaller than the DNA--it's just that the corners are rounded and the bezel is larger (though, one-handed use on the N4 is likely more comfortable as a result)
    -N4 comes in 8GB and 16GB, so you'd have to pay that much more to get the full 16GB; though, actual storage is closer to ~14GB while on the DNA it's ~11GB
    -Seems like the N4 responds slightly faster in some cases (e.g. launching apps), maybe because it runs pure Android and the screen is lower-res? Though, I don't know if this fraction of a seconds' difference would be worth getting one phone over the other.
    -Touchscreen is more responsive on the DNA--which makes sense because of the pixel resolution, you wouldn't want to pinch-and-zoom five times to enlarge a small-text article.
    -Pixel resolution on the DNA clearly beats the N4--but is this difference enough that you'd be bummed out by the N4's still-great resolution? Do you read text at 3pt font size?
    -Warmer screen on N4, cooler screen on DNA (seems like most Samsung devices have slightly warmer screens).
    -Better front/rear camera on the DNA. This is pretty important to me.
    -N4 isn't available on Verizon, DNA is only exclusive to Verizon. I should think this would be the main selling point for either phone.
    -I assume you'd get a longer battery life on the N4 given the smaller lower-res screen; though, this depends entirely on user consumption. If you play apps all day at full brightness and GPS/wifi on, you shouldn't complain about the phone.
    -Slight but noticeable pixel stretching on the DNA, given its size and pixel resolution (e.g., YT only goes up to 720P so pixels are stretched/doubled/etc).
    -N4 is straight from Google, you'd get updates instantly. This could be the decisive factor if that's important to you. Though--I have the N7 and don't want 4.2, and I keep having to disable the update notification every half-hour (I have a bunch of apps that don't get updated often--I don't want to ruin functionality).

    If both 16GB devices were offered at Verizon for the same price, I'd have a difficult time making a decision. But I'd probably stick with the DNA. Nexus devices are great, though, and I love my Nexus 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by droidman2177 View Post
    Yes, You are correct. However I was just pointing out that LTE is worth having over not having. Geez read between the lines, will ya!
    Sorry next time I will try to figure out what you're saying rather than just reading what you wrote. How about if you just type what you really mean so we can understand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrwatson View Post
    I think you'd be very happy with either device. Just watch comparison reviews like: !

    Just some things to point out, based on what I'm reading:
    -The N4 isn't even that much smaller than the DNA--it's just that the corners are rounded and the bezel is larger (though, one-handed use on the N4 is likely more comfortable as a result)
    -N4 comes in 8GB and 16GB, so you'd have to pay that much more to get the full 16GB; though, actual storage is closer to ~14GB while on the DNA it's ~11GB
    -Seems like the N4 responds slightly faster in some cases (e.g. launching apps), maybe because it runs pure Android and the screen is lower-res? Though, I don't know if this fraction of a seconds' difference would be worth getting one phone over the other.
    -Touchscreen is more responsive on the DNA--which makes sense because of the pixel resolution, you wouldn't want to pinch-and-zoom five times to enlarge a small-text article.
    -Pixel resolution on the DNA clearly beats the N4--but is this difference enough that you'd be bummed out by the N4's still-great resolution? Do you read text at 3pt font size?
    -Warmer screen on N4, cooler screen on DNA (seems like most Samsung devices have slightly warmer screens).
    -Better front/rear camera on the DNA. This is pretty important to me.
    -N4 isn't available on Verizon, DNA is only exclusive to Verizon. I should think this would be the main selling point for either phone.
    -I assume you'd get a longer battery life on the N4 given the smaller lower-res screen; though, this depends entirely on user consumption. If you play apps all day at full brightness and GPS/wifi on, you shouldn't complain about the phone.
    -Slight but noticeable pixel stretching on the DNA, given its size and pixel resolution (e.g., YT only goes up to 720P so pixels are stretched/doubled/etc).
    -N4 is straight from Google, you'd get updates instantly. This could be the decisive factor if that's important to you. Though--I have the N7 and don't want 4.2, and I keep having to disable the update notification every half-hour (I have a bunch of apps that don't get updated often--I don't want to ruin functionality).

    If both 16GB devices were offered at Verizon for the same price, I'd have a difficult time making a decision. But I'd probably stick with the DNA. Nexus devices are great, though, and I love my Nexus 7.
    Liked that review a lot. The one thing I did notice was that the N4 wastes a lot more space but putting the buttons on the screen. The DNA drops theirs down and uses much less space which is also why there is a lot more vertical space. Seems odd that they would leave the big black space on the bottom and not use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XENOPHOS View Post
    There is some sort of blind following for Samsung. Everywhere, people are just going mad. I don't get it. Its extremely bizarre. Its nothing but cheap plastic sold at a premium price. This is my opinion about Samsung. Secondly, I have a few friends who have oneX and I to call them content would be an understatement.

    So yea, sales figures mean very little to me. I want to know, who exceeds whom hardware-wise...

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    Well, sale figures usually tell the story.....sorry but its true. Samsung is obviously doing something right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowman53 View Post
    Well, sale figures usually tell the story.....sorry but its true. Samsung is obviously doing something right.
    Samsung sells to the blind, admit it! "Grabs white cane and does the soft shoe shuffle"
    If Verizon had the n4, I would be all over it. That said, omitting the network and software, reducing the phones to just hardware is blindly looking at it imho. There are to many good choices on android these days to ever reduce one phone to being the best for all. I say get what fits your needs and wants and let the blind quantify what they need in their own framework of circumstances.
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