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    Default DNA vs. Razr Maxx HD

    I am up for renewal and I don't know what to get. I love the specs of the dna but battery may be an issue. 16gb really isn't an issue as I am using the cloud almost to the full extent.

    With Google Now and other location based apps having the GPS on pretty much all the time would be nice. I guess my question is how does the dna fair with gps being on the whole time vs the razr maxx hd? Also as an addition to that question, how is Google Now on the road? so far my only experience with google now is on the Nexus 7 but it seems as though if I were on the go, letting it have access to my exact location may make the experience better.
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    You are always going to lose to the Maxx when it comes to battery period. I like the DNA a tiny bit more (If I ignore all my standard complaints) overall.

    I do not have a ton of travel experience with GN but it has always preformed well for me on my SGS3
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    What device are you using now? Like pizzadude said, can't beat the max for battery life. That said, the DNA might be an improvement over what you are using now. I had to charge my GNex during the day at work to keep juice for evening activities and use. The DNA makes it all day without having to plug it in. I have been really surprised.

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    I am currently using an HTC Thunderbolt so pretty much everything....no EVERYTHING is an upgrade lol. I usually have to charge my phone every 3 hours if I'm lucky. So my feelings sometimes are that I want the biggest battery but I also realize the Thunderbolt has a 1400mah battery. So the dna might be alright for me to use.....I would much rather have the dna but in the back of my head I'm thinking battery battery battery lol, which like i said comes from my horrors of using the thunderbolt.....so that's where I'm at right now
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    I will put my 2 cents in being that I have both phones.. (the RAZR HD is going back though)
    If one of your main concerns is Google now I really can't speak to that at all because I rarely ever use it, that goes for GPS being on too.. I turn that off at my office as any app that uses GPS would just be searching constantly due to my office building. I got my DNA today and it had around 60% battery it made it 10 hrs with just over 2 hours screen on time and 1 hour of streaming audio.. I love the DNA so far and normally I am a moto fanboy.. I was more concerned about battery life than anything but I am able to charge it at work if needed and I will charge it overnight anyway.. so I don't need 20+ hours of battery life.. I will say that after some super quick comparisons.. the camera on the DNA is miles better than the RAZR HD and that to me is more "valuable" than a bigger battery.
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    Thank you this relieves some of my battery concerns. Like you said I can charge it every night anyway, I was just concerned about the phone making it through the day.
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    and if worse comes to worse, you can get an external charger for 20ish
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    Coming from the Thunderbolt I can assure you the two are night and day. Don't worry about battery.
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    Coming from the Thunderbolt battery life was paramount to me. Got the razr maxx HD, love the freedom I feel when I see how much battery life I have left. I leave gps on all the time and the lock is instantaneous
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    Former Bolt owners know about battery issues. We lived with them every day with that phone. It's a different story with the DNA.
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    Just came from a bolt 2 weeks ago, Maxx HD hands down. You will think the phone is 12 yrs newer than your bolt

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    I feel like edizzle should be included in this convo....
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    Can't go wrong with either phone. Go and hold each one and see each one. Personally, I love the DNA and think it is the best there is right now. A buddy has the RAZR MAXX HD (He loves it) and it is nice but feels bulky. I also do not care for Motorola products but to each their own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by streetstrip01 View Post
    I feel like edizzle should be included in this convo....
    Hahaha I was having the same thought, then I realized I don't want that.
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    Based off of what everyone is saying I think I will be going to pick up the DNA and just put it through it's paces and see how it does.......I have 14 days on the return policy which should be enough time if I find out that I need the extra battery life throughout the day
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    Quote Originally Posted by xXSIMPXx View Post
    Based off of what everyone is saying I think I will be going to pick up the DNA and just put it through it's paces and see how it does.......I have 14 days on the return policy which should be enough time if I find out that I need the extra battery life throughout the day
    I think you will be happy with the DNA.. I refuse to upgrade at a Verizon location due to there crappy return policy.. so I got my DNA off bby.com as they don't sell the DNA in stores yet.. so if you don't mind waiting a couple days for shipping try bby.com and if you don't like it you can exchange the DNA in store for a razr hd which they do carry in the store.. that way you have a longer return period and no restocking fee.. and although it may have been a glitch when I upgraded my unlimited data did not change..
    Just a thought.

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    Can anyone comment if using Google Now affects battery life on DNA and if so how much? It's definitely hurting Gnex battery from my experience though turning off location report/history mitigates it somewhat.
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    Location services killed the battery. The SoC improves battery overall

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    I really liked the maxx HD but when I compared them side by side in the store I was swayed by the DNA's screen. Battery life & storage have been more than fine for me, after having the phone almost one week now.
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    I used the MAXX for about two weeks, without 4G the phone can actually last for about 4 days with heavy usage, with all settings on about two and a half. However, I ended up returning it and getting the DNA because ICS is REALLY, REALLY slow, specially noticeable in screen responsiveness, perhaps it is the phone not having 2GB of RAM. The DNA is way faster and smoother for any task you throw at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lazarus2297 View Post
    I think you will be happy with the DNA.. I refuse to upgrade at a Verizon location due to there crappy return policy.. so I got my DNA off bby.com as they don't sell the DNA in stores yet.. so if you don't mind waiting a couple days for shipping try bby.com and if you don't like it you can exchange the DNA in store for a razr hd which they do carry in the store.. that way you have a longer return period and no restocking fee.. and although it may have been a glitch when I upgraded my unlimited data did not change..
    Just a thought.

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    Mine unlimited data didnt change either. Kinda weird
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    Got my DNA yesterday. Been on 14.5 hours. Recorded video today for 25 minutes. Took dozens of photos, played with it for most of the day. The radio is awsome. My bionic would burn through it's over sized battery due to lack of signal. On the 26th floor in the center of a steel building surrounded by steel buildings, I was getting 4G with 3 bars. The bionic would be no bars. This phone is great.

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    Ok -- after obsessing over the Droid DNA and now having switched to the Razr HD I thought I'd provide others who may be torn the benefit of my observations and experiences with these phones. I LOVED the DNA. The pros were: the big, absolutely stunning screen, the camera (great), speed, the fact that webpages were resized when I scrolled to fit the phone, and the fact that my albums synced to Facebook and other online albums that I could retrieve from the gallery. That said, here was the con: I had TERRIBLE reception on the bluetooth in my car such that it was virtually unusable and even off of the bluetooth many calls sounded muffled and people complained that they could not hear me. It was not my bluetooth as I used it for 2+ years with my Droid X and had crystal clear calls. I even took the DNA back on Day 14 and exchanged it for a second one in the hope that the phone was defective -- same result both on and off the bluetooth (with bluetooth calls being considerably worse).

    After much angst and even considering not using the bluetooth at all I took the second DNA back to Verizon and a very nice manager graciously allowed me to exchange it for the Razr HD even though I was outside of the 14 day return period. I chose the Razr HD over the Maxx HD because the battery was bigger than that in the DNA and for the most part the DNA battery was working fine for me. Now that I'm getting acquainted with my Razr HD I'm finding that the pros are: the notifications light (it's big and retro but I love it because I can change the colors on notifications for texts, corporate email v. gmail, etc. -- I forgot to mention that I personally did not care for the tiny notification light on the DNA and the one on the back of the DNA really didn't help me because I never have my phone turned face down). The best pro is that the call quality is great on the Razr HD -- calls are crisp and clear and notification sounds are much louder to me than they were on the DNA. Battery life on the Razr HD is AWESOME. I primarily chose not to get the Maxx because I thought the regular HD battery would work fine for me and it has indeed. Love that I don't have to worry about charging it at work or going somewhere after work and running out of juice. The cons - of course the screen is not the DNA screen which imho is unmatched. I was pretty bummed about the screen initially until I discovered that it was on automatic brightness and changed that to allow it to be brighter manually -- the screen looks HD now and is bright and clear. It's not the DNA screen but I'm very pleased with it and can now play the games that were not supported on the DNA because of it's high resolution (so as I type this maybe the screen is really not a con at all). The major con is the camera quality as many have commented on already. In light the camera is okay but in low light it is pretty abysmal. I really do miss the snappiness of the DNA camera and the quality of the pics but for me being able to hear someone on the other end outweighs my need for a camera.

    So there you have it, the Razr HD is it for me. Good luck with whatever you choose!
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    I have neither but I thought id chime in.. I have the note 2 with a ginormous battery and its nice to be able to go a day and a half to two days without charging. Im in san diego for vacation and using navigation and being on it alot more since im not at work. Never needing to search for a outlet is soooo nice.

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