There was a lot of excitement surrounding HTC’s Droid DNA – the first 1080p smartphone to hit the “Free World” – before its unveiling, but once the 5-incher got introduced, the excitement started to tone down in the wake of two major concerns popping up.
On one hand, it seemed that the Full HD display wasn’t as groundbreaking as expected. On the other hand, HTC failed to up the battery ante compared with the Japanese J Butterfly, leaving an apparent meager 2,020 mAh ticker to handle all the “rage” of the 1080p screen and S4 Pro CPU.
And while that first reason of concern hasn’t yet been entirely quashed, with reviews still coming in mixed, it seems that the battery actually can take all that pounding and go the long distance. How is it even possible? We have no idea and we don’t want to speculate, so let’s just talk numbers.
The first number we’re going to throw at you is 11 hours and 7 minutes. That’s how long it should take the DNA to run out of power in talk time, according to an “independent” test performed by GSM Arena.
That’s around half of what Motorola’s Razr Maxx scored in the exact same test, but putting the DNA and the 3,300 mAh battery featuring Maxx head to head is not exactly a fair comparison. HTC’s flagship is a lightweight compared with Samsung’s GNote 2 and LG’s Optimus G as well, but it’s actually better here than the One X or GS3.
Moving on from talk time to web browsing, where the screen and processor should play a key role in exhausting the battery. Still, the DNA performs decently here too, with an autonomy of 6 hours and 40 minutes.
That’s well below iPhone 5, Razr Maxx or One X+’s numbers, but it’s also much higher than GS3, Optimus G and One X’s results.
But how about video playback? At least there we should see the DNA suffering. Well, we do and we don’t. The 5-incher is a bit lower on the ranks, with 7 hours and a half, but it still manages to beat phones like LG’s Optimus G and HTC’s One X. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 scores better than the DNA this time, as do the Razr Maxx, GNote 2, iPhone 5, HTC One X and even GS2.
To wrap it all up with a nice bow, GSM Arena also scored DNA’s “endurance” by “measuring the time between charges if you do an hour each of calling, browsing and watching videos”. The end result? 49 hours, which, as all other three scores, makes the DNA far from a groundbreaking device, but still surprisingly decent.
I know, I know. Some of you will go out of their way to prove these tests were rigged or that they don't apply in real life. And others will acknowledge the results, but will look at the half empty part of the glass, saying that a decent battery life is not good enough for a “super-phone”. All valid points (aside from the fixing of the tests), but there's one thing you can't deny – you want the HTC Droid DNA! Now more than ever!