HTC Droid DNA battery tested, performs surprisingly decent for its limited capacity

November 21, 2012
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    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!

    Comments

    • MrMLK

      The video test actually highlights why I don’t want this phone. The battery actually lasts longer then the amount of video you can put on it. Sorry, but adding a 1080p 5″ screen that can play beautiful video and then crippling the phone by not being able to store much video on it, makes no sense to me.

      This phone with an sd card slot would be interesting to me, this phone without a slot is not tempting at all.

    • tomn1ce

      The puny battery and the lack of storage is the DNA killer…

    • Rob

      Yes garbage wait a few months. This is just a way for htc to try to come back but they will fall better phones will be out in a month or two.

    • Twisted247

      Battery aside it’s a great phone, If they would of ATLEAST made it removable then it would make a world of difference for this phone. Not only would you have the option of getting an extended battery to plop in there(the double stacks). But you would also have the option of just buying another OEM battery and having it charged and on you through the day.

      I think HTC focused TOO much on trying to make that $199.99 price point. And in doing that they gave it weak internal storage no micro SD slot, and a WEAK non removable battery. I personally think if they could of atleast made the battery removable and put in a SD slot while leaving the storage alone. Doing so might possibly have them hit a $250 price point(I don’t know obviously just speculating.). Once the Galaxy Note2 hit the market and was marked for a $299 and up price point I really think thats where HTC made its decision cause it knew it didn’t want to compete at the same price point. And in the end all they did was ended up shooting themselves in the foot. Cause looking at the rest of the phone, S4 Pro w/ Adreno 320 and 2GB RAM, w/ Android 4.1.1 and Sense 4+, 1080P display, Beats Audio… With all of these as a starter it was online to be a beast and it still is. But in practicality and everyday use it won’t fair as well as the others when the battery is constantly draining and people are having to constantly watch their storage and delete while picking and choosing what they want more just to keep some space available shouldn’t be an issue nowadays. Especially with the great gaming that is becoming available that these great CPU+GPU combos are able to run. Your games and HD movies will be over a GB. Not to mention when recording in 1080p video it quickly eats up space, basically 10mb/s.

      Yet HTC is known for releasing a smaller version checking its potential then releasing an upgraded version of it. So I wouldn’t be suprised to see either another DNA spec’d device headed for another carrier with a rebranded name and either higher Internal capacity or micro SD capable. Considering the J Butterfly had the SD Slot I’m sure they will release it probably in a version for Sprint in the next 2-4 months. Most likely Sooner then later, Or just a rebranded name for multiple carriers when the next android version comes out and combine a new Sense version with it. So we shall see.

      In the end I am happy to see HTC is coming out with some great products, I am not a Verizon customer nor will I ever be so no harm no foul here.

      • http://www.facebook.com/domagoj.tokic Domagoj Tokić

        Too long, did not read :)

    • jaker

      simply in shok

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