HTC Droid DNA display: just how good is it? Spoiler alert: not the best

November 15, 2012
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    After months and months of tireless rumors and speculations, HTC’s Droid DNA finally enjoyed the gala presentation we all expected, snatching the crown of US’s first ever 1080p smartphone.

    Though the phone is definitely not all screen, with a bunch of other enviable specs and features, the question on everybody’s lips is just how good that 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pix res panel is. Is there more marketing there than performance needed in real life? Is it pushing the envelope too much?

    Those are all questions to be thoroughly answered over time, but meanwhile we have some provisional hints courtesy of a quick Gizmodo comparison. The online publication had the honor of taking the DNA for an exclusive spin and used the time to engage it in a high-stakes face off with all the other smartphones with the best displays around.

    The iPhone 5, Nexus 4, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S3, Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 panels all got compared with the DNA’s, with the conclusion being somewhat surprising. Unfortunately for HTC, the only area where the DNA’s S-LCD 3 display really shines is in pixel density, while brightness and color are mediocre (by the highest of standards, of course).

    Overall, Gizmodo ranked DNA’s screen third, which is not too bad, but it’s far from what we expected from such a seemingly groundbreaking device. Even more painful for HTC, the DNA got beaten by One X’s panel, which should have been for all intents and purposes inferior. Ouch!

    Be sure to check out Gizmodo’s short, but comprehensive display comparison at the source link below and let us know if this’ll influence your overall opinion of the HTC Droid DNA in any way. Do you still intend to buy the 5-incher? Did you ever?

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    Comments

    • AndroidBrian

      Killing me Adrian! What was what was the complete order???

      • Adrian Diaconescu

        That’s what the source link is for, mate. But if you insist on getting all your information from Android Authority, the initial order was 1. HTC One X 2. iPhone 5 3. Droid DNA 4. Nexus 4 5. Samsung Galaxy S3 before throwing in the Nokia Lumia 920 in the mix. The Lumia is said to be right up there with the One X and iPhone 5, so I guess the DNA comes fourth after all.

    • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

      i didnt got it… all i see in the comparison is non pixelized perfect fonts… all the others are so bad in comparison

      • Zero

        Look again at the contrast ratios. The background is supposed to be white, but the DNA looks like a light gray.

        It isn’t about pixel density. Color reproduction is also hugely important.

        • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

          now i understand…. but i think that would be very hard to solve…

    • supa_dupa

      I have One X, and one of my colleagues also have One X – displays are different, produced by different manufacturers. Mine is so called “yellowish” or “warm” display, his is “blueish” or “cold” display. That is visible only when displaying white screen, color reproduction is great with both.
      I guess Droid DNA also has different display manufacturers…

      • mirheldt

        No. There’s only one display supplier for HTC Droid DNA and that is Sharp.

    • sh4d0w.phantom

      Where is the Note 2?

    • leoingle

      I don’t get it. There’s a reason I don’t go to Gizmodo website. Because stupid articles like this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/luke.wooldridge.33 Luke Wooldridge

      yeah i dont get it. the dna looks like it blows the rest out of the water. im so confused. my rezound’s colors are 10x realer than my s3 or any other phone i have used. i want to know what kind of stuff they are smoking!!

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