Posts tagged with: Droid DNA

HTC's Droid DNA is the American version of the HTC J Butterfly, the manufacturer's first 1080p Android. The handset features 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, and 16GB flash storage. It has an 8-megapixel main camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facer, and arrives running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The five-inch HD display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2, and the phone is equipped with a 2020mAh battery.

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    Microsoft kick-starts the smack-talk machine, which blows up in its face just as Nokia sells its own headquarters. The Lumia 822 gives us an excuse to launch a brand-new review format, while a Nexus 4 trade lets us take a post-review look at Google's latest smartphone. The iPhone 5S breaks its cover -maybe- while the Nexus 10 gives everyone a reason to care about big Android tablets - again, maybe. Rumors of a new 1080p device from LG get the speculation bonfire going again, but a cool bucketful of Google Play-colored cold water got us back on track. And, of course, it wouldn't be a ...

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    1080p displays. On smartphones. I never thought I'd see the day, but it's here. Call the front desk; I'm checking out. No but, for real: around these parts, the notion of full-HD resolution -1920 x 1080- on a smartphone screen has for months prompted a range of reactions, from skepticism to disbelief to glee. Listeners of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast can sometimes hear that entire range in one sitting: pixel-density enthusiast Brandon Miniman is keen on the absurdly high-density panels, while I often profess not to be able to tell the difference. Anton D. Nagy, Joe Levi, or Jaime ...

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    You know what happens when you get a bunch of geeks swapping hot new gadgets and talkin' tech? The Pocketnow Weekly podcast, that's what. We just hit our twentieth episode, and to celebrate, we decided to tie the podcast into our latest giveaway contest. So in addition to in-depth discussion on the Nexus 4 versus the world, the Lumia 920's camera ups and downs, and the Android-to-Windows Phone learning curve, there's something special for your ears only. Somewhere in today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly is the special hint word you need to email us at contest [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com ...

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    This holiday season, the Nexus 4 and Droid DNA are going to be two of the hottest smartphones for sale. The DNA brings the first 1080p display on a smartphone to the table, plus it has fantastic HTC build quality. The Nexus 4 is one of the most affordable high-end smartphones ever, plus it's running the latest version of Android, with no fluffy interface to slow it down. Both are powered by the brawny Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and have 2GB of RAM. While so different in terms of hardware but quite similar in terms of specifications, how do they compare in terms of performance? Check ...

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    Before the availability of the Droid DNA on Verizon early model owners were able to unlock its bootloader using the HTCDev website. Once the device went live though this was no longer possible and the phone is currently out there with locked bootloader status. This, however, like everything in Android-land, can be changed. Those who know their way around tweaks and mods will know what this softmod does: it will basically change your CID (carrier id information) to a model which is indeed supported by the HTCDev website. If you just have to have an unlocked bootloader on your Droid DNA then ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the leaked images of the HTC DLX or Deluxe DLX, which is the international GSM variant of the Droid DNA. Then we talk about some Black Friday deals for the iPhone 5 on AT&T, even thought this isn't the conventional iPhone 5 you can buy at any store. Later it's all about Black Friday deals, but mainly when it comes to Software on your respective platform. The Nokia Lumia 920 takes the spotlight also as we talk about its current sales performance at Amazon.com. We end today's show talking about the recent discovery that there may be a simple ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the official launch of the HTC Droid DNA, which we've already reviewed extensively. Then we cover the new reports regarding FaceTime now working on the iPhone 4S on tiered data plans and even the old unlimited data plans. Later it's Nexus talk as we go through our recent comparison of the Nexus 10 vs the Nexus 7 and even the old Motorola Xoom. We later cover additional rumors regarding the Samsung Galaxy S IV and its specs. We end today's show talking about the ridiculous news of Google fixing some issues that a customer complained about more ...

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    The Nexus 4 launches, and a man in Pennsylvania does his best to keep Google's latest and greatest -and slipperiest- from sliding off tabletops. The Lumia 920 lands, and a man in Boston moves back into an old apartment called Windows Phone - but the place isn't the same as he left it. The Droid DNA launches, and all America is atwitter with talk of 1080p, nonremovable storage, and HTC making Sense out of Jelly Bean. And over in Romania, one man watches, waits, and wonders what all the fuss is about. That's about the shape of this week's installment of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, on the ...

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    November 21 was the day announced for the HTC Droid DNA's availability on Verizon and, as promised, the phone can be now purchased. It goes for $199.99 given you sign a two-year agreement or $599.99 if you only want to purchase the phone. However, those who wanted this phone and hoped for an unlocked bootloader will have to wait a little more. If there were previous reports that HTC's Dev website was able to unlock the Droid DNA, recent ones seem to bring bad news: the latest Droid is allegedly no longer supported by HTC in terms of unlocking via the website. However, the community, as ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through a our HTC Droid DNA review and some of the things that were good and bad about the device after testing it. We then talk about the recent leaks of a white LG Nexus 4 to reach the market very soon. Then we go through a new iOS app called Here Maps, which is built by Nokia to provide their maps services in a cross-platform solution. Later the news shifts to Skype, their new Android tablet app and how they're already merging Windows Live with Skype. We then end today's show by talking about Microsoft's new Ad campaign where they intend to prove ...

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    We've poked and prodded it in unboxings and hands-ons, compared it to the LG Optimus G and Galaxy Note II, and we've given it the full review treatment. Since the Droid DNA's unveiling in New York City last week, we've been all over every inch of the new 1080p Android superphone from HTC and Verizon. From benchmarks to speed tests to camera samples taken out on the cold streets of Boston, it's all been done. So you can forgive Michael Fisher for being so tired he looks like a corpse in this latest video. So tired he now apparently refers to himself in the third person. But today, on the ...

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    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. -W.C. Fields Like all corporations, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has seen its share of ups and downs; this year, it's mostly faced the latter. The company's financials continue to tumble as it struggles to recover from a rough 2011, when it pushed out a bevy of mediocre smartphones instead of honing its focus on one flagship line. HTC executed something of a reboot earlier this year, pushing out the One X to generally favorable reviews, but then found itself almost immediately steamrolled by ...

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    What do you get when you cross the biggest, baddest Samsung hardware with the latest and greatest HTC superphone, the one everyone insists on mislabeling a phablet? You get this Galaxy Note II-vs-Droid DNA video, of course, except with the names inverted. Because in this biz, the new-hotness gets first-word respect. Dig? In the video below, we take the Note II and the DNA on a short spin around the block, comparing their benchmark scores, in-hand feel, app launch times, browser performance, and -of course- their massive displays. We don't yet know the DNA well enough to put its other ...

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    "Shorten your topic list," they said. "The show won't run as long," they said. An hour and a half later, another lengthy episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is ready for your listening enjoyment. And make no mistake: we could have talked for another 40 minutes at least. That's not because it's been a huge news week, but because our discussion topics are dense and detailed. Topics like phone reviews, new platforms, and 1080p screens. Subjects like GPS navigation, wide-angle smartphone cameras, and whether Google should become a wireless carrier. The merits and shortcomings of the Lumia ...

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    Electricity has always been a thing of wonder, but like most technological advancements, it's had its challenges and even a fight for what standard to adopt. Thomas Edison developed what would become the first commercially available electrical power transmission using direct current (DC). One of the drawbacks of DC is its relatively limited range due to loss as distribution lines stretched further away from the power plants. Eventually power plants were created in neighborhoods and business districts to overcome the loss, but the plants were large, somewhat noisy, and generally ...

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    Last month, HTC told us about the J Butterfly, coming to Japan. For its US release, that hardware metamorphosized into the Droid DNA, which had its official unveiling earlier this week. What about everyone else, though? Where's their five-inch 1080p Android? A new leak seeks to reveal just how that handset will arrive, showing-off the HTC Deluxe. From the front, at least, the Deluxe closely aligns with what we've seen of the J Butterfly and the Droid DNA, though the coloring up top may be a little closer to the former. The one really stand-out change is the switch to red-colored Android ...

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    Verizon and HTC took the veil off their new 5-inch superphone yesterday in New York City, and we were there to cover it. We took home a review unit that evening, and before we'd even unboxed it, Joe Levi was asking questions. In an editorial on the first-of-its-kind device, Joe speculated that the huge pixel count on the Droid DNA's 1080p display might cause it to run more slowly than comparably specced devices. Devices like the LG Optimus G, which is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro backed up by 2GB of RAM, and one of which we just happen to have handy here in the office. Our ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we are seriously enamored with the idea of notification LEDs on our smartphones. If they're not your bag, you can ignore or disable them with little consequence, but if you're anything like us, they're definitely something you look for when shopping for a new phone. Sometimes, though, it's hard to know just which models support the feature, especially when manufacturers don't make a point to emphasize its presence. That's the sort of situation we're finding ourselves in today, upon the discovery of an unusual (and seriously underhyped) rear notification light on the new ...

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    "It is not a phablet." HTC's stern declaration to the assembled press regarding the category of its latest Android smartphone was a little odd when it hit our ears at this morning's announcement, but the reason for the fuss quickly became apparent. Any time a company launches a device that breaks the five-inch-display barrier, there's bound to be speculation about its size -surely mammoth- and its weight -surely massive. In heading off the "phablet" talk right at the top of the announcement, HTC and Verizon let everyone know that despite its massive screen, the new Droid DNA was very ...

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    HTC and Verizon hosted a modest gathering in New York City this morning to announce the product of their latest collaboration: the Droid DNA. As expected, this device is an Americanized variant of the Butterfly J, released a bit ago in Japan. The device features a 5-inch, 1080p Super-LCD panel boasting a pixel density of 440ppi and viewing angles up to an 80-degree offset. HTC says it's 50% brighter than the Galaxy S III's display; while we didn't have a light meter on hand to test this claim, the display is indeed quite bright in person, and the viewing angles are impressive. Also a huge ...

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    LG's Optimus G is a powerhouse of a phone. It's got a 1.5 Quad-core S4 Pro SoC with 2GB RAM on board. Today we learned of a new phone with almost identical specs: the HTC Droid DNA. There's one significant difference between the two phones: the number of pixels on the screen. The screen on the Optimus G is a little better than 720P HD at 1280x768, which is 983,040 total pixels.  HTC's Droid DNA has a 1080P HD screen (1920x1080) which equates to 2,073,600 pixels -- yes, well over two million pixels! Higher resolutions require significantly more calculations just to keep up. Compared to ...

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    HTC's Droid DNA has been one of the worst-kept secrets in recent memory; if all the leaked pics of the phone weren't enough to convince us that it was soon to land at Verizon, the two separate incidents where Verizon unintentionally confirmed the phone on its public websites should have manged to remove any trace of doubt. As a result, when HTC and Verizon sent out invitations last week for a press event this morning, news of the Droid DNA seemed nearly guaranteed. Sure enough, the two companies have gone forward and officially announced the Droid DNA. The five-inch 1080p Android is ...

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    The last couple days have been busy ones for the HTC Droid DNA, getting ready to launch on Verizon. Over the weekend, we checked out a newly-leaked render of the handset, and overnight we heard a bit about how the handset might be arriving internationally. With Verizon and HTC's press event scheduled for tomorrow, we should soon be getting a bunch of new details on just how the 1080p Android will arrive. Until then, we've got one more rumor to take a look at, attempting to narrow-down just when the Droid DNA would finally go up for sale. We've heard rumors of both a November 20 retail ...

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    We're expecting the Verizon Droid DNA made by HTC to be unveiled at tomorrow's event and with all the rumors and recent press render leaks we have a pretty good idea of what to expect: it will be a Big Red variant of some sort of the HTC J Butterfly which was recently introduced for the Japanese market by the manufacturer. The images above and below seem to be consistent with the press render we've seen representing the Droid DNA, with slight changes (though the accented camera on the back seems to follow the design guidelines used by HTC recently in its One X+). Strangely this phone is ...

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    We've heard a lot about the phone which has changed many names in the recent past (DIX, DLX, DNA, etc.) to finally settle for one. The Droid DNA by HTC is believed to be unveiled in a joint Verizon-HTC event on November 13 in New York. We've seen press renders leak alongside real-life pictures of the device. The render above claims and looks to be the final press render of the phone. There's nothing here we didn't know until now but, as usual, when official press renders surface it means that official wording is close. The Droid DNA is expected to have, according to reports, a five-inch ...

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