HTC Droid DNA vs. iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3: Spec showdown

Droid vs iPhone vs Galaxy s3

HTC and Verizon have announced the Droid DNA, the first smartphone with a 1080p resolution screen to be launched in the USA. It measures 5-inches though, which means it’s really a tablet/smartphone hybrid, however the overall size of the chassis isn’t much larger than the Samsung Galaxy S3, so anyone who uses that as their everyday phone, may be willing to accept the Droid DNA too.

It’s also HTC’s most technically impressive phone, and therefore deserves to battle it out with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone 5, it’s two closest smartphone rivals. Here’s how it compares:


iPhone 5 

iPhone 5 display

Galaxy S3

galaxy s3

Droid DNA

Droid DNA htc
Size  123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 (mm)  136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 (mm)  140.9 x 70.6 x 9.7 (mm)
Weight  112g  133g  140g
Screen  4.0-inch LCD  4.8-inch Super AMOLED  5-inch Super LCD 3
Resolution  1136×640 pixels  1280×720 pixels  1920×1080 pixels
OS  iOS 6.0.1  Android 4.0 with TouchWiz UI Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 4+
Storage  16/32/64GB  16/32GB  16GB
SD Card Slot  No  Yes  No
Processor  Dual-core A6X  Dual-core Snapdragon S4 (US)  1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro
RAM  1GB  2GB  2GB
Connectivity  Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+  Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+  Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, EV-DO Rev.A
Camera  Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP  Front 1.9MP, Rear 8MP  Front 2.1MP, Rear 8MP
Bluetooth  Yes, version 4.0  Yes, version 4.0  Yes, version 4.0
Battery  1440mAh  2100mAh  2020mAh
Charger  Lightning connector  Micro USB  Micro USB
Marketplace  Apple App Store  Google Play Store Google Play Store
Price  $200+  $200+  $200
Availability  AT&T, Sprint, Verizon  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mob, Verizon  Verizon

As expected, the Droid DNA has the largest screen and is the heaviest of the three, but in other areas — including the all-important cost — it’s a close-run battle. The Droid DNA’s processor is a quad-core monster and it has 4G LTE connectivity, while the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 both have dual-core chips, plus the Droid DNA’s 1080p resolution beats the other two on paper. Just how much better the Droid DNA’s 440ppi pixel density panel is than the iPhone 5’s Retina screen, remains to be seen.

However, the lack of expandable memory is a problem, but perhaps not as much as the battery, as it’s smaller even than the Galaxy S3’s; which doesn’t have a 5-inch, 1080p screen to run. We won’t know how much of a concern this will be until we get the Droid DNA out into the real world though.

However, there’s no denying the Droid DNA has been well-priced, and that amazing screen is sure to win it plenty of fans.


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