2012 hasn’t been the best year for HTC. They have just settled a patent suit with Apple, which they were losing and they chose to not update some devices to Jelly Bean, which caused quite a stir. With all of this behind them they really need something that will be a big win for them.
HTC DROID DNA not well balanced
So could this be by way of the HTC Droid DNA device that has just been announced?
The handset has the Snapdragon quad core processor that is found in the Optimus G and the LG Nexus 4 and it has the 5 inch display with 440ppi and 1080p. However when you start to pack a device with large ppi, something else has to give on the device and this generally relates to battery life and graphics.
The HTC DROID DNA display is superb and it has great colours, is bright and you can’t see any pixels. The device is bit taller than most 4.7 inch devices; however it is not too big.
If more ppi is what makes you happy then you will be ecstatic over the display of the HTC DROID DNA. However you do have to make some trade-offs as ArsTechnica found.
One of these is when it comes to graphics. While the device has the same quad core processor as the LG Nexus 4, which is one of the most powerful, it does have to work much harder so as to push the two million pixels that are found on the display of the DNA.
Another problem is the load and this means that the device does get hot. This is something that is not seen in the LG Nexus 4 .
The graphics drop doesn’t have a large effect on the usability of the handset as games are not pushing the processor. However the UI can lag even with Jelly Bean. Even worse is the effect that all those pixels have on the life of the battery of the HTC DROID DNA.
The battery was tested in the GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt HD battery test in a continuous loop. The same test was undertaken on the DNA, Optimus G and Galaxy S3.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 thanks to the 2100mAh battery was the best at 3 hours and 4 minutes, with the HTC DROID DNA and its 2020mAh battery lasting 2 hours and 24 minutes. This was 18% lower than the LG Optimus G and 22% lower than the S3. The battery on the DNA is 4% smaller than either of the two other handsets.
If you have the HTC DROID DNA set to brightness of 100% then you will get 1 hour and 45 minute use from it. the Galaxy S3 does last 1 hour longer and if the Optimus G gets too hot it will automatically reduce the brightness to 50%.
The HTC DROID DNA could be a device that hasn’t been very well balanced as the quality of the display is superb but it needs a larger battery to support the capabilities.