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HTC DROID DNA vs LG Nexus 4: A Real Slugfest

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LG has come up with an incredible handset with the help of Google in the shape of the Nexus 4. It offers pure Jelly Bean 4.2 and is very powerful, as it outperforms nearly all the competition on the market.

The LG Nexus 4 with Jelly Bean 4.2 means that you lose out on the interface which is added on by the manufacturer. Compared to devices like the HTC DROID DNA which runs Sense, you won’t have things like Image Sense from HTC. This helps users to take some of the best photos on a smartphone. However on the other hand, you get quicker, guaranteed updates which may mean a lot more to buyers. So how does the HTC Droid DNA match up against the LG Nexus 4? Let’s find out.

LG Nexus 4 vs HTC DROID DNA (comparison)

The LG Nexus 4 has a display of 4.7 inches and weighs 129 grams and is 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm. The HTC Droid DNA on the other hand has a display of 5 inches and is 141 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm at 138g. The Nexus 4 is the shorter of the devices, but other than that there isn’t much difference.

When it comes to the screen the HTC Droid DNA doesn’t really have much competition as HTC have managed to design the display superbly. The screen is Super LCD 1080p at 1920 x 1080p, with 440ppi. The display almost has the look of 3D thanks to superb clarity. Of course the screen of the LG Nexus 4 is not bad and is also among the best out there. However it is not as good as that of the DNA. The HTC DROID DNA offers true HD and more real estate, while the LG Nexus 4 has an HD IPS LCD screen of 768 x 1280 with 318ppi.

The HTC Droid DNA features the 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, which is quad core, and the LG Nexus 4 has the same processor. There is also 2GB of RAM in both of the devices. However the Nexus 4 only comes in 8GB or 16GB versions while the Droid DNA is offered in 16GB, with a 32GB on the way. Both of the devices have support for NFC, which means they are future proofed.

The camera on the HTC DROID DNA device comes with an 88 degree wide angle lens. Up front it is 2.1 megapixels while the LG Nexus 4 has the 1.3 megapixel. Both devices have 8 megapixel back cameras. The Droid DNA boasts Image Sense while the LG Nexus 4 has PhotoSphere.

The LG Nexus 4 does win over the HTC Droid DNA when it comes to battery as the DNA has a battery of 2020 and the Nexus a 2100 battery. On saying this it has been said that the DNA will last the longer of the two devices due to the fact that is uses less power due to its chipset. Additionally, a recent test by AnandTech showed that the LG Nexus 4 has one of the worst battery life of any new smartphone released this year.

Both the HTC DROID DNA and LG Nexus 4 support wireless charging.

While the HTC DROID DNA does sound like it has the upperhand, it is important to note that the LG Nexus 4 starts at a ridiculously low $299 contract-free (8GB model). The HTC DROID DNA will retail for upwards of $600.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.