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HTC Droid DNA Vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Which Phone Is Better?


By Charles Nomura | 13 December 2012

Is HTC’s new flagship device, the Droid DNA, really a worthy adversary to the Samsung Galaxy S3?

HTC Droid DNA Vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Which Phone Is Better?

Already, there are tech denizens waiting for the chance to call the Galaxy S3 passe, mainly because there has been so much talk about the upcoming Galaxy S4 and its rumored specifications, features and release date. However, the Galaxy S3 is still one of the best phones out there; whether you’re referring to the international quad-core model or the American dual-core with 4G LTE, it can hold its own against any other smartphone in the market.

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Is it still the best phone in the market now that HTC has released its revolutionary Droid DNA as part of Verizon Wireless’ Q4 2012 lineup?

If you’re thinking about design, HTC arguably has Samsung beat due to its higher-quality smudge-proof coating and overall better build. And even if Samsung has done little to change the perception of being a manufacturer that liberally uses “cheap” plastics, it has at least done its part to win more design-conscious consumers over, by offering additional color choices for the Galaxy S3.

HTC definitely has an edge over the Galaxy S3 as the Droid DNA’s 5-inch 1080p display is the first of its kind in the United States. It also has the better processor regardless of Galaxy S3 version, international or American – a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro.

The two devices are even in terms of camera quality (8 megapixels), but thanks to the recent Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates (for all American Galaxy S3 variants except Verizon’s) and TouchWiz, the Galaxy S3 has more unique apps and features than the Droid DNA. The Galaxy S3 also has the larger battery at 2,100 mAh and microSD expansion; battery size (2,020 mAh) and a lack of microSD support are considered the Droid DNA’s chief weaknesses.

Overall, the Droid DNA looks like the better phone on paper, but it might not be for long, as Samsung may be launching the Galaxy S4 in just a few months from now.

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