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HTC Source | February 18, 2018

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Head to head benchmark tests with the HTC Droid DNA and the LG Nexus 4

Head to head benchmark tests with the HTC Droid DNA and the LG Nexus 4

First off, let me point out that I am no guru when it comes to benchmark tests, but some of the numbers shown here make a compelling case to consider the HTC Droid DNA as a fierce competitor to all other Android phones on the market including the latest and greatest Nexus 4.

The Droid DNA and Nexus 4 are clearly the fastest smartphones as of today. Both super-phones are sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor at 1.5 GHz and 2 GB’s of RAM. One of the biggest differences is the software. The Droid DNA is shipping with Android 4.1 (w/HTC Sense user interface) and the Nexus 4 with Android 4.2 (w/stock user interface). In all of the benchmark tests that Droid-Life’s, Kellex conducted the HTC Droid DNA performed better than the Nexus 4. It is surprising to see both phones are cradling the same processor yet in some benchmarks the Droid DNA outclasses the Nexus 4.

Like I said earlier, I do not know much about the authenticity of benchmarks, but I do know that Qualcomm released their own app in the Play store called Vellamo and the results from a phone with a Qualcomm processor should be pretty telling of what it can do. Vellamo scores the Droid DNA nearly 800 points higher than the Nexus 4. Here is what the HTML 5 chapter covers:

This series of tests evaluates many of the underlying systems within a device, from graphics rendering and JavaScript to pixel blending and network stack performance. The HTML 5 Chapter tests are:

  • See the Sun Canvas
  • Pixel Blender
  • Canvas Crossfader
  • Aquarium Canvas
  • Sun Spider, v0.9.1
  • V8 Benchmark Suite
  • Surf Wax Binder
  • DOM Node Surfer
  • Reflo
  • Image Scroller
  • Ocean Scroller
  • WebGL Jellyfish
  • Inline Video
  • Load And Reload

Both phones have impressive hardware and one is stronger in some areas where the other one is stronger in other places. So what is it going to come down to for you if you had to pick a favorite out of the two? Do you need to have an LTE radio? Do you need to have a better screen? Do you need to have the latest version of Android (I know this is something everyone wants)? What items are more important to you?

Source: Droid-Life

About Andy Medders

With over a decade of IT experience working in and for the US Army, Andy has helped implement pilot programs using Android devices at work and helps others learn how to turn a smartphone into a tool for getting things done. He started a blog about HTC as an outlet to share HTC news without spamming his friends on common social networks, but decided to combine forces with HTCSource to have more of an impact on the HTC community. Andy has had an HTC in his pocket since the days of the T-Mobile MDA.


  1. this is a great article 🙂

  2. spectremANDROID

    I love LOVE LOVE HTC’s phones for their design and build quality and especially fore the design details and choice of materials, but my Nexus 7 has spoiled me on user experiencenand therefore, you can probably guess what I’m about to say.

    HTC Sense continues to be my favorite of all manufacturer custom User Interfaces, but especially as of Android 4.1, I really feel that though Custom UIs such asnSENSE and TouchWiz are very thoughtful and bring loads of value and convenience to the “out of the box” Android experience, they simply really aren’t necessary. I’ve been using a Nexus 7 for about four months now and I really feel that the OS would really only be encumbered by anything extra. There’s an app for just about anything that a Custom User Interface brings to the device and I rather like being able to pick and choose rather than having things that I never use adding that much more weight ton the OS. additionally, I used to love the tastefully subdued consistency that SENSE brought to the rather bland look of Android pre.- Android 4.0, but I no longer feel this to be of benefit. Sense is looking a little old now where stock Android now has a very distinct and modern appearance. Not lobed by everyone, I’m sure, but very well designed, undeniably.

    Apologies for such sacrilege, from a guy who still loves HTC devices, but has fallen in love with stock Android.

  3. anonymous

    Android 4.2 uses Google’s Chrome browser. Android 4.1 uses the older Android browser.

    Qualcomm made specific optimizations in the old browser that gave them higher benchmark scores. These aren’t in the Chrome browser, so the scores went down.

    • spectremANDROID

      Wasn’t it Android 4.0 that used the older browser or is 4.1 with an old browser specific to HTC devices?