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HTC Source | December 14, 2017

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HTC Droid DNA versus the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III – spec showdown

HTC Droid DNA versus the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III – spec showdown

Now that the HTC Droid DNA is available from Verizon Wireless, you’re thinking that you may be interested in buying a new phone. But is the Droid DNA the right phone for you? As much as we like HTC phones, we have to admit that there is some good competition out there to choose from. If you’re already on Verizon, the HTC Droid DNA will inevitable be compared to the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5.

We’ve compiled the specs for all three phones so that you can make a more informed decision. The specs show that the HTC Droid DNA is the most advanced device in our lineup and the Droid DNA can easily outperform the Nexus 4, but we’ve heard more than a few people voice their concern about the handset’s size. Yes, the DNA is larger than the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III, but we can guarantee that the phone feels a lot smaller than it actually is and its 1080p 440ppi display will most certainly capture your heart.

Do you think the HTC Droid DNA is a step ahead of its competitors or do the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III have something unique which make them a more appealing choice?

Operating System
Camera (main)
Camera (front)
Special Features
Android 4.1
1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro
5-inch 1920x1080 SLCD3 with Gorilla Glass 2
(no microSD slot)
8MP, F2.0, 28mm lens, LED flash, 1080p video capture
2.1 MP, 1080p video capture, 88 degree wide-angle lens
2020 mAh
141 x 70.5 x 9.73 mm
140 grams
Beats Audio, 2.55-volt headphone and speaker amp, HTC ImageChip
Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6
1.3 GHz dual-core Apple Swift
4-inch 640x1136 IPS LCD, 326 ppi
16/32/64 GB
(no microSD slot)
8MP, F2.4, LED flash, 1080p video capture
1.2 MP, 720p video capture
1440 mAh
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
112 grams
Siri, high resolution panoramic images
Samsung Galaxy S III (USA)
Android 4.1
1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 Plus
4.8-inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED, 306ppi
16/32 GB
(microSD slot)
8MP, F2.6, LED flash, 1080p video capture
1.9MP, 720p video capture
2100 mAh
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
133 grams
S Voice, Smart Stay

About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.


  1. kev hawkins

    HTC have almost got the perfect phone with the droid DNA but they have slipped up again trying to be apple and/or cut costs by making the battery non removable and omitting the micro SD card these two are deal breakers for me personally and I’m sure many other users

    I wish HTC would sack the muppet that they hired from apple and get back to doing what HTC did best with the likes of the sensation and desire etc which was making quality phones.

  2. Poncho_D

    Surely the DNA would be better compared to the Note2 due to the size of it.

    Anyway I’ll be honest if the DNA had a micro SD Card slot I would sell my Note 2 in a second, but a full HD screen with only enough storage room for 2 HD films is baffling! Me and my 4 x 32 Gig sd cards will have to wait yet again.

  3. jaamgans

    The no SD card slot really isn’t a deal breaker anymore. Having the S3 it is only really good for external media. The reality is that due to the nature of Android going forward the ext card is going to become extra storage for media only. Personally I would rather they just put in 32GB to start or even better 64/128. Just makes more sense.

    And for the iPhone – oh why oh why is a panoramic foto listed as a special feature – it implies the other phones don’t have it. I understand this is a new feature for iOS – but it is a very old one for Android.

    • MBinPC

      I’m intrigued with your comment about the “nature of Android” can you explain in more detail why storage will only be necessary for external media and not for Apps for example?

  4. HelloAndroid

    Nexus 4 >>> DNa any day, there’s probably like 20 different apps of crappy Verizon bloatware on this.

    • Droid Sam

      Too bad the Nexus 4 doesn’t run on CDMA.