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Apple vs Android | HTC DNA Droid Smartphone Review 2013 Model compared to Apple iPhone

Updated on June 28, 2013

A Red HTC DNA Android Phone

A Red HTC DNA Android Phone
A Red HTC DNA Android Phone

If you are considering purchasing a smartphone you are probably asking yourself this, “iPhone 4 or 5?”. Sorry people, but that is not the right choice. iPhones are great. They are cool looking, work well, and it’s Apple branded so everyone is going to be like, “OMG, that’s awesome”. But, let’s be honest, it’s not the best when compared to Android, specifically the HTC DNA Droid. Let me explain why.


Apple has created quite the brand identity for itself. It’s cool and they work well and they are easy to use, but they aren’t the best. They are expensive, restrictive, and you will feel like you have to buy the next one as soon as it comes out. It’s really ridiculous. I mean, when will the iPhone 23 be coming out?! Besides that, lets go back to restrictive. Apple makes you only use their software and their apps. They are limiting you on many different things that you can install onto your phone and what you can do on your phone.


Let’s contrast Apple (ew), with Android. Android is completely open and free to use. It is completely flexible with what you want to do. For example- let’s say you want to download an app on your iphone or ipod or ipad or... anyway. Let’s say you want to download an app and you go to the appstore and you type in the name and you discover that the app has been removed by apple due to “blah blah blah blah blah”. Then, after crying over your loss and the utter disappointment you felt, you go to the android appstore aka google playstore and, it’s there! This won’t always be the case, but trust me, it happens. The only pro I can think of for Apple is the following: it looks pretty sleek and has a good brand presence if you want to show off to your friends, it is really easy to use for the most part since Apple doesn’t want anyone to be confused, and it has a wide selection of cases to put on the back of that puppy. Anyway, if you want more out of your phone, keep reading. If you don’t, well... oh well- your loss.

HTC DNA as an example of Android’s AWESOMENESS

The HTC DNA is a great phone. It is android powered and sleek as it can get. So, take that Apple. It is empowered with Beats by Dr. Dre audio so even I can jam out and impress my friends (which I have, I swear). It has three buttons on the bottom which are return for going back a step (usually webpages), home for going to the home screen that you have set (you can change your homescreen and create new/delete pages on your phone), and there is a menu button which is used for opening up details or extra features of an app, webpage, etc. It is probably my favorite button ever, since I like messing with the different parts of all things. Like when I open an app, usually the menu brings up different things like setting, help, options, etc and that way I can customize my experience. Customized User Experience, Oh yeah! In addition to that the screen is a wopping 5 inches long. That is the longest phone I have ever personally seen and held in my hand and it is awesome for viewing and typing. If you’re worried about it fitting in your pockets I wouldn’t be. It fits perfectly and I have never had a problem in anything I’ve worn. Unless you wear really tight pants, really, don’t worry. It is awesome for viewing videos on- they are crystal clear. It is awesome for playing games on- it’s like playing on my computer. It is great for doing anything on. I love it- seriously.

Classic colors of an HTC DNA Android Phone

Classic colors of an HTC DNA Android Phone
Classic colors of an HTC DNA Android Phone

Let's get Specific

Specific Things I love about HTC DNA

  1. The 5 inch screen is killer! I mean, it’s great. Not too big, not too small. I want it just the way it is.

  1. The feel when you slide between screens is great. So smooth and so silky to the touch. I could literally do it for a long time just appreciating that feeling. You won’t be disappointed with the touch sensitivity at all.

  1. The camera is really good. 8 megapixels and the front facing is great for skyping or selfies (A selfie is a photo of oneself that you take and then post for your friends to see, kind of like an update on yourself. For example, I look really good so I take a selfie or I have a beard now so I take a selfie) for my Instagram (Instagram is a photo sharing application that I use, it is fun for sharing photos with friends, which I have).

  1. There is a little green light sensor on the back that tells me when I have alerts in the Android drag down bar. That’s another thing that Apple didn’t have until recently. They stole that idea from Android. The drop down bar for alerts.

Bad things about the HTC DNA?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. No, well, actually... the only thing I truly hate is the charging cap. It is a little flimsy piece of plastic at the bottom of the phone that you snap into the charging area for when you’re not charging it. Mine has already broken in half and it barely works anymore, which isn’t that bad because it doesn’t affect the phone really at all. It’s just sad that companies don’t take more pride in their products now-a-days to follow through 100%. However, the HTC DNA did follow through I’d say 97%. So, overall, really no cons to this phone in my opinion.

Getting a Case:

It was kind of hard to find a case for this phone. That is really the only downside for Android phones in my opinion. Not enough manufacturers create cases for these awesome products. But, it is getting better as they become more popular, so don’t worry about that. Anyway, I ended up purchasing a Seidio Case, because it preserved the clean, awesome look of my phone and was relatively inexpensive. If you are interested in protecting your phone and still keeping that original look of the phone that you bought it for I recommend the Seidio. It is an easy two-part plastic slide-on design that won’t scratch or damage the phone in anyway. It doesn’t inhibit my use of the phone in anyway and gives me peace of mind that I won’t lose my investment if I drop it once. I have dropped it on tile a couple times now and it is perfectly fine. It is 100% a-OK thanks to the Seidio. It even has a small rim that protrudes above the top of the phone so if It lands face first it won’t crack or scratch the screen. I’d much rather have a piece of plastic case take the hit than my lovely, beautiful, smartphone.


To conclude, I would like to say sorry to all the Apple people I offended. I love Apple too, I just get angry sometimes. I would like to bro-fist all the guys and girls who feel inspired to purchase an Android HTC DNA after reading this. Oh, and remember... I’m not getting anything from saying this. I’m just a guy who purchased a kickin’ smartphone and wanted to share with the world his feelings on it in a review on the awesome site of Hubpages.

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    • neilcook profile image

      Neil Cook 4 years ago from United States

      No Way! Thanks a ton guys! I am glad that my personal experiences with these products is being put to good use. :D

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      This is an excellent review, neilcook! It makes me appreciate Android more now and I can agree with you. This hub also clearly outlines all the great things there is to love about the HTC DNA and is highly informative. I can see you becoming very successful here at HubPages, I am looking forward to your next review!!

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Useful comparison and review. Voted up.

    • neilcook profile image

      Neil Cook 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks a bunch!

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Maryland

      Nice hub!! Very informative, keep it up!