The OFFICIAL "I got my HTC Droid DNA" thread

Discussion in 'HTC Droid DNA' started by wicked, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. pc747
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    Got it Saturday Dec 15

    I've been studying the hell out of the new Androids and I chose the DNA, much for the amazing display, although I was somewhat worried about the battery. I was not too worried about the storage, as I can't imagine needing to store even close to 10GB. Coming from an HTC Droid Incredible, which I liked very much for 2.5 years. Spent yesterday setting it up, plugged in most of the time. Today is my first reality test. With the Incredible, I plug it in when I get home each day usually around 5:30pm, and it usually has about 25% - 30% battery remaining, so you can tell I'm not a power user.

    Today, I tried to use it in my typical fashion - no more, no less. As of right now, almost 4pm, I have 75% remaining, so I'm guessing it's gonna last way longer on a charge than the Incredible did. Fingers are crossed; so far I just love it. Time will tell if I get used to the larger size in my pocket, but I think I will. Good luck to all thinking of getting one; I hope my comments are helpful.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All (especially those with Droid DNAs!!)
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    I'm a new member of this forum and have had the DNA for about a month now. It is night and day versus my previous phone, an HTC Incredible, which was no slouch by the way. I honestly have to say I rarely ever use my tablet at home now since this phone's screen is large enough, the image quality is insane, and the processing power is legit. So far the battery life has been decent...I usually have about 40-50% charge left when I sit down and start to fiddle with it around 8pm so not bad. I feel like I am not tapping the full potential of the phone though since I mostly read news articles and visit facebook/twitter occassionaly. I love the camera and use that quite often...the shutter speed is great and outdoor picture quality rivals SLRs, though indoor quality leaves something to be desired.

    Any ideas on how to tap the full potential of the phones processing speed and hd screen?
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    How do you take a screen shot with the DNA??
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    I got mine about two weeks ago, finally exploring this site hoping to relearn how to use android! I've been wasting away the last two and a half years with a cameraless blackberry(crapberry) I had to trade my old Droid in for because of work, so this jump is still something I'm trying to get used to. Any recommended apps?
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    App recommendations

    Hello grimdroid,

    First off, congratulations on both returning to the Droid fold and on getting the DNA!

    As for what apps to get:

    • Unless you have a strong reason to do otherwise, get your apps from Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. (A good strong reason here would be for a good app which is listed in either of these, but the developer will give you a special deal if you order it via their own website.
    • Stick with the apps that get high ratings. My rule of thumb is to focus on those apps with (1) ≥ 4.00 average rating (if it says 4.0, yes I whip out the ol' calculator and see if that's rounded up), (2) five-star ratings being a majority of all ratings and (3) four-star ratings plus five-star ratings equaling at least 75% of all ratings.
    • Get a good security app, which can for example track down your phone in case it's lost or stolen, broadcast a message, scream and do even more interesting things. I strongly recommend Lookout, Cerberus and avast! and those aren't the only good ones out there.
    • Got various, complex passwords for different sites? Norton Identity Safe stores them all in a single, password-protected vault.
    • Likewise, invest in a good anti-virus/anti-malware app. Lookout and Norton Mobile Security, among other good ones, fill the bill.
    • You can secure your phone itself with a password, PIN or pattern among other options. If you want to give certain apps an extra layer of security - especially if you'd like to share your phone and want others to check out some parts of it but not others, try Application Protection. (It's not perfect, and it doesn't always go into effect in time to shield information. On the whole, IMHO, it works well.)
    • Please consider getting two-factor authentication for things like Gmail, Dropbox and other services that offer it. Basically, two-factor authentication means that after you type in your password, you then get a code from your phone in order to log in. That means even if, say, a hacker gets your password (perhaps by planting keylogging software on a public terminal which you then used to go into your account), they still can't break in. These two-factor authentication services ordinarily send a text message to your phone. If you get Google Authenticator, among other benefits you'll be able to get it done even if you don't have a connection on your phone at the moment.
    • One of the most important roles your phone can fill, IMHO, is mobile email device. Of course, you'll already have a Gmail app. If you (also) use Hotmail, get that app too.
    • If you're fine with the stock browser, no problem. Otherwise, Chrome and Dolphin are both really cool.
    • If you want to go beyond the stock resources for your battery, try Juice Defender - up to and including Ultimate. It's got a well-organized and convenient interface for taking control of your battery.
    • With all due respect to Google, their Maps application stinks. It's misdirected me too often. MapQuest rules! (In fact, they give you free voice turn-by-turn directions.)
    • Plan on reading and even editing and writing Word documents, spreadsheets and/or presentations? Kingsoft Office is a good free office suite.
    • Got a limited data plan and need to stretch every megabyte? Get Onavo Extend, whih among other things compresses your downloads and then forwards them to you.
    • Want to store photos, videos, documents and other things in the cloud, synced right from your phone. Dropbox is just what the doctor ordered.
    • Want to scan QR codes and the like? Grab Barcode Scanner.
    • Turn your phone into a little photocopier and help save a few trees. With CamScanner, you can make PDF copies of reports, receipts, book pages, etc., for your records. (Not only do you save a little money and time by not using a public photocopier, you also avoid the risk that images of your private documents will stay on the machine's hard drive and end up in front of the wrong eyes!)
    • Want real-time views of CPU strain, available RAM and data received and sent? Get SeePU - it gives you simple color graphs you can understand quickly.
    • Want to edit your own videos? VidTrim does a few good things very well.
    • Many chain stores, like Five Guys, give you their own app so that, among other things, you can find their nearest location to wherever you are at the moment.

    Please let me know what you think. Good luck!

    Jeff Deutsch
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    Just picked up my DNA about 2 weeks ago. So far it is a great phone and it is much better than the Droid X I used to have.

    The only real issue I have is the lack of accessories. I'm sure over the next month this will get better.

    This is a great phone!
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    Well, I'm officially the owner of a new DNA. It was a choice between this phone and Note 2. I love the look of this phone better than the other. I hope it continues to grow on me, although tonight is the first night using it ,my Google maps is not locating me. Does anyone have any advice?

    Sent from my HTC6435LVW using Tapatalk 2
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    I just got my DNA last week. This is my first ever non-Apple product so I feel slightly out of my element. I love the screen and the different (non-apple) way of navigating through the phone and it's features. All in all, I'm generally happy with the phone.

    However, i have noticed a few bugs. First, I had the 4G icon on my phone when I arrived at work yesterday morning, but through the course of the day it changed to 3G and then it completely turned off. It was pretty much the same this morning so I decided to shut the phone down. Now it displays 4G, again. Why is this?

    Also, a buddy suggested that I install Go Launcher, which I did, but I noticed that sometimes Go Launcher isn't working when I exit an app and I have to start it again. Angry Birds Star Wars won't let me start a single board: It keeps dumping back onto the home screen when I try to start a board (Yes, I uninstalled and reinstalled it). And lastly, Apps that I close in the settings mysteriously turn right back on....very annoying.

    I'm not a very tech savvy person but I'm not completely foreign to technology either. I'll just assume that there is a very steep learning curve for this new (to me) OS. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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    General question here:

    How do ya'll afford the newest phones all the time? I usually do it every 2 years but I feel like lots of people are always getting the latest phones. Are you just paying full retail value on these things? Or is there a secret I'm missing out on?

    Thanks
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    Selling full retail, buying full retail. Doesn't work great if you're going from a really old device to a new one, but normally you can recoup a chunk of the cost by selling your current device outright.



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    sent from my S3
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    I have no idea about the data probles, but you might want to try reseating your sim card. As for the launcher. I've never had anything but problems with go launcher. I would recommend you try Nova launcher, or Apex launcher. Both give you a launcher expeiriece that is about as close to stock android as possible, and very smooth at that:)
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    Thanks, I'll check those out.
    Would you happen to know how I get rid of all these apps that keep running, even after I stop them (like Amazon) and don't have an "uninstall" option? Thanks again.
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    Hello jntdroid,

    From what I've seen*, smartphones depreciate even more rapidly than PCs and laptops. What do you do to get even a respectable chunk of your original cost back when you sell your old phone?


    [*] Not only commentary I've read but also my own experience. In February '11, I got my wife and myself Motorola Pros - which had just come out a few months earlier - from Verizon for c $260 total (they were c $179.99 each with a two-year contract and I got $100 off special). Within a year and a half, Verizon was giving them away free (with a contract, natch). Even though they're still in 100% working order, the best offer I can find online for the pair is $30 - total, plus shipping - from BuyMyTronics.

    Thanks!

    Jeff Deutsch
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    Yes I am just bragging. I got my DNA for $50.

    LetsTalk Wireless had it on there for $99, free overnight shipping. They had a $10 coupon code. Mr.Rebates had a $35 rebate + $5 for first time users. = $50 DNA.

    Playing with it now, it's amazing. Trying to decide what launchers etc to use.
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    Congratulations cdogg777 on your great deal, and thank you for letting the rest of us know where you got it!

    PS: Do we already have a forum dedicated to listing places offering great deals?

    Jeff Deutsch
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    You got this price without having a contract?

    Sent from my HTC6435LVW using Tapatalk 2
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    NP. I don't want to take hits from this page, but i HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend slickdeals for any electronic sale you are looking for. I got both my 60in plasma and my new droid from amazing deals found on that website.

    Oh no. It's $199 with just a verizon contract. Amazon has it for $149 but that signs you up for a 6mo contract with amazon along with your 2yr contract with verizon. LetsTalk and other website do the exact same thing. You sign a 6mo contract with them as well as the 2yr with verizon(or whoever your carrier is). The issue with their contract is that once signed, you can't change ANYTHING or you void it....within 6mo. So if you don't plan to change anything in 6mo then it's a steal I think!
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    Got mine Saturday. Can anyone tell me how to use emoticons in text? Thanks
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    Hello cdogg777,

    I'm not sure what you mean. Could you explain that please?

    Thanks!

    Jeff Deutsch
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