Nexus 4 takes on Droid DNA in specs clash

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Are you still having trouble on which new smartphone to buy with so many choices this Holiday Season? The Droid DNA from HTC and Verizon is a huge talking point at the moment thanks to its 5-inch 1080p display, but the Nexus 4 from LG and Google remains the most sought after device – particularly since nobody can get their hands on one with all Nexus 4 stock apparently sold out till further notice.

The Droid DNA attracted some fairly unsavory attention recently, when consumers found out that the device only shipped with 16GB of memory and no chance to expand on this with a lack of MicroSD card. What everyone seems to have forgotten is that the Nexus 4 is in the exact same boat, with no MicroSD card slot either and an even worse situation for those getting the 8GB model as opposed to the 16GB model.

Automatic system allowances will mean that consumers won’t even get the advertised 16GB or 8GB of storage memory, meaning that consumers are going to run into a problem very quickly if they tend to take lots of photos or videos. Then again, there is cloud storage available don’t forget and it’s not exactly the first time where we have seen a Nexus device without a MicroSD slot – it is a common occurrence across the Nexus smartphone line.

Away from the memory problems for both devices, the Droid DNA and the Nexus 4 have some very luxurious hardware on offer and it is going to be a difficult choice deciding on which one is better. HTC can claim that they now have the world’s first 5-inch 1080p display in a phone, while Google Nexus 4 buyers will be buying a device that ships with the latest version of Android and can live a life of freedom without any carrier restrictions.

The Droid DNA on the other hand ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is great. Ultimately though, Verizon customers may run into the very same problems that Galaxy S3 owners are having now, when we get to the point where the Droid DNA is waiting for an update to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. When that happens, we will probably already see the Nexus 4 updated to Android 5.0, which is a great incentive to think about now while you choose which is better.

Elsewhere on the Nexus 4 vs Droid DNA specs clash, we see both phones fitted with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, both phones with 2GB of RAM and both also have an 8 megapixel rear camera as well. NFC technology is included on both, while the Droid DNA perhaps edges out the Nexus 4 in battery life, with a 2200mAh on the DNA and a slightly smaller 2100mAh battery on the Nexus 4.

The battery capacity may be on the small size for both devices, but don’t forget that we’re likely to see some battery extender juice packs a few months on from release which will give you that extra power you need. As you can see, both devices are incredibly similar to each other – so maybe the real test will come down to whether you want the superior display screen (Droid DNA), or the benefit of receiving official software updates first without carrier delays (Nexus 4).

What device wins out in your opinion? Let us know if you have recently ordered (or attempted to order) the Nexus 4 or Droid DNA and what the deciding factor was for you.

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    Battery life on the Nexus 4 should be much better than on the DNA. I believe the DNA actually has a 2020mAh battery, compared to the N4′s 2100mAh battery. That’s not a huge difference, but the DNA has a larger screen and tons more pixels to power too. LTE is a huge battery hog, too.

    The DNA’s screen is better than the N4′s, but 320PPI is amazing as it is. I can’t see any pixels on my HTC One X as it is, which is even lower resolution than the N4. The DNA’s 441PPI is completely redundant.

    Hardware is nearly identical (16GB of storage, not expandable, same processor and GPU, same RAM…)

    The only thing better about the DNA is really screen size, and its LCD3 technology probably makes it looks better too.but the Nexus will always have the fastest updates from el Google right away for at least 2 years. The DNA (if it follows any other android update cycle) will probably get 1 major update. That”s it. The Nexus will get 2 more major updates, with all the fixes in between.

    I’m going to say the Nexus 4 is the better option.