Wednesday, January 16, 2013

iPhone 5 vs HTC Droid DNA

iPhone 5 vs. Droid DNA: Which buzz should you get?

No eventually does Apple appear the iPhone 5 than HTC and Verizon amplify with the Droid DNA. Where the iPhone 5 is abbreviate and sophisticated, the Droid DNA is big and atrociously powerful. Where Apple is anodized aluminum, HTC is soft-touch polycarbonate. Where iOS is constant beyond all Apple's adaptable products, HTC Sense changes up the Android interface for adequate or for ill. From atom to bit, the iPhone 5 and the Droid DNA couldn't be added different. So if you're attractive for a new buzz on Verizon, how do you accept amid them?


The HTC Droid is huge. It's not allotment tablet, allotment phone, if such things affair you, but with a 5-inch screen, it's about as big as a buzz can get. What's more, that 5-inch awning houses and absurd 1920x1080 (1080p) awning at a retina-rupturing 440ppi. It's the biggest, densest affectation on the bazaar today. However, all that screen-power is actuality apprenticed by the aforementioned Snapdragon S4 Pro horse-power that drives other, abundant abate displays, like the 720p Nexus 4. HiDPI comes at a achievement price, afterwards all. The cameras are both excellent, with an 8 megapixel f/2.0, 1080p sensor with BSI on the back, and a 2.1 megapixel, 1080p sensor, additionally with BSI, on the front. The bad account is that the array is alone 2020mAh, which some will acquisition adequate and others won't, and Verizon is alone alms the Droid DNA with 16GB, no more. And that's not a lot of amplitude back you're ambidextrous with 1080p.

The Droid DNA shops with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, but should get an Android 4.2 amend at some point. As accepted with HTC devices, instead of the banal Google experience, you get the Sense interface, in this case, Sense 4+. You get 5 Home screens, adorned, of course, with the iconic HTC clock. You've additionally got a apartment of Amazon media apps, whose alive capabilities should advice abate the accountability on the 16GB of accumulator (technically 11GB already the OS and apps are factored in), and a few added pre-installed apps, address of Verizon.

In the Verizon Droid DNA review, Phil Nickinson of Android Central summed it up like this:

The simple actuality is this: Alongside the Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC Droid DNA is the best Android buzz you can get on Verizon. Display, power, camera, and it's active Jelly Bean out of the box. What added do you need?

In the U.S., the Droid DNA is absolute to Verizon, admitting versions of the aforementioned basal phone, with altered names, will acceptable appearance up on altered networks, abnormally internationally, at some point.
  • Complete Verizon Droid DNA review
  • HTC Sense 4+ walkthrough
Apple iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 has a actually re-engineered unibody aluminum anatomy to acquiesce for a bigger 4-inch awning in a buzz that's 12% abate by volume. It's taller but not wider, thinner and additionally lighter. That 4-inch awning uses in-cell technology to amalgamate the blow sensor appropriate into the LCD so the pixels attending corrective on. At 1136x640 and 326ppi, it's still backlit LED, and still IPS, and while boilerplate abreast the biggest, it's still one of the best avant-garde panels on the market. Apple additionally formed their own, manually-set Apple A6 processor this time, based on ARM v7s, for aerial achievement and accomplished ability management.There is CDMA, HSPA, and all-embracing LTE. And you can get it in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions. There's still no NFC or wireless charging, however.

iOS 6 comes loaded on the iPhone 5, and includes a new, arguable Maps app, some abundant extensions to Apple's basic assistant, Siri, abysmal Facebook integration, Passbook for tickets and vouchers, and enhancements to FaceTime, Mail, Safari, Photo Stream, Panorama, and Accessibility. And because Apple makes both the accouterments and the software, there's no affiliation cost, no added interface layers, and a seamless acquaintance overall.

iTunes has the bigger all-embracing agreeable footprint, so if you're into affairs your music, TV, and movies, there's a bigger adventitious Apple will booty your money than anyone else. They additionally accept the chargeless iCloud account for backup, restore, and sync, as able-bodied as Apple Retail Stores with Genius Bars which, if you anytime breach your phone, you'll actually accede a analgesic service.

In the iPhone 5 review, I summed it up as follows:

Taller, thinner, faster, lighter, brighter; the iPhone 5 represents annihilation added nor beneath than the latest, adamant abundance on the Platonic ideal Apple has been appetite appear for about a decade. Redesigned in every way but shape, compromised but accurate to its purpose, the iPhone 5 is already afresh the best iPhone Apple has anytime made, and one of the best phones anytime made. Period.

The amount on-contract amount for an iPhone 5 is $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB, apart and off-contract is $650, $750, and $850 respectively.

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The Droid DNA has actually the biggest, sharpest awning on the market, and if authentic pixel body is your measure, the best one too. HTC Sense is a alloyed absolution -- some adulation it, others abhorrence it. Like the Verizon crap-ware that comes pre-installed, however, you'll accept to basis and beam a altered ROM, like Cyanogen, to get an acquaintance that's afterpiece to stock. Also, while Android Central didn't appointment above array or achievement issues, added reviews accept begin them ambiguous (but then, the aforementioned could be said about the iPhone.) 16GB of accumulator is anemic, however, no amount how you allotment it. Still, but for that, and from a authentic tech and blueprint perspective, the Droid DNA is arguably the baddest ass Android buzz on the planet now. And if you're on Verizon, or accommodating to about-face to Verizon, and don't demand an iPhone, it absolutely looks like the buzz to beat.

The iPhone 5 manages to fit a 4-inch awning into a buzz that's absurdly attenuate and light, and congenital like annihilation abroad on the market. iOS 6 is iOS 6 on every iPhone that supports it, so there's no third-party band on top of the amount operating system. That's either a additional or a negative, depending on how you feel about iOS. There's additionally no crap-ware, however, and no carrier pre-installed anything. There's additionally 32GB and 64GB options if you demand to abundance added apps and media on your iPhone. And you can get the iPhone 5 -- the aforementioned iPhone 5 -- on about any carrier you choose. You can additionally get iTunes agreeable in added countries than any added media store, and Apple Retail provides the best chump affliction in the business.

If you're on Verizon and demand an LTE phone, and the alike the abstraction of 1080p affectation sends you affection racing, get the HTC Droid DNA. Otherwise, for best people, best of the time, the cliche charcoal accurate -- get the iPhone.

Windows, iOS and Android Devices

Microsoft goes accessible with its plan to administer Windows, iOS and Android accessories

On January 15, Microsoft went accessible with its artefact portfolio for managing iOS, Android, Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 accessories from the cloud.

Microsoft admiral aggregate about the capacity about the company's alleged Billow OS administration affairs during a 30-minute Webcast for columnist and analysts on January 15.

The Redmondians are alms IT managers two primary means to do this: Via Windows Intune cloud-management account and/or via its Systems Center 2012 systems-management suite. Microsoft is accession its systems- and mobile-device administration apparatus as allotment of its Billow OS, which is acceptable the company's uber-brand for all of its articles from its Server and Accoutrement division, including Windows Azure, Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Visual Studio.

Microsoft agilely formed out the fourth adaptation of its Windows Intune account (codenamed Wave D) in December 2012. Since that time, alone new users accept had admission to this version, which adds the adeptness to administer Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 devices. Existing Windows Intune users accept had to delay until this anniversary February to get the latest adaptation of the service, which is hosted on Microsoft's Windows Azure accessible cloud.

Microsoft originally added iOS and Android accessory administration capabilities to Windows Intune with Adaptation 3. But the new adaptation of the Intune account is beneath codicillary on the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync agreement for managing best adaptable accessories (other than Android-based ones).

Related Links:

    Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8 abutment advancing anon with adapted Intune billow service
    Microsoft's Windows Intune: How Wave D changes the mobile-device administration game
    Microsoft's latest Windows Intune billow administration release: What's new
    Microsoft finalizes System Center 2012 Account Backpack 1
    Microsoft delivers beta of Azure Casework for Windows Server

Microsoft additionally appear the aboriginal account backpack for its SystemS Center 2012 artefact in December 2012. SP1 adds the adeptness to administer Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and Windows 8. The Configuration Manager SP1 basic is what's enabling mobile-device management.

Both of these administration articles additionally accredit sideloading of accumulated apps on Windows and Windows RT adaptable devices. Intune provides a Aggregation Aperture app out of the box, which is accessible from the Windows Store. Companies can abide the aperture with corporate/line-of-business apps it wants its users to install. Admins optionally can use a Windows Intune add-on for Configuration Manager to apparatus the aggregation aperture app for centralized distribution.

Microsoft additionally appear during the Webcast that Windows Azure Casework for Windows Server is now about accessible to Microsoft's hosting-service providers. Azure Casework for Windows Server, which Microsoft appear  in analysis anatomy aftermost year, adds some of Windows Azure's capabilities to Windows Server. These add-on casework accommodate hosted basic machines; abutment for high-density Web sites; a service-management portal; and a service-management programming interface (codenamed Katal). Microsoft may opt, at some point, to accomplish Azure Casework for Windows Server accessible to its beyond customers, as well.

Microsoft admiral additionally apparent a Web-app-performance ecology account active on Windows Azure and accompaniment to System Center 2012 SP1 accepted as Global Account Monitor. Global Account Monitor is in examination now and will be final in March 2013.

Microsoft is alms Windows Intune at two amount points: A $6 per user per ages adaptation that doesn't accommodate Software Assurance and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Backpack (MDOP) tools, and a $11 per user per ages adaptation that adds Software Assurance/MDOP.

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