HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

November 13, 2012

In a time when the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 prepares to set foot on American soil via the major carriers, HTC and Verizon have finally announced the HTC Droid DNA, a device that the tech blogosphere has been eagerly expected to arrive on Verizon’s LTE-enabled network ever since back in July.

Although the definition of a phablet is a bit blurry these days, it goes without saying that both these Android handsets tend to roughly the same consumer base: people who want an Android smartphone with a screen considerably bigger than that of the rest of the Android pack.

If you’re in a hurry, you can jump directly to the conclusion. If you’re not in a hurry, you are in for a treat as you might find that it’s pleasantly hard to decide if the HTC Droid DNA is better than the Galaxy Note 2 or if it is the other way around!

In a hurry? Jump straight to the Hands On Video or the Pros and Cons.

Display

We’ve thoroughly discussed the 5.55-inch Super AMOLED panel used by Samsung on the Galaxy Note 2 with plenty of other occasions, but to sum it all up, what we’re dealing with here is the biggest smartphone display so far available on the market. In this context, the Note 2’s pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 amounts to a PPI ratio of 265, a bit behind most other flagship smartphones of 2012. Crispness is a bit improved over the Galaxy S3 since the Note 2 does not use a PenTile layout.

The Super AMOLED technology behind the Note 2 display gives it unrivaled contrast ratios and brightness, as well as wide viewing angles. On the other hand, unfortunately for Samsung fans, color reproduction is not what you’d call accurate on Super AMOLED displays.

As it was rumored, the number one selling point of the HTC Droid DNA is its 5-inch Super LCD3 display, one that runs at an impressive 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution (known as 1080p). What we’re talking about here is a smartphone display with a 440 PPI (Pixel Per Inch) ratio, well above the 320 PPI featured by the Super LCD 2 display on the HTC One X (critically acclaimed as the best smartphone display “currently” around.

The quality of the Super LCD 3 panel on the HTC One X is nothing but impressive, while its ultra high resolution gives it perfect crispness. Viewing angles are great, color reproduction looks to be very accurate. Simply put, this is the best smartphone display that we’ve ever laid our eyes on.

Verdict: The HTC Droid DNA features the best smartphone display ever.

Design and Build Quality

In the Samsung corner, the Galaxy Note 2 looks very much alike the other Samsung Galaxy flagship for 2012, the Galaxy S3. Darcy’s drop tests have confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a sturdier smartphone than the S3, which is always a good thing to hear, although most critics agree that the overall design could have been better.

The Galaxy Note 2 measures 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm and weighs 183 grams. It’s safe to assume that those only those of you with big hands will be able to comfortably use the Note 2 with just one hand.

On the other hand, the HTC Droid DNA is arguably amongst the best looking handsets to have ever been released. The notably smaller display of the Droid DNA (when compared against the Note 2) and its curved edges allow for a much more compact package that fits perfectly in your hands and pockets.

The Verizon-bound Droid DNA measures 143 x 71 x 9.73 mm and weighs 138 grams, making it thinner, narrower, shorter and lighter than the Note 2.

Both the HTC Droid DNA and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have narrow bezels that allow them to maximize the screen reals estate for their respective footprints, a very useful thing on such massive smartphones.

Verdict: While its smaller footprint can be attributed to a smaller display, the HTC Droid DNA wins this one thanks to its overall better looking design!

Internal Hardware

This is where the competition heats up: on the Galaxy Note 2 we have a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 (A9) quad-core processor and a Mali400 MP GPU, while on the HTC Droid DNA we have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.5 GHz quad-core Krait processor and an Adreno 320 GPU). Both these tablets feature 2GB of RAM, which allows for a smooth multitasking experience.

While the Snapdragon S4 Pro’s quad-core Krait processor achieves significantly better scores than the standard S4’s dual-core CPU (such as those found in the U.S. versions of the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3), the 1.6GHz quad-core processor inside the Galaxy Note 2 is still the king of mobile CPU benchmarks for the moment, which is a bit strange given that it uses the ARM Cortex A9 architecture. The overall CPU experience is silky smooth on both our contenders.

On the other hand, the Adreno 320 GPU inside the Droid DNA is significantly faster at equal resolution that the Mali 400 MP GPU inside the Galaxy Note 2. The LG Optimus G, a smartphone also based on the Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC has achieved better GPU benchmark scores than the rest of the Android crop at a 720p resolution, but it will be interesting to find out how much will these scores (as well as the actual experience) be altered by the 1080p resolution on the Droid DNA.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes in 3 variants: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage as well as an SD card slot that can work with SD cards up to 64GB in size. On the other hand, the HTC Droid DNA is not as flexible as it arrives only in a 16GB variant without a SD card slot for additional storage.

On to cameras, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Droid DNA feature 8MP primary cameras. The Note 2 uses a 1.9MP secondary camera, while the Droid DNA uses a 2MP front-facing shooter. The quality of the camera on the HTC Droid DNA will be tested more thoroughly in the near future, but it’s safe to assume that there won’t be any significant differences. Both are enough for your basic point-and-shoot needs.

Last, but not least, the Galaxy Note 2 features a 3100mAh battery, while the HTC Droid DNA features a much smaller 2020mAh non-removable battery. It remains to be seen what kind of battery life the Droid DNA actually has, but the numbers don’t seem to paint a very positive picture for HTC’s first phablet.

The Note 2 also makes use of a Wacom digitizer and the S-Pen to implement a few software functions that we’ll discuss a in the next segment of the article. The Droid DNA does not come with such hardware features.

Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a microSD slot and a bigger, removable battery. Draw!

Software and Ecosystem

Both the HTC Droid DNA and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, with each of the two manufacturers layering their custom UI on top of Google’s OS. An update to Android 4.2 should arrive in the near future on both these devices.

While HTC’s Sense version that can be found on the HTC Droid DNA seems to be minimalistic (a design trend that plenty Android purists agree with), the Samsung TouchWiz UI comes with a number of software tweaks that actually add to the overall functionality of the phablet.

I’m not only talking about the Smart Functions that Samsung has originally introduced with the Galaxy S3, but also the unique range of Galaxy Note 2 software features that we’ve talked about earlier here (true Multitasking can now be improved to work with any Android app that you desire). Then there’s the ever increasing number of S-Pen enabled apps. Plenty agree that this one of the Galaxy Note 2 major selling points!

Verdict: The Galaxy Note 2 wins this round thanks to the wide array of extra software features

Pros and Cons

HTC Droid DNA Pros

  • Best display
  • Pocketable and beautiful form factor

HTC Droid DNA Cons

  • No SD card slot
  • Low power, non-removable battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Pros

  • Huge 5.55-inch display
  • Fastest mobile CPU available for Android
  • Smart Functions & unique software functions

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Cons

  • Lesser PPI
  • Hard to pocket

Hands On Video

Conclusion

Choosing between the HTC Droid DNA and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 really boils down to this:

a) Do you want a smartphone with blazing fast internals and a fantastic 5-inch display? Get the Droid DNA!

b) Do you want something a bit more than a smartphone, a device that actually improves on the Android OS and allows you to take notes and take advantage of a hardware digitizer? Get the Galaxy Note 2!

Note: Since the Galaxy Note 2 and the HTC Droid DNA are two very complementary smartphones, I find that the competition between these two smartphones has a single overall winner: the Android user of the future.

Put together, the winning features of each round paint the picture of the Android phablet of tomorrow: blazing fast processor and GPU, big and crisp 1080p displays that beautifully complete a modern OS with custom tweaks that actually enrich the Android experience. Just give it another year!

What are your takes on this battle? Which is better and why ? Drop us a comment in the section below and let us know!

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    what a terrible mental war :) my brain hurts

  • Spacedog1973

    Another fail comparison. How can a removable battery and an sd card slot make it a draw?

    • Ultium

      Yep. And it is not only those two features the make the Note 2 clearly a better phone. Unless the extra .5 inches just pushes it over the edge of being too big for you, there isn’t a good reason to go for the Droid. They spend most of the time looking only at the screen, when fact is both of these screens look amazing.

      • dude

        Is that a joke the DNA has 440 PPI vs 267 PPI that’s a HUGE difference… Or blind if u can’t tell the difference also the DNA is $100 cheaper,also the DNA has a faster processor and a nicer design, the DNA is clearly a Better phone and BTW I’m usually a Samsung fanboy but u would have to be an idiot to argue that the note2 is even close to as good as this

        • MasterMuffin

          Did you read the article? Note 2 has better processor and DNA has really small battery and only 16GB of memory and other reasons, the phone is only about the screen so in other areas it falls down little

          • b1acktiger

            Droid DNA is not not tested yet and compared to the Optimus G, which is having the same processor, Droid DNA is much faster in tests with its 1080p displays.

        • hoggleboggle

          440ppi vs 267ppi on paper is a big difference. in real world usage not so much. if someone gave you two equally sized, unbranded screens with the two resolutions and asked you to pick the 440ppi one at normal viewing distance you simply wouldn’t be able to. stop buying into the hype

          • John

            Yes you would be able to unless you use glasses and left them at home….Also its not just about PPI its about horrible garbage screen CRAPOLED which samsung uses vs beautiful LCD which HTC uses. They are not even remotely close the notes screen is garbage the Droid dna is the best.

            With that said the battery size and internal memory being so shiity murder this phone(dna) such a waste =(

          • th3

            A nearsighted person would benefit from leaving the glasses at home, as he can focus on shorter distance without eyeglasses and therefor see details a person with normal vision cannot see, for someone with normal vision everything will look very blurred at short viewing distance. This is why many nearsighted people would become watchmakers back in the days.

          • MasterMuffin

            What’s wrong with CRAPOLED!?!?

          • th3

            Its not hype. I have a Note II and the display is far from perfect, the lower PPI shows. Some visible blur around certain fonts, small fonts (but not too small to be readable) get quite distorted when zoomed out in the webbrowser, and so on. For reading this display leaves something to be desired.

            However, overall score there is no doubt that Note II beats the DNA, theres no way to make those 2020mah come close to the 3100mah of juice in the note II, and ,the 11GB available storage is a disaster. For me that is. Still, im sure some can live with it, the display quality may outweigh the disadvantages for some people.

            Im hoping the Sony Yuga will be worthy of replacing my Note II next year, a card slot and ok battery will be enough. I have no hopes for Samsung on 1080p, i bet they will come up with a pentile display, and while im sure it will look impressive it will still be less than optimal, and will have bad color precision as usual with Samsung.

        • seeteedub

          and yet you can’t remove the battery and no MicroSD. Unexcusable.

        • blowntoaster

          c’mon dude. the differences are marginal. and user interface wise the Note 2 is ahead by a mile. if it had the same display resolution and the new A15 cores etc inside the DNA would look like an HTC Desire C compared to the Note2. even now wit the current Exynos processor the performance difference is almost unnoticeable. Even the S3 has a better overall experience than the DNA.

        • yarrellray

          Hate to say this my friend the only idiot thinking the Htc DNA compares is you. My Galaxy Note 2 gets 8hrs of on screen time and 20hrs of battery life everyday and that’s heavy use. If I lightened up or just left it alone more often I would easily have 2 days of battery life on light use. Your Htc DNA couldn’t touch this with a ten foot pole on it’s best day. The Galaxy Note 2 pisses all over the Htc DNA.

        • JH

          WHAT? Are you going to deposit that PPI in BANK? Smartphone is more than a Phone not JUST A TV!

  • whoknowswhereor

    Note 2

  • mikkej2k

    Will there be an international ( European,GSM,HSPA+ ) version of the HTC DNA?

  • beh

    faster cpu on android? isnt the razor I runnig at 2.0 ghz?

    • ImSie

      He said “faster”, not “fastest” !!!

      • ImSie

        he said fastest!!!

    • Jared Persinger

      Yes but it is only single core not quad core or even dual core

    • brandnew234

      Yep, but it’s a single core. Both the Note II and Droid DNA have four cores.

  • http://www.facebook.com/szabolcs.keri.98 Szabolcs Kéri

    You should proofread the article before you publish it.

  • Kokusho

    Exynos 4 Quad faster than the S4 Pro ? Please….

    • dude

      S4 pro is much faster….

      • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee
        • theoneandonly

          That article is talking about the 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad inside the Galaxy S3. The Exynos 4 Quad inside the Note 2 is faster at a CPU level than that inside the International Galaxy S3, probably only due to the fact that it is clocked at 1.6 GHz per core.

          It would be interesting if you’d make a comparison between the Note 2 and the LG Optimus G!

    • Topcat488

      He said the Note 2 CPU is faster dude, read the paragraph slower this time.

      While the Snapdragon S4 Pro’s quad-core Krait processor achieves significantly better scores than the standard S4’s dual-core CPU (such as those found in the U.S. versions of the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3), the 1.6GHz quad-core processor inside the Galaxy Note 2 is still the king of mobile CPU benchmarks for the moment, which is a bit strange given that it uses the ARM Cortex A9 architecture. The overall CPU experience is silky smooth on both our contenders.

  • dla0052

    2020mAh battery, no expandable storage and non-removable battery? Why does HTC keep on shooting themselves in the foot with the new phones they have been releasing lately? They need to go back to 2010-2011 when they were relevant and rediscover what made them successful. The original EVO was an awesome phone, they should have kept building on that instead of trying to get too fancy! I get the specs are on par and even exceed the Samsung Galaxy line but some of these features are make or break for a large chunk of consumers.

    • V-Phuc

      2nd that. Perhaps we can also Google the same questions about their Nexus tablet line for the absence of expandable storage. I believe the extra resolution on the Droid will NOT significantly make a visual impact unless you view everything with a magnifying glass. More ppi is only for bragging rights!
      Note2 IMO!

    • Daniel B.

      +1

      Unless they come out with a revision involving a larger battery and an sd slot, I forsee a switch to Samsung for me in the near future…

    • RaptorOO7

      Sadly the blame rests squarely with Verizon, in the US the carriers dictate what they want the devices to be configured to. Overseas the mfg’s actually design these devices for real world users for the international markets. The US carriers want to market them with stupid names and cripple the shit out of them to make you beholden to them. However Apple can and does get away with this and I would like to see Samsung do the same.

    • hoggleboggle

      i concur, i really don’t understand why HTC continually trip themselves up at the last minute. 16GB is not enough for such a feature phone. a couple of top spec games and an hd video or two and you will have run out of space.You would have to run virtually everything over the cloud, meaning no access to your media in areas of poor reception, during flights and when roaming internationally (unless you want to pay vast sums) to name a few.

      • twisted247

        sadly HTC is probably doing what they did with the one x series. they will release this DNA then either hit other carriers with a larger capacity or sd capable(Evo4G LTE ). or they will just release another down the road to the same carrier with higher capacity (like the one x+ and yes i know it had a better cpu)
        which all this method does is piss off the customers they have left.

    • b1acktiger

      May be HTC is looking for a major step up for the international version from this phone. For most of the users 16GB is fair, and in terms of battery, it gives fair battery backup. 12hr in LTE test is kinda okay

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003139830976 Ian Blyth

    Yup, i’m with Spacedog… the removable battery and sd slot give the Note 2 a high advantage over the DNA in that regard… but i do agree that the DNA has a few features the Note 2 should learn from. Hopefully Samsung will increase the display on the Note3 considerably .. i’d be tempted by the DNA, but the lack of expandable memory and the pathetically limited battery life is a dealbreaker for me.

    • RaptorOO7

      Agreed, but given that these phones are in design phase long before they ever get leaked its what was available for production at the time. I would very likely suspect Samsung will push the envelope in 2013 Summer/Fall with their new high end displays and wow the Android market. I am sure I will drooling over the Galaxy Note 3 at that time.

    • Ultium

      Everything comes with a trade off. I think the display on the note 2 is exceptional and I would not dream of accepting the trade off of significant extra drain to battery power for it to be just a little better.

    • Spacedog1973

      there is a compromise regarding HD screens – battery life and usage. There is no point of having a HD screen if you can only utilize it to look at the homescreen. The Droid DNA screen is designed for watching movies and other video content at HD resolutions. With such a scrooge-like level of storage, it makes it impractical. I’d say given the tech of batteries at the moment, Samsung has got it just about right with the Note 2; the screen is HD non pentile and the utility combined with the SD slot and removable battery to me, is the perfect balance. Something I think given HTC’s current financial circumstances, they could learn from.

      • Spacedog1973

        I’d also mention that some who claim that Cloud storage is the future, neglect to understand how mobile Internet packages vary in both price and generosity in different global markets. This is not taking into account that fact that smart phones have become our mobile computers, to be enjoyed despite a lack of net coverage, in weak mobile areas, on planes, in tunnels etc. Sd card slots remain very relevant and by offering this in mobile phones, widens the market for these devices. The knock on effect would be reduction in overall price which we all benefit from.

  • Rosario Claudio III

    Mike this comparison really sucked except for this part “Drop us a comment in the section below and let us know!”

  • Michael Rosenzweig

    No expandable memory and small unremovable battery is a no-go for me. Might as well buy a iphone. HTC screwed this up big time.

    • Sam Keaser

      Seriously? Because you, and a few other Android power users, find some features to be “necessary” does not mean that the general public will.

      And on the battery, we have no idea how well it’s going to hold up in terms of day to day use. Will the Galaxy Note II’s last longer? Probably. Will the DNA’s easily get you through a day of average usage? More likely than not.

      • hohopig

        and you just dismissed your own argument. With such a lousy battery life (and by extension, battery lifespan since it is usually based on cycle of recharge), a replaceable battery is a MUST

  • http://www.facebook.com/RedDevils88 Christopher Tang

    Include s pen on the pro section for note 2. Biggest selling point for the note 2

  • John

    Non-removable battery would not be an issue IF it wasn’t so small 2020 on a 5inch display with shitloads of pixels =dead battery…no idea why they put such a small battery into that phone but that alone is reason for most everyone to not pick up the droid dna which is a terrible name btw.

  • Mario Irelan

    note 2 ftw

  • DingusKahn

    You completely ignore the 0.55″ screen difference. This is significantly larger and the main reason I am getting the Note II.
    No SD card slot and no removable battery and you call it a draw on the hardware?? NOT.
    Not to mention the S pen and all it can do.
    Then you give a plus to the fact that it is easier to put in your pocket?? The whole point of these phablets is to get visual real estate. Come on…
    HTC does kick butt on the resolution. Hands down winner there. I have the S III now, and the Note II is better you say? good enough for me and my old eyes.
    Samsung is getting my cash.

  • ari gutenmacher

    idk what to do. i want both, but i think im going to go with the note 2 just cuz of the expandable memory and battery since those 2 things are the most realistic things i need in a phone. ya the htc has a groundbreaking display, and it is noticable, but is it going to make my experience with it smooth and easy. i dont want ot have to carry around a charger all the time. also, the multi-tasking on the note 2 is soo useful for me when i use it. so ya even the the droid dna has a great display looks so much nicer and is a better size for me, i think im going to go with the note 2

  • ImSie

    Note 2, of course !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chop-It-Up/708490175 Chop It Up

    I’d pick the GN2 not just for the replaceable battery and the SD. I feel that Samsung GN2 will give the better user experience. Since Samsung manufactured the display, battery, chipset, etc..

  • RaptorOO7

    Display is but one part of the device. Yes in this case its a BIG part of it, but the GN2 has memory expansion, (comes in other variants that will NEVER be in the US so it doesn’t matter) larger and removable battery and a better digitizer via Wacom with the S-Pen feature. If I am going to have a phablet I want to actually have features to use it with.

    There is no draw here and the GN2 should have come out even it was just buy a slight amount.

  • http://twitter.com/GrantElicious Grant Butler

    32GB + Micro SD + 0.5inch screen size + removable battery + OLED screens (I personally prefer) The note 2 owns it….

    Also the whole PPI thing is just marketing bullshit now. It made sense up to a point but from the distance you hold a phone a PPI or like 250+ is as much as any human will be able to tell the difference. I’ve seen a Note 2 in person and you do not notice any dots or anything, it’s all smooth and text is great.

  • http://twitter.com/nachomartr Ignacio Martin

    HTC could have nailed it with a bigger battery, but they screwed it. Battery life is a major selling point, at least for me.

  • fanterrific

    htc is retarded for going with wireless charging tech instead of a bigger battery. i might have, just might have, looked past the fact that there was no micro sd slot if the DNA had amazing battery life, but the lack of expandable memory is just plain ridiculous when there’s only 16gb onboard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1100661865 Ido Kahana

    Why, why there is no intl’ version?!?!?!?!?! :(

  • poohly

    Verizon may be the one to blame. Droid DNA’s brother in Japan and Int’l version will come with a memory slot.

  • Eddie G…

    The Droid DNA is a decent phone but in all honesty it can’t
    compete with the Galaxy Note 2 except in screen resolution. Other than that it
    comes in 2nd in all other categories.

    Brief Hardware Comparison –

    Note 2 battery = 3100 mAh (removable)
    (720p resolution)

    Droid DNA = 2020 mAh (non-removable) (1080p resolution = massive battery drain on
    smaller battery that can’t be switched out. Yikes!)

    Note 2 screen size = 5.55 inches (awesome viewing real estate)

    Droid DNA
    = 5.00 inches (great viewing real estate while it lasts on
    under-powered battery)

    Note 2 built-in digitizer
    = Embedded Wacom 720p resolution digitized screen with 1024
    levels of pressure sensitivity with S-pen digital stylus

    Droid DNA = Capacitive screen only, digitized screen and
    digital stylus not supported

    Note 2 internal/external memory
    = internal mem – 16,32,64 GB
    / external mem – up to 64 GB

    Droid DNA internal/external memory
    = internal mem – 16 GB /
    no external mem

    Brief Software comparison –

    Note 2 Multi-window option – have up to 2 windows open in re-sizable
    split-screen configuration as well as up to two additional floating windows at
    the same time.

    Droid DNA – Multi-window or floating window option not
    available despite good screen real estate

    Note 2 S-pen functionality
    - enjoy the option to sign
    contracts, draw, write notes, view email content without opening, select
    webpage menus, edit photos etc. with the s-pen digital stylus.

    Droid DNA – no comparable functionality available

    ———————————————————————————————————————————

    The Droid DNA is not alone in its lack of these features, in
    fact the only other devices that support the digitized screen and stylus
    functionality in the Android universe is the original Galaxy Note and the
    Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

    The screen resolution of the Galaxy Note 2 is less than the
    Droid DNA – 720p vs 1080p, but the Note 2 screen is absolutely gorgeous and I
    really can’t see the overall benefit of the 1080p screen vs a properly done
    720p screen on anything smaller than 13 inches. At an average viewing distance
    of between 10 to 15 inches the difference is negligible for the majority of
    consumers over 25. The concept of a 1080p screen resolution is great but after
    around 300 ppi (at very close range) the average human eye is going to be hard
    pressed to make out differences unless the source signal is also 1080p which
    only blue-ray dvds are at present.

    In conclusion, the Droid DNA is an excellent
    smartphone with superb specs and fantastic screen but it should be placed
    second to the Galaxy Note 2 in terms of overall features and remember second is
    not a bad place to be in relation to the Galaxy Note 2 as the Note 2 has simply
    every conceivable hardware and software feature one would need. The Droid DNA would
    in my opinion be a great option but for the Note 2.

    • yarrellray

      No question here my friend. The Galaxy Note 2 is ”THE BEST” productivity/all purpose device ever made. Nothing will touch this device for the next 6months.

  • sb

    Note 2 is a Superman .I use it whole day , still there is loads of battery left.
    It never disappointed me in past one month.
    Poor htc just 2000 mah (dear frnd what will u do with ur awesome smartphone when u don’t have backup)
    Note 2 rock’s.a phone in need is a phone in deed
    Note 2

  • Raymond Erasmus

    I believe the whole idea behind a ‘phablet’ is to have functionality or features that you would not have on a smartphone (S-Pen, multi-window etc.). I love HTC devices and the Droid DNA is an amazing device, however I still believe its only an over sized smartphone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1076674789 Friðberg Leifs Jensson

    I would choose Note II because it has the pen to take notes and multitasking. Note II would work perfectly with the school.

  • CliffClaven

    No micro SD card and no removable battery??? I hope the DNA fails HARD. All Droid phones should at least have expandable memory. If all you want is a pretty phone then buy an iPhone.

  • Jay Perry

    The more I read these stupid articles, the more i’m convinced my computer illiterate parents could write the same crap. Just because the clock speed on the Note2 is 1.6ghz vs 1.5ghz in the DNA does not make it the faster CPU of the two. Did you do any homework before spouting off crap or is it easier for you to count higher and assume bigger numbers is obviously better. How are you still hired to write articles?

    • brandnew234

      In Geekbench the Note II is faster. It is also faster in browser tests too. And Antutu and most other tests too. The S4 Pro does better than the Note II in Linpack, Quadrant, and Benchmark Pi,

  • http://www.facebook.com/ihendfarid Hend Farid

    A great video and review. I was considering the One X+ vs Note 2 and I was heading for Note 2 cause of the screen size. I used to own the first Note and sold it recently, and I have also used HTC before. I find myself now heading towards the Droid DNA more for the following reasons…
    It is big, lovely screen, yet not over sized
    The 1080p will do great on games and films
    It is pocket and carry-arround friendly

    I was considering the Note 2 for
    The S-pen and supported apps
    The multi tasking

    I am now waiting for the DNA world release

  • Webjunky

    HTC still hasn’t learned their lesson ( 61% less income ) ? no remobable battery and no SD Card .

  • ForTehNguyen

    5.0″ screen on the HTC is going to burn through a 2020mAh battery

  • davd

    sry for the noob question but dous the lcd 3 screen have also 3sub pixsels ? …..ok the ppi are lower but what about the sub pixsels?

    note 2 FTW!!

    • brandnew234

      Yes, the LCD 3 has three sub pixels, and so does the AMOLED on the Note II.

  • Christopher Moore

    Minutes to decide? More like hours or even days. But I’m leaning towards the Note 2 because I pretty much know what to expect battery and storage wise from both. Don’t think resolution alone is enough to win me over if your using the phone constantly like I do.

  • Lazilysurfing

    Can’t tell a difference, eh? Surely you mean “I don’t know a damn thing and I’m guessing”

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/185bfx75mrx0cjpg/original.jpg

    http://gizmodo.com/5960289/htc-droid-dna-vs-iphone-5-and-everyone-else-whos-got-the-best-display

    The battery OMG the battery what will we do? It’s the end hide the children. You talk so much chit I’m not sure whether to give you a breath mint or some toilet paper. “I was surprised by the HTC Droid DNA’s battery performance, as well.
    Despite the phone’s large screen and swift performance, the handset’s
    embedded 2,020mAh battery lasted for a long 8 hours and 43 minutes on
    the CNET Labs video battery drain test.”

    http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/htc-droid-dna-verizon/4505-6452_7-35536642-2.html

    Sad thing is I’m lazy and found this stuff. What does that make the rest of you?

  • mustangpete2010

    it seems htc is making the same mistakes with this phone that they did two years ago, when I got my first smartphone ever, the evo 4g. now, at the end of my contract, i’m choosing to say goodbye to sprint’s unlimited data plan, to get a nokia lumia 920 from at&t. for my money, the potential personalization and productivity capabilities (coupled with the best camera) are more important than an unholy ppi.

  • ol1bit

    Dang HTC for only 16Gb, and no removable battery. I guess it will come down to the off contract price for me, since I’m on the unlimited plan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.campbell.5621 John Campbell

    I cant wait to hear the QQs come pouring in when people’s DNAs are filled up and they have no space and are tethered to a wall just from surfing the web or using the cloud, data usage aside. Average size of one blu ray movie is about 10 gb, After the OS and stock apps are loaded you’ll have about 12gb left (being generous here). Oh wait you don’t want it in true 1080p? Then why do you need that great screen? Let’s face it, we all want the best screen there is, but what good is it without the media to use it? Even if you have unlimited data still you will get lag and it will be annoying, whatever wow factor you are expecting will be mitigated.

    A human eye with normal vision (20/20) can resolve objects about 0.0035 inches in size or approximately 287 ppi at 12″ viewing distance due to the human’s ability to perceive an average max of 1 archminute (60 to a degree to 360 degrees). This makes the ppi on the note 2 indistinguishable at just over 13″ and the DNA indistinguishable at about 8″. You would have to seriously strain your eyes to even notice the pixels on the note 2 on anything more than 10″. As for detecting the DNAs pixels you’d have to be reading one of Jiraiya’s books to care about holding it that close to your face. Bear in mind some of the best hd lcds are around 50 ppi (like sony’s new $30,000 84″ bravia) which are meant to be viewed from approximately 6 feet so yup six times the density at 1/6 the distance is fairly consistent.

    So my point: no matter how many ppi the DNA has, you will neither have the facilities to exploit all that great view area: not media shortage, or connectivity issues no matter how seldom. 90% of the time you will have your phone a foot or more from your face (there is also associated eye strain with viewing distances under 14″ anyway, not that we care right?) or a dead battery that needs service not just replacement. (My EVO after a year and three quarters is on its 3rd battery and dies with about 2 hours of use).

  • kash

    Maybe if HTC gave the DNA better battery and more storage( and if power users figured out how to use storage properly) it would be better- half the features samsung uses in its products aren’t used most of the time or don’t work 85% of the time. How does the lack of removable battery and sd card slot make the DNA worse?

  • gizmodoc

    Finally its the sales figures which will indicate what people think about these devices… as rightly said its the android users who r the real winners out here..

  • Matthew VanDyken

    There is a very simple reason why the DNA doesn’t have external memory. The only way your going to get 1080p content is via streaming over Verizon’s LTE network. Also here’s a real world scenario. Derpina with her brand new HTC DNA phone with beats audio(marketing gimmick) likes to watch youtube and netflix videos. On a fast enough network both, unless changed in the settings, will automatically play at the highest resolution, often 1080p. Data cap+1080p content=more likely to incur data overages. The fact is that HTC probably originally planned to include external memory, but Verizon saw an opportunity to make more money and forced HTC to make the phone with no external memory. It’s greed, plain and simple.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cloutier1961 John Cloutier

    It is so hard to choose! Especially with the GALAXY S4 & NOTE 3 just around the Corner!!
    Great Video!

  • montey

    All I’m gonna say is that I had the note 2 and traded it for the dna and boy did I miss my note 2 so I went and got another 1 the note 2 is better.