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HTC DROID DNA enters the phablet fray, does it stand a chance against the Galaxy Note II?

0. phoneArena 13 Nov 2012, 11:01 posted on

So here it is, finally, the HTC DROID DNA! A brand new "phablet" for all the diehard gadget-lovers out there who just can't get enough screen. Immediately after the introduction, one crucial question comes to our mind; a question that has to do with this device's ultimate rival - the Galaxy Note II...

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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:05 23

1. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I gotta say, droid DNA is a great phone. Superb quality, specification and design. But what makes note 2 stands out from the rest is its s-pen. That what makes me like note 2 from s3.

Droid DNA's rival for sure is the upcoming sIV. It's like one X and s3 all over again. :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:13 23

15. Shadow_Assassin (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 May 2012)


droid DNA is great but why htc always pack a small battery to their phone? a great phone is nothing when the battery is out.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:15 10

20. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


true that. I think the battery can't cope up with that display and processing power.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 21:49

93. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


to the 53.34 % of people who say the DNA will beat G Note 2:

HAVE U ACTUALLY SEEN THE SIZE OF THAT 5.5 BITCH?!?!?!?!?!

ITS BIGGER THAN MY HAND ALTOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!!!!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 04:34

101. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Then you should buy a Nexus 7 if you love Big Size !!
5 Inch is perfect !!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:41 10

46. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I have given up on HTC for this exact reason. They are too ignorant to realize that they NEED to put bigger batteries in their phones, especially a phone of such size with a 1080p screen. Failing company.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:43 8

50. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Absolutely, the lack of battery juice is going to hinder this device. As some of us may already know, a few months ago I had the Rezound, while it is a GREAT phone and I do prefer HTC Sense, the battery sucks ballz. I bought the extended 2750 mAh OEM battery and it turned the phone into a solid brick. And, even though I have humongous hands, I still prefer a slender phone; no chunk in the trunk, as they say.

So, now I've got the updated RAZR MAXX on ICS but, ICS doesn't play well with Motoblur (smoother on stock GB).

........waiting desperately for the morning of November 29th, so I can walk into VZW and buy the G-Note 2!!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:52

56. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Thats one hell on a big battery !
Why dont you use something like a external battery pack ?
I mean the big battery on the Rezound wont be useable on any other phone but i bet the external battery pack still can be used to charge your Mazz or even note 2

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:54 7

58. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Dude I am so sorry but this phone HAD such potential. HTC is like the lab rat that keeps shocking itself over & over.

This phone would have been GREAT if it had a 2500mAh battery & if it had a MicroSD card slot. Without those 2 SIMPLE things this phone goes from a Wow to a meh in a matter of seconds.

A phone of that high quality should never have a 2020mAh batter & no MicroSD card slot. It's like buying the most beautiful $4000.00 platinum ring & putting a 3 carat cubic zirconia.

Man what an utter disappointment. Now I see why HTC is in the dumps lately.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:19 2

69. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I totally agree!! It's like they're pulling an Apple and in two months they'll introduce the DNA-X².

What a true shame??

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:56

74. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


With those two things, I'd be waiting outside Best Buy to open to buy this phone off contract. Without them, I may still buy it, but I will for sure still be disappointed, as I am now. So much promise to fall short.....

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:05 1

78. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If you had pre-ordered the Note II, you might have something to celebrate - I just checked my pre-order status and ship date has been moved up to 11/19.... Guess who is a happy camper?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:24 2

83. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Even better news for me - my Note II is shipping 11/16, per VZW sales support!!!!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 00:46

96. fins71 (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


You won't be disappointed. Best phone I've ever owned. Well worth the $300. Battery life is great on this baby.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:17 1

86. fanboy1974 (Posts: 997; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


No way! I pre-ordered on day 1. You just made my day.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 21:31

92. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


He just made my night; now I can go have those humongous 5.5 dreams.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 21:29

91. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I told everyone Verizon was moving up that damn date; this is going to force me to get up early on Monday the 19th, forego the rest of my PaPiBeauTi' Sleep, and head to Verizon. Thanks Doug E'!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:17 3

67. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


The trick to any device's succes is the user experience which culminates not only from great hardware but capable software optimization that are able to leverage the power of the hardware specs.
Note 2 has the S-Pen and Sammy has raised its game by differentiating its software with the addition of nearly 40 subtle new features that you'll begin to miss if you change from an S3 or a NOTE 2!
I love HTC and I love HTC Droid DNA but this looks more like a beefed up phone to me rather than a true phablet

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:14

19. Commentator (Posts: 2183; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


And a limitless marketing budget.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:48 2

54. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


2020mAh battery is a big no ...
no matters how smart it is, gonna need huge battery to run that gorgeous display

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:50

55. Elvis_Marmaduke (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I won't say the DNA can compete with the "REAL" (modders) market until I see an unlocked bootloader.... the fact that it's HTC (bootloader nazis) makes me lean toward the note 2 because they've already released the source. Sorry HTC, maybe when you hop on board the train I'll follow.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:58

63. bigdawg23 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I have a Note one at 2500mah battery is way to small. Once LTE is engaged I am lucky for 8-10 hours of moderate usage. Use it for many calls and you are out of luck quickly.

The Screen on the DNA is very nice but Battery may be an issue. Now if they had the promoted set up like the HTC 8X with a 5 core for low battery draw then it might help on life and use of a smaller battery.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:32 1

73. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 154; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


let's say the question in another way will the note ll stand a chance against HTC DNA

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 17:26

88. RubiksGuy (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


keep dreaming my friend.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 10:07

102. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 154; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


I judge on the specifications I see

and I'll keep dreaming , too

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:48

77. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I agree completely with all the comments. The battery life seems to be feeble compared to the Note 2 and especially with those high end specs and large screen hmm... No. Definitely Note 2 for me.
HTC's design is really nice though.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 04:17

100. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


this is 50-50 competition..both are the best..

droid dna :

design - build quality - less Weight - display - slightly better camera - better size(for me) - linkpack better slightly - Best UI

Note 2 :

s pen - SD card sotarage - better internal memory - better battery - S voice

finaly if pick u up each phone u will have new experiment of ultimate features.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:06 16

2. AmitMajumder (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 May 2012)


I think Note 2 is better

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:09 4

6. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


That makes loads of sense considering you haven't ever seen the droid DNA, or ever used it, or know what it can do :P

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:11 7

13. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


you bashed his comment without comprehending it properly, he said, he THINKS.

What's the use of this poll anyway if you imply what you've just said?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:14 7

17. AmitMajumder (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 May 2012)


They announced it just now. And you're expecting me to try it now?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:16 2

22. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


+1 for you sir.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:20 2

29. AmitMajumder (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Thanks... +1 for you also

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:23 5

34. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I think the note 2 is better as well. The DNA does not have a microSD and a removable battery. Those are dealbreakers I think for a device of that size. As thick as it is I am sure they could have at least fit a microSD in there. And based on experience from the Thunderbolt, I find their battery life very questionable. The note 2 is proven as its the second version. This device is a first and has a weak (and financially weak) company behind it. We will see how it works but I do not think I would hold my breath.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:09 5

7. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Why ? Because you are a crapsung fanboy ?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:08

79. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Especially with my pre-order shipping on 11/19.... :-D

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:22

82. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Update - I just got off the phone with VZW sales support and my Note II order will be shipping 11/16! Even better!!!! :-D

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:06 10

3. HTCFreak (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


As much as I like the HTC Droid DNA, with all the nice hardware specs (ignore my username for a second, lol) I think the Note 2 has more multitaskingfeatures and handy apps made for the S-Pen that are great for productivity. I also think the Note is a genre on it's own, while the HTC Droid DNA should be compared to the SGS3. But hey, it's just my opinion :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:07 6

4. sbuxreg (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 May 2012)


note 2 has AMAZING battery life. that's a HUGE deal. the question is what will the battery life on this be like?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:10

9. toiletcleaner (Posts: 176; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


2020mAh battery

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:09

80. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Plus, if the Note IIs battery runs out, you can always swap for a freshly charged battery....

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:09 6

5. toiletcleaner (Posts: 176; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


whit just 2020mAh battery ? no way. Note 2 is beating HTC . maybe if i get it free on contract, then i can sign a 2 years contract

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:11 1

11. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


With such great specs and such a great price you still not happy with it ? Whats wrong with you ? Remember that it has better specs than the note 2 and cheaper

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:13 1

14. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


hey, great specs, and a 2020 mAh battery? hmm, you think it could cope up with that specs?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:15

21. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


If it last me through office hours i think it will be fine ,
Besides i can charge it while i am working and if i am attending school its probably just sitting in my pocket anyway

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:18 1

25. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


why would you buy a phone with great specs and just let it sit on your pocket? Isn't a typical smartphone would suit your needs?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:41

48. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


We are not allowed to touch our phones during class , during recess i might take it out to play some shadowgun , surf the web and Facebook . Well of course sometimes i use my phone to listen to music , (dont tell anybody )

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:45 1

51. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


So basically you're saying that you are ok with being stuck to a wall for half the day. I wonder if you like this phone just because you don't like Samsung...

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:54

57. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


No , its looks nice , great specs and features .
Its not like i hate Samsung like i hate blackberry , just not its biggest fan .
Unfortunenatly , thats how our 3rd world country education system works . If i am rich enough i would have migrated long time ago .
When you think about it , there's external battery pack available and if you are working you can charge it on your desk ,
My aunt's GS3 wont last her through her work hours with heavy email , text , calls , browsing if power safe is off and guess what , she just bought a car charger

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:25 1

72. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Well, although I am happy that this phone would be perfect for you, try to understand the people who don't have the luxury of charging their phone throughout the day. In that scenario, which many people are stuck in, the GN2, with its very large battery and amazing battery life, is incredible. Sure, the HTC specs may beat out the GN2, but not by a landslide. And the lack of a stylus is kind of a silly move by HTC. So again, while I am happy you will love the phone, try to see from other peoples perspectives. :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:16 1

23. toiletcleaner (Posts: 176; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


and what? just because is looks nice i just going to buy it? no way. HTC will make u buy the extended battery and then u phone will look like the thunderbolt. I love htc but they will not get my $ this time. wait for the extended battery and then u tell me what u think about ur new peace of wood

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:54

59. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


How to buy the extended battery ? the battery is not removable

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:32 1

38. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 308; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


How do the specs matter when the phone doesn't even last long enough? HTC One X and One X+ has had terrible battery life and they didn't even have a 1080p display or a 5 incher... this NEEDS to have a big battery!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:09 3

8. flyboy21 (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


note 2 3100 mah htc dna 2020 mha you can imagine ho is gonna win

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:23 1

33. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Much as I want to root for HTC, I have little faith in their battery specs. I bought a Rezound and with the stock battery I was lucky to get 6 hours of use. That was the first phone with a 720p screen in the US. They stuck it with a measly 1650 mAh battery and when I checked my battery usage, 85% of it went to the screen. And now they're pushing twice as many pixels with that 1080p screen, so I expect just as poor battery life.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:10 1

10. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


I used to own galaxy note 1....Sold it and bought right away galaxy note 2. And next year sure I will be buying galaxy note 3. I didn't see this htc phone appealing to me. where is the stylus? Sure this htc will find a market but will not effect the users who has already tried the galaxy note 1 or 2.
This is my opinion based on experience with my galaxy note that I love.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:13 1

16. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Most Note users that i know either NEVER/RARELY used the Spen or its missing . Seriously .
If you want to buy a device long before theres any rumour on it , you are such a fanboy .

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:24

35. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


In my case I use the s-pen almost daily for over a year now.
Never lost the pen since it has a place for it in my phone but samsung solved this problem on the note 2 with the feature that the phone will alarm you if you forgot the spen and you walked away from it for more than 10 feet. Sure you will never hear a galaxy note 2 owner loose his s-pen again.
My first phone ever from samsung was the note 1. all my previous phones was made by nokia. so no I will buy whatever is the best in the market and I can careless if my next phone is nokia or HTC. But no Apple never. I had to say my last sentence. Sorry apple fanboy.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:45

52. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Well actually i dont really liked Apple and Samsung .
Its funny to see some of my friends being wowed by the note . Except for the specs they are also very wowed by this S pen which after half a year of usage i released there is a hole on my friends phone his spen is missing and he dont plan to buy a new spen and replace it cause he think its not necessary .
As for the note 2 my uncle have one he NEVER used the Spen he just use his fingers
Another friend of mine , a lady with a pink Note , only used it for Draw Something and after she got bored of the game she Never used the Spen anymore
I am very curious , what you use your spen for ?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:12 1

64. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 308; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Productivity, notes, S-Memo, Air View, etc. The S-Pen is just a magnificent piece of hardware. I hated styluses before, but I instantly fell in love with the Note II.

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