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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18. gelo0291 (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)
much better than the note 2, but i think the battery life isn't. imagine a 1080p phablet only having 2020 mAh battery.. yes, top of the line specs, but may become even worse battery life than the One X even if it's powered by the S4 pro with 28nm architecture.. i believe HTC will then release another type or "upgrade" with a bigger battery. just like what happened to One X and One X+.
28. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
The only thing this device has that is better than the note is a 1080p screen, which is only part of what is needed for a great phone.
32. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
gotta add the processing power. s4 pro is a beast that even exynos can't much, yet.
let's wait for exynos 5 quad. :)
40. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Yea but the processing power of the Note 2 is very very beasty and it second only to the s4 pro. I didn't think they would start sticking this into phones but hey its a nice surprise. The issue is though that many phones seem not to be as awesome as they should be running that pro. That is why the exynos is a very powerful processor.
45. gelo0291 (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)
"gotta add the processing power"? snapdragon will beat exynos, that is for sure. you wait for exynos 5 quad? well i'll wait for the s4 prime quad. or the tegra 4.
44. redmd (Posts: 1042; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
it's not absolutely about specs. software optimization is a key factor. Samsung did their homework on the note 2.
26. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I do not this the DNA has what it takes to handle the Note 2. It lacks a few things that I think a phone of that size requires, microSD, and a removeable battery. It represents a limitation that I think it non-negotiable. Also, I would not trust that HTC can backup its device with good battery life either.
27. ryq24 (Posts: 604; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
note 2 have memory card but the pen holder will get loose after daily use while htc's doesn't have memory card and has 16gb storage but does not need a pen and i think will be easier to hold since its only 5"..
41. redmd (Posts: 1042; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
you should try to ask your friends if they had already lost their note 2 pen before making such statements. but you have a point in favor of handling.
30. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Phonearena, please answer me HOW IS THIS MORE COMPARABLE TO THE NOTE 2 THAN TO GALAXY S3
You guys are such a disappointment
36. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
No, because as with every other HTC phone, it will come and gone within a couple of months. HTC phones have no brand recognition as with the Gnotes. Its also carrier limited and lacks phablet like features as found in the Gnotes.
37. bohdan4ik13 (Posts: 99; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
It's awesome! Check specs and U'll see that DROID DNA almost the same size as SGS 3 and it has a bigger screen ^_^
39. _Bone_ (Posts: 2149; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Oh it absolutely stands a chance. Would I buy it over the stuffed Note II? That's a different question. I have a mid-range Android I'm not planning to change anytime soon, and I reckon at the end of '13 a fullHD 6" Note III will be pushed out, or an impressively priced Nexus 5, and that's when I'll go phablet.
As a matter of fact, with most areas covered by Nexus 4, 7 and 10, mid-2013 would be a great time to release a Nexus Phab.
42. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Dimensions 141 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm (5.55 x 2.78 x 0.38 in)
Weight 138 g (4.87 oz)
Screen diagonal 5 inch
Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm (5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 in)
Weight 133 g (4.69 oz)
Screen diagonal 4.8 inch
Galaxy Note 2:
Dimensions 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm (5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in)
Weight 183 g (6.46 oz)
Screen diagonal 5.5inch
What compares better?
Even a one year old kid would know the answer!!
43. ojdidit84 (Posts: 437; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
I'd just like to point out during the event that the speaker specifically mentioned that this is a "smartphone, not a phablet."
53. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1017; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
The advantage that the Note II has is battery life. HTC is known for having good phones with a battery life. What I dont understand.............consumers have been telling HTC to make better batteries for their phones to make their experience better and yet they dont do it?? a battery like that fits a phone like the S3 or any of the other Droid phones. A phone like this needs at least a 2500Mamp power battery. Lets wait until the spring when sales figures from Verizon come out to see which phone is selling more
60. McLTE (Posts: 750; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I completely agree.. my wife has had 3 HTC phones.. and NONE of them have had decent batter life.
HTC had a great opportunity here to knock this one out of the park, but instead they struck out big time with me.
1. Small battery
2. Non-removable battery
3. No SD slot.
The screen sounds awesome, but really.. I WANT battery life. My brother has the Note II and I think I will be just fine with the 1280 screen resolution for another year.. the note3 will be 1080p I'm sure. :)
The other big thing is that really.. why are people arguing S4 Pro vs Exynos? They are both awesome!
The biggest thing is experience.. Samsung has done enough with the S-pen and other phablet goodies.. that even if they had the EXACT same hardware, I'd still go for the Note II.
I do hope the HTC sells well.. they need the help, but they really shot themselves in the foot with that pathetic battery. They could have easily stuffed a 2500 or 3000 mah battery and increased the thickness a small amount.
65. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Have you really all lost your minds?!!
THIS IS NOT A FREAKING NOTE 2 COMPETITOR.
IT'S A SMARTPHONE NOT A PHABLET
70. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1017; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
The question was whether or not the DNA would compete with the Note II!!
you're right, its a smartphone not a phablet. "what grinds my gears" about the DNA is the battery life. I dont understand the logic behind the DNA competing with the Note II when they're in 2 different leagues
1. the Note II has a S-Pen..........the DNA does not
2. The Note II has true multitasking.....the DNA does not
3. The note II acts more like a "mini-computer" where-as the DNA does not
i will say that the DNA competes with the S3, but not the Note II because it doesnt have enough similar features as the Note II to be considered as such.
61. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Sorry but that small battery is a deal breaker the Note II wins this round.
62. Elvis_Marmaduke (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Note 2 wins on battery life and features
DNA wins on performance and screen
Note 2 has unlocked bootloader so you'll get custom roms AND kernels so it'll end up winning in performance
DNA has better screen....
OH and DNA will most likely have a better camera too :-)
Sounds like Note 2 is the real winner to true android users ;-)
Sorry DNA, I am completely blown away by the device, but.... it's an HTC so you have ups and downs, locked bootloader is a huge down though
71. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
I'd say Note 2 better camera. HTC cameras have not been able to match up with Samsung's or Apple's.
Also, are you sure about that unlocked bootloader on the Note 2? Last I heard Verizon locks everything down.
66. kcombs (Posts: 261; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
The small battery is the original Note's downfall; the DNA has a smaller battery than the original note, no microSD, no removable battery. With my original Gnote I could upgrade the battery. My opinion the Note 2 takes it.
68. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
16GB non expandable storage in a monster multimedia phone on tiered data plan?!? Verizon must of had their two cents in so people will stream more and get bunged on data overages.
75. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7040; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
HOw can the DNA beats the GS Note II? It's only on Verizon and won't beat the GS NOTE II in sales. because if its a exclusive it won't beat any sales. which i hate exclusive. it will probably beat in its 1080P FULL HD SCREEn
76. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Despite of s4 architecture the battery will be a huge drawback. Add LTE to this picture and 1080p screen. HTC has done "great" phone but it won't be as succesful as they probably had hoped (pointing at LG).
81. epicandroid (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)
The Note 2 would be the better phablet simply because of the SPen, and the longer endurance of the handset
All the features integrated into the SPen would make it a better phablet, even if it doesnt have the 1080p screen...its more balanced overall..
84. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
What about the multiple window capability for the Note II? Another example of balance....
89. epicandroid (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)
i was thinking of all the features of the NoteII that i forgot about that one! There's simply too many o.o
85. RubiksGuy (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
You're running out of valid points mr. Legend... I own the Note 2 and have had nothing absolutely nothing to complain about this phone.
87. GoBears (Posts: 426; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Man I have to rant here a bit. I'm getting so sick and tired of hearing about HTC's superb design and build quality and how great sense is. HTC has been pounding this same boring red/black scheme to death. Looks like the offspring of a one x and a rezound. Dont't even get me started on how stupid "Beats" audio garbage really is. Sealed in battery? No expandable storage? This device isn't even in the same league as the NoteII especially in innovation. Reality is that if HTC was building such great innovative handsets with great build quality they wouldn't be in the shape they are in. They had a great opportunity to redeem themselves with this device and this is seriously the best they could come up with? Rant over and the GNote2 smokes this device. If HTC is going to survive, it's going to take a much better device than this. People might as well wait a month because the DNA will be 50 bucks on contract by 2013.
90. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I've never tried the Note yet, so I don't see the hype behind the S-Pen, just seem like another stylus to me. However, I wouldn't count the DNA out even with the smaller battery. One X battery has been pretty good to me, and each update that I receive increases performance and battery life. Wait till there's user reviews before we could say DNA's battery life suck sh*t.
94. chaosnightmare (Posts: 69; Member since: 20 May 2010)
This is for sure an amazing phablet. however the specs doesn't matter that much in most scenarios, surely everyone will find very pleasant to look at the impresive screen, some people will even take advantage of the s4/snapdragon320, wich is hardly needed with currently available games and apps, but if you need to charge your phone 2 -3 times per day the entire experience is down, and 1080p screen limited to 16gb of multimedia and apps? i think i'll pass, samsung and motorola alredy took care those issues, whats wrong with HTC?
95. Soulsniffer (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)
I don't understand the point of having a 1080p screen on a mobile phone, as it is the text is gonna appear super small, and My main question here.. How many apps actually support or are optimized for 1080p resolution? Everything is gonna look stretched and kinda pixelated, Agree?
720p for anything above 4.5' seems fine, but 1080p is ridiculous..
At the state of Specification wars we will have
Ridiculous! Companies should rather work on perfecting their device and bring some innovation to the table! This sucks.
98. AmitMajumder (Posts: 170; Member since: 21 May 2012)
You are right bro. Instead of running in the race of making screens with higher pixel density and giving multi core processor (2 cores are enough), the companies should focus on making their devices smoother by upgrading their custom android skins. I mean What's the use of a screen with a density of 440ppi. We don't even notice a pixel with above 300 ppi.
97. Gaytor (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)
Been using my Note for 15 days and love the Spen and other things but I miss the shape of Note1 .
99. 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.