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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, 11:14 7

17. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; 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: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Thanks... +1 for you also

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:23 5

34. speckledapple (Posts: 892; 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: 5993; 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: 5993; 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: 156; 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: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


2020mAh battery

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:09

80. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; 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: 224; 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: 224; 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: 382; 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: 14; 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: 4332; 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: 382; 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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