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HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison

0. phoneArena 13 Nov 2012, 11:59 posted on

HTC just announced the Droid DNA monster of an Android handset, with the first 5" Full HD 1920x1080 pixels screen. That's photographic quality 440ppi density edge-to-edge display, where you can watch those 1080 movies and video capture in their full glory...

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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:05 17

1. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

5"?? = NO
2200 mAh battery = NO
No MicroSD slot = NO

NO NO NO!!!!!


posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:13 15

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Sh*t it really hurts me to see such a insanely spec'ed phone get raped in the battery & MicroSD card slot department. I know it's a typo but even the battery at 2200mAh is better than the garbage 2020mAh they put in to the HTC DNA.

What DNA are they talking about anyways? What Homo Erectus DNA?

I am sorry but this phone is a fail. What good is it to have a 5" 1080p SLDC 3 screen if it will only last you 6 to 8 hours on a single charge with its BUSTED 2020mAh battery?

This is a sad day for HTC! :-(


posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:24 9

11. Commentator (Posts: 3685; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

It's not just that it doesn't have a Micro SD slot, but that its storage is so pitiful. If it came with 64GB, or heck even 32GB there wouldn't be much of a problem. There's still a LOT that cloud storage can't do, people (yeah, I'm talking to you HTC, LG,and every other company that outfits SD-less phones with 16GB or less built in memory.)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:31 8

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

You know something, you are 100% right. In 2012 & going on 2013 in a month and a half, 16GB is just plain unacceptable.

HTC, LG & anyone else should not force the cloud on people. 16GB is a JOKE!!!!! 32GB would have been sweet!

+100 to you.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:49 2

24. Rydsmith (Posts: 530; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

I myself have a Lumia 920, but with an Xbox Music/Zune subscription I don't really feel the crush of the lack of memory, however that being said in 2012 32GB should really be the minimum in a phone.

Now on to the battery, I'm going to hope that is wrong. My Lumia 920 has about the same battery in it, with a smaller screen and a less resolution and though it makes it through the day without much hassle, I can not see a phone with a 1080p resolution blowing anything away in the battery life department.

For those that choose this phone, congratulations on having a sexy looking phone, however good luck having a charger around you at all times.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:26 4

13. Aeires (unregistered)

How could you build such a big phone and put a tiny battery in it? With all that space, how did they miss that?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:49 2

23. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

it really is sad when you think about it!! Its too the point that it almost cant compete with the popular S3?? I thought HTC learned its lesson over the years of us comsumers complaining about their poor battery life on their otherwise good devices!!

thats why im not going back to HTC because they dont care to listen to the comsumers' demands. Im going to Samsung in december once im AT&T eligible and im getting the Note II.

The DNA would be the kind of phone id get if it went to AT&T, but id be as pissed off about the battery for the DNA as i am now with my current phone (Inspire 4G).......and yes you can laugh lmbo

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:25 8

12. hateftotti (Posts: 198; Member since: 03 May 2011)

It is like joke against my Note II
2020mAh battery for 5 inch quad core phone??? Kidding me??? :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:31

17. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

You guys are killing me. LONG are the days gone of micro SD. Just get the hell over it. Time to start porting some of your data to the cloud.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:36 7

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

No that is not true, MANY people invested in MicroSD cards & are always going to want them. The OEM's will see reduced sales & will start to get MicroSD card slots BACK to their devices.

Samsung is number one in the world in terms of Android sales because they give the customer EVERYTHING. They don't omit anything.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:04 1

37. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I will stash my thing wheneever I want to. Not where manufacturers force me to.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:35 2

20. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

I never thought I'd see the day where Android fanboys would hate on other Android devices. Becareful Samsung Fandro!ds, you guys are becoming more an more like iSh33ps.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:03 1

27. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

No no no no from me2. What is wrong with Htc? Following Apple!
Huge let down, with looks and distinction, and massive specs.
Htc " Please listen to your customers, if you want to rise! Like SuperAndroidEvo said! Also why is Bootloader locked? Please you should merge with XDA.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 06:07

45. youssefch (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)

search for battery test htc one x vs samsung g s3

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:05 11

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Closer in size to the S3 & no stylus. This phone is definitely much more comparable to the S3 than the GN2. The phone has killer specs & a great price point for what you're getting, but no micro SD, no removable battery, small mAh on the battery, & no stand out software features are too many drawbacks to call this phone the undisputed champion.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:18 6

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

You sir are 100% correct. EVERYTHING you said is on point. This is no champion. People are going to buy it for its insanely beautiful 5" 1080p SLCD 3 screen, but after a week or so they are going to hate it for ALL the things you pointed out.


posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:27 1

15. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

Guys...its only 4 mmm longer and has 0.5 mil les in width so common its a S3 contender not a note...omg..

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:33 2

19. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Yeah but it's considered a phablet though, so it's ALWAYS going to be compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

It is what it is.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:46 1

32. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Agreed Samsung does have everything the customer wants with the small exeption of signal/call quality and battery life. Moto still has that down on lock.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 17:20

39. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

very true bro.........The problem seems to lie with people as I dont recall HTC saying this will indeed be the best phone ever........you?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:06 6

3. Commentator (Posts: 3685; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

The only thing the DNA has on the Note 2 is resolution. The Note still has huge advantages in functionality/services, battery, screen size, and arguably processor.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:06

4. i_hate_my_life (banned) (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)

WHERES THE LUMIA 920 vs iphone 5 COMPARISON?!?!?!?!?!?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:50 1

25. Rydsmith (Posts: 530; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Don't have children.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:05

29. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

What children?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:07 1

5. ssk27 (Posts: 15; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

yeah. but the design part, most liked.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:10

6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

What?? No sdcard option? ..

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:15

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

This phone lacks in versatility, as you can't remove the paltry battery and the memory built in is rather low in capacity. I don't get why you throw in the top of the line processors and screen then screw up the memory, battery and versatility of memory upgrading and battery mAh upgrading. So you are basically getting that phone and nothing else, kind of makes the point of Android being customizable moot doesn't it?
I really want to see what kind of hours they get on such a tiny battery, since the GS3 gets 15 hours with LTE in tow...this is a qualcomm chip and their LTE baseband solutions are always ahead of everyone else in power consumption. Come on PA someone get their grubby mitts on this thing, I'm still deciding on this or the Razr HD Maxx.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:19 1

10. Commentator (Posts: 3685; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I can't help but feel fairly disappointed with the DNA. HTC could have easily made it so much better, yet they chose some very frustrating design features. 2020mAh battery!? Just 16GB non-expandable storage!? No real upgrade to Sense!? Sure, it has a great screen and processor, but there are areas my 6-month-old Evo easily surpasses it: battery (okay they're the same size, but the DNA has a much more power intensive screen), expandable storage, camera button, kickstand (a gimmick, but even so...), Sprint's awesome amazing LTE network... oh wait, never mind that last part! But still, I'm not exactly jealous that I don't have a DNA.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:27

14. greyhulk (Posts: 156; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)

HTC's broken multitasking included at no extra charge!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:29

16. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

I thought that the multitasking is ok now in 4+ sense

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 11:30

41. greyhulk (Posts: 156; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)

It is still limited to 8 apps running in the background and it auto-closes the others. It sounds like a lot, but in practice, it doesn't work (as evidenced on the One X). And it still refreshes web pages EVERY single time you switch tabs. Not a great experience.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:04 1

28. Commentator (Posts: 3685; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Sense 4 takes up about 650MB RAM, leaving 350 on a 1GB device. The DNA has 2 GB though, so I highly doubt it will have any trouble multitasking.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 11:32

42. greyhulk (Posts: 156; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)

You must not have never had or used an HTC One X. It's not about RAM. It's about how HTC has configured Sense to kill apps in the background. They won't change that just because there's more RAM.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 11:55

43. Commentator (Posts: 3685; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Ha ha ha, look at you, so confident I've never had or used a One X. You're funny! Well, in a way you're right, because I'm typing this sentence on my Evo 4G and not a One X. In another, much larger way you're wrong, because my Evo involves the exact same issues as the One X.

At any rate, if you've ever used the Task Manager on the One X or whatever Sense 4 phone, you'll notice that there are usually a handful of apps open in the background, and that the amount of RAM available usually hovers between 100-150 MB when these apps are open. Notice also that this number rarely if ever drops below 100 MB. The reason (I'm assuming, and I admit I'm no Sense-designer Drew Bandied) that HTC designed Sense to kill apps in the background is to ensure there is enough RAM to allow for smooth, consistent use across the board. Of course, this backfires when Sense needs to restart the homescreens when I'm using a particularly heavy app, forcing me to wait 10-15 seconds for my screen to load, but it is what it is.

In conclusion, since the DNA has 2 GB RAM, I think HTC will raise the threshold if how many apps can be open in the background significantly, since there is a lot more memory available for those apps to use.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 16:53

44. greyhulk (Posts: 156; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)

You can always hope. But since the One X+ behaves almost identically to the One X with respect to multitasking, I tend to think that little will change. And even with few apps in the background, the web pages still refresh every time. That alone would be a deal-breaker for me.

It's a nice looking device and I actually love a lot of Sense's enhancements, but I absolutely could not stand the way multitasking worked on their new phones.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:46

22. firestarter2 (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Nice a 1080P phone you with so little storage you cant get 1080P video on it...

I have 3G of music, 1G of pod casts, 1G of app backups, 2G Nandroid back up, 2G off tom tom maps, Need for speed is another 2G, and another 1G of pictures. so 11G free wont work at all. This phone isnt 100% out yet but its looking like the note II for me. 16g vs 32g was what a $10 diff? no wonder htc is failing

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:53

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 21289; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Only if AT&T gets it :(

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:05

30. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Still a beautiful phone the only two bad things bout the DNA is first ITS ON VERIZON ONLY WHICH SUCKS 2ND THE BATTERY LIFE SUCKS EVEN MORE

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:15 1

31. Scientist (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)

Note 2 is the winner

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:12

33. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Come. The battery life has more to do with the amount of backlight then the amount of pixel. For people on a technology website people show know that already. This super LCD 3 cut the amount of back lighting by 20%.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:22

34. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

htc need to work on there batteries first i bet this phone wont last 6 hours with out charging

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:56

35. mikeguy1981 (Posts: 88; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

Battery capacity? memory card? Doesnt matter how nice the other specs are. If i have minimal storage and a tiny battery i wount buy it. Oh and by the way i love my galaxy s3 running a 3500mah battery and its (32internal+64card) 96gb of total storage.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:16

36. epicandroid (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

Overall, it seems like the Samsung handsets are the more balanced ones...sure it doesnt have that 440ppi 1920x1080 screen, but it doesnt make that much of a difference unless you are pixel peeping..
The screen on the DNA is the only thing that is new about the handset, so why so excited?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:06

38. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Christ...no sd card...no sdxc...no nothing and that battery.
HTC...what were you thinking about???

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:26 1

40. MC1123 (Posts: 1255; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

even though its quite tempting to get HTC DNA, but its still underpower! HTC make a bad decision on having a specs like the note 2!

i think note 2 is still better!---battery and microSD slot!! thats what people want!

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 02:57

46. nooraldeen (Posts: 49; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)

Does the HTC droid dna considered as a phaplete like the note 2 or it considered as a phone?

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