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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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.
28. Commentator (Posts: 3705; 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.
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.
43. Commentator (Posts: 3705; 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.
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.
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
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
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%.
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
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.
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?
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???
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!
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?