HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, LG Nexus 4: size comparison
0. phoneArena 13 Nov 2012, 13:53 posted on
Now that we've examined the hardware specs of the HTC Droid DNA and compared it to that of the competition, it is time to take a look at a bit more basic of a feature - the device's size. Just how big is the new Droid smartphone exactly and how does it compare to other high-end Androids?...
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1. turk_az (Posts: 30; Member since: 11 May 2012)
Note II is like a boss beside them, Respect for Boss
2. vandroid (Posts: 314; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
Um no the droid DNA with the 1080p screen is....
12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I love that screen but what good is it if there is only 16gig of storage. And that internal 2020mah is not big enough for me. The price is right at $199 vs $299 for the Note.
13. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
16 gb is a good amount of storage unless you doing some serious downloading..........battery? well will have to wait a bit and see how it holds up cause htc says the screen is supposed to be battery efficient.......im not sure about it but well see :)
15. doejon (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
lol yeah and the dna is crying for more power
u cant see any difference between 720p and 1080p
on such "smal" screens.. but ur battery will tell u in few hours
what is 720p and what is 1080p lol
NOTE 2 the best!
16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
whatever man...........still waitin on samsung to "upgrade" their designs...........waiting
28. bayusuputra (Posts: 947; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
your comment just made my day..
37. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
umm... how many samsung devices sold over htc????
im pretty sure an ugly phone doesn't sell well. but youre right htc is on the money you can tell by their success youre supposed to decrease in sales and placement right??
21. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
You haven't seen the differences between 1080p or 720p in person, so you can't really say s**t on the subject. Full of assumptions based on what other people and critics of the technology are saying.
29. trunkmonkey (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)
You could lay out 10 x 5" 720p and 10 x 5" 1080p displays. If the dpi is relative on them, a majority of the population would not be able to tell you which is which without guessing. I think people should be more impressed with the 440 dpi screen the DNA is rocking. The screen should look amazing if it is really 440 dpi. The Note II is around 300dpi. That should make a bigger difference than resolution. I wished the Note II and DNA could be mashed together. It would then form the perfect phablet for me.
31. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
Thanks for playing, next time try not to be such a blatant Samsung fanboy.
38. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
The ONLY PEOPLE who will be tricked into the Htc DNA is those rejects on Verizon. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the BEST ultimate all purpose/entertainment device ever. No Htc DNA will ever compare on it's best day. I can't help but laugh at all the pretenders in the Android space. If your not rolling with Samsung then very simply your NOT ROLLING AT ALL.
43. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
You're pretty comical..
41. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
haha lmao your like one of those wannabe gangsters, rolling with samsung haha
samsung are becoming the apple of the android world, not because they dont change anything, but because of the samsung fanboys appearing everywhere like yourself
so tell me why the note 2 is the only phablet to consider?
42. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Oh please stop hating you sound like you have a whackberry or iphon . Get with the program I'm pretty sure you're not rolling correctly in the tech game.
44. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
your telling me to stop hating lmao your so deluded. your spreading your hate all the time with your note 2 fanboyism
plus you call people rejects for no reason.
and not rolling correctly in the tech game......why because i dont follow the crowd and act like a sad fanboy like yourself. im happy with my phone thanks and im ''rolling' well
so can you answer my question ''tell me why the note 2 is the only phablet to consider?''
i'll broaden it to only phone to consider too if it helps
46. EddieG (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)
@chaoticrazor: you ask a great question.
Why is the note 2 the only phablet to consider?
That question can only be asked after due consideration to other smartphones offering the same functionality have been assessed and for one reason or another been discarded as inferior.
So lets look at a wish list of hardware and software features and specs and narrow down the list of perspective devices wihich include - Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Droid DNA, HTC 1 X5, Optimus Vu, Optimus Vu 2, Sony Yugo and Huawei Ascend Mate.
I know that some of these have not been released yet but leaked specs are available for most.
Hardware minimum requirements:
Quad core processor - min 1.5 GHz
Ram - at least 2 GB
Screen - min 720p
Built-in Wacom digitizer
Digital stylus support
Internal memory - min 16 GB
Expandable external memory - min 32 GB supported
Battery - min 2500mAh (removable preferred)
Screen size - equal or greater than 5 inches
(These are the BASIC requirements - this doesn't include speaker, NFC support and a host of other hardware components)
Software minimum requirements:
Android Jelly Bean (or Windows 8 mobile)
Mutliple window functionality
Digitizer support (Screen and digital stylus support)
Quality UI interface
Now it appears that I have weighed this heavily in favor of the Galaxy Note series of products but honestly I haven't. The original Galaxy Note pioneered the class of smartphone (the Dell Streak failed experiment not withstanding) and set the standard to aim for.
Review the devices I mentioned above and do an honest assessment of their capabilities.
Remember what a phablet's function is supposed to be - a dual functioning smartphone and tablet substitute. With the smaller screen how can you access drop down and pull-out menus on a webpage with out a precise digital stylus (only one of a thousand examples that could be offered)?
I own a Note 2 and I honestly believe that a 1080p resolution would not significantly improve the quality of the Note 2's 720p non-pentile screen from the distance I view the screen from (10 to 15 inches). I have viewed DVDs that I converted to 1280x720 resolution and have to say they are amazing on the 5.55 inch screen.
Text is ultra crisp and colors are amazing so the 1080p screen is a non-factor especially if it comes at the expense of the Wacom digitizer to currently supports only 1280x780.
47. Owlet (Posts: 447; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
What can you say about the built quality of Samsung products and Note in particular? And the aesthetics of it too? Not exactly cute, or gorgeous looking phone, or even expensive looking... Does that matter at all?
48. EddieG (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)
continued from previous post -
So to summarize:-
The Galaxy Note series of smartphones and tablets are the only products that meet all the requirements above and the Galaxy Note 2 excells above the original Note but the Note 10.1 will be comperable once it gets its Jelly Bean update minus the phone capabilities of the Note 2.
Picking as personal a device as a smartphone that will be with you for as long as two years should not be done lightly or you will end up regretting your choice. You must evaluate each device and decide what you can live without as opposed to what you think is cool now but will irritate two months down the road. If you really are looking for a phablet, the Note 2 has an exceptional battery, screen, processor, internal/external memory support with 2 GB onboard RAM, beautiful 5.55 inch screen that doesn't hog the (removable) battery, built-in digitizer with digital stylus as well as vital multitasking software enhancements including multiple window and floating window support to name but one example.
This is my first Samsung device so my evaluation is based on my experience with the Note 2 over the last week. I can't think of any significant software feature or hardware component that they missed when designing this phone. That's not surprising as they had the original Note as a global test case for the new and improved Note 2.
Every manufacturer is currently playing catch up and some are trying to skip ahead with gimicks like 1080p displays while missing the true mark of a digitizer and digital stylus. It's easier to upgrade a screen than to incorporate digitizer hardware and software to where it might be competative with Samsung's offering. By trying to shortcut the R&D process these manufacturers are simply taking 2 steps backwards for noe innovative step forward they make and meanwhile Samsung is busy developing the Note 3 which will probably have a 1080p screen and and even more advanced S-pen. Smart people do such stupid things sometimes.
45. EddieG (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)
I think we as fans of the Galaxy Note 2 have to agree that the Droid DNA is a nice phone. The build is excellent and the higher screen resolution is innovative - however - with a criminally small non-removable battery and NO micro SD card support and only 16 GB of internal memory, HTC is doing a major disservice to its fan base.
I want to give the Droid DNA a chance but short changing potential customers on power and storage is unforgivable. I would stake money on the fact that consumers would have paid $50-$100 extra for a 3000+ mAh battery and a micro SD slot.
HTC has argued that the Droid DNA is NOT a phablet and I agree. They argue that it doesn't and will never have support for a digital stylus so insist it be considered a smartphone only. I concur. The Droid DNA while an excellent smartphone - with a few serious flaws as mentioned above - is not in the same league as the Note 2. But that's OK. Only the original Note and the Note 10.1 can claim to be close to as functional as the Note 2 in the Android universe. Once smartphone manufacturers start putting ditigizer boards on their phone as standard with digital stylus support we will begin to see parity again but until that happens the Galaxy Note series will reign supreme.
49. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
ok read your comments and i agree the note 2 is great but he said it was the only one to consider and if you choose anything else your a reject
my point been there are many options depending on what you want and the note 2 isnt for everyone. if it was this perfect device he believes there wouldnt be any need for anything else.
i respect you opinion but its not about specs etc it was why he arrogantly sat there stating theres only one choice any other choice is stupid.
his fanboy crap isnt needed basically
50. Owlet (Posts: 447; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
You are absolutely right. It's one thing that he thinks the Note is the best. But another one to be rude like that for no reason, and say that's THE ONLY choice for everybody, otherwise they're out of their mind.
I like HTC, I say they're the best. I'm not saying everybody is blind and retarded if they ever even consider anything but. (even though I know they are, he-he-he, joke :D)
3. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Sounds like fun.
7. Valdomero (Posts: 126; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
lol that look so wrong in so many levels
Maybe the size of the phone is a way to compensate for something else?
26. Hmong_Xiong (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
It's probably why LeBron James got the Note II
34. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
idiot. you really think he is acrtualluy using it? he is just promoting it. who knows what he uses?
8. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Phone arena stop with the no none sense comparison.....warning stop.it are....else...I compare you to cnet vs phonearena........phonearena... Website sucks....most of the writers....are college drop outs.........such a boring web page...... Cnet has a app.... Well organized.....brilliant design..... And im a web designer.... I know....
10. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
wow can i compare you to a baby.......the baby is more mature
14. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
right fully so bro....... :) but it seems like samsung fans are the ones that need to be put in there place more than PA's authors here.........in this particular situation
22. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Holy mother of misused punctuation. I HATE it when people place ellipses after every few words. If you really are a designer, you should know how terrible it looks to do that. I kind of agree with what you're trying to say, but come on, is it so hard to say it correctly?
24. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
23. Aeires (unregistered)
You mean iNet?
Big product announcements always get a lot of attention, and rightfully so, it helps us make better decisions. Come back tomorrown and things will be more normal.
9. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
love it. hope THE RUMMORS ABOUT THE technology used in the display being less power hungry true. if so im getin one
11. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I would have loved to see the iPhone 5 in the picture just for laughs.
17. MartyK (Posts: 729; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Man, ALL 4 of these device looks like their really to kick a%%!.. I have the Boss tho (GNote2)
18. antmiu2 (Posts: 245; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)
whats up with all the new phones not having micro sd card slot.. i could tolerate the non removable battery but that is a deal breaker for me.. my phne has 16gb and a got a 32gb micro sd and yes i need all that space
19. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
well i would say this phone is not for you.......if you can sacrifice beauty and build for storage space then i would tell you to get a samsung....
20. antmiu2 (Posts: 245; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)
why settle for less?.. i believe a phone could have beauty and build quality without sacrificing storage space just sayin
27. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
no you're right man i agree but that seems to not be the case here with this phone so I was suggesting a samsung then again that would defeat the purpose because samsung is not the best looking when compared to HTC..
30. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
PA is way much better designed than any other websites like, GsmArena verge Engadget and others.
32. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
These android phones are getting ridiculously large. 4" is the perfect size in my opinion
33. ngo2dd (Posts: 822; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
I think Samsung fanboy are worst this apple fanboy here on PA now. Guess which phone has no SD card and only 8 or 16 gig of storage? I don't really hear people crying about it saying fail.
35. mydi.maus (unregistered)
droid dna is the best,...
36. JC557 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
That Droid DNA looks quite pocketable despite having a 5" screen. The bezels look quite thin as well. I'm looking forward to getting a look at this phone at the Verizon store... if I like it a lot then, for me, it'll come down to Droid Razer MAXX HD, Droid DNA and GN II (if it is released in a certain time frame).
So far I'm liking the color scheme and design of the Droid DNA and HTC is known to have some really loud but clear ear pieces and ring volume. The lack of SD is a bummer but so far I hardly put a dent on my 32GB + 16GB on my Rezound.
40. baldilocks (Posts: 557; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
I'll reserve judgement with a proper GSM/HSPA/LTE device is available for carriers OTHER than Verizon.
Another reason HTC is falling behind.