HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Looking at what transpired this year alone, it’s a safe call to proclaim it as the year of the phablets, especially considering we’ve seen a handful of devices pushing the 5-inch mark. In the last couple of months though, we’ve seen the very best in this category, as the Samsung Galaxy Note II showcased the advantages with its larger than life screen and extensive software enhancements. Although it’s not technically regarded as a tabphone/phablet, the HTC DROID DNA is still one hefty handset with its 5-inch display. However, there’s no arguing it’s a strong competitor to the Note II with its immaculate 1920x1080 display – the highest resolution on any smartphone! With these two shaking up the Android scene, there can only be one that’s viewed as the premier device.
Without question, the Galaxy Note II is the more massive device between the two, which makes it significantly more cumbersome to hold in the hand – then again, its size is what makes it so fascinating amongst strangers. Looking at their profiles, it seems as though the DROID DNA is thinner with its construction, which is attributed to its tapered design, but it’s actually the Note II that’s a hairline thinner. As a whole though, we’re somewhat more attracted to the meticulous industrial design of the DROID DNA – even more when its minimalistic look is complemented by its matte soft touch body and highlighting red accents.
Relying on a combination of capacitive Android buttons and a physical home button, the Note II is less prone to accidental presses – whereas the DROID DNA employs the usual trio below its screen.
Touring the edges of both smartphones, they share many common ports and buttons – like their 3.5mm headset jacks, noise-cancelling microphones, power buttons, volume controls, standard mics, and microUSB ports. With the latter, they provide the functionality of video-out with the aid of an MHL adapter. Mainly due to their pronounced feel and springy responses, we prefer the physical buttons of the Note II – whereas with the DROID DNA, its home button and volume control are indistinct with their flush appearance.
The sides of the HTC DROID DNA (top, left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (bottom, right)
Naturally, we’ll hand it to the Note II for getting people to notice its display more from an initial look – mainly because it’s so darn big! Donning a 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 HD Super AMOLED display, its saturated color tones is a sure-fire attention grabber that is noticed right away. However, the DROID DNA kicks things up a notch with its more detailed 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD 3 display, which so happens to claim ownership as the highest resolution display on a smartphone. Crazy to believe, it pushes the boundary with its immense pixel density of 441 ppi – whereas the Note II tallies it at a decent 265 ppi. Technically, on paper, the DROID DNA is by and large the detailed one, but when it comes to practical usage, it’s difficult to firmly distinguish its superiority over the Note II with our own eyes viewing from a normal distance away. It is superior for rendering small details like fine text or showing high-quality pictures. Ultimately, when we combine the DROID DNA’s more natural color reproduction and better outdoor visibility, it undoubtedly comes off as the more alluring display.
1. MeoCao (unregistered)
Note 2 if you want an useful tool
DNA if you don't
7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3751; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Maybe Sammy and HTC should collaborate together...Put DNA's resolution and build quality in to the Note II...without eating away the features of Note II.
12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3751; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
There will be much more things happening by that time...and even 1080p will not be anything superior to the other!
13. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1159; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I agree with sheik that the next Note will most likely have it. I also agree with your statement, the Note III will probably have things like a quad-core A15 processor which should put it over the Droid DNA. Hopefully they can put in the Mali-T658 GPU in it as well. Perhaps an edge-to-edge screen and a better camera. Oh how I can dream...
31. psysect (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
quality: HTC Always the best Quality & solid
Design : HTC More attractive than sami
Screen: Dna Far better
ui: Sense 4+ with new upgare been easier & very
Smoother..its effect distinct it from the other ui`s.
performance : better panchmarks
camera : better than note 2(compare pics)
Sound : beat audio no doubt.
but softwar in note 2 is fantastic..
38. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
I applaud HTC but get serious my brother. Sense is tired worn out and useless compared to Samsung and it's new Nature UI which is extremely light. Check out the RAM being used on your device that's how hoggish htc really is. Plus we won't talk about the 64gb sdcard i have plus the 16gb internal and 50gb of drop box. Your build quality is great yes others HTC ain't going anywhere. Samsung rules this space. Always will.
48. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Your face tells that you are a RETARD !!
68. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
You forget to mention screen size bigger, battery life longer, and sd slot for extra media content to be carried with you.
Removable battery extend the phone shelve life if you choose to resale it after 18 months.
46. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
What the point of waiting around for the Note III & IIII when the HTC DNA is already out waiting to be bought?
22. McLTE (Posts: 821; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I'm perfectly happy with the build quality of the Note 2.
While the HTC phones are nice.. I don't jump up and down about their amazing build quality. I actually like that the note is somewhat light (for the size).
The only thing that really bugs me about the Note2 and Samsung is.. WHY on earth make the phone body glossy??? It's slippery and gets greasy and ugly fast!
19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
S-pen may have some hiccups, but IMO, Sammy really stepped up with this feature.
36. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Bottom line here guys''DON'T LET NOBODY FOOL YOU'' The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the ultimate productivity/all purpose device ever made. It has the BEST BATTERY LIFE PERIOD. I get 19 to 22plus hrs of battery life daily on my Gnote2. Plus 7 to 9hrs of on screen time with my Galaxy Note 2 something unheard of on any smartphone ever made and I am talking heavy daily usage. Yes the HTC DNA may have the better screen at 1080p but what else is it offering??? ?else what so ever. Software wise and features alone the Galaxy Note 2 pimp slaps anything on the market including the Droid RAZR Maxx Hd, Lg Optimus G, Lg Nexus 4, Htc One x+, Nothing compares period.
54. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
I agree with you on this but there are alot of HTC fans on this site and to tell the truth I really dont see anything big with the DNA; It isnt touching the Note 2 at all
62. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Dude, I'm sure the Razr Maxx HD gets better battery life than your Note II. Bigger battery + smaller screen + less intensive UI = better battery life.
Yes, the Note II is a VERY solid device that is more inclined towards productivity than any other device on the market right now, but you're taking it WAY too far. Samsung is pretty sub-par in terms of build quality than any other major manufacturer; HTC, Sony, Motorola, Apple, even LG as of late. It isn't bad by any means, but still lacking.
Software is subjective, so you shouldn't go around talking bad about other companies UI when it's only your *opinion*, not fact.
Yes, Samsung is a quality handset maker, but quit brown-nosing; you're acting like they're paying you by the truck load.
65. LionStone (Posts: 743; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
haha...whatever...post your screen shots...otherwise...yawn...
3. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
note 2 if you want user replaceable battery and SD card. DNA if you want the iphone of android.
29. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
f**k look at that beauty of Note 2. A fully featured pack beast (Note 2) with another awesome piece of technology (HTC DNA).
51. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
Being a kid unaware of technology you won't understand it mate :p
Just to make you happy even if I say DNA FTW, it won't make sense to anyone cause front of Note 2 this DNA falls by the way side :)
52. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
That reply was for ajac09 not you. Being a kid unaware of how the commenting section is organized you wouldn't understand that :p
66. LionStone (Posts: 743; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
yea did you see/hear that cheap skin of plastic when he pulled it off to show the battery! Typical Samsung.
70. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
HTC Droid is the only Apple approved Android Phone. HTC is paying $$ to Apple for every HTC's Android Phone you buy!!
Wow! Its so magical! That's simply mind blowing!!
4. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)
Normally i am a Samsung fan, but i would go for the Droid DNA this time.
10. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I touched DNA last night, gorgeous. But, I am a size KING and, therefore, I can truly be satisfied and happy by that extra half inch.
Besides, being able to remove and swap out my parts is always advantageous; you never know when you might have to improvise!
20. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Once you get past the 1080p display whats left to keep you entertained?
And I'm surprised that PA did not mention that hideous use of the virtual menu button. That alone turned me off.
5. htclover (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
About the screen of the DNA you say it is difficult to firmly distinguish its superiority.
Compared to the Note 2?! C'mon, the screen of the note 2 was the reason I did not buy it. You can definitely see pixels..
28. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
Sad, I got used to it in a day. Unless you are a pixel hunter...
39. redmd (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
what pixels? unless you have eyes that can see invidious cells of your skin, you are a rare specimen.
55. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Sorry Friend Human With Normal Eyes can see the Pixels on the Screen of Note II !!
I think you need an eye check up !!
6. smallworld (Posts: 484; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Apart from the screen, what else the droid has to offer ?
8. MeoCao (unregistered)
The design of DNA is much more beautiful and solid, and it's a phone not a phablet.
15. smallworld (Posts: 484; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
The screen may be HD but I don't like its colors.
25. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Who Cares what you like !!
Every Body else just likes them !!
Be a Fan-Boy but appreciate other companies Good Work !!
34. smallworld (Posts: 484; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
I hate amoled screens but the droid screen is not my taste either. f**k you. Thanks.
49. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Htc DROID DNA uses Super Lcd 3 and BTW Samsung uses Amoled Screens !!
Seriously you live in a Small World !!
63. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
What is your taste then? there are only 3 major screens out there;
And I guess Motorola's ColorBoost, but that's only on 2 devices (to my knowledge).
If you don't like AMOLED, or S-LCD, and since LCD-IPS is relatively similar to S-LCD visually, what in the world do you like?
14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
About time guys. I haven't read it yet but it would have been nice before Verizon Note 2 preorders shipped.
18. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Just what I thought. The Note 2 is a better package overall and worth the $100 premium. Just adding a 1080p display to the Note 3 will guarantee a sale from me. Oh, and a A15 quad core processor will not hurt either. I can't wait and I don't even have my Verizon Note 2 yet.
17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Note II for me. S-pen, exact same UI as my GS III didn't hurt either. Multiple windows too. Basically, a desktop that fits in my hand. Sammy is going to beat their 20 million sales objective for the Note II.
Note II is just an incredible device.
21. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I would love to see a Note 2 vs iPad mini comparison just to see how they stack up. That would be a good read.
23. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
The Note II all the way, there's only one alternative, and that's the Nexus 4 for the price point.
26. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
This sounds a lot like the smoking hot blond airhead vs. the merely pretty but smart and resourceful brunette question. I take the brunette every time because, once you've been together long enough to see past the superficial beauty, the brunette is still interesting and fun, but the blond is boring.
No offense to my wife who is a smoking hot blond but in no way superficial.
If not being able to see the pixels was my alpha criteria, I'd have been an iPhone all along. Obviously, that's not a big deal for me, and it must not have been such a big deal for the rest of you if you've been using Androids up until now.
And yes, my Verizon Note II arrives tomorrow. Hello baby.
27. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
You guys need to know one thing by now. Only Samsung can over thrown their own noteline up. Droid DNA is just a phone with basic android features. Its not different from the one x or one x+. The reason I went for the note is not hardware but software. I just love the vast features. They come in handy from time to time. The most amazing is the S pen.just when u think u ddon't need it some things comes up and it becomes useful
30. NeoSin (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)
Overcritical people are overcritical, and hilarious.
32. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Sheesh, loads of weird comments about which phone beats the other. Was I the only one confused by the photos, looks like the DNA photos had more saturated colors unless they mixed up the photo labels. Well anyway getting the phone that suits you is what it's all about. Note II if you are comfortable with a larger phone with top of the line tech in it, DNA for a large phone with top of the line tech and an attractive price.
I am still on the fence about getting the DNA, thought about the Note II and the Razr HD Maxx. I haven't given HTC a chance since 6 years ago and windows mobile, what a horrible experience. Decisions, decisions!
42. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
How do you even think to put the razr maxx even in the same sentence as the note2 and dna? That's like saying I can't decide between a Corvette Zr1, Viper ACR, Or a Camaro...lmao
I have a note 2 and absolutely love it and say it's the first phone in a long time that you don't sacrifice anything in light of other features. Not sacrificing battery for performance. Or performance for screen. Or storage etc. It literally is a BEAST in EVERY aspect. Straight dominates. .
But for those of you saying the DNA had a screen going for it and nothing else your retarded. The performance is killer quick. The processor gpu combo kills, sense is a great clean UI. Do your homework before talking s**t
35. GoBears (Posts: 449; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Better battery, better camera, S-Pen, removable storage, removable battery, bigger screen. I checked out both these phones and the NoteII smoked the DNA in all aspects. I even think Touchwiz is much better than Sense. I'm so sick of hearing about HTC build quality, it's made of plastic too. NoteII best phone I ever layed hands on and can't wait to get my own. I wouldn't even trade my GSIII for a DNA. All that said, they both destroyed the iCan't5 on display lol.
37. fins71 (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Seeing as how I'm a Sprint customer obviously the DNA isn't an option. However my Note2 is by far the best device I've ever Owned. My wife is using my "old" rooted EvoLte which is a great phone itself. I rooted my Note2 just because I always do, and it really didn't need it. My only complaint is Google Wallet isn't working on it yet. Think that is a sprint problem, but other than that it simply is a great phone with great battery life. I also ordered a 4200mah replacement battery just because I don't like using charging ports too much. It uses the stock battery cover as well, even though I have a aftermarket brushed aluminum back cover in blue and a black one. I've always used HTC until this phone and I was weary about Sammys build quality. Not anymore. My HTC Hero, Evo, Evo3d will always be in the closet ready for back up duty, but I can't imagine using anything besides my Note2 from now on. Unless it is a next Gen Note.
41. redmd (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Samsung have done a commendable job with the latest software. it's so light and polished that it's so good to use. their hardware is also the latest and the greatest or there. Samsung has a big winner on the Note 2.
HTC on the other hand wants to be an iPhone. non removable battery and non expandable storage. so why would I choose this over iPhone 5? because of Android?
43. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
well.... ahemmm......... pple r just fighting over sammy n htc , good point. but but but lets talk about user experience of both i mean htc and smmy. htc dna is damn good in quality and sense software. far better screen reso and pixel density. far far better processor. user user friendly. and as far as benchmarks r concerned then u must visit sme links which already compare these too. even in so called benchmarks HTC IS SUPERIOR. sammy is just cheap bunch of plastic heavy brick. nothing else. BUT YEH the only catagory , sammy is ahead of is. the MARKETING. and htc lags behind only because of this reason. otherwise samsung phones r not even near to HTC PHONES. ( htc far better in every aspect) i ve used sammy gs3 and htc one x .but hey hey hey, htc is damn good and definately has made a mark. screen is so better than sammy. i ve sold it to my friend and still he keeps staring at my one x. nyways i dont need to hurt and sammy fanboys feeling here but guys TRUTH TASTES BITTER. htc rocks/
44. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
It's a hard decision to choose between the droid dna and note 2, both are really the best phones to date. For the screen, I like that full hd resolution and high pixel density on the dna but the eye popping oversaturated colors with the deepest blacks on a bigger 5.5" screen makes it all a tougher choice. When it comes to the camera, note 2 might take better shots and videos but the difference is only slight and almost unnoticeable when compared with the dna as it features a wider camera angle and etc...
45. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
I would certainly take the DNA over the Note II. The DNA's screen mesmerizes me. It's sets a new standard in pixel density on mobile devices. HTC Sense is gorgeous. I've been hooked on HTC Sense since I bought my HTC Evo 4G and I have to say it in my opinion it's the most pleasurable OS I've ever used on any device. HTC combines tasteful aesthetics and functionality very well with HTC Sense. As for the Note II. I've never really been all that impressed by the Note or Galaxy lines and this generation is no different. The Note is not a bad device at all but, I most of the 'features' that the Note II offers are fairly trivial and in some cases seem like strait up gimmicks. Samsung's ace-in-the-hole is usually a strong hardware specification advantage but, the DNA's hardware give the Note some extremely stiff competition. All things considered I feel that the DNA is the better device and is definitely the one I would choose to have in my pocket with no hesitation.