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HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Interface and Functionality:

For starters, it’s wonderful to find these two behemoths running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean underneath their respective customized Android experiences – so we’re greeted with advantageous things like Google Now. Even though they both offer a ton of personalization, since they’re Android devices and all, the Sense 4+ UI on the DROID DNA coughs up the more visually attractive widgets. However, that doesn’t undermine the extensive improvements that are seen with the Note II’s TouchWiz Nature UX experience. Sure, the Sense 4+ experience might have the glamor with its presentation, but it pales in comparison to the enhancements and unique software tweaks found with Sammy’s offering – such as S Voice, S Beam, Airview, Pop Up Play, and the host of cool photo shooting modes. If you’re all about getting work done and being productive on the go, the Note II is no doubt the handset of choice since it has a precious balance set that remarkably complements the foundational Android experience.

The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface


The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box


On the cellular level, the two offer all the basic functions with their core organizer apps, but yet again, it’s Sammy who has gone above and beyond in incorporating its S-Pen to the various tasks at hand. Specifically, it’s just marvelous that we can employ Airview in the calendar to get a quick preview of our scheduled appointments. And even though the email experience is very similar with the two, the Note II once again sprinkles its magic by allowing us to quickly preview emails by hovering the S-Pen over specific items.

The core organizer functions of the HTC DROID DNA have remained intact - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The core organizer functions of the HTC DROID DNA have remained intact - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The core organizer functions of the HTC DROID DNA have remained intact - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The core organizer functions of the HTC DROID DNA have remained intact - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The core organizer functions of the HTC DROID DNA have remained intact


Core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy Note II


Blessed with ginormous displays, the task of inputting text with their respective keyboards is an easy and painless one – especially with their spacious confines and instantaneous responses. Obviously, we appreciate that the two are similar with their layouts, as they allow us to input punctuations by long-pressing specific buttons, but it’s the Note II giving us an arsenal of inputting selections. On top off the normal route, it offers a Swype-like alternative and handwriting recognition with the use of the S-Pen.

The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA


On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note II



Processor and Memory:


Polarizing amongst the smartphone realm, it’s only fitting to know that these two premier devices are sporting quad-core processors to handle their equally mighty capacity. On the Note II, it’s powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz ARM based Exynos processor with a quad-core GPU and 2GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the DROID DNA is packing some impressive hardware of its own – a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Generally speaking, they exhibit very similar results with their performances that make them come off as being super responsive with the usual set of tasks. However, they’re not without their usual flaws – like the occasional choppiness that comes around whenever we encounter live wallpapers or graphically intensive widgets.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
HTC DROID DNA 7888 13917 59,1
Samsung Galaxy Note II 5715 13579 58

Neither pitifully low nor exorbitant, we’re accepting of the 16GB of storage available with these two smartphones, but it’s the Note II getting our nods for having a microSD slot to supplement its capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

Riding the waves with 4G LTE speeds, we’re digging the fast data speeds that these two are able to obtain. Moreover, it’s wonderful that the web surfing experience is complemented by their proper page rendering, tight navigational controls, and exceptional clarity thanks to their high resolution displays. Nevertheless, it’s the Note II captivating us with its very close desktop-like experience, as the S-Pen mimics the function of a mouse pointer as we hover it over the display.

Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA


Browsing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Browsing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Note II


Not surprisingly, they’re outfitted with good ol’ 4G LTE connectivity to give us those peppy data speeds we’re so very spoiled to experience nowadays. Additionally, both are enabled for international usage. Rounding things out, they both flaunt the same set of connectivity features, which include aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, and NFC.

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posted on 28 Nov 2012, 08:12 20

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


Note 2 if you want an useful tool

DNA if you don't

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 08:47 7

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 09:09 17

11. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


You will get that in Note III

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 09:17 3

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; 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!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 09:36 4

13. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1311; 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...

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 14:58 18

31. psysect (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


DNA Sure..

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..

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 17:52 2

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.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:08 3

48. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Your face tells that you are a RETARD !!

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 17:58 1

68. joey_sfb (Posts: 5982; 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.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:08 8

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?

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 09:32 1

61. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


you mean the note IV lol

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:57 6

22. McLTE (Posts: 874; 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!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:45 4

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.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 17:44 3

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.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 22:30 2

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

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 14:53 2

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.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 07:52 1

65. LionStone (Posts: 752; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


haha...whatever...post your screen shots...otherwise...yawn...

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 08:17 5

2. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


daaaat screen

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 08:28 20

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.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 14:27 3

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).

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:10 2

47. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Why would you say such a thing!?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:15 1

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 :)

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:48 2

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

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 07:55 1

66. LionStone (Posts: 752; 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.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 18:11

70. joey_sfb (Posts: 5982; 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!!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 08:33 21

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.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 09:09 5

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!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:49 4

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.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 08:37 11

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..

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 13:31

28. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Sad, I got used to it in a day. Unless you are a pixel hunter...

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