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HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

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To tell you the truth, we’re itching to find out exactly which of these are the better in the photo/video taking department, seeing that they flaunt the same 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with the ability to shoot 1080p videos. However, the DROID DNA features a wide-angle 2.1-megapixel front facing camera with an f2.0 lens – while the Note II is packing just a standard fanfare 1.9-megapixel one.

Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Camera interface of the HTC DROID DNA


Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II


Making it difficult for us to make a decision, the 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras of each smartphone delivers some very exciting shots worth framing. However, as we meticulously comb through every nook and cranny, we find the Samsung Galaxy Note II to push out ahead by a smidgen of margins. In fact, the most notable difference is that fine details are more defined with the Note II – while it’s only a hairline softer on the DROID DNA. Additionally, there’s hint of saturation with the Note II’s color reproduction, which ultimately splashes a small dose of vibrancy to its shots. However, when it comes to light lighting, the DROID DNA is able to pull off shots that exhibit less noise.

HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

HTC DROID DNA

Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II

HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

HTC DROID DNA

Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II

HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
HTC DROID DNA - Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

HTC DROID DNA

Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note IICamera samples - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II
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Yet again, the difference between their 1080p video recording qualities are marginal, as the deciding factor is the crisper visuals produced by the Note II. As a whole, they produce videos that pop with plenty of exciting cues to make them worthy of being “high-definition,” but there just a bit of artifacting elements and softer toned details that distract us from the quality of the DROID DNA.

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We’re not particularly wowed by the music players of either handsets, since they’re conventional looking with their presentations, but at least they’re functional in getting the job done. Thanks to its built-in amplifier, the audio output of the DROID DNA sounds a bit more pleasant to the ear – and without distortion at the loudest volume too! Furthermore, it feature Beats Audio to amplify the audio quality through the headphone jack. Well, the Note II puts out some powerful tones as well, but it sounds rather strained.

The Sense music player of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Sense music player of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Sense music player of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Sense music player of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Sense music player of the HTC DROID DNA


The Nature UX music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Nature UX music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Nature UX music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Nature UX music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Nature UX music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note II


More than ample to present us with an engaging video watching experience, there’s no kidding that the two are fit for the occasion. Holding up its worth, the larger screen of the Note II and its saturated color production enchants our eyes more with the experience. Also, it helps that we have the Pop Up Play feature to layer any video on top of anything else – enabling us to multi-task while watching.

Watching video on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Watching video on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Watching video on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Watching video on the HTC DROID DNA


Watching videos on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Watching videos on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Watching videos on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Watching videos on the Samsung Galaxy Note II



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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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