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DROID DNA vs Galaxy Note II poll results: Yes, the DNA can do it!

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:44

OK, guys, we've given you enough time to cast your votes in favor of the HTC DROID DNA, or the Samsung Galaxy Note II. It's now time to see what the results are and start analyzing them...

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posted on 16 Nov 2012, 21:36 2

69. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I hate to say it but that is exactly true. If it wasn't for the 5 inch 1080p display, this would just be another current line phone. I cannot believe HTC only put 16GB of internal memory with no micro sd card slot and such a small battery. This could have been the ultimate beast had it had a micro sd card slot and at least 3000 mAh battery.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 18:45 1

88. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)

no because it has the best camera quality on the market and its faster than any other phone on the market and so much more

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 01:56

95. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

Oh ho NO! The Speed of the Droid DNA is MUCH MUCH much Faster than ur biggy note 2. Look at the benchmark, Droid DNA IS 7500+ 2000 MORE than the Note 2. Any words now, Notesheeap?

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:51 3

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posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:55 3

5. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Thats right.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:52 13

4. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)

I don't know......... Galaxy note is more about S-Pen than the screen size, although screen size is very important to make proper use of the S-Pen.
I think Droid DNA will compete more with the SIII than Note II.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:01 6

21. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

I agree. i dont know why they want to compare the DNA to the Note II. The DNA doesnt have a stylus or anything else that closely resembles a tablet. But I guess that people want to compare phone just to do so.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:51 8

28. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

I agree..

I'm looking at this poll and thinking.. who would really vote for the DNA over the Note II?

I suppose it's a size thing.. most people are scared off by a phone as big as a Note II. That's OK.. the DNA should be a great phone too, but to me it's a different category.

Why will I completely ignore the DNA and snatch up the Note II?
1. Screen size. 5" is nice.. but 5.5 is awesome.
2. REMOVABLE BATTERY. I always have a backup.
3. SD card slot. - this is huge for me.. if for nothing else than being able to transfer files to the card/phone much faster. My nexus is a pain!

the 1080p screen is a huge selling point, and I'd like one.. but I've seen the Note II and for what it offers, I'm willing to sacrifice one more year on 1280 and get all that the Note II offers.


For those of us who live north, with the cold weather coming.. The S-Pen will be AWESOME for when wearing gloves!! :P

I also love all the other little features the Note II has baked into the software.

It's a no-brainer for me.. but I really do hope that the DNA is a huge hit. I hope they also come out with a DNA Maxx.. HTC needs a successful phone!

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 10:09 3

31. JC557 (Posts: 1788; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Well, the 1080 resolution isn't my main factor in liking the DNA. HTC is known to have nice loud earpieces without being harsh (something I was hoping for in the Droid Razer MAXX HD but it's still a contender), I find HTC device nice to hold, the 5" screen is nice round number in a size similar to that of the S3, and of course the S4 Pro has my attention as to what it can do.

In the past two weeks with cold temps in NYC I managed to use my Rezound while wearing my leather gloves. It was pretty cool but I tend to hate handling things with gloves. It just feels vague unless they're really thin.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 10:49 5

37. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Actually, I think the DNA is competition for all of 2013s flagship smartphones (GS IV, Nexus 5, etc.). To qualify for Phablet category, the screen has to be at least 5.5 inches diagonal. In fact, I think 2013 Phablets will have 6+ inch iagonal screen size.

Those who want to be first with a 2013 Android flagship smartphone should look at the DNA. IMO, it has some really great specs, aside from the battery and no memory expansion.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 12:32 1

49. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

I think 2013 Phablets will have 6+ inch diagonal screen size.
Those are tablets! LOL Where's the end to this?
You are right. This thing competes with all flagships now and to be released in near future. It's already won me!

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 08:03 1

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

yeeeees...fans like dna coz its soooooooooo much beautifull , better build quality, better size , better performance , better camera, better screen , better ui & ...

i dont attract to note only for s pen or better battary..ok big battery is very nice but dna battries is just enoghe for a day.. beside this u can use of the best screen , perfomance & powerfull sound that i dont change it with note 2 although note 2 also is a fantastic phone.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 08:10 2

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

I am picking the Galaxy note purely because the DNA is not coming to the UK.

Dam you HTC

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 08:21 4

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

dna is coming for uk & the other countries with different names my friend.


posted on 16 Nov 2012, 08:26 8

14. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Most idiotic poll ever made on this site.. I refused to even cast my vote, because the question doesn't make sense.
You PA geniuses weren't able to answer me the basic question on HOW THE DNA COMPARES TO NOTE MORE THAN TO THE S3!?!

"Superior on pretty much everything except for the storage "
Are you being paid by HTC ?!?
What about the Wacom digitizing screen technology implementation with the s pen?
What about the 0.5inches larger screen?
What about the 1080mah larger battery?

The ONLY advantages for DNA are the pixel density..that can't even be noticed in normal usage, compared with the Note..and the more compact, lighter body.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:09 5

24. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

you forgot about the processor...

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 12:37 3

50. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

You forgot the build quality.
You forgot the benchmarks this powerhouse achieved.
You forgot....

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 16:02 2

80. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Build quality?
It's an all plastic device!
The Note 2 is faster in real life use! (Check out the verge review and what they said about performance )
Now who forgot what?

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 08:28 8

15. mno.daddy (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)

I didn't vote because the DROID DNA is a SMARTPHONE not a PHABLET.
BTW waiting the global DNA to upgrade from the amazing One X .

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 13:11 3

55. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

I dont know why people think that the DNA is a phablet. its a powerful smartphone, but it doesnt have the features of a tablet or phablet like the Note and Note II

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 08:48 5

19. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

woaaa welllllllllll........... its too easy for droid dna to beat note2. look at the build quality of this monster ( dna) its just amazing and damn good, and weighs even lighter, where as note2 is much more cheap in looks. and moreover htc has better screen and display and offcorse a damn good processor and chipset.look at that pixel count its amazing to produce such count on a 5 inch screen. its a whole new series and i dont think it should b compared with note2, as note2 dosent stand in dna 's way at all. htc makes incredible phone but hey this time i hope they do well in marketing as well. HTC ROCKS with the dna unleashed and hope they will do better than any ...... so called phablets. good luck htc.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 10:01 4

29. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Seriously.. what are you smoking? Can I have some?

Build quality is not that big of an issue.. my "plastic" galaxy nexus has held up VERY well and guess what.. I can remove the back and put in a spare battery!

Weight.. sure the Note II will weigh a bit more, but what's funny is I compared it to my old Droid 1 from Moto.. and they weigh about the same! Weight for either phone is a non issue.

Screen? DNA.. major props to HTC for that screen! I'll be ok with one more 1280 screen phone.. I'm happy with the Note II in that regard.

Battery? Note II without a doubt.. both in size and removable.

Storate? Please.. Note II again

Processor? DNA.. BUT I doubt in real world anyone would be able to say they could tell a difference when playing games. Non factor.

Software? Note II... by a MILE. My wife has an HTC phone.. I HATE the UI.

S-PEN? Note II of course.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 12:50 4

52. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

Build quality is very, very important. It's not because your cheap build is going to break into pieces from everyday use. It's about the feeling when holding a product that oozes high quality, premium, expensive, etc. Everybody likes that.

Weight is important for the overall feel of the phone in your hand. That's why many find Note uncomfortable to hold, cheap slick plastic on the back, a little too heavy, a little too big...

Screen is simply the best.

Battery? Yes, that's a bad thing. But not a deal breaker for many, apparently. It's reported to last through the day. I charge phones every night anyway. It's not like you'll have to charge Note every other night, right? So not a big deal.

Storage? Mmmm... let me think.... Ahhmmmm...well... Don't know what to say :) You win!!!

Processor? Yea, baby!

Software? Many people actually LOVE Sense. DNA wins. I hate my S III's UI. And even more so, my GTab's UI.

S-Pen is nice, but it comes with phablets, this is a smartphone.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 14:22 1

57. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

Build quality might be that important Owlet, but it really has nothing to do with how the phone looks. Both of these phones look like premium devices, with a quirk or two. But once you have them in your hand, you'll have a visceral reaction that will determine your perception of the build quality. That plus how the phone holds up, how any moving pieces move and other ways in which you physically interact with the device determine build quality. Until you've held them both, you won't really have a relevant opinion about relative build quality.

I expect that the Note 2 will come off very much like the Galaxy S3. Other than size, the Note 2 is almost identical to the S3 in form and construction. I have an S3, and it has excellent build quality, though not in the same league as my old Motorola phones. I had a thunderbolt, and really liked its build quality, at least until the screen broke. After I replaced the screen, it was never the same. My fault. In retrospect, I would put the S3's build quality just a tad higher than the Tbolt's, but I'd also attribute that to a more mature design and manufacturing process, and would expect newer HTC's like the One-X to be significantly better.

Weight actually enhances the user's perception of build quality for most people. A heavy phone feels more solid, other things being equal.

On processor, both phones are extremely well-equipped, but the Note 2 appears to be able to handle its screen a bit better. I suppose that's a combo of the HTC having a lot more pixels to move around, and the comparatively processor-intensive nature of Sense.

For UI, a lot of people liking it doesn't make it the winner. over 40 million people voted for Romney. That's insanely a lot. He lost. File this one under personal preference.

But UI isn't just look and feel. It's also functionality, and the Note 2 has an amazing collection of things that it can actually do that aren't shared with many other phones, and some that are unique to it. That's a clear advantage for the Note.

I'm still torn between these two phones and it's a great spot to be in. For now, I 'm going to wait and gather more information before making my decision.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 14:52 2

60. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

I appreciate your opinion. But I don't agree. I think SIII, which I type on right now, looks and feels cheap. I had TBolt, IMO, it was a lot more solid built. And Rezound before this SIII was designed and built better. I just really like HTC design and quality, how they feel and look. SIII is not in the same league.

Here's an unrequested advice for you: :) If a phablet suits your needs better - get the Note. If a smartphone is what you need - get the DNA. It's awesome. :)))

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 15:20 1

62. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

you seem really biased towardsthe gnote 2

just because you can't tell the difference in games doesn't mean exynos is in the same league with s4

build quality isn't just for dropping phones. see when you hold a phone, your hands touch it. your hands want to touch something good right? well i think an HTC phone would feel better than a samsung phone(with a few exceptions, one being the focus flash)
s4 is a whole 10 steps higher. but wait for tiomap5 thats gonna rock

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 17:52 1

65. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

If I ever see you comment about how "fast" samsung processors are in any future articles, im going to have to call you the biggest fanboy out.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:29 1

92. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

yes but from ur point of view only. note2 is laaging faaar behind. and why would u say u doubt in real world. hahaha we already r in the real world mr. and note2 is not even better than one x, leave the rest. user interface of htc is damn better than touch wiz. tell me one thing if sense is not good then why the hell sammy is trying to copy widgets and other stuff like the BIG CLOCK from htc????? u have an answer for that????? u must have read an article saying that " other companies are still finding it hard to make widgets like htc " woaa owaa now u r gna say oh that article hardly matters
? arent u?? lol. sammy is only wining in terms of marketing and nothing else. processor of dna is faar faar better than any phone , even ur sammy s3 or note 2. and hey hey let me tell u..... htc one x is way faster after jelly bean update. whereas samsung is still slower than one x after jelly.nywaysss good luck with u and ur note2..

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:02 3

22. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Can it deal with the Note II? Oh yeah, the DNA is a great device with some future HW. But it is very heavily bottlenecked by the lack of SD slot and proper amount of battery juice, I'd choose the Note II over it any day of the century.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:05 1

23. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Wither Phablet you cannot go wrong...

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