HTC DROID DNA enters the phablet fray, does it stand a chance against the Galaxy Note II?
posted by Ray S. / Nov 13, 2012, 11:01 AM
And here's how it goes: With the Samsung Galaxy Note II coming to Verizon Wireless about a week after the HTC DROID DNA, is it possible for HTC's handset to out-do the 5.5" sensation? The original Galaxy Note proved to be a surprising success, and by the looks of it, the momentum of the series is by no means gone. Specs-wise, the DROID DNA is very competitive, and while the screen comes a bit smaller, its 5" size is still considered ultra-large, but also easier to handle than the Samsung.
One very big advantage of the HTC DROID DNA compared to the Galaxy Note II is the price. While Verizon is bringing the Note II at the super-premium price of $299 with a two-year contract, the DROID DNA will be priced much more reasonably at $199 with contract. That, along with its slightly more compact size may just be enough to make a large number of users gravitate to the DNA. But the question is, wouldn't Samsung's brand-recognition have a very strong opposite effect?
It's your turn to voice your opinion now. Just go ahead and give your vote for whichever handset you think will be better!
Can the HTC DROID DNA deal with the Galaxy Note II?
Yes, the DROID DNA can do it!
No, the Galaxy Note II is the ultimate phablet.
- Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
- Storage 16 GB
- Battery 2020 mAh(12.8h talk time)
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I gotta say, droid DNA is a great phone. Superb quality, specification and design. But what makes note 2 stands out from the rest is its s-pen. That what makes me like note 2 from s3. Droid DNA's rival for sure is the upcoming sIV. It's like one X and s3 all over again. :)
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:05 AM 23
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droid DNA is great but why htc always pack a small battery to their phone? a great phone is nothing when the battery is out.
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:13 AM 23
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I have given up on HTC for this exact reason. They are too ignorant to realize that they NEED to put bigger batteries in their phones, especially a phone of such size with a 1080p screen. Failing company.
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:41 AM 10
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Absolutely, the lack of battery juice is going to hinder this device. As some of us may already know, a few months ago I had the Rezound, while it is a GREAT phone and I do prefer HTC Sense, the battery sucks ballz. I bought the extended 2750 mAh OEM battery and it turned the phone into a solid brick. And, even though I have humongous hands, I still prefer a slender phone; no chunk in the trunk, as they say. So, now I've got the updated RAZR MAXX on ICS but, ICS doesn't play well with Motoblur (smoother on stock GB). ........waiting desperately for the morning of November 29th, so I can walk into VZW and buy the G-Note 2!!
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:43 AM 8
Thats one hell on a big battery ! Why dont you use something like a external battery pack ? I mean the big battery on the Rezound wont be useable on any other phone but i bet the external battery pack still can be used to charge your Mazz or even note 2
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:52 AM 0
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Dude I am so sorry but this phone HAD such potential. HTC is like the lab rat that keeps shocking itself over & over. This phone would have been GREAT if it had a 2500mAh battery & if it had a MicroSD card slot. Without those 2 SIMPLE things this phone goes from a Wow to a meh in a matter of seconds. A phone of that high quality should never have a 2020mAh batter & no MicroSD card slot. It's like buying the most beautiful $4000.00 platinum ring & putting a 3 carat cubic zirconia. Man what an utter disappointment. Now I see why HTC is in the dumps lately.
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:54 AM 7
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With those two things, I'd be waiting outside Best Buy to open to buy this phone off contract. Without them, I may still buy it, but I will for sure still be disappointed, as I am now. So much promise to fall short.....
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 12:56 PM 0
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The trick to any device's succes is the user experience which culminates not only from great hardware but capable software optimization that are able to leverage the power of the hardware specs. Note 2 has the S-Pen and Sammy has raised its game by differentiating its software with the addition of nearly 40 subtle new features that you'll begin to miss if you change from an S3 or a NOTE 2! I love HTC and I love HTC Droid DNA but this looks more like a beefed up phone to me rather than a true phablet
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 12:17 PM 3
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I won't say the DNA can compete with the "REAL" (modders) market until I see an unlocked bootloader.... the fact that it's HTC (bootloader nazis) makes me lean toward the note 2 because they've already released the source. Sorry HTC, maybe when you hop on board the train I'll follow.
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:50 AM 0
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I have a Note one at 2500mah battery is way to small. Once LTE is engaged I am lucky for 8-10 hours of moderate usage. Use it for many calls and you are out of luck quickly. The Screen on the DNA is very nice but Battery may be an issue. Now if they had the promoted set up like the HTC 8X with a 5 core for low battery draw then it might help on life and use of a smaller battery.
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:58 AM 0
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let's say the question in another way will the note ll stand a chance against HTC DNA
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 12:32 PM 1
I agree completely with all the comments. The battery life seems to be feeble compared to the Note 2 and especially with those high end specs and large screen hmm... No. Definitely Note 2 for me. HTC's design is really nice though.
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 2:48 PM 0
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this is 50-50 competition..both are the best.. droid dna : design - build quality - less Weight - display - slightly better camera - better size(for me) - linkpack better slightly - Best UI Note 2 : s pen - SD card sotarage - better internal memory - better battery - S voice finaly if pick u up each phone u will have new experiment of ultimate features.
posted on Nov 14, 2012, 4:17 AM 0
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I think Note 2 is better
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:06 AM 16
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That makes loads of sense considering you haven't ever seen the droid DNA, or ever used it, or know what it can do :P
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:09 AM 4
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