HTC DROID DNA enters the phablet fray, does it stand a chance against the Galaxy Note II?

HTC DROID DNA enters the phablet fray, does it stand a chance against the Galaxy Note II?
So here it is, finally, the HTC DROID DNA! A brand new "phablet" for all the diehard gadget-lovers out there who just can't get enough screen. Immediately after the introduction, though, one crucial question comes to our mind; a question that has to do with this device's ultimate rival - the Galaxy Note II.

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.

Related phones

  • 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)



1. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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. :)

15. Shadow_Assassin

Posts: 11; Member since: May 30, 2012

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.

20. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

true that. I think the battery can't cope up with that display and processing power.

93. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

to the 53.34 % of people who say the DNA will beat G Note 2: HAVE U ACTUALLY SEEN THE SIZE OF THAT 5.5 BITCH?!?!?!?!?! ITS BIGGER THAN MY HAND ALTOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!!!!

101. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Then you should buy a Nexus 7 if you love Big Size !! 5 Inch is perfect !!

46. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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!!

56. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

58. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I totally agree!! It's like they're pulling an Apple and in two months they'll introduce the DNA-X². What a true shame??

74. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

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.....

78. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If you had pre-ordered the Note II, you might have something to celebrate - I just checked my pre-order status and ship date has been moved up to 11/19.... Guess who is a happy camper?

83. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Even better news for me - my Note II is shipping 11/16, per VZW sales support!!!!

96. fins71

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

You won't be disappointed. Best phone I've ever owned. Well worth the $300. Battery life is great on this baby.

86. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

No way! I pre-ordered on day 1. You just made my day.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

He just made my night; now I can go have those humongous 5.5 dreams.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I told everyone Verizon was moving up that damn date; this is going to force me to get up early on Monday the 19th, forego the rest of my PaPiBeauTi' Sleep, and head to Verizon. Thanks Doug E'!

67. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

19. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

And a limitless marketing budget.

54. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

2020mAh battery is a big no ... no matters how smart it is, gonna need huge battery to run that gorgeous display

55. Elvis_Marmaduke

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

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.

63. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

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.

73. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

let's say the question in another way will the note ll stand a chance against HTC DNA

88. RubiksGuy

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

keep dreaming my friend.

102. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

I judge on the specifications I see and I'll keep dreaming , too

77. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

100. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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.

2. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

I think Note 2 is better

6. adelta90

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

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

13. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

you bashed his comment without comprehending it properly, he said, he THINKS. What's the use of this poll anyway if you imply what you've just said?

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