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HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

0. phoneArena posted on 28 Nov 2012, 08:08

Looking at what transpired this year alone, it’s a safe call to proclaim it as the year of the phablets, especially considering we’ve seen a handful of devices pushing the 5-inch mark. In the last couple of months though, we’ve seen the very best in this category, as the Samsung Galaxy Note II showcased the advantages with its larger than life screen and extensive software enhancements. Although it’s not technically regarded as a tabphone/phablet, the HTC DROID DNA is still one hefty handset with its 5-inch display...

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posted on 28 Nov 2012, 19:08

39. redmd (Posts: 1357; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

what pixels? unless you have eyes that can see invidious cells of your skin, you are a rare specimen.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 23:08 2

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

Sorry Friend Human With Normal Eyes can see the Pixels on the Screen of Note II !!
I think you need an eye check up !!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 08:44 4

6. smallworld (Posts: 499; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Apart from the screen, what else the droid has to offer ?

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 08:53 7

8. MeoCao (unregistered)

The design of DNA is much more beautiful and solid, and it's a phone not a phablet.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:20

15. smallworld (Posts: 499; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

The screen may be HD but I don't like its colors.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 11:46 5

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

Who Cares what you like !!
Every Body else just likes them !!

Be a Fan-Boy but appreciate other companies Good Work !!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 16:42

34. smallworld (Posts: 499; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

I hate amoled screens but the droid screen is not my taste either. f**k you. Thanks.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:11 2

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

Htc DROID DNA uses Super Lcd 3 and BTW Samsung uses Amoled Screens !!

Seriously you live in a Small World !!

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 14:56 1

63. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

What is your taste then? there are only 3 major screens out there;


And I guess Motorola's ColorBoost, but that's only on 2 devices (to my knowledge).

If you don't like AMOLED, or S-LCD, and since LCD-IPS is relatively similar to S-LCD visually, what in the world do you like?

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 09:05 13

9. VJo003 (Posts: 360; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)

DNA = Phone
Note = Phablet

Make a choice !!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:07

14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

About time guys. I haven't read it yet but it would have been nice before Verizon Note 2 preorders shipped.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:44

18. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Just what I thought. The Note 2 is a better package overall and worth the $100 premium. Just adding a 1080p display to the Note 3 will guarantee a sale from me. Oh, and a A15 quad core processor will not hurt either. I can't wait and I don't even have my Verizon Note 2 yet.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:40 2

16. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

Note 2 wins hands down!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:42 4

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

Note II for me. S-pen, exact same UI as my GS III didn't hurt either. Multiple windows too. Basically, a desktop that fits in my hand. Sammy is going to beat their 20 million sales objective for the Note II.

Note II is just an incredible device.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:51

21. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

I would love to see a Note 2 vs iPad mini comparison just to see how they stack up. That would be a good read.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:58

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

The Note II all the way, there's only one alternative, and that's the Nexus 4 for the price point.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 19:12

40. redmd (Posts: 1357; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

true indeed.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 11:16 10

24. cnyte (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

DNA is awesome! i want one

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 12:41 2

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

This sounds a lot like the smoking hot blond airhead vs. the merely pretty but smart and resourceful brunette question. I take the brunette every time because, once you've been together long enough to see past the superficial beauty, the brunette is still interesting and fun, but the blond is boring.

No offense to my wife who is a smoking hot blond but in no way superficial.

If not being able to see the pixels was my alpha criteria, I'd have been an iPhone all along. Obviously, that's not a big deal for me, and it must not have been such a big deal for the rest of you if you've been using Androids up until now.

And yes, my Verizon Note II arrives tomorrow. Hello baby.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 12:59 1

27. twens (Posts: 1054; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

You guys need to know one thing by now. Only Samsung can over thrown their own noteline up. Droid DNA is just a phone with basic android features. Its not different from the one x or one x+. The reason I went for the note is not hardware but software. I just love the vast features. They come in handy from time to time. The most amazing is the S pen.just when u think u ddon't need it some things comes up and it becomes useful

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 14:37 2

30. NeoSin (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)

Overcritical people are overcritical, and hilarious.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 15:39

32. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Sheesh, loads of weird comments about which phone beats the other. Was I the only one confused by the photos, looks like the DNA photos had more saturated colors unless they mixed up the photo labels. Well anyway getting the phone that suits you is what it's all about. Note II if you are comfortable with a larger phone with top of the line tech in it, DNA for a large phone with top of the line tech and an attractive price.
I am still on the fence about getting the DNA, thought about the Note II and the Razr HD Maxx. I haven't given HTC a chance since 6 years ago and windows mobile, what a horrible experience. Decisions, decisions!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 23:38 1

42. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

How do you even think to put the razr maxx even in the same sentence as the note2 and dna? That's like saying I can't decide between a Corvette Zr1, Viper ACR, Or a Camaro...lmao

I have a note 2 and absolutely love it and say it's the first phone in a long time that you don't sacrifice anything in light of other features. Not sacrificing battery for performance. Or performance for screen. Or storage etc. It literally is a BEAST in EVERY aspect. Straight dominates. .

But for those of you saying the DNA had a screen going for it and nothing else your retarded. The performance is killer quick. The processor gpu combo kills, sense is a great clean UI. Do your homework before talking s**t

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 15:54

33. doejon (Posts: 406; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

note 2 all day long

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 16:48 2

35. GoBears (Posts: 454; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Better battery, better camera, S-Pen, removable storage, removable battery, bigger screen. I checked out both these phones and the NoteII smoked the DNA in all aspects. I even think Touchwiz is much better than Sense. I'm so sick of hearing about HTC build quality, it's made of plastic too. NoteII best phone I ever layed hands on and can't wait to get my own. I wouldn't even trade my GSIII for a DNA. All that said, they both destroyed the iCan't5 on display lol.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 17:50 1

37. fins71 (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Seeing as how I'm a Sprint customer obviously the DNA isn't an option. However my Note2 is by far the best device I've ever Owned. My wife is using my "old" rooted EvoLte which is a great phone itself. I rooted my Note2 just because I always do, and it really didn't need it. My only complaint is Google Wallet isn't working on it yet. Think that is a sprint problem, but other than that it simply is a great phone with great battery life. I also ordered a 4200mah replacement battery just because I don't like using charging ports too much. It uses the stock battery cover as well, even though I have a aftermarket brushed aluminum back cover in blue and a black one. I've always used HTC until this phone and I was weary about Sammys build quality. Not anymore. My HTC Hero, Evo, Evo3d will always be in the closet ready for back up duty, but I can't imagine using anything besides my Note2 from now on. Unless it is a next Gen Note.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 19:20 2

41. redmd (Posts: 1357; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Samsung have done a commendable job with the latest software. it's so light and polished that it's so good to use. their hardware is also the latest and the greatest or there. Samsung has a big winner on the Note 2.

HTC on the other hand wants to be an iPhone. non removable battery and non expandable storage. so why would I choose this over iPhone 5? because of Android?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 00:25 5

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

well.... ahemmm......... pple r just fighting over sammy n htc , good point. but but but lets talk about user experience of both i mean htc and smmy. htc dna is damn good in quality and sense software. far better screen reso and pixel density. far far better processor. user user friendly. and as far as benchmarks r concerned then u must visit sme links which already compare these too. even in so called benchmarks HTC IS SUPERIOR. sammy is just cheap bunch of plastic heavy brick. nothing else. BUT YEH the only catagory , sammy is ahead of is. the MARKETING. and htc lags behind only because of this reason. otherwise samsung phones r not even near to HTC PHONES. ( htc far better in every aspect) i ve used sammy gs3 and htc one x .but hey hey hey, htc is damn good and definately has made a mark. screen is so better than sammy. i ve sold it to my friend and still he keeps staring at my one x. nyways i dont need to hurt and sammy fanboys feeling here but guys TRUTH TASTES BITTER. htc rocks/

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 01:16 1

44. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

It's a hard decision to choose between the droid dna and note 2, both are really the best phones to date. For the screen, I like that full hd resolution and high pixel density on the dna but the eye popping oversaturated colors with the deepest blacks on a bigger 5.5" screen makes it all a tougher choice. When it comes to the camera, note 2 might take better shots and videos but the difference is only slight and almost unnoticeable when compared with the dna as it features a wider camera angle and etc...

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:05 5

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

I would certainly take the DNA over the Note II. The DNA's screen mesmerizes me. It's sets a new standard in pixel density on mobile devices. HTC Sense is gorgeous. I've been hooked on HTC Sense since I bought my HTC Evo 4G and I have to say it in my opinion it's the most pleasurable OS I've ever used on any device. HTC combines tasteful aesthetics and functionality very well with HTC Sense. As for the Note II. I've never really been all that impressed by the Note or Galaxy lines and this generation is no different. The Note is not a bad device at all but, I most of the 'features' that the Note II offers are fairly trivial and in some cases seem like strait up gimmicks. Samsung's ace-in-the-hole is usually a strong hardware specification advantage but, the DNA's hardware give the Note some extremely stiff competition. All things considered I feel that the DNA is the better device and is definitely the one I would choose to have in my pocket with no hesitation.

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