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HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Interface and Functionality:

For starters, it’s wonderful to find these two behemoths running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean underneath their respective customized Android experiences – so we’re greeted with advantageous things like Google Now. Even though they both offer a ton of personalization, since they’re Android devices and all, the Sense 4+ UI on the DROID DNA coughs up the more visually attractive widgets. However, that doesn’t undermine the extensive improvements that are seen with the Note II’s TouchWiz Nature UX experience. Sure, the Sense 4+ experience might have the glamor with its presentation, but it pales in comparison to the enhancements and unique software tweaks found with Sammy’s offering – such as S Voice, S Beam, Airview, Pop Up Play, and the host of cool photo shooting modes. If you’re all about getting work done and being productive on the go, the Note II is no doubt the handset of choice since it has a precious balance set that remarkably complements the foundational Android experience.

The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The HTC DROID DNA comes with the HTC sense 4.0+ user interface - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

On the cellular level, the two offer all the basic functions with their core organizer apps, but yet again, it’s Sammy who has gone above and beyond in incorporating its S-Pen to the various tasks at hand. Specifically, it’s just marvelous that we can employ Airview in the calendar to get a quick preview of our scheduled appointments. And even though the email experience is very similar with the two, the Note II once again sprinkles its magic by allowing us to quickly preview emails by hovering the S-Pen over specific items.

The core organizer functions of the HTC DROID DNA have remained intact - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The core organizer functions of the HTC DROID DNA have remained intact - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The core organizer functions of the HTC DROID DNA have remained intact - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The core organizer functions of the HTC DROID DNA have remained intact - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Core organizer apps of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Blessed with ginormous displays, the task of inputting text with their respective keyboards is an easy and painless one – especially with their spacious confines and instantaneous responses. Obviously, we appreciate that the two are similar with their layouts, as they allow us to input punctuations by long-pressing specific buttons, but it’s the Note II giving us an arsenal of inputting selections. On top off the normal route, it offers a Swype-like alternative and handwriting recognition with the use of the S-Pen.

The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The onscreen keyboard of the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II


Processor and Memory:


Polarizing amongst the smartphone realm, it’s only fitting to know that these two premier devices are sporting quad-core processors to handle their equally mighty capacity. On the Note II, it’s powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz ARM based Exynos processor with a quad-core GPU and 2GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the DROID DNA is packing some impressive hardware of its own – a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Generally speaking, they exhibit very similar results with their performances that make them come off as being super responsive with the usual set of tasks. However, they’re not without their usual flaws – like the occasional choppiness that comes around whenever we encounter live wallpapers or graphically intensive widgets.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
HTC DROID DNA 7888 13917 59,1
Samsung Galaxy Note II 5715 13579 58

Neither pitifully low nor exorbitant, we’re accepting of the 16GB of storage available with these two smartphones, but it’s the Note II getting our nods for having a microSD slot to supplement its capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

Riding the waves with 4G LTE speeds, we’re digging the fast data speeds that these two are able to obtain. Moreover, it’s wonderful that the web surfing experience is complemented by their proper page rendering, tight navigational controls, and exceptional clarity thanks to their high resolution displays. Nevertheless, it’s the Note II captivating us with its very close desktop-like experience, as the S-Pen mimics the function of a mouse pointer as we hover it over the display.

Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web on the HTC DROID DNA - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Browsing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Not surprisingly, they’re outfitted with good ol’ 4G LTE connectivity to give us those peppy data speeds we’re so very spoiled to experience nowadays. Additionally, both are enabled for international usage. Rounding things out, they both flaunt the same set of connectivity features, which include aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, and NFC.

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