HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2, creditable comparisons

At Phones Review we endeavor to bring readers comparisons of some of the most-anticipated smartphones from time to time. For those of you who favor the phablet type of smartphone with a large display then today we are taking a look at the HTC Droid DNA vs. the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in a bid to help readers decide which they might like to add to their holiday wish lists.

The Galaxy Note 2 is already available in the US on Sprint, U.S. Cellular and T-Mobile and is also due for release on AT&T and Verizon shortly. The Droid DNA is heading to Verizon and has been previously referred to as the DLX and also the Droid Incredible X. We’ve seen more and more leaks about the Droid DNA and we are hoping that it will be revealed officially at a press event on November 13, with a release date soon afterwards.

It’s thought that the Droid DNA will be based on the HTC Butterfly, another 5-inch HTC device recently launched in Japan that many consumers in other regions said they’d like to see sold where they are. We’ll take a look at some of the main specs and features of the Galaxy Note 2 and Droid DNA but bear in mind that as the Droid DNA is not yet official, specs used are unconfirmed at this time. Specs for the Galaxy Note 2 on the other hand are confirmed.

The HTC Droid DNA has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.6GHz Quad-core Exynos processor.

The Droid DNA has a 5-inch LCD-3 Full HD 1080p display and as it’s based on the HTC Butterfly it could have a hugely impressive 440 ppi. The Galaxy Note 2 steps up to an even larger display with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display with 1280 x 720 resolution and 267 ppi.

RAM and Storage
The Droid DNA has 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage while the Galaxy Note 2 has exactly the same 2GB of RAM with 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.

An 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing shooter are thought to be the set-up for the Droid DNA while the Galaxy Note 2 has an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Droid DNA is likely to have a 2020mAh battery and the Galaxy Note 2 has a larger capacity 3100mAh battery.

Operating System
It’s not yet clear what the Droid DNA will be running on but the most likely option would be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Up until very recently this would have been the latest Android update but Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will arrive with the LG Nexus 4 pure Google smartphone soon. The Droid DNA is also likely to feature the latest version of HTC Sense. The Galaxy Note 2 will be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with an update to 4.2 Jelly Bean to come later.

The HTC Droid DNA is rumored to be priced at $199 with a contract on Verizon. If this price is accurate it could be a key deciding factor for consumers as it’s much less than the $299 on-contract price that most US carriers are charging for the Galaxy Note 2.

There’s an awful lot to impress for both of these large-screened devices but we’ll just add a few more pointers such as the fact that the Galaxy Note 2 also has NFC support and the use of the S-Pen stylus. Both the Galaxy Note 2 and Droid DNA support LTE. Of course design is very much a personal preference too and the Galaxy Note 2 is very akin to a larger version of the Galaxy S3 phone. The Droid DNA on the other hand is likely to be very slim and as it’s based on the Butterfly, which drew praise for its looks, we can only imagine from leaked photos that it will be just as impressive. Remember that as far as the Droid DNA is concerned we do not yet have full official specs and what we have given here are rumored details.

To be fair these two smartphones have a lot of similarities too and are both likely to be smash-hits for Verizon, especially with the busy holiday season upon us so we’d be really interested to hear which one, gets your vote? Of course you may have another handset in mind such as the iPhone 5 or the LG Nexus 4? If you were to choose right now though, between the Droid DNA or the Galaxy Note 2, which would you opt for? Let us have your comments on this.

Source: Gotta Be Mobile


13 thoughts on “HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2, creditable comparisons”

  1. Jared says:

    If the battery really is only 2020 mAh, then I’m gonna get the Note II, otherwise I’d be all over the DNA. Not too happy about the lack of NFC either.

    1. Steve Johnson says:

      yea if the battery is that small then it makes NO “SENSE” to get it. Since Sense alone has a reputation for draining batteries. My Thunderbolt Stock can only last 4 – 6 on 4g. I had to root it remove sense run AOSP and get an extendable to last a full day. Tsk Tsk HTC… maybe if you just release a decent phone it would sell?

  2. pocketwhale says:

    Half of rumors say DNA will have 2500 mah, half say 2020. Same applies to microsd slot, some say it will and some say it wont have it. I guess we have to wait 4 more days for the official release and ignore uninformed rumors for now. And the DNA has NFC fyi.

  3. Robin Phillips says:

    Ive had the note 2 about a month now. Good – battery life is much better than my previous htc desire hd. Bad – You cant install apps on external sd card. Thats only for media and data

  4. Mr clean says:

    If the Droid would of been the same size as The note 2 and a bigger plus removable battery I may have considered it. I am a Huge Droid fan,but it seems the note 2 is gonna get my vote this go around unless there’s something out there that can really compare to it that justly hasn’t been mentioned yet… anxiously waiting!!

  5. tech lover!!! says:

    First choice, the Galaxy NOTE 2 or the HTC DNA,second the Nexus 4, and surly lust!, the iPhone 5!, because is the most not value for money!!!!!!!

  6. remynwrigs says:

    If they have a decent battery then the DNA. I look at this as more comparable to the Galaxy S3 vs the Note. It’s only slightly larger than the s3 compared to being much smaller than the Note… Here’s to hoping for a 2500 mah removable battery with SD support.

  7. Nicholas says:

    I had an HTC smart and I thought it was rubbish. I agree with Steve Johnston if HTC produced a good phone it would sell but right now my vote is with the note2 but the look of the DNA is cooler than the note. But the note is better from all the research I’ve done 🙂

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