After the smartphone wars and the tablet wars, it seems like the phablet wars are heating up. Phablets are nothing but 5+inch smartphones, that offer smartphone as well as tablet functionality.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC Droid DNA
The Build and Design
Both the phones belong to the same category; with 5+ inches display both these phablets are massive in size. If both the phones are compared alongside you will notice that Droid DNA appears slim, but in, fact Note II has thin dimensions. The industrial design of Droid DNA and tapered edges contribute to this slimness.
Cosmetics wise Note II is exactly similar to Galaxy S III, just big in size because of the screen. It’s made out of the same cheap plastic like the Galaxy S III. The big build makes it difficult to hold it in hand and the glossy finish of the plastic might slip the phone off the hands.
Droid DNA is made from the soft-touch plastic it’s the same material used in the HTC One X design. Soft-touch plastic of Droid DNA is much better than the hard and cheap plastic of Galaxy Note II. The soft-touch plastic offers both look as well as sturdiness to the device.
Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5-inch screen size rested on Samsung’s Super AMOLED HD display. This massive screen has a stock resolution of 1280 x 720p that offers the pixel density of 267 ppi.
Droid DNA on the other hand has a 5-inch screen rested on Super LCD3 display-panel. Even though it has a small screen size as compared to Note II, the stock resolution of the screen is two times of it. Droid DNA has 1920 x 1080 resolution display, yes that’s FULL HD panel and comes with jaw-dropping pixel density of 441 ppi.
When it comes to practical use, the resolution and pixel density doesn’t matter MUCH. It’s what the panel output and color reproduction technique matters. Samsung’s Super AMOLED HD panel is well known for its superior color reproduction, sharpness, brightness and the levels. It does make the device look brilliant with vivid colors over the 1080p Droid DNA.
Processor & RAM
Both the devices boast powerful internal hardware sporting quad-core architecture. Galaxy Note II is powered by Cortex-A9 CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz having quad-core architecture for both CPU and GPU as, well. Alongside it has 2 GB of RAM.
Droid DNA has a Snapdragon S4 Pro chip clocked at 1.5GHz with quad-core architecture. The graphics are handled by Adreno 320 GPU and even it features a 2GB of RAM.
The CPU, GPU and RAM specs look nearly same, but they differ in the performance. Compared to Cortex-A9 chip, the Snapdragon S4 Pro delivers better results when put on high load. With normal usage, there are very few (or no) apps that make optimum use of the CPU and GPU so it won’t matter unless you are a developer or geek.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with storage options of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB onboard. Along with this it also supports storage expansion by microSD card up to 64 GB. That’s another plus point of the device.
Meanwhile, Droid DNA has a down turn in this department. The only storage option available for Droid DNA is 16GB out of which only 11GB is available for user. And on top of that it doesn’t support any storage expansion as it doesn’t have a microSD card slot.
With additional storage possible and three variants to choose from Galaxy Note II can serve best for storage needs.
Both the devices feature 8MP rear camera, however, their front camera differs. Galaxy Note II has a 1.9MP front camera that offers video calling while Droid DNA has a wide-angle 2.1MP camera that offers video-calling as well, as 1080p video recording.
The rear camera being 8MP provide similar features and doesn’t differ much from each other. Comparing the camera samples, both of them deliver somewhat same quality picture with color levels, brightness and details.
If compared closely, Galaxy Note II wins top of the notch by small score for daylight photos. Droid DNA provides better results for low-light photography because of its noise reduction.
Both devices are powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Having same operating system both of them provide the same features. The only difference between them will be the user-interface and OEM functionality.
Galaxy Note II comes with TouchWiz UI, and Droid DNA has HTC Sense UI 4+.
Battery backup depends on your usage. Both devices are phablets with a huge screen and big resolution. Powering more pixels drains the battery juice fast. It is reported that Droid DNA can provide up to 12 h 40 min talk time with 3G, and 10 hours on LTE and Galaxy Note II provides up to 16 hours on 3G. It will vary upon the actual use.
It’s a real tough fight between two daemons. This is the first time I’m so confused while selecting two phones. Both the phones have equally good features; some are good in Note 2 while some are good in Droid DNA.
When it comes to buying, the pricing is the main factor to be considered. Galaxy Note 2 is available for $300 on-contract where as Droid DNA is available for $200 on a contract basis.
Galaxy Note 2 has a gorgeously looking Super AMOLED HD screen, three storage options, slightly better camera and S-Pen. Droid DNA has superior build, powerful processor, silky smooth Sense UI, LTE and good low-light camera performance.
If we consider the basic and normal use of the phone, Galaxy Note II serves better essential features than Droid DNA.