5-inch Smartphone Combat – Samsung Galaxy Note II Vs. HTC Droid DNA

HTC Droid DNA Vs Samsung Galaxy Note IIWith a lot of tablets, smartphones and phablets arriving at the market, we often find ourselves at crossroads when we’re looking forward to replacing our device or when buying a new device. Samsung Galaxy Note II and HTC Droid DNA are the most sought-after phablets of the year, but still, it is confusing as to which one to pick. Let’s make a study of both the devices to decide which is better.

The Look and Display

HTC Droid DNA is a fabulous device and the interface is colorful, to match the looks and color of the device. Galaxy Note II is an elegant device, but the plastic build doesn’t feel good in the hands. Therefore, the HTC Droid DNA scores more points in this category. HTC has been doing a wonderful job in the designing part lately.


Galaxy Note II boasts a bigger screen of 5.5-inches with Super AMOLED HD display and HTC Droid DNA sports a 5-inch display with Super LCD3 technology. Even though Galaxy Note II has a bigger display, it can’t compete with HTCs display as the resolution it renders is poor at 267ppi compared to the 441ppi resolution of Droid DNA.


Galaxy Note II is heavier than HTC Droid DNA, with the weight being 183 grams and 138 grams respectively.


HTC Droid DNA is powered by a quad core 1.5GHz Snapdragon chip while the Galaxy Note II is powered by a quad core 1.6GHz Exynos 4 chip. There is not much difference in the processor capacities and so you can pick any of these blindly if a strong processor is what you are looking for.


HTC Droid DNA loses out to Galaxy Note II in this category because it comes with a built-in storage capacity of 16GB without any options to expand the storage. However, Samsung was a bit more thoughtful to offer three models with different storage capacities such as 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. This is something HTC must consider while designing phablets in the future.


Both devices ship with an 8-megapixel rear camera and similar front facing cameras with only a negligible difference in resolution. The HTC Droid DNA comes with a 2.1-megapixel front facing camera while the Galaxy Note II has a 1.9-megapixel camera in the front. Although the camera on HTC is good, you can’t rely on it for taking printable pictures. It is more than good for social networking though.

Operating System

There aren’t big differences in the operating systems because both devices are loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Though they have the same features, there are differences in the user interface. The HTC Droid DNA looks good for colorful themes and display, while pleasant colors look good on Samsung Galaxy Note II. You can pick your device based on your tastes of color and appearance.


HTC Droid DNA has a 2020mAh battery, which isn’t as capable as Samsung Galaxy Note II’s 3100mAh battery. If you are often on the go, you might want to consider the Galaxy Note II. However, you can carry a portable charger with you to power your HTC Droid DNA. Using the flip cover on the HTC Droid is a painful job to do and so it is wise to invest in a charging pad.


Having seen all the important specs, we now have to look at the prices of these two beautiful devices. The HTC Droid DNA will cost you just $149 while you will have to shell out $299 for the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

As there aren’t many differences between the capacities of the devices, you might want to consider the storage capacity and the price to make your choice.