On November 21st, HTC and Verizon will release their brand-new smartphone, the Droid DNA, a device that will be the first of the Droid family to featured a display in the 5-inch range. It features some hard-hitting specifications including a full 1080p HD display, quad-core processor, smooth design, high-end camera and more.
When the Droid DNA does get released, it will be pitted against a number of new smartphones including Windows Phone 8 devices, the new iPhone 5 and of course, a plethora of high-end Android devices.
One of those devices is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the reigning king of 5-inch smartphones, a device that will likely be giving the Droid DNA its greatest competition. The Galaxy Note 2 is now out on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular already and will be heading to Verizon soon, presumably on November 29th and at that point, they both will be going head to head.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is no slouch either. In fact, there are some features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that we believe are better than those found on the Verizon Droid DNA.
Neither device is perfect and there are certainly areas where the Droid DNA bests the Galaxy Note 2 (we’ll be touching on those soon). However, here, want to take a close look at the areas where the Galaxy Note 2 does best HTC’s new smartphone in trying to make the choice between the two easier for those that may be hopping on the fence or may be there already.
Here are six ways the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 beats the Droid DNA.
While the HTC Droid DNA may sport a large display like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy Note 2 employs a unique stylus that takes full of advantage of all that real estate. Bundled in with the device is a stylus called the S-Pen. With the Galaxy Note 2, it’s much improved as it features an ergonomic design, a holder built into the phone, and some useful features.
First and foremost, it allows users to write and draw directly on the screen. This is extremely useful for students, businesspeople in meetings, those who may just be visual learners or those who aren’t in love with a keyboard.
Of course, that’s not all the S-Pen is good for. As we mentioned, the Galaxy Note 2 offers an S-Pen holder where users can store their stylus when it’s not in use. Better yet, once the stylus is pulled out, it opens up an S Pen menu automatically where users will find all the useful Galaxy Note 2 S-Pen apps.
From there, users can crop images and text on webpages simply by using the stylus. There are also an assortment of other apps that make the S-Pen a productivity beast. One is a feature called Air View which allows users to hover over things like calendar, email or images to get a preview without having to open them. Another is Quick Command which allows users to easily activate services using custom S-Pen strokes. And lastly, there is Idea Sketch which provides illustrations that match handwritten words.
Yes, there might be styli for the Droid DNA, but they will not have the capabilities that the S-Pen has.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 offers some unique and powerful multitasking that won’t be found on the Droid DNA. The feature is called Multi Window View and essentially, at its core, it’s multi screen multitasking which, like the S-Pen, really makes use of the Galaxy Note 2’s expansive display.
Multi Windows View allows users to split the Galaxy Note 2’s 5.5-inch display in half to display two application at once. What this means is that users can open a web browser on one side of the screen while using Facebook or Twitter on the other side. And because the Galaxy Note 2 features a quad-core processor, the feature is smooth and the transitions are seamless.
One other feature that the Galaxy Note 2 employs is something called Popup Video which allows users to open a video and move it anywhere on the screen. Once that’s done, they then open other applications while the video floats on the screen without interrupting the video.
With the Droid DNA, HTC included a non-removable 2,020 mAh battery. That means that users can’t remove it and replace it with another battery. This is devastating for power users who really want to take full advantage of the device while on the go.
Fortunately, the Galaxy Note 2 is not hindered by such a feature. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sports a massive 3,100 mAh battery that can be removed should the user choose to remove it. That makes it easy to replace and it also makes it easy to swap out for another battery should the user choose to replace the stock battery.
Another feature that the Droid DNA doesn’t offer is a microSD card slot for expandable storage. While that might not be a problem for people who don’t store a lot of files on their phone, many others will find it limiting. 16GB really doesn’t go a long way anymore with the size of files and apps these days.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does offer expandable memory. While it starts with 16GB of on board storage space, the Galaxy Note 2 supports SD cards up to 32GB in size. That means that users can get up to 48GB of storage space on the Galaxy Note 2.
This is essential for those that store lots of files – music, games or apps – on their device. And with these being the content consuming smartphones that they are, we imagine many users will want to do just that.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is now available on AT&T, Sprint,T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and soon, Verizon. This gives users a lot of options in terms of carriers, something that is extremely nice for those coming off contract or still locked into an unlimited data plan.
For instance, those on AT&T with an unlimited data plan can keep that unlimited data plan provided they sign a new contract. That means that AT&T owners can get a new Galaxy Note 2 with an unlimited data plan. Additionally, those who are signing a new contract and want pure unlimited data and want the Galaxy Note 2 can opt for Sprint which is the only carrier still offering it to new customers.
These options are not available with the Droid DNA because it’s only on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
Both the Droid DNA and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sport large screens but the Galaxy Note 2’s display is actually bigger than the 5-inch display that is on the Droid DNA. Samsung decided to bump the size of the display of the Galaxy Note 2 up from the original 5.3-inches to 5.5-inches of HD. Paired with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the size of the display makes it perfect for watching videos, movies and television shows on the go.
While the sizes may be close, those who consume a lot of video content on their device will appreciate the extra space, especially given that it’s widescreen.