6 Ways the Droid DNA Beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

In just a few days, Verizon will launch two competing large screen smartphones in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the HTC Droid DNA. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 currently rules the 5-inch display realm though the Droid DNA is looking to battle it for supremacy with some high-end specifications, one of which has never been seen in the United States.

The Droid DNA and Galaxy Note 2 are two extremely exciting Android releases and two that will be doing battle against each other this holiday shopping season. Both devices offer large displays, quad-core processors, lots of RAM, and Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA.


The Droid DNA.


Verizon’s Droid DNA will arrive on November 21st while the Galaxy Note 2 will touch down at an unknown date. Its release date is presumed to be November 29th but that still isn’t confirmed. Given their similar specs and release dates, the competition will likely be fierce and the Droid DNA looks poised to deliver the Galaxy Note 2 its first real challenge to date.

We’ve already taken a look at 6 Ways the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Beats the Droid DNA and now it’s time to take a look at ways the Droid DNA bests the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet.

By no means are these devices perfect, but there are clear areas where they beat each other. Here, we take a look at some reasons to consider the Droid DNA over the reigning king of big smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Here, we take a look at six ways the Droid DNA beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

One Hand Accessible

Given that these devices sport massive displays, they also sport massive footprints which will likely make them a little difficult to hold for those that were graced with smaller hands. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a monstrosity of a smartphone featuring a width of 80.5 millimeters. To put that into perspective, take a look at the image below which shows just how much wider it is than the iPhone 5.


Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5.

So how does it compare to the Droid DNA which sports a much bigger display than the iPhone 5? As you can see in the photo below, the Droid DNA has a smaller footprint than the Galaxy Note 2 as it checks in about 10 mm slimmer when it comes to width.


Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA.

Obviously, the size difference is less drastic than the iPhone 5 but it still means that the Droid DNA is going to be easier to hold in one hand, something that is often necessary when it comes to using a smartphone.


One of the biggest ways that the Droid DNA hopes to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is with its extremely affordable price. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is $299 on-contract at AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon and $370 at T-Mobile, the Droid DNA with its comparable specifications checks in at $199.99 on-contract at Verizon.


The Galaxy Note 2 is more expensive than the Droid DNA.

In fact, retailers like Wirefly are selling the Droid DNA for as low as $150. That’s pretty insane considering the specifications of the Droid DNA.

So those not looking to break the bank, remember, the actual cost of these devices is much higher due to tax and activation fees, will likely want to take an extremely close look at the Droid DNA and its extremely attractive price tag.

Full HD 1080p Resolution

Samsung did virtually nothing to improve the display on the Galaxy Note 2 from the original Galaxy Note in terms of resolution. Yes, the display is bigger, up to 5.5-inches from 5.3-inches, but the resolution remains the same. The Galaxy Note 2 will sport a 720p Super AMOLED HD display which would be appealing, if the Droid DNA’s display wasn’t the first of its kind in the U.S.

The Droid DNA on the other hands comes packing a 5-inch full HD 1080p display, the first to arrive on a smartphone in the United States. When we went hands-on with the Droid DNA in New York, we were highly impressed by the quality of the on-screen content. Video, in a word, looked gorgeous. Photos were vibrant and detailed. And this will likely be the new standard for smartphones in 2013, including the Galaxy Note 3.

Those who love their video as good-looking as possible are going to want to opt for the Droid DNA.

440 Pixels-Per-Inch

Another whopping figure from the Droid DNA is its ludicrous 440 pixels-per-inch. This blows away both the iPhone 5 (326 ppi) and the Galaxy Note 2 (267 ppi). What this means is that the device is going to sport, again, great looking images but most of all extremely crisp and rich text on webpages, e-books, and the like.

So how does this translate? Avram Piltch from Laptop Magazine says that when he “put the DNA’s screen next to the Galaxy Note II’s 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, a high-res image of a tiger was not only sharper, but brighter than than on the Samsung display.”

Subtle differences like this will make browsing the web and reading books on the Droid DNA a much more pleasurable experience.

One other things to note about the Droid DNA’s LCD-3 display is its 178 degree viewing angle. This will make it extrmely easy to share photos and videos with large groups of people.


The HTC One X, one of HTC’s previous Android releases, came stocked with an ImageSense chip that put the device’s rear camera up there with the likes of the iPhone 5 which is widely considered to have one of the best cameras on the market. Fortunately, HTC used the same technology with the Droid DNA and even made sure to tack on a nifty front-facing camera as well.

Verizon’s Droid DNA will offer a 8MP rear camera with ImageSense chip which should translate to beautiful photos and the ability to easily switch between video and photo mode while also letting users take photos while shooting video.


The Droid DNA packs an 8MP ImageSense rear camera.

The Galaxy Note 2 camera, while solid and backed by some creative hardware, will likely pose no threat to the quality of the rear camera on the Droid DNA.

Additionally, the Droid DNA features a 88% wider ultra-wide 2.1MP lens. That will mean video chats of the highest quality, perfect for those that are constantly on conference calls.

Built-In Wireless Charging

Finally, one of the little mentioned features of the Droid DNA is the fact that it features embedded wireless charging which essentially means that it comes with wireless charging built-in. That is something that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does not possess unfortunately.


The Droid DNA has native wireless charging, just like the Nexus 4 seen here.

All Droid DNA users will need to do is buy a compatible charging pad, which is sold separately, and the device will be ready to be charged without the use of any kind of wires or cords.

Galaxy Note 2 users will need to pick up an attachment in order to be able to use wireless charging which means more money and more hassle.



  1. AJ Quintel (@AJ_Quintel14) says

    Wow 1080P Screen and 440 ppi screen as seperate things?
    Must’ve really been reaching to find things to beat the note 2.

  2. PAULUS says

    Hahaha…What a terrible article designed only to attract clicks.

    Since the Note 2 has a one-hand mode, there 3 valid reasons, TOPS here:
    -Wireless charging

  3. JB says

    It’s an HTC, nuff said. As a long time Thunderbolt sufferer counting the minutes until I can get a new phone, I’d never touch another HTC phone.

  4. carol says

    No Adobe Flash Player on Note 2 which sucks! What’s a chick to use for watching Greys Anatomy & other superfluous tv? 3rd party app is no help!

    • Jay says

      @Carol..You can still install flash and watch videos..I have the Note 2 and I am able to watch movies after installing flash. You’ll need to find it on the Adobe archives website and download the Flash player for the latest Ice Cream sandwich OS. You’ll have to use the stock web browser that comes with the phone.

  5. Jay says

    Galaxy Note 2 all the way… Not impress by the DNA. the screen is cool but 720p is no slouch in the HD display department. Plus the DNA doesn’t have the graphical capabilities to truly take advantage of that beautiful screen it’s packing. So you’ll be look at really clear icons and pictures. The note 2 will look superior doing gaming and graphic intense media, plus the note gives you different picture modes to choose from like a real HD set… Note 2 with all it’s technical glory is the winner hands down!

  6. Phil Schaadt says

    I have had my Galaxy Note 2 for a week.

    The S pen/note is a must for taking meeting notes and drawings, I’ve taken a few dozen pages of notes and drawings.The extra microSD means I can bring my complete tech docs references with me. The removable battery means I can carry a spare and don’t need to even think about finding an AC plug. Can’t do any of that with the HTC.

    NO need to lug my laptop to client meetings.

    The price difference is trivial if you are making your living using the device.

  7. Daniel Kiselev says

    Maybe we should add the Amazing battery life to the list, sike! 2020 mAh is hurendous for a phone of this caliber(My friend’s DNA goes to around 20-30% after 1hr of gaming). Note 2 on the other hand has the one of the best batteries I have seen, comparing very close to the razr maxx HD as both phones are over 3100mAh.

  8. Sayantan says

    1080p display getting its juice from 2020mAh….whereas SGN2 has 3100mAh…. who’ll go for dDNA?

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