On CNN’s Technology Minute last evening, panelists debated whether or not Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA is a better buy for the holidays than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. We will compare both devices in order to determine which really is the best.
Build and design
HTC has put together a clean design without all the bells and whistles of previous HTC phones—this is a good thing. All you will see on the front is a trio of Android navigation buttons (Back, Home, and Recent Apps) that are positioned very low on the DNA, while a silver Verizon logo and a long, slim red speaker grille are centered above the phone’s huge display. Perhaps the basic design on the front helps you zero on on the gorgeous screen.
On the back is an all dark grey and soft touch plastic casing with a few spots of a red trim around the 8-megapixel camera and a Beats Audio logo. The 8MP camera is on top of the middle rear section. There is also a Micro-USB port, along with a headphone jack. The most noticeable thing about the Droid DNA is what’s missing—a microSD card slot.
The Galaxy Note 2 feels and looks like an oversized (but not in a bad way) Galaxy S3. It is 5.9 inches tall by 3.2 inches wide by 0.37 inches thick. It weighs 6.4 ounces and certainly feels a little heavy. However, it also feels completely solid and the weight is evenly distributed. The extra weight is most likely due to the powerful battery and it is definitely worth it since the battery life is absolutely outstanding.
If you are thinking of the Galaxy Note 2 as a phone, you may be a little overwhelmed by the size and build. If you are thinking of it as a mini tablet that can fit in your pocket, you will be very pleased.
Winner: Droid DNA (Both have good designs, but it’s clear that more thought went into the the build of the Droid DNA.)
The 5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels of resolution was supposed to blow the viewer away. Needless to say, it is a great screen that is viewable at all viewing angles. However, the color display isn’t as colorful as the Super AMOLED displays on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3. While 440 pixels-per-inch may look good on paper, the human eye really can’t detect more than 300 dpi.
The 5.5-inch screen on the Galaxy Note 2 has a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720. There have been no problems using this Super AMOLED screen in direct sunlight. While it may not have a full 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution like the Droid DNA, it is still a better screen. While looking at the Droid DNA, you are looking at what appears to be a beautiful screen. While looking at the screen on the Galaxy Note 2, you are looking at what appears to be a beautiful picture or painting. You really have to put these screens together to understand what I mean.
The winner: Galaxy Note 2
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