In the first part of our comparison, we took a look at the build and design as well as the screen quality. Let’s continue our comparison.
The Droid DNA, with its quad-core processor, is a speed beast. Even with HTC Sense, the device operates smoothly and very fast. In our most annoying “performance” test, we kept turning the device into landscape and portrait modes to see if the screen rotates with it. There has barely been a delay.
Data speeds over Verizon’s 4G LTE network are very fast in Los Angeles and web pages loaded instantly on the Droid DNA. To full appreciate the browsing capabilities on the Droid DNA, you may want to download the Dolphin Browser app.
The 1.6GHz quad-core processor on the Galaxy Note 2 really helps speed things along. The fact that the Galaxy Note 2 also has 2GB of RAM means that you can run as many applications as you please and not have to worry about the performance slowing down. The only app that even shows a sign of lag is S-Note (we’ll get further into that a little bit). The most noticeable aspect of performance is that the new Galaxy Note 2 is noticeably more responsive than the original Galaxy Note. As a coworker of mine said, “It just works.”
The winner: A tie (Both devices have top-notch performance.)
The Droid DNA makes a decent music and video player and the HTC stock apps are more than adequate. However, there is a problem if you plan to use your Droid DNA as a multimedia device—there is only 16GB of internal memory and there is no microSD card slot. That pretty much makes this device unusable as a multimedia device for most users.
That said, the 8MP rear camera took excellent photos outdoors and very good photos in darker situations. The camera is certainly better than Samsung’s smartphone cameras, but still not as good as the iPhone 5 camera. The 1080p videos look a little bit compressed, but definitely viewable. Sense 4+ has various tweaks to improve usability and using both the front and back cameras has been a great experience. Did we mention that the Droid DNA is the only smartphone with both a front and rear camera that take full HD 1080p videos?
For watching videos, look no further than the Galaxy Note 2. The device not only plays just about every video format, but it plays them beautifully. Samsung’s stock video player works perfectly and it is quite easy to use. I love the thumbnail view of the videos where you can see each mini video in action until you select the video you want to view.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Samsung’s default music player, but it does the job. There are different equalizer settings and you can even customize the graphic equalizer yourself. Sometimes, there is a slight delay in showing the album art picture.
The Galaxy Note 2 has an 8MP camera that takes excellent pictures in outdoor situations and decent pictures indoors. It isn’t as good as the camera on the iPhone 5 or even the Droid DNA The Galaxy Note 2 also takes very good 1080p videos (with some noticeable compression). However, the device does record stereo sound.
The winner: Galaxy Note 2 (Both are great in this category, but we are giving the edge to the Galaxy Note 2 for having an external microSD card slot.)
Continue to Part 3