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HTC DROID DNA vs Galaxy Note 2: Which Is More Phab-ulous?

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is one of the best phablets on the market at the moment and it falls in the category thanks to the size of the display putting it between a phone and a tablet. There was some worry that people wouldn’t want a phone with a display the size of the screen on the Galaxy Note, when that was launched, however it did go on to be a huge success. The Note 2 is out now in some regions and in the US it will be out later in the month. However there is another phablet coming our way by the name of the HTC J Butterfly (or HTC DROID DNA in the US). So how will the two compare?

HTC DROID DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The recently launched HTC J Butterfly is expected to arrive in the US as the HTC DROID DNA under Verizon’s wing. So we will be looking at the confirmed specs of the Butterfly in this comparison against the Galaxy Note 2.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has the Exynos quad core processor of 1.6GHz and the DROID DNA comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor. There is not much difference between the two of them as they are both excellent and will provide superb performance.

The screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 5.5 inches Super AMOLED with 267ppi and 1280 x 720. While this is a great display, the one of the HTC DROID DNA surpasses it. The HTC  has a 5 inch Super LCD display that is full HD at 1920 x 1080 and offers 440ppi. This happens to be the first device with a 5 inch screen that is full HD.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with 2GB of RAM and it is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of storage, which can be expanded to 64GB. The DROID DNA has 2GB of RAM and it has 16GB of storage and can take SD card for external storage.

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 8 megapixels and it has LED flash, autofocus and captures video at 1080p. It also has a camera of 1.9 megapixels. The HTC DROID DNA features an 8 megapixel camera that also supports 1080p video recording and it has a camera on the front of 2.1 megapixels.

The Note 2 runs on Jelly Bean Android 4.1.1 and the DROID will have the same when it is launched.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a battery of 3100mAh and the DROID DNA has a battery of 2020mAh. Due to the high end specs and the large display, the size of the battery may concern some individuals. However the LCD 3 display of the device does have a low nano meter processor and this may use less power.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is available in white and grey and the DROID DNA is in black, red or white.

The Note 2 measures 151.1mm x 80.5mm x 9.4mm and has a weight of 183 grams and the DNA weighs 140 grams and is 143mm x 71mm x 9.1mm.

The Note 2 has connections which include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetoooth 4.0 and NFC and the DROID DNA supports the same connections. The Note 2 has the S Pen and a feature called multi-windows and the DNA has Beats Audio and it is waterproof along with dustproof.

There is not a lot to choose between the two devices as they are evenly matched. The display of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is larger, but then again the DROID DNA has the full HD display and 440ppi. The Note 2 has the S Pen stylus, but the DNA is lighter and it is waterproof. A lot of it will come down to personal preference with the two phablets.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.