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Phab-ulous: Galaxy Note 2 vs DROID Incredible X 5 (Butterfly)

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the must have phablet this year. The device comes with a display that is larger than its predecessor, which some thought was too large to start with, but has proven to be a hit. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is out in some regions right now and there is competition on the way in the shape of the HTC J Butterfly, another phablet that’s making waves since its launch in Japan and appears headed to the US under the name HTC DROID Incredible X. So how do these phablets stand up against each other?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC DROID Incredible X (J Butterfly)

The HTC DROID Incredible X comes with a display of 5 inches and is thought to be making its way onto Verizon. There does seem to be confusion over the name right now with some saying that it is the HTC Droid Incredible X 5 while others believe it will have Nexus thrown in and HTC Sense take out. Nevertheless the specs should remain identical and it will be running Jelly Bean.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with the Exynos quad core 1.6GHz processor and the DROID Incredible X has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5Ghz. These are both very much evenly matched until benchmark tests prove otherwise. Both are great processors and should give superb performance with their 2GB RAM to boot.

The display of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 5.5 inches and is Super AMOLED with 267ppi and 1280 x 720. However the screen of the HTC DROID Incredible X is better as it is full HD at 5 inches with 440ppi and resolution of 1920 x 1080. This happens to be the first handset to come with a 5 inch display that is full HD.

The Note 2 comes with 2GB of RAM and is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of storage, which can be expanded by another 64GB. The DROID Incredible X comes with 2GB and has 16GB of storage and also supports SD card.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a camera of 8 megapixels and this comes with autofocus, LED flash and the ability to take video at 1080p. It also has a camera of 1.9 megapixels on the front. The DROID Incredible X has an 8 megapixel camera too and this too can take video at 1080p. On the front is a 2.1 megapixel camera.

Android Jelly Bean is pre-installed on the Note 2 and the DROID Incredible X should also come with the latest OS.

When it comes to the battery the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 3100mAh and the HTC phablet has a smaller one at 2020mAh. With the high specs the battery could be a let-down as it has to power the large screen. On the plus side is the fact that the DROID Incredible X has the LCD 3 display and the low nano meter processor, which could help to save power.

The Note 2 is offered in marble white or titanium grey and colour options for the Butterfly include red, white and black.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 weighs in at 183 grams and is 151.1mm x 80.5mm x 9.4mm, while the Butterfly is 140 grams and is 143mm x 71mm x 9.1mm.

When it comes to other details, the Note 2 comes with support for NFC and the usual Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections and it has support for the S Pen stylus and multi-windows. The DROID Incredible X ‘Butterfly’ comes with Beats Audio and is said to be water proof and dustproof.

There is not much to split the two handsets apart. If you want a larger display then you could go for the Note 2. On the other hand the DROID Incredible X comes with a full HD screen and it has 440ppi which has its merits too. The DROID Incredible X is the lighter of the two but the Note 2 has stylus support. In the end it may come down to personal preference given the specs are so evenly matched?

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.