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    Default Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe the Insider View Post
    Stop talking and check the facts before you post. Verizon has no say on a sd card slot. The international version does not have a sd slot.

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    Actually Verizon has a big say on SD card slots when the phone is being made for them. The J Butterfly has an SD card slot which is what the DNA is based on. The Droid DNA was made specifically for Verizon, hence the DROID name, which means Verizon had a huge say on what was included on the phone.

    It's a possibility HTC decided to leave it out but most likely it was Verizon that said they didn't want it. Most of the other HTC phones have SD card slots.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    I can't upgrade till Feb but with all the hoopla going on about these phones I just had to stop up at Verizon to see what going on. I am using a HTC ThunderBolt now. I really do like it. Was in no rush to upgrade. So I went to Verizon just to look. First I saw the HTC DNA. Spent about 20 minutes messing with it. When I got done I thought to myself that this was just a bigger faster version of the TB. Sense might have changed but basically it is still the same. Still does the same things. When I went to the Note 2, I was like DAMN this thing is big. It might just take two hands to hold this bad boy up to my ear. Then I picked it up. Hmm, not that bad. Kinda light. Not really as big as I first thought. Screen looks good. Can't tell to quickly which is better. Then I got the pen out. Wow, this is pretty cool. Reminds me of my Palm Treo 700P. Whats this? I can bring up two screens at once? WOW! Really cool. I'm starting to like this. Ok lets go back over to the DNA. How big is the battery? Mmm, not really that big. Well thats ok I can charge it in the car. OK, Wait a minute. No slot for a SD card? Check my phone and see how much room I have used on my 32 Gig card. 10 Gigs left? Thats a problem. Well, I think I know where this is going. Back over to the Note 2. Yea, I'm really liking this now.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    hey Anndrew, how is the data connections for both phones? what about data speed comparisons? i hear some same that the dna has better radios, and others say that the note 2 is just as good as the dna. i dont know who to believe. what are you seeing?
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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    Good question. Both offer similar, if not identical, data speeds and connections. Here in NYC, I consistently get results on both devices that are too close to call them anything other than identical. Call quality, however, differs, and the DNA slightly outperforms the Note 2 in terms of clarity.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    Day 3óLetís go shopping for some accessories

    During my first weekend with both devices, I decided to do some shopping, in particular for cases. I know, I knowóboth devices are gorgeous enough to leave naked for the whole world to enjoy. But Iím a firm believer in cases, not only for the protection, but for the personality they add. I donít want my phone to look like everybody elseís, and slapping a cool case on it is my way of making the device my own.
    I stopped by my local Verizon Wireless store and was faced with a vast sea of nothing. Nada. Zip. There wasnít one case for the DNA, and the only thing in stock for the Note 2 was Samsungís Flip Cover, which Iím trying to avoid. Herein lies the problemóeven at Amazon, Ebay, and other online retailers, there are few, if any, cases for the DNA. The only remotely attractive option Iíve found are the Otterbox varieties, but Iím looking for something a bit more stylish.
    On the other hand, the Note 2 already has plenty of choices, and from the Verizon Wireless store I walked across the street and found a great Speck Candyshell case for the Note 2. This says a lot about this predicamentósince the Note 2 is on nearly every carrier right now, your accessory options are multiplied. Youíd be hard pressed NOT to find a case in either T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon stores. And open up your search to Amazon or Ebay, and youíve got a plethora of cases to chose from.
    This is a major pro for the Note 2 and con for the DNA, not just in terms of cases, but all accessories. Whenever a device is limited to one carrier, the available accessories lacks dramatically. And if youíre buying into an obscure or unpopular phone, forget itóyouíll be left with nearly nothing. I trust that manufacturers will eventually release more cases, chargers, docks, and car mounts for the DNA, but the deviceís options will never reach whatís out there for the Note 2. In a case like this, it helps to own a popular and widely-available device.
    I left with my Candyshell case and never looked back. The Note 2 wins another round, has temporarily taken the lead.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    Please keeo the impressions coming! I just bought the DNA it will be deliverrd today. The note 2 is still in the running mainly because of the hack ability and the battery life.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    When comparing these two devices, the DNA and Note 2, I tried to clear my mind of the minor differences in performance and functionality and take a different approach to arrive at my decision. Which device will provide the best experience and get me to the next upgrade in TWO YEARS? The Note 2 is much more "future proof" than the DNA due to its replaceable battery and expandable memory. It also is the only device of these two to have just about everything you could want; it's lacking nothing compared to other current devices (especially if someone figures out a hack to get around the app to SD reality we now have).

    As far as size: very few who have owned the N2 persist with the assertion that the device is too large. Complaints about size seem to be coming from those with either a size phobia (preferential, perhaps) or size envy (because you aren't up for your upgrade for a while and it's good to feel that the tiny device that you can hold between your thumb and index finger is all that you need. You know that you want one). Reality is that the N2 does still fit in one hand and it will also fit in most any pocket--unless you're wearing iJeans, of course. The extra screen real estate can not be denied. This will not be the last "giant" phone we will see. Next year at this time we may even find out that 25% or more of our upgrade choices will have screens at least 5 inches in size. I personally find the N2 to be comfortable to use.

    Judging by the fact that the US retail market is lacking any good accessories seems to indicate that there are millions of us that have voted for the N2 with our wallets. I can't buy a case for it anywhere but online. I wouldn't be surprised if the N2 outsells the DNA by 3:1. It is just a more capable device and a bettter investment. We're taking about $100 difference over 24 months. Plus the fact that the DNA will probably force owners into the next tier of data use if they use the device to its glorious 1080p-otential.

    Oh, and for those of you who have the perception that the N2 is just an oversized S3 with an S-Pen, I think you couldn't be more incorrect. While they do share the same TouchWiz underpinnings, the N2 is a completely different, fresher, faster experience. It destroys the S3 in performance an functionality. The S3 was my most recent device and I really liked it. Get a Note 2 and you will really LOVE it.

    So, instead of getting something that is "an amazing device, but...", I decided to go all-in on the phone that IS already an amazing device, period.
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    When comparing these two devices, the DNA and Note 2, I tried to clear my mind of the minor differences in performance and functionality and take a different approach to arrive at my decision. Which device will provide the best experience and get me to the next upgrade in TWO YEARS? The Note 2 is much more "future proof" than the DNA due to its replaceable battery and expandable memory. It also is the only device of these two to have just about everything you could want; it's lacking nothing compared to other current devices (especially if someone figures out a hack to get around the app to SD reality we now have).

    As far as size: very few who have owned the N2 persist with the assertion that the device is too large. Complaints about size seem to be coming from those with either a size phobia (preferential, perhaps) or size envy (because you aren't up for your upgrade for a while and it's good to feel that the tiny device that you can hold between your thumb and index finger is all that you need. You know that you want one). Reality is that the N2 does still fit in one hand and it will also fit in most any pocket--unless you're wearing iJeans, of course. The extra screen real estate can not be denied. This will not be the last "giant" phone we will see. Next year at this time we may even find out that 25% or more of our upgrade choices will have screens at least 5 inches in size. I personally find the N2 to be comfortable to use.

    Judging by the fact that the US retail market is lacking any good accessories seems to indicate that there are millions of us that have voted for the N2 with our wallets. I can't buy a case for it anywhere but online. I wouldn't be surprised if the N2 outsells the DNA by 3:1. It is just a more capable device and a bettter investment. We're taking about $100 difference over 24 months. Plus the fact that the DNA will probably force owners into the next tier of data use if they use the device to its glorious 1080p-otential.

    Oh, and for those of you who have the perception that the N2 is just an oversized S3 with an S-Pen, I think you couldn't be more incorrect. While they do share the same TouchWiz underpinnings, the N2 is a completely different, fresher, faster experience. It destroys the S3 in performance an functionality. The S3 was my most recent device and I really liked it. Get a Note 2 and you will really LOVE it.

    So, instead of getting something that is "an amazing device, but...", I decided to go all-in on the phone that IS already an amazing device, period.


    Well said.
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    ^ lol. I love fanboys. They are so entertaining.

    If my Note 2 and Nexus could have a baby, I would cheat on both and commit phonophelia.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    I have had my DNA since it was released. I held my Verizon upgrade 6 months waiting for something and this DNA is something else. I picked it based on the processor speed, HD screen and size.

    I have played with the Note, which I recommended to my mother long before there was a DNA. She got it, and likes it. The N2 looks like an improvement. I played with it as well.

    For me I could fill the memory on any phone. So SD card makes no difference. I just do not bother putting all my work on something so easily lost or stolen.

    My world is filled with electrical outlets, battery life therefore makes no difference.

    Since I am not forced to work from a phone screen all day, I picked the DNA.

    Accessories, good thing the Note has a lot. You are going to need them as it won't fit in any third party phone pocket.

    Both Android and Google have amazing apps and Verizon has an amazing network. In a pinch the other day I was travelling on interstate highway in Tennessee. I was able to modify a shared calendar with details and save it for others to view. Now I would not do that normally but I was more than able to cut and paste, spell check and switch between pages and apps to quickly and finish my work. Not recommended for the eyes on any size phone. Now I hope you don't have to rely on your Note to work daily like that. If you do get a tablet and save your eyes. Meanwhile, I stash my phone anywhere, and Go.

    Just give one reason why the N2 will rule the world. GS3 and DNA sized phones do rule.


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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    Note ii on straight talk pays for itself in 8 months [130 monthly att-45 st=85x8=680.

    Two year contract blows

    Tmobile noteii has excra wcdma antenna over att. Idk about verizon

    Verizon full price 699, tmobile full price 649

    Just puttin it out there for yall.

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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    Ok. I may have gotten a little carried away killroy. It's from lack of sleep because I can't put the N2 down.

    My point was that for me, I could see the N2 getting me through to the next upgrade cycle. I loved what I saw in the DNA, but for my tastes I knew there were a couple things that would nag me to overspend and jump on the DNA sequel.

    They are both fantastic devices. We are never going to arrive at the right answer in this thread. Everyone has different needs and preferences.

    At least for now Verizon has two devices good enough to cause such discussion.
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    Only advantage the dna has is the screen and thinness. Other than that it's just another android phone with sense with nothing revolutionary, just the same old features.

    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the Galaxy S3 unfortunately on T-Mobile
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hector709 View Post
    I was getting about 12 hours. My iphone got better life then that
    The iPhone might get great battery life but look at all the dna and note 2 can do. Not to mention their lte. I'm sure the iPhone your talking about is the 4 cause the 4s went down in battery life compared to the 4 and the 5 I have seen a lot of reviews saying battery is the same or worst compared to 4s. So if it's the 4 your talking about there's no point in comparing it to battery on dna or note 2.

    Sent from the Beast that is Galaxy Note 2
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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    Both phones are fantastic. I do love the multi window feature on the note. Texting and browsingforums is a blast. The note just has more of what I need in a phone, and is more future proof for my needs. DNA is a great phone. I think it is whats right for you. Get what makes you happy, cant go wrong with that. Cheers.
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    Andrew / Folks,
    I have been monitoring this thread since you started it. Thanks. I am in precisely the same position. Been eligible for my VZW upgrade since about July this year. I try to get the best phone out there to indeed last at least 2 years. Imagine, I still carry an original Droid Incredible, but the phone is close to being dead! Until the Samsung Galaxy III nothing that came out even remotely made me consider an upgrade. Before the Droid DNA, I was looking at the Motorola HD Maxx or the Galaxy III. But I really like HTC Sense so I had been waiting for another great HTC device and when the DNA came out, I initially said: That is my new phone right there!

    I was in a VZW store before the Note II came out and played with the DNA for a bit, and it seemed a real good phone. But there were two Cons for me: No internal memory with on 16 GB on board and no removable battery, but somehow, I could probably live with both. I use my work cell much more than my own cell. I also know a friend that has the original Galaxy Note and to me it looked humongous, when I heard the Note II would be even bigger I assumed Samsung had completely lost their minds! However, I am over 6 feet with large hands, and the Note I was really easy for me to hold. Also to this day, I have trouble typing on the keyboards on my Incredible or iPhone 4 which is my work phone. That is one MAJOR reason why suddenly I have decided to reconsider the Note II. In addition I have a Nexus 7 and I now use the Nexus much more than my good ole Incredible.

    Like an earlier post noted, I am considering getting the Note II, selling my Nexus 7 and then getting the Nexus 10 instead. My problem here is I have grown to really, really like my Nexus 7 (I had the first honeycomb Samsung Galaxy 10.1 but returned it due to some screen issues). But since the Android 4.2 and 4.2.1 upgrades, the Nexus is now freezing up like crazy and is becoming very upsetting, not sure why and what is the solution. Another reason why I am thinking of getting rid of it.

    So back to the phones, and the choice. I am no longer as "techie" as I used to be. I am not really into Facebook, I visit it maybe once or twice a month. I barely use my twitter account but I do love my Google+. I used Pandora on my Incredible, but stopped as it never streamed continually and always lost the signals (I assume that is due to still being on the 3G network), So I listen mainly to my Google Music albums. I use Hulu plus fairly a lot. And one of my best features of the Nexus 7, is reading books. I have been scratching my head to try to decide what should be the criteria to use to decide which to choose, and still cannot decide what that should be!

    But I will now say this, I read that Samsung is now planning a "big surprise" at CES in January, so suddenly I wonder if I should not simply wait for that to see what comes out! Do you have any ideas on what Samsung has up its sleeves? is it a new tablet or indeed the Galaxy S4? I would hate to get the Note II only for it to become ancient by summer 2013...

    On that note, can we get the phone companies to release new phones every two years to also concide with our expiring two year carrier contracts...?
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    Day 4-- Durability

    Well this is a fitting follow up to my accessory dilemma. Got to work today and took both devices out of my jacket pockets. Upon closer inspection of my DNA, I noticed a scratch on the soft-touch back. It's not super noticeable, but it's there, and that's enough to really grind my gears. This could have been avoided had I found a case for it this past weekend, but we all know how that turned out.

    This leads me to my next question-- which device is more durable? Putting cases aside, which one will age more gracefully? I'm extremely careful with my devices, to the point of obsession, and I was able to scratch the DNA with nothing more than a quarter floating around my pocket. The Note 2, on the other hand, has a finish less attractive than the DNA, yet it's less likely to show blemishes.

    Has anybody dinged/scratched/scuffed or otherwise marked up their device yet? If so, how?
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    I love my Note II, but my officemate recently got the DNA so I've been able to play with it a bit outside of the store. I must say the DNA is one sexy phone. I wish my Note had that soft touch back as I'm just not a fan of the glossy, but I am less a fan of cases, all my phones run naked. As of yet, no noticeable marks on the Note, it lives by itself in my left front jeans pocket, nothing else ever goes in that pocket.
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    Only advantage the dna has is the screen and thinness. Other than that it's just another android phone with sense with nothing revolutionary, just the same old features.

    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the Galaxy S3 unfortunately on T-Mobile
    The dna is actually thicker than the note 2. The tapered edges makes it feel thinner than it is though.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    Btw. Does the Note II come with a set of headphones? I assume the DNA comes with a set of Dr Dre beats headphones which would probably be another plus on the DNA.
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    Default Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbyinc View Post
    Btw. Does the Note II come with a set of headphones? I assume the DNA comes with a set of Dr Dre beats headphones which would probably be another plus on the DNA.
    No the Note II doesn't come with headphones. Not the Verizon or AT&T versions at least.
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    I haven't noticed any scrapes, scratches, and or dings. But, the DNA is a finger print magnet on both sides. Fortunately, I don't stare at the back so it doesn't both me much. Also, the little bit of taper on the screen makes wiping the display a breeze and I have yet to get aggravated about lint gathering along the bezel.

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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    I have a small gouge on the chrome ring just above the volume rocker. It was caused by dropping it onto the rim of a wicker basket from about 12-18 inch height. The chrome ring hit at just the right angle to take a chunk out. Not happy at all, but just about any naked device would have sustained similar damage in this case. If it were aluminum instead of plastic I would be looking at a small dent instead. Would have never happened if any retail establishment near me actually had a case in stock for the Note 2. The device is selling in unexpected numbers in SE Michigan. The Verizon rep told me it is outselling the DNA, Razr HD/Maxx and iPhone 5 at his location and is only being outpaced by the Galaxy S3, but not by much.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA-- which Verizon device deserves our money this holiday season?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbyinc View Post
    Btw. Does the Note II come with a set of headphones? I assume the DNA comes with a set of Dr Dre beats headphones which would probably be another plus on the DNA.
    No beats earbuds with the dna either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbyinc View Post
    Andrew / Folks,


    But I will now say this, I read that Samsung is now planning a "big surprise" at CES in January, so suddenly I wonder if I should not simply wait for that to see what comes out! Do you have any ideas on what Samsung has up its sleeves? is it a new tablet or indeed the Galaxy S4? I would hate to get the Note II only for it to become ancient by summer 2013...
    No S4 at CES. If I were to guess it will be about flex screen and new exynos processor phone or tablet, and Windows phone and tablets. I heard something about an android tv somewhere also.
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