HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2
We take a look at how the HTC One compares to Samsung's Galaxy Note 2
The HTC One packs a high-grade unibody design, a lightning quick Qualcomm processor and a gorgeous display. It is a premium-grade handset through and through.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 is the revamped second iteration of the company’s stylus-driven ‘phablet’ concept. It shares much of its design and spec with the Samsung Galaxy S3, but sports a larger 5.5-inch display.
HTC One: Key specs and what’s hot
Design, build, display and processor – these are the things that are hot with the HTC One.
The design follows the company’s previous flagship, the HTC One X, but it’s been reshaped with a more angular and slab-like appearance, similar to the HTC 8X Windows Phone.
The emphasis is still on white bodywork popping out against black display panels, and on the front the contrasting bodywork tops-and-tails the touchscreen neatly.
The handset is made from aluminium, so it’s very lightweight, and has a matte finish which is satisfying to get to grips with, while a wafer-thin bezel on the longer sides gives a sleek look and an almost edge-to-edge appearance.
Build quality is what we’ve come to expect from HTC – very premium in how it feels to handle. There’s absolutely zero flex in the chassis.
The display itself is a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 panel with a 1920x1080 pixel resolution at 468 pixels-per-inch, making it one of the sharpest smartphone displays around. As with previous HTC SLCD handsets the colour and brightness are pretty impressive too.
The processor is a seriously competitive bit of kit. It’s the brand new Qualcomm 600 Snapdragon S4 quad-core chip clocked at 1.7GHz with 2GB of dual-channel RAM and an Adreno 320 graphics processing unit (GPU).
Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Key specs and what’s hot
The Galaxy Note 2’s colossal size gives it its key advantage – that massive screen. The 5.5-inch display is excellent for most smartphone entertainment purposes including browsing, films, games, video and viewing high-end picture media.
It’s a Super AMOLED display and does suffer a bit for being pentile, but it’s still quite good with a 1280x720 pixel resolution at 267ppi. For viewing feature films back-to-back on a long-haul flight it’s very rewarding indeed.
The processing power is reasonably competent for the most part, although the Exynos 4412 1.6GHz quad-core chip does tend to run a little hot with more intensive activities.
It’ll run much of what currently resides in Google Play but doesn’t have quite the top-end clout of its rival and may not be quite so ‘future-proof’ for new, more demanding apps and services going forward.
Samsung’s big phone has an advantage when it comes to storage, with a full range of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options each with microSD capability for cards up to 64GB high-capacity.
Direct Spec Comparison: Shootout
|Device||HTC One||Samsung Galaxy Note 2|
|Display||4.7-inch SLCD3,1920x1080 pixels,468ppi||5.5-inch Super AMOLED, 1280x720 pixels,267ppi|
|Camera||4-megapixel,LED flash,1080p video,optical stabilisation||8-megapixel,LED flash,1080p video|
|Storage||32GB/64GB||16GB/32GB/64GB,microSD up to 64GB|
|Processor, RAM, Graphics||1.7GHz Qualcomm 600 quad-core ,2GB RAM,Adreno 320 GPU||1.6GHz Exynos 4412,2GB RAM,Mali-400MP GPU|
|Operating System,||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean||Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean|
|UI||HTC Sense 5||TouchWiz|
|Connectivity||microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,4G,GPS||microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Hotspot,Wi-Fi Direct,DLNA,4G variant available,MHL,GPS|