HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Vs Paul Briden 14:00, 19 Feb 2013

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
Dimensions 137.4mmx62mmx9.3mm 151.1x80.5x9.4mm, 183g
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
Battery 2,300mAh 3,100mAh

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