Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 19, 2013

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 a more advanced mobile plaything than the HTC One? Is the 5.5-inch display on the Galaxy Note 2 better than the One’s? Does the Galaxy Note 2 feature more storage space? A faster processor? Can the 4.0MP camera on the One deliver great results? All of these questions can be resolved by checking the comparison below

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 VS HTC One
Display 5.5-inch Super AMOLED 4.7-inch Super LCD3
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(267.091 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(468.723 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.6GHz quad core Exynos 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Software Android 4.1.1 Android 4.1.2
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording 4.0 Megapixels with Ultrapixel image sensor, autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video/image recording, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 2.1MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 4.0 with A2DP
Size 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4mm 68.2 x 137.4 x 9.3mm
Weight 183g 143g
Talktime 16.0 hours TBC
Standby 890 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking, TV-out and an S-Pen stylus GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, stereo speakers, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Connectivity

The core connectivity options on the Galaxy Note 2 include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. 4G is also supported. HTC’s One, meanwhile, dishes up NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G is also included.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Size/Weight

Modern design favours light and slim handsets. How do these two fare? The Galaxy Note 2 is a bit taller than the One with dimensions of 151.1mm versus 137.4mm. The Galaxy Note 2 is wider, measuring 80.5mm to the One’s 68.2mm. If weight is an issue, then the Galaxy Note 2 is 183g, while One’s phone is 143g. The One powers into the lead. But there are still eight rounds left.
— The One wins (1-2)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Camera/Video

The Galaxy Note 2′s 8.0 MP lens features an array of goodies such as: autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. Photos taken with the camera will have a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. Oh and there’s also a 2.0MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The One, meanwhile, has a seemingly lower-spec camera. But this 4.0 Megapixel model comes with a new-fangled Ultrapixel image sensor, autofocus, an LED flash, simultaneous HD video/image recording, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording functionality. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 2.1MP.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Display

In terms of screen size, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 incorporates a huge, 5.5-inch (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED display. It has 921600 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at 267.091 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 267.091.

The One’s touch-sensitive Super LCD3 loses the size battle. The screen is smaller at 4.7 inches. With 2073600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a big league 468.723 pixels per inch. Wow.
— The One wins (2-4)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Processor

Under the hood, the One uses a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, rated at 1.7GHz. The Galaxy Note 2′s processor is a 1.6GHz quad core Exynos chip.
— The One wins (2-5)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One

After five rounds, the One leads by 5-2. But there are some big rounds coming up, including storage and operating systems. Can the Galaxy Note 2 pull it back?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1.1 vs. Android 4.1.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (3-6)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… There are three rounds to go and the One is still in the lead. Can the Galaxy Note 2 win the next three rounds and tie the scores?
— The two phones share the points (4-7)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Storage

This part of the fight focuses on storage capacity. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage. The HTC One offers you 32 or 64GB versions. Neither one has an advantage over the other. The Galaxy Note 2 also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 128GB. HTC didn’t build an expansion slot into the One, so 32 or 64GB is all you get.
— The Galaxy Note 2 wins (5-7)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy Note 2 and the One share the points (6-8)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. HTC One – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy Note 2 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking, TV-out and an S-Pen stylus. In comparison, the One is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, stereo speakers, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio.
— It’s a tie, one point each (7-9)

BPF Verdict: The HTC One wins! (7-9)

The HTC One wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 6 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: No
The best extras: Comparable

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