Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One

Both the devices are the best in the industry and eligible to compete with iPhones. HTC One is equipped with high-grade unibody design, gorgeous display and lightning quick Qualcomm processor. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the revamped version of its most successful Note phablet. It also has much of the specs and design similar to that of Galaxy S3 smartphone, but sports a larger display. The S Pen digitized note-taking and drawing stylus is an added USP of the device.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was launched last year in September 2012 and HTC One is a premier technology product of 2013

Size and Weight

HTC One is sturdy and slender with a thickness of 9.3mm. It weighs less than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, just 143g. The Note 2 is 182.5g. Note 2 is also taller and wider than HTC One – 151mm vs the HTC One’s 137.4mm and 80.5mm vs 68.2mm taller and wider respectively.


The HTC One sports 4.7-inch screen providing a resolution of Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels with stunning pixel density of 468 ppi. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on the other hand sports bigger screen of 5.5-inch, featuring a 720p display and meagre pixel density of 267 ppi.


The HTC One runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and latest Sense 5.0 UI, heavily customized Android skin made by HTC itself. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 too comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS but it is upgreadeable to Android 4.2 in near future.

HTC One is equipped with few noteworthy software features such as HTC Zoe to capture three second clips of 1080p video, HTC BlinkFeed for live streaming of entertainment, social and lifestyle updates, HTC Sense Voice to boost call volume, HTC BoomSound integrated with Beats Audio, HTC Sense TV and more.


HTC One is equipped with one of the best camera features even though it has 4-megapixel sensor. The company refers it as ‘UltraPixels’ camera, which is sensor’s 2 micron pixels. It takes much improved pictures in low-light. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is mounted with 8-megapixel camera. Though it sounds good but the camera performance of HTC One is far better in low-light photography.

Processor and battery

HTC One is powered by quad-core 1.7GHz Krait 300 processor that is integrated on Snapdragon 600 chipset from Qualcomm. It is equipped with Adreno 320 GPU. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is comes with a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, clocked at 1.6GHz

HTC One is fueled by 2300 mAh battery where as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a mammoth 3100 mAh battery. The Korean giant claims Note 2 gives a talktime of 16 hours on 3G network.

Storage and memory

The HTC One comes in two version in terms of on-board storage – 32GB and 64GB. The company has not facilitated expansion of memory through any external source. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. Its memory is expandable via microSD cards. Both the smartphones comes with 2GB of RAM.

Connectivity and wireless

Both the devices support LTE connectivity standard. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is already featuring on the EE’s UK 4G network. The two also comes with NFC technology but neither is equipped with wireless charging technology. Both sports micro-USB port for supporting of Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard for the HDMI connection.


Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with S Pen stylus for easy note-taking, drawing, annotating and all-round productivity boon. The HTC One comes with built-in amplifiers and front-facing speaker grills. It has taken the technology of Beats Audio, which is one of the main USPs of the device. Also, its Sense TV feature makes the device work as a remote control for a TV.


The HTC One has been listed on Clove Technology retailer at £510 SIM-free and under contract it comes for £36 a month. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was released in September last year so it is widely available. Without contract it is priced tagged £550. Under contract it comes for £31 per month.

HTC one vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Which is better ?

People who does not hate carrying a bulky and larger mobile phone may go for Samsung Note 2 as it will give bigger experience of watching videos, taking note (thanks to S Pen) and stronger battery life. HTC One on the other hand is equipped with full suite of new-generation features. Though it is not the king of smartphones but the Jelly Bean-based Sense 5.0 UI do offer slickest custom user experience.

Do share your own views with fellow readers in the below given comment box about both the devices and which one you would prefer buying.

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