Apple iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Vs HTC Droid DNA: Which Phone Is Worth The Price?

It seems a tad overwhelming to compare 4 of the best smartphones of 2012 with each other – but we decided to take up the challenge. But we’re giving this showdown our little twist and doing it in a slightly different manner, instead of directly pitting one device against the other. If you’re among the blessed few for who budget is not a concern and wouldn’t mind splurging on a high end smartphone, but unsure of which way to go, this article could be just the enlightenment you require.

Here’s what we do and don’t love about each of these four gorgeous smartphones:

Apple iPhone 5

What we love: It’s an Apple iPhone – need we say anything more? Priced at Rs 39999 with a much faster processor in a slimmer, lighter body, the iPhone 5 is without a doubt a huge step forward when compared to the iPhone 4S. iOS 6 works like a dream and with a plethora of apps to choose from, it’s definitely one of the most handy smartphones one could ever pick up. The iPhone 5’s 8 MP rear camera with advanced features like HDR modes and 360-degree panorama can make anyone fall in love with photography!

What we don’t love: To start with, probably the biggest disappointment was the 4-inch display which Apple hasn’t enhanced. Viewing isn’t as much of a delight on what we now feel a small screen, especially when you compare it with the other 3 smartphones in its league. We also wish Apple had put in a little more RAM. The 1 GB of RAM does seem little inadequate, considering that HTC Droid DNA and the Galaxy Note 2 come with 2 GB of RAM. Oh, and not to forget the lack of a microSD card slot, which means you’re limited to internal storage.

Samsung Galaxy S3               

What we love: Let’s start with its looks – we love the curved edges and the pebble design. Priced at Rs 35999 with a gorgeous 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, colors are reproduced in a brilliant manner on the Galaxy S3’s screen. Samsung has been thoughtful enough to include a microSD card slot, giving us the option of expanding the memory of this phone, which is an absolute delight. The Galaxy S3’s got a great camera too – 8 MP with LED flash that also records videos at full HD resolution. We love its additional functions, especially the burst mode, panorama, face and smile detection, etc. The 2100 mAh battery also provides adequate power to keep the phone running for over a day, even with heavy usage.

What we don’t love: This section’s really hard to write, given that we can find so few faults with Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone. However, we wish Samsung would have bumped up its RAM to 2 GB, instead of having just 1 GB. Because, with a dual-core processor, more RAM would just let us enjoy multitasking even more!


What we love: For once, Samsung has found a worthy enough contender in HTC’s Droid DNA, and even if this phone just showed up rather recently, we think it’s quite an interesting competitor. Priced at Rs 35000, it’s as powerful as the Galaxy Note 2, with a quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and a 5-inch Super LCD 3 display. We also love its 2.1 MP front-facing camera which is the highest resolution among its contenders. It’s shipped with Android 4.1 and can be upgraded to Android 4.2.

What we don’t love: The biggest disappointment about the Droid DNA is its limited memory. It comes with 16 GB of internal storage and no microSD card slot. For a device that’s as powerful, we really wish HTC would have put more thought into this aspect. We also feel that the 2020 mAh battery might not be adequate for such a large phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

What we love: It’s got an absolutely stunning 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display which works with an S-Pen. Priced at Rs 35499 with 64 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, Samsung’s designed this device to be an optimal computing partner for those on the go. Its quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM bring out the best of Android with multitasking capabilities. Its massive 3100 mAh battery gives it more than enough power to last for over a day as well.

What we don’t love: In terms of phablets, this one’s definitely as grand as it can get. However, we do worry that the size might be a hindrance for some, as it can’t be pocketed and carried around as easily as the other phones. The Galaxy Note 2 is shipped with Android 4.1.1 and upgradable to Android 4.1.2 – we’re not sure if it can be upgraded to Android 4.2 yet.… Read the rest

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Google Nexus 4 Vs Nokia Lumia 920 Vs HTC Driod DNA Vs iPhone5: Who Wins?

2012 was the year of technology without a doubt, and as we bring the curtain down on this year, we at TechThirsty have decided to do a round-up of the best phones that were brought out in the year. We’re looking at the top 5 phones that made the headlines, set the cash registers ringing, and drew a huge fan following. So here goes our list:

Google Nexus 4: Google’s very own Android phone, the Nexus, saw its latest model being designed by LG. It features Android in its purest form, just the way Google wanted it to be, and it does look good. High on features like its predecessors, the Nexus 4 managed to grab quite a few eyeballs during its launch. Extremely affordable, we can’t help but forgive Googe and LG for not putting in the LTE connectivity feature in this phone.

Nokia Lumia 920: 2012 was the year Microsoft took a giant leap forward, consolidating its PC and phone OS and bringing out the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. This worked well for Nokia, which had been losing quite a bit of ground to iPhone and Android phones over the past couple of years. Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 based smartphone, the Lumia 920, is quite the head-turner. And no, not just because it looks quirky! The gorgeous display, the PureView camera, Nokia’s apps like City Lens, Maps, etc., everything comes together in this successful offering.

HTC Droid DNA: Just when you thought Apple had the last say in all things high res, thanks to their Retina Display technology. HTC took it forward with its Droid DNA for Verizon with its full HD display. We’re talking about a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels in a 5-inch screen! Now, here’s where Android Jelly Bean truly looks gorgeous and comes alive.

Apple iPhone 5: So what if the screen size stays the same? Apple does manage to make headlines every time it brings out a new version of the iPhone, and this time too, the iPhone 5 didn’t disappoint. It’s slimmer, lighter, and faster – like all successors, and it’s amazing 8 MP camera is literally to die for! With its 360 degree Panorama feature, it’s meant for the shutterbugs. And iOS6 works like a dream!

Samsung Galaxy S3: This was one that quite simply took our breath away. Notwithstanding its ongoing tussle with Apple over patent infringement suits, 2012 was the year of Samsung without a doubt. The Galaxy S3 with its pebble-like curves is one of the bestsellers in the smartphone world – with over 30 million pieces sold since its launch. It propelled Android into greater popularity, and well, it’s brilliant!… Read the rest

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