Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC One X

Earlier in the year when HTC unveiled their new ‘One’ series, and the flagship One X smartphone, they did so with little in the way of competition. The HTC One X simply had more in the way of specs and performance for any other phone to rival – until the Samsung Galaxy S3 came along. The crown jewel in Samsung’s Galaxy range is able to rival the One X in almost every department and as a result it is these two phones that sit at the top of the smartphone pile in 2012. What I’m sure you want to know is which one of these phones is the best, and which one deserves your hard earned cash? Well, we aim to provide you with the answer by putting the two phones head-to-head: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC One X.

Form

Both of these phones are probably the best that each company has produced in terms of looks for some time, especially in the case of HTC who have often been criticised for poor design innovation in the bask. The HTC has slightly rounded corners whereas the Galaxy has smooth curves. Each phone is well built with no creaking and feels solid and comfortable in the hand, both with a real feeling of premium quality.

At 71 x 137 x 8.6mm, the S3 is larger and thinner than the 70 x 134 x 8.9mm, although there is very little difference between them, being slightly smaller goes in the favour of the HTC when it comes to the weight of the two phones – 130g to 133g.

Screen

The HTC One X has one of the best displays you will ever see on the market and sports a Super ICS LCD2 4.7 inch 720 x 1280p resolution screen, with a 312ppi density. The Galaxy S3 answers this with an even larger (and equally impressive) 4.8 inch Super AMOLED 306ppi display also with 720 x 1280 resolution. The drop in ppi is expected with the increased screen size on the Samsung but there is nothing between the two in terms of quality. Whether it is reading text, browsing the web, 3D gaming or watching YouTube videos, the colours, brightness and viewing angles ooze class on each phone. Samsung uses the latest Corning Gorilla Glass2 while HTC has gone with the standard version of the protective glass.

Camera

Once again, in terms of quality, you will have a hard time establishing a winner between these two phones – each taking an outstanding picture. Both the One X and the S3 have an 8-MP camera, both with 1080p recording and very similar features: smile and face detection, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, image stabilisation and geo-tagging. Each phone also has a front-facing camera with 720p recording, although it is the Galaxy’s 1.9-MP snapper that triumphs over the 1.3-MP camera in the One X.

Hardware

When it comes to hardware, these phones are untouchable at the moment. The HTC One X is packing a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 1.5GHz processor, while the S3 features Samsung’s own Exynos 4212 1.4GHz quad-core processor. Give either of these phones a job to do and they will gobble it up with ease. There is 1GB RAM in each, but it is the Galaxy that proves to be the better phone on storage, offering 32GB and 64GB options as well as a microSD card slot compared to a single 32GB option and no microSD in the One X.

Operating System

The HTC One X was one of the first phones to hit the market running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung quickly followed suit with the Galaxy. The inclusion of HTC Sense 4.0 and Samsung TouchWiz give each device a unique feel and skim over ICS to excellent effect, although it has to be said that HTC Sense is the better UI.

Battery

Such high-spec phones are going to require decent batteries and they both perform well, easily giving a day’s charge with constant use. The HTC One X has an 1800mAh battery and the Galaxy S3 a 2100mAh battery.

Verdict

There is virtually nothing to choose between the two phones and you are likely to be more than satisfied with either device. However, better storage and a larger screen give the Samsung Galaxy S3 a slight edge.

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