Quick Comparison: HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy SIII, beyond the specs.
Android is on the rise and these two giants are fighting their way to the top.
It doesn’t take long to find a website that shows a spec sheet and tell you who “wins” but the reality is, specs are not enough. A well-built device with a much smaller screen and lower rated processor can and does take the lion’s share of the market.
The Samsung Galaxy SIII and the HTC One X show us what each company can produce with focus and investment. Both devices are well equipped with super-fast quad-core processes, big screens (beyond 4.5 inches), good cameras, latest Android, with the regular awesome mapping, Gmail, web, social networking, calendar, music, radio and more. Both have top notch connectivity with yet to be broadly adopted Near Field Communication (NFC) chips and Mobile HD Link (MHL) sockets which allows both charging and HD video out from a single micro-USB port.
Many will be considering one of these devices over the coming months, what really sets them apart?
- Samsung Galaxy SIII
+ slightly bigger battery
+ SD card slot
+ 16/32/64GB models available
+ Displays better black levels
+ Siri-like S-voice and more
- poor clarity “pentile” display
- low-end/cheaper looking design (glossy plastic back)
- iPhone-esque faux metal surround
- Samsung’s “TouchWiz” is clunkier than HTC’s Sense 4.0
- HTC One X
+ brilliant display clarity, crazy close to surface
+ better colours and whites
+ stunning industrial design
+ solid/premium feel
+ more rugged casing
+ smoother/simpler interface- battery not removable
– no SD card slot
– only 16/32GB models available
– power button on the top is slightly harder to reach
FISHER-PRICE ATTACKS: The Galaxy SIII’s finger print magnet back resembles the very first Galaxy S which is a shame because it looks like a toy next to HTC’s solid and premium feeling matte polycarbonate (fancy plastic) body.
BATTERY WOES: Big screens eat batteries. HTC employs an innovative extra power-saving core to save power when it doesn’t need the grunt of the other four cores. While these devices should handle a full day, for the long haul a spare battery for the GSIII or an inexpensive portable or car charger (hint: eBay) for either is recommended. Save lots of power with brightness down and check out the Juice Defender app.
STORAGE: 16GB is more than plenty for the general user though it’s a little tough for media junkies that there isn’t expandable storage and a 32GB limit on the One X (for now) because the possibility of being able to have 128GB of music on a GSIII does sound grand.
It mightn’t be a Queensland Labor landslide defeat but the Galaxy SIII’s minor battery and storage advantages are not all that significant and strongly challenged by the HTC’s One X screen and aesthetic superiority. Today many use and rely on smartphones more than any other object. The Galaxy SIII is a solid device and will likely sell well from brand recognition but in an age where specs are not enough and coherent design is a significant buying factor, the HTC One X certainly delivers.
The Galaxy SIII has not yet been announced for Australia but when it’s released be sure to head to your local store to see for yourself.