Quick Comparison: HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy SIII, beyond the specs.

Quick Comparison: HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy SIII, beyond the specs.

Samsung Galaxy SIII vs HTC One X

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
Photo credit: blogs.todayonline.com

One X’s matte back and the Galaxy SIII’s fingerprint magnet.

  • 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
Image credit: blogs.todayonline.com

While the Galaxy SIII marginally beats a number of the One X’s specs, HTC has shown their most convincing assault on the Galaxy line to date.

Notable Mentions

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.

Verdict

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.

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5 thoughts on “Quick Comparison: HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy SIII, beyond the specs.

  1. jim says:

    wait…SD card slot and NO SD card slot are both “plusses”?

  2. That was very insightful and a much better read than all the other VS articles one finds on the internet mentioning only technicical specifications. Because really, what does it matter how much higher the benchmark scores are if the experience is the same or better with inferior benchmarks?

  3. charlie g says:

    So as a current HTC evo4g owner, which, is a decent phone, even with a otterbox double case(rubber innersleeve wrapped in a super tough platic outter shell, i have managed to pretty much disable the cam completley, the flash doesnt work(nor flashlight) and toasted the battery with a toilet drop. I do like the htc sense layout. it is nice. Sprints slow network really, is a sad state of affairs to debut the FIRST 4G PHONE on, considering tmobiles 3 g is a mb a second faster in the lastest speed tests. sad sad. however… and ill say this, ive really been investigating this, because most likely i’ll be going back to at&t for a respectible speed rate, even at the sacrifice of unlimited data, which blows because i have a torrent downloader… I listen to music… ALOT. and i was quite happy with the audio on the standard htc music player. i could never get my bass, or music in general to sound better with any extra players, or sound amplifiers, no matter what eq, db boost options were available, so the comfort, and the Beats audio enhancements especially make the htc a very interesting phone. however, like it says. The fact that its only available in 32 gb with no expandable memory, where as the galaxy s3 is up to 128? i mean for someone like me, thats just a no brainer. I could, and would fill 128 gigs up no problem. it would be more memory than my current laptop. and the phone, albeit, apparently, not snazzy or visually pleasing enough. will always be in a protective case for me. I guess its more a matter of waiting til theyre actually available, and we can have more feedback on the samsung. come on htc, NO SD CARD SLOT?!?!?!! phenomenal cosmic power!!!! itty bitty living space – the genie of the lamp

    • isaacjacobs says:

      We’re still in the early days of 4G so it makes sense you’re having a less than stellar experience on that front. However, HTC is not really able to do much there. I see how for you, music is a priority and I get that, it frustrates me too. Here, I really appreciate what HTC are doing on the software and industrial design front even to the practical end of probably not requiring a case with the poly-body. How I wish could have our cake and eat it too but it seems that no matter how far we come, we desire more that our devices can already impressively put out. Perhaps we are near the place where they can and will, perhaps we aren’t. Thanks for your comment.

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