Thursday, July 26, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X (and iPhone 4S): A short review

HTC’s phone a beauty, whilst Samsung impresses power-hungry. I tried my very best to make this review short and precise. If you’re planning to buy a new Android smartphone, only the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X are the phones to consider, but be sure to check this very honest review before shelling out money. To recap the specs, the Samsung Galaxy S3 (international) sports a quad-core Exynos 4 system-on-a-chip, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel back-facing camera, front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera, Android Ice Cream Sandwich with Nature UX skin, and a large 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Pentile HD display. Meanwhile, the HTC One X includes Android Ice Cream Sandwich with the new Sense UI out of the box, includes an Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel back-facing camera, front-facing camera, and a stunningly beautiful 4.7-inch Super LCD2 HD display. Design The HTC One X is the most beautiful Android smartphone in the market right now, hands down. If we’re going to score the One X’s beauty, we’ll give it a 9 out of 10. For comparison, we can give the iPhone 4S an 8 out of 10, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 a decent 6 out of 10. HTC’s One X still needs a case though as its back case attracts smudges and other dirt, but if you really hate phone dirt, oil and smudges, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is not the smartphone for you. The Samsung Galaxy S3′s glossy polycarbonate back cover is its worst “feature.” We really hate it, but luckily, you can purchase high-end cases for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Winner: HTC One X. (Duh). Display The HTC One X’s Super LCD2 720p touch screen is the best display on a mobile phone to date. If we’re going to grade it, we’ll give it a 9 out of 10. For comparison, we gave the 3.5-inch display on the iPhone 4S an 8 out of 10. The Samsung Galaxy S3′s display is also impressive, but it is Pentile and you can see some pixels, although in most cases, they’re unnoticeable. The solution is to adjust the display brightness of the Galaxy S3′s screen to at least 50 per cent. We gave the Samsung Galaxy S3′s 4.8-inch display an 8 out of 10 score. Winner: HTC One X. Performance The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the most powerful Android smartphone in the market right now. The Exynos 4 quad-core system-on-a-chip is superb, doesn’t know the word “lag,” and puts the Android platform in the iOS and Windows Phone’s buttery smooth territory. You can play power-hungry games like Temple Run: Brave, Asphalt, Shadowgun, etc with no lag whatsoever. The Samsung Galaxy S3′s performance score is 9 out of 10. This category is one of the weaknesses of the HTC One X. Its implementation of Nvidia Tegra 3 and Android is a disappointment. Clearly, using the HTC One X feels like you’re using a dual-core processor-powered Android smartphone. We’re giving the One X a 7 out of 10 score for this category. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3. Android Ice Cream Sandwich implementation The most important category for die-hard Android fans. The HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3 both have Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, and both phones will join the Android Jelly Bean land before the end of this year. The HTC One X features a more appealing Android ICS skin thanks to the company’s toned-down Sense user interface. Its messaging app (text message) is one of the best in the market right now thanks to its stationery-like wallpaper and green and gray color combination. The One X’s lock screen and Settings UI are also the ones to beat. We’re giving the Sense UI on the HTC One X an 8 out 10 score. Meanwhile, the Nature UX on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the most beautiful version of Samsung’s Android skin to date. It is less cartoonish, uniquely executed, and unlike other Samsung phones (like the original Galaxy S), the Android skin running on top of the Samsung Galaxy S3′s Android ICS doesn’t feel like a chinese knockoff. Compared to the HTC Sense, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is “more vanilla like. It is worth noting though that the Samsung Galaxy S3′s messaging and mail apps are half-baked and poorly designed. Overall, the Galaxy S3′s ICS implementation gets a 7 out of 10. Winner: HTC One X. Battery Life If you want a smartphone with a decent and flexible battery life, only the Samsung Galaxy S3 can deliver. It features a removable battery so you can replace it in case you need more juice. Samsung and other third-party retailers offer extra batteries for the Samsung Galaxy S3. The phone’s 2100mAh battery is also above average and can deliver up to 7 hours of continuous Temple Run (lol), Angry Birds, and other gaming whilst mixing messaging, e-mails and web browsing. The HTC One X’s battery is its weakness. Honestly, we cannot recommend the HTC One X if you’re a heavy user (or even a mild user). Its battery is the worst in the market of high-end phones right now. Also, it is non-removable, but it is not an issue actually (worth noting: Droid RAZR MAXX). Based on my own test, the HTC One X with a 25 per cent display brightness, not connected to WiFi, bluetooth turned-off and GPS turned-off, I saw the battery sliding from 100 per cent to 80 percent in just 10 minutes after playing Temple Run for 5 minutes and browsing the web for 5 minutes using Google Chrome for Android. Seriously, don’t buy the One X if you love continuous gaming and web browsing. The HTC One X’s battery life scored 4 out of 10, while Samsung Galaxy S3′s battery wins with 9 out of 10. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3 (duh). Call Quality Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X have above average call quality. Dialing numbers on the HTC One X is also fun and unique thanks to the new Sense UI. Samsung Galaxy S3′s dial pad is decent but not its best feature. Also dialing numbers on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is like dialing on a large iPhone 4S because their UIs are slightly similar (blue, white and black color combinations). Winner: HTC One X. Wrap Up Blame the HTC One X’s poorly integrated battery, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best Android smartphone in the market right now. If you love to continuously surf the web, call and SMS-ing your friends and play Android games, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is your playmate. If you love camping, bring an extra 2100mAh battery and you’re good to go. If you love showing-off (especially its toned-down Beats branding), doesn’t call often or doesn’t access the web using a mobile phone, or doesn’t use your phone often, the HTC One X is the one for you. For us, the HTC One X is the most beautiful Android smartphone to date — but its battery makes it useless by today’s standard. Bottom line: For heavy users, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a buy, while the HTC One X is a no buy. 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  2. Hi nice post. I want to buy a good smart phone from the BB 10, iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. Can you compare them as well?

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