HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III - first look
0. phoneArena 26 Feb 2013, 12:55 posted on
HTC's handset is truly a thoughtful design, and a proof that a big-screen phone doesn't have to be all-plastic to be light and comfortable to hold, but can come wrapped in premium materials with great success, too. Granted, the S III is thinner, but that doesn't really feel as an advantage, rather the HTC One feels more solid in the hand because of the extra girth, and easier to grip. The One is also more narrow and elongated, which helps operate it with just one hand and your thumb better than the S III...
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1. AustinPaul (Posts: 50; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
If having a removable battery means having to stick with a non-metal body, I'll take the non-metal battery - at least until battery life becomes totally amazing.
13. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
I'd rather have something that feels premium than something that feels flimsy. something that will last longer and doesn't need a case to mask its design.
Your argument is a valid one and I wish the One at least had wireless charging capabilities,but if it gets me through a day so I can plug it in before I sleep I'll be content.
26. nasznjoka (Posts: 372; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
i'd rather have something with premium functionalites and features than prememium feel. Its like a nice looking man that girls fall up on but he can not f********k
29. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
Im tired of these idiotic metaphors about hot people. This a cell phone not some hot chick or guy. HTC superior interface as well and many many functionalities. Your metaphor, even if Samsungs phone have more functionality, is inaccurate.
39. Taters (Posts: 3846; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I disagree, the HTC interface is horrible. A part of what made the GS3 so much nicer to use than the One X was the interface and function. If I need to wake up my phone, I hit the home button with my thumb and just move my thumb less than a mm and just swipe to unlock. With the HTC I move my index finger like 10 cm to hit a flush power button and then move it back, then move my thumb like 5 cm to swipe to unlock.
Not to mention the brilliant touchwiz notification toggles. Plenty of things from screen shots, smart stay, tap to top make Touchwiz light years better than Sense.
You really need to try it to understand. Going from the One X to the GS3 was like going from a NES controller to the SNES controller or going from a typerwriter to a computer keyboard. Much better ergonomics
78. mr.techdude (Posts: 568; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Taters ur trying to tell me that when u turn on ur s3 it turns on right away well NO every gs3 I've used, when turning on the phone it turns in 3 sec, every single Samsung galaxy device does that. About the HTC one x taking u ages to turn it on, mate u got tiny hands sorry to say or ur just a pure Sammy fan and u never owned a HTC device just lying......
38. Taters (Posts: 3846; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I still do not get how solid plastic with no gaps and supported by a magnesium skeleton frame feels flimsy. Technically, there is no give. So unless the aluminum lovers can feel through the plastic, they really have no ground to stand on.
Aluminum scratches faster than plastic btw. And I personally thought that the Xperia S felt better in the hand than the Xperia P, which is similar to the HTC One design.
64. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
thank you!!!! omg who the hell is needing a tank for the phone one x was solid look how miserable that failed people. and people please give me reports on how peoples s3 is melting or cracking instead of this bs about metal and premium feel.
74. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
I own a Nokia Lumia 900. I don't have a case on my phone and I think it looks damn good. If I were to have waited and bought the Galaxy SIII I would have needed to buy a case to make sure the device didn't break. Not only that but the silver band of plastic around the screen is incredibly cheap. Lastly, I want a phone that feels premium, not like my old Samsung Mythic. I want to know that if I drop the phone on the ground nothing will happen and I wouldn't get that with a Galaxy S3. I do with my Lumia.
109. TMach (Posts: 405; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
You can keep playing the ostrich game and bury your head deep in that sand! My S3 did crack and I got appalling customer service from Samsung, sorry none as they do not have any and you have to deal with independent service centres. PA actually did a feature on this and my experience in particular, so once you've pulled your head out of that sand, feel free to search for it on here! I made a promise never to buy a Samsung phone ever again and sticking to it and I do not care if their next handset wakes you up, makes the coffeee and butters your toast. Just got the Xperia Z and its a joy and will be getting the HTC One from Handtec, hopefully by Friday!
52. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 107; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
http://www.expansys-usa.com/top20/?f=1765 like this?
80. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3046; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Your "doesnt need a case" argument is flawed. The iPhone 5 which is considered one of the most premium, well designed cell phones can easily dent, scratch, and bend. So a case is always needed if you want to keep that cell phone is great condition.
86. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
Actually, it is not flawed seeing as though I didn't once mention the Iphone 5. Your comment is flawed.
36. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 107; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
2. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
"The One X is a unibody design, though, so tough luck expanding that 16/32 GB memory, or swapping the battery - things you can do with ease on Samsung's handset."
One X or One?
60. lyndon420 (Posts: 2550; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I'm thinking you need to get your copy and paste checked because I'm not seeing the 'One X' mentioned much in the article. In fact...the previous 4 or 5 sentences that lead up to what you 'posted' they kept mentioning the 'One'...the 'One'.
Yay...I so much want to play with this thing. It's ............ the One
77. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
LOL, you do know that PhoneArena make these mistakes all the time and fixes it right after they see a comment like this.
79. Daniel.P (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
Yes, sorry, I fixed it without crediting you for the correction, it's a bit busy around the expo here ;)
3. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
why they are compairing one with almost a year old bestseller samsung's flagship.............why they won't wait till sIV...........
14. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
That's how good S3 is. It's become a benchmark of phones.
19. amats69 (Posts: 1219; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
because it is samsungs current flagship....dont worry if sIV is announce and release you will see lots of comparison between the two phone...
22. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
The same reason we compare the iPhone 5 with the 4, the GS 3 with the GS 2. Its called progression and the only way to note how significant is by comparison.
4. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
and for camera i'll still say htc one su*kzzzzzz..........
16. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
What a troll. You probably have a cheap samsung and bash HTC for no reason.
40. Taters (Posts: 3846; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
There are too many reasons to bash HTC actually.
5. Mehdia (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)
this is funny sammy 2012 s3 htc 2013 review
come s IV out htc one
7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2147; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Great design, top notch HW, epic screen and large storage, the only thing worrying me is battery life plus I'm a bit puzzled that at the Droid DNA's size, why did HTC scaled down the screen to 4,7", would've loved the full 5" sacrificing one of the speakers.
Can't wait to try this one out.
41. Taters (Posts: 3846; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I agree. If HTC was smart, they would have sacrificed the "boom sound" extra speaker and stream lined it so that is was more compact than the Xperia ZL but remain the thinness of the HTC One.
I would have bought it and I was already burned by them 4 times already.
53. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
There's actually a lot of people who didn't mind the speakers. I for one don't mind the loss of .3in for nice loud speaker sounds. HTC's loud speakers had always been tinny and hard to hear.
8. breathlesstao (Posts: 78; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)
Plastic feels cheaper than aluminum. ... That's something I don't hear very often!
10. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 550; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
The HTC is a looker alright, but nearly every HTC product I've ever owned has been a lemon so I don't think I'll be buying another one. I had to return my wife's One S three times.
25. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
You must not know how to operate a phone...
44. Taters (Posts: 3846; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
No he knows how to operate one fine. 4 ot of 4 of my HTC phones had at least one major issue. I can probably guess what was wrong with his wife's One S and get it right.
It either had one or more of the following.
-The black anodized lighting struck coating or whatever they called it started chipping for no reason.
- She wasn't receiving all of her notifications in the notification tray.
- Her background tasks were closing for no reason.
- the phone wouldn't recognize being plugged in all the time.
- Dead pixel/dust
- Rattling volume rocker
-ear piece hiss
54. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Must be pretty tough luck for you. I have 2 HTC devices, and not one has any problems... Well, I did screw up my Desire HD screen, but that's not because it was faulty... Another friend of mine has a Sensation, Amaze and One X, and no problems at all. I'm not invalidating your experience, but not everyone will have the same experience.
66. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
i wish i could say that was the norm but each of those phone i've either had or spent time with i know for sure the problems are there its a known issues list a mile long
90. LDnb6 (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)
i have had 2 Sensations (lost one) and both worked perfectly and i max my phone on a regular basis... i change roms every couple of days if not more when XDA sensation forms are really buzzing.... and IDK about the the one S to much but what cell phone do u have that doesn't have a little ear piece hiss(that what u get for buy mid- range)
59. Omarc07 (Posts: 294; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
@ taters that must suck that u had a bad experience that u had problems with htc phones. I like gwuhua1984 havent had a problem with an htc phone. I had evo 3d, desire hd and htc sensation and not one problem yes not one problem. Same with sony phones I noticed everyone on here bitchez bout sony phones but once I got am xperia ion and not one problem till I gave it to my mom cuz she had no phone. Then I got a samsung galaxy s3 and it had overheating issues battery would get really hot I had to return it , decided to get galaxy note 2 had problems with the speaker and couldnt hear people when I was in a call had to return it got a second galaxy note 2 so far its been kinda ok so yea just like u had a crappy experience with htc phones I had em with samsung.. so most likely when this phone comes out ill be getting it.
65. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
no they operate it just fine i see them everyday screw up and people have friends with plastic phones with a "cartoonish" look that performs way better with every aspect and they can still swap out memory and battery oh the one of the worlds most popular and strongest devices silly samsung they should make a phone out of rock and use sense that'll make people buy even more than has already been purchased
93. rallyguy (Posts: 611; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I only had a problem with their phones years ago. The first HTC I had was the Touch Pro. Now that was a low quality phone. That phone was replaced with the Touch Pro 2 and I found it to be a good quality phone. Then my HTC Evo 4G was rock solid.
11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6975; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I'm so tired of RAY S. this is a nice comparison
15. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
HTC One is a great phone, no doubt. But I'm pretty sure it won't sell globally.
28. nasznjoka (Posts: 372; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
because it lacks a selling point. just mention one strong
75. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
You could literally list every single seperate spec on this device and they could constitute a "selling point." Ignorant post.
85. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
There are two things that make up a great phone. Specs and Marketing. Both handsets here have topnotch specs (when they were released respectively, of course). But Samsung knows his way through consumers. HTC., on the other hand, barely scratches the surface when it comes to publicity. A lot of folks doesn't even know HTC as a brand.
So tough luck on selling globally. :)
114. israinwet (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
what's going to be it's selling point after march 14th?
110. TMach (Posts: 405; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
The whole package is the selling point! It rocks, period.
17. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
I understand that they're comparing the One to the S3 as they're both the current flagship models, but I'm looking forward to next month when we'll be able see S4 compared to this, the Z and the S3.
18. amats69 (Posts: 1219; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
samsung SIII looks so cheap when you see it side by side with the One!
23. maccess (Posts: 680; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
people still buy the s3 though because of its capability and its performance.. i'm not sure about how well the one will sell.. specially when the s4 is just arround the corner..
27. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
that maybe true, but the capability and performance of the One far exceeds the s3. People want to see what Sammy brings with the S4. But saying this won't sell well cause the s4 is right around the corner is a load of s***. People seriously need to get out of the mentality thinking Samsung is the popular,cool place to be on android.
31. maccess (Posts: 680; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
the only capability the one exceeds from the s3 is just the ultrapixel i think.. lol.. the s3 has multi window and a bunch of you may say "gimmick" features but it's actualy usefull when you need it.. yes the htc one is totaly kill the s3 with its benchmark but in real life performance i bet the difference isn't beyond heaven or hell.. cause i know the s3 is fast enought for just browsing the internet or just opening an app even when you compare by today's standard.. i know it because i use it and i love it despite it looks cheap.. just my opinion..
45. Taters (Posts: 3846; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I don't think it looks cheap. Do people even pick up those prepaid phones these days? The plastics that LG and Samsung use are pretty solid.
47. maccess (Posts: 680; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
for some people it looks cheap while actually i don't quite agree with them.. and agree actually they feel very firm and pretty solid although it's not as durable as the gs2..
33. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
The one looks like an awesome phone and considering it came out almost a year later than the s3 should be no surprise that it exceeds it in performance...even if the s4is just as good as the one you can pretty much guarantee that the s4 will outsell the one...it doesn't mean its a better product am just saying sales wise it will probably destroy it...
111. TMach (Posts: 405; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Agree, and that is simply because HTC sucks at marketing and really do their excellent products a disservice! Good to see Sony also actually marketing their phones properly now which made them the second best selling android phones in the UK last year after Samsung.
HTC really needs to up its game in the marketing area otherwise, they will be going to the wall which would be a shame. Can anyone imagine, HTC quality products being marketed by Samsung or the Fruit company? Their sales would be through the roof.