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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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posted on 09 Mar 2013, 09:40

112. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Yep HTC marketing has been terrible to say the least, literally can't remember the last time I saw one of their ads.also with News about HTC one shortages things are not looking good for HTC atm. They need to realise to have a successful product you need to have great availability, marketing as well as a great product which I have no doubt the one is.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 20:13

105. dherteux (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Samsung is the number one android phone for a reason. They make good looking phones, a good interface, and throw in great features. They make them light, and powerful. They are the cool place to be. I sell more Samsung phones then any other android brand, combined. I love my Note 2 and will get an Siv for my wife her upgrade is available.

posted on 10 Mar 2013, 20:48

115. israinwet (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)

Samsung is the "popular, cool place to be on android." That's why Google is keeping an eye on them.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 19:18 2

58. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

people don't buy phone just for performance. They buy phone with what they know. Guess why the iphone is the best saleing phone?

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:49 1

67. amats69 (Posts: 1447; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

LOL! saying HTC one won't sell well cause the s4 is right around is like counting the chicks even if the eggs are still not hatch....! dont be too sure...

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 23:19

76. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

lol.. i'm not trying to hype up about the s4 honestly.. but i believe milions of people now still hold their trigger to buy the one until they saw what s4 will looks like or how good it will be.. just like last year when people stiil waited for the s3 to be announced while the one x already in the market.. just saying..

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 14:55 6

21. Luisit0 (Posts: 73; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)

The One will come in 32/64gb versions, not 16/32gb

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 15:29 1

24. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Can't wait until March! Thumbs up if you plan or might think about picking this bad boy up

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 16:03 3

30. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

PLUS PHONEARENA have something against GALAXY S3 . Today it has won officially phone of the year plus other 2 prizes SAMSUNG won but no news about it here whhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 16:33 3

32. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

lol.. just wait..

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 16:42 3

34. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Not bad 2 years in a row got phone of the year...

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 17:47 1

42. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

yeah but guys here dont even mention that on their news

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 16:43 5

35. jed27 (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

I have used an HTC One X for 8 months before I switched to a Galaxy S3 and the first thing I noticed was how the ONE X's screen is much better than the latter. I agree. HTC has the best screens on a smartphone out there, and(I can't believe I am saying this) the iPhone. The Amoled screen on my S3 has this ink blotches when the screen and the room is dark. But to be fair, maybe I just got a defective unit. Also, when viewed straight, the S3 has a yellowish tint but when viewed from the sides, it has a blue tint.

Basically, what I am saying is HTC has a better screen than Samsung as far as my experiences on these 2 phones count.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 17:24 3

37. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

The GS3 ergonomics are dead on. People really do not give the pebble design enough credit. It makes the GS3 feel much smaller than the Optimus G, One X, Nexus 4 etc. Which is a huge reason why the GS3 was so successful.

I also disagree about sense vs touch wiz. I have no idea where the hate comes from. The design is sharp and clean. It looks great.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 17:49 1

43. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

well said htc lags cuz of the UI now these guys just wanted to get going by judging thoroughly

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 17:58

46. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Well almost dead on. The home button is a little too low. You have to adjust your grip slightly to hit it. But if the GS4 fixes that, we are golden.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 18:49

55. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Agree the ergonomics are perfect but the home button isn't the best...personally think its lower than it should be and feel the s2 home button was better

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 18:10 1

48. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

This comparison is so pointless

S IV vs. One is the fight we need to see.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 18:30 2

50. redmd (Posts: 1269; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

There's also no point in comparing the HTC One with something thats not even anounced yet.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 18:50

56. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

There is point in comparing phone which will be announced just a month later than htc...

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 18:55

57. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

No, it's not pointless. It kind of sets the bar of where HTC One is at, but it's not fair for Samsung, because the S3 is not the newest flagship while HTC One is the newest flagship for HTC. I agree the true battle is really between manufacturer flagship vs SGS4, but since SGS4 is running on the same Snapdragon 600, the battle will be more on software than hardware. The lighter and more featured software will probably win the battle this year, but that also doesn't mean winning in sales.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 18:29 1

49. redmd (Posts: 1269; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Dont like the interface. I think I'll buy samsung once more.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 19:41

61. Lakuta1978 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

no need to wait the S IV...its will come with same design as S III....( i mean ugly^^ )
sorry about my bad english......

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:50

69. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

how many ugly phones do you know sell as much as the s3?

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 13:29

98. therealestmc (Posts: 330; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

The iphone 5s, according samsung fanboys.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:32 3

62. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

Am I the only one who finds the HTC One really pretty ugly? To me it looks like something from the earlier days of HTC and maybe more inline with the HTC Hero (But then again, I always like the Hero). The two button thing seems weird, even though the dedicated Recent Apps button always seemed dumb to me, the fact they now only have home, back, and that weird awkward HTC logo is just strange. Not to mention the sealed battery -_-

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:56 3

63. shnibz (Posts: 301; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)

That HTC is sexy... samsung phones not so much.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:50 1

68. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

please tell me when there was a mass cracking or melting or breaking of these inferior s3's if there are major reports then ok but at the end of the day there aren't you talk about premium feel all day PA loved the one x and it well... tanked the iphone cracks when breathed on and it feels premium im sorry but you're focus is on the wrong thing you can thumb me down all you want but the s3 killed the one x and the next sammy phone can be made out of paper but the innovation (what actually matters ) feature wise is what makes a phone what it is i can name so many things and then htc taking away the task manager removable battery and memory because people "don't understand or use" please you're moving everyone over to cloud but you won't up the battery??? lets not forget cloud uses more battery than playing direct from the phone ill give them this global sale of one device with one priority to one company was the smartest thing they've done since getting rid f sense 2.0

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:54

70. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

idiots idiots........... why the hell ur comparing a crap junk like gs3 with htc one. the latest beast. offcorse ht one is way toooooo BETTER than nyphone out there yet. where does ur gs3 stand? i tell u. in the JUNK YARD. u talk about interface??----- SENSE 5.0 IS THE BEST UI and alll redifined with new features and a totally changed interface which abviously is faster, better, more user friendly than crap sammy ui now the body?-------- high clas aluminium vs the damn plastic? now i dont need to say more.. haha...... sammy gs3 is just outdated a long time ago and even s4 wont b able to beat it up. the processor.----- again is the best and latest so far with snapdragon 600. SAMSUNG R.I.P. good luck HTC

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:55 1

72. CLRose (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)

Just wait buddy till the GS4 ;)

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:57

73. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:55 1

71. CLRose (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)

I don't know why all these websites are still stacking the Galaxy S3 up versus every new phone. I myself have a Galaxy S3 and I LOVE it but I don't see why people still want to put it as competition versus all the new phones. It is a great phone but it has already been out for several months and the specs are what you would see on some mid-range phones now.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 03:49 3

81. szaboagoston (Posts: 43; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

Hi Guys, I read your site a lot and I appreciate your work. Anyhow, this video as almost completely useless. You've got to know that what we are interested at are the menus, features, functions and the camera of the HTC One. Yes, we have seen it already. Comparing nothing but the specs and the look does not require a video. If you are doing a video, I would next time really appreciate that you actually use the phone and not just scroll the home screen up and down. Sorry for the negative message, but making a comparison video I believe calls for more. Take care.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 03:50 1

82. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I like the design and the new Sense looks good too. I also like the fact it has dual speakers on the FRONT of the device, vs having it on the back. I cannot stress it enough how annoying it is trying to listen to music or a youtube video and have the speaker be muffed by having it placed down on a tablet.

But before I yell "HTC Take My Money!" I am going to wait to see what the SGS4 brings to the table.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 06:22 3

83. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)

they should wait and compare s4 and one

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 06:36

84. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

i really like the fair comparison.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 09:17 2

87. droidluvngurl (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)

This is all a matter of personal opinion. For me I hated the gimmicks of TouchWiz. I'm in love with the display and the simplicity I'm seeing with the One, so for me the choice is pretty clear. As long as the battery can last for at least a day w/o needing a charge while I'm at work then the HTC is the One for me.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 14:13 1

88. jpayne7660 (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

I've owned the SG3 and I still own a One X and it all comes down to preference, people will gravitate to what they like. My preference is the build quality, and screen of the One X. Aslo one other tidbit. Someone broke into my house the other week, and all I was armed with was my One X. Well I threw my phone straight at the intruder, only for him to duck and tail out of my house. My phone however went straight into the sheetrock wall. I pulled it out, cleaned it off, and guess what? Not a single scratch on the phone. Plus it works perfectly fine!!! Let's see someone do that with a SG3, they would be picking up the pieces of the floor first!

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:28

92. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

I own many phones & I take care of my things. No need to scratch my gadgets.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 14:53

89. AceStorm1249 (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

I thought it was the Z10 before I saw the Htc logo

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:26

91. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Say whatever you like. THE S3 is a great device.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 22:51

95. Thullraven (Posts: 26; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)

This phone looks and sounds great, but I'm a road warrior and need the OPTION of a removable battery. I will be sticking with my GS3. I am now using an extended battery, which isn't an option with The One. Also, the plastic body does make the GS3 feel not as well built, but according to drop tests on other sites, it is actually built pretty good. Not that I want to put that to the test. Both devices are awesome, but the non- removable battery on The One is a deal breaker for me.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 22:57

96. Supersnake (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Mar 2013)

It looks great, however I do have a concern. It is important to have the option to disable blinkfeed. Merely pushing it away from the display window and running another 'home screen' is not the same thing as disabling it.

Blinkfeed running in the foreground or in the background (pushed off screen) will be consuming data. And your phone subscription provider will charge you for data that exceeds your contract threshold.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:59

116. Supersnake (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Mar 2013)

Android Central today answered the question:

1. Do I have to use BlinkFeed? Can I uninstall it?

You absolutely do not have to use it if you don't want to. Just don't add any feeds to it, and it won't do anything. You might be able to hack it out of there, but we wouldn't bother. Just thumb over to the home screen and pretend that BlinkFeed never happened.

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 12:36

97. .AppleJack (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

I can't stop think that the HTC's "Blink Feed" is a copy of the Live Tiles by WP, but in the smartphones world everithyng is valid :/

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:17

100. Briandb (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)

Hi, I have the Samsung Galaxy S3 currently and i still waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S4. I think this will be the dead for lot of other Smartphones due to the fact that this phone will be very innovative. The last Smartphone I used was the h ttp://w ww.prepedia.de/preisvergleich/8806085337244,samsun​g-galaxy-s3-mini-i8190-smartphone-10-2-cm-4-zoll-a​moled-display-dual-core-1ghz-1gb-ram.

This is a nice phone!

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 12:19

101. Brutus (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


posted on 04 Mar 2013, 12:48

102. Midi116 (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)

Being a owner of a GS3 honestly I love my phone because of all the capabilities and nice design. But people who are loyal to Htc will buy Htc phones. People who are loyal to Samsung will buy Samsung phones.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 11:07

103. Superpiff (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)

im just glad to hear about those speakers the only htc phone I had with good speakers was my og evo,as far as battery is concerned ive never had an issue with htc phones because when im out of the house the most I use my phone for is to listen to music and make phone calls or texts

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