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Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X: Which one do you prefer?

0. phoneArena 23 Aug 2012, 06:38 posted on

We are sure that many a people are currently wondering which Android smartphone to get, and then there are those who would just love to be able to express their opinion on which Android smartphone is the best right now...

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posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:03

38. gaurav231089 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

i vote for Omnia w or Wp...totally competes with both phones in terms of performance and i save 22000 rs if i would have bought any of this phone. Lack of some app( which doesnot matter to me ) is worthless in front of this saving....next would buy wp8 with this saving ;)

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:08 6

40. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

Sorry HTC, long time supporter but i love my 64GB SanDisk Ultra Class 10 SD Card, i had to go for the Samsung

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:13 2

43. Troysyx (Posts: 177; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

Its a lot harder than just picking one of the two. I have the S3 but I love the build quality of the one x, its a really sexy phone. However sense 4 is disgusting, and it completely ruins the phone for me. If HTC would cut out sense I would definitely buy their phones.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:20 1

45. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

I got technical on this poll. The poll asked what we "Prefer". With that terminology, I chose HTC. I really do prefer it over Samsung. However, what will keep me from purchasing the HTC, is lack of removeable card and battery. If HTC had implemented those options, I would purchase it in a heartbeat. I will wait to see what HTC brings forth next.

So in short, I would rather wait before purchasing a Samsung product. I vote HTC for preference.

John B.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:26 1

46. tq3866 (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Jan 2011)

I have a one x and feel like the S3 is the better phone. But I don't regret getting my one x, I love it. I always get comments on it =]

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:29 2

47. redmd (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

S3 hands down. We all put our phones on cases anyway.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:30 2

48. redmd (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Now where's the Optimus 4X Ray S?

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:19

69. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

LG knows it has problems when leave alone getting +ve feedback, it gets almost none!!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:38 4

49. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)

Screen - One X (brighter & sharper)
Build quality - One X (a lot better)
Software / User Interface - Sense looks better, Touchwiz performs better (TIE)
Features - GS3
Performance - GS3
Hardware Specs - GS3
Camera - GS3 (a little better)
Battery - GS3 (a little better + removable)
Storage - GS3 (more storage options + sd card)

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 09:11 1

114. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

Dont agree on the camera.
One x camera takes better photos in my test.
Also performance is almost Identical.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:40 1

50. AFnerdTP (unregistered)

2GB of RAM

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 09:02 1

51. danman7200 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Both nice phones. Couple of things swayed me the the S3. Removeable Memory card the most, also removely battery. From what I've read and seen the One X battery life is massively inferior the S3 (watching films) and roughly equal for other tasks.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 09:03

52. danman7200 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Also, if the one x had a snapdragon chipset, removeable memorry, I think I would of purchased it as prefer the design

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 09:07 2

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

I doubt some ifans playing in favour of htc.......
Still samsung wins!!!!!!!!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 09:17 1

56. miguel6632 (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 May 2012)

i got the htc evo lte, has an expandable sd card slot. the battery is not a main issue as of right now i can make it all day no problems compared to og evo and gs2.

but the galaxy series seemed really cheap and fragile. plus i love the aluminum back on my evo.

on my other phones htc always had better signal still i have no issues with this one

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 09:43

57. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)

I'm going to agree with a lot that's been said here. From my perspective, if the OneX had removeable battery and expandable storage, I would have owned one on launch day without hesitation (my contract was up).

HTC's unlocked bootloader policy is also attractive to me.

The SGS3 won because of what I consider to be necessary features, regardless of the fact that I would prefer the size, screen and build quality of the One X. I MUST be able to swap batteries when I travel. MUST.

Please don't compare carrying a dongle or expanded case battery or some other crap to just having a fully charged battery ready to go; because it's absurd. I don't buy thin phones to attach big clunky crap to them.

Both are hamstrung by bloatware and bad software, and slow updates.

As it is, I'll be putting Cyanogen 10 on it as soon as I consider it to be tolerable.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:06

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

This is tough.... since I have a HOX... that's what I'll vote for.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:06 1

60. Leo_MC (Posts: 1490; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

120 mm phone with HD display and quad core; I don't care too much for this "monsters" but if I would have to choose, HTC all the way.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:08 3

61. w-t-f (Posts: 42; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)

i got one question for you guys that constantly talk about removeable battery,do you always carry around spare battery with you? :)

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:37 1

63. kindahipdude (Posts: 48; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

I have the SIII and my wife has the One X, so I've played with both and the SIII is WAY better. It's much more user friendly and has better features.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 11:04 4

64. gatsu (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

I upgraded from a galaxy s2 to an htc one x. I considered the galaxy s3, but when I held the s3 and the one x side by side I fell in love with the screen and build quality of the one x. That combined with the fact that the htc one x costs 50% less than the s3 made want to try it out. Out of the box the one x had minor issues mainly due to the customized AT&T firmware (linkify issue, 3 dot menu bar, no tethering) but luckily I have experience with rooting and flashing mods to my phones. I now have Sense 4.1 and android 4.0.4, with mods that fix all the issues that I had, making the HTC one X the best phone I've owned so far. As far as the non-removable battery/no SD card, I don't consider those "must have" features anymore. 16 GB is enough for me and LTE allows me to access my files from the cloud fast. The battery currently lasts almost 2 days with normal use, and I have a usb battery pack that I use to recharge when I travel. Now batteries don't last forever and so maybe I won't be able to change it out, but in a year or two I will be looking for the next phone anyway.
I know that not everyone has the skills or patience to tinker with their phones and apply mods, so for those seeking the best out of the box experience perhaps the s3 has more to offer, though I can't confirm that.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 11:33

65. 7ceez (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Sep 2011)

On to the next one, it's a never ending cycle now with phones constantly changing. upgrading etc. etc. any system with micro sd, nfc, quad core soc and lte (not out yet) will always have my attention but like the chameleon changing colors... I am no slave to any o.s. become versatile...used them all... just give me my specs.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 11:50 2

66. murati (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)

HTC One X all the way ! At the beginning i was very skeptical about buying HTC with all the problems that he had (screen, wifi conection) but I decided anyway specially cuz of the screen and build quality. Last week I updated to 4.0.4 and Sense 4.1 and now really works like a rocket :) I don't care about removable battery, had 30 phones so far and none spare batteries (wanna know how many people does have one) and 32gb for me it just too much anyway. So till now I am very satisfied with HTC, hope they will update my ONEX and that is all I need.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 03:21

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

hey i too have one c and 4.0.4 and damn man it runs like fireee. faster than galaxy s3 after update and now m wondering how jb s gna work. sorry samsung fanboyss u might b jeleous.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 13:19

132. Tito73 (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Who is the fanboy? I really hope is like you almost all are saying because I will get it soon near my s3 and I had a bad experience with the one s but good with sensation xl beatsaudio...I like both, the sense is nice even if the new touchw is immediate and takes you directly where you need to go...just my opinion

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:32

71. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

The performance of the US versions of both phones is practically identical 99% of the time. So basically its a question of removable battery and memory vs superior build quality and superior display of the One X

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:57

72. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)

RZR HD will beat them all

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 17:50

122. brandnew234 (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Aug 2012)

Until, unfortunately the iPhone is released, and than the HTC 5" for Verizon with two S4 cores clocked at 1.5 to 1.7GHz and Adreno 320GPU, it will have the battery life of the at&tHTC One X with the proformance of the LG Optimus G.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:01

73. Levon (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

S3 with polycarbonate case and not much soapy design could be nice
X1 without that camera humpback and a little shorter and narrower case also could be nice

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:19 1

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

I have both a One X and the S3, my personal preference is the One X. I agree the lack of a removal battery and micro sd card causes issues, but the build quality of my One X is amazing compared to the flimsy plastic of the S3. Not to mention also the S3 is a finger print magnet!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:51

75. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)

With 4.0.4 and Sense 4.1, galaxy s3 is now out of the competition ! Spare battery ? What is that ? I have never owned an extra battery. Don't talk Non- sense ! I've got the latest Sense..

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 14:03 2

78. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Well, with the latest Sense 4.1 update, it makes the One X just as fast as the GS3. But the GS3 will be getting Jelly Bean soon, so that will put it on top again slightly. But for how long, until the Jelly Bean update comes out for the One X? Either way; I chose the One X. The build quality on it is just unmatched, and with all the cracking problems with the GS3, I would definitely take the One X. I've never really had a problem with battery or memory for my phones, so a micro sd slot and removable battery aren't that important to me. I like Sense more than Touchwiz, even more so with Sense 4.1.

Everything that the GS3 had over the One X is just irrelevant now, to me at least. Sorry Sammy, maybe you should get a new designer.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 15:27

80. devmishra333 (unregistered)

I just dont understand y people r going for s3, s3 has bad sound quality, camera is poor , bt due to hd display , images captured by device looks gud, bt as u transfers the image on other device u wil clear see that how bad camera has gs3. On the other hand, htc one x, grt music, grt sound and grt performance and looks sexy.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 20:40

88. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

for some poeple, sense is just too heavy & there's lag on it. camera, speaker quality and performance are pretty much the same on both phones, they have a quad core ARM A9 processor running around 1.5 GHz. s3's camera uses the same sensor on the iPhone 4s & even though i'm no fan of iPhone, the camera on that phone is still one of the bests.

if you really know about one x, you'll know that the camera tends to over saturated the color

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 16:27

82. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

Straight up the Samsung Galaxy S3 pimp slaps Htc One X plain and simple...

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 16:38

83. ANGREEPANDA (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

The GS3 is a great multimedia device the HTC Evo not the ONE X is superior in the build quality and camera. The screen on either device is pretty much a toss up. I had the EVO LTE 4G and loved it until I started loading my own media files on it the stock media player would not work with certain media types. The GS3 could pretty much handle everything i threw at. The 2 gigs of ram make huge difference the GS3 just runs smoother because of it. In short: EVO better camera and build quality GS3 better overall media experience i.e. louder speaker, better media player. Removable battery was a not issue I work in an office so I am always next to a power supply if necessary.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 16:53

84. theo14461 (unregistered)

Had the HTC One X for about a month, loved it, until the memory ran short. Traded it for the GS3, love it even better, sorry HTC.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 17:39 2

85. smallworld (Posts: 484; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Purpose of this article ? None.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 19:46

86. Graham (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Galaxy SIII all the way, due to the removable battery. I'm a heavy user and heavy game player and when I'm out and away from a charger, I always carry one or two spare batteries in my pocket, in case I get low on power Spare batteries are small light, and easy to carry I never understand why all manufactured don't make their phones with removable batteries.

Also, Galaxy SIII for the microSDXC card slot. I've got a 64gb card in mine, on top of the 32gb internal memory. And despite what some people say, there really is no such thing as too much memory and sorry, cloud storage sucks for movies, music etc. If rather have all my entertainment on my phone, not be dependent on a connection.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 20:36

87. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

it's really a tough call, htc and samsung both has their strength and weaknesses in both phones. htc's SLCD 2 is just amazing, there's no distortion when tilting the phone and it feels really premium.

s3 on the other hand, is really compact and feels good in the hand for such a gigantic phone. the reason why s3 is a successful flagship phone is because touchwiz becomes an easier UI to use and there's a lot of software goodies in it.

both on stock UI, i'll choose s3. on custom ROM such as CM10, i'll choose one x

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 21:27

91. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

I'll take the one x with wp8 on it thanx.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 22:28 3

92. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

HTC One X all the way. The SG3 came out after the the One X so this very, very, VERY slight performance gap is expected and frankly not nearly as big as people would lead you to believe. I do not care if my internet browser opens up 0.6s faster on the SG3 or if I can physically pull out my battery (because I would never really need to). I believe that I it really comes down to user experience and the UI and the build quality of the HTC One is unmatched by the SG3's design. Touch Wiz still has design issues just as well as the actual design phone itself. The One X looks better, feels better and providers an overall more pleasing user experience in my opinion and deserves more recognition for its many strengths. The Samsung Galaxy line is becoming just as overrated as the iPhone.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 23:16

93. chaosnightmare (Posts: 165; Member since: 20 May 2010)

features>>>>> design, thats why i would choose S3, never cared about how a phone looks while it still being powerful enough, better camera / sound? take a look at gsmarena or phone arena comparisson, One x just take oversaturated pics, (and you can change saturation in both cameras' settings), S3 have better battery, a lot better video recording quality, better compatibility with external hardware, sd slot means up to extra 64gb wich is pretty sweet and since never liked touchwiz/sense i wolud use third party launchers anyway

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 04:35 2

96. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I've seen the gsm arena comparison. In fact that's how I know that the performance gap is so slight. There's an even smaller differences between the US versions of the phones which use very similar dual-core chip-sets. My point is that SG3 (which came out at least a month after the One X) is depending on things like photo saturation and 1080 video framerates to be crowned the "Best" which are minor details when it comes to the overall user experience of the device. The audio output difference is so light you need a machine to detect it. Specs and benchmark scores are nice and all but, they are not at all the most important thing when it comes to the users enjoyment when the phones in their hands. The only thing that I could say that the SG3 has an advantage on is memory but, even that is challenged by HTC with the free 25GB of Dropbox space you get for free from when you buy a One X. Listen, the SG3 is a wonderful device that's not the problem. The problem is that the One X should not be an after thought like it has been ever since the SG3 was soon to be released. The One X is device that is just as worthy as the SG3 to be considered the best phone on the market to date. The One X is just such a pleasure to use. It feels wonderful in your hand because of the soft matte finish on the solid one-piece poly-carbonate body and the Sense 4.1 UI is both beautiful and fast. Just as the first comment said these phone are "perfectly even". While I wouldn't say they "perfectly" even the results have no reason to stray very far from that but, I'm sure that probably won't happen because of the success of Samsung's marketing, slightly differing performance stats and sales numbers boosting SG3 votes. I mean, just look at the photo they used for this poll! It's the same one from the "Samsung vs. HTC: Why Samsung's winning the fight" article. There's a reason the SG3 is in the lead and I doubt very much that it's user experience.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 23:26 1

94. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

SGS3, but only by a small margin. The S-LCD2 on the One X is glorious. I generally like AMOLED better, but the screen on the GS3 is far too dim for my liking, even with the brightness turned all the way up. However, I prefer Nature UX to Sense, and the SGS3 feels significantly better in the hand than the One X.

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 20:51

108. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

The brightness issue on the S3 is the main culprit in the devices improved battery life. Max Brightness on the S3 is 50% brightness on the One X; and Ive yet to run the One X (US Version) dry since updating to 4.0.4 and with the screen at a very bright and pleasant 50%.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 14:48

97. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

No contest as far as I am concerned. The One X wins hands down for me, although there was nothing in it at face value but the awful build quality of the SGS3 drops it down the toilet for me. I have both and never had a problem with the One X and it is just so well built and feels premium. My cracked S3 was featured after a tip off to PA and my experiences real and expensive. Samsung could have saved its face by admitting QC issues and done the honest and fair thing and that is the worst crime. Great customer service can save your bacon and reputation sometimes!

Got the One X update to 4.0.4 plus Sense 4.1 today and the phone is now jaw droppingly fast. The battery is also now stellar!

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 15:00

98. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Strange that most people who own both phones prefer the One X, or maybe not so strange. Whilst I would not say that other's comments are not relevant, I guess the comments from those who have owned or have used both handset, especially for an extended period of time, is just more relevant!

As I say, I own both and prefer the One X, especially after 4.0.4 and Sense.4.1.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 08:20

99. babyk (Posts: 308; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

My bro has the S3 and i have the One x there were some issues before the update, but after the sense 4.1 update u can clearely see the ui is much fluid than the S3 the battery life is just about the same they both are great phones.

But i am someone in my own class and i love having premium things in my posession the one x gave me that classy feeling. Look at the UI look at the whites look at the way u scrool to the end how the page splits this is just beautiful someone without taste wouldnt recognize that. In my opinion S3 ui just palin boring just as galaxy nexus stock android. One x is the best phone on the market and i have already said that. You guys favourite benchmark software "QUADRANT" has proven that, and please dont say "QUADRANT" dont mean anything becasue we all use it this is what that made galaxy s2 sold many units its performance the impressive score it gave to the world over HTC back then.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 11:41

100. Frankiebeans (Posts: 33; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

HTC because the samsung phone is cheap and ugly looking.

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 06:21

102. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Perhaps PA should re-visit its review of the One X! Seems the people have spoken and prefer the One X overall, albeit by a small margin. This is the general consensus on these two beasts and in truth, I have always maintained that it is down to personal preferencebut if forced to choose, will always choose the One X.

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 06:23

103. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I prefer One X because faster software updates, better GPU but I still have to suggest HTC to use bigger betery

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 06:28

105. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

I have both and since the update of the One X to 4.0.4 and Sense 4.1, my battery outlasts my S3. The LG Optimus 4X HD has a bigger battery and barely lasts a day!

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 11:28

106. salehvahdati (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

Galaxy S3 is so better ,if you saw benchmark you know Galaxy s3 is better smart phone in the world ,It's not only my opinion ,It's realy a fact

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 08:49

110. mrdey (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

Check your benchmarks again with updated One X:D When you put both side-by-side S3 looks some kind of prehistoric...

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 06:37

107. Graham (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

In this part of the world (Hong Kong), it's pretty rare to spot an HTC. For Android phones, it's pretty much Samsung all the way, with S2, Note and S3.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 06:33

112. babyk (Posts: 308; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

First off it was unfair to compare s3 4.04 with HOX 4.03. Now that HOX now updated to 4.04 things got to be re examined. RAY S... RAY S

With Jelly Bean to HOX there will be a bigger lead samsung wont keep up.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 06:42

113. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

Lol! Okay then will JB bring HOX better camera quality, longer, interchangeable battery, expandable memory and features like Smart Stay, Direct Call, etc? IF not, then go ahead, keep dreaming.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 06:17 1

115. mrdey (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

Also with leaked Sense 4.5 camera app, photos are much better. Currently, apps like smart stay are not useful, they suck your batt to much to use them every day. Samsung's marketing does miracles!

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 07:16

117. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

Well, what features does hox has to brag about anyway? And Smart Stay doesn't suck too much battery like what you assume, my friend. That feature is always active on my s3 and yet my phone last for more than 24 hours with moderate use. HOX can't last that long even without features like that cuz it's battery suck.

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