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HTC One X vs Apple iPhone 4S

0. phoneArena 04 Apr 2012, 08:30 posted on

The HTC One X has been one of the most-anticipated handsets for the first half of this year, and for a reason – this is the first phone powered by a quad-core processor, and not only that. The One X seems like a dream come true for every geek with passion for smartphones. However, it's not only specs these days, so you can't judge a device by its specs sheet. It is time for the One X to go through the ultimate test. It's time for it to face the iPhone 4S!...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 10:50 2

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

I'll take the one x despite being a WP user. I love big screens. Anything less than 4.3" is just a clam shell. Smarts phones of today are suppose to be productivity and entertainment all in one. Gotta have big screen for that. Flash, i miss that so much on my phone and only Android has it. honestly i don't knows of anything particular that makes the iPhone better than the one x besides the name Apple. Hey, there are alot of gullible and imbecilic people out who refuse to do research but let the geeks and tech media tell them what to do.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 10:55 7

42. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

OK so the onex wins every category but browsing and camera because of easily fixed software glitches... yet the iPhone "wins"? lol. come on

what's easier than iOS? android. Widgets and folders make it so everything instant and organized. I don't even go in my app drawer anymore. organization triumphs a dozen pages of apps in a grid.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 11:45 10

45. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Thia site should be called the "iPhoneArena"

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 11:48 2

47. abdullaaryan (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

absolutely right

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:47 2

64. andro. (Posts: 1998; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Its the first time id agree with it being truly called that name!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 11:45 5

46. abdullaaryan (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

hahahahaha iphone ?
outdated since 2007...
i hate ios and its ui.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 11:49

48. sane1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

The majority of you fanatics are pathetic - both Android and Apple.

The review wasn't stellar, but everything Ray wrote about was legit and I'm glad he gave his view on how what some believe is the current top-dog Android phone compares to the most popular smart phone on the market.

If his preference is indeed an iPhone 4S then good for him. It basically single-handedly has removed the fear of technologically advanced smart phones from people who no way, shape, or form believed they'd ever take the plunge. You can't deny how incredibly simple it is to use and how smooth the UI is. I'm a fan, but I'm a bigger fan of Google and have more faith in the upcoming Android phones.

I will be looking forward to Ray's take on the upcoming flagship Android phones like the SGIII because it'll mean that much more to me if a fan of the iPhone gives legitamite praise to what may be the next new top dog. And if he doesn't... well, then these companies need to work that much harder to better Apple.

Either way, I'll probably be getting the SGIII no matter what (granted it comes to Verizon...), but I'm all for this healthy competition where Apple is more-or-less in the lead.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 02:36 2

92. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

So the iPhone is the AOL of smartphones. It gets a bunch of people to jump into a realm they no little about with a total closed off ecosystem, it does really terrific for 10 years then starts to nosedive when people realize that the other options offer more variety, more personalization, and hey with a little time investment aren't terribly hard to use.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:04 1

98. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)

Why should a "simple because of a lack of customisations" phone be a de facto standard?

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:04

50. SetiroN (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

Considering a phone's software to be sub-par because of its (*replaceable*, it's android we're talking about) stock keyboard and browser is, simply put, ridiculous.
The only quality that's sub-par is the reviewer's. Hire someone who can speak properly instead of publishing horribly long video reviews because we have to listen to UM all the time from some utterly incompetent guy.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:33 3

53. Sam22 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

I don't see anyway that the comparison is even relevant.. the 4s is too old a device (it actually 4 s'ed).. It has absolutely nothing new or interesting up its sleeve.

Until Apple comes up with screen, processor, battery, browser, UI, etc... improvements atleast. (Hoping for 5 or 4Sssss)

For now I would like to see a comparison between RAZR MAXX (running ICS) and ONE X..
The only questionable part of ONE X is its battery, rest is all leagues ahead of 4S..
Commenting on the review is pointless as the author is clearly in love with the Brand Apple Iphone

I actually care about - 1. Battery, 2. Build, 3. UI - OS, 4. Design, 5. Screen, 6. Processor
In that order.. But hey thats just me..

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:13 4

57. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

"We, personally, prefer the glass of the iPhone 4S to the polycarbonate of the One X."

PhoneArena I will repeat myself again and again!! WHO IS "WE"? you are a tech site please stay neutral .. you are suppose to give us a review not your OWN person opinion!! specifically when doing a review .. LET US be the judge. You do your review do not persuade us (readers) and i can give you many good reasons to why i would buy a POLYCARBONATE over a fragile glass and problematic metal!

we get it Iphone 4S is good at its department but when a review is done its just a REVIEW not the examiners personal opinion

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:54 3

65. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Agree! It should be review, not your own blog.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:20 2

66. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

I am not going to say much but hey PA just look at your "vs" pic on your homepage...the beauty of the oneX overshadows the phone next to it. And don't get me started on a comparison b/w the android and the ios. Drag and Drop is all m gonna say. \m/

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:27 1

67. jhan410 (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

dont be mad guys,, this was expected. its confirmed that cnet and phonearena are two websites in which apple has an official partnership and 3 of phonearena writers are confirmed apple employees.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 15:03 1

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

Its all about the rating folks, all about the ratings. If they can stir something up and bring people to the site, they've done their job. The only true reviewer is the individual who've used the device a week or two the post their take. Can you believe it, thumbed down down my own post by accident. Funny how it can be possible.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 15:14 1

70. motorwayne (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

Day one iPhone user here, had, have them all....this article is just plainly biased. The iPhone hasn't changed anything significant since it started, phonearena even said so in the article, no inovation other than minor tweak the fanboys think are WOW.

Guys, the HTC One X soo exceeds the iPhone for normal peoples use it isn't even funny...I own both.

If you suggest otherwise then you're just stuck in "Hotel California" just where Apple wants you.

The peoples friend

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 15:53 3

71. Leo_MC (Posts: 1467; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

1. Build quality
Glass breaks, polycarbonate doesn't.
2. Display
Bigger is better (ppi should be as much as the eye can see).
3. Interface
icons vs personalizations: widgets / tiles / any sort of active informations are better than a list of icons.
4. Messaging
iPhone has a great keyboard, HTC also has a great one; the second is bigger -> go to point 2 (is swype available for iP?)
5. Internet and Connectivity
It's well known Flash makes browsing experience "somewhat clunky and [...] visibly unresponsive at times".
So, close Flash in One and test the browsers again.
14.4 Mbit/s < 21.1 Mbit/s.
6. Camera
HTC has more features, I see iPhone delivers a better quality.
7. Performance
If you say iP has a better call quality, I must believe you but I doubt you tested the phones with HD Voice service active. It's impossible to say a phone without HD Voice is better that a phone with it... it's lame, stupid, absurd or even phantasmagorical.
1 day (10 hours) is all one can get from a smartphone.

1. HTC because of poly, because rough corners in iP hurt my hands, because iP is slippery and too expensive to drop (=the glass breaks).
2. iP; I find 4,7" in HTC way too much.
3. HTC; I already have a menu with all my apps, the display should be full of shortcuts to my everyday needs.
4. I don't write much sms/emails so it's a draw for me.
5. HTC; you don't get more than 8-10 MB/s but I do as much as 43 (theoretically) so for me faster is better; I usually use Opera Mini (no flash) so it's hard to encounter your so called "clunky" experiences.
6. iP; 3 Mp is ok for me if it has a good lens; I am yet to see more tests but the images posted here show iP is better.
7. HTC. HD Voice mops the floor with iP so-call quality.

Would I chose any one of this 2 phones?
iP is too stupid, HTC is too big.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 16:02

73. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

hey cool story bro

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 18:59

83. SleepingOz (unregistered)

You just can't argue! Nice try though. =]

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 08:16

109. Leo_MC (Posts: 1467; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Just as I suspected: US carriers do not provide HD Voice services (Sprint will be the first one to offer it).

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 17:27 1

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

dont make any sense watching reviews iphone and android here cuz WE KNOW WHO YOU GONNA CHOOSE ALREADY.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 17:31 4

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

Galaxy s3 will loose to iphone 4s just wait for his review u will see

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 18:07 1

79. lpratas (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

When the Sony LT29i, name code Hayabusa, release ,is that i want to see the review of these gentlemans. Then is that the things will start to heat. With the Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 in the specs and almost certain a good quality in multimedia department, like the video recording and playback and the photography more the spectacular display quality and the lte radio connection that the iphone 4s hasn't yet, then the Iphone 4S it's completely pulverized. In terms of cpu performance it's like to compare the day with the night which this Sony smartphone it's the day and the Iphone 4S it's the night. Must be 4 times more powerful in terms of cpu performance than Iphone 4S.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 18:18 4

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

Only one word to describe this article...garbage. As it happens, I got my One x today and it is easily the best mobile phone out there. I feel qualified to say that as I still have my iP4s, a Galaxy Nexus and the Sony Xperia S. The IP4s serves me as nothing but an ipod basically. In terms of PA's comments on its size, the first thing I did upon unboxing is compare it to the Nexus, their share screen size but the Nexus looks, feels and is bigger as the One x has little or no bezel.

The IP4 has its merits but, in truth, I can't imagine using it on a long term basis. I do like to change my phones frequently but am hardly inclined to pick up my iPhone as from my stand point, the user experience on the others is way better. Oh, by the way, the screen on the Xperia S is still the gold standardbut the One x gives it a run for the money, even with that 4.7 inch screen!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 18:19 1

81. lpratas (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

I forgot to talk of the good construction that this Sony Hayabusa will have beyond of the display, of course.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 18:23 2

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

A few typos in the last one but wtf! Oh by the way, I don't particularly care for the iOS v Android thing, I am more interested in "my" user experience and interaction with the handset. Galaxy S2 runs on android but am not a fan regardless of its outstanding qualities!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 20:51 1

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

Really? I mean, yeah, the iPhone has its perks, but those are nothing compared to the One X. I am probably never going to watch another review like this (Android vs. iPhone) done by Ray ever again, because he is obviously heavily inclined towards the iPhone, no matter how blatantly obvious it is that it is lacking in ever aspect.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 23:34 3

87. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Ray, Question.

If and when the eventual updates come from HTC to fix the browser and maybe camera, are you going to update the review and change it to the oneX as the clear winner in the "battle"?

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 04:49 2

95. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I guess, he won't.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 02:14 2

90. ZetanAlaz (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

yeah right Ray, iCompare and iReview...

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 04:27

94. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

"The downside is that it takes time to load these widgets, and thus you're sometimes presented with a “Loading...” screen"
Jesus Christ! Quad Core and still lagging.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:27

99. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Well which is going to use more cpu processing -- a list of icons or live updated widgets that load graphics and information? Considering most android phones throttle down their actual CPU use on the homescreen to conserve battery, a little lag isn't abnormal. Of course, I haven't seen this phone running with widgets on screen so who knows?

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:06 1

102. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the loading is generally due to information downloading not from processor lag.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 13:00

103. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

^^^^^^ he tells the truth

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 05:21 1

96. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)

I think this is a biased review for the following reasons.
You do care if it is Apple.
You ignore or do not give weightage to the goodies in the ONE X while you claim the limitations of the iPhone to be good things.
You claim that it is up to individual tastes for the body design and feel. Yet you claim "WE prefer...." surprise surprise... the iPhone. Who's WE?
You claim the iPhone pics to be better but I found mixed results there. Based on your own samples, I think the HTC pics were more realistic while the iPhone added false saturation. The indoor pics of the HTC are "clearly" better.
You claim the iPhone is good because it is simple and it is simple because it has 4x4 icons? Is there any other way? Can't you have 4x4 icons on the HTC? You can.
You even claim that it is a GOOD thing!!! that the iPhone has really no customisation.
You claim the iPhone is a standard because it is popular. Low end Nokia phones were more popular earlier. So, would you start comparing with those now? A professional reviewer should understand the difference between popular and standard.
These 2 phones are really not comparable. They are in different classes with the HTC being higher and I infer that from your review itself.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:59 1

100. megabok (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)

the winner is very apparent right before the duel begin. its iphonearena after all.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:26 1

101. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

I get that PA generally favors the iPhone, but I think this comparison is quite fair. HTC has been having their problems in making a compelling phone lately. Their designs are all similar, with most phones sharing the same drawbacks of weight, battery life, lag with Sense. Lately they have been having trouble with the basics:

-HTC has been trumpeting the new camera on this unit, but the pictures really look like garbage next to the iPhone.

-Flash is a dying tech, but until all websites move to HTML 5, it is necessary. For a flagship ICS quad core phone to stumble on a web page is simply unacceptable.

-Sloppy keyboard execution, come on now.

-Beats is just an EQ setting that ruins the music. Give me a flat response and code a 7 band EQ into the player and I can tailor the music how I like it, to match the earphones I'm using, not how some dumbass rapper likes it.

I think the review was quite fair. All too often, Android manufacturers race to offer the hottest new processor/display/gpu, etc., and forget that first and foremost these are multi-purpose communication devices which we actually use. I personally don't care if there's a quad core or dual core processor since it won't matter in 99% of the usage. Efficient coding is much more important than a marginal increase in processor speed. Give me a fast dual core, adequate memory, a radio that connects quickly and stays connected to the network

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 13:56 3

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

I don't agree with your comment regarding camera, I saw other reviews and saw the zoomed in comparison between the two devices. They both has their good and bad. I don't think iPhone 4S camera was more superior at all after comparing the two.

Other than that, that you claim the design of HTC are all similar. If that's the case iPhone design haven't changed one bit either. I think you need to look around at reviews from other tech sites and see if this review was fair or not after. I think you haven't seen any of the other sites' reviews, therefore you having these kind of opinions. I've read 5 reviews from different sites yesterday, each giving One X a good review. The good review I saw this week on PhoneArena is the review done on One S, which I don't feel there's any bias.

Please also note, Beats could be turned off if you read Pocket-lint's review.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 16:46

110. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

Gotta love all the thumbs downs from the HTC fanboys. Why can't anyone be objective? Just look at the nasty purple pictures on this test. Maybe it was a bad unit, but compared to the iPhone, the One's pictures just plain suck.

Regarding HTC design, if I put a Rezound and a Thunderbolt next to each other with no branding, do you really think you could tell the difference without booting it up? Both are big bricks with rounded corners. Design is in part, a matter of personal taste. My point was that the HTC designs have been bland lately. I am most certainly not an iPhone fan, but with regard to design, it is a thing of beauty. All Android manufacturers need to differentiate themselves. HTC has not made anything remotely interesting lately and their recent decline in market share is evidence. I'm not knocking them, just stating my observations.

Maybe the One is a great phone, but given the observations in this test, I think the conclusions are fair.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 17:00 4

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

If you have not used the One x, try and refrain from voicing an opinion! You are kidding no one and simply demonstrating your ignorance and bias. I have used this handset for precisely 30 hours, the battery is still at 50%, granted that is with the phone alive for 16 hours and I have not seen any lag, in fact, it is simply blazing fast! Do not confuse the phone loading with lag, two entirly different things. The iPhone 4S is an extremely competent phone but it is just that and nothing else when compared to this. It is matter of preference and having/owning both, I seriously doubt using my iP4s ever again, except in extreme circumstances or as an iPod or simply for something different.

Do not believe what you read but yes, this phone has a big screen which I love but it looks and feels smaller than the Galaxy Nexus and it is simply a gorgeous design! Looks like I may sell my Xperia S having experienced quad core but I would hate to part with this handset (best dual core out there)! My two cents worth!!

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 02:47

106. mike.messiah (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

There should be a way to sue biased and unproffessioanal reviewers like these.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 04:46 1

107. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

used the one x at a store....let me paraphrase...there was a friggin line to just "use" the phone. The tactics of the store was amazing ....they told us to transfer a video of our choice to the phone ....now i did not know this...so there i was watching a scene from the pirates of the carib on the phone drooling over the display (not literally) dunno if it is splash resistant or not :P. It was clear as anything i have seen on an LED tv. Then suddenly this dude next to me told me that he uploaded a regular 350 mb movie downloaded from piratebay which are usually tagged for iphones. I was like "DAMN!!" it looked like a blu ray vid!!. Not much of a paraphrase i apologize for that but the iphone which i also respect for holding its own in the reign of Droids looked like a phone and that's it...it looked like "a" phone. So One X you are refreshing. Saving money and owning you soon.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:25

114. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

The droid rage here is strong. Fandroids are pissed!! Lol

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 08:08 1

116. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

taco, your mom is calling, its dinner time. if you have tacos for dinner, does that make it cannibalism?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 03:12

117. poldan (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

To all,
i think we should stop commenting on this article, in fact, we all should stop reading article from this website. so many uncompetent reviewer in this website.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 08:51

118. androidrocks (Posts: 60; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)

here goes another iReview...
Ray, you must be blind...blinded by the one X screen clarity...better change the website's name to iphonearena.it would make sense...
and one last word,dont ever compare flagships with the outdated over priced icrap...you dont even deserve to be called a reviewer...Ray,you are a noob!

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 21:43

120. htconeclub.com (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)

We wrote an awesome write up of how apple positioned themselves in the market against others and why they will soon lose their edge. Check it here :http://www.htconeclub.com/htc-one-x-vs-iphone-anal ysis-and-you/

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