HTC One X vs Apple iPhone 4S
The Android operating system found on the One X has been vastly improved since its first days. Now, on the One X we have its 4th iteration – ICS, which has been highly-acclaimed by critics. However, what you'll find here isn't the stock UI, but rather, HTC's own Sense user interface, which adds a great deal of customization. The home screen and most parts of the Sense UI are very lively, animated and personalizable through different Scenes and Skins. Since this is an Android device, you can customize it even further by installing different launchers, widgets and other stuff. Actually, one of the benefits of being able to have so many widgets on the homescreen is that you receive up-to-date information just by staring at the homescreen, without having to launch any app. The downside is that it takes time to load these widgets, and thus you're sometimes presented with a “Loading...” screen.
The iPhone 4S doesn't surprise us with its trusty iOS 5 platform, which sticks to the very same user interface that we saw in its first version. Basically, you are presented to a 4x4 grid of icons, and that's that. Of course, you can change the wallpaper, but that's as far as personalization goes on this device. On the other hand, though, this makes the iPhone 4S extremely easy and straightforward to use. It also means that the platforms is very light, so there's almost no lag whatsoever, no matter what apps you launch.
One would think that the One X would be the ultimate device to type texts or email on, due to its giant display, but in reality this isn't the case. The design of the keyboard isn't good enough, which limits your typing speed, due to a higher risk of key mispressing. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S only has a 3.5” screen, but its QWERTY keyboard is designed in such a way that typing doesn't present any problem. As a whole, you can achieve relatively the same typing speeds with both devices, which is a loss for the One X, since it relies on so much more real estate.
Internet and Connectivity:
We're not really content with the browsing experience on the One X, even though it has such great hardware and big screen which should have made it work flawlessly. The truth is that the browser is somewhat clunky and can get visibly unresponsive at times. That's why we tend to prefer the perfectly smooth performance of the iPhone 4S's Safari browser. The smaller screen size actually isn't a problem, since the iPhone's software increases the size of the important font in order to make it easier to read. At the end of the day, you still have to scroll and zoom in or out a lot when surfing the web with both phones, but the iPhone makes this whole experience much easier on the nerves.
Still, one feature that the One X has and the iPhone hasn't is support for Flash Player, which means that some web pages and site elements will be visible only on the One X. There are some third-party attempts to fill the gap for the iPhone, but none of them work really well. One thing that bothers us though is that although the One X will open every Flash page, it presents us to a somewhat unimpressive performance, whereas some other top-shelf Android devices manage to execute the Flash content better.
In terms of connectivity options, both phones have Wi-Fi, but the One X has the upper hand here thanks to its HSPA+ radio, which allows for speeds of 21.1 Mbit/s down and 5.76 Mbit/s up. The iPhone 4S is only capable of the following HSPA speeds: 14.4 Mbit/s down and 5.76 Mbit/s up.
1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I think that many was waiting for this duel. :)
2. -box- (Posts: 3933; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Why is it that PhoneArena seems to be the only large tech site that isn't at least accepting of (if not impressed with) the OneX? Yes, the iphone is neat and all, but it's dated, bland, overpriced for what it is, has a tiny screen, fragile, and, not to mention, still made in a factory by underpaid and underappreciated workers in unacceptable conditions. Yes, the One X has flaws, but I'm thankful that OEMs are finally starting to release phones designed for Android 4.0 ICS. It should not have taken this long.
16. cripton805 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Dude. You can tell they are hyping the iPhone here sooo much its not even funny. When the iPhone is clearly the loser, they dont give a winner or they call it a draw. You can tell when they start the article by calling the HTC huge and start bashing on it from the start (heavily). And when they mention they mention Flash, they brush it off without any insults.
The lag is also during the pinch to zoom. Text wrapping causes the screen to go blank for a second while it reconfigures the page. Turn it off and it might not be there. Its been stated on reviews. They dont even mention that here. "What a surprise". They just say unresponsive.
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 13888; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Sore losers suck. iOS is the Yankees, android is the red sox
119. Commentator (Posts: 2615; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Naah, give Android a little credit. I'd say they're the Rays. Blackberry is the Red Sox.
37. bbblader (Posts: 586; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
hmm that is 99,9% of the time but
somehow the Nokia 900 beat it
49. cripton805 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I read that review and nowhere did it say the Nokia won... as a matter of fact, on the conclusion they stated that you couldn't go wrong with either one. They didn't even call it a draw, win, or loss. Which goes back to my initial statement. I'm not saying one is worse than the other, but when someone makes a firm decision, it doesn't leave any doubt or suspicion and they STATE one or the other as the clear winner or at least say it's a draw.
62. bbblader (Posts: 586; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
I haven't used wp7.5 nor iOS in my life.
I've only used android and symbian.
So yeah I clearly am clueless on both phones
But since the lumia line I'm starting to think I should start to buy Nokia phones once again
I want both the L900 and the 808PW
111. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I'm new to WP7.5 and love it and for my 2nd Windows phone, I'm also planning to go back to Nokia when they put out their Lumia WP8 handsets later this year.
43. andro. (Posts: 1977; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Agreed the HTC one x is far ahead of the iphone 4s,admittingly its about 7 months newer although through ifan stupidity and queing for iphones many ifans had to drool at the mouth for several months for stock to come to a regular level to actually be able to actually get the iphones. Pretty much every other website is massively impressed with the one x,Pa is not. Having being using the one x and the one s for the last few days every customer has been impressed!
61. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
pa always calls it a draw... its not for winners/losers.. its to read a legit comparison between the devices and see the differences for yourself so you can decide...
first off, flash is a dead tech... its become less and less used so that is practically a nonissue anymore... and idk where u get heavily bashing.. they say it is large but pleasant, and too large for their tastes... again its a comprehensive review with little better or not better
if u find the one x to be the better device, then thats fine... again its to mainly highlight differences with a small amount of necessary opinion
and its not like the iphone was heralded for much... they rightly showed the one x being better where it is. such as in the screen
88. cripton805 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
By rating this phone a 7.8, I think its the lowest rated flagship phone ever. Its definately being bashed to the maxx by this reviewer. As I think its the same one that rated it so low.
89. deacz (Posts: 157; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
today flash isnt a dead tech, I use it daily. The first day when I dont have to use it and all my web content loads with html5 thats when its dead.
76. babyk (Posts: 237; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
so true thats y i dont really come to this site these guys just bias from every android phone cant compete with iphone no matter what they do they only gonna choose iphone in my opinion hc one x camera is better than iphone i have tested them both
34. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Was waiting for this duel, but not from PhoneArena...
69. ph00ny (Posts: 621; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It's Ray S
Generally, PA folks do not seem that bad at all but Ray's articles are pretty obvious when you read it. Same story over and over again
86. cheetah2k (Posts: 955; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Agreed. Its the subtle things Ray leaves out such as whats missing from the following bit of text:
"The One X has a 4.7” Super-LCD 2 HD screen, while the iPhone 4S sports a more traditional IPS-LCD screen with a resolution of 640x960. Even though the iPhone 4S has lower pixel count, it actually has the upper hand in the pixel density department (330 ppi vs 312 ppi)"
Why not mention that the One X screen is 1280x720, when you mention the iPhone 4S supports 640x960? Is the One X d1ck too big for you Ray?
And as far as the browsing department goes, I own the 4S, and I am sick the fcuk of zoom in, zoom out, pan, zoom in, zoom out, pan BS when viewing websites.. Also there's still no flash or HTML5 on iOS.. If you're sick of the stock browser Ray, how about downloading Chrome Beta???
Anyways the list goes on. Yet another cash for comments iPhailArena article..
112. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
iphone clearly beats the htc one x in terms of gaming performance. The reason why I compared them in that aspect is because htc one x was built for gaming due to htc's efforts to make htc one x to make it the first tegra 3 smartphone. It is also better in sound quality playback because beats audio + htc surround system makes the audio the worst. And in terms of surviving for build quality both are good as iphone has survived from 1000ft drops in working condition though the touchscreen was not useable and htc one x quality is also good as its body is made from alluminium which transformed to ceramic therefore prove to be really hard also with gorilla glass 2. In terms of web performance many sites don't compare the falsh performance towwards iphone 4s as adobe said that flash will be discontinuedand html 5 would be used instead and in terms of speed iphone 4s is said to be faster as normally when people use fast phones like htc one x people will still try to find any lags in the ui to prove that the phone is slow. therefore in most senerios they are equal.
115. Leo_MC (Posts: 657; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Did you ever, ever in your life used HD Voice?!
I don't think so; if you did, you could not say stupid things like "iPhone has a better call quality that a HD Voice compatible phone" (even Galaxy Mini has better call quality than an iPhone).
Are you sure you are talking about 1.000 (one thousand) ft? That over 300 meters - as much as Chrysler Building.
Did you ever dropped a Nokia 5110 from a 5 floor building (that's 40 feet)? If it falls on the concreet, it breaks into little pieces; I don't want to know what happens to an iPhone dropped from 1.000 ft, it probably transforms into atoms and goes back in time :).
3. the_s2 (Posts: 215; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Compare iPhone to LG Optimus one or Samsung galaxy ace lol.... Samsung galaxy S at the most :D
4. ddxmms (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
i didn't read this comparison but judging from the brilliant one x review that you did a couple of days,,i think i am already know the result of this comparison.
5. bloodline (Posts: 702; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
lol ray.s is such a troll.
Easier to use? are you joking? Ray explain to me how I would turn off Wifi, gps etc... on an iphone and now on android.
we all know which is easiest, we all know which is faster, we all know which phone has a better build quality, better audio quality and YES BETTER CAMERA Quality!!!!!!
As someone stated above me the iphone looks dated, even in the pictures you posted.
Ray your reviews are worthless, you have had more complaints than anyone on PA's site.
13. KennyWRX (unregistered)
You don't even need to toggle any of the radios on/off to save battery... that's how easy it is.
Dated? Since when does that make a device better or worst? Unless you are the type that need to have a "newer looking" device all the time. Meanwhile, there is another camp that complain of the exact opposite; they complain about too many Android phones that are essentially the same thing. People like you are the reason these companies do that non-sense instead of focusing on software based improvements.
17. bloodline (Posts: 702; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
really? Android is the most improved/improving mobile OS on the market, its rate of adoption is miles ahead of the market.
No if I pay for a premium contract I want a premium/modernised design, not a design that was constructed in 2009-2010, that is what the iphone 4s is.
IMO android is the easier to use, others agree others dont. Phonesarena reviews is subjective its biased of Ray.s personal opinion.
28. darkkjedii (Posts: 13888; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Winers Waaa waaa waaaaa sound like a 3 yr old
41. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
yeah thats how sheep sounds.. Waaa waaa waaaaa & baaah baaah baaah...
59. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Darkjedi 6reds where is all ur ifans gone!
U are a 3 year old with that brain of urs!
22. -box- (Posts: 3933; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
@KennyWRX; My daily-use phone is a Nokia C7 running Symbian/Nokia Anna, an OS that pre-dates ios, but it's kept fresh with new visuals and efficiency tweaks, so while it's old (started life in 1997), it's not dated due to actual improvements
6. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
Biased review again. Theres no way the iPhone is better than this.
7. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
You could say which one is better without the effort of this review. Apple (an american OS with a US device) against HTC (a doubtfull stolen american OS and chinese, pardon taiwanese device). The one sells 4 milion in a weekend, the other sells this much in about 2 months or more. Hmm, I wonder which one is better...:)
12. bloodline (Posts: 702; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
hmm u sir, are a twat.
Stolen OS??? Android was in production before the iphone. in regards to it being american, surely americans would prefer the larger screens so their fat stupid hands can use the phone.
15. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Hmm, isn't bollocks your mother's name? Handroid was not in production on ANY commercial device before iOS came on iPhone. If it's not stolen than why it looks 90% like iOS, why there are 1 gazillion patent infringments against this so-called OS, why the early 2007 Handroid versions looked 90% like Blackberry's? Simply because they copy what's best on the market. And want to make money from you, without paying patent tax.
29. bloodline (Posts: 702; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
"Handroid was not in production on ANY commercial device before iOS came on iPhone"
are you retarded ? Just because it wasnt commercially aware, doesn't mean it wasn't in production. Android was primary built to take on RIM, but android turned into its own OS.
How do you like the notifications bar on ios? remind you of anything, as for patents dont even get me started, its all BS sometimes apple wins some times whoever they are suing wins.
Google and motorola recently got Iphone 4 banned in germany for patent infringement, its all swings and rounds you dumb hick.
there is no real difference in IOS from 2007 to 2012, Apple mug their consumers and practically laugh in your face.
Apple didnt make SIRI they brought the company that did! SIRI was orginally on the app store free to download. Apple brought it, removed it, sold as an exclusive feature for the 4S!!!!! ahahahh
and mugs like you lap it up. haha i just lol in your face
60. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
People bye iphone for fashion and style thats all!
75. blazee (Posts: 327; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
Im pretty sure that not a single hardware component of any iphone generations, ever made, was manufactured nor assembled in the states
20. GellerDoesDallas (Posts: 50; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
This is such an easy win for the One X, it's good to see you agree Bucky.
9. Doakie (Posts: 1422; Member since: 06 May 2009)
What's that ugly little phone doing next to the One X?
10. bitlebron (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
lol.. this is underwhelmin' ... HTC one X is way better than d Iphone 4s... i think this comparison shouldn't be @all...... W..T...
11. nbannis (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)
Phonearena... You let me down once again. The one x review you did was disgustingly biased. Now ,of course, with the comparison to the iPhone. First, the iPhone doesn't compare in any way to all of the new high end android with 720p screens. Second, every other tech site including engadget say this is the best android phone to date. What's with you guys??! Your facts are also severely misleading considering that it video capture is at a full 30 fps according to HTC and every other tech info site. The camera quality is clearly better or at least the same as the iphone. This phone is better or equal to every recent android phone you've reviewed yet the one x gets a 7.8!!!?? You people are inconsistent and misguided. This comparison and review of the one x has really turned me off from this site. You all allow personal opinions to mess with your reviews. Especially with the keyboard! Really!! A 3.5 inch screen is better to type on than a 4.7 incher. That makes perfect sense. Browser text reflow? Really? You can turn it off and that issue(if it is an issue) can be fixed with a simple update. dumb.....
97. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
Yes, even from the pics which have been shrunk for the HTC to make them look alike, I could not see how it would be better to type on that iPhone than on the ONE X?
14. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
More approachable design for iPhone 4s? Dafuq? Oh right, I remember. iPhone 4s is more approachable because it will not impress you the first time you see it, while the One X will definitely struck you just like meeting a celebrity.
18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Ray S. citation:
"As we've said before, we don't care if it's Apple, HTC, Samsung, Google, or whichever company it is that has produced a certain device. It also doesn't matter if it's Android or iOS... or bada, webOS or Windows Phone. What matters for us is the quality of execution of the particular device (in every respect), and how well it'd serve customers during their day-to-day routine."
What a "nice" story, before a verdict and it was used like a pillow before impact...
Sorry, but In my opinion it was biased!
19. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
ray is paid by apple to moreover, most tech sites are paid by apple to continue to promote the iturd. it is the only rational conclusion. how could every single phone coming out, be it, windows, android, blackberry, etc always loose in a contest to this 2007 POS? no it is not a conspiracy, just common sense. How could this old tech OS beat this bad arse phone? money. that is what. look at every movie you see, how many times do you see the actors using computers, laptops, with apples lit up on the back. when is the last time you saw a HP logo lit up or Dell. ALso commercials, ever notice that when a company is showing you their alarm control app, etc..they show an iphone of some sort. interesting also that they are the richest company. so, my conclusion is that PA is on the iturd payroll as well. we all know the truth i think though.
21. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
iOS is basically an App Drawer. If you want to set up your Android Homescreen to be like an App Drawer you can. So what I don't understand is: If Android OS gives you the choice to personalize your user experience however you like be that simplistic or complex and, iOS does not even bother to give you the option. How is it that iOS's "simplicity" it's greatest treat?
24. tariqinifinityblade (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
guys this comparison is not biased i used both of these smartphones and i have to say that the iphone 4s is way better than htc one x i mean what's the point of a quad core cpu on a weak gpu like nvidia tegra 3 the powervr sgx543mp2 on the iphone 4s is twice as fast as the tegra 3 thae ios is more stable and userfriendly os than android the appstore has more apps than play store i mean don't get me wrong i like android a lot i used android and it's awesome more open and customizable but i think that android still has a lot of work to catch up to apple's ios.
91. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
First off, they are comparing it to the dual core US version, not the Quad Core version. Second, you have never used the OneX. Third, the Tegra is not twice as slow, in fact in 99% of apps the Tegra is faster than the A5, it is only in gaming that it is slower and 99% of the time it is because of a lack of actually being optimized. See, the Tegra 3 uses a proprietary coding system to optimize its games whereas the iOS does not. So if you aren't using these libraries on the Tegra of course it will be slower. Of course you knew that, right? You obviously knew why Tegra releases "THD" versions of games with enhanced graphics and no slow down? You knew why benchmarks that don't run these optimized libraries would show it running slower? No? Didn't think so.
113. tariqinifinityblade (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
dude first i used my friend's htc one x wich is the quad core version second apple iphone 4s gpu powervr sgx543mp2 is twice as fast as the tegra 3 one see the comparisons and the benchmarks between those two then comment besides what is the use of a quad core cpu like tegra 3 if there is no apps optimized for it i used a lot of android smartphones but apple's ios is miles ahead of android sorry but that's the truth what i like about android that it's more open os than the ios but still can't catch up to ios yet.
25. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3082; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Why is every phone compared to iphone????
HTC is not a fruit, it's a vegetable!! Not a fair comparision!!
30. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Omg Ray you stuffed beyond belief with this article.
I wouldn't change my year old single core Android phone for iPhone 4s., and you, a supposed phone enthusiast, would pick it over this HTC?!?
AND, you even think sensation or rezound are better than One x!!
Go get your head examined.
What a disgrace for this site ..
31. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
iOS more intuitive, more polished, simpler than Android?!?
oh and yeah, more stable?
myths debunked long ago by studies you even posted on this site!!
40. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Thanks for the link, darac! Really nice video!
Here is part 2:http://goo.gl/CQz77
32. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1692; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I still don't believe the iPhone 4s has better camera. I call for re-do!!
33. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
The week when the New iPad launched, the featured stories were fillllled with New iPad stories, not one was anything else. There were plenty of good stories out there, and they just happened to put a bunch of iPad stories up in the featured stories, even the pointless iPad stories. If I am to read any reviews that's not Apple and care about it, it'll definitely not be the reviews on PhoneArena.
Still waiting for GSMArena's review on the One X!