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HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

0. phoneArena 06 Apr 2012, 04:14 posted on

A lot of users out there who are considering buying the new HTC One X are probably wondering if it's really better than the Galaxy Nexus, which is a device that has an almost identical footprint. Well, of course a lot of users will be torn between these two powerhouses, seeing that they feature displays that are almost exactly the same in terms of size, and both run Android 4 ICS...

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posted on 06 Apr 2012, 09:23 5

41. geoffers247 (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

Ok, so I've had the htc one x for 3 days now, vodafone delivered early. For starters; all this nonsense about the stock web browser is true but an absolute joke because I'm running chrome and their has been no force closes, no pinch zoom blank nonsense & no resize/ refresh bs either. Everyone wants to know about the battery life so I want to share my experience today,
- so today I turned on wifi, bluetooth, gps & roaming.
- Watched half a 720p movie.
- Popped 3GB of music onto the internal memory
- played music for a couple hours

So basically I took the phone off charge at 7am. At 11pm their was 9% left on the battery. I think I can confidently say that the device lasts a full day. If anyone has any question, I'm happy to answer them based on my experience over the last few days. I don't understand why phone arena is being so tough on the HTC One X.....

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:48 2

47. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

That's actually impressive. You don't have 4G but you have the 1800 mah battery which should get better as it gets conditioned. Thanks for the info! I might seriously look at the one x, or for me, Evo 4G LTE.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:21 4

43. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1130; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Best phone display ever
Superb design and materials
Camera UI is best in class
Tegra 3 screams
Sense 4.0 is still as much a liability as an asset
Hard button experience isn't perfect
Photo and video quality only average

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:30 1

44. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

You'd think that HTC would improve their User Interface from their troubles with the HD2, Inspire, and other phones that have screens larger than 4.3".......I guess not. I knew that the Nexus would beat the One X because HTC Sense has had the same problems within ICS as they have with previous Android versions. I have the Inspire w/ Gingerbread and Ive recieve countless force closes and screen delays. I dont know if its the just the UI itself or something more, but this is why I will not get another HTC phone.

Samsung and Motorola have made good phones and are of a better quality than HTC. every phone manufacturer have their flaws, but the ones with the least will earn my respect and my AT&T upgrade eligibility......which is why Im getting the Note

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 11:37 3

49. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1130; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Go to any other review and they say the opposite of what is said. So far this phone was given one of the best Android phone designs to date by every one of those reviews, and Sense has been way toned down. There were no mentions of forced closed or slow browsers.

You talk about past Sense and past hardware. Lets keep focus on the newer hardware and Sense. The GN has only ASOP going for it at this point compared to the One X, and I for one was looking to get the GN until this is now showing up for Sprint. I could only want a GN for future Jelly Bean updates, but let's face it hardware, and true speed goes to the One X, which blows away the Note.

I was so scheming on the Galaxy Nexus from Sprint, but not now. The Galaxy Nexus is so last year. SAmoled will fall to SLCD, and every review says that the SLCD One X is the best screen to date for Android. The One X is the phone to beat "RIGHT NOW". I have only read bad reviews from Phone Arena for this phone. Every other Blog Review gives this phone stellar achievements in Design, Speed, and screen appearance....what gives Phone Arena....yes you are entitled to be the lone wolf in the night I guess with this phone's review.

This thing best the Note that you so badly want Jerediah...maybe thats why you can't seem to see the good in this phone....... hmmmmm!

http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-one-x-or-samsung-galaxy-nexus I read this a few days ago on Android central. A better Galaxy Nexus VS the HTC One X review comparison lol


Late-night poll: HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy Nexus? The One X beats Nexus in this poll on Android Central lol

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 15:12

52. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

what about the battery life?? thats been the main disappointment with most of the HTC phones ive seen. whats the use of any "super phone" HTC offers when the battery cant keep up?? im going to disregard LTE connectivity because it would eat up the battery of most LTE phones anyway. Id figure that they have the battery to support the amount of power the One X is supposed to bring

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 20:20 1

59. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1130; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

See Geoffers247 personal review above, and search any Tech sites blog review of the One X and post one place where the battery is a fail so far. I challenge any one of you haters to post a review other than PA where these issues including the battery is a no go!

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 14:10

96. joes907 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Touchwiz is far inferior to sense. I used the note the other day and when swiping through the homescreens, I noticed it doesn't completely follow your finger but does a sort of fake transition to make it look smoother, but it still lagged.
Also, aesthetically, many people think that sense is superior to all other Android skins.
And in terms of hardware quality, HTC is also far superior to samsung.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:38 4

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

PA just doen't like the One X for some reason. lol

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 11:29 7

48. baldilocks (Posts: 743; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

This guy sure doesn't like the One X. Every review he does of it always turns south.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 20:26 1

70. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Dam right! who employed him....

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 12:53 4

50. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1130; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

And even without any modification whatsoever, the One X isn’t just one of the best Android phones I’ve ever used — it’s one of the best mobile devices I’ve ever used, period.

Whereas before Sense constantly gave you the feeling that the phone was struggling to keep up with your taps and swipes, with the One X we found little to complain about in terms of lag.

Just give me a One X running something closer to stock Android 4.0, HTC, and I believe you’ve got the best smartphone ever made. All above quote from The Verge review

The HTC One X is easily my favorite phone on the market today. Even Samsung's Google Galaxy Nexus pales in comparison. The sexy hardware design, the updated Sense 4 user interface, and the amazing camera team up with blazing performance to make the One X an unstoppable force of nature that I simply must have in my hand. quoted from Tech Spot review

If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm pretty smitten with the HTC One X. For me, the Super LCD 2 display is too good to pass up. It will spoil you for just about everything else. It's that good. The camera is about as good as advertised, and that's with me using it on full-automatic. Start adjusting settings and paying more attention to white balance, and they'll get even better. Hardware and battery life are excellent.

So long, Galaxy Nexus. It's been real. Android Central quote One X vs GN

There's absolutely no doubt that the One X is a masterpiece of an Android device: it obliterates pretty much all of its competitors by giving even the mighty Galaxy Nexus a run for its money. HTC's really crafted something special here, with a brilliant combination of branding, industrial design and user experience. This handset looks and feels stunning, with top-notch materials and build quality, the most gorgeous display we've ever stared at on a phone.. Engadget review quote

The HTC One X is without question the creme de la creme of Android phones right now. It’s the phone Android users have been waiting for. There wasn’t a single issue that I can think of that disappointed me. From its beautiful industrial design to its super fast processor, the One X should be at the top any smartphone shopper’s list when it hits store shelves in early April quote from Techno Buffalo an true iPhone loving site.

Damn I can't find any bad reviews unless I come to phone Arena. rofl I could post more but why should I...you get the point

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 03:07 1

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

T-Mobile might be getting a version of the One X with stock ICS. It'll be apart of the G-series, and they always have stock on those

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 15:42

53. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

I don't mean to troll, but I must say I'm quite appalled and disappointed that the One X has these...deficiencies. I'm very surprised that the Quad-Core processor is not living its expectations. I came here expecting the One X to win by a landslide but I guess I was wrong. I am very surprised at the browser performance; that needless reflowing could be quite annoying and that Flash portrayal was HORRIBLE. And multiple crashes on a Quad-Core device? That's...surprising. I'm not an Android fan by any means but I did have high hopes for the One X. The Galaxy Nexus is an "OK" device and I thought it would be beat out by its Android counterparts. Guess I was wrong.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 20:15 1

58. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1130; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

seems that these issues only were Phone Arena's issues. I have not seen this in any other review wake up!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 16:25 2

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

I think it best to give any PA review a wide berth! I have both these handsets and first of all, in Europe the only variant you can get of the GN is the 16gb version which makes for an epic fail. I love the curved nature of the nexus but the One x feels absolutely stunning to hold and I find it easier to use with one hand, not entirely comfortably, as it feels so much more compact. The trick I believe is similar to that used in the design of the Sensation which somehow felt smaller than other 4.3 inch screen phones.

There are some obvious discrepancies in the review, as the pictures taken with the Nexus look washed out and I much prefer those taken by the One x.

In truth, and until another quad core beast comes along, the One x is by a distance the best android phone out there with Xperia S running it a close second in my humble opinion. That comparison by these bunch of fxxkwits should be interesting!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 18:27 3

55. wizzardtech (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

i have a cellphone business here in our locals and i tried this both devices already.
for me, htc One x is way better than GNEX in a lot of aspect. design, quality materials,
camera, processor, UI, solid feel to it. htc One X, u can really feel and noticed that its a high end phone not like GNEX, cheap material, just an ordinary phone to me. cheap looking and you wont even think of keeping.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 18:41

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

Make a comparison againt the beast SGS2

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 06:36 2

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

This needs a second opinion cuz from what ive seen everywhere else reviews and ratings are diferent.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 18:27

68. barondebxl (Posts: 131; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

The HTC one X is a little disappointment to me. Not because of what phone arena is showing, because the phone has so many issues. Battery life, screen defects, lag in browser, sense keeps crashing on a quad core processor. The phone itself is the se jest on the planet, the screen is amazing and the UI is fast ( when it doesn't crash). But again it launched with some bad issues like crashes and unstable stock bowser. The Galaxy s3 won't launch with any lag everyone knows that. That's unacceptable.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 21:06

71. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1130; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

BATTERY life screen defects could you post where you factually find this data about those issues that you post

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 22:08 2

72. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

This guy keeps saying polycarbonate, other sites are saying anodize/microarc oxidized aluminum...so which one is it?

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 10:21 2

79. yodanim (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

polycarbonate. the aluminum is the one s

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 02:43 2

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

Can't just judge one persons opinion on a device say its bad. It's like if he's alergic to bananas doesn't mean ure alergic to it to. Guys don't listen to this guy if you can't wait for s3 go get this phone.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 14:56 1

81. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1130; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

reghardware.com review posted by XDA review thread got 90% a 9!

Chart topper
At 130g HTC One X is 5g lighter than the Galaxy Nexus and 10g lighter than the iPhone 4S. Yes it’s taller and wider than the iPhone but it has a much bigger screen, so what do you expect? Unless you have the hands of a child, the size is no impediment to use.

The One X’s ability to run 3D games like Shadowgun and play 1080p video in any and all formats is so all-encompassing it’s easier for me list the things it can’t do. Which is nothing. And, boy oh boy, do games and videos look good on that HD screen.

Is the display better than that of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Tough call. The Samsung OLED manages a better absolute black, but colours look more natural on the HTC’s IPS LCD panel. Both are bright and have very robust viewing angles.

Thanks to an f/2.0 aperture lens, a back-illuminated sensor and the ICS panorama capture facility the 8Mp camera fitted to the One X closes the gap on the best from Sony and Nokia. Even casual snaps look rather impressive and you get more shooting effects than you can shake a stick at and the ability to take still images while recording video. It’s a fast camera too.

Quad-core corker
HTC's quad-core flagship smartphone with nearly all the trimmings.

Suggested Price: £500
More Info: HTC's One X page

To those shitting on the phone due to reports of bugs; Every phone I ever bought at launch had a bug.....this phone will certainly have bugs as well. Galaxy Nexus PLAGUED with bugs for how many months get over the bugs issue, and give the phone its due respect!

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 20:03

82. ppLVR (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


posted on 08 Apr 2012, 22:05

84. phantomash (Posts: 20; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

Great comparison. Nexus does have a better design, with its curved display and without the logo printed in front... looks sophisticated and elegant. Good job PhoneArena.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 22:25

86. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

eh...same HTC look, i'd be thrilled for the first 3 hours of carrying the device then i'd be looking for the next upgrade.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 07:24 2

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

OTA 1.28 update due to air next week.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 08:29 1

89. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1130; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Some reviewers are on 1.27, but many of the complainers have 1.26 which was slated to have bugs in one review. After the reviewer got the update his battery went from 10hrs to 14 hours

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 03:07 1

90. ProdrivRHTC787 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

after reading all the new HTC One series reviews, i've come to a conclusion. Phonearena is bias to the HTC One X.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:51 1

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

See link below. About the fairest review I have read on this phone and it articulates my thought so it. It is not about Android Vs iOS or whatever, it is about the PHONE and this is the ONE!


posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:07 1

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

See link below and typo now corrected! This is about the fairest review I have read on this phone and it articulates my thoughts on it. It is not about Android Vs iOS or whatever, it is about the PHONE and this is the ONE!



posted on 11 Apr 2012, 11:33

93. androidsquietgood (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Surely the htc's camera is the better one. But the shuttery video recording and firstly the bad audio recording makes the 1080p feature invalid. I mean you can't record a video if you're going to see a live concert, you can't record video while being in a louder location eg some restaurant or what, you can't even record a vlog or something, because the audio sounds like a 60's microphone. It's alwys been an htc problem and I can't understand why this still exists. I mean everything is high quality but video recording is junk?! I know there are quiet alot of people sharing a similar view but I always have the feeling most people ignore this fact.
The nexus' design isn't that bad, the white version actually looks pretty cool (similar to the one x), the only problem is the back of the phone. It seems that samsung tried to create a certain "samsung-trademark" but it looks really un-chic. Further, a unibody case always looks more elegant, but then you have the problem that there is no battery to be changed.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 18:02

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

For an unbiased and true review of this handset, go and read the Engadget Review. Absolutely agree with it having now used the phone for 1 full week.

Not a comparison but a true review of the handset based on its relative merits!

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 07:15

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

Jon Rettinger Technobuffallo " This is the Phone that Android Users Deserve This is the Phone that Android users have been clamoring for "

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 12:45

100. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

Ray S. ili kakto tam se naricha toq idiot, da vzeme da se grymne.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 15:25

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

I can't believe this stupid debate! If you have actually used both phones, which I have, then feel free to comment sensibly on the merits of either handset. I have owned both and as you may guess still own the One x. Well, I sold my SGN although I thought it was a cracking phone and vanilla android is always a good thing.

The One x takes user experience just that bit further and quite frankly, I might have been more reluctant to make the jump but the 16gb thing just did not fly.

Loving my One x!

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 16:35

106. BenCjamin (Posts: 80; Member since: 13 May 2011)

Well, the bottom line is if this is HTC's flagship phone, it's a dissappointment really if the nexus comes that close to beating it in a review. Especially when you know that right around the corner Samsung is gearing up to announce a new galaxy phone, most likely the Galaxy S III and it will again top charts and push the boundaries of the current norm. And i personnally don't like HTC's phones because of the processors they use. They normally use either Tegra or Qualcomm . I just don't think these processors match up when compared to the Omap and Exynos. HTC's Sense does give a polished look to it's phones but it also is tough on the battery as well. compared to the other UI's it is the most taxing on the system.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 18:43

107. jonahleq (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)

Don't waste money in Samsung galaxy Nexus, htc one x is the best. I had SC2 User before, the battery life poor and super amoled cause my eyes unconfortable when you long time watching and not natural, now the super ips lcd 2 is the best screen in market.

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 14:57

110. shay214 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

i think the one x htc iz a lot better

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 02:40

111. Battl3fr0nt (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

I'm waiting for the Galaxy S 4. After checking out the galaxy nexus, one x and galaxy s3, I couldn't understand why I would downgrade. I have a Samsung Galaxy s2 and the screen is noticeable better then the other 3 phones, the s3 doesn't have the super amloed plus screen. Its the main thing that is making me wait but there are other things as well. The s2 has a 1.5ghz Dual core cpu the same as the s3, the only upgrade on the s3 is the 2gb of ram but I don't need more then the 1gb of ram that I have now.if you have a Galaxy s2 you are set. I almost bought into the hype myself but I'm so happy I didn't. The Screen on the s3 is .3 inches bigger and a little higher resolution but it does not use the normal RGB matrix so it only has half the sub pixels as the s2. That's why you see all the black lines on the s3's screen. If theyreleased a versionof the s3 with a Super Amloed plus screen, I would go for it but until then the Galaxy s2 is still the superior phone. It looks like I'll be sticking with my s2 for another year but I'm fine with that and now that its running 4.0 it really is the best phone all around and for the price you really can't beat it.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 03:11

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

Are you kidding? I mean, really? I honestly hope you're trolling or being sarcastic, but if you are serious; first of all,

The screen on the One X is unmatched, 4.7" S-LCD2 IPS 720p HD uses the full pixel matrix, and not Pentile like the Galaxy S III and Nexus (which only makes it lose 1/3 of a sub-pixel, not half) but I can see why you say the GS2 display is better than the GS3 and the Nexus.

The dual-core CPU on the Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy S 2 are leagues apart. Sure, they're both 1.5 GHz, but they use 2 different architectures. The CPU in the Galaxy S 2 uses the Snapdragon S3 processor, using the A-9 architecure, and is one of, if not the, worst performing dual-core CPUs because of it's underclocked graphics.

The processor in the Galaxy S 3 and One X uses the new generation Snapdragon S4 processor, which uses the new A-15 architecture making it about 50% faster and about 20% more power efficient than the previous Snapdragon S3.

And, even though the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S 3 use Pentile technology, the resolution on both of them are 720x1280 HD, and compared to the 480x800 on the Galaxy S 2, it is an improvment and only someone with a trained eye can tell that it's using Pentile.

The Galaxy S2 is outmatched in every category.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 06:35

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

this guy must be insane for making that statement about the screens of the 3 phones compared to galaxy s2. Havent u seen by now that htc one x super lcd2 is unbeatable at the moment? Go to a store pick up an htc one x put it side by side with your galaxy s2 and whatch how easily u will throw your galaxy out the window.

posted on 12 Aug 2012, 05:34 1

114. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

Quadrant standard... the HTC One X is 4000+ and the Nexus is just 2000....


posted on 13 Aug 2012, 04:58

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

International One X is 5000+ now after the last update! Just keeps getting better.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 06:03 1

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

Actually mine never scored below 5700..Highest i reached was 6103

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 06:04

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

Ray and others need to do another review with that rediculous 7.8 that was given to the one x

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 05:01

118. SonofJohn (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

Ha! I bet no one is thinking the One X is a better phone now that the Nexus is rocking that buttery smooth Jelly Bean. lol Just saying.

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 05:59

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

HTC, We all know are very good with updates especially to their newest devices. Just you wait and see Jelly Bean will be on International One x asap

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 11:01 1

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

Sorry guys but the International GN only has 16gb which is not expandable. I could not live with this and sold it although it was IMHO the nicest handset until the One X. One X is superior in all respects except maybe to hold, I have no issue with holding it but accept the GN is a tad nicer to hold.

Post the software upgrade to the One X to 4.0.4 and Sense 4.1, no contest not even the SGS3 is saying anything, especially with its ultra poor build quality and Quality Control issues!

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