HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
In the software category, the One X and Galaxy Nexus are as similar as they are different. The similarities actually start and end with the fact that both devices run Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Where the handsets part ways is the user interface, as the One X is running HTC's Sense UI 4.0, while the Nexus, of course, sticks to the clean, stock ICS look. Which GUI will appeal to you more in terms of look and general philosophy depends on your taste. We're not going to argue which is the better-looking UI, but we do have some thoughts to share regarding the behavior of the software running on each phone.
In short, although both handsets run very smoothly (the One X may have a slight edge, probably thanks to its quad-core Tegra 3 processor), the software of the One X is certainly the glitchier one. Small problems/bugs with Sense are still observed here and there, while the Nexus manages to be visibly more stable overall.
Other than that, both devices have pretty much the same capabilities. The One X has some nice built-in personalization options due to the preloaded Scenes and Skins.
We actually prefer the messaging experience of the Galaxy Nexus more, due to the better QWERTY keyboard. The design of the keys is simpler, not as cluttered as on the One X, and there's more empty space between keys.
Internet and Connectivity:
Browsing the internet is another area where the Galaxy Nexus scores a win. Overall, Samsung's handset presents us with a more intuitive experience with the stock web browser, as it zooms the way it should, with no nasty slowdowns. It doesn't end there, though. Flash Player performance is also better on the Nexus. Meanwhile, the One X's internet browser is not very pleasant to use and tends to crash every once in a while.
Both phones have the same capabilities when it comes to connecting to a mobile data network, as they can achieve HSPA+ download speeds of up to 21.1 Mbit/s, and HSUPA speeds of up to 5.76 Mbit/s. One difference is Bluetooth, since the One X supports version 4.0, while the Galaxy Nexus supports version 3.0.
73. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Although I just compared the two pictures of the pink building, but I agree. First of all, the distance from where the pictures were taken was farther with the One X compared to the Nexus yet all you need to do is look at the twigs of the barren tree in both pictures to realized the One X takes more detailed and clearer pictures. I don't agree with the review. The One X has the better camera!
78. jhan410 (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
no its was not taken farther,, its just that the one x has a wider lens therefore capturing more objects in a frame,, even if it appears farther, the details are OBVIOUSLY sharper/more detailed in the One X,,both bright light and low light.
Ray S is just retarded. lol.
85. phantomash (Posts: 20; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)
Better camera, maybe. but overall Nexus is better.
108. alvaroamdo (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
i have galaxy s2 one..very nice smartphone even compared to iphone 4.as per my knowledge Samsung is one of the most innovative company in the world now. ~ $40 billion into R&D (2012) is a huge investment. Samsung has just claimed a breakthrough in graphene development, by creating a semiconductor from the material. ..Galaxy S III has a less then beautiful design but it does have better benchmark tests(even though it has fewer "hertz"), it a has a 2100 removable battery which lasts more than the one X, micro SD, so in total you can have 128GB on your phone, a plastic body which is good when you drop it. THe dongle from HTC One X can only stream at 720p on a tv unlike the samsung's one that can stream at 1080p.
also check Galaxy S II Guide: Which has the highest resale value and why? here http://www.careace.net/2012/06
2. ogiveyakuza (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
come on, where is galaxy note vs one x...hummer vs ferrari...
32. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
I would take the Nexus just because of the removable battery. Say bye bye to rooting with the one x. And although LCD screens look more realistic, LED looks so much nicer when gaming and what not. This is an easy win forms. And the updates/development will be much faster since it is a Nexus.
3. moyourBB (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Even though the Galaxy Nexus won, but i will prefer the One X rather than Galaxy Nexus...
88. babyk (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Galaxy Nexus Won becasue its His opinion. Its not mine or yours
4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3050; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Yea the Galaxy Nexus web browser is much more smooth which makes zero dare i say SENSE? Ok but seriously I hope HTC fixes this issue soon.
5. steff195 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
You guys forgot to say anything about the memory: One X has 32Gb included, while Nexus has only half. This aspect really does matter, especially when you shoot 1080p videos (which take alot of space), keeping in mind the fact that both devices don't have a card slot.
12. steff195 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
According to this:http://www.gsmarena.com/samsun
g_galaxy_nexus-4219.phpit has only 16.
18. quikric (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)
gsm Nexus has 16Gb, Verizons LTE Nexus has 32Gb.
I have the Verizon Nexus, and can confirm this.
103. hamids9898 (unregistered)
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104. hamids9898 (unregistered)
Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be better then HTC One X What do you think my friend
6. Veigald (Posts: 261; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
It really perplexes me that HTC has managed to get the market share they have, considering how low-end everything they produce comes across as. Even a paper-monster as the One X just has that HTC feel to it that makes it feel crap.
My first droid was an HTC Desire Z, and my god what junk that phone was. Due to that phone I also thought Android was crap, but after trying the Nexus with Android in its purest form I'm much more positive to the OS as such. Samsung is of course also light years ahead of HTC in terms of phone design.
The Nexus is a gazillion times more desirable than anything HTC has every built (and probably ever will build). HTC just continues to churn out bland-looking phones with a degraded OS experience. Enough already.
8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3050; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Im sorry but the HTC Desire is and was never a Droid.
33. matty1323 (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
What he means is that the HTC Desire was an 'Android' phone and not a Droid. The Droid name is a series of phones that Verizon offers. Has the name Droid in the device name itself (Droid Incredible, Droid Razr, Droid X etc). Common misconception among Android n00bs imo.
56. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3050; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Yep exactly. "Droid" is a trademark name that Verizon is allowed to use. Just like Sprint has "EVO" and T-Mobile has "MyTouch".
11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I would rather have an HTC device than any of the Samsung made Nexus. I love HTC build quality and design with the aluminum accents (mainly the Sensation, Amaze, and One S) sure, they might be similar, but why fix something that isn't broken? I mean, look at Apple. They have had a whopping 3 designs in the 5 phones that they distributed, varying only slightly.They're designs are nice (though with a few flaws, but every phone has its' own flaws) and people love them, though many only because of the apple on the back of it. My point being, HTC keeps that design because it works well, and feels good in the hands, it's become somewhat of a trademark for them. Though some people don't like it, a lot of people do, and you shouldn't be one to make snide remarks about it.
60. jan25 (Posts: 438; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
again the build quality argument.. well, that doesn't change the fact that the glass screen covers almost half of the outer layer of all touch screens out there making the whole build quality issue pointless. the thing is, no matter what the back of the phone is made out of, when that phone drops, chances are that your screen will shatter and a screen replacement will have you pay.. a lot. which is why many people with top end phones are smart enough to cover their phones with cases. so to an extent, build quality argument is po ntless. personally, all I care for is a good design and an adequetly well built phone, which most Samsung phones are (how did the S2 fair in the drop test again?). I hope people would let that issue go and focus on what the phone has to offer and how it performs.
61. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
Tell me, how many HTC devices have you seen with cracked screens? Your first argument was, "no matter what the back of the phone is made out of, when that phone drops, chances are that your screen will shatter" and then you go saying "how did the s2 fair in the drop test?" cancelling out your erlie argument. The iphone isnt every phone.
62. jan25 (Posts: 438; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
my brother's Sensation XE was shattered from a waist high drop. he was unfortunate enough for it to drop facedown, but a relatively heavy phone like the sensation (150 grams) will handle drops worst than a the light weight S2 (115 grams)! but will the S2's screen shatter? of course, it's still glass and you will end up paying around the same 250$ for a stupid accident. light weight phones will handle drops better, but unfortunately big glass screens are more fragile than the smaller ones.
94. joes907 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
You cannot be serious. How can you say that HTC products come across as low end? Especially considering that they always use premium materials when making their phones, as opposed to the cheap and flimsy plastic of samsung phones.
And do you really think the Samsung iPhone "inspired" design is superior to that of the one series? And you never actually explained any of the claims you made.
99. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
Idk what you're smoking, but HTC products suck. Sense is the ugliest, battery hogging, pos that gives Android a bad name. Take the Evo for instance, terrible battery life, horrible processor, and to top it off, I had to push my back camera button in to make it work.
The phone itself was way too heavy, and I had mine replaced about two times because of my buttons and screen problems. I bought the Galaxy SII and I've never been happier. My phone is thin as a pencil, my processor destroys the Evo, my screen is bigger with a better display, and I have dropped it multiple times without one issue. So you should probably get your s**t together before you go bias on another company.
Oh, and good luck putting a custom ROM on the One X with no removable battery. I don't know one developer that would buy that phone. You have to wait for your phone to die before you can turn it on again, or get every single ROM dead balls on. Trust me, there are reboots. And I would take TouchWiz over Sense ANYDAY.
101. joes907 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
I love how you're trying to make it sound like it's absurd to think that HTC products are good. And no, it's sense that gave android a good name. Remember the first android phone? The UI on that was incredibly ugly. HTC added polish to a UI that desperately needed it.
And I'm not sure if you realise this but sense has been toned down alot and generally follows the android 4.0 layout throughout.
We're not talking about the EVO here anyway, we're talking about the One series. And this one beats your S2 in terms of speed anyway. And I'm the one that's biased on another company? I'm not the one who's using one experience with an EVO to judge an entire product range.
Anyway, what general consumer cares about custom roms? The HTC One X isn't a developer phone, it's aimed at a casual smartphone user. And anyway, I doubt the battery makes a difference to putting a custom ROM on it...
And you may take touchwiz over sense, but most people prefer sense 4.0 to touchwiz. Touchwiz and LG's ui are regarded as probably the most unnecessary UIs out there.
Stock android 4.0 and sense 4.0 are the best.
102. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
I completely disagree with your point, but you're entitled to it. Welcome to Phonearena.
10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I would rather have the One X due to the more advanced display and more camera functionality... Even though stock ICS is great, I love the look on Sense 4. And if I ever get tired of Sense, I could just install a custom ROM
13. Erithum (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
I prefer HTC One X because of it's camera, processor and nearly all of it's features. HTC One X design is more beautiful than Galaxy Nexus. I'm not a HTC user but i like this one. High processor speed and especially for it's camera and Gorilla Glass.
14. Veigald (Posts: 261; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
One of the main weaknesses pointed out in this review was the camera of the One X, though. Look at the picture comparison and see how much worse the One X camera is than the Nexus, which isn't even supposed to have a very good camera.
15. mahdibassam (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
I really loved Phonearena, and they were a website i checked everyday for nearly 2 years. But ever since their HTC One X Review, and the comparisons that followed, i found out that they are the most biased website in history. or at least the reviewer is. HTC One X is currently the Best Smartphone in the market in every department. I dont know why the reviewer Hates HTC so much. and they cant give a reason why they think one x sucks!
17. Commentator (Posts: 2804; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I think they should have more reviewers than just Ray S. weigh in. He definitely doesn't seem too impressed, while every other reviewer out there has been astounded.
35. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I think John or Michael should've been in charge of the One X review and comparisons...
16. TheOldOne (Posts: 124; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
to do the comparison right you should have taken the white Nexus, at least for the first part of the analysis. The black nexus against white htc add unnecessary discrepancy that does not help in this case.
20. azri05 (unregistered)
The reviewer is boring..
22. abdullaaryan (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
i hate u phonearena
please stop that f**kin reviews
45. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I noticed it's not PhoneArena, it's the individuals...
23. babyk (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
You guys see the crap thats going on here User review for
galaxy nexus: 9.5
Iphone 4: 9.5
Iphone 4s: 8.5
HTC ONE X: 7.8
Both iphone 4 and 4s has non removable battery and no microSD slot so u can see that crap thats going on here? One man cant jude these phones Need a survey for more accurate results. HTC ONE X SHOULD HAVE GIVEN 9.5 in my opinion.
look at the screen of iphone 4 or 4s or galaxy nexus or any super amoled screen and compare it to htc lcd2 and u see what im talking about
28. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
One X should have a score no higher than 8.5.
63. babyk (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
and how would you explain htc inspire getting a score of 9 rather than something below 7.8 theres a huge gap between the different technology used but same android settings just new os. Ive held the htc one x its not as big as everyone thinks its by far the best looking phone on market UI is the best no doubt it blew my s2 away samsung may come out with galaxy s3 i think htc ui will still be better than anyting samsung does.
24. babyk (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
You guys are preventing people from purchasing what is really best for them and best overall thats y company dont sell cuz of you guys with poor ratings and poor reviews
29. Commentator (Posts: 2804; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
That's why Engadget stopped rating devices on a number system. First, it eliminated any perception of bias. Second, it forced readers to actually read the review and judge for themselves, rather than skipping to the end and judging by the score, and the "pros" and "cons."
27. lcclui (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
i mean, i wonder how much samsung paid THIS REVIEWER
30. Commentator (Posts: 2804; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Probably about the same amount that Sprint and Palm paid for their Palm Pre review.
36. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 940; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
To me the PA reviewers of the One X seem to have opposite reviews of all the other blog sites. It is my opinion that they are just trying to keep in line with the terrible 7.8 that Ray gave this phone while reverently comparing it to the iPhone There is just no WAY that the One X deserves a 7.8 period. I was considering the Nexus from Sprint but would consider the EVO version of the One X over the Nexus because of possible antenna bugs reported, Screen clarity over all, HD voice for future compatibility, alledged weak GPS issues, and alleged over all lower speaker sound.
I like the Nexus but the issues of bugs and out dated hard ware makes me think of EVO. Nexus has tons of Developer support, and may get Jelly bean faster for sure. Nexus has big ASOP support with many different roms. I had the OG evo and it was a solid device period. Sense is a matter of choice and on XDA some people have ported Sense to the Nexus go figure. Internet browsing seemed pretty speedy in other reviews, so to me how hard can it be to open and surf. Pinch to zoom seemed quite fluid in the review from Aron's video review on Phone dog where I think the review is fair, and in the video you can see every aspect of what the review is saying. That said this Phone deserves at least a 9....ultimately it's your choice either will do!
39. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Agreed. Ray should not have been the one to review and compare the One X, he is clearly leaning towards his own preference and not being open-minded about the device. I went to PhoneDog to get a more fair review, and it was reasonable, unlike Ray's. The One X deserves at least an 8.5, quite possibly higher. All I know is, the One X should have beaten the iPhone and possibly the Nexus, but it didn't. Not because of the lack of overall quality, but the lack of a good reviewer.
37. keron (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
whatever else.....look at the two phones side by side...the one x is light year ahead in term of lookings...it's a great joy to look at it....i think 1st comes lookings then other things....on the other hand x's display is better,watching video a joy multimedia is winner then what need.....oh the camera ...i think it's a software problem which htc will soon solve...it is better than nexus in most aspects.....
74. babyk (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Dude I urge u to go to a phone store where this is located and please have a look at fine quality and come back and comment theres no way galaxy nexus looks better than this.
95. joes907 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
In your opinion. The majority of comments I see are saying that the One X has a better design.
38. greyhulk (Posts: 145; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
I don't honestly see how the Galaxy Nexus camera could have beaten the One X. I have used the Galaxy Nexus and I never could get it to take a decent photo.
Also, unless we're talking about the GSM Version, the Galaxy Nexus has well-documented antenna and battery issues. I have witnessed these first-hand on the Verizon version.