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HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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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.

The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The HTC One X runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI


The Samsung 
Galaxy Nexus runs stock ICS - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Samsung 
Galaxy Nexus runs stock ICS - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Samsung 
Galaxy Nexus runs stock ICS - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Samsung 
Galaxy Nexus runs stock ICS - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs stock ICS


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.


Messaging:

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.

Messaging - Messaging on the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Messaging on the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Email - Messaging on the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Messaging

 

Email

Messaging on the HTC One X


The on-screen QWERTY keyboard of the Samsung 
Galaxy Nexus - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The on-screen QWERTY keyboard of the Samsung 
Galaxy Nexus - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The on-screen QWERTY keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus


Messaging - Samsung 
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The e-mail app - Samsung 
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Samsung 
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus



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.

The built-in browser of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The built-in browser of the HTC One X


The ICS web browser on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The ICS web browser on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The ICS web browser on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The ICS web browser on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The ICS web browser on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus


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.

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posted on 06 Apr 2012, 04:21 13

1. redmd (Posts: 1335; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I think the one x has the better camera.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 00:23

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!

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 08:46 1

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.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 22:07 4

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


Better camera, maybe. but overall Nexus is better.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 04:14

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/2012/06/22/galaxy-s-ii-price-guide-which-has-the-highest-resale-value-and-why/

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 04:21 3

2. ogiveyakuza (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


come on, where is galaxy note vs one x...hummer vs ferrari...

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 08:26 8

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.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 04:30 8

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...

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 07:50 3

88. babyk (Posts: 323; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Galaxy Nexus Won becasue its His opinion. Its not mine or yours

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 04:46 4

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3116; 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.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 04:56 4

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.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 05:08 8

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3116; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Galaxy Nexus has 32gbs of memory.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 05:40 3

12. steff195 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


According to this:http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_nexus-4219.php it has only 16.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 06:52 14

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.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 06:52 7

19. shnibz (Posts: 379; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


Verizon's Galaxy Nexus has 32 gig

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 12:13

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posted on 06 Apr 2012, 08:24 4

31. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


32GIGS

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 12:16

104. hamids9898 (unregistered)


Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be better then HTC One X What do you think my friend

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 05:03 2

6. Veigald (Posts: 290; 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.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 05:09 5

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3116; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Im sorry but the HTC Desire is and was never a Droid.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 05:23

9. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Meaning?

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 08:28 8

33. matty1323 (Posts: 40; 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.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 18:28 1

56. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3116; 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".

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 05:34 14

11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; 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.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 21:18

60. jan25 (Posts: 470; 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.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 22:14

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.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 22:52 1

62. jan25 (Posts: 470; 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.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 07:51 1

26. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I agree.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 08:35

34. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Agree

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 13:57

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.

I, personally, think stock ICS and HTC sense 4.0 are equal in terms of user experience at the moment. And I've always thought that HTC had made gingerbread and froyo much more polished with sense in the past as the UI on older versions of android (excluding honeycomb) was, frankly, ugly.

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