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HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note

0. phoneArena 07 May 2012, 09:18 posted on

Here we are, comparing HTC’s high-end for the year - the One X - with the phone Samsung took a big risk with and won - the 5.3” Galaxy Note. We say won, since it has sold millions to date, backed by a lofty marketing campaign, whereas the HTC One X has only been around for a few weeks, but the Taiwanese already pledged that its One series trio will receive the best marketing attention the company’s ever done too...

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

posted on 10 May 2012, 08:40 2

32. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

well most users of this site are samsung fanboys .
btw my real life name is Jonathan too

posted on 11 May 2012, 19:10 1

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

Firstly, it may have been better for you to have just made a numbered list (just jokin'). I thank you for correcting me about the screen size. I looked at someones comment and it said "5 inches" so I just took that and ran with it without even checking the specs, my bad. I went to an ATT store recently to give the NOTE another shot against my international ONE X and I have to say I still feel the same way. It seems that your comment is not saying that you disagree with what I am as much as you feel that the the categories that the ONE X trumps the NOTE in are less important and that the NOTE better caters to there core need of the user. Somethings can't be argued fore they are your opinion and pertains to the way you personally use your device (ex. High screen resolution for browsing vs Screen size). You also go on to say that the look and way that the materials that the phone are made of aren't important because the user can buy a case. I am not ignoring that you can buy a case for the NOTE, I'm say that in the build materials of the NOTE are of subpar quality when compared to the durability, look and feel of the ONE Xs casing. By you saying "Oh, you can just throw a case on it" not only are you reenforcing what I've already pointed out about the build materials of the NOTE, your also saying it doesn't really matter what a phone is made of, looks or feels like. I can not entertain that. Design and build materials matter when it comes to overall quality of a device because of comfortability, durability and aesthetics. This time I made sure I compared cameras and I have to say there was not much of a difference in the quality of the images I took with ether device. They both have great cameras the ONE Xs being faster from boot to shoot. The NOTEs video capabilities I did not test but, I assume that the NOTE did better in that category with the ONE Xs 1080p video recording topping off at 24 fps. Once again this is a comparison of devices not accessories so S-Pens, and cases for the NOTE have no part in it. Expandable memory and replaceable battery are to pluses but, I can't give the too much credit because they indirectly effect performance and require additional purchases. The NOTE is a little big for a pocket device but, I'm not bothered by it at all I just don't think it should be regarded as this new device just because of 0.6 inches. In my comparison I also found the NOTE to be fairly laggy in comparison to the ONE X when scrolling the app drawer and the home screen. Im sure it has something to do with the size of the display straining the chip. My biggest draw back is not "how the phone looks on my ear", it's the smoothness of the UI and the power of the chip-set. The ONE X bet the NOTE performance wise every single time in everything I tested (benchmarks, games, ICS UI) that's most important category. The ONE X is more powerful and better overall. Overall as in 'with everything considered' not meaning 'better in every category'

posted on 11 May 2012, 19:13 1

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

That automatically makes you awesome lol.

posted on 11 May 2012, 19:27 1

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

The ONE X has its draw backs too: no replaceable battery, not memory expansion, Tegra 3 compatibility issues (ex. gameloft). Your very right in think that you don't have a top of the line device. The NOTE is easily becoming one of the the most iconic and well recognized Android smartphones. And if theres anything that Android need if it's going to topple the Apple empire it is recognition.

I have to say that I have the upmorst respect for you, your opinion and I greatly appreciate that you to the time to read mine. Thanks.

posted on 12 May 2012, 06:15

39. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)

You are very welcome, and thank you as well. One last question, just out of curiosity, I found it a little funny that phonearena gave the AT&T version of the Note a higher rating than the international one, especially since that one lacked a physical home key and it's more out-dated processor, the only thing it has that the international one doesn't would be 4G and the lagging issue that you've had is pretty common on my phone admittedly but never has it lagged in the app drawer, so were you using the international version or the AT&T version. Just for the record, mine's the international one.

posted on 07 May 2012, 20:07

21. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

The note should really be regarded as a mini tablet below 7" with voice calling capability rather than regarding it as a cell phone. Samsung pushed it out as cell phone is really a glimmick. It should be compared in the tablet category and Samsung should open up another new trend for tablet below 7 inches with this Galaxy note rather than to compete it with other cell phones with screen below 5 inches. This should be regarded as the very first new Mini tablet ever manufactured by Samsung instead.

posted on 07 May 2012, 21:32

22. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)

I have to disagree. Yes the note has its niche market but that falls into the cell phone category. The note is more comparable to a cell phone now a days rather than compared to a tablet. The smallest tablet size (on average) is 7" and the note is almost 2 inches smaller than a small tablet. But in comparison to cell phones its roughly only an inch bigger than the average 4.3" cell phone. Only 0.6 inches bigger than the one x. So in my opinion and in a general sense, the note is closer to being a cell phone than a tablet although it is neither. Its a whole new type of device, which is why people love it.

posted on 08 May 2012, 01:55

24. fenixsama (Posts: 32; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

waiting for the micro-sim Galaxy Note 2. preferably 7" =)

posted on 10 May 2012, 04:42

30. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

I think phonearena should review custom rom .
Like cm9 for note or leaked rom

posted on 12 May 2012, 09:23

40. shivam_love500 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 May 2012)

galaxy note rokz......the main n best feature of t zz the S plus Stylus.....its absolutely amazing

posted on 13 May 2012, 03:21

41. daveintheville (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 May 2012)


hi sir i had to register just to inform u the n700 model note is not the at&t model that u compared ur one x to. they not only have diff chp sets the international version dosent have at&ts bloat ware installed.. and i say this to explain the possible lag u described at the at&t store...and afterall u did say u have the international version of the one x...thats all im sayin...u might of had a lil advantage on the i717 that u wouldnt with the n7000 :)

posted on 13 May 2012, 04:16

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

Very true. Thanks for clarifying that for me. I hadn't originally planned on doing my own comparison, it was more of an after thought when I read PA's review. An international Note would have definitely been idle had I had one available at the time. I'm sure the Int. Note would have gave the One X more of a fight.

posted on 14 May 2012, 18:24

43. animeware (Posts: 24; Member since: 14 May 2012)

The One X - Has so many issues like Wi-FI issues and many other issues. Don't by One X it doesn't even have removable battery.

The Note - you got to remember when you researching a phone you wanted to say to your self do I want this type of design and what kind of components do I want and specs. The Note is the only smartphone that I know of that is 5 column row.

posted on 15 May 2012, 13:59

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

I've never had one single issue. Every phone has defective units at launch and the iPhone doesn't have a removable battery either an no one says s*** about that. Frankly if the battery is healthy then I don't really care if I can take it out or not.

posted on 17 May 2012, 05:47

46. zahmed (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

PA, Kindly write correctly about video playback capabilities of HTC one X compared with SGS III or Galaxy Note. You are not telling completely about One X. It is no way at par with both of above mentioned handsets. in fact, HTC is still offering the same codec support which it used to with Desire HD. Not even AC3 audio codec support. This is serious bulls**t on HTCs part while they write "Multimedia Powerhouse" about their phones and still supporting the limited codecs. Whereas, you throw anything in SGS I to SGS III and it plays back flawlessly.

Moreover, HTC needs to look in following shortcomings in their high end phones, seriously:
1. Small batteries sizes they offer with their large acreen phones.
2. Beats headphones to be proivided or atleast in-ear buds headphones like Samsung does for better and comfortable audio listening experience.
3. Proper file manager.
4. Built-in 16gb with expansion slot for micro SD card

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 19:43

47. spoks (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)

Compare also x one with newly updated to ics galaxy note... Lets see then... Because comparing phones with gingerbread and the other is ics is just plain stupid...

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