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HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Interface and functionality

HTC hasn't gotten much in the way of Android Jelly Bean with its Sense 4+ interface edition, leaving Google do its natural recognition thing with Voice Search, whereas Samsung has it as an option to its inferior S Voice service.

Now that Jelly Bean's Project Butter 60fps interface fluidity has disposed of any perceived lag in the performance feel and transitional animations of both Android handsets, things boil down to looks and functionality.

The Sense UI seems more polished and uniform across all of its levels, compared to the rather squarish icons and more ragtag feel of the Nature UX on the Galaxy S III, but when it comes to new functions Samsung takes the cake.

The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS


Things like the Smart Stay feature that keeps the screen on by recognizing you are looking at it, the Pop Up Play function that allows you watch video while doing something else, or the S Beam feature to swap files with fellow Samsungians might not be everyday staples, but come pretty handy at times. A most useful feature, like the dual-window mode allowing you to split the screen and operate two apps at once, is also coming to the handset, and this one we'd imagine to be helpful on a daily basis.

Sense 4+ also has its thoughtful touches, though, like going directly into the camera app when you unlock the screen, and have been taking pictures before it went to sleep or was locked. The personalization options like themes, skins and widgets of HTC's interface are also vast compared to Nature UX, where your main option to customize is change the wallpaper. Another handy option we find in the gallery, which is now a starting point not only for the pictures and videos stored internally, but also for the albums you have uploaded onto Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox or SkyDrive, not only Picasa.

The keys on the One X+ virtual keyboard are taller compared to the spaced-out ones of the S III, but it feels more compact now that the arrow keys are off by default. Both phones offer handy Swype-like input method out of the box, which is a bit easier to use on the One X+ thanks to the flashy yellow trail on a dark grey background your finger leaves behind, and the trace color can even be customized further.

HTC One X+ - Virtual keyboards - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Galaxy S III - Virtual keyboards - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC One X+

Galaxy S III

Virtual keyboards


Processor and memory

The 1.7 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 AP37 in the One X+ compares very favorably to or even tops in benchmarks the 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 in the Galaxy S III, despite its older 40nm production method. When it comes to the US versions of the Galaxy S III, which are powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, the upgraded Tegra 3 in the One X+ excels even further. The downside is that it is not as power efficient and heats up the phone quite a bit under heavy load.

Both chips make sure you have an Android powerhouse in your hands, and can deal with any app or mobile game thrown at them easily, with some graphics advantage going to the GPU in Exynos. NVIDIA has its Tegra Zone, however, which offers exclusive game titles for Android phones with its mobile processors.


Quadrant StandardAnTuTuNenaMark 2
HTC One X+72441343956,7
Samsung Galaxy S III53351201658,6

The handsets come with 1 GB of RAM, but HTC allows you to run only eight apps at once, and will automatically close the oldest when you open more, which can be a nuisance if you start a lot in a short time, and want to go back to where you left the first ones. The S III, on the other hand, lets a much wider task list run unabated at all times, with rarely you or your phone having to chuck any due to lack of resources.

When it comes to the all-important internal memory, the HTC One X+ wins hands down, thanks to its 64 GB of the good stuff supplied. The basic version of the Galaxy S III ships with 16 GB, and you can easily add more via a memory card to even things out, but still that huge out of the box storage on the One X+ is a major drooling point.


Internet and connectivity

Both Samsung and HTC use default browsers of their own, though HTC supplies Chrome as an alternative to its Sense one. Both stock browsers do an excellent job at zooming, scrolling, panning around, and reflowing text, with a slight fluidity advantage going to the Galaxy S III.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser



The HTC browser is more versatile and easy to use, however, despite the annoying habit to reload your tabs each time you switch between them. It offers full Adobe Flash support, which can be easily turned on and off from the context menu, whereas if you come across a page you need Flash with the Jelly Bean-ed S III, tough luck.

HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support



Bookmarking or saving pages for later reading is also easier in HTC's browser, due to the handy bar at the bottom that appears when you scroll up towards the address field. When we add the one-tap Read mode of the One X+, which strips an article of ads and pics, leaving only text for no-distraction reading, we can declare the HTC browsing experience a winner.

Both phones offer 100 Mbits LTE versions on carriers that have such networks, and HSPA+ connectivity for the rest, with the One X+ offering 42 Mbit/s theoretical speeds, compared to the 21 Mbit/s of the Galaxy S III.

As far as the other radios are concerned, we get the works with both – Wi-Fi, Blueooth 4.0, A-GPS, FM Radio, DLNA and NFC. The two devices have an MHL port for wired connectivity, and the One X+ now supports USB OTG, too, for hooking up flash drives and other paraphernalia, just like the S III.

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posted on 07 Nov 2012, 09:25 7

1. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


It is always hard to make a decision between sammy and htc :D

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 09:34 31

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Not for me. HTC all the way.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 14:59 6

18. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Imagine a phone Build and Designed from Htc but with all the good features (like removable battery, sdcard slot) present on the Samsung!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:18 2

29. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


Of course not for you. This is my own opinion mate :D

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:11 1

36. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


And then I expressed mine. Which wasn't even against yours. Just more decisive. I like the word mate but I feel weird using it. Cool cool cool.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 09:52 13

7. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


htc just build quality and design, Sammy everything else !

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 10:31 23

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5464; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I would choose HTC One X+ over Samsung Galaxy S III.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 20:54 1

23. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


The ultimate battle... Who will win?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 16:00

33. greyhulk (Posts: 115; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Not if you like multitasking that actually works correctly, it's not.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 09:37 8

3. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I find myself lost with SIII, matter of preference. one x+ is no slouch either.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 09:39 15

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yup, it's a hard decision!
But between these two, i'd choose the HOX+, no hard feelings Sammy, you're cool too.
I really like the red accent HTC has given the X+...it stands out...moreover, the display is looking great.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 09:41 7

5. psysect (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Htc is Win no doubt..its very powerfull & good job in linkpack ..plus that Sense 4+ is unique..

dear gsm plz review between one x+ vs optimus g & one x + vs iphone 5..thanks a lot.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:00

38. galaxy72 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


yes gsm plz review between gs3 and another phones,because HTC can not compete with Samsung.samsung isnt on par with HTC,its better

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 09:46 8

6. TMach (Posts: 348; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


PA, seriously you are losing credibility big time. The only area where the SIII has an advantage is arguably the camera and yet PA can't jump off the fence!

The HOX+ wins this duel hands down! Not forgetting the build quality which is not even a contest given the cheap feel of the SIII and phantom cracking issues.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 10:07 2

8. SK_007 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


You just said 18 minutes earlier what i wanted to say,seriously it's ridiculous when everything(be it screen,build quality,UI,benchmark scores) other than camera(though i don't agree what they said about One X+'s camera as i prefer saturated colors compared to the muted ones on Galaxy S3,not to mention Galaxy S3 loves to over expose everything in bright light which to me is a biggest fault but as expected Phonearena Didn't point out)is better in HTC One X+ compared to Galaxy S3,they insist on saying they are on par.

Seriously Phonearena as Tmach said you need to be fair when doing reviews and comparisons(instead of being biased)other wise you will lose your credibility(people will go no to call this site Samsungarena or Iphonearena rather than Phonearena)and in return you will lose a lot of readers!!!

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 11:48 2

13. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


You are very correct about that they kept saying on par where as the other one is ahead. The one x is not on par with galaxy s3 it is better.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 16:06

34. greyhulk (Posts: 115; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


The multitasking in the new HTC phones is complete crap. I don't care what anyone says. I had two different HTC one X's and they both sucked. You can see it right there in the video when the browser tabs refresh EVERY time he switches between them. Who in their right mind would choose that over multitasking that works correctly?

That's a serious deal-breaker for me. I don't care how good the rest of the phone is. As long as Multitasking is crippled like that, this phone is useless and HTC's poor sales would seem to agree with me.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 10:22 12

9. bayhuy (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


HTC wins.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 01:59 3

27. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


But PA reviewers won't ever admit it. They're going to ride Sammy's meat all the way to the bank.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 13:53 1

31. darkskoliro (Posts: 936; Member since: 07 May 2012)


all day everyday.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 11:23 4

11. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 779; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Lol, its running at 1.7GHz and got a few higher benchmarks yet the S3 STILL manages to be smoother at web browsing and general UI!? Excellent job by Samsung :)

If you think the Htc one then you're seriously lying to yourself.

May i add that you can get the S3 in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants and ADD a 64GB mem card on top, so you really cant hand the memory part to the One X+

The conclusion here is that S3 has a better camera, smoother UI, more features, better media (music and video) and is more versatile.

Yeah, right, the Htc won. :'D

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 12:21 1

14. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


I agree with you. Galaxy s3 is a lovely phone.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 13:35

41. JasonJia11 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Dec 2012)


You're a little kid. Benchmarks don't mean anything, just marketing bs. My friend has a Gs3, and my HOX+ is faster than his. And 64 GB of storage is far more than enough. Considering you also have Dropbox storage, and storage cards cost money. And Sense 4+ is more fluid than Touchwiz, Touchwiz is unorganized and clustered. And storage is not memory. Like I said, you must be a little kid. And at the end, you even said yourself HTC wrong, you just pointed out things that Samsung had better in your opinion, yet you say HTC won.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 11:47 9

12. Android1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


Htc all the way.. better camera...stylish design.. beats audio.. bright colors.. sense 4+ ? Awesome.. I don't hate Samsung .. but HTC really builds quality

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 12:35 1

15. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


HTC One X+ feels like a brick in my hands. Build quality : like I said One X+ is feels very solid but it is like a brick. SG3 is plastic, yes I can not deny that, but it feels solid too and more importantly it does not feel like a brick. About the screen : SLCD2 is very good, but I like OLED technology more, but SLCD2 has a better brightness than SAMOLED in SG3, I have no idea what SAMSUNG did to SG3 but my SGS1 has a better brightness even better than ONE X+ when I tested them (IMO). About the benchmarks : they can easily be optimized, my SGS1 can achieve 6000 in antutu ( with some help from xda developers ofcourse). That is the reason why ONE X+ got better score than SG3, there is no way that tegra 3 can beat exynos 4412. Speaking of xda developers : SG3 has a great community in xda developers unlike ONE X+ and that is THE deal breaker for me so goodbye

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 14:34

16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


considering that this is actually a tough call for me shows that HTC definitely deserves some kudos here but tbh i wouldn't get either of these handsets with phones like the Nexus 4, the Optimus G and the Droid DNA on the way. the only phones i think are purchase considerable now with anything less than an S4 Pro is the Droid Razr MAXX HD, the Galaxy Note II and of course the WP8 devices.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 14:58

17. SK_007 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


Except for the last line i somewhat agree with you,but the problem for me is(i am planning an upgrade from my Htc sensation as i think it is kinda old and under-powered now)that stock Android is kinda boring and ugly looking for me though it has a plus point that it will recieve updates timely(it's my personal opinion so it does not mean everyone will agree with me infact majority of people prefer stock Android)so Nexus 4 is out,Droid DNA(or whatever it will be called in international market)is not available yet and i have to buy within next 15 days so it is also out for me,that brings me to Optimus G frankly speaking i love this phone,it got the latest and most powerful hardware,has a very good build quality,is great looking and has one of the best display(i would blindly take it over any phone today)but unfortunately i don't think it will ever be available in my country,so that's why i am bound to choose between One X+ and Galaxy S3,and between these two One X+ is definitely the better choice.

Damn u Lg why u no release Optimus G in my country :P

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:47

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


why do you have to buy in the next 15 days?

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 19:16

21. SK_007 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


Coz my Sensation is not working like it should anymore,it often turns off while i am on a call or doing something,and the battery often dies every 2 hours!!!

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 19:34

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


then sell it and pay cash for something cheap but works fine to use while you wait for something like the Optimus G.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:29

28. SK_007 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


Yeah that's a nice suggestion,i think i'll do this.

Thanks.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 16:52 4

19. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


jelly bean's project butter just made one x / one x+ very solid phones

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 21:38

24. robocopvn (Posts: 175; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


I love all of the HTC OneX+ design but the back camera, it looks like an ugly scar !

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 00:30 1

25. yajia1 (Posts: 107; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


I had the HTC OneX but was stolen then i replaced it with the S3. I highly doubt that the 300mAh extra juice would add a lot of surfing time, especially the processor was overclocked. my OneX with 1,800mAh barely manages 4hrs screen on of continuous browsing at 50% brightness. my S3 however manages up to 6-7hrs at 50% brightness. But for screen quality, OneX hands down, its gorgeous and bright and lovely to look at. I overclocked my S3 to 1.6GHz and i had the same benchmarks as the OneX+. I tried overclocking my OneX in the past as well but overheats and the battery life was even worse. What i love about the OneX though is the stand-by time, 8hrs of sleep, it losses just 1% whereas the S3 losses about 3%. But i was happier with S3 overall. The multitasking, better battery life in browsing, watching vids, playing games, and pretty much everything else, easy storage thru SDcard (i have put on my past HTC Sensation and i can put on future devices), more overclock efficient processor thru root, better camera, and everything else except for the screen and standby time.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 01:43 1

26. tiara6918 (Posts: 1324; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


It's very hard to choose which of these two phones in the end wins. But I suppose the best thing to rely on is which feature has more of your personal preference

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:41

30. Khaled_Toukhi (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Well I updated my S3 to jelly bean last week by Samsung Kies and it is very smooth, I like it. I still have no idea why PA compares the JB One X+ with ICS S3.
Away from this both are great phones and i would love to get anyone.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 14:16 1

32. JussSaynMayn (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


Last night I dreamt I had this phone(One X+). From that, I conclude that HTC is the Best.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 16:45

39. Shino (Posts: 173; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


It's like comparing Kia to Hyundai - it does not matter who wins. If you have the money to buy one of them, well - don't. Buy a real premium phone instead. :)

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 17:25

40. Thullraven (Posts: 20; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


I like the HTC, but the non-removable battery is a deal breaker as I am on the move, especially at work, and can't always get to a charger. I do a lot of emails and web and drain my battery pretty good, so I carry a spare.For now, I'm sticking with my Samsung Exhilarate, which can do everything I need it to do, at a fraction of the price of the big boys. With my ICS upgrade, it's like a smaller GS3. That said, these are both awesome devices.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 17:43

42. maxon (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


htc for the win

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