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HTC One X vs Sony Xperia S

0. phoneArena 03 May 2012, 09:37 posted on

The HTC One X arrived after the Sony Xperia S, so it should be better, right? Moreover, it sports either a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, or a dual-core Snapdragon S4, compared to last year's S3 in the Xperia S. Well, we are not going to tell you right away who wins – we upgraded the phones to their latest firmware versions and charged ahead, so read on for the full picture...

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posted on 03 May 2012, 10:50 2

8. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


Stop with the post-purchase justification.

Show me a phone that HTC released that looks like the One X.

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:41 8

17. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I think what @Aaron is trying to say is that HTC phones have become incredibly recognizable by their design and something different from what they offer is a plus.

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:15 2

23. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


Exactly, the One X design is more of an evolution over the Sensation, where as the Xperia S is a completely new design. Most people will have a hard time telling the difference of most HTC phones from the last years from the distance.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 04:02 2

65. LoonyLynx (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Dude please ! Post-purchase reviews are the most sincere ones ! The guy is using the phone ! Obviously he knows more than you or anyone who hasn't used the product ! The S is a peace-of-mind phone (battery issues will be fixed with the ICS upgrade) and moreover, the X also has it's own fair share of issues !

posted on 05 May 2012, 01:20

38. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


The HTC Amaze 4G looks very similar to the One X.

posted on 05 May 2012, 15:43 2

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


Not really. It has a couple similar characteristics, but very similar, not at all.

posted on 05 May 2012, 20:34

41. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I meant the Inspire 4g. Sorry for the confusion. I am very scatter brained due to AP tests next week.

posted on 06 May 2012, 12:41

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


Ah yes, AP exams suck. I wouldn't know, but my brother does. But I'll be in AP Bio and English next year. And still, the inspire doesn't look that much like the One X. The front kind of, it's a bit more square than the One X, but the back is entirely different. And it doesn't have to nice edges the One X has

posted on 14 May 2012, 15:49

53. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


AP Bio. Do you have a death wish. That class is impossible.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:28

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


Eh, my brother's in there and I help him with his work. It doesn't look too hard if you put the effort into it. Though I'm a pretty fast learner, so I can memorize stuff easily and start studying habits quickly

posted on 19 May 2012, 15:05

63. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I almost took it, but doing AP Bio and an AP History is crazy hard because both are so time consuming. I would have had to read a few chapters a week in AP Bio and a few chapters in AP Euro plus the busywork for AP English Lit and comp, AP Calc AB, and AP Physics C mechanics. But I graduated yesterday, so AP classes are a thing of the past. Oh, and the AP test for AP Bio is one of the hardest. I do still think the HTC Inspire looks very similar especially the camera placement and the general shape of the back, but i so agree the front is similar, but almost all android phones look just about the same from the front.

posted on 19 May 2012, 18:39

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


Yeah, I'm probably gonna be in AP Bio, AP History, AP English, and maybe make an appearance or two in Calculus just to get a hold on the material so I'll be ready for it. But anyways, the shape and camera placements are all very general in all phones, either flat, or curved. And the camera is either in the middle or to the side, minus a few odd ones. The One X back is made of poly-carbonate with only an aluminum ring around the camera lens, but the inspire has alot of metal on the back

posted on 10 May 2012, 02:56

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


i buy phone not just for looks?

posted on 03 May 2012, 10:56 3

9. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


One S & One V, I kid, but no I mean similar in form-factor to Sensations and desire's (ie same shape body, and basic aesthetic design, just bigger and slightly thinner without the fancy shell) other than that, similar to the other HTC's.. not saying I don't like it though, so don't get all defensive on me.

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:13 2

10. schecter7 (Posts: 99; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


lol.....looks like Sony did a great job on XS with the S3! It's putting up some fight against One X. However, if Sony is planning on releasing their S4 powered devices early next year, I'll be done with their phones for good - I need a new phone in two months!

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:19 7

12. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


The 'Hayabusa' that's meant to be coming out in June/July will most likely have a dual core S4 chip, with the Quad cores coming next year :)

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:26

13. schecter7 (Posts: 99; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I hope so, dude! But based on their past track record (rumor to market time used to be around 1 year:P), I'm not very optimistic at this moment :)

posted on 04 May 2012, 18:11

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


Sony is always late to the party. Not that the S3 processor is bad, it's just they could've used the S4. I mean really, why use an old processor on something that's supposed to be high end-ish?

posted on 11 May 2012, 06:53 2

50. romeo1 (Posts: 720; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


cause sony(ericsson) always makes software tweaks to get the most out of the hardware unlike htc/samsung.
And the s4 is meant for the hayabusa and quad core for the mint both will come out this year if they don't have delays.
The s3 works like a dream on the xperia s.
Doen't crash or something like that.
battery life is also very good for smartphones these days.
I can go on for almost 2 days on 1 battery load.
And i have almost always wifi on and surf atleast 2 hours a day and youtube 1hour calling 1hour.

I think that is pretty good

posted on 09 Jun 2012, 19:57

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


Sony already used S4 snapdraggon processor in their new xperia line, but only for their Japanese home market, not for foreign market. All foreign buyers get a more inferiror device than their Japanese counterpart, so Sony is giving all the advantage to their own people.

posted on 09 Jun 2012, 20:25

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


Pretty sure that's not it. Their putting the S4 in the Xperia GX and SX. The GX is more or less an updated Arc because of its curved body, and will be released as the next Arc most likely. The Xperia S was launched with the S3 because that's what Sony put in it, there's no special Japanese edition

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:15 5

11. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Beauty and the Beast

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:32 2

14. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


This is not even worth the effort. The onex is better at everything. the xperia s screen looks colorless in comparison. The onex is simply better at everything. the processor, the screen, the skin(sense) the looks(one x is thin ) larger screen, better battery life beats audio and htc media link are good features. its light. gpu how can we forget the better graphics. better sound quality when calling. faster browsing and faster lte. Android 4.0 out of the box. and i am forgetting a hell lot of features. and forget the one x, the one s also is a hell lot better than xperia s.

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:14 1

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


yes, because the One X is the High end flag ship device which should compete with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 . The Xperia S is only meant for a mid range phone with some high end spec. incoprated. But it is still a mid range phone. People should not judge this phone from the high end phone points of view. Rather it should be looked at as a mid range phone with high end spec. It should be competed with HTC One S instead and no mid range phone in the market right now can ever compete with it in terms of spec, design, performance, and price.

posted on 10 Jun 2012, 08:39

71. LoonyLynx (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Just because there are now 2 phones costlier than this phone, doesn't makes it a mid-range phone. The Apple iPhone has always been costlier than all the android phones ! So do you mean to say that last year the Samsung Galaxy S2 and other comparable android phones were mid-range ? Cz Apple iPhone was still costlier than those ! The answer would be no. Price decides whether the device is a value for money product or not. Whereas the specs determine whether a device is high-end, mid-range or entry-level. No doubts that in a few months when there will be lots n lots of quad-core phones in the market, a dual core phone will be considered as a mid-range device. But as for now, it is pretty high-end ! Nd the One X nd S3 are novelties ! :)

posted on 11 May 2012, 07:01 1

51. romeo1 (Posts: 720; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


you're wrong about that.
go check out both phones in real life and you'll see the screen on the xperia is is better not at viewing angles cause with the htc you can almost look from the side and still see.
and about the looks and feel the htc can't compare.
the quality of the audio trough speaker/headphones is better on the xperia s.
calling with the htc is good but not better than with the xperia s.

I think you have never tested both phones otherwise you would know the most tricks the xperia s also has are better than on the htc

posted on 10 Jun 2012, 08:31

70. LoonyLynx (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Dude you're way off ! From what you wrote, it's pretty clear that you haven't used any of these phones ever ! Or any phone from Sony ever for that matter ! The screen is just larger on the X but it's better on the Sony Xperia S. The X is thin no doubt, but the S looks way better in comparison ! It's a first of it's kind design ! Beats Audio is just a gimmick, sound is off the charts superior on the Sony, be it from the loudspeaker or the headphones or even on calls ! The X obviously takes the cake in the processing and graphics department but that's it ! Do some research first buddy :)

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:38 3

16. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


2hrs from now......................we will either find out the galaxy s3 as the king of androids or the crown is gonna be on the head of SONY MINT I..........................

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:53

20. abish1234 (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


just wait intill May 3rd.. these both will be pwned.. :D

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:02 1

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


Yes, The One X is more powerful , but it is for the High End range. It should compete with the Galaxy S3 due to arrive soon, but should not be competing with a mid range phone like Xperia S. I think phonearea is not doing the comparision correctly as they are selecting phones of different level and try to say which one is better. This will cause confusion to the actual potential buyers who has a limitation on price in their mind. I think the Xpera S should be competing with the HTC one S which has a simular price range and both belong to the mid range instead and the result should be more realitic.

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