HTC One X vs Sony Xperia S
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As members of the sub-second camera club, the phones feature extremely fast shooting times, which are utterly seamless in the case of the HTC One X. The Xperia S has the upper hand when it comes to taking a picture as quickly as possible, since its physical shutter key wakes the phone directly into the camera app, focuses and shoots for about two seconds, while on the One X you have to power up the display and start the camera app from the lock screen first, making for a total of at least four.
Both handsets offer Panorama, smile shots, and plenty of additional shooting modes for most lighting situations, but the HTC One X has the upper hand in terms of effects you can apply to change the appearance of your photos, and offers slow motion video capture. The macro mode on the One X is very capricious in terms of focusing, though, while the Xperia S Auto Scene regime does a splendid job at figuring out where to focus most of the times, without even needing a close-up mode.
Despite the dedicated ImageChip HTC is using for the One X, its more streamlined and feature-rich interface, and the perks like taking photos while shooting videos, the Sony Xperia S still takes better pictures most of the times.
The 12MP shooter on the back of the Xperia S doesn't capture more detail than the 8MP one on the One X, but its white balance measurements in automatic mode are more accurate, and there is less amount of noise in the pic. Sony saturates more, but in the end the colors in its pictures are more pleasing to the eye, which is what matters to most users. There seems to be zealous noise suppression, which smears sharpness a bit in the Xperia S pictures, making leaves and branches, for example, appear less distinct than in the One X pictures, which, however, seem a tad overprocessed in terms of sharpness.
indoors too, with sufficient detail and noise kept in check up to the darkest conditions in our test. The images from the HTC One X indoors are slightly sharper, but its white balance measurements bring a red overcast to the photos, while the Xperia S clings to the yellow a bit too much, but not nearly as pronounced as the One X's red.
video capture, it is HTC's turn to oversaturate the colors in the 1080p footage from the One X, making it more eye-friendly. You can take pictures, or toggle the video light on the One X while filming, which are added bonuses.Its videos, however, skip frames and struggle to focus when panning around, especially in the beginning, unlike the consistent and smooth 30fps capture from the Sony Xperia S.
HTC One X Sample Video:
Sony Xperia S Sample Video:
HTC One X Indoor Sample Video:
Sony Xperia S Indoor Sample Video:
The Xperia S has more streamlined and easy to use music player interface, and also more functional with the easy equalizer presets access. The HTC One X counters with its Beats Audio equalizer mode, which, however, still requires a good set of headphones for a full experience, and HTC only provides its run-of-the-mill pair in the box, so you have to chip in extra for Beats or another expensive set. In terms of loudspeakers, the Xperia S takes the cake, providing one of the most powerful and clean speakers we've encountered on a handset, as has become customary for the Xperia line.
As far as video playback, both handsets support DivX/Xvid codecs playback out of the box, but due to the higher contrast and bigger screen of the HTC One X, watching videos on it is a more pleasant experience.
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18. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
True but if the Xperia S had a Snapdragon S4 chipset then the differences will become almost nothing in hardware.
76. lamborghini666 (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
who the hell said u dat one x won ... r u using one x ...if u r using it den dats a crappy phone compared to da xperia s in terms of clarity,sound,camera the only thing lacking in xperia s in ics nd i hav upgraded it nd it simply rocks...so u better dnt argue ......
2. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
looks dis tym htc have only focused on looks of the phone,screen.......................sony has focused on camera ,screen,looks,loudspeaker.etc
PA review pts. as well as USER review pts. of XPERIA S are HIGHER than ONE X............
one x loses................
6. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
Just proves pa reviews are very wrong. The one x is a better phone, doesn't mean the xperia s is not a good phone, it is. But the s3 was a stupid idea and so was gingerbread
19. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
People complaining about the S3 processor on the Xperia S is really wrong. Looking at the price range, the Xperia S is meant for the Mid range level as it is some $150 dollars cheaper whilst the one X is the High end flag ship with a price range of $650. The Xperia S is the flag ship device in the "Mid range" level and no other phone in the "mid range" can compete and surpass the Xperia S in the market right now. So a decent and still fast dual core processor for top "mid range" phone with some high end spec. incoporates in order to give some high end user experience with a mid range price. So if you can paid $650 or whatever contract price for your high end flag ship, by all means. But just taking the processor and complaining about the dated processor is simplily unjusted because of different range phone. It is just like comparing skills at different level which is simply not justified.
30. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
Well, i believe the One S is in this "mid range" category. The S3 is not a bad processor, but you can tell Sony was looking for a top of the line phone with this, not mid range, 12mp camera and 720p display dont scream mid range at all.. Calling this phone mid range is wrong.
31. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
I think the Sony LT291 " hayabusa" coming out later this year from Sony will be a more high end phone than this Xperia S because it will have an Snadraggon S4 processor ; bigger screen with larger battery and ICS out of the box. So, Sony has raised the standard of the mid range with this Xperia S to make it a fantastic phone at the mid range which is hard to beat, at least for the moment. I think other manufacturer should follow this standard of the mid range phone as well the price range. This Xperia S should be compared with the HTC one S whilst the Sony Xperia "hayabusa" shiould be compared with this One X. Right now, PA is just comparing a HTC high End phone with the best phone in the mid range from Sony, so the result is not realistic.
32. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
now you're saying the Xperia should be compared to the One S when before you said it had no competition? When this phone came out, it was not considered mid range, why is it mid range now, the mid range is the xperia P
58. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)
I dont see how a 12 mp camera with a 1.5 ghz processor and 342 ppi!!! IS MID RANGED!! do you?
THE GLAXY S3
1.4 ghz processor
But this is labeled "HIGH END" because it is QUAD CORE??
60. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)
The iphone 4s has Worse specs than both of these phones yet they label it "HIGH END" ...Stop fooling your selves the Xperia S is most definitely a High end device... And to be honest, I REALLY dont think you Samsung lovers would want the Xperia S on a Quad core because it would PROVOKE WAYY TO MUCH jealousy!! and most of you would consider leaving Sammy for Sony
61. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
uhhh....thats what im saying....it isnt mid range, when it was announced it was, but mow its more like high mid range
74. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
By 2012 standard, any phone comes with dual core or older processor should be classified as mid range phone regardness what other features were put in it, while single core phone should be reserved for the entry level range. Dont forget phones in one particular range can have variious features and spec. That is why mid range phone has different price points and can be of low end and high end too. Since the price of this Xperia S is cheaper than the devices like HTC one X, Samsung Galaxy S3, etc. Therefore, by 2012 standard, this Xperia S should be REGARDED as a mid range phone although it has high end spec of last year standard.
33. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
Sony wouldn't go and make no high end phones, 2 mid, and 1 low end when the phones are going to be released at the same time and when it is their flagship (and only) line
52. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)
the ONLY way I could see "mid range" would be the price and that still isnt mid if you ask me....just cause its not as much as the crappy iphone doesnt mean its mid range by any means.... In fact that is what makes it better because it has HIGH end specs with a way better Price range... Wich satisfies your pocket as well as your geek side in every way ......Cant beat that with a Stick
57. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)
One word for Sony for making this phone and pricing it the way they did.....BRILLIANT! High end Spec wise, and Mid-to high end Price wise ........ This has Brilliant written all over it!
34. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 389; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
Yeah sure, you can pay an extra 150$ to get a Quadcore SoC which you won't even feel the difference of in everyday use.
Agree on the Gingerbread part though.
37. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
i would rather have the att version with s4. Well ya i would rather spend more money than get a device i dont like very much, common sense.
55. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)
you know man its bull s**t to start thinkin dual cores are less now that quadcores are starting to come out..... Does anyone here find there dual core "laggin" or under performining? i dont think so but its like you said pay 150 extra for something you honestly wont even notice in everyday use...something more relevant to me would be screen size or design, now that is something to take notice of....Im pretty sure the xperia s isnt THAT far behind if behind AT ALL performance wise with the HTC....if you add up the pros and cons i bet the XPERIA would win every time... Sony definetly made a Smartphone here!!
15. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
once ICS on the xperia s , ur gonna love that than everything........its awesome.............even ICS on xperia arc is awesome then how wud it be on xperia s...............................unbelieveable...................
24. Commentator (Posts: 2103; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Seriously, have you ever taken an English class?
25. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
idiot u r free all the tym bt i hv got to do millions of work a day................so i reduce the no of words in my speech.................but those are understandable too and if u cant then u r a big loser................lol
29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
You're overall typing doesn't bother me as much as how many periods you use. I mean really? You don't have to be perfectly grammatical, but the time you take to put all of those dots you can type a few extra letters. And the phrase "i hv got to do millions of work a day" is just ridiculous.
56. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)
The Xperia S is an Unbelieviable Phone with or without ICS but man with ICS will make it even more complete...
45. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
can the Xperia S take pictures while video recording? Is Xperia S Android 4.0 ICS? Does the Xperia have Quadcore? Is the xperia S easy to hold or the One X? Is the Xperia S lighter than the One X?
Answer all this and you will know why there are a lot of HTC Fans out there, and why the One X is a great phone, or possibly a breakthrough in technology made by HTC.
49. romeo1 (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
when it gets ics it can, not yet, no, yes, thank god no.
Then we have another couple of questions.
Is the one x more expensive?yes
Is the one x designed by a kid? yes
Is the one x ugly? yes
Does the one x feels cheap? yes
Is the screen quality better on the one x? no
does the xperia s make better pictures? yes
does the xperia s make better videos? yes
does the xperia s has better audio quality? yes
oh yeah ofcourse forgot about this one(cause they are phones)
Wich one has better call quality? Oh yeah ofcourse the xperia s
We can go on and on with that stupid kind of list of yours.
it all depends on whay you think is important in a phone.
And the xperia s is a high end phone but not like the one x or s3. the hayabusa won't be either. the mint on the other hand will be if the rumors are true
4. hitechredneck (Posts: 54; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Lets face it Sony came out with a winner without Ericsson.
5. hunted (Posts: 287; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
this is until mint comes from Sony, lets see then
7. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 195; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
Have to say, id give the screen to the Xperia S having used both (own the XS) especially when viewing videos and pictures, and I personally prefer the design too, I mean lets face it, the one x still doesn't look incredibly different to last years HTC, whereas Sony have been more adventurous design-wise. Yes the One X is more powerful as shown by the benchmarks and both are brilliant phones, that's just my opinion anyway :)
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.
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.
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.
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 !
38. dmckay12 (Posts: 242; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
The HTC Amaze 4G looks very similar to the One X.
40. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Not really. It has a couple similar characteristics, but very similar, not at all.
41. dmckay12 (Posts: 242; 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.
43. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3535; 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
53. dmckay12 (Posts: 242; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
AP Bio. Do you have a death wish. That class is impossible.
62. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3535; 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
63. dmckay12 (Posts: 242; 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.
64. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3535; 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
9. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 195; 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.
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!
12. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 195; 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 :)
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 :)
36. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3535; 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?
50. romeo1 (Posts: 137; 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
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.
69. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3535; 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
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.
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.
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 ! :)
51. romeo1 (Posts: 137; 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
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 :)
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..........................
20. abish1234 (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
just wait intill May 3rd.. these both will be pwned.. :D
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.