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HTC One X vs Sony Xperia S

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HTC One X vs Sony Xperia S
Call quality with the Xperia S is a bit better than on the One X, with loud and clear voices in the earpiece on our end, while the other side said we sounded very clean and with strong volume. The noise-canceling mics managed to weed out the ambient sounds while we were talking. The One X performs pretty well in terms of volume and clarity of the conversation, too, but is just a level below the earpiece and microphone(s) performance of the Xperia S.

As we mentioned, the loudspeaker on Sony's phone is very strong, too, meaning that it will be unlikely that you miss a call, while the One X unit is simply average.

The Xperia S has a 1750mAh battery against the 1800mAh juicer in the One X, and they are both non-swappable, meaning you'll have to make do with whatever battery life the manufacturer has in store with the handsets until you hit an outlet.

The 1750mAh battery is rated for the commendable 8 hours and 30 minutes talk time in 3G mode, 25 hours of music playback, and 6.5 hours of video playback. HTC doesn't quote official talk times, but some independent testing pegs it as very efficient in that regard, easily surpassing the 10-hour barrier in 3G mode.

We looped an HD clip at 75% brightness and the Xperia S battery went from hero to zero 10 minutes before it reached the 5-hour playback mark with Wi-Fi off, but connected to the HSPA+ network. If we had placed the brightness on 50%, the Xperia S would probably hit the six hours and thirty minutes video playback threshold it quotes for itself, which is about the norm for most high-ends. The HTC One X fared only a bit better on the same test, passing the 5-hour mark with five minutes.

Another feature in the Sony Xperia S is the improved lithium-polymer technology that allows the device to charge in half the time of a regular battery. This might affect the battery longevity down the road, but at least you'll have good times while it lasts.


There is no arguing that the HTC One X feels more modern than the Sony Xperia S with its slim, light and curved profile, plus the uniform HTC Sense interface over the latest version of Android. The Xperia S, on the other hand, is quite boxy and heavy in comparison, while the Timescape UI over Android 2.3 is no match for the streamlined Sense 4.0. Its design, however, offers a few perks that set it apart, like the transparent illuminated strip at the bottom, and a dedicated camera key that makes it the fastest sleep-to-snap smartphone out there, not to mention the size makes it more suitable for one-handed operation.

As for the power under the hood – granted, the One X with its Tegra 3 quad or dual-core Snapdragon S4 is superior to the S3 on the Xperia S, but that would be insignificant to the normal user as long as the interface and apps run well, and they do on both phones. What would concern every user is battery life, though, and that is pretty comparable on both devices, with a slight advantage going to the One X.

Design is a matter of personal preference, but if HTC's focus groups are to be believed, Android users now prefer slim and light smartphones with big screens, which, of course, would give the design round to the One X. Both phones have sealed batteries, micro SIMs and no microSD slots.

So, to sum it up – the Xperia S makes more appealing pictures and video than the One X most of the time, and has a tad better call quality plus more potent loudspeaker, while the One X excels in chassis design, processor power and screen quality, as well as in the interface and software integration.

Thus it comes up to what's more important for you from the above mentioned features, and whether it justifies the $50-$100 price premium the unlocked HTC One X commands before the Sony Xperia S for the latest and greatest.

Software version of the reviewed units: 6.0.A.3.73 (Sony Xperia S), 1.29.401.7 (HTC One X)

HTC One X vs Sony Xperia S Video Comparison:

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posted on 03 May 2012, 09:47 9

1. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 104; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)

one x wins..........

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:42 7

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.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 03:36

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 ......

posted on 03 May 2012, 19:45 7

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.

posted on 03 May 2012, 10:09 14

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................

posted on 03 May 2012, 10:16 11

3. Commentator (Posts: 3713; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Do you read the things that you type?

posted on 03 May 2012, 18:18 2

29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; 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.

posted on 03 May 2012, 10:38 7

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

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:35 4

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.....​..............

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:49 8

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.

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:18 2

24. Commentator (Posts: 3713; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Seriously, have you ever taken an English class?

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:27 2

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

posted on 03 May 2012, 20:49 5

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.

posted on 03 May 2012, 21:03 2

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

posted on 03 May 2012, 21:04

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

posted on 04 May 2012, 07:29 1

34. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; 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.

posted on 04 May 2012, 19:36

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.

posted on 10 May 2012, 02:55

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.

posted on 11 May 2012, 06:34 4

49. romeo1 (Posts: 729; 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

posted on 13 May 2012, 04:15 2

52. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; 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

posted on 16 May 2012, 06:26 1

55. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; 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!!

posted on 16 May 2012, 06:30 2

56. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; 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...

posted on 16 May 2012, 06:34 3

57. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; 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!

posted on 16 May 2012, 06:40 3

58. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; 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?


8mp camera
1.4 ghz processor
312 ppi

But this is labeled "HIGH END" because it is QUAD CORE??

posted on 17 May 2012, 13:57 2

60. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; 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

posted on 17 May 2012, 19:46

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

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 12:57

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.

posted on 03 May 2012, 10:16 21

4. hitechredneck (Posts: 100; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Lets face it Sony came out with a winner without Ericsson.

posted on 03 May 2012, 10:19 5

5. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

this is until mint comes from Sony, lets see then

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

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