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HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Camera

HTC shied away from the megapixel wars, enlarging the pixel size instead of count, and equipped its so-called UltraPixel module with optical image stabilization tech, making it a formidable competitor to any flagship out there, despite the comparatively low megapixel number.

Part of the camera interface of HTC One - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Part of the camera interface of HTC One - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Part of the camera interface of HTC One - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Part of the camera interface of HTC One


Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III


The Galaxy S III sports a run-of-the-mill 8 MP sensor, but has a very rich number of settings, color effects and scene modes for it that can be picked from the interface. Still, HTC meets those scene modes and color effects, and raises with HDR video capabilities, the Zoe collage software that automatically makes a special effects movie out of your footage, and a Fast HD 60 fps mode. HTC also places the stills and video shutter keys on one and the same screen, so you don't have to switch back and forth, eventually missing important moments.

Outdoors, in good lightning conditions, the Galaxy S III captures more detail than the HTC One's camera, and exhibits more natural-looking colors than the slightly warmer and more saturated tones from the One. HTC's handset white balance measurement is spot on, but it tends to overexpose brighter areas a tad.

HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III
Outdoor samples


In low-light conditions the HTC One also overexposes the bright areas, to the point of a halo effect around light sources, for instance, but the footage is way brighter and clearer than the one from the Galaxy S III, with the only caveat being the colors that are slightly warmer than they should be.

Strong light - HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Medium light - HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Low light - HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Darkness with flash - HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness with flash

HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III
Indoor samples


The handsets can shoot 1080p video with 30fps, and with the Galaxy S III you can frame the exact scene before starting to record, whereas on the HTC One the interface goes out of the way only after you play the record button. Footage from both phones is crisp and smooth, but the HTC One has a natural advantage with the optical image stabilization for a shake-free video, that is clear and visible in conditions when the S III barely registers anything. It also sports better sound track compared to the flat and distorted recordings from the S III.

HTC One Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video:




Last but not least, the continuous autofocus works like a charm on the HTC One, zipping quickly between the background and an object front and center of the lens. The only gripe we have with the One's video capture is that in low-light conditions its focus often wanders for a brief second before sharping it out again.



Multimedia

The pictures and video gallery can be split in two on the S III, with the folder structure on the left, and the current folder content on the right, making it easier to navigate. You also get picture editing built into the gallery interface directly, and the One has this feature, too.

HTC One has a traditional grid gallery, which just lists the pics and videos in tiled thumbnail format, and you can sift through them chronologically by pinching in and out instead of scrolling if you like.

The music player on the Galaxy S III might not dazzle with graphics, but is very functional, and lets you choose from different equalizer presets and sound modes directly from the player's UI. HTC's music app is with rather basic looks, too, but can be set to display album art, artist's photos and lyrics automatically during playback. HTC doesn't let you set equalizers, as you have the preinstalled Beats audio setup when you plug the headphones, or pump music out through the speakers.

The music player of the HTC One - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The music player of the HTC One - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The music player of the HTC One - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The music player of the HTC One


The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III


The dual stereo speaker system at the front with built-in amplifier does a commendable job at pumping out sounds loud and clear, and it definitely sets the bar very high. The S III's sole speaker explicably sounds much wimpier and distorted in comparison.

Both handsets have excellent video players with a number of options, but the Galaxy S III has playback zoom, and supports more formats, like DivX/Xvid/MKV, out of the box, whereas you have to get a 3rd party player for the HTC One to run DivX, for instance.

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posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:43

1. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


The S4 look bigger than the One, even though its actually the converse... Hmm...

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:08 10

13. JaM1977 (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


S4 is smaller than S3... so it cant look bigger than ONE...

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 15:48

35. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I only laghing to this comprision..its clear one smock s3 even next repeation s4 or s3$.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 21:35

41. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


HTC One is long like the iPhone. I prefer the S4 myself

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:31 1

37. MrJerry (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


That's because GS4 has bigger screen 4.7" vs 5"
So basically GS4 is smaller than One with much bigger screen.

Do you need any more explaination?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:46 29

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1497; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


No doubt HTC one is the winner here

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 10:57 1

30. abdane (Posts: 477; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


no sd card ? non removable battery ? no android true multitasking because sense lags alot ? i dont think so, GS4 wins, IMO

but HTC wins design, no arguments in that :P

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 12:52 6

33. bbblader (Posts: 581; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


dude this isnt the GS4 its the GS3 dumbass
read first then comment

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 11:51

43. PlazmicFlame (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


Just goes to show how Samsung has confused their own customers, lol

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:31

36. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


abdane Im running sense 5 on my phone as we speak and I also Have the Nexus 4 rooted overclocked and they are the same speed only sense 5 destroys stock. Also i might want to add that the sense 5 im running is a unofficial base and still in beta3. pretty dam good if you ask me.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 21:39

42. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


At 32 GB , It doesn't need an SD Card slot. That's plenty big for most people.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:48 11

3. Esf_Kid (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


One vs S4 vs XZ
biggest comparison of year.
please make it PA.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:52 3

4. tiara6918 (Posts: 1497; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


If they made that comparison it would be beauty and the beast if you know what I mean

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:56 3

6. Meleagru (Posts: 84; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


It would be more like The good, the bad and the ugly.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:01 2

10. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


htc paid for this its why they did it. Putting the htc one against those it would die

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:33 1

19. nlbates66 (Posts: 311; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


rubbish, phonearena have always been doing comparisons between phones like this, including different generations(they did various HTC's vs others, newer galaxy vs older galaxy etc), and this is no different.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:54 10

5. drpain (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Lol what kind of comparison is this?

GS4 will crush HTC One

Htc one delayed
Htc one has manufacturing defects, check xda
Htc one has worse ddr2 vs ddr3 in gs4-- graphics way faster on gs4

Gs4 better battery too

Htc president gonna resign, htc RiP

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:18 8

24. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


don't worry men your GS4 is gonna win any comparison
even if XP Z VS HTC ONE VS GALAXY Y, galaxy y will win the comparison
for phonearena samsung is the best
just look what phonearena did to XPERIA Z AND LUMIA VOTE
XPERIA Z from 6000+ vote to 1300
LUMIA 920 from 8000+ vote to 3100
i wonder how much samsung pay this site

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 10:24 2

27. ghmina (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


htc one uses ddr3
galaxy s4 isn;t launched

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 11:18 1

31. chocolaking (Posts: 461; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Samsung spent 70% of their budget at marketing, and the rest 30% for factory production. that's why they never have any innovations. never have any sense of designing. But people are brain washed by their advertisement. and think samsung is the best!
consumers really needs to wake them self up.
They are just paying money to help samsung makig more Ads, but they do not put in effort on making good product for customers.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 13:08

44. chocolaking (Posts: 461; Member since: 22 May 2012)


HTC One is better in every aspect. It's better than S4 no doubt.
But you GS4 is will win always on Phonearena.com .

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:57 10

7. mydi.maus (unregistered)


THE ONE and only....BYE GS3

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:02 6

11. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I would hope the htc one would beat a phone from 2012..

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:59 4

8. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


lol gs3 vs htc one? lol why not htc one vs gs4?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:17 3

17. mf2hd (Posts: 58; Member since: 25 Mar 2008)


gs4 is out?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:09

23. Jack58221 (Posts: 132; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


Does it need to be out? All they did was ready the specs then fondle the phones. Didn't they get to touch the gs4 or red the specs?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:08

22. tiara6918 (Posts: 1497; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


They probably made the comparison for those people owning an sgs3 interested with the one or some one who's after good value for their money,if they're not after the latest gadgets they would go for the sgs3

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:00 4

9. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


"This article brought to you buy HTC"

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:11 13

14. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


"this comment is brought to you by samsung fanboy "

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:02 3

12. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


HTC One vs Xperia Z please

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:15 5

15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2555; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It's way past time to stop comparing the S3 to the latest flagships.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:16 5

16. moe53 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Guys you should compare it with the Samsung galaxy s4 and not the s3

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:20 4

18. terabyteRouser (Posts: 452; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


they don't care, they just want the clicks

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:34 3

20. bubbadoes (Posts: 348; Member since: 03 May 2012)


stop with the boring comparisons..HTC One can only be compared to the GS4 and that's it until Motorola/Google comes out with their X development this summer...and save the Z10 the iphone 5,5s from comparison also-not needed

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:51 5

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


HTC One win!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:44 3

25. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


hahahaha phone arena comon. r u seriously comparing sammy crap junk to this beautiful beat HTC ONE? now whole world know OFFCORSE HTC ONE IS FAR FAR MORE BETTER . its best among all even gs4. btw what have they changed in gs4? NOTHING LITERALLY!!!!!! same old story from samsung. HTC ROCKS . CHEERS

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 10:20 4

26. Taters (Posts: 3524; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The HTC One is huge.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 10:25 5

28. zippolite28 (Posts: 101; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


htc one sexy looks

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 10:50 2

29. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Agree. HTC One is better but I'm still lovin my S3

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 12:40

32. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


HTC = Hard To Catch up with others.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 14:22

34. moolotovzz (Posts: 24; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


HTC = "how to call" :)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 07:57

39. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2555; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


(My Phone) Has To Charge.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 12:31 1

40. TempUse (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Mar 2013)


HTC = Harm To Copycat (S...ang)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 02:16 2

38. jshan (Posts: 199; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


cant tell which is the best .. but htc one owns dazzling look which does not own by s3

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