HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III
- 1 Introduction and Design
- 2 Interface and Functionality
- 3 Camera and Multimedia
- 4 Call quality, Battery and Conclusion
- HTC Windows Phone 8X specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S III specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S III AT&T specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S III MetroPCS specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S III Sprint specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S III T-Mobile specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S III Verizon specifications
For us, it's impossible to say which platform UI looks better, because they are so different. On one hand, we have Windows Phone 8 and its flat tiles, and on the other – Android 4.1 with TouchWiz Nature UX, which is much closer to what we'd call a more traditional OS experience. Both user interfaces looks well, and it's entirely up to the user to decide which one they like best.
Android has the advantage of supporting widgets, but the Live Tiles of Windows Phone 8 counter this to a large extent. Still, we can get significantly more functionality out of the GS III's widgets, so we can safely say that its homescreen is a bit more functional than that of the 8X. And having in mind Android's openness and tons of applications, it's also safe to say that it's the more powerful platform overall. Microsoft is making big strides towards improving WP8's app catalog, but there's still a long way ahead of it until it reaches the comprehensiveness of Google's Play Store.
The Galaxy S III easily wins this one. Not only because its virtual keyboards take up the full screen real estate available to them, but also because you can easily replace the stock keyboard with a third-party one that suits your needs better. Actually, we're not big fans of the stock landscape keyboards of either handets, because the one of the 8X doesn't use the full screen width, and the keys of the GS III aren't high enough, but as we said, at least you can fix that on Android. Plus, with Gmail being the primary email service of many users, it's worth noting that the Android Gmail app is probably the best one out there.
Processor and Memory
The hardware of both phones is powerful enough to guarantee a smooth platform operation. The 8X powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset, while the GS III uses Samsung's own quad-core Exynos 4412 CPU. As we said, neither device will disappoint you when it comes to performance.
There is 1 GB of RAM installed on both the Windows Phone 8X and Galaxy S III, but the U.S. versions of the GS III do come with 2 gigs of RAM for some reason.
Things become a bit more interesting when we take a look at the internal storage options for the two devices. Once again, the Galaxy S III provides more flexibility, as it's available in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions, and it also has a microSD card slot for up to 64 GB more! Meanwhile, the 8X is stuck with its 16 GB of internal memory and that's all you can get with this phone.
It's difficult to say which handset offers the better internet experience. They are about equal, as they both produce very smooth framerates when navigating around various web pages. The GS III's native browser is probably a bit glitch-freer than IE 10 on the 8X, but the difference isn't big. Still, due to the larger screen size of the Galaxy S III, we're willing to give the W to Samsung's product here, just because the large screen makes things a bit more comfortable to read. But we'd also like to congratulate Microsoft for developing such a capable browser, which also offers a very accurate double-tap to zoom option, which is barely usable on the GS III.
Plus, another advantage of the GS III is its support for Flash Player (though you'll first have to download it from somewhere), which gives you access to almost all content found on the web, while the 8X is left waiting for web devs to start adopting HTML5 more heavily.
Both the Windows Phone 8X and Galaxy S III support LTE, but if you are an international user, you'll usually have to stick to HSPA+. Theoretically, the 8X should be able to reach download speeds of 42.2 Mbit/s, while the GS III should max out at 21.1 Mbit/s. In reality, though, we don't think that there will be that much of a difference.
1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Phonearena seems to have something against Windows Phone. Windows Phone isn't about app selection and ecosystem for the moment, as that will follow, Microsoft just had the developer's build. The essential apps are on WP anyway, maybe except Viber and Instagram.
I hope you give the Nokia Lumia 920 a good review.
3. MeoCao (unregistered)
MS took a page from Apple: closed ecosystem. MS sucks.
What good thing does WP8 bring? More competition? Nope, there's nothing in WP8 that can put pressure on Android.
We need pressure on Android to help push it forward but MS is sure not up to the task.
5. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
WP8 is not the OS that will face android but it will face iOS when the ecosystem had been developed.
android is an open source OS, google will most likely to look at what their customer like such as the quick settings toggle in android 4.2 and google now.
9. MeoCao (unregistered)
Oh no, I'm not afraid that WP8 will compete with Android, I'm disappointed that WP8 sucks so badly and can't give Android any fight at all.
I do think that the industry need a 3rd ecosystem but I just don't believe in MS.
22. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
no, WP8 isn't sucks but it is disappointed that you have that kind of fanboy-ism with android.
android is great, i know it because i own android devices. however, there's no OS' which are sucks, it depends on the users what do they like.
i see iOS, as a simple OS which is focused on entertaiment ecosystem. Android is an open source OS that many tech-savvy users use. WP is more like a business OS, it is simple & yet somehow it looks elegant
8. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
closed ecosystem is not a bad thing, last time i check, apple had more quality apps than android.
android android android. there's no competition if most of the consumers are like you, people that doesn't know how to keep their mind open for new products.
MS doesn't need to beat android in the first place. It needs to gain market share.
Please, be open minded.
*as for the first comment, yes, it's not all about the apps as long as the essential ones are there. You don't need a thousand apps on your phones, you need the essential ones.
Many reviewers forgot that apps will follow after, not lead the way. I don't know what's the worry about, more developers are coming to WP.
10. MeoCao (unregistered)
You are wrong guy, Play Store is improving fast and we have many alternatives in Android beside it.
And you should know that in a closed ecosystem competition from outside is not welcome. If you follow Apple policy with Appstore you should know it
Choice is good for consumers but we need good choices and not the kind MS offers.
13. MeoCao (unregistered)
What do you mean? Talk up MS or shut up?
14. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
You talk profane, and so much nonsense. Open your eyes, my friend. WP doesn't suck a bit. Less number of apps is an exaggerated issue.
You just wait a bit and see how wp8 manages to sell in good numbers. The sole fact that it supports DirectX opens up wide doors. I'm a developer myself and I know.
4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
yeah...its not about apps selection and ecosystem...but people these days choose android or the iPhone coz of its ecosystem!!! thats why WP and even BB cant have that much positive feedbacks because of the word "Ecosystem"!! if people could just think...pause and think!! both WP and BB OS are very capable OSes and they are really a good alternative to android and iOS... but WP's problem is its very unfamiliar(but to me, very unique) looks for a smartphone! while BB can stand a chance against the two coz of the looks and BB10's ability to run android apps is also one of the best thing why to choose BB!
so yeah... ecosystem will just grow!! and i mean microsoft has tons of developers! they'll full the windows store( i still prefer the marketplace than store, coz its the only differentiation! at least BB10 will remain the app world!) in no time! patience is a virtue!
6. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I wonder how they will rate the ATIV S versus the GS3, since they're mostly the same phone...?
7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3580; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Exactly! Would've post it below if i was sooner.
No doubt about this one...Samsung definitely has the upper hand.
Want to see Samsung ATIV S versus Samsung GSIII.
33. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
It will all come down to the ecosystem, app-selection, better keyboard selection, personalization option, and pretty much the conclusion of this VS, minus the design part.
2. denied911x (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)
BATTERY TESTS ON GSMARENA
SGS3 50 VS 31 HWP8X
but you are right wp don't have great ecosystem like apple or android
12. joeyrants (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)
The HTC is uncomfortable to handle in the hand while the S3 feels 'natural'? You've got to be kidding me. The 8X has a soft back finish and the back is curved to fit the hand nicely. Not to mention the fact that it feels much more premium compared to the cheap-plastic-made phone which is the S3. I've held the S3 and it feels... really meh (for a flagship device, meh = bad).
For me (and I believe MANY people), the 8X wins in design, hands down.
15. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)
I was thinking the same thing. Ray seems to be the only peron that doesn't like rounded corners and solid construction.
Of course he also said "the iPhone 5 is a work of art that no mass-produced phone on the market can currently rival."
Seriously it's just s phone, way to be objective. It seems odd that every other site has given praise to the HTC's design.
I'd like a breakdown of all the mindblowing functions that Android has WP8 doesn't. And please don't say rooting. Rooting isn't a feature of Android, it's a necessity because thats the only way your phone will ever get updated.
16. ReddD (Posts: 37; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
We don't have enough time for that list bro :-P ha ha
18. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Exactly my point. Everyone talks about how amazing Android is but never says how exactly. Rooting your phone basically says that it wasn't good enough to begin with.
32. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
thank you, put what i was thinking into words.
basically i think android fans are swinging and turning into the ifans. they now bring sales into it and use it as fact that it proves androids the best yet when the iphone was on top they moaned it didnt mean anything
all the need functionality and more is covered in wp8. rooting and customizing is all android fans will keep trying to use as plus points
20. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
haha!! so true!!! even samsung is saying that its s3 is a polycarbonate phone but it doesnt feel that way! i feel very cheap around it! and yeah... for a flagship?! its really bad!
while 8X makes you feel comfortable to touch!!! coz of that back!
this just prove that phonearena writers are kinda unfair!
thats why i like watching lisa of mobiletechreview more!
37. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)
I have to say, even the HTC One X feels better than the plasticky slightly large uncomfortable feel of the S3. I believe the 8X bests the One X because of the nice finish.
Heck, even the Galaxy Note feels better than the S3.
17. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)
When i checked the results of WP8X browser tests, it scored better than the iPhone 5 ! How come SGS3 anf WP8X will be similar browser speed ? If it was iPhone instead of WP8X, it would have won the test by miles..very biased iPhone Arena !
34. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Stock browser doesn't matter on android.
Dolphin browser is the fastest one available, and it's the only mobile browser passing full HTML5 test, and passing it with flying colors, at that.
I just updated it today with the latest jetpack and it is bloody amazing.
So fluid, fast and smooth that it makes me just want to scroll pages for the sake of scrolling.
Really a delightful internet experience.
Third party browsers are a MAJOR advantage for android, there's just no other way around that fact.
21. sasobra (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Although it is smaller, the keyboard for WP8 is very accurate and responsive. The app catalouge is growing rather quickly for WP as well. WP8 also seem rather customizeable just in its own uniqe way.
23. blattlaus (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)
Every other review I have read- 5 or 6 - on the 8X has praised its ergonomic design as its best feature. Where are these uncomfortable edges you are talking about?.
24. Cobra (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 May 2012)
The deal killer for me with the MS platform is the ridiculous limitation of only 16gb of storage with no possible way to add more.
27. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
dude windows phone 8 has enabled a micro sd slot on wp 8 devices.
28. Cobra (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 May 2012)
@zazori08 . . . dude get a pair of glasses and then post back exactly where you read that "THIS" phone has a removable SD memory card slot. It does not.
30. knowah (Posts: 15; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
You used the qualifier of MS platform. It's not the platform, it's this set of hardware that limits the storage.
MS offers the ability to have much more on board storage and expansion with an sd slot. HTC and Nokia decided not to included the function on their flagships.
31. Cobra (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 May 2012)
You are absolutely 100% correct. They could have included more memory as well as an SD slot. Heck, most of us have some version of MS on our computers with tons of memory and those slots. I used the verbiage of MS platform because this MS Windows 8 platform phone is being compared to an Android platform phone that has greater memory capability.
In "THIS" particular Windows 8 offering that capability is just not there and that makes "THIS" MS device a deal breaker for me. Zazori08 remains 100% wrong in the claim that those memory expansion slots exist on "THIS" device. They do not.
38. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)
You said Microsoft's platform, only the 920 and 8X are built in storage without extra storage. Other lower end devices do (odd but true).
25. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)
Give window phone less that two years , it will neck to neck with android and iOS . Reminder, it took more than four years for android to catch up. Now the challenges will begin, and wonder next two years , who will be the best .
26. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
Ray is like somehow biased (No Offense). I think you're siding with the one who is more dominant in the market right now. like comparing apple and samsung. Choosing apple because apple is more dominant. and now choosing samsung over htc! do a dorp test and you'll see that htc's phone is more great that Sammy boy's phone
29. knowah (Posts: 15; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
One thing people should keep in mind that the S 3 in this comparison is the international version, not what the carriers tagged actually offer. It's HSPA+ only where the reviewer claims this model has capabilities of LTE. The LTE variant for EU/International is the 9305. It does have the quad core exynos, but the NA version of the phone has a dual core Krait. The US version also has the same GPU as the 8x, but I don't know if that was even mentioned in the article.
35. odin09 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
After the HTC 8x vs iphone 5 battle I grit my teeth. You said that the iphone won for looks and made it seem like it wasn't even much of a contest. The HTC 8X is clearly a more beautiful device than an iphone. Yes the iphone is nice, but it is a nice that is dull and that we have seen for years now.... Now, you gave the edge to the Samsung! There was no mention of the Samsung's cheap plastic or the fact that the Samsung feels like it could bend in your hand. As far as looks alone the HTC wins hands down in an OBJECTIVE comparison. The tapered edge on the HTC is not for everybody but I have never seen so many other reviews state that it was the most hand friendly device that they have ever held. I am saying this as someone who wants a Nokia, I am in no way an HTC apologist. For now I will ignore the rest of the review stand on its own but this made me register here!
39. viper1983 (Posts: 36; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
I don't think a looks comparison can be OBJECTIVE.
40. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Windows Phone has already mastered the work side of things & they are making big strides to develop the play side of things. What needs to be understood is that WP is still fairly new & will take some time to catch up to the other vested OS's that the market is used to. As far as build quality goes if you've held a 8X in your hand & a GS lll the construction of the HTC does feel superior. The software moves very smooth as well. The app catalog is a minor set back as that is increasing each day but the biggest let down is the lack of expandable memory (for me). I'm not a big cloud-based storage guy...so 16GB is kind of restrictive to me. Other than that I'd say WP has good potential & with native support for the business world this could steal a lot of corporate business from those who have moved from Blackberry to iOS. It's just getting used to another OS thats completely different from the widget/icon format.
41. cdgoin (Posts: 488; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
Comes down to the phone feeling "Awkward" or some such nonsense in his hand..? I personally think it feels BETTER, and is UNIQUE. The S3 just looks like any other smartphone. PA admit your bias against WP and get it overwith.