Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
The Note II sports the newest Nature UX of Samsung with its Smart Stay, Pop Up Play and AllShare Cast streaming features, which we discussed in our Galaxy S III review, but it also comes with Jelly Bean out of the box - an advantage until the One X gets updated.
HTC’s handsets have the Sense UI to counter with, and it comes with quite a lot of useful features, too, not to mention eye-candy and polish, so which one will you pick depends on personal preference. HTC Sense seems a more holistic and deeply interwoven into Android interface, with a more buttoned-down look, whereas the cartoonish TouchWiz icons and widgets are not as visually sophisticated.
The HTC One X, however, lacks one very important selling point of the Note II - an S Pen stylus with its own silo, which adds numerous other useful features and apps to the mix.
S Pen apps:
The stylus in the Note II is much improved in comparison with the original - it has a more ergonomic grip now, and the new technology inside allows you to leave faster and smoother ink trace. Moreover, the S Pen has learned new tricks now, too, with the most intriguing one being Air View, which brings up previews of emails, image galleries and button labels when you hover over them. For a full rundown of the S Note features, peak into our Note II review.
Processor and memory:
The Galaxy Note II sports a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, compared to the 1.5 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 in the international One X, which transforms to a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 with LTE radio for the US edition. The US LTE One X is preferable, since its silicon is made with the current generation 28nm die shrink, as opposed to the 40nm of the Tegra 3, which make the international version behave lower in benchmarks, and the handset heats significantly on top of that, but hey, it was the first smartphone to hit the market with a quad-core processor after all, whatever that means.
We have 2GB of RAM memory in the Note II, double the One X amount, and the US LTE version of the One X start you off with the same 16GB amount of internal memory - about 10GB are user-available in the Note II, whereas we have about 12GB on the One X, and no memory slot to expand. The Note II has 32GB and 64GB versions announced, however, whereas the One X has its international version with 32GB, and again no microSD slot for expansion.
When we couple the more powerful processor with Android Jelly Bean’s interface optimizations, the Note II comes superior in UI fluidity and app performance, which will hold at least until the One X gets updated, too.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Nature UX browser is very optimized, and powered by a speedier processor on the Note II, but the difference in performance is not that noticeable, as both browsers are quick. However, with the browser in Jelly Bean we are losing Adobe Flash support, and there are quite a few websites that can’t be enjoyed fully, or at all, without Adobe’s piece of software, which the ICS browser on the One X supports.
The Galaxy Note II has a 100 Mbits LTE radio and also 21 Mbits HSPA+ connectivity, whereas the One X comes with HSPA+ radio in its international version, but offers an LTE/HSPA+ combo in the US. These speeds are, of course, theoretical, and depend on your carrier network.
Both handsets are loaded with a variety of radios, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, and NFC, using the versatile MHL port for wired connectivity.
1. jpjr1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I would def prefer Samsung Note2!!
Stylus is amazing, larger screen, usually better color saturation due to SAMOLED screen technology. Better battery life Exynos Chip is going to most likely perform better and also easier to modify in future. HTC Sense bogs down the phone too much I think HTC needs to consider eliminating HTC SENSE and go pure Jellybean along with even Samsung TWiz.
2. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)
Waiting for the iPhone 5 vs Galaxy Note 2 comparo so I can get some help deciding what to get!
I love the Note 2 but I'm afraid I'll get annoyed with the gargantuan screen, and iMessage makes texting easier. Does anyone know a way to get group messages synced in one thread if you have an Android phone?
22. dmckay12 (Posts: 242; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Android phones within a year old usually have had the group text feature already.
3. baldilocks (Posts: 426; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
I have the International One X. Much easier to manage and to live with daily than the Note 2.
7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2957; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I'll take the X this time...nice built, good camera, enough for a screen size!
4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
the batteries already made my decision...
5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1200; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Thanks for the review daniel p with the note 2 and the one x, I've been waiting for a review between these two phones for quite some time now since I like both of them. The review is really neat and I can see an unbiased comparison between the two. We can see here that the note 2 has advantages over the one x like the removable back cover,micro sd slot,a bigger screen,faster processor,bigger memory,bigger battery,etc while the one x has the best looking design,more enjoyable sense interface,a better screen(slcd 2 and a more pocket sized one),etc. Once the one x gets updated to jellybean, we will see that there won't be much of a difference between the two especially because of the new features and improvements...
6. Tobruk (Posts: 8; Member since: 14 May 2011)
On the HTC One X, if you want to use the screen on full brightness (which is required outside on a sunny day) It drains battery life fast! So fast, that in one hour of heavy use outdoors using GPS, the phone will go under 10% battery and turn itself off. I'm always having to adjust my screen brightness to conserve battery power. Even the auto setting is worthless in regards to battery life..
8. doejon (Posts: 289; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
note 2!!! better battery, better power (cpu and so on..), better sound, better video capture,
better multimedia experience, spen features, amoled display, microsdcard up to 64 and so on..
the note 2 eats the one x clearly lol
9. TechPsycho (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)
great review, i'm happy with my One X anyways planning to get Galaxy NoteII, unless HTC nexus phoneblet promises more :)
11. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
The battery is removable. Oh yeah! I am on my way to buying a Note 2 and an extended battery.
12. bayusuputra (Posts: 939; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
But seriously, the One X is really a beautifully design phone.. Too bad it has a non removable battery and sd card..
although the choice is clear here, I will still get the One X just because I love the built quality and design of it.. I can root it, so I have no problem with Sense.. The only thing that bothers me is the 1800mah battery, since a custom kernel has already allowed for a USB-OTG support now.. And 23GB user accessible memory is more than enough for me.
to each his own. :)
13. crawlgsx (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Wouldn't it have been easier to just write a short article headline that said "I am an HTC Fan"?
Seriously the One X has nothing on the SIII, let alone the Note II.
If the size of the Note II is too big for someone they should be looking at an SIII, not a One X.
Other than possibly physical feel (matter of opinion) there is nothing about teh One X that competes with the SIII. I used to like HTC but now all they make is overweight, under battery sized, dull screened, garbage.
16. ahhxd717 (Posts: 297; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
I can understand saying the SIII is a little better than the One X, but saying there is nothing about it that competes to the SIII is an overstatement. I have a GNex, which has more or less the same screen as the SIII, and when I look at my friend's HOX, that screen is obviously superior- definitely not "dull screened". And it's not overweight or slow at all. Don't deter people from buying a product it seems like you've never really used.
18. bayusuputra (Posts: 939; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
i choose htc one x's screen anytime over the sgs3.. it's a really bright and vibrant screen, even many reviewers think that it's of higher quality than the SuperAMOLED HD of the sgs3..
14. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
The One X is dull screened? And you prefer the S3's pseudo HD Pentile amoled that shares every third pixel. Not to mention that it has screen brightness ramped down to half that of other phones to extend its battery life.
Sorry bud the One X has a few issues but the display is not one of them.
21. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
im sorry, wasnt this comparing the Note2 vs the OneX? What does the SGS3 have to do with it?
I'd take an SGS3 international over a OneX any day. Feature to feature it wins on everything except screen.. but your still comparing the 2 best screens, so its not like your losing much.
I wouldnt take either phone's underpowered American version though. You can keep the base krait chip/gpu, thanks.
Id take a "note2 mini" over either of those phones though.
15. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
I prefer the One X. It's fast enough already, more pocketable and has a great build quality and display. I don't need expandable memory so it's a clear winner for me.
17. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
One X. Beautiful UI Skin, great build quality and Wonderful S-LCD display. Non-removable battery and SD card slot do not bother me personally. Free 25 GB Dropbox space is a great bonus with the One X.
20. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
If the note2 had a "mini note2" at like 4.5 or so inches, it would be darn perfect to me. Keep all the functionality and S-pen, just make it a tad smaller.
23. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3510; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I'd take the One X just based on the size... Can't get the Note in terms of handling. And then there's the fact that I just don't like Samsung all that much. I still much prefer Sense over Touchwiz, and I enjoy the design of the One X over the Note II and GS3 as well. Plus, the S-LCD 2 is just incredible, and even though the new RGB S-Amoled display is great, I just like LCD better.
The overall power of the device doesn't bother me much. Whether Tegra 3, Snapdragon S4, or Exynos 4412, it will still always run the system perfectly. Yes, the OC'd Exynos is more powerful than anything out their right now (except the Optimus G), but you really can't tell the difference. I mean, even my Snapdragon S3 powered GS2 runs perfectly (except a little slow in the browser), so there will be very minimal performance differences. Even if you include manufacturer overlays, a One X with an S4 and Sense 4.1 runs just as fast as a GS3 with an S4 and Touchwiz UX.
24. ruchi (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)
The main difference is screen size and storage capacity. Note 2 is bigger (5.5 inches > 4.7 inches) and it has 64GB storage capacity. Also it supports memory card which one x doesn't.
Here is the more detailed comparison:http://www.smartprix.com/mobil