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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

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Camera:

We get an 8MP camera module with LED flash with both handsets, and the performance of the cameras is extremely snappy. The handsets have proprietary image signal processors, and HTC has even called its tech the HTC ImageChip. The phones take subsecond times to focus and take a picture with no shutter lag, and yet the One X is faster in that regard.

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II


Camera interface of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Camera interface of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Camera interface of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

Camera interface of the HTC One X


We get similar shot modes, like HDR or Panorama, and numerous effects to apply on your pictures and video with both phones, but the number of effects is richer on the One X, and the interface is easier to navigate than the cluttered one on the Note II.

There is a Best Photo mode on the Note II, akin to the Burst Shot mode on the One X, taking a lot of pictures at once in rapid succession, and suggesting which one to keep afterwards. We also have the Best Faces mode on the Note II, too, which keeps the best pose and look of your photo subjects, and also a Low Light mode is present on both phones for situations where luminance is an issue.

The pictures themselves are better when coming from the Note II, as the One X saturates and applies overzealous noise suppression algorithms, which fade the level of detail. More over, the One X sometimes has purple fringing issues, and as a whole its images look more unnatural than those from the Note II.

Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC One XOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC One XOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC One XOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC One XOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC One XOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

Samsung Galaxy Note II

HTC One XOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
HTC One XOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
HTC One XOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
HTC One XOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
HTC One XOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

HTC One X
Outdoor samples


Strong - Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC One XIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Medium - Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC One XIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Low light - Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC One XIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Darkness - Samsung Galaxy Note II - HTC One XIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

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Samsung Galaxy Note II

HTC One XIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
HTC One XIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
HTC One XIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
HTC One XIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

HTC One X
Indoor samples


Video capture is with 1080p on both handsets, but while on the Note II it goes with smooth 30fps both inside and outside, on the One X it is captured with the choppier 23fps outside, and even less indoors. Moreover, the One X sometimes struggles to lock and keep focus during video capture. HTC’s phone sports better stereo audio quality while filming than what is captured by the noise-canceling mics of the Note II.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Sample Video:



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Samsung Galaxy Note II Indoor Sample Video:



HTC One X Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Both phones support tune categorization and equalizer presets, but the Sense music player on the One X is with sleeker-looking interface, and it has the Beats Audio branding on its side, although it is not that much of an advantage in reality.

The Nature UX music player - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
The Nature UX music player - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

The Nature UX music player


Beats Audio is available in the music player of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Beats Audio is available in the music player of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Beats Audio is available in the music player of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Beats Audio is available in the music player of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
Beats Audio is available in the music player of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

Beats Audio is available in the music player of the HTC One X


When it comes to loudspeaker performance in playing music, the Note II wins hands down, with one of the most powerful speakers we’ve heard on a smartphone, which on top of that doesn’t sound flat, and outputs pretty clean sound, even at the highest volume, whereas the speaker on the One X comes wimpy in comparison.

Both video players support high-def video playback, but we have the Pop Up Play function on the Note II, where you can simply detach the video currently played, and keep doing something else, while it plays in a moveable pop-up windows brought at the front at all times.

In the default folder view the Gallery on the Galaxy Note II gets the screen split, with the categories on the left, and their content on the right, taking good better advantage of the large screen real estate, and the same goes for the YouTube app. We also get a 3D Timeline view of the pictures and video in chronological order, or a spiral 3D view, rumored to be borrowed from Samsung’s Tizen OS.

There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X
There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app


The Sense gallery on the One X is sleek-looking, too, and it offers a rich picture editor app integrated, which is a separate download on the Note II with a Samsung account registration needed.

The Sense gallery - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

The Sense gallery



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posted on 26 Sep 2012, 02:16 7

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.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 02:21 3

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?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:09

10. doejon (Posts: 360; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


just search for 3rd party apps

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:24 1

19. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


so helpful...thanks

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 22:16

22. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Android phones within a year old usually have had the group text feature already.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 02:22 9

3. baldilocks (Posts: 542; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I have the International One X. Much easier to manage and to live with daily than the Note 2.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 04:49 6

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'll take the X this time...nice built, good camera, enough for a screen size!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 02:27 7

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


the batteries already made my decision...
3000
lol

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 02:37

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1527; 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...

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 02:50 2

6. Tobruk (Posts: 10; 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..

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:13 5

8. doejon (Posts: 360; 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

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:49

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 :)

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:33

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.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:40 1

12. bayusuputra (Posts: 943; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Nokia 3310!

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. :)

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 11:58 4

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.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 16:14 4

16. ahhxd717 (Posts: 320; 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:44 3

18. bayusuputra (Posts: 943; 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..

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 15:18 3

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.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:57 2

21. remixfa (Posts: 14145; 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.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 15:23 2

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.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:07 1

17. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; 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.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:55

20. remixfa (Posts: 14145; 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.
GRR!!! lol

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 04:24 1

23. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; 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.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:04

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/mobiles/samsung_galaxy_note_2_n7100__vs_htc_one_x-c2164_2039.php

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