Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC EVO 4G LTE
Both devices pack an 8-megapixel back side illuminated camera with all kinds of nifty features and shooting modes. In our comparison the Galaxy S III produced more detailed images, but tended to be slightly overexposed. HTC, meanwhile, had better color capture but when zoomed in fully fine details could get muddy. Both cameras lost some sharpness indoors, especially as the light began to fade. Both cameras claim to have zero shutter lag, but we did find the Galaxy S III taking a second or two to focus, especially indoors, whereas the EVO was able to snap shots immediately every time.
Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video:
HTC EVO 4G LTE Sample Video:
In general we like HTC’s camera interface much better. For starters, it does not separate the camera and camcorder functions, you simply press the shutter to snap a photo or the camcorder button to record a video. The interface is also very clean, with small icons tucked away in the corners and sides. There is so much clutter in the Samsung camera app that it takes away from the viewfinder.
Like the browsers, the stock music players don’t matter much as there are better and more connected options in the Play Store. We will give credit to HTC for a major overhaul of their music player, which now includes Soundhound and TuneIn integration, and the ability to add more apps to the main screen for quick access to podcasts or other media. Still, until they incorporate Google’s cloud storage into the app (or even Amazon’s) they are lagging behind.
1. bobfreking55 posted on 28 Jun 2012, 05:13 1
I like how your video samples show on my YouTube Subscription feed before the review is released --- I always know the smackdowns before hand lol.
Because of this Jellybean mania, I kinda got my eyes of the Galaxy S III. I want a JB device! First device to get JB wins (between the smackdown) :))
19. DonkeySauce posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:04 0
If you want Jelly Bean, I'm not sure about Samsung. They're notorious for taking forever to updated their Galaxy phones in the US. I waited forever for updates to my original Epic, and the GSII still has no ICS.
31. phoenixpr posted on 28 Jun 2012, 16:36 0
Agree! SGSIII will get JB first, Loved the Evo LTE, was going to get it. However my #1 things of MUST HAVE on a phone is a removable battery. Sorry Evo LTE your lost...
59. Raymond_htc posted on 11 Jul 2012, 04:24 2
.....Man, you cant judge a phone by removable battery. thats the same way as you saying all the tablets in this world sucks, cuz they all don't have removable batteries.
60. phoenixpr posted on 11 Jul 2012, 15:01 0
I don't want a tablet ever for the very reason. I have my big iMac when I am at home, My big TV to watch my program, my smartphone to do basic email, web and some app. I know what kind of user I am. I removable battery is number 1 of MUST have on my list, then everything else follows down my check list.
40. lsutigers posted on 28 Jun 2012, 20:14 3
Wow, EVO LTE wins just about every round. I picked up both of them and I am testing them out. I have to say, I agree with the comparison review, in my opinion, the EVO is a more refined device and has the few extras that were missing out of the One X to be up to par with the Galaxy S III.
I think I will keep the EVO and return the SGS3, both great phones though.
2. tiara6918 posted on 28 Jun 2012, 05:15 2
Very good review! Wish that the htc evo 4g lte was sold internationally as it had better performance and specs than that of the one x. Now, the Samsung Galaxy S 3 has it's true competitor in the smartphone industry!
3. RORYREVOLUTION posted on 28 Jun 2012, 05:21 4
What's the point in doing a vs if you don't pick a winner? Come on PA
30. Birds posted on 28 Jun 2012, 16:01 3
Lol, they left us off with a cliff hanger. Its like a bad movie. I pick the Evo. Nothing against the SGSIII but still I like the evo.
37. pandakilla posted on 28 Jun 2012, 18:56 1
They pretty much said who was the winner....HTC better over all...I like Samsung.........for thier displays
4. exidor01 posted on 28 Jun 2012, 05:35 1
I thought the galaxy s 3 had 2gb of RAM. Am I incorrect?
6. Commentator posted on 28 Jun 2012, 05:42 4
"The EVO had its way with the Galaxy S III, beating it convincingly in all three tests we ran it through."
...What? If basic mathematics serve me correctly (and for the most part they do), the GSIII's 12,016 on AnTuTu is just a TAD BIT HIGHER than the Evo's 6,973...
13. Fallout09 posted on 28 Jun 2012, 08:05 3
Where are you getting 12016 on AnTuTu? Article states SG3 had 5740 vs EVO 6973.
17. Commentator posted on 28 Jun 2012, 08:57 0
Brian changed it from what it was before.That's where I was getting it, to answer your question.
16. true1984 posted on 28 Jun 2012, 08:21 1
thats the international version not the US version tested here
21. PhoneArena Team posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:27 1
We had a mistake with the Galaxy S III benchmarks results; it is corrected now :)
7. Slammer posted on 28 Jun 2012, 05:42 3
I've owned HTC devices for many years with no major issues. I can't praise their build quality enough. I'm not a fan of stationary batteries. I like the option to remove them. However, This review has helped me keep me in check that I maybe purchasing an HTC product once again.
8. Commentator posted on 28 Jun 2012, 05:49 0
As far as not integrating Google's cloud storage into the music app, the app does allow you to add Play Music as a shortcut.
11. Slammer posted on 28 Jun 2012, 07:54 5
Why pick a winner? The comparison was done and it is up to the potential buyer to make their decision based on the info given.
Picking a winner would be a matter of PA's personal opinion. Not necessarily the same interests of the purchaser.
IMO, based on past experiences, I believe the HTC is a better purchase for shear build quality and Sense's ability to interact better with Android. TouchWiz seems to develope glitches after months of use. Constant factory resets seems to be the norm with TouchWiz/Android integration.
32. SleepingOz posted on 28 Jun 2012, 16:46 2
"Sense's ability to interact better with Android"
HAHAHA YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!
Oh really? based on what? I've been using my GSII for nearly a year now and I've never experienced any of these glitches you're talking about.
41. lsutigers posted on 28 Jun 2012, 20:19 2
I think its pretty obvious they think the EVO is a better phone, they probably just don't want to pick it as a winner instead of the SGS3 as many will probably be upset about this.
Having used both of them, I have to agree with the review, I like the EVO better.
12. Droid_X_Doug posted on 28 Jun 2012, 07:58 2
With the results being so close between the two handsets, I have to wonder why the HTC snagged an 8.5 score while the Sammy got 9.3. I think the HTC is worthy of at least a 9.0.
14. Fallout09 posted on 28 Jun 2012, 08:12 4
Because Brian K. took off points for Sprint not having an LTE network, issues with camera and non removable battery. Funny because neither can get LTE right now. Accourding to this article, the EVO also had an edge on camera comparison and matched the SG3 pound for pound in battery dept. If you factor this comparison into the previous review.... EVO LTE should be a 9.5.
35. evoMike posted on 28 Jun 2012, 18:23 1
I agree with both of the above comments. Both versions of the S3 got 9.3. I wondered why the EVO review was so low after reading the comparison. The LG Viper LTE and Galaxy Nexus reviews both had pros as "LTE enabled" but for the EVO its a con.
26. mr. anderson posted on 28 Jun 2012, 12:14 2
I've been reading this site for years and I think the editors have a significant say in the scoring. What the articles say often don't jive with the final scores, and the EVO is a prime example. Brian praised it pretty much all the way around, but then it got a relatively low score.
Even if you read this article it seems that the EVO comes out the clear winner, but at the end there they leave it open. The reviews on this site are usually great (with a one very biased reviewer as an exception), but the scores are often confusing. My advice is to not even bother with scores, and read the review (or at least the conclusion) for the author's true feelings on the phone.
15. thenoodge posted on 28 Jun 2012, 08:15 3
The Htc Evo Lte also has talk and surf at the same time over 3g which i thought was crazy that they are not promoting that makes it the winner to me being able to be on the phone and surf the web at the same time on 3g not wifi or LTE
52. thenoodge posted on 30 Jun 2012, 11:58 0
nice i didnt get to try that my store had got 4 s3's in yesterday and were all gone in an hour
18. becazican posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:02 4
when the htc lte came out i bought it , too many things were wrong with the phone, they put the power outlet where you would lay in th on the that side when you had it on the kickstand. battery life sucks. after several other little things i thought i'm not getting stuck with this for two years and returned it . order on line my samsung galaxy III and have had it for a week as of today. love it.
24. Slammer posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:58 1
Just becareful. Many software issues occur with Samsung after a few months. After this time, you will not be able to reverse your decision again. You will be stuck with it for two years.
Some hardware issues of the HTC may not appeal to you, but I can assure you that they tend to handle the software better as well as managing a better signal reception. And their durability is awesome. I don't know about you, but that's important to me.
69. jwalker55 posted on 01 Aug 2012, 19:33 1
Nice try, but the GS3 actually has a slightly better performing radio than the EVO 4G LTE.
58. xoicmoon posted on 06 Jul 2012, 11:44 2
The kickstand supports the phone in either landscape views.
20. mclifford81 posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:18 5
The answer to the question as to which phone is better is pretty clear. In every aspect the Evo won out against the GS3 except in Ram memory. As far as sound, performance, camera, video, and ease of use the Evo is the winner. If you rooted both phones and ran a custom rom then thats where things get more interesting. The SGS3 quite possibly would come out the winner with more ram and a processor built specifically for that hardware. So phonearena, just be honest and be straight forward instead of keeping the conclusion vague and non confrontational. The Evo is the clear winner with everything stock.
33. true1984 posted on 28 Jun 2012, 17:12 1
i'd have to disagree with you there. the development community for samsung isnt as good as htc. butgthat might be because sense is open source now and samsung loves to lock down there phones. i had an epic that was rooted with a custom rom until samsung pushed their ota updated for 2.3.6 and relocked my phone while i was asleep. after that i refused to buy another samsung phone
23. doubler86 posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:48 2
Wow and I thought Ray from phone arena was biased. This was probably the worst vs I've ever seen on phonearena. No other reviewer has dismissed the S3 like you did. Also you spent the entire review just talking about the look, feel and interface. It didn't even follow the formula you guys normally do for the videos. Please leave the video review to Jon V. He's the best video reviewer you guys have.
25. androidornothing posted on 28 Jun 2012, 12:07 6
The EVO is a pretty good device no argument there. However I'm sure the Galaxy S3 will beat it out in real life performance. Besides the Sprint versions scores are lower than AT&T Galaxy. AT&T gets over 5200 on quadrant. I've previously owned a HTC phone and I can they are good but HTC always rushes out their phones without that much effort into it. But the galaxy s3 is perfect. It has the best software and it's a more well rounded device.
27. exidor01 posted on 28 Jun 2012, 12:30 0
Why does phonearena show both devices having 1024 mb of RAM?
28. driveme posted on 28 Jun 2012, 12:43 4
This review doesn't make much sense. Im sure some of you have read all the reviews by PA on the Samsung S3 and the EVO and they all prefered the S3. The S3 has been so over reviewed and compared to all other phones on PA over the last month that it was all they could talk about. There review of the EVO was very critical and in every review they preferred the camera on the S3 but here they prefer the EVO. OK now for the real world. I have owned both phones. I really wanted the EVO and I didn't want anything else. I preodered it and I had no plan to get the S3 at all. However, the HTC EVO had many problems right out of the box, to many. Despite the better screen the camera color reproduction was terrible, everybody comes out orange, and bad focus. wosrt than the original EVO. Poor audio player and a frustrating screen with that large black bar at the bottom. The build quality might be a bit better but it doesn't feel better. That premium brushed edge on the EVO is so slippery that it jumps right out of your hand. Despite what someone said earlier if you have that many problems out of the box why would you keep it and wait for a fix. So I returned it and now have the S3. The S3 is the better phone. It beats the EVO in alomst every area. The bench mark means nothing to anyone that has owned both phones. The S3 is a joy to use and has more functions. I wanted to go with the EVO but why would you spend $200 and two year contract for all those problems out of the box. The Smasung S3 has been perfect. Just my two cents.
36. evoMike posted on 28 Jun 2012, 18:25 3
Neither did I. I got one of the first ones out of customs.
50. driveme posted on 29 Jun 2012, 14:30 1
Well you guys are some of the only ones. Go to Sprint forums and you will read over 1000 people that did have all these problems including myself. The camera problem was the worst. The camera on the EVO can't read skin tone. I showed to the Sprint employees and they said that almost all of there first pre oders had this problem but that it might go away. Don't get me wrong, I love the EVO but but many of the first orders had to many problems.
53. true1984 posted on 30 Jun 2012, 13:27 0
yeah you're right but i had already rooted it and flashed a custom rom so that might be why
42. lsutigers posted on 28 Jun 2012, 20:21 2
Wow dude, don't be upset they didnt pick the SGS3, they are both badass phones and please stop saying the EVO has many problems out of the box, it doesn't.
I have experienced NONE of the problems you described above.
46. Hypnotoad posted on 28 Jun 2012, 22:02 1
I also pre-ordered and got one of the first phones shipped, and I've had no problems whatsoever. Some users are experiencing some issues but even the S3 will have problems, so it's silly for anyone to say the S3 is better - it's just better for you. Isn't it great that we live in a time where advances in technology gives us so many cool choices, and we all get to choose what's best for us? ;)
38. molsky posted on 28 Jun 2012, 19:00 2
Wow...great review until you get to the conclusion. Are you kidding me? The Evo cleaned house over the Samsung and it should have. Evo build quality is amazing using high grade materials instead of plain plastic. It's more responsive, better quadrant, better music player, better interface, better call quality, better screen...do I go on? Yet you guys rate it lower..8.5 then the Galaxy. Then you don't choose a winner???
39. jakeeramesajero posted on 28 Jun 2012, 20:11 1
PA...nice review but bad conclusion....I dont think its should go that way. Its either one of the device won or a draw specially both phones are different. Take this as an opportunity... we are anticipating for PA conclusion!
44. letgomyeggroll posted on 28 Jun 2012, 21:16 3
I have the original EVO and getting ready to upgrade to Samsung SIII. Mayabe Evo has better reviews right now. But just like the original it lacks the RAM for long term usage. After you start adding your apps and running it will slow it down even more. This is where Phonearena and other reviewers failed to notice. For long term usage the 2gig RAM will dust the 1 when the user start running all the apps they use. This is the problem I have with the EVO now, I can't run too many apps or even stream a video that much. And for the EVO to have the inclosed battery is what push me away. They are now joining the IPhones for that to make money from the service and accesories. Any smart phones should have swapppable batteries, since none of them last very long. As for the housing of the phone, who cares when most of the user buy covers for them any ways. The bottom line, regardless of the reviews fo the HTC products, the Samsung has better reviews from the end user than the HTC. Especially the camera for the naked eyes.
49. johamsandwich posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:11 2
Sense is bloated. I love it, but it just takes up too much RAM.
Other than the 2GB RAM, the only thing that the S3 does better than the EVO is the battery.
But if you're going to root, the LTEvo community at xda has S-OFF already, and the battery life has been drastically improved. I can last 2 days on a full charge (mild-moderate usage).
Plus, DAT KICKSTAND AND CAMERA BUTTON. ME GUSTA.
57. phoenixpr posted on 04 Jul 2012, 16:09 0
Agree! I wanted the EVO LTE as well, But non removable battery was a deal breaker. 2GB ram a BIG PLUS long term usage. It's really a no brainer SGSIII for me. Now decided to get it on VZW, Sprint or AT&T. TMble only is HSPA no LTE built in, so TMble not an option at all.
45. Mitchel posted on 28 Jun 2012, 21:44 1
I think the Evo 4G LTE slighty edges out the US Galaxy S3.. But International Galaxy S3 will wipe both of them.. F*ck USA Galaxy S3 variants, they always put Samsung into shame especially on updates (because of that f*cking carriers) & inferior chipsets (Crapdragon)..
54. Reepa posted on 03 Jul 2012, 12:08 5
We dont need a rocket scientist to declare the winner here....Sad to say but SG3 lost...sorry sammy
56. driveme posted on 04 Jul 2012, 11:19 1
Your right, It's not like Samsung is about to reach 20 million in sales for the S3 setting an all time record and beating the iphone. Do your research pal, EVO is a great phone, but S3 is even better.