Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
With so many differences, one would think that there must be at least something that's the same the Galaxy S III and One X. Think again, as the gap between their offerings remains just as wide when it comes to their user experiences. Yeah, both devices run on Android 4 ICS, but the proprietary interfaces used by each company are very different.
The Galaxy S III comes with a new version of the TouchWiz, called TouchWiz Nature UX. The Nature UX is probably the best thing that has ever happened to TouchWiz, as the UI has become prettier and more polished than it used to be. Plus, Samsung has done well in getting rid of the clutter in the form of the numerous options that popped up here or there. Now, many of those options and settings are still there, but they are hidden much better, in a way that makes the basic part of the UI relatively intuitive and simple.
The improvements done to HTC's Sense UI have had a similar direction. With Sense 4.0, HTC wanted to create a much simpler, yet differentiated user experience, realizing that its interface had become way too cluttered. For the most part, the company has succeeded, but there still room for improvement. Basically, the area where HTC has failed is in making its UI straightforward and intuitive. Where Samsung has added a smart little tip that intros the user to a somewhat more advanced functionality of the device, HTC has chosen to put a fancy transition, often making the experience harder to understand.
Although both the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X have very similarly sized screens, typing on the on-screen keyboard of the Galaxy S III is much more comfortable, because of its superior design (which is actually much more closed to the stock keyboard of ICS). Unfortunately, the keyboard of the One X is somewhat cluttered with additional buttons, and the specific color scheme doesn't make things as easy to see as they should be for comfortable fast typing to be possible.
Of course, you can always search for a third-party keyboard in Google Play to replace the built-in one, but this only shows that Samsung has gotten one more thing right, while HTC didn't.
A flawless web browsing, especially then this involves the rendering of Flash content, requires top-notch hardware. Thankfully, both contenders here are equipped with more than enough system resources to handle extreme web browsing and provide a satisfying experience. Unfortunately, it's only the Galaxy S III that really succeeds in this, as the One X tends to be quite laggy when it comes to zooming. It literally takes a couple of seconds at times for the handset to re-flow and realign the text of a page once you've zoomed in. To make things even more disorienting, text re-flow is accompanied by a blink animation, the idea of which is probably to signal that the action is completed, but all it does is to confuse the user. And while the blinking can be turned off from the settings, the slow text re-flow continues. Unfortunately, third-party browsers are also performing sub-par on this phone.
In contrast, the Galaxy S III has an exceptional web browser, one of the very best that are on the market. It never stops to think for a second – everything happens smoothly and instantaneously. To top it off, Flash Player performance is amazing with this phone, ultimately proving the Galaxy S III to be the much better offering if you browse the web a lot using your phone.
Processor and memory:
The Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X sport the best hardware out there.
On one hand, we have the Galaxy S III with its 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor. This is combined with the ARM Mali-400/MP4 GPU and a gig of RAM. It goes without saying that the system performance of the Galaxy S III is spectacular – everything is smooth and snappy.
On the other, there's the HTC One X using a 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 SoC, also coupled with a gig of RAM. The One X also runs very smoothly, but there's a random slowdown observed every now and then, and Sense 4.0 doesn't really feel like the most stable user interface out there. During our testing, it restarted at least a few times, without any obvious reason.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy S III||5335||12016||58,6|
|HTC One X||4848||11024||47,4|
While the HTC One X comes with 32GB of built-in memory and no microSD card slot, the Galaxy S III comes in three variants: with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of internal memoery. In addition, it also offers the comfort of having a microSDXC card slot, which allows you to install a memory card of up to 64GB, if you happen to need more storage.
1. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
This is a class of the titans. I've yet to see a galaxy s3 in the flesh so i've holded off buying a one x till i can seen them side by side.
The One X aswell as the One S are currently coming with free beats headphones and we are selling out of them weekly,it'll be interesting to see in a few weeks how the sales battles will go with the s3 out!!
87. sniper1087 (Posts: 331; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
What? From what I heard they come with beats audio, no beats headphones, the headphones are whatever htc bundles with, o beats brand on them. Beats audio is only better if you buy the headphones which means more money to invest.
94. tedkord (Posts: 4268; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Beats is hype altogether, with or without the headphones.
99. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
the X and S do not come with beats.....what are you talking about
117. notso (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Your command of the english language underwhelms me.
2. hateftotti (Posts: 134; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Just S III and nothing else...
Wait to see WP8 version of GS III and then WP goes for Samsung too;)
11. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
Yes, history repeats, gs2 outperformed sensation last year.
So if any one buys HTC one x international ,.. wil see again what they say lasy year,.. galaxy beating htc..again.
But in US version SoC are same crapdragon s4.. so difficult to choose.
25. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
54. SleepingOz (unregistered)
You're actually the Samsung hater. =]
108. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Not the biggest fan .
But i dont hate Samsung
I hate their loud Fanboys always bashing Apple's tail keep saying themselve on android side but actually on Samsung side , check this article for example .
Samsung make a lot of stuff in house and supply it to other companies .
So like it or not your phone will have something samsung in it and i prefer it that way
4. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
What? Free Beats headphones? Since when, how, who?
I bought the One S and it came with a kick in the butt instead of ANY headphone!
9. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
The availability depends on your location geographically,Initial batchs of the phones didn't have beats headsets bundled in the phones but in the last few weeks they have been. I've even seen the One V with beats headsets bundled with the now. Bare in mind they ibeats inear headsets which are bundled with the phones not over ear headsets.
5. hung2900 (Posts: 765; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
I can predict the conclusion easily because PA marked GS3 9.3 point while One X had onlly 7.8 point.
8. hung2900 (Posts: 765; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
I've read all of the article already. It's a good review although i think it'll be better if there is a comparison video.
40. Retro-touch (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
The s3 comes in 3 versions, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with ability to expand with 64GB and also there is 50GB of dropbox for 2 years you should correct your reviews and head-to-head against the One X, it was officially announced from the beginning don't know why you keep rehashing your words without getting your facts straight as a reviewer
47. Retro-touch (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Don't forget the removable battery, which you neglected to mention Ray S
124. Edsaxy (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 May 2012)
If only one can understand what the designer and technologist had in mind than seriously honestly than we can give the guys the best credit of their marvels.
6. intos (Posts: 85; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
htc is much much beautifull and its seems more expensice
27. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
64. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
are you going to use it or boast about it?
that's the main question.
if the first one get S III.
137. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)
htc is much much ugly and if you did't see both devices with you eyes don't say such things. one x is ugly
7. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Thank you Ray S. for a good non-biased article. It seems as of late the bias is disappearing quite a bit. Except toward HTC lol
15. wendygarett (unregistered)
Just wait and see the comparison with iphone4s, then you may have different conclusion :D
20. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Im actually starting to respect Ray actually. If he doesn't like HTC or android in general and prefers the iphone its his opinion not mine. I have mine, he has his, you have yours, and so on
22. wendygarett (unregistered)
Ya you're probably (definitely) right...
51. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
same here. if Ray or someone else likes iphone or any other device, then its a personal choice. all we want is an unbiased and honest opinion. again a good job done Ray.
52. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
If someone was to write a review for a professional tech blog, I don't think a writer should hold any personal opinion in the article that he/she wrote. The comparison reviews should provide the pros and cons, the advantages and disadvantages of the devices. Then based on the facts given in the article, the readers could decide themselves on the winner.
If it's a personal blog, then it's a different case.
74. barondebxl (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
What you asking is logically not possible. Every tech site will have different ways and different opinions of a phone, you have to have a personal opinion.
89. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
That's where you're wrong, the personal opinion come from unprofessional writing. Anyone who at least took high school English will be taught to be objective within a research assignment without leaving personal opinion. So it is possible, is just most people choose not to.
I do agree that the One X has a lot of problem, but none that can't be fixed. The writing of this article needs to be more objective, especially the conclusion, where the writer just pretty much bashes the HTC device. To me, GSMArena's comparison shows much more professionalism even tho they do show opinions.
138. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)
there is no such thing as objectivity. There is always something which is not objective and that why people have different opinions. For you one thing is objective for me is other thing so there is objectivity
156. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
If he has his opinion then he should not be a reporter !!
A reporter always has to be NEUTRAL !!
10. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you and I are going to continue to butt heads over plastic.. lol
just for reference, both phones are made out of the exact same plastic, which is the same used in the Nokia 900. they just have different finishes on that plastic. a small adjustment needed in an otherwise good review.
so basically the oneX doesn't hold a candle. there went HTCs hope of a big come back. between s4 supply issues, software issues, and now import issues... its not the START HTC needs.
30. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
s3 is not polycarbonate unibody , just regular plastic right ?
After holding a Black OneS i can say that its the best phone to hold and feel for now .
But would i buy one ? No , quad core OneX for me please .
Although my friend says OneS better as cheaper , snapdragon 4 , amoled screen , better design
60. taz89 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 03 May 2011)
no its not polycarbonate unibody as it has removable battery but the back is made out of polycarbone still so if the material of the one x and lumia is considered premium then so should the s3's...the fact that the battery is removable should be considered a bonus...also regardless if a phone is unibody or not it should matter how the phone feels when all the pieces are together.
85. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Apple and HTC is always talking about their unibody design
95. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
they are unibody, the SGS3 is not.. thats what taz was saying.
110. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
32. ph00ny (Posts: 582; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Not to mention the fact that samsung uses magnesium frame under the plastic. GS2 was damn impressive with 0 flex or creak
36. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
37. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Actually yes i can vouch for him. My epic touch has betterbuild quality creak wise and sturdyness wise than my old evo, my inspire, the echo i had, and every other phone ive owned
107. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
all i know is the s2 is a tough bitch
My father dropped his on shoulder height and its still works fine
But isnt Unibody better ?
There is a survey that most people dont want SD slots or removable batteries why samsung put them in anyway
111. taz89 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 03 May 2011)
it depends how the phone is built to be honest,sometimes oems make removable back so when it drops the back cover comes off which somehow reduces the chance of damage...lol cant remember where i read this again but its what i read..again probably not with all phones and depends on the design..personally unibody feels better in the hand but for me i need the removable battery and sd slot so for me the sacrifice of a unibody design for those 2 features is worth it.
13. wendygarett (unregistered)
I have a bad feelings that ray still hate oneX eventhough he didnt mentioned it XP
14. kylehudsons (Posts: 48; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
Well, for my comparison I think both are on par...
With the spec sheets and all I say both are Number 1....
16. Diego! (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Great review. And it's up to personal taste, but the last sentences made everything clear, if you need everything snappy and fast, you should buy Samsung Galaxy S III and that's what I will be doing. I may wait a little bit tough, because I wanna see Samsung's WP 8 version of Galaxy S III. With Exynos and WP 8 as OS, that will rock indeed! :D
17. gearboxboi (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 May 2012)
Wonder how much Samsung and Apple is paying Ray S. Hmmm...
31. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
i think apple pay him more
But thats a good thing as it may boost apple's sales more
18. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Samsung must make every phone with the highest quality material in order to compete with Apple. Currently Samsung make phones with all plastic materials looks and feels cheap.
140. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)
it is not plastic and if you want phone made of glass and when you drop it to throw it into the basket ok then buy iphone (iphones actually) and both one x and s3 looks better enough
19. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
In my opinion it just shows how far behind samsung is compared to apple. I'm not speaking in general but about s assistant. They wanted to make something similar and probalby better than siri and they failed. That's a gimmick.
That's the main difference. When apple does something it is polished (mostly). Samsung (the others too) makes an imitation trying to catch up rotten apple.
Haters and no-haters.
I don't like neither samsung nor apple.
I just thought it would be funny to see "assistant results" and who is better.
106. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
ever tried updating a samsung device via KIES ?
That piece of stupid software will drive you nuts
Samsung Fanboys have never touched KIES
Tried to update my dad's GS2 on sunday and that software is unstable , slow , always fails to connect the phone or simply said Update FAIL .
At least sensation have OTA update