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Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X

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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.

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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
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The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS


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.

The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X

The HTC One X runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI



Messaging:

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.

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III


The on-screen keyboard of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The on-screen keyboard of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X

The on-screen keyboard of the HTC One X


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.


Internet:

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.

The built-in browser of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X

The built-in browser of the HTC One X


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.

The web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
The web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X

The web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III



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.

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posted on 16 May 2012, 08:22 8

1. andro. (Posts: 1999; 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!!

posted on 16 May 2012, 15:37 2

71. hc3000 (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Bender rocks!

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:54

87. sniper1087 (Posts: 515; 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.

posted on 17 May 2012, 15:19 3

94. tedkord (Posts: 12295; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Beats is hype altogether, with or without the headphones.

posted on 17 May 2012, 19:43 1

99. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


the X and S do not come with beats.....what are you talking about

posted on 19 May 2012, 13:56

117. notso (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Your command of the english language underwhelms me.

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:27 5

2. hateftotti (Posts: 202; 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;)

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:47 6

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.

posted on 16 May 2012, 09:17 6

25. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Samsung Fanboy

posted on 16 May 2012, 11:06 9

54. SleepingOz (unregistered)


You're actually the Samsung hater. =]

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:10 1

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

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:27 1

3. mercorp (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


No beats.clarify.

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:28 3

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!

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:38

9. andro. (Posts: 1999; 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.

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:30 4

5. hung2900 (Posts: 956; 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.

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:35 6

8. hung2900 (Posts: 956; 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.

posted on 16 May 2012, 09:16 11

24. Ray.S (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


The video will be up very soon! :P

posted on 16 May 2012, 09:38

40. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; 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

posted on 17 May 2012, 01:34 1

80. Ray.S (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Sorry about that. It's fixed now!

posted on 16 May 2012, 09:57 2

47. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Don't forget the removable battery, which you neglected to mention Ray S

posted on 24 May 2012, 00:30

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.

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:32 11

6. intos (Posts: 90; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


htc is much much beautifull and its seems more expensice

posted on 16 May 2012, 09:18 1

27. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


expensive*

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:13 3

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.

posted on 28 May 2012, 06:59

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

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:34 9

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

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:50 6

15. wendygarett (unregistered)


Just wait and see the comparison with iphone4s, then you may have different conclusion :D

posted on 16 May 2012, 09:05 5

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

posted on 16 May 2012, 09:12

22. wendygarett (unregistered)


Ya you're probably (definitely) right...

posted on 16 May 2012, 10:44 2

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.

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