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HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III - first look

0. phoneArena posted on 26 Feb 2013, 12:55

HTC's handset is truly a thoughtful design, and a proof that a big-screen phone doesn't have to be all-plastic to be light and comfortable to hold, but can come wrapped in premium materials with great success, too. Granted, the S III is thinner, but that doesn't really feel as an advantage, rather the HTC One feels more solid in the hand because of the extra girth, and easier to grip. The One is also more narrow and elongated, which helps operate it with just one hand and your thumb better than the S III...

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posted on 26 Feb 2013, 18:44 4

53. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

There's actually a lot of people who didn't mind the speakers. I for one don't mind the loss of .3in for nice loud speaker sounds. HTC's loud speakers had always been tinny and hard to hear.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 13:20 4

8. breathlesstao (unregistered)

Plastic feels cheaper than aluminum. ... That's something I don't hear very often!

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 13:21

9. smallworld (Posts: 503; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


posted on 26 Feb 2013, 13:24 9

10. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

The HTC is a looker alright, but nearly every HTC product I've ever owned has been a lemon so I don't think I'll be buying another one. I had to return my wife's One S three times.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 15:32 4

25. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

You must not know how to operate a phone...

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 17:52 2

44. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

No he knows how to operate one fine. 4 ot of 4 of my HTC phones had at least one major issue. I can probably guess what was wrong with his wife's One S and get it right.

It either had one or more of the following.

-The black anodized lighting struck coating or whatever they called it started chipping for no reason.

- She wasn't receiving all of her notifications in the notification tray.

- Her background tasks were closing for no reason.

- the phone wouldn't recognize being plugged in all the time.

- Dead pixel/dust

- Rattling volume rocker

-ear piece hiss

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 18:47 3

54. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Must be pretty tough luck for you. I have 2 HTC devices, and not one has any problems... Well, I did screw up my Desire HD screen, but that's not because it was faulty... Another friend of mine has a Sensation, Amaze and One X, and no problems at all. I'm not invalidating your experience, but not everyone will have the same experience.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:43

66. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

i wish i could say that was the norm but each of those phone i've either had or spent time with i know for sure the problems are there its a known issues list a mile long

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 15:50

90. LDnb6 (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)

i have had 2 Sensations (lost one) and both worked perfectly and i max my phone on a regular basis... i change roms every couple of days if not more when XDA sensation forms are really buzzing.... and IDK about the the one S to much but what cell phone do u have that doesn't have a little ear piece hiss(that what u get for buy mid- range)

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 19:21 3

59. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

@ taters that must suck that u had a bad experience that u had problems with htc phones. I like gwuhua1984 havent had a problem with an htc phone. I had evo 3d, desire hd and htc sensation and not one problem yes not one problem. Same with sony phones I noticed everyone on here bitchez bout sony phones but once I got am xperia ion and not one problem till I gave it to my mom cuz she had no phone. Then I got a samsung galaxy s3 and it had overheating issues battery would get really hot I had to return it , decided to get galaxy note 2 had problems with the speaker and couldnt hear people when I was in a call had to return it got a second galaxy note 2 so far its been kinda ok so yea just like u had a crappy experience with htc phones I had em with samsung.. so most likely when this phone comes out ill be getting it.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:42

65. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

no they operate it just fine i see them everyday screw up and people have friends with plastic phones with a "cartoonish" look that performs way better with every aspect and they can still swap out memory and battery oh the one of the worlds most popular and strongest devices silly samsung they should make a phone out of rock and use sense that'll make people buy even more than has already been purchased

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 15:11

93. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

I only had a problem with their phones years ago. The first HTC I had was the Touch Pro. Now that was a low quality phone. That phone was replaced with the Touch Pro 2 and I found it to be a good quality phone. Then my HTC Evo 4G was rock solid.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 18:32

51. redmd (Posts: 1367; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I find your story somehow not uncommon.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 13:30

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

I'm so tired of RAY S. this is a nice comparison

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 14:28 3

15. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

HTC One is a great phone, no doubt. But I'm pretty sure it won't sell globally.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 14:50 9

20. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

how do you know?

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 15:46 5

28. nasznjoka (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

because it lacks a selling point. just mention one strong

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 22:52 3

75. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

You could literally list every single seperate spec on this device and they could constitute a "selling point." Ignorant post.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 08:52 3

85. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

There are two things that make up a great phone. Specs and Marketing. Both handsets here have topnotch specs (when they were released respectively, of course). But Samsung knows his way through consumers. HTC., on the other hand, barely scratches the surface when it comes to publicity. A lot of folks doesn't even know HTC as a brand.

So tough luck on selling globally. :)

posted on 10 Mar 2013, 20:44

114. israinwet (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)

what's going to be it's selling point after march 14th?

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 08:34

110. TMach (Posts: 465; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

The whole package is the selling point! It rocks, period.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 14:41 3

17. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)

I understand that they're comparing the One to the S3 as they're both the current flagship models, but I'm looking forward to next month when we'll be able see S4 compared to this, the Z and the S3.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 14:44 11

18. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

samsung SIII looks so cheap when you see it side by side with the One!

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 15:27 6

23. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

people still buy the s3 though because of its capability and its performance.. i'm not sure about how well the one will sell.. specially when the s4 is just arround the corner..

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 15:45 5

27. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

that maybe true, but the capability and performance of the One far exceeds the s3. People want to see what Sammy brings with the S4. But saying this won't sell well cause the s4 is right around the corner is a load of s***. People seriously need to get out of the mentality thinking Samsung is the popular,cool place to be on android.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 16:30 3

31. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

the only capability the one exceeds from the s3 is just the ultrapixel i think.. lol.. the s3 has multi window and a bunch of you may say "gimmick" features but it's actualy usefull when you need it.. yes the htc one is totaly kill the s3 with its benchmark but in real life performance i bet the difference isn't beyond heaven or hell.. cause i know the s3 is fast enought for just browsing the internet or just opening an app even when you compare by today's standard.. i know it because i use it and i love it despite it looks cheap.. just my opinion..

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 17:55 3

45. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I don't think it looks cheap. Do people even pick up those prepaid phones these days? The plastics that LG and Samsung use are pretty solid.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 18:10

47. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

for some people it looks cheap while actually i don't quite agree with them.. and agree actually they feel very firm and pretty solid although it's not as durable as the gs2..

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 16:36 2

33. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

The one looks like an awesome phone and considering it came out almost a year later than the s3 should be no surprise that it exceeds it in performance...even if the s4is just as good as the one you can pretty much guarantee that the s4 will outsell the one...it doesn't mean its a better product am just saying sales wise it will probably destroy it...

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 08:38

111. TMach (Posts: 465; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Agree, and that is simply because HTC sucks at marketing and really do their excellent products a disservice! Good to see Sony also actually marketing their phones properly now which made them the second best selling android phones in the UK last year after Samsung.

HTC really needs to up its game in the marketing area otherwise, they will be going to the wall which would be a shame. Can anyone imagine, HTC quality products being marketed by Samsung or the Fruit company? Their sales would be through the roof.

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