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HTC One X vs Apple iPhone 4S

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Apr 2012, 08:30

The HTC One X has been one of the most-anticipated handsets for the first half of this year, and for a reason – this is the first phone powered by a quad-core processor, and not only that. The One X seems like a dream come true for every geek with passion for smartphones. However, it's not only specs these days, so you can't judge a device by its specs sheet. It is time for the One X to go through the ultimate test. It's time for it to face the iPhone 4S!...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 02:14 2

90. ZetanAlaz (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

yeah right Ray, iCompare and iReview...

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 04:27

94. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

"The downside is that it takes time to load these widgets, and thus you're sometimes presented with a “Loading...” screen"
Jesus Christ! Quad Core and still lagging.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:27

99. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Well which is going to use more cpu processing -- a list of icons or live updated widgets that load graphics and information? Considering most android phones throttle down their actual CPU use on the homescreen to conserve battery, a little lag isn't abnormal. Of course, I haven't seen this phone running with widgets on screen so who knows?

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:06 1

102. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the loading is generally due to information downloading not from processor lag.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 13:00

103. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

^^^^^^ he tells the truth

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 05:21 1

96. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)

I think this is a biased review for the following reasons.
You do care if it is Apple.
You ignore or do not give weightage to the goodies in the ONE X while you claim the limitations of the iPhone to be good things.
You claim that it is up to individual tastes for the body design and feel. Yet you claim "WE prefer...." surprise surprise... the iPhone. Who's WE?
You claim the iPhone pics to be better but I found mixed results there. Based on your own samples, I think the HTC pics were more realistic while the iPhone added false saturation. The indoor pics of the HTC are "clearly" better.
You claim the iPhone is good because it is simple and it is simple because it has 4x4 icons? Is there any other way? Can't you have 4x4 icons on the HTC? You can.
You even claim that it is a GOOD thing!!! that the iPhone has really no customisation.
You claim the iPhone is a standard because it is popular. Low end Nokia phones were more popular earlier. So, would you start comparing with those now? A professional reviewer should understand the difference between popular and standard.
These 2 phones are really not comparable. They are in different classes with the HTC being higher and I infer that from your review itself.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:59 1

100. megabok (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)

the winner is very apparent right before the duel begin. its iphonearena after all.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:26 1

101. gtrxman (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

I get that PA generally favors the iPhone, but I think this comparison is quite fair. HTC has been having their problems in making a compelling phone lately. Their designs are all similar, with most phones sharing the same drawbacks of weight, battery life, lag with Sense. Lately they have been having trouble with the basics:

-HTC has been trumpeting the new camera on this unit, but the pictures really look like garbage next to the iPhone.

-Flash is a dying tech, but until all websites move to HTML 5, it is necessary. For a flagship ICS quad core phone to stumble on a web page is simply unacceptable.

-Sloppy keyboard execution, come on now.

-Beats is just an EQ setting that ruins the music. Give me a flat response and code a 7 band EQ into the player and I can tailor the music how I like it, to match the earphones I'm using, not how some dumbass rapper likes it.

I think the review was quite fair. All too often, Android manufacturers race to offer the hottest new processor/display/gpu, etc., and forget that first and foremost these are multi-purpose communication devices which we actually use. I personally don't care if there's a quad core or dual core processor since it won't matter in 99% of the usage. Efficient coding is much more important than a marginal increase in processor speed. Give me a fast dual core, adequate memory, a radio that connects quickly and stays connected to the network

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 13:56 3

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

I don't agree with your comment regarding camera, I saw other reviews and saw the zoomed in comparison between the two devices. They both has their good and bad. I don't think iPhone 4S camera was more superior at all after comparing the two.

Other than that, that you claim the design of HTC are all similar. If that's the case iPhone design haven't changed one bit either. I think you need to look around at reviews from other tech sites and see if this review was fair or not after. I think you haven't seen any of the other sites' reviews, therefore you having these kind of opinions. I've read 5 reviews from different sites yesterday, each giving One X a good review. The good review I saw this week on PhoneArena is the review done on One S, which I don't feel there's any bias.

Please also note, Beats could be turned off if you read Pocket-lint's review.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 16:46

110. gtrxman (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

Gotta love all the thumbs downs from the HTC fanboys. Why can't anyone be objective? Just look at the nasty purple pictures on this test. Maybe it was a bad unit, but compared to the iPhone, the One's pictures just plain suck.

Regarding HTC design, if I put a Rezound and a Thunderbolt next to each other with no branding, do you really think you could tell the difference without booting it up? Both are big bricks with rounded corners. Design is in part, a matter of personal taste. My point was that the HTC designs have been bland lately. I am most certainly not an iPhone fan, but with regard to design, it is a thing of beauty. All Android manufacturers need to differentiate themselves. HTC has not made anything remotely interesting lately and their recent decline in market share is evidence. I'm not knocking them, just stating my observations.

Maybe the One is a great phone, but given the observations in this test, I think the conclusions are fair.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 17:00 4

105. TMach (Posts: 466; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

If you have not used the One x, try and refrain from voicing an opinion! You are kidding no one and simply demonstrating your ignorance and bias. I have used this handset for precisely 30 hours, the battery is still at 50%, granted that is with the phone alive for 16 hours and I have not seen any lag, in fact, it is simply blazing fast! Do not confuse the phone loading with lag, two entirly different things. The iPhone 4S is an extremely competent phone but it is just that and nothing else when compared to this. It is matter of preference and having/owning both, I seriously doubt using my iP4s ever again, except in extreme circumstances or as an iPod or simply for something different.

Do not believe what you read but yes, this phone has a big screen which I love but it looks and feels smaller than the Galaxy Nexus and it is simply a gorgeous design! Looks like I may sell my Xperia S having experienced quad core but I would hate to part with this handset (best dual core out there)! My two cents worth!!

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 02:47

106. mike.messiah (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

There should be a way to sue biased and unproffessioanal reviewers like these.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 04:46 1

107. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

used the one x at a store....let me paraphrase...there was a friggin line to just "use" the phone. The tactics of the store was amazing ....they told us to transfer a video of our choice to the phone ....now i did not know this...so there i was watching a scene from the pirates of the carib on the phone drooling over the display (not literally) dunno if it is splash resistant or not :P. It was clear as anything i have seen on an LED tv. Then suddenly this dude next to me told me that he uploaded a regular 350 mb movie downloaded from piratebay which are usually tagged for iphones. I was like "DAMN!!" it looked like a blu ray vid!!. Not much of a paraphrase i apologize for that but the iphone which i also respect for holding its own in the reign of Droids looked like a phone and that's it...it looked like "a" phone. So One X you are refreshing. Saving money and owning you soon.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:25

114. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

The droid rage here is strong. Fandroids are pissed!! Lol

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 08:08 1

116. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

taco, your mom is calling, its dinner time. if you have tacos for dinner, does that make it cannibalism?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 03:12

117. poldan (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

To all,
i think we should stop commenting on this article, in fact, we all should stop reading article from this website. so many uncompetent reviewer in this website.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 08:51

118. androidrocks (Posts: 62; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)

here goes another iReview...
Ray, you must be blind...blinded by the one X screen clarity...better change the website's name to iphonearena.it would make sense...
and one last word,dont ever compare flagships with the outdated over priced icrap...you dont even deserve to be called a reviewer...Ray,you are a noob!

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 21:43

120. htconeclub.com (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)

We wrote an awesome write up of how apple positioned themselves in the market against others and why they will soon lose their edge. Check it here :http://www.htconeclub.com/htc-one-x-vs-iphone-anal ysis-and-you/

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