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HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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When we started doing this comparison, we thought that the HTC One X will have an easy win in the camera department. Little did we know that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will actually outclass its opponent!

In terms of their camera applications, the One X is the better-equipped handset, seeing that it presents us with some cool features such as having a camera shutter and video recording button displayed at the same time, meaning that you won't have to switch between photo and video mode. In addition, the One X has the Best Shot feature which allows you to pick the best looking picture among a series of quickly taken shots. Both cameras are also very fast, but the One X has a slight edge, allowing you to focus, take and save a photo in a shorter amount of time, compared to the Nexus.

Camera interface of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Camera interface of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Camera interface of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The tweaks that HTC has done to the camera software, however, somehow lose their significance when you take shots from both handsets and put them next to each other. This is when it becomes apparent that the Nexus, which isn't among the greatest camera phones out there, manages to produce more detailed photographs, along with more natural-looking colors (the ones from the One X often have a purple shade to them). The only aspects where the Nexus is slightly worse than the One X is exposure, as sometimes the brightly-lit objects in its images come out a bit overexposed.

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Samsung Galaxy NexusIndoor samples - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy NexusIndoor samples - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy NexusIndoor samples - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy NexusIndoor samples - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

1080p video recording with both phones is about the same. The Nexus has a very slight advantage in terms of smoothness, while the One X has a very slight advantage in terms of image quality. The One X, however, has the better sound capture.

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Multimedia:

Multimedia consumption is the area where having a large screen real estate really pays off. In this respect, both the Galaxy Nexus and One X are wonderful phones to watch video or play games on. We do think, though, that the One X is a bit better, because of its higher-quality display and louder speaker. Really, the One X probably has the best phone display to watch video on!

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