HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
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We are comparing the international versions of the HTC One X and the Galaxy Note, and most of it save for the LTE connectivity, is valid for the US versions as well.


The Samsung Galaxy Note bully is not just the record holder in screen size among high-end phones, it also comes with a baseball bat to crush the competition, in the form of a stylus. This actually puts it in a category of its own, but for the sake of the comparison with another giant - the HTC One X - we’ll pretend that size doesn’t matter.

Once you go big, you might never look back - valid as much for banks as for smartphones now. If you’d told us just two years ago that we will be comparing a phone with a 4.7” display to one with a 5.3-incher as if it’s no big deal, we’d be recommending a full mental checkup.

Yet here we are, comparing HTC’s high-end for the year - the One X - with the phone Samsung took a big risk with and won - the 5.3” Galaxy Note. We say won, since it has sold millions to date, backed by a lofty marketing campaign, whereas the HTC One X has only been around for a few weeks, but the Taiwanese already pledged that its One series trio will receive the best marketing attention the company’s ever done too.

So which one of these gigantic and expensive phones should tickle your fancy? Read on to find out...


The Samsung Galaxy Note is actually pretty well done in terms of size and weight, considering the display diagonal. It’s bearable if you have larger palms, but we won’t pretend that one-handed operation is viable on it with anything, including typing. The 5.3” size of the screen has other virtues, but the phone being comfortable to hold in not one of them. Thankfully the handset is less than 1mm thicker than the One X, so you can slip it in a back or even a baggy front pocket, but it’s way more suited for a purse or a handbag, which might explain why Samsung threw so much money to position it amongst women, and offering the Note in pink.

The HTC One X is no small potatoes with its 4.7” screen either, but the so-called “Infiniti Display” is made to seem as if falling off the sides, despite the normal amount of bezel around it, and the phone is made of unibody polycarbonate, making it compact, light and durable. This brought along a sealed battery compartment, lack of microSD card slot and a micro SIM card, though, and those are easily accessible on the Note by just prying off the thin back cover over the 2500mAh battery, which is a huge plus.

The S Pen stylus is what drew many to the Note, and it’s not only from nostalgia. Stashed in the lower left corner of the back, it is unfortunately not very easy to draw out quickly, but you get used to it with time. There is no arguing that it is more natural to scribble down an address, reminder or a shopping list quickly on the huge screen of the Note than to type it on even the most comfortable on-screen keyboard, but in reality if that’s the only use you find for the Note’s stylus, you’d better look elsewhere. Samsung touts drawing design sketches, directions, floorplans and whatnot with it, so if that’s your thing, the Note is certainly for you.

The One X actually has a pretty cool Notes app, which allows you to doodle with your finger on the screen, and if you master it enough, it could serve as a partial substitute to the stylus frenzy around the Note.


You have to be really picky to tell the PenTile pixel matrix arrangement on the Note with its 1280x800 pixels of resolution. You've got to stuff the phone in your face and examine solid colors like the green in the battery icon, or the red in Contacts up close and personal to notice an alternative pixel arrangement.

Yet the 4.7” Super LCD2 HD display on the HTC One X is one of the best, if not the best LCD screen on a smartphone we’ve seen to date. It just doesn’t have a weak spot. Granted, at first look the saturated colors of the HD Super AMOLED display on the Note are more appealing to the eye, but the colors on the One X are vibrant enough, too. Its contrast is very good as well, even though the blacks still look greyish compared to the infinite contrast of the AMOLED screen, which in its turn has the typical cold colors those Samsung screens exhibit.

Amazingly enough, the viewing angles are almost on par on both phones, but the One X has a huge advantage in terms of display brightness, which is pretty important if you want to use the phone comfortably outdoors. The Galaxy Note is brighter than the Galaxy S II, for instance, but no match for the luminous screen on the One X.

HTC One X 360-degrees View:

Samsung GALAXY Note 360-degrees View:

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1. varungh

Posts: 1; Member since: May 07, 2012

one x wins!! :D

2. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

Well in my opinion, the HTC One X really has nothing special apart from it's beautiful display and speedy processor. In every other respect it's just like every other phone and falls short in some categories. Heck, it's not the only player in the quad core game anymore, with the Galaxy SIII right around the corner. The Note, on the other hand, is and will be the only phone to exceed 5 inches and have a stylus, and just simply works. You could take a look at the sales. In short, NOTE WINS!

5. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Yeah I agree with you, nothing really special with one x. Its just the same with other phones. The note has stylus, the first with 5.3 inch screen and hd resolution. Your one x just catching up with samsunghas already have. Yap the sales also its pretty obvious.

3. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Why compare that? they are very different and not for the same customers

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Hmm. Galaxy Note is a bigger SII with a stylus and 200Mhz more, and ICS is already a bigger factor me. HTC One X vs SGS III ASAP when it releases please, and if I make a request, can we have John V do it?

10. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

ICS is coming for Note this month or the following (for the US variant)


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Can't wait to get hold ov it on Wednesday, I have the oneX and the awaiting note....

33. thelegend6657 unregistered

is there a need to downgrade to the note ?

48. kunalkapur34

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

why u want so

35. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

CONTINUE TO USE THE ONE X! Trust me! its better than the Note, a lot more better. stylus? no problem. go buy stylus and it'll be almost the same as the note.

8. quryous

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

They are both nice, and all, but I still think I'll wait until lots more features are adopted and integrated in to the Galaxy Note 2.

9. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Both are eccellent phones, maybe the software comparision would be fair after Note's ICS update

11. ryan_dcruz

Posts: 2; Member since: May 07, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note FTW. Nothing new about the HTC One X except for the heavily marketed quad-core. Which quite frankly majority of Smartphone users dont ever require. No obvious benefits. Galaxy Note has the massive 5.3inch screen and the ever useful S-Pen going for it. And above all the mammoth 2500mah battery :))) Having said that though, if you still feel you require a quad core processor rather than a dual core....go for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy SIII :)

12. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

the G Note here, i am pretty sure ICS will put it on par with recently Quad Cores if not better.

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I have seen people that have purchased the note hardly ever use the stylus.. and is simply to big.. when using it as a phone not a tablet... and those are the characteristics of the Note.. One X wins in my mind

14. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

And you'll change your mind after using Note

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

honestly have not use it personally but I will soon...

17. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

yeah coz you have the habit of using 3.5 inch display lol

16. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

One x - better processor, sharper screen, much lighter, more compact Note - bigger screen, s-pen, sd card support, removable battery Although comparing them is hard, they are very close on the points table

23. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

Note has the better screen imo, only reason OneX has a shraper image is b/c of it's smaller screen = higher PPI. But the Note has the higher resolution.

18. calirocker394

Posts: 8; Member since: May 03, 2012

Wish the note would come to T-Mobile:(

34. thelegend6657 unregistered

Cant you Americans just buy unlokced instead of keep wishing/complaining ?

19. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

The note is a great phone. I own the att version.. I cant wait for the note 2 :-)

20. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Be rational people please. I can't believe some people are arguing that the Note is a better overall device because they think there's nothing is "special" about the One X. What is this "special" component that the One is missing and how does the Note possess it? One X has a better screen, better processor, its thinner, and has a beautiful design that I believe looks way better than the Notes plastic casing. The Note does have an SD slot and removable battery but other than size there is nothing "special" about the Note. 0.3 inches of extra screen space is simple not a rational reason to say that the note is a better device. It's not. The One X is a better overall device. I don't see it any other way. Prove me wrong.

25. ryan_dcruz

Posts: 2; Member since: May 07, 2012

Im betting you own You ask whats unique about the Galaxy Note?!?!? One word....S-Pen! !!!! Oh & id prefer being able to remove/replace batterys. ..oh & the extra space via removeable micro sd cards. Sigh n those one X suckers can only dream of a 2500mah battery!

27. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

You can click on my username and see. I own an international One X and I have briefly used the Note for my own comparison purposes. I understand the Note comes with a stylus Samsung has deemed the "S-Pen" but, although it may very well be wonderful (It was not included in my comparison) is not a factor in my argument. I am referring specifically to the devices aesthetic attractiveness and the capabilities of the hardware/software itself and not accessories like stylus and removable batteries and SD cards. I do understand that accessories effects consumers and appreciate that the Note does have/allow such accessories to be used with it but, I do not believe such accessories should effect a raw comparison of the two stand alone devices capabilities. I believe that when to comes to both aesthetic and capabilities of the phones themselves the One X wins in more categories then the Note.

26. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

Well see you're saying the extra 0.3 inches is simple, but the already snappy 1.4GHz dual core processor is not enough, that you must have a quad core processor to get tasks for a smartphone done. The gap between dual core smartphones and computers is already thin enough, the gap between quad core smartphones is only marginally thinner, if not at all. Also, what's the reason you buy a certain phone in the first place? It has something no other phone has and that thing is something that you might find very useful in your life. Sure, plastic, all the phones have plastic and HTC isn't plastic, but if you think about it, nearly 9 out of every 10 users who can afford a smartphone also afford covers, and what do we do with these covers... We cover the backplate, whether it's as crappy as the Note's plate or as durable as the One X's. Now as for the display, it's all about opinion. I don't mean to sound biased, I like the sound of an infinite contrast ratio. I like my blacks being black and whites being white, not a shade of grey. Also a lot of you just forget about this little detail that HTC praised so much and that is camera. Samsung didn't really talk about the Note's camera but it takes some very decent pics. The One X's aren't even tolerable, especially after HTC talked so much about their imagechip and fast photo taking capabilities, but what's the point if you can't even take a decent photo. So there you have it, HTC is lacking in one department, the Note, last I checked, had all it's details paid attention to, and added a few pretty cool extras.

28. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

First off, that was me that thumbs down you. It was an accident. I happened to push it while scrolling. Actually you caught a typo I made. I ment to say "simply". I believe that 0.3 simply is not enough of a difference in screen size to consider the Note a "brand new type of device" and/or a better more user friendly device then the One X. I don't think the fact that you can buy a case for the phone plays any factor in making the Note a better stand alone device. Actually the fact that your argument is the plastic back would motivate people to buy a case for the Note only proves my point more. The plastic it cheap, weak and no one prefers it to the One X's casing as far as build quality is concerned. Also I think the 1.4Ghz dual-core is a very capable chipset but, the One X's is better no matter how big or small the performance gap is (it actually pretty sizeable if you look at the benchmarks). I don't think saying that the dual-cores performance is close but, still falls short to the One X's is a good argument on behalf of the Note ether. As for the camera, I own a One X now and my photos are brilliant although I would not consider the One X's camera quality to be the best on the market the camera UI is very snappy and with all the added modes and option the One X's camera serves its purpose exceptionally well. I didn't get a chance to fool with the Note's camera enough so I will not say if its better or worse then the One X's but, at this point I don't think it matters. I'm not saying there aren't reasons to buy a Note (accessories) but, as far as the core devices are concerned the One X is a better overall device.

29. Vakeros

Posts: 1; Member since: May 10, 2012

Firstly, it isn't 0.3 inches it is 0.6 inches. Compare a Galaxy S screen with a One X for seeing the difference. Secondly, the Note has a higher resolution for web browsing - so less scrolling. Thirdly, battery life is probably the number one gripe for smartphones. One X is trounced according to specs and the ad hoc test - in addition the Note battery is removable. Fourthly, you are saying that it is the looks that swing it for you, ignoring the point made above that people use cases / sleeves etc. Fifthly, camera, the tests show that the NOte is better for video and photos except maybe speed - which generally isn't the issue. So don't say that the One X is better. Every single one of your arguments for the One X are demolished. The Note wins out on every category above so your final statement is plainly wrong. This doesn't mean the One X isn't a nice phone - but it isn't a better overall device or on many ways of measuring it. In addition the Note has expandable memory and has the S-Pen. It seems for you the two drawbacks are bragging rights from benchmarks and what you might look like holding the phone to your head. If you are that worried get an iPhone! There isn't that much a size difference (as you said above...)

36. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Firstly, it may have been better for you to have just made a numbered list (just jokin'). I thank you for correcting me about the screen size. I looked at someones comment and it said "5 inches" so I just took that and ran with it without even checking the specs, my bad. I went to an ATT store recently to give the NOTE another shot against my international ONE X and I have to say I still feel the same way. It seems that your comment is not saying that you disagree with what I am as much as you feel that the the categories that the ONE X trumps the NOTE in are less important and that the NOTE better caters to there core need of the user. Somethings can't be argued fore they are your opinion and pertains to the way you personally use your device (ex. High screen resolution for browsing vs Screen size). You also go on to say that the look and way that the materials that the phone are made of aren't important because the user can buy a case. I am not ignoring that you can buy a case for the NOTE, I'm say that in the build materials of the NOTE are of subpar quality when compared to the durability, look and feel of the ONE Xs casing. By you saying "Oh, you can just throw a case on it" not only are you reenforcing what I've already pointed out about the build materials of the NOTE, your also saying it doesn't really matter what a phone is made of, looks or feels like. I can not entertain that. Design and build materials matter when it comes to overall quality of a device because of comfortability, durability and aesthetics. This time I made sure I compared cameras and I have to say there was not much of a difference in the quality of the images I took with ether device. They both have great cameras the ONE Xs being faster from boot to shoot. The NOTEs video capabilities I did not test but, I assume that the NOTE did better in that category with the ONE Xs 1080p video recording topping off at 24 fps. Once again this is a comparison of devices not accessories so S-Pens, and cases for the NOTE have no part in it. Expandable memory and replaceable battery are to pluses but, I can't give the too much credit because they indirectly effect performance and require additional purchases. The NOTE is a little big for a pocket device but, I'm not bothered by it at all I just don't think it should be regarded as this new device just because of 0.6 inches. In my comparison I also found the NOTE to be fairly laggy in comparison to the ONE X when scrolling the app drawer and the home screen. Im sure it has something to do with the size of the display straining the chip. My biggest draw back is not "how the phone looks on my ear", it's the smoothness of the UI and the power of the chip-set. The ONE X bet the NOTE performance wise every single time in everything I tested (benchmarks, games, ICS UI) that's most important category. The ONE X is more powerful and better overall. Overall as in 'with everything considered' not meaning 'better in every category'

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