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HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note

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Interface and Functionality:

HTC has the Sense 4.0 interface on the One X, whose features are richer, better integrated and uniformly looking compared to TouchWiz, as we find it on the Note. There is no need for 3rd party apps for most everyday functions, and even the holiday functions on the One X - the Car mode and HTC Locations offline navigation apps are the case in point. Of course, it helps that One X is running Android 4.0, while only some Notes have gotten the Ice Cream Sandwich update yet, but this should be remedied fairly soon.

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

The Note strikes back with its suite of doodling and note-taking apps, which prevent the stylus from being just a tool for better picking your nose while at a boring lecture. They allow the usual brush size and color adjustments, as well as easy mashups of text, voice notes, pictures and drawings. The thing is that you can easily strike the edge of the screen by just writing one or two words with the stylus - you have to choose a very thin brush size not to do it, and write carefully and relatively slow, which defeats the purpose of jotting things down quickly. You get used with the size of your canvas with time, but it’s no paper notebook, that’s for sure.

The Samsung Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note


Processors:

We are comparing the international versions here, with dual-core Exynos vs quad-core Tegra 3 chips.
Samsung’s 1.4GHz Exynos powers the Galaxy Note with aplomb, and was the master of the Android universe before the 1.5GHz Tegra 3 quad or 28nm Snapdragon came around with the One X. Thus in everyday interaction with the interface or running apps on both handsets you won’t notice lag or hiccups. The quad-core version of the HTC One X will allow you to play games from NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone that are exclusive for the chip, but other than that it’s fair game, so let’s wage a score war for the benchmarking crowd. As you can see below, the One X easily beats the Note in pure numbers.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
HTC One X 4848 11024 47,4
Samsung Galaxy Note 3871 6409 40,9
HTC One X AT&T 4958 6863 57,7


Internet and Connectivity:

Both browsers feel very fluid while panning around and scrolling, while during zoom the Galaxy Note sometimes shows a glimpse of the checkered boxes until the huge screen gets filled. The One X, on the other hand, flickers for a split second at every zoom level as it reflows the text each time to fit the screen width, which you can turn off from settings if it annoys you.

The One X browser is brimful of easy to access functions, though, like a bottom navigation strip to quickly manage bookmarks and tabs and save pages for offline reading. There is a Read mode that clears the screen of ads and pics to only leave text in an article for easier reading, and you can toggle desktop view and Adobe Flash directly from the context menu key by the address bar.

The browser of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The browser of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The browser of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The browser of the HTC One X - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note

Still, the monstrous display on the Galaxy Note trumps it all with the sheer real estate size, making a lot more of a page visible at any given time.

Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Note - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Note - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Note - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note

The phones are on par in terms of connectivity options with both in possession of 21Mbps HSDPA radios, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, A-GPS, DLNA with the respective apps to manage it, and the obligatory FM Radio with RDS. The HTC One X has NFC and the latest Bluetooth 4.0 version, though.


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