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HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note

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HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The HTC One X sports better call quality than the Galaxy Note, especially in terms of strength and clarity of the earpiece, not so much for the microphones. Yet again we have to mention - talking? With a Note? Not very comfortable, my friend.

The Galaxy Note more than compensates with a great battery life, though - the huge 2500mAh battery is rated for no less than 13 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and thanks to the frugal Exynos and the loose PenTile screen matrix, it clocks some of the best times we’ve seen in other tasks too, like video playback.

The HTC One X performs above average in battery life, too, as its 1800mAh battery is able to cross the 10 hours of talk time mark, but falls short in video playback time, for instance. We ran a little unscientific experiment who will reach 90% battery down from full charge while playing the same HD video on maximum brightness with the MX Player with all radios off.

The One X did that in 16 minutes, while the Galaxy Note battery meter in the video player was still showing 97% battery. When we switched over to the browser at full brightness, showing PhoneArena.com with its white background for 10 minutes at full brightness made the battery on the Note dip 5%, while the One X wasted double that to maintain the page image on its screen. Thus, despite the larger screen on the Note, its 2500mAh battery wants you to pay it the respect it deserves, compared to the One X.


The Samsung Galaxy Note not only has a certain charm to it, but is very capable too. Charm because it is the sole member of a special 5”+ screen club, and offers a built-in stylus to doodle on it, certainly evoking nostalgia, even if it didn’t have the S Pen apps that make it useful. Capable, because it has all the prerequisites of a modern high-ender, like multicore processor and HD display, and at the same time it excels in photography and battery life.

It is not for everybody, though. You get used to the size and weight, but you just can’t slip it in a front pocket and forget about it, or talk comfortably with it to your ear for a long time, and that’s its main disadvantage. The HTC One X, on the other hand, is slim, light and compact, yet offers a huge 4.7” display, on which you can certainly do some decent doodling or notes with your finger, if you aim for it. It will bring you street cred, whereas the Galaxy Note brings with it geek cred, but it’s still a very cool phone in its own way, and certainly one to attract attention.

The Note is for people who need to jot down ideas, directions, schemes or floorplans on the go, and then shoot them out quickly for discussion, for example. It is also for those who don’t talk that much on their phones, but rather use them for browsing, reading and movie watching, as an increasing number of people do. Both camps can’t be the tight pant types either, or go out only with a wallet and car keys, as most men do. You need a coat pocket or a handbag for the Note, and that’s why Samsung is so heavily promoting it towards women.

The One X and the Galaxy Note are very close in terms of specs - both have big beautiful screens, fast processors and very good cameras. The HTC One X has the upper hand on the interface front with its Sense 4.0 overlay, well integrated with Android 4.0. The Note is about to get its Ice Cream Sandwich update, too, but now the goodies that come with ICS in the camera department, like zero shutter lag and simultaneous picture and video taking, are only present on the One X.

If you are eying the Galaxy Note, though, it would probably be hard to dissuade you into looking for anything else without a stylus, even a 4.7-incher like the One X, and you are likely to save about a benjamin on an off-contract Note to boot.

Software versions of the reviewed units: 1.29.401.7 (HTC One X) , (Samsung Galaxy Note)

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posted on 07 May 2012, 09:29 6

1. varungh (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 May 2012)

one x wins!! :D

posted on 07 May 2012, 09:36 15

2. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 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!

posted on 07 May 2012, 09:49 9

5. matrix_neo (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Nov 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.

posted on 07 May 2012, 09:45 8

3. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 07 May 2012, 09:46 6

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 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?

posted on 07 May 2012, 11:21 2

10. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 07 May 2012, 10:13 1

7. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 10 May 2012, 08:43 2

33. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

is there a need to downgrade to the note ?

posted on 30 Jun 2012, 06:08

48. kunalkapur34 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

why u want so

posted on 10 May 2012, 09:29 3

35. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 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.

posted on 07 May 2012, 10:43 1

8. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 07 May 2012, 11:09 3

9. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 07 May 2012, 11:52 5

11. ryan_dcruz (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 May 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 :)

posted on 07 May 2012, 12:13 2

12. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 07 May 2012, 12:44 4

13. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 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

posted on 07 May 2012, 12:50 5

14. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

And you'll change your mind after using Note

posted on 07 May 2012, 13:33 3

15. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

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

posted on 07 May 2012, 16:39 1

17. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

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

posted on 07 May 2012, 13:44 3

16. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 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

posted on 07 May 2012, 23:06 1

23. Deicide (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Jul 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.

posted on 07 May 2012, 18:00

18. calirocker394 (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 May 2012)

Wish the note would come to T-Mobile:(

posted on 10 May 2012, 08:45 1

34. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

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

posted on 07 May 2012, 18:36 2

19. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2286; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 07 May 2012, 19:49 3

20. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 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.

posted on 08 May 2012, 06:14

25. ryan_dcruz (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Im betting you own NEITHER.....lol

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!

posted on 08 May 2012, 21:17 2

27. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 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.

posted on 08 May 2012, 09:30 1

26. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 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.

posted on 09 May 2012, 11:20 2

28. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 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.

posted on 10 May 2012, 03:23

29. Vakeros (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 May 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...)

posted on 11 May 2012, 19:10 1

36. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 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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