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Interface and functionality

Both handsets run Android 4.1.2, but the manufacturers have slapped their own UI overlays on top of it. Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX is decked out with a multi-window mode, which allows you to run any two applications at once by splitting the screen in two in a ratio of your choosing, and hovering the keyboard on top to boot.

HTC strikes back with a completely redesigned Sense 5.0 interface – as pervasive as the old one, reaching every nook and cranny of the submenus, but flatter and more minimalistic than before. It also includes some new features like BlinkFeed – HTC's curated way to show you relevant news on topics of your interest, mixed with social networking updates, calendar entries and so on – as well as the Zoe camera footage collage software, that can automagically mix stills, video, effects and music to highlight the events in your life better.

Processor and memory

Be it the international quad-core Exynos 4412 version, or the dual-core Snapdragon S4 one for the US, the Samsung Galaxy S III silicon can't match the HTC One's benchmark scores, as it sports the latest generation Snapdragon 600 chipset with four cores clocked at 1.7 GHz.

Coupled with the 2 GB of RAM vs 1 GB for the international S III (2 GB for the US one), the HTC One silicon pumps out some impressive performance. That's not to say that Android Jelly Bean doesn't run smooth on both handsets, as well as any apps, since today's chipsets are way more than the UI needs at the moment.

HTC, however, seems to have restricted again the number of apps you can have open at any given moment, to 9 this time, arranged in a neat 3x3 grid when you double-tap the home button. You can then close them by flicking each app screenshot with your finger, but there's still nine of them, whereas the S III lets you keep as many as the memory allows open at any given time.

Quadrant StandardAnTuTu
HTC One1248122198
Samsung Galaxy S III 533515152

There are 16 GB of internal memory in the basic Galaxy S III, whereas the HTC One starts you off with 32 GB, but Samsung has included a microSD slot for storage expansion, while HTC has skimmed through that part.

Internet and connectivity

Both handsets sport excellent browsers, which render pages very fast, and let you scroll, pan around and zoom smoothly. The stock browsers support Adobe Flash, and the HTC One even has a handy on/off button for it from the get-go.

As far as connectivity goes, the phones are loaded – with 4G LTE radios, where needed, and also HSPA+ radios, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA and NFC. HTC One throws in an infrared sensor at the top, too.

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