HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Introduction

Now that we've compared the Windows Phone 8X with the iPhone 5, and came to the conclusion that there's still quite a bit of work ahead of Microsoft and its partners, let's see how one of the better Windows Phone 8 handsets fares against one of the best Android ones – the Galaxy S III.

The Galaxy S III is, without a doubt, a fearsome opponent – one that the 8X will definitely have a hard time against. Will its Live Tiles and high-quality screen be enough to somehow turn the odds in its favor? Let us see for ourselves!


Design

Although the Galaxy S III is certainly not much of a looker, we can't really give the win to the Windows Phone 8X, because of how uncomfortable it feels in the hand. If you just have to look at these devices, then yes - we'd say that HTC has achieved the more stylish appearance, but once you actually start using the handsets, it becomes evident that its sharp edges and rubber-like soft-touch materials used for its body make it somewhat unpleasant to handle. Meanwhile, although the GS III doesn't shine in any particular way, it still feels natural when held in the hand, while the smooth, glossy plastic feels fine to the touch.

The HTC Windows Phone 8X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC Windows Phone 8X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The HTC Windows Phone 8X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The HTC Windows Phone 8X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right)


The physical buttons of the HTC Windows Phone 8X aren't very responsive, especially the power/lock key, which is probably the most important. The Galaxy S III isn't much better in this respect, but we'd say it's just a tad better.

Bottom edges - The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, right) - HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Bottom edges

Top - The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, right) - HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Top

Right - The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, right) - HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Right

Left - The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, right) - HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Left

Backs - The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, right) - HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Backs

Rear cameras - The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, right) - HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Rear cameras

The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, right)



Display

It's clear that the Windows Phone 8X has the better display of the two. Its S-LCD2 panel is brighter than the Super AMOLED of the GS III, allowing it to be more visible when outdoors. The color temperature of the 8X is also better. Although it's just a little bit too warm, it's still much closer to reality than the cold image of the GS III.

Meanwhile, the smaller screen size and the RGB matrix of the 8X mean that everything will look crisper on its display, compared to the PenTile-powered GS III. However, since both handsets have very high resolutions, the differences in image clarity are almost negligible.



HTC Windows Phone 8X 360-degrees View:



Samsung Galaxy S III 360-degrees View:



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41 Comments

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Phonearena seems to have something against Windows Phone. Windows Phone isn't about app selection and ecosystem for the moment, as that will follow, Microsoft just had the developer's build. The essential apps are on WP anyway, maybe except Viber and Instagram. I hope you give the Nokia Lumia 920 a good review.

3. MeoCao unregistered

MS took a page from Apple: closed ecosystem. MS sucks. What good thing does WP8 bring? More competition? Nope, there's nothing in WP8 that can put pressure on Android. We need pressure on Android to help push it forward but MS is sure not up to the task.

5. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

WP8 is not the OS that will face android but it will face iOS when the ecosystem had been developed. android is an open source OS, google will most likely to look at what their customer like such as the quick settings toggle in android 4.2 and google now.

9. MeoCao unregistered

Oh no, I'm not afraid that WP8 will compete with Android, I'm disappointed that WP8 sucks so badly and can't give Android any fight at all. I do think that the industry need a 3rd ecosystem but I just don't believe in MS.

22. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

no, WP8 isn't sucks but it is disappointed that you have that kind of fanboy-ism with android. android is great, i know it because i own android devices. however, there's no OS' which are sucks, it depends on the users what do they like. i see iOS, as a simple OS which is focused on entertaiment ecosystem. Android is an open source OS that many tech-savvy users use. WP is more like a business OS, it is simple & yet somehow it looks elegant

8. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

closed ecosystem is not a bad thing, last time i check, apple had more quality apps than android. android android android. there's no competition if most of the consumers are like you, people that doesn't know how to keep their mind open for new products. MS doesn't need to beat android in the first place. It needs to gain market share. Please, be open minded. *as for the first comment, yes, it's not all about the apps as long as the essential ones are there. You don't need a thousand apps on your phones, you need the essential ones. Many reviewers forgot that apps will follow after, not lead the way. I don't know what's the worry about, more developers are coming to WP.

10. MeoCao unregistered

You are wrong guy, Play Store is improving fast and we have many alternatives in Android beside it. And you should know that in a closed ecosystem competition from outside is not welcome. If you follow Apple policy with Appstore you should know it Choice is good for consumers but we need good choices and not the kind MS offers.

11. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

and how did it affect you really?

13. MeoCao unregistered

What do you mean? Talk up MS or shut up?

14. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

You talk profane, and so much nonsense. Open your eyes, my friend. WP doesn't suck a bit. Less number of apps is an exaggerated issue. You just wait a bit and see how wp8 manages to sell in good numbers. The sole fact that it supports DirectX opens up wide doors. I'm a developer myself and I know.

4. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah...its not about apps selection and ecosystem...but people these days choose android or the iPhone coz of its ecosystem!!! thats why WP and even BB cant have that much positive feedbacks because of the word "Ecosystem"!! if people could just think...pause and think!! both WP and BB OS are very capable OSes and they are really a good alternative to android and iOS... but WP's problem is its very unfamiliar(but to me, very unique) looks for a smartphone! while BB can stand a chance against the two coz of the looks and BB10's ability to run android apps is also one of the best thing why to choose BB! so yeah... ecosystem will just grow!! and i mean microsoft has tons of developers! they'll full the windows store( i still prefer the marketplace than store, coz its the only differentiation! at least BB10 will remain the app world!) in no time! patience is a virtue!

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I wonder how they will rate the ATIV S versus the GS3, since they're mostly the same phone...?

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Exactly! Would've post it below if i was sooner. No doubt about this one...Samsung definitely has the upper hand. Want to see Samsung ATIV S versus Samsung GSIII.

33. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

It will all come down to the ecosystem, app-selection, better keyboard selection, personalization option, and pretty much the conclusion of this VS, minus the design part.

36. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Dude Viber is out on all Lumia phones

2. denied911x

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

BATTERY TESTS ON GSMARENA SGS3 50 VS 31 HWP8X but you are right wp don't have great ecosystem like apple or android

12. joeyrants

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

The HTC is uncomfortable to handle in the hand while the S3 feels 'natural'? You've got to be kidding me. The 8X has a soft back finish and the back is curved to fit the hand nicely. Not to mention the fact that it feels much more premium compared to the cheap-plastic-made phone which is the S3. I've held the S3 and it feels... really meh (for a flagship device, meh = bad). For me (and I believe MANY people), the 8X wins in design, hands down.

15. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

I was thinking the same thing. Ray seems to be the only peron that doesn't like rounded corners and solid construction. Of course he also said "the iPhone 5 is a work of art that no mass-produced phone on the market can currently rival." Seriously it's just s phone, way to be objective. It seems odd that every other site has given praise to the HTC's design. I'd like a breakdown of all the mindblowing functions that Android has WP8 doesn't. And please don't say rooting. Rooting isn't a feature of Android, it's a necessity because thats the only way your phone will ever get updated.

16. ReddD

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

We don't have enough time for that list bro :-P ha ha

18. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

Exactly my point. Everyone talks about how amazing Android is but never says how exactly. Rooting your phone basically says that it wasn't good enough to begin with.

32. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

thank you, put what i was thinking into words. basically i think android fans are swinging and turning into the ifans. they now bring sales into it and use it as fact that it proves androids the best yet when the iphone was on top they moaned it didnt mean anything all the need functionality and more is covered in wp8. rooting and customizing is all android fans will keep trying to use as plus points

20. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

haha!! so true!!! even samsung is saying that its s3 is a polycarbonate phone but it doesnt feel that way! i feel very cheap around it! and yeah... for a flagship?! its really bad! while 8X makes you feel comfortable to touch!!! coz of that back! this just prove that phonearena writers are kinda unfair! thats why i like watching lisa of mobiletechreview more!

37. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

I have to say, even the HTC One X feels better than the plasticky slightly large uncomfortable feel of the S3. I believe the 8X bests the One X because of the nice finish. Heck, even the Galaxy Note feels better than the S3.

17. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

When i checked the results of WP8X browser tests, it scored better than the iPhone 5 ! How come SGS3 anf WP8X will be similar browser speed ? If it was iPhone instead of WP8X, it would have won the test by miles..very biased iPhone Arena !

34. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Stock browser doesn't matter on android. Dolphin browser is the fastest one available, and it's the only mobile browser passing full HTML5 test, and passing it with flying colors, at that. I just updated it today with the latest jetpack and it is bloody amazing. So fluid, fast and smooth that it makes me just want to scroll pages for the sake of scrolling. Really a delightful internet experience. Third party browsers are a MAJOR advantage for android, there's just no other way around that fact.

21. sasobra

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Although it is smaller, the keyboard for WP8 is very accurate and responsive. The app catalouge is growing rather quickly for WP as well. WP8 also seem rather customizeable just in its own uniqe way.

23. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

Every other review I have read- 5 or 6 - on the 8X has praised its ergonomic design as its best feature. Where are these uncomfortable edges you are talking about?.

24. Cobra

Posts: 7; Member since: May 06, 2012

The deal killer for me with the MS platform is the ridiculous limitation of only 16gb of storage with no possible way to add more.

27. zazori08

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

dude windows phone 8 has enabled a micro sd slot on wp 8 devices.

28. Cobra

Posts: 7; Member since: May 06, 2012

@zazori08 . . . dude get a pair of glasses and then post back exactly where you read that "THIS" phone has a removable SD memory card slot. It does not.

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