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HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Both handsets are very good in terms of call quality. You'll be enjoying loud and clear calls with both of them, even when you happen to be in noisy locations, due to their great noise-cancellation technologies.

Unfortunately for HTC, the loudspeaker of the 8X is inferior to the one of the Galaxy S III, because of its lower volume and somewhat muffled sounding.


There aren't any particular flaws when it comes to the battery lives of the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Samsung Galaxy S III, quite the contrary. During our testing, we've noticed that the 8X, probably thanks to its Windows Phone 8 OS, managed to hold up quite well. We'd give the 8X up to three days of battery life, provided that you don't use it too much, that is. Meanwhile, the GS III should be able to last at least 2 days on a single charge.


We believe that the Samsung Galaxy S III is the better package of the two. The handset feels better when in the hand, compared to the 8X, and offers all kinds of features, which aren't really available on the Windows Phone 8X, like a larger screen, great personalization capabilities, better QWERTY keyboard, slightly better camera, Flash Player support, and, of course, a vast application catalog.

Meanwhile, the HTC's Windows Phone 8X is by no means a bad smartphone, especially considering its awesome screen, neither its design, nor the software platform are currently good enough to help it trump a fearsome opponent like the Galaxy S III.

Software versions of the reviewed units:
Windows Phone 8X: OS 9.0.9903.10, Firmware 1532.20.10001.401
Galaxy S III: OS 4.1.1, Build JRO03C.I9300XXDLJ4

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Samsung Galaxy S III Video Comparison:


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posted on 09 Nov 2012, 07:51 14

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 07:58 13

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.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:05 7

5. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 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.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:37 5

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.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 03:32 3

22. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 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

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:19 4

8. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:43 6

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.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:58 2

11. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

and how did it affect you really?

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 10:14 1

13. MeoCao (unregistered)

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

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 10:48 3

14. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 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.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:03 1

4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 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!

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:13 1

6. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:19 2

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 08:20

33. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 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.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 04:44 1

36. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)

Dude Viber is out on all Lumia phones

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 07:55

2. denied911x (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)

SGS3 50 VS 31 HWP8X

but you are right wp don't have great ecosystem like apple or android

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 10:04 8

12. joeyrants (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Apr 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.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 11:12 2

15. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 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.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 11:45

16. ReddD (Posts: 37; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 12:08 2

18. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 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.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:19

32. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 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

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 17:27 1

20. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 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!

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 04:45

37. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 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.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 11:53 2

17. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 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 !

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 17:43

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

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 20:33

21. sasobra (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Apr 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.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 07:58

23. blattlaus (Posts: 70; Member since: 12 Dec 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?.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 01:35

24. Cobra (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 May 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 04:06

27. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 09:56

28. Cobra (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 May 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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