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Samsung ATIV S vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Call quality

Samsung ATIV S vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
The Windows Phone 8X managed to score an easy win against the ATIV S in the call quality department, as the ATIV S isn't really an opponent to worry about in this department. This goes for both incoming and outgoing calls. The noise-cancellation features of both handsets work very well, though.

Even though the HTC Windows Phone 8X is supposed to have a special amplifier boosting the volume of sounds coming through both the 3.5 mm jack and speaker, we found the speaker of the Samsung ATIV S to be audibly louder. It's also clearer thanks to more high frequencies, while the 8X's sound is somewhat more muffled.


Both the ATIV S and Windows Phone 8X hold up well when it comes to battery life. No official stand-by and talk-time numbers have been revealed, but we found them to be good enough to easily deliver at least two days of moderate usage. Of course, it will all depend on multiple factors like the network you're using it own, your coverage, your usage pattern and so on.


When it's all said and done, it's extremely difficult to name one of these handsets a definite winner. Like in many other times when we've compared two smartphones, it'll all depend on your personal preferences, but it is exactly here where we come in.

Let's just say that if you happen to be a bit more sensitive towards different materials, there's a good chance that you might prefer the ATIV S's smooth and glossy plastic housing as opposed to the 8X's soft-touch one, which can house dust and other unpleasant stuff.

Also, if you are a really heavy multimedia user who watches a lot of video on their phone, it is once again the ATIV S that seems to be the more appropriate option, thanks to its 4.8” screen. On the other hand, call and screen quality seem to be the areas where the Windows Phone 8X excels.

So, which of these components should be considered most important? Well, this is where you come in.

Software version of the reviewed units:
ATIV S: OS version 8.0.9900.568, Firmware 2424.12.09.7
Windows Phone8X: OS version 8.0.9903.10, Firmware 1532.20.10001.401

Samsung ATIV S vs HTC Windows Phone 8X:


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posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:14 18

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

Anyone thinks Ativ S's design is better like me?
For me it looks preety similar but somewhat more beautiful (the back cover) than my beloved Note2.
And I know many people love battery replaceable ability and memory exansion right?

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:23 7

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

I agree...but that's my personal opinion!
I will go for the subtle looking ATIV S!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 12:12

10. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Its a great design .. but for some reason it doesn't suit to the Windows UI .. For an Android it would have been great ..

They should have used it for SGSIII

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 18:34

20. mahmoodh (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

AtivS undoubtedly has a beautiful design with its RECTANGULAR BODY WITH ROUNDED CORNERS. But that's what worries me with apples law suit craze. Apple might add this device to the existing lawsuit against Sammy.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:21 3

2. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

I really like the cali blue htc 8x... Really good looking...

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:21 11

3. nd_arn (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

JUST -------> NOKIA LUMIA 920

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:54 1

5. psysect (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

the both are similer of many aspects but as usual HTC products are more beautifull & better build quality than samsung plus better camera & Beat audio .. these are first reason for election..
then im going for 8x..

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:59 4

6. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I am NOT a photo guru, so please take this with a grain of salt (Phone Arena staple- the old salt shaker), but the ATIV S photos just looked a huge amount better to me. Brighter and more sharp.

Call quality is huge for me so the 8X gets a nod, but it would have to be proven to me as the Titan and Titan 2 are both below par (T2) to downright horrid (T1).

Looks are entirely personal preference. The 8X is a tad block-like, but seems to be the more solid of the 2 and those colors give it a fun personality. The ATIV is professional and the shine is really eye-catching. I prefer the looks of the ATIV S, but do not dislike the 8X at all.

As a Focus S user, I will admit some bias. But I would pick the ATIV if the screen and call quality were close. The 8X is hampered by my bad experience with the Titan series.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 10:22 5

7. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

Both are really Great devices. Samsung's large beautiful screen and htc's vivid colours are great. Choice varies in every customer. But overall i'll save my money for nokia lumia 920.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 10:36 6

8. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)

Both are crap, compared to Lumia 920

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 11:02 1

9. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

dude calm down the lumia just has a better camera its all the same

hence why this battle is pointless

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 14:10 1

13. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

all three have their strong points no need to say any one is crap all good for different kind of people
-lumia = photo lovers
htc = mucis lovers
samsung = busness guys

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 12:28 3

11. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

Samsung wins here. Amoled screens are perfect for windows phone. Also I can't stand all the unnecessary bezel on the Htc.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 13:19 1

12. psysect (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

sorry but HD S-LCD2 had beaten super amould screen before this my friend..

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 14:35

14. rsiders (Posts: 1073; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

I can't stress this enough with HTC Windows Phones, HTC allows its users to have access to up to date movies to rent or buy directly on the device without any other service(Zune). HTC Watch is the only video service that lets you do that on any of the Windows Phones as far as I know.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 15:24

15. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Just wondering which US carrier the Ativ S is heading to. Anyone know something or anything?

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 16:32

16. sojizy (Posts: 26; Member since: 30 Aug 2008)

Sorry but the Ativ S should have been made in black. It's the ugliest of the 3 windows phones coming out. A black bezel around the screen makes the live tiles and the screen look better in general. I just wish these manufacturers would realize that these phones are too thick. Anything past 8.9mm is a brick to me. I mean the iphone 5 is only 7.6mm thick, why would htc make their phone 10.1mm thick. Doesn't make sense to me. I would have definitely gone for a black or colored GS3 form factor

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 17:46

17. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Most I wonder is why No US announcement yet?

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 21:55

18. agamhonda (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

Do anyone know if you can remove the battery on the HTC 8X?

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 08:02 1

19. avinashmunnu (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)

GSM Arena Stated That HTC 8x Display is Bright But poor under sunlight...

posted on 15 May 2013, 06:58

21. superkuiken (Posts: 167; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)

In my country, the lumia 920 costs €100 more than the HTC and Samsung. The lumia 820 however is the same price as these two. Which ons should I buy?

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