Samsung Galaxy Note II vs HTC One X

The Galaxy Note II is here and it features an even larger 5.5” screen, improved S Pen ergonomics, and a beefed up quad-core processor. It is definitely not a handset for everyone, but if you are used to carry big-screen Android phones, the step up is not nearly as big, like when you are coming from a more compact handset.

If you are just now starting to look into larger screens, there are a number of those to take into account before you jump into the Note II adventure. One of the big-screen Android leaders is the HTC One X, which, with its 4.7 inches, is a sight to behold, too, and was the first handset to hit the shelves with a quad-core processor.

Is the Note II the right fit for you, or will an HTC One X be better for your pocket, both literally and figuratively speaking? Read on our comparison to find out...


There is some truth to the notion that the Note II is simply an oversized Galaxy S III in terms of its design heritage. It uses the same polycarbonate plastic, and especially the white versions seem very much alike save for the size.

The HTC One X, however, has a very distinct design, and a beautiful curved polycarbonate unibody, that sits very well in the hand. Speaking of which, most of the time you will be operating a Note II with both hands, whereas one-handed operation is still possible on the One X on occasion.

The Note II, however, has the advantage of expandability, as you can simply remove the thin battery cover, and swap out the microSD card, the large 3, 100mAh battery, or the micro SIM. It is a big plus nowadays when most flagships come with either a sealed battery compartment, only with internal memory, or both, which is the case with the One X.


The 5.5” 16:9 screen on the Galaxy Note II is the best HD Super AMOLED so far from Samsung, but the 4.7-incher on the HTC One X, being a top-notch LCD screen, has its advantages. First off, it is brighter than what we have on the Note II, and at 312ppi, has a higher pixel density, since both phones sport 1280x720 pixels with three (red, white and blue) subpixels for each. The Note II sports low screen reflectance ratio, so it is very visible outside but still the One X also has good reflectance, so it is better outside due to the sheer brightness of its screen.

Both phones sport excellent viewing angles, and vivid, to the point of oversaturated colors in the Note II, yet the white of the One X is closer to the standard than on the Note II. The Super AMOLED display, however, has a much higher contrast, and the video playback is what the Note II will beat any other phone in, because of its sheer screen size.



1. jpjr1

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I would def prefer Samsung Note2!! Stylus is amazing, larger screen, usually better color saturation due to SAMOLED screen technology. Better battery life Exynos Chip is going to most likely perform better and also easier to modify in future. HTC Sense bogs down the phone too much I think HTC needs to consider eliminating HTC SENSE and go pure Jellybean along with even Samsung TWiz.

2. issa8

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

Waiting for the iPhone 5 vs Galaxy Note 2 comparo so I can get some help deciding what to get! I love the Note 2 but I'm afraid I'll get annoyed with the gargantuan screen, and iMessage makes texting easier. Does anyone know a way to get group messages synced in one thread if you have an Android phone?

10. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

just search for 3rd party apps

19. issa8

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

so helpful...thanks

22. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Android phones within a year old usually have had the group text feature already.

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1547; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I have the International One X. Much easier to manage and to live with daily than the Note 2.

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'll take the X this time...nice built, good camera, enough for a screen size!

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

the batteries already made my decision... 3000 lol

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Thanks for the review daniel p with the note 2 and the one x, I've been waiting for a review between these two phones for quite some time now since I like both of them. The review is really neat and I can see an unbiased comparison between the two. We can see here that the note 2 has advantages over the one x like the removable back cover,micro sd slot,a bigger screen,faster processor,bigger memory,bigger battery,etc while the one x has the best looking design,more enjoyable sense interface,a better screen(slcd 2 and a more pocket sized one),etc. Once the one x gets updated to jellybean, we will see that there won't be much of a difference between the two especially because of the new features and improvements...

6. Tobruk

Posts: 10; Member since: May 14, 2011

On the HTC One X, if you want to use the screen on full brightness (which is required outside on a sunny day) It drains battery life fast! So fast, that in one hour of heavy use outdoors using GPS, the phone will go under 10% battery and turn itself off. I'm always having to adjust my screen brightness to conserve battery power. Even the auto setting is worthless in regards to battery life..

8. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

note 2!!! better battery, better power (cpu and so on..), better sound, better video capture, better multimedia experience, spen features, amoled display, microsdcard up to 64 and so on.. the note 2 eats the one x clearly lol

9. TechPsycho

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

great review, i'm happy with my One X anyways planning to get Galaxy NoteII, unless HTC nexus phoneblet promises more :)

11. IHateApple

Posts: 122; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

The battery is removable. Oh yeah! I am on my way to buying a Note 2 and an extended battery.

12. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Nokia 3310! But seriously, the One X is really a beautifully design phone.. Too bad it has a non removable battery and sd card.. although the choice is clear here, I will still get the One X just because I love the built quality and design of it.. I can root it, so I have no problem with Sense.. The only thing that bothers me is the 1800mah battery, since a custom kernel has already allowed for a USB-OTG support now.. And 23GB user accessible memory is more than enough for me. to each his own. :)

13. crawlgsx

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Wouldn't it have been easier to just write a short article headline that said "I am an HTC Fan"? Seriously the One X has nothing on the SIII, let alone the Note II. If the size of the Note II is too big for someone they should be looking at an SIII, not a One X. Other than possibly physical feel (matter of opinion) there is nothing about teh One X that competes with the SIII. I used to like HTC but now all they make is overweight, under battery sized, dull screened, garbage.

16. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I can understand saying the SIII is a little better than the One X, but saying there is nothing about it that competes to the SIII is an overstatement. I have a GNex, which has more or less the same screen as the SIII, and when I look at my friend's HOX, that screen is obviously superior- definitely not "dull screened". And it's not overweight or slow at all. Don't deter people from buying a product it seems like you've never really used.

18. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

i choose htc one x's screen anytime over the sgs3.. it's a really bright and vibrant screen, even many reviewers think that it's of higher quality than the SuperAMOLED HD of the sgs3..

14. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

The One X is dull screened? And you prefer the S3's pseudo HD Pentile amoled that shares every third pixel. Not to mention that it has screen brightness ramped down to half that of other phones to extend its battery life. Sorry bud the One X has a few issues but the display is not one of them.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im sorry, wasnt this comparing the Note2 vs the OneX? What does the SGS3 have to do with it? I'd take an SGS3 international over a OneX any day. Feature to feature it wins on everything except screen.. but your still comparing the 2 best screens, so its not like your losing much. I wouldnt take either phone's underpowered American version though. You can keep the base krait chip/gpu, thanks. Id take a "note2 mini" over either of those phones though.

15. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

I prefer the One X. It's fast enough already, more pocketable and has a great build quality and display. I don't need expandable memory so it's a clear winner for me.

17. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

One X. Beautiful UI Skin, great build quality and Wonderful S-LCD display. Non-removable battery and SD card slot do not bother me personally. Free 25 GB Dropbox space is a great bonus with the One X.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

If the note2 had a "mini note2" at like 4.5 or so inches, it would be darn perfect to me. Keep all the functionality and S-pen, just make it a tad smaller. GRR!!! lol

23. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'd take the One X just based on the size... Can't get the Note in terms of handling. And then there's the fact that I just don't like Samsung all that much. I still much prefer Sense over Touchwiz, and I enjoy the design of the One X over the Note II and GS3 as well. Plus, the S-LCD 2 is just incredible, and even though the new RGB S-Amoled display is great, I just like LCD better. The overall power of the device doesn't bother me much. Whether Tegra 3, Snapdragon S4, or Exynos 4412, it will still always run the system perfectly. Yes, the OC'd Exynos is more powerful than anything out their right now (except the Optimus G), but you really can't tell the difference. I mean, even my Snapdragon S3 powered GS2 runs perfectly (except a little slow in the browser), so there will be very minimal performance differences. Even if you include manufacturer overlays, a One X with an S4 and Sense 4.1 runs just as fast as a GS3 with an S4 and Touchwiz UX.

24. ruchi

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

The main difference is screen size and storage capacity. Note 2 is bigger (5.5 inches > 4.7 inches) and it has 64GB storage capacity. Also it supports memory card which one x doesn't. Here is the more detailed comparison:

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