We get an 8MP camera module with LED flash with both handsets, and the performance of the cameras is extremely snappy. The handsets have proprietary image signal processors, and HTC has even called its tech the HTC ImageChip. The phones take subsecond times to focus and take a picture with no shutter lag, and yet the One X is faster in that regard.

We get similar shot modes, like HDR or Panorama, and numerous effects to apply on your pictures and video with both phones, but the number of effects is richer on the One X, and the interface is easier to navigate than the cluttered one on the Note II.

There is a Best Photo mode on the Note II, akin to the Burst Shot mode on the One X, taking a lot of pictures at once in rapid succession, and suggesting which one to keep afterwards. We also have the Best Faces mode on the Note II, too, which keeps the best pose and look of your photo subjects, and also a Low Light mode is present on both phones for situations where luminance is an issue.

The pictures themselves are better when coming from the Note II, as the One X saturates and applies overzealous noise suppression algorithms, which fade the level of detail. More over, the One X sometimes has purple fringing issues, and as a whole its images look more unnatural than those from the Note II.

Video capture is with 1080p on both handsets, but while on the Note II it goes with smooth 30fps both inside and outside, on the One X it is captured with the choppier 23fps outside, and even less indoors. Moreover, the One X sometimes struggles to lock and keep focus during video capture. HTC’s phone sports better stereo audio quality while filming than what is captured by the noise-canceling mics of the Note II.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Sample Video:

HTC One X Sample Video:

Samsung Galaxy Note II Indoor Sample Video:

HTC One X Indoor Sample Video:


Both phones support tune categorization and equalizer presets, but the Sense music player on the One X is with sleeker-looking interface, and it has the Beats Audio branding on its side, although it is not that much of an advantage in reality.

When it comes to loudspeaker performance in playing music, the Note II wins hands down, with one of the most powerful speakers we’ve heard on a smartphone, which on top of that doesn’t sound flat, and outputs pretty clean sound, even at the highest volume, whereas the speaker on the One X comes wimpy in comparison.

Both video players support high-def video playback, but we have the Pop Up Play function on the Note II, where you can simply detach the video currently played, and keep doing something else, while it plays in a moveable pop-up windows brought at the front at all times.

In the default folder view the Gallery on the Galaxy Note II gets the screen split, with the categories on the left, and their content on the right, taking good better advantage of the large screen real estate, and the same goes for the YouTube app. We also get a 3D Timeline view of the pictures and video in chronological order, or a spiral 3D view, rumored to be borrowed from Samsung’s Tizen OS.

The Sense gallery on the One X is sleek-looking, too, and it offers a rich picture editor app integrated, which is a separate download on the Note II with a Samsung account registration needed.

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