Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC EVO 4G LTE
Introduction:

It can be argued that the original HTC EVO is phone that defined Android during its emergence as the world’s top mobile OS, but Samsung’s Galaxy S line of phones have been insanely popular over the past few years. Sprint customers have been fortunate enough to have their choice from these two family of phones, and this year HTC and Samsung are back with the latest version of their flagship models available on the pin-dropping network. Both the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S III run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 SOC, feature large HD displays, an 8 megapixel camera and more memory than most people would need. It’s a good time for Sprint users to need a new phone, but which of these two powerhouses is the right phone for you?


Design:

While these two hero devices may share a similar spec sheet, they couldn’t be more different to look at and interact with. The EVO 4G LTE, which launched last month, is a triumph of industrial design and features an anodized aluminum unibody and a 4.7” display protected by Gorilla Glass 2. The premium materials feel great in the hand while making for excellent build quality. A striking red band adorns the back, giving the phone some personality while stealthily housing the EVO’s sturdy kickstand. The edges are milled down to bare aluminum, providing a smart contrast to the phone’s otherwise black hue. The glossy plastic cover allows for removable memory, something the EVO’s One X sister phone lacks, though many would prefer a matte finish. HTC has made design a top priority for this year’s lineup and this is very apparent in the EVO 4G LTE.


Samsung doesn’t use cheap plastic on the Galaxy S III, but it is still plastic nonetheless. It doesn’t help that they don’t give it any texture, making the phone hard and slippery in the hand. Of particular note is the silver trim ring, which is also plastic, that is made to look like brushed metal. To us this shows that Samsung is more worried about look than actually using premium materials on their phone. The build quality seems quite good, but it just does not translate into the feel of the phone in your hands.

The two devices are nearly identical in size, but to a man everyone who picked up both devices noted that the Galaxy S III felt wider (which it is, though only by 2mm.) We asked several happy Galaxy S II owners which device they preferred, and not a single one chose the Galaxy S III. The biggest complaints we received was that the Galaxy was too big, too slippery or that they did not like the new rounded look. We’d have to agree with them, while we appreciate the smooth back of the S III we prefer the overall design of the Galaxy S II more.


One thing we feel needs pointed out is that Samsung has broken with Android 4.0 design language and included a menu button instead of a task switcher like you’ll find on other ICS devices. Google has tried hard to make ICS a more cohesive and unified experience, and other manufacturers seem to be on board with this. Samsung has also rearranged the buttons, bringing Back to the far right. This isn’t a criticism one way or the other, but it is a curious decision from the manufacturer of the last two Nexus devices.



Display:

Both of these phones aim to make a mark with their brilliant displays, and both of them do. Samsung has stick with their own HD Super AMOLED technology on a 4.8” screen, while HTC uses Super LCD2 for their 4.7” display. In general both of these displays are large, bright, crisp and gorgeous and if you never put the two side by side it’d be hard to pick a winner. But pick a winner we must, and when they are placed side by side, the IPS S-LCD2 screen is the winner. While both technologies suffer from color oversaturation, the AMOLED panel is much more pronounced and still retains the bluish hue they are known for. Thanks to the IPS technology the viewing angle on the HTC EVO 4G LTE is astounding, something the Galaxy S III can’t match.

Objectively, media just looks better on the S-LCD2 display.

Samsung Galaxy S III 360-Degrees View:



HTC EVO 4G LTE 360-Degrees View:



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76 Comments

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I like how your video samples show on my YouTube Subscription feed before the review is released --- I always know the smackdowns before hand lol. Because of this Jellybean mania, I kinda got my eyes of the Galaxy S III. I want a JB device! First device to get JB wins (between the smackdown) :))

19. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

If you want Jelly Bean, I'm not sure about Samsung. They're notorious for taking forever to updated their Galaxy phones in the US. I waited forever for updates to my original Epic, and the GSII still has no ICS.

31. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Agree! SGSIII will get JB first, Loved the Evo LTE, was going to get it. However my #1 things of MUST HAVE on a phone is a removable battery. Sorry Evo LTE your lost...

59. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

.....Man, you cant judge a phone by removable battery. thats the same way as you saying all the tablets in this world sucks, cuz they all don't have removable batteries.

60. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I don't want a tablet ever for the very reason. I have my big iMac when I am at home, My big TV to watch my program, my smartphone to do basic email, web and some app. I know what kind of user I am. I removable battery is number 1 of MUST have on my list, then everything else follows down my check list.

40. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Wow, EVO LTE wins just about every round. I picked up both of them and I am testing them out. I have to say, I agree with the comparison review, in my opinion, the EVO is a more refined device and has the few extras that were missing out of the One X to be up to par with the Galaxy S III. I think I will keep the EVO and return the SGS3, both great phones though.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Very good review! Wish that the htc evo 4g lte was sold internationally as it had better performance and specs than that of the one x. Now, the Samsung Galaxy S 3 has it's true competitor in the smartphone industry!

3. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

What's the point in doing a vs if you don't pick a winner? Come on PA

30. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lol, they left us off with a cliff hanger. Its like a bad movie. I pick the Evo. Nothing against the SGSIII but still I like the evo.

37. pandakilla

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

They pretty much said who was the winner....HTC better over all...I like Samsung.........for thier displays

4. exidor01

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

I thought the galaxy s 3 had 2gb of RAM. Am I incorrect?

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Indeed it does, the US version anyway.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"The EVO had its way with the Galaxy S III, beating it convincingly in all three tests we ran it through." ...What? If basic mathematics serve me correctly (and for the most part they do), the GSIII's 12,016 on AnTuTu is just a TAD BIT HIGHER than the Evo's 6,973...

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1486; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

PhoneArena has a problem with reality lately...

13. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Where are you getting 12016 on AnTuTu? Article states SG3 had 5740 vs EVO 6973.

17. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Brian changed it from what it was before.That's where I was getting it, to answer your question.

16. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

thats the international version not the US version tested here

21. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

We had a mistake with the Galaxy S III benchmarks results; it is corrected now :)

48. ananya22

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

EVO 4G lte is better at everything. wow htc!

7. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I've owned HTC devices for many years with no major issues. I can't praise their build quality enough. I'm not a fan of stationary batteries. I like the option to remove them. However, This review has helped me keep me in check that I maybe purchasing an HTC product once again. John B.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

As far as not integrating Google's cloud storage into the music app, the app does allow you to add Play Music as a shortcut.

10. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

Just pick a winner.

11. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Why pick a winner? The comparison was done and it is up to the potential buyer to make their decision based on the info given. Picking a winner would be a matter of PA's personal opinion. Not necessarily the same interests of the purchaser. IMO, based on past experiences, I believe the HTC is a better purchase for shear build quality and Sense's ability to interact better with Android. TouchWiz seems to develope glitches after months of use. Constant factory resets seems to be the norm with TouchWiz/Android integration. John B.

32. SleepingOz unregistered

"Sense's ability to interact better with Android" HAHAHA YOU JUST MADE MY DAY! Oh really? based on what? I've been using my GSII for nearly a year now and I've never experienced any of these glitches you're talking about.

41. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

I think its pretty obvious they think the EVO is a better phone, they probably just don't want to pick it as a winner instead of the SGS3 as many will probably be upset about this. Having used both of them, I have to agree with the review, I like the EVO better.

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

With the results being so close between the two handsets, I have to wonder why the HTC snagged an 8.5 score while the Sammy got 9.3. I think the HTC is worthy of at least a 9.0.

14. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Because Brian K. took off points for Sprint not having an LTE network, issues with camera and non removable battery. Funny because neither can get LTE right now. Accourding to this article, the EVO also had an edge on camera comparison and matched the SG3 pound for pound in battery dept. If you factor this comparison into the previous review.... EVO LTE should be a 9.5.

35. evoMike

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

I agree with both of the above comments. Both versions of the S3 got 9.3. I wondered why the EVO review was so low after reading the comparison. The LG Viper LTE and Galaxy Nexus reviews both had pros as "LTE enabled" but for the EVO its a con.

26. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

I've been reading this site for years and I think the editors have a significant say in the scoring. What the articles say often don't jive with the final scores, and the EVO is a prime example. Brian praised it pretty much all the way around, but then it got a relatively low score. Even if you read this article it seems that the EVO comes out the clear winner, but at the end there they leave it open. The reviews on this site are usually great (with a one very biased reviewer as an exception), but the scores are often confusing. My advice is to not even bother with scores, and read the review (or at least the conclusion) for the author's true feelings on the phone.

15. thenoodge

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

The Htc Evo Lte also has talk and surf at the same time over 3g which i thought was crazy that they are not promoting that makes it the winner to me being able to be on the phone and surf the web at the same time on 3g not wifi or LTE

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