Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC EVO 4G LTE

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?...
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76 Comments

61. Hypnotoad

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The number of sales doesn't necessarily translate to meaning the device is better. Look at the iphone, they sell a lot but that's partly due to advertising; a lot of people perceive iphones as "easier to use" than android phones so iphone sells a lot - but is it better than android? No, it's just different. I know a few people who were on android devices and bought an iphone because they heard they were easier (since when is an android phone hard to use, anyway?!) and now they absolutely hate their iphone and can't wait for their contracts to be up so they can come back to android. Both the HTC & Samsung are great phones but it's all about which is better for each individual user, neither is necessarily the better phone.

66. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

it means that one phone is better than the other. why? because customers say so.

75. Hypnotoad

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

A phone that is more popular does not mean it's better - it just means a company spends more on advertising dollars.

62. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Agree! with Hypnotoad, I have an HTC Evo, was looking forward to getting the One X, because I like and already know HTC UI. However the lack of removable battery, which is #1 on my list of must have is the reason I had to go with SGSIII. You are right that neither is necessarily the better phone. Just more options for different needs.

63. theCatholicRebel

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

I just bought both.

64. williamsmith87820

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

i love to use samsung galaxy model.Specially the samsung galaxy accessories like i am using samsung galaxy ace plus usb data cable.

68. markh1

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

Great review! Let me chime in too. I've agonized for 2 weeks over both of these phones and owned them both. I decided on the EVO LTE and am very happy with it. Here's my reasons. 1) S Voice on the Samsung totally sucks, it's terrible at recognizing anything other than common first names and common words. Anytime I would say "call Suzie Stone" for example, it would never get a hit in my Contacts, but would list all the Susan's. (Suzie isn't that unusual). So hating Svoice, I really missed the basic google Voice Dialer, which Samsung should have included as a secondary option for voice dialing, but there's no way to download or install it. Voice Dialer is way better, faster and acurate for hands free calling, which I use all the time, at home and in the car. It doesn't ask for confirmation before dialing, but when it seldom gets it wrong, I just hang up before it dials, because it always says what it's about to do. S Voice is actually Vlingo. Why the recognition is so bad, is amazing since Vlingo has been out a long time. I used "Choice Dialer" on the EVO 3D and it was way better than Vlingo or any others I tried. 2) I took all kinds of photos on both phones, and while the S3 definitely beats the Evo in flesh and face tones, most of the photos on the EVO were better IMO. The S3's indoor flash photos are usually blue-ish (even on my PC monitor). The Evo takes beautiful indoor photos, and the f/2.0 stop on the Evo beats the f/2.6 on the S3 and it shows. I also like the vivid nature colors outdoors on the Evo. Comparing images from both on a desktop monitor, is often a close call, but I prefer the Evo. It's more than just saturation, the S3 photo colors sometimes look dull and washed, whereas the Evo looks vivid and more appealing. Just my opinion. I usually use another dig cam for photos, but having the phone always with me, makes the cam quality important for me. 3) I keep wi-fi on all the time, and I'm amazed how much battery is still left on the Evo, compared to the S3 at the end of the day. I do not keep wi-fi set to Best on either phone. Maybe it was the Eye watching feature of the S3, which I enabled. Htc has already released a patch. I'm hoping the next one will solve the red faces camera issue. For now, I can just turn down the saturation when taking face shots and then enhance on the PC if needed. Both phones are amazing, but I prefer the Evo. The screen with true whites is sweet. It usually emits a "wow" when you show it to people. Also, I didn't like the hardware home button on the S3. When you're used to tapping, and then having to push harder on another button was annoying to me. I also like the micro-usb port on the side of the Evo, which makes it easy to plop in the Htc car dock accessory. And the camera hardware button makes it easier for 1-handed photos when needed.

70. kam9902

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I had the ltevo and it kept freaking out opening voice dialer Google play music and calling my mother at 4am I went on a trip to Chicago and it fell out my pocket in my taxi now I have the s3 and I'm more than satisfied with it and so is my mom

71. bigstrudel

Posts: 584; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Ill trade a removable battery and 2 gigs of ram that I dont need for the amazing SLCD2 display that destroys the SGS3's pentile and not having a cheap build quality that feels like a dollar store plasic glass.

72. jimmvy2222

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I had the HTC, then went to the S2. im now most likely going back to the HTC. I love the S2, and the S3 seems to be a great phone. my issue isn't so much with the phone, but with Samsung. Samsung did a global update which knocked my phone out of service. Phone would shut down for no reason. After 50 some dropped calls in 2 days i contacted them and they stated they were aware of the issues, but had no plans to correct them. i then had to go to Sprint to have the phone re configured, this meant all of my Apps had to be reloaded. Now every 30 seconds i get the request form Samsung to update my phone again, very annoying. The antenna in the Samsung sucks. My HTC phone never went out of range even at work, but my Samsung S2 does not get reception at work, very annoying and inconvenient. Talked to Sprint and Samsung once again was aware of the issue, but did not upgrade their antenna for the S3, for that reason I need to go back to the HTC, hard to do work when your phone cant get reception at your desk

73. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I can't choose, HELP ME!!!!!!

74. Hypnotoad

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Go to the store and play with both of them to decide what you like. They're both great phones, they're virtually the same spec-wise except for a few small differences so you really can't go wrong with either one. If you're adamant about a removable battery, go with the Samsung - but there's really no reason to have to physically remove the battery on the HTC since you can do a reset that's the equivalent to a battery pull on it if you need to. Both phones are thin and light, the screen sizes are almost identical, both have great displays, great cameras, etc. etc. You just need to get your hands on both to see which one you prefer - don't let yourself be biased by other people's opinions because you'll be the one using the phone and it has to be the right phone for you.

76. ash2140

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 30, 2012

I love the EVO's design, HTC certainly wins over there, but the GS3's design isnt bad, and i love the software on the GS3 more, so I'll go with that.

77. rvgandara

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I just purchased the SG3 and it won't recieve calls at work, so I guess I am having a signal problem.... My old phone was an EVO and I was able to recieve calls with the old phone. I am thinking about trading the SG3 for the EVO LTE, does anybody have and opinion of do you think that EVO LTE would work since my old EVO worked before I purchased the SG3 ???? I am lost at what I should do about my phone situation ? Please Help all comments are welcome........... Valerie

78. dmarcalle

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

I actually love the android operating system and decided to upgrade my htc evo to the samsung galaxy s3 about a month ago. After having had it for one day I decided that I did NOT like it. I didn't like the interface at all and graphically looked too cartoonish for me. Reminded me of a child's phone. It has a plasticky cheap look to it like, like it's made with cheap parts. I didn't care for the call quality either. I had trouble hearing people and even though I had the volume turned all the way up, I could barely hear the alarm in the morning. I went and exchanged it for an htc evo 4g lte and really like it much more. Maybe because I am more used to htc evo interface. But from the build quality, to the sound and everything else I find it to be superior. I've had no problems with it. I actually had no problems with my previous phone but had it for 2 years and was just ready to get a newer phone. I'm not sure why there's so much hype behind the samsung galaxy s3. Personally, I don't get it.

79. rvgandara

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

dmarcalle - I went back to the store to return the SG3 after 4 days and exchanged it for the EVO 4G LTE and it was the best thing I could of done for ME. What would be the since of having a good phone like the SG3 if you could not receive calls at work because of the antenna. jimmvy2222 said it the best: The antenna in the Samsung sucks. My HTC phone never went out of range even at work, but my Samsung S2 does not get reception at work, very annoying and inconvenient. Talked to Sprint and Samsung once again was aware of the issue, but did not upgrade their antenna for the S3, for that reason I need to go back to the HTC, hard to do work when your phone cant get reception at your desk I share this same feeling with jimmvy 2222. TODAY 11/12/12 was my first day back to work with my new EVO 4G LTE and it WORKED ......... Yea I am so happy to have a phone that can receive calls at work. I am sure my week will be alot happier. Oh one more thing THANKS jimmvy 2222 for your comment on the phone's you help me alot make my decision on the EVO 4 G LTE HTC phone................
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