Both devices pack an 8-megapixel back side illuminated camera with all kinds of nifty features and shooting modes. In our comparison the Galaxy S III produced more detailed images, but tended to be slightly overexposed. HTC, meanwhile, had better color capture but when zoomed in fully fine details could get muddy. Both cameras lost some sharpness indoors, especially as the light began to fade. Both cameras claim to have zero shutter lag, but we did find the Galaxy S III taking a second or two to focus, especially indoors, whereas the EVO was able to snap shots immediately every time.

The EVO 4G LTE produced better videos thanks to a quicker focus and better noise cancellation, though this is our third review device to have the audio cut out at the beginning of a sample video. When properly focused, the Galaxy took very good videos as well but started to lose focus as we switched fields, and as you can see in the end it never did recover. Both devices are able to record 1080p video at 30fps, though they each recorded at 29fps for our samples.

Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video:

HTC EVO 4G LTE Sample Video:

In general we like HTC’s camera interface much better. For starters, it does not separate the camera and camcorder functions, you simply press the shutter to snap a photo or the camcorder button to record a video. The interface is also very clean, with small icons tucked away in the corners and sides. There is so much clutter in the Samsung camera app that it takes away from the viewfinder.


Like the browsers, the stock music players don’t matter much as there are better and more connected options in the Play Store. We will give credit to HTC for a major overhaul of their music player, which now includes Soundhound and TuneIn integration, and the ability to add more apps to the main screen for quick access to podcasts or other media. Still, until they incorporate Google’s cloud storage into the app (or even Amazon’s) they are lagging behind.

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