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Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound

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Samsung is using their TouchWiz Nature UX interface layered over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Rezound is using HTC’s Sense UI over Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. HTC says an ICS update for the Rezound will be released.

Both are heavily integrated, and you really don’t see anything of the stock Android interface. There are 5 static icons on the bottom of the Galaxy S III, while the Rezound has 3 (apps, phone, and personalize). Even though the Rezound is months older, it allows for greater customization with its assortment of Scenes and Skins, though both phones do come with a nice selection of desktop widgets.

The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX interface layered over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX interface layered over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX interface layered over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX interface layered over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX interface layered over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX interface layered over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX interface layered over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX interface layered over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound

The HTC Rezound is using HTC’s Sense UI over Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The HTC Rezound is using HTC’s Sense UI over Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The HTC Rezound is using HTC’s Sense UI over Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The HTC Rezound is using HTC’s Sense UI over Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The HTC Rezound is using HTC’s Sense UI over Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The HTC Rezound is using HTC’s Sense UI over Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The HTC Rezound is using HTC’s Sense UI over Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The HTC Rezound is using HTC’s Sense UI over Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound

We like what Samsung has done with its TouchWiz Nature UX, but wish they would take is a step further and allow more customizations of its appearance.


Messaging:


There is very little difference between the E-Mail programs on the Galaxy S III and Rezound, as both allow you to accomplish the same tasks and allow you to access pretty much any E-Mail account you may have. GMail still uses its own dedicated app, and can check multiple GMail accounts.

Between the two phones, we found the on-screen QWERTY keyboard on the HTC Rezound to be the easiest to use, as the buttons are larger and populate more of the screen than the keyboard on the Galaxy S III. Also, the auto word completion seems to be more accurate on the Rezound.

Samsung Galaxy S III - On-screen QWERTY keyboards - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
HTC Rezound - On-screen QWERTY keyboards - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound

Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC Rezound



Processor and Memory:

It is no surprise that the newer 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor on the Galaxy S III does a better job overall than the 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon S3 on the Rezound. Not only can you see the difference in the benchmarks, but the Galaxy S III feels faster and more fluid, and having an extra 1GB of RAM doesn’t hurt either.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy S III 5022 6396 58,7
HTC Rezound 2490 5603 33,9

The HTC Rezound comes with 16GB of internal memory and also a 16GB microSDHC memory card pre-installed, while the Samsung Galaxy S III is available with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory – but still has a microSD memory card slot if you need more storage room.


Internet and Connectivity:

The included web browser on both the HTC Rezound and Samsung Galaxy S III does a great job of properly rendering web pages, including those with embedded Flash content. Pinch-to-zoom and kinetic scrolling is fast and fluid on both devices. Of course, you can always download a 3rd party browser if you prefer, such as Dolphin, Chrome, or FireFox.

Samsung Galaxy S III - Web browsers - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
Web browsers - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
HTC Rezound - Web browsers - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
Web browsers - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound

Samsung Galaxy S III

 

HTC Rezound

 

Even though the Rezound and Galaxy S III run on Verizon’s 4G LTE data network, we did see some differences. When used outside and with the SpeedTest.net app, the Galaxy S III continually got the fastest speeds around town, while the Rezound was a bit slower. For example, we ran one test outside our house at night after 1am so there would be lower internet traffic, and the Galaxy S III got a download speed of 14.29 Mbps and an upload speed of 7.26 Mbps with a 99ms Ping time. The HTC Rezound got download speed of 7.80 Mbps and an upload speed of 4.59 Mbps with a 93ms Ping time.

Both phones also support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n at 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The Galaxy S III also supports NFC, and S Beam, so you can transfer files easily to another S Beam enabled phone.

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