HTC and Samsung have pretty much been fighting in the Smartphone world for a while now. They are 2 of the most prominent Android handset developers who people look to for the best smartphone. HTC was previously in the lead before Android come. They were one of the most expensive and most popular providers of Windows Mobile phones, while Samsung was more of a feature phone manufacturer in those days, while still dabbling in the smartphone world.
More recently, though, Samsung has gained the upper hand. They have been hailed as the number 1 provider of Android handsets. The success of their Galaxy S series of phones has been unparalleled within the Android community. HTC is usually praised for its aesthetics in the skin and design of their phones, including beautiful widgets, while Samsung is praised for its stability, screen quality, and additional content such as their various “hubs” and 3rd party licensed software.
This year, they both released their newest Flagship phones, and quite astonishingly, they seem to mirror each in Specs. Let’s break it down for you.
The time of A9 processors may soon be over, as A15 processors are starting to get adapted by the manufacturers. Both of these beautiful handsets tout a dual core 1.5 Ghz processor favoring the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait. On many tests across the web, it would seem that Samsung performs more overall, most probably due to having double the ram compared to the One X.
The Samsung Galaxy S III has a starting price of $149 for existing AT&T customers who sign a new two year contract. Sprint and Verizon both are at $149 for new customers at participating online retailers.
The HTC One X 4G is priced starting at $119 for existing AT&T Customers.
One of the most important aspects of a phone interface is the ability to see that interface. Both phones sport a 720p resolution with 4.7 inch displays. The key difference between these displays is the way they utilize black and white. The Super Amoled display is specialized at showing better blacks over a white background, while the Super IPS display is more attuned to displaying Whites across a black background. Whichever is more important to you might determine which of the two you buy.
In this category, the Samsung S III wins out right away for two reasons. One, the battery capacity is larger, sporting 2100 mAh compared to the 1800 mAh of the One X. Secondly, the battery in the Galaxy S III is removable, which opens up the possibility of using a spare battery on the go, or the replacement with a better battery.
This is another field where the similarities are abound, both sporting the latest in Wifi and Bluetooth technology and including NFC support.
One of the advantages of HTC is their ability to implement Beats Audio for all the multimedia and music applications. Everything just sounds a whole lot better against the competition. They also utilize automatic grouping of music applications and keeps them in a specialized Music Hub. Samsung also offers some music enhancements, but this only applies to the stock app and does not extend to other multimedia apps.
This is one category that HTC’s offering wins hands down. The One X has a more powerful camera software with a dedicated chip for taking photos and videos. They even provide the ability to shoot photos while taking or watching videos. The camera can continually autofocus during usage, and is simply faster than the Galaxy S III. Samsung tried to implement the same features, but falls short of people’s expectations. Still, both of them produce high quality 8 megapixel shots from the back with 1.3 megapixels in front for the One X and 1.9 megapixels for the Galaxy S III.
This is one of the most important aspects of a purchase for some people. HTC follows the same model as the Nexus series by not offering any external card support. Samsung on the other hand has been persistent about including a micro-SD slot, and most power users prefer to have that option rather than being forced to have none. This is highly dependent on a person’s preference, but having something is better than nothing so Samsung wins this round.
Overall, these two devices are worthy to be called “flagship” phones. They carry the name of their manufacturers well and provide the users with a very balanced choice. In most cases though, it would seem that the Galaxy SIII is the winner, having more to offer for your buck than the One X. That is probably the reason why Samsung is the #1 Android Smartphone manufacturer according to various studies.