In the Android market, Samsung goes head to head with HTC for the leadership in the space. Recently, HTC radically reduced the size of their product line and launched the ‘One’ series of phones. Shortly after this, Samsung launched the S3 to replace its market beating S2 predecessor.
The HTC design is all sleek blacks and subtle tones throughout. A very modern look and distinctively HTC. Samsung goes for a saucer like phone appearance, with wide corners and a curved back. Both are attractive and modern, though the S3 has the edge on appearance.
The HTC feels nicer in the hands with its matte like finish, whereas the plastic feel from the S3 just never will feel as good. But if you slide your phone into a case, then that won’t really matter much.
The HTC One X+ has a 4.7 inch Super LCD2 screen with 1280×720 resolution. Samsung use its popular Super AMOLED 4.8 inch screen with bright colors, high impact and the exact same resolution.
Which screen is better? It depends what you like. Some claim HTC has the best screens on the market right now. Others prefer the saturated colors from Samsung screens. It is really a matter of personal preference.
The HTC is slightly smaller in dimensions than the S3. However, when you are holding a phone with a 4.7 or 4.8 inch screen, it feels substantial in your hands even though both phones weigh little.
The One X+ comes with a 1.7Ghz quad core CPU, which is slightly faster than the 1.4Ghz quad core processor in the S3. It gives performance a minor boost, but unless you demand bleeding edge technology, either processor is more than fast enough for most needs.
Both phones include an 8 megapixel camera with flash, a 1+ megapixel front facing camera and 1080p 30 frames HD recording facility. Photo quality is excellent for a phone, but obviously nothing compares to the quality of snaps taken with an SLR camera.
Both phones come with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed. This boasts smoother performance and some tweaks that makes the Android OS even easier to use.
The major difference that will matter to some consumers is that the HTC model does not have a micro SD slot for adding more memory. The S3 has raised the bar in this regard with a 64GB micro SD slot capacity.
For those people that store most of their data in the cloud and do not mind paying for bandwidth charges (assuming you don’t have a carrier that offers unlimited data transfer, like Solavei does), then this is not a problem. However, for those phone users that like to have their books, music, podcasts and movies on hand, ready to be accessed instantly, the S3 will be the popular choice.
HTC’s One X+ is the latest in their One series of smart phones. It was launched in direct response to the threat from the new Samsung S3 which was busy shattering sales records recently with their launch. The HTC model fills the gap in their line up for oversized phones for consumers that are looking for such a device.
Both phones compare well to each other. The only major differences are the lack of expansion slot with the HTC One X+, the choice between Super AMOLED or Super LCD2 screens, and whether one has a preference for Samsung’s TouchWiz skin implimentation with the Android codebase or the HTC Android skin implementation instead.