Video review: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC Evo 4G LTE – Which one is the best?

July 5, 2012

Samsung galaxy s3 vs htc evo one 4g lte

Android manufacturers are hard at work producing their take on the world’s best smartphone. Luckily for us Android fans, this summer, there is no shortage of contenders for the highly coveted title of King of the Android hill.

Right now, perhaps, the fiercest rivalry in the Android world is the one between leading manufacturers HTC and Samsung. The stories of the arch-rivals couldn’t be more different. HTC led the smartphone revolution and commanded a sizable portion of the market up until recently. But now, the tides have turned, and the Taiwanese are struggling to return to their former glory, largely depending on the success of their highly acclaimed One series. On the other side, Samsung rocketed from anonymity to the first position in the market in just a few years, helped by the staggering success of its flagship Galaxy S series. Now, the Koreans are pushing harder the hugely hyped Galaxy S3, and consumers seem to be embracing it with a new type of fanaticism and fervor worldwide.

The HTC One X enjoyed a head start against the Galaxy S3, but HTC has thrown another wrench in Sammy’s gears with their revamped EVO 4G LTE. The Sprint exclusive device is basically a souped up version of the One X that comes with a couple of bonus features over its One cousin. All signs point to the fact that the HTC EVO 4G LTE is growing to be very popular, but can it snuff out the Galaxy S3’s dominance?

And so — without further ado –we have pitted our Sprint EVO 4G LTE against our international (GSM) and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S3 to find out which one reigns supreme in this battle royale! Hold on to your seats!

Hardware

Samsung Galaxy S3

  • 4.8″ Super AMOLED touchscreen, with 720Ă—1280 resolution and 306 pixels per inch
  • GSM: Quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 processor / Sprint: dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor
  • GSM: 1GB RAM / Sprint: 2GB RAM
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with 1080p video
  • 1.9MP front facing camera with 720p video
  • 2100 mAh removable battery

HTC Evo 4G LTE

  • 4.7″ Super IPS LCD2 touchscreen, with 720Ă—1280 resolution and 312 pixels per inch
  • Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with 1080p video
  • 1.3MP front facing camera with 720p video
  • non-removable 2000mAh battery
In my opinion, the HTC EVO 4G LTE feels a bit more durable and heavy, due to the fact its metal accents are actually constructed from aluminum. The Galaxy S3’s accents are made of a faux-metal plastic. In addition, the EVO scores some extra points for the solid metal kickstand, which makes viewing media easy, as well as for the dedicated camera button.

Software

Both phones run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the difference is made by the overlays applied by the two manufacturers. The Galaxy S3 uses the Touchwiz 4 (Nature UI) skin atop ICS, while the EVO uses HTC’s revamped Sense 4.0 overlay. The Touchwiz UI comes pre-loaded with many of Samsung’s newest apps, such as S-Voice and S-Memo.

HTC’s EVO includes Beats Audio software, which the Taiwanese claim to boost the quality of the output sound. While some of the customizations and added apps that can be found on the Touchwiz and Sense overlays are useful and attractive, many consider the vanilla ICS experience to be superior.

HTC’s Sense UI is very easy to use, and is extremely pleasing to the eye. On the EVO, folders can be easily created and accessed, and the settings menu looks sophisticated and well designed. Folders are a bit more difficult to make on the Touchwiz UI, but still serve as handy tools.

I found that the recent app management on the EVO 4G LTE is more attractive than the S3’s, but, on the down side, it lacks a Task Manager and it’s slower at ending running apps.

The lockscreen of the Galaxy S3 is more customizable than that of the EVO 4G LTE, but the most used apps are still easily accessible from the lockscreens of both devices.

Display

The IPS LCD display of the HTC EVO 4G measures 4.7 inches across and is protected by a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass. The Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S3 is protected by Gorilla Glass 2, a thinner and stronger version of Corning’s durable glass.

As for the old LCD vs AMOLED debate, purists tend to favor LCD displays, but many users swear by the beautiful colors delivered by OLEDs. I found the LCD on the HTC phone to be a bit more reflective, but, overall it’s a great display. Nevertheless, I love the true blacks of the Galaxy S3’s AMOLED display, which are emphasized by the dark theme of some of the UI elements on the S3.

Cameras

All three devices are packing a capable 8MP rear-facing camera. The quality of the pictures and videos is superb, and each camera features many different settings and effects, which really make picture taking easier and more enjoyable. The Galaxy S3 features a 1.9MP front-facing camera, for quality video chatting, but the HTC EVO’s 1.3MP camera seems to do the job just as well.

Here are some test shots taken with each device’s rear camera.

Speed and Performance

The HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Sprint Galaxy S3 are both equipped with the Snapdragon S4, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. The GSM/international Samsung Galaxy S3 is packing a Cortex A9 quad-core CPU, clocked at 1.4 Ghz. The Sprint Galaxy S3 comes with 2GB of RAM, while the EVO and GSM S3 each have only 1GB. The extra RAM within the Sprint GS3 allows more processes to run at once and provides the speed that is needed to perform heavy tasks. The EVO does not fall short, however, and can take just about any task you throw its way.

Here are a few benchmark scores to demonstrate each phone’s performance.

Make no mistake – this is not a dual core vs quad core debate. The Qualcomm S4 is a remarkably powerful SoC, and performs everything in record time while being excellent on battery life. That being said – the S3’s quad core A9 Exynos Soc is still the fastest thing on the block – but won’t be available in the US for those seeking an LTE backbone to cure their high-speed information highway addiction. It’s OK though, because in real world performance, it’s virtually impossible to know the difference between the two, as all three devices are lightning, blisteringly quick.

Pricing

The GSM Galaxy S3 might be out of the question for some users, sitting at a hefty $799 for an unlocked, SIM-free device. Of course, you won’t be able to use it on Sprint’s network at all.

The Sprint Galaxy S3 comes in at a more affordable $199 price tag, and coming in cheapest is the $129 EVO 4G (both with a contract). If you consider price to be a deciding factor, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is a more-than-safe choice, being that it has near identical specs to it’s GS3 counterpart.

Video Review

What would an Android Authority comparison be without a hands-on video!? Check our review out below!

Wrap Up

Each of the three devices that we reviewed is a fully capable workhorse. With a full spectrum of features at your disposal, its hard not to be torn over which device is the best. As for software, HTC has done a phenomenal job with polishing their Sense UI, while Samsung has packed as many features as it could into the new Touchwiz.

Will you go with the media-oriented HTC EVO 4G LTE with its deliciously color purist satisfying HD LCD display? Or will you rock the curvaceous Samsung Galaxy S3 with its rich colors and bottomless black on its HD Super AMOLED display? Let us know in the comments section! Bam!

Which phone is better?

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Comments

  • rusty

    galaxy s3 all the way have had one since the day they came out in Australia and it has never skipped a beat !!! love it :P

    • Taz

      I just got mine and mine is awesome as well… I love the screen. The deep colors are awesome.

  • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

    Galaxy S3 seems like a much better device. Too bad about the PenTile display though.

    • prince

      Your dammmnnnn right… Everything about this phone is awesome.. (expect the touchwiz overlay)… its that damn pentile screen thats holding it back. I understand their reasoning but still.. i cant but hope for something greater. Oh well.. I’ll get this for now and just keep looking forward to the S4 and the S5..

  • joe

    I’ve seen articles that show the Evo beating the GS3 in quadrent and antutu and sun spider.
    The display is better, the software is cleaner and slicker. I feel like HTC spent time and did the right thing with this phone. No one is gonna use Svoice, yet there are some nifty features though.
    Touchwiz needs to revamped and samsung knows it, which is why their next flagship phone will be beyond amazing, but now, this phone to me is like the GS2″S” like the ip4 to the ip4s. Its not a huge upgrade…better processor, camera, and small software features.
    With an extra gig of ram, there is almost no difference in performance of the phone.
    Also higher ram means more battery consumption and atm, 2 gigs isnt necessary.

    • Bryce

      Agreed.

    • metee

      I agree with you Joe. I had and HTC Evo 1st Gen and I loved it. I worked the heck our of that fone and it still worked great. Lost it yesterday, let Sprint rep talk me into the Galaxy S3. I will be taking it back this week. I want the EVO. The color is greaat on Galaxy but the speaker phone and the headset SUCKS bigtime. I don’t like some of the simple features of this phone. I let my techie son use it he changed his mind about it also. So it’s the HTC EVO for me.

  • Bryce

    One thing that was wrong in this is that the Evo does have a task manager. It is under “Tasks” when your are viewing all of your apps.

    • Daniel Golightly

      Well… and guy above you (Justin Lee) obviously missed the boat about battery life. I run my LTE for 2 days at medium brightness with all that too…. so…. …. …..
      And the picture is unrepresentative. They are taken at differing angles and distances…. that affects picture quality and anyone who knows photography will know what I’m talking about.

      The lock screen is way customize-able. I don’t know if the reviewer caught it or not, but not only can you change what you view on the screen, but you can also make folders in the quick launch spots.

      And we’ll leave alone the “deep blacks/contrasted theme” debate, since the HTC theme is completely customize-able so you can create whatever UI contrast you want within what you can do with it; which isn’t a boat-load, but not exactly small change either.

      That said, it’s about the user. It looks about even split….

  • TAZ

    the galaxy S3 is WAY better than the Evo 4g. It comes with a quad core processor and 2gb of ram!!! Need I say more? And thats not even to mention the sweet Ice cream the S3 has…

    • lc

      quad core isn’t even really used no real apps that require it and i can tell you just read articles and post specs both phones have ics and touch wiz isnt that great

    • Matthew Fleisher

      Read it again. The quad core comes with 1gb and the dual core comes with 2gb.

    • T-Bone

      Same processor on both quad core on international version only

  • larry

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  • jfranco328

    EVO LTE for me. I like Samsung also but I choose the EVO because I like the design, build quality, sense widgets, sense email client, Camera, Battery life is great but its not removable, I prefer the new LCD screen ( it brighter and visible in full sun than amoled. Amoled has better blacks but how often do I look at an all black screen?) Samsung does has svoice among other nice features but the voice assistant in jelly bean put both Siri and svoice to shame. Truthfully, you can’t go wrong with either phone.

    • Arlene

      I am not a tech person.What is jelly bean?

      • jfranco328

        Jelly Bean is Google’s latest update to Android’s current operating system called Ice Cream Sandwhich. So far only two devices have jelly bean, the Samsung galaxy nexus which has been out over 6 months and Google’s first tablet to the market, the nexus tablet. It his highly likely that both the Samsung galaxy s3 and the HTC EVO LTE will be updated to jelly bean. If you would like more information you can google search ” Google’s jelly bean update” for more information or I can find this list of features for you if you would like.

        • jaxmanf

          I need to know which phone to get. The s3 seems faster and more smooth but i have dr. dre beats which the evo is made for. Which would be better for me????????

          • jfranco328

            I would go to a sprint store when they are not busy and compare both phones. I tested the galaxy s3 next to my EVO and the new.EVO white and ended up buying the new EVO white for my girlfriend. Both are good phones but it comes down to what you like. The cameras are about the same on both. The white EVO looks much better then the blue or white s3. The display is brighter on the EVO when both are set to maximum brightness.Blacks are better on the s3 but whites are better on the EVO. S3 has more software tricks but the EVO has a kickstand and HD voice. The external speaker on the s3 is much louder. As far as the beats audio, yea it sounds great with headphones butbI did not compare it to the S3. I would suggests going to the sprint store with your own headphones and listen to the same source on both phones. I chose the EVO white because in my opinion it looks better and the glossy white does not attract finger prints, and the build quality is much better…I do like the removal battery and the 2 gig ram on the S3 though.

          • jaxmanf

            thanks jfranco, I went to the sprint store and compared the 2 phones. The evo has inccredible audio while the s3 has very tinny and crappy audio. I also prefer the evo because it is more rugged and can probably with stand more damage. ( I drop my phone a lot) I also like the extra RAM and removable battery but i can always deal with battery and use a portable charger and i dont personally need to run a lot of apps at one time. Thanks for ur input

  • Chrishd32

    I recently opened a Sprint account and went with the Evolution 4G LTE. After a week of use I returned it for a Galaxy S3 and have no regrets. The S3 is an overall better smartphone. The screen is amazing and the user interface is much more intuitive. If your having trouble deciding which to get I would advise you to get an S3 and call it a day.

    • martinnyc

      I did exactly the opposite, I had the s3 for a couple weeks and returned it for the EVO 4g LTE. I found the quality and the feel is better. I am truly enjoying this phone. Screen clarity, voice quality, dropbox 23gb bonus, lower price, are some of the salient reasons to go with the EVO. BTW, I am a samsung s2 former user

  • Jonathan Trachtenberg

    This review does not address the issue I’ve seen on other reviews of the HTC Evo 4G that claim it has serious radio issues on the 3G network. Lots of dropped calls, and I doubt LTE will be in my area for some time yet. The most beautiful screen in the world is useless if I can’t make calls with it. Anyone with an HTC who can confirm?

    • Austin

      No dropped calls, however, the interface is a little laggy compared to the SII and SII, also, some apps stall at times.

    • SoCoJosh

      I have had my Evo 4G lte for a month now, with no dropped calls yet.. considering I live in Wisconsin in a small city, I think that’s pretty dang good!!

  • technophone

    Have both phones HTC Is a better device . Better camera, display, feel, and software and widgets ate amazing

  • Marlon Milligan

    Played with both…The Evo is the better phone imo

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.connie.vincent Justin Lee Valdez

    ive had the htc shadow, diamond; evo 4g and the evo 3D and ive toyed with the evo 4g lte, after buying the s3 i can honestly say this phone is better than ANY other mobile device ive ever used, this review missed a key point, battery life, the battery on my s3 is amazing. i can do almost 2 days without charging my phone and still being able to use youtube, facebook, email text and calls all at medium brightness too. never buying another htc device as long as samsung keeps this up!#real talk

    • rob stephens

      Don’t you mean SamSUCK?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nelson.ojeda.5 Nelson Ojeda

    What a dilemma!! I’m not sure were to turn “both phone are so close” how are the radios as far signal goes anyone care to comment?

    • Samsuck

      You can forget about trusting your Galaxy S 3 for accurate and stable navigation/GPS connection. The in-built radios are crap like they always have been on the Galaxy S 1 and Galaxy S 2. Thought Samsung would have fixed it in the S3 but same crappy problem with the radios are still there. As far as reception, my Evo LTE is ALWAYS 2-3 bar higher than my wife’s GS3. Not surprising as the old GS2, GS1 had significantly poorer reception than my old Evo 4G & Evo 3D. So Yes ,the crappy samsung cell radio is also still there. The thing that made the Galaxy S lines of phone worst than their ongoing problems of radio, is the fuc#ing UI. Feels and looks too much like iOS. In fact, I think it’s an exact replica of iOS with flash. When the screen enlarges, text does not wrap and fit to screen like every other NORMAL Android phone does. Instead, you have to manually scroll left to right just like an iPhone.

  • Bill Nye The Phone Guy

    Had both phones. A white S3 and a White LTE. I can say without a doubt the build quality of the EVO LTE is better than the S3. The GS3 flexes under duress while the aluminum frame of the evo keeps it sturdy. The UI is no frills sense and the camera was leaps above the S3. The S3 did have more features but it’s not like you can’t get those features using 3rd party apps in the market.

  • MrBlueWhite

    HTC hands down. There is no replacement for the awesome kick stand of the HTC Evo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.dimarzio Dominick Dimarzio

    htc evo 4g lte is just a better smartphone people, time to face the truth about it. And the above pic samples are misleading due to htc having disadvantage due to person purposely putting the device in a low light situation…..anyone can pick this out, HTC WINS

  • BigTexFyre

    Let me start by saying that I am a current HTC owner, so my opinion is biased. Samsung phones are too cheap and “plasticky”. They look like a kid’s toy bought from ToyRUs. If I’m going to throw down $200, I at least want it to look like it’s worth it.

  • BigTexFyre

    Looking through the comments, this is clearly a S3 biased room. Everyone who said they like the HTC has the “dislike” clicked. Come on guys, be fair. Unless someone says something clearly untrue, why are you “disliking” a comment just because they say the HTC is better?

  • Travis

    There both great phones. But what is one main thing that is every ones concern? THE BATTERY. every deals with the slight faults of every phone, but when u get right down to it, it’s the battery. If the HTC starts loosing its full charge after having it for 1 year, and the life of the battery gets shorter and shorter. What do u gotta do? Buy a whole new phone. If it happens to the GS3, you just go buy a new battery. Which is hundreds cheaper than a new phone.

    • Rick Bardos

      Although the EVO says non-removable battery, it is not soldered to the board and is fairly simple to replace.

  • chikia

    I have.the HTC EVO and.its.really.socks!!! I hate it.so much.its.super.slow!!!!!I don’t like it anymore and I just got two weeks.ago!
    I want.the.GS3
    my brother has it and its obviously better

  • Jose

    The s3 has quad core processor which automatically beats out the EVO if you like gaming and better task managing. I’m actually posting this with the 4g LTE, they’re both great phones, Ilike evos design better than the s3’s. but like I said their both sick phones a I want to say they have their individual purposes but that’d be an understatement. I’ll admit the s3 beats the EVO but in phone wise not display, which is what matters.

  • teknofly

    actually the evo lte does have gorilla glass 2

  • monty

    well I had both and even iPhone4s and I have no doubt that EVO LTE is the best of all of them I never understand why they r pushing s3 so bad on tv or magazines and everywhere else

    • alo

      Samsung has much more capital.

  • monty

    Samsung makes everything almost in electronics but HTC only makes phones and they make their phones professional phones unlike Samsung,well they both r good but once u own BMW u not gonna drive Pontiac or dodge again so once u use HTC u not gonna like Samsung or LG again

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1543184611 Drew J. Conley

    I have the SIII and I only have 2 issues. The keyboard. For one, I hate Swype. And two, when you have the phone in landscape mode, the phone is so long and wide that it makes It difficult to text unless you have really long fingers. Also, the SIII is almost too slick. It’s super thin structure and slick material make it very easy to drop or slide off things. Compared to my previous HTC Evo Shift which fit perfectly in my hands and had a very strong feel to it. But overall. I love this phone and I’m so glad I wasn’t forced to switch to the iPhone fad in order to find a better processor speed. **note** There are cases that have kickstands and come in all kinds of colors and designs, which also protect your SIII. I don’t see it being easy to find many different cases for the Evo’s unique design.

  • ryan

    For those arguing that ram is taking up battery, the biggest consumer of power is the screen, second being either android or apps depending on how often you use it, last is ram…

  • thoms robin

    I bought my SG3 two days ago, and I really regret I did it so late. The device is the best one I ever touched and used.Its quality is excellent, and I still wonder why some people keep telling HTC Evo 4G LTE is better.Check 7 Unique Features of the Samsung Galaxy S III

  • beetleman00

    The new evo lte sucks big time. I just got it about a week ago. If I want call reception I have to go outside. Especially when I am at work. My data drops to nothing. It constantly drops my calls. I am not the only one with this problem. There are tons of forums with people having the exact same issue. Most users were returning their phones. Thank god there is a 14 day return period. Read up on it. It could change your mind. I’m not waiting for a fix in an update. It does all kinds of other random stuff. It has froze on more than one occasion. It is going back tomorrow, even after numerous attempts to give it more of a chance. There is a lot of stuff online about the subject. I say read it before making your decision. I loved my original evo and htc sense will be missed.

  • alo

    CGs3 and other pentile screens are horrible looking to me. They are way over saturated and look fuzzy in comparison to the evo LCD screen. This is thanks to the fact that Samsung’s HD screens use far less pixels (or rather sub pixels with its displays).

    I have owned both phones a well as the Samsung galaxy note, and have seen first hand these off looking displays. But please, don’t take my word for it. Go to a Sprint store and look at both phones side by sid side (they usually are displaye d ) look up the word “color” and click on the image tab.
    Then click on any image to compare on the two phones, then spread the word to your fellow customers at the store who might have been caught up in Samsung’s , then after that go to Amazon and order the Evo for a godamn penny (100$ less than the gs3) wait two days, open the package and smile…you’ve just beat the hype :) it feels good.

  • Bobb

    Can’t fucking decide! HTC has the best freaking UI but Samsung has cool features!?!?

  • John E RocKeTZ

    My upgrade is in about a month, have the original Evo mint condition, i’m torn between which to get, watched plenty comparisons and read plenty of comments but couple things i didn’t see…battery life…which has a longer battery? I like the fact that the gs3 has a 1.9 front compared to 1.3, to me HTC has a sharper n brighter display, you can always by cases so i’m not worried about design, more on interface..and also which is louder. I use GO Launcher on original Evo so home UI i don’t care about because I will design to my liking..both literally has same screen size, and pics and vid are important..personally i dont think these screenshots do justice seeing I have original Evo and the 8meg cam takes awesome pics, always loved HTC lens design, GS3 looks plain…overall I really just wanna make the right decision seeing i will keep my original EVO as a backup…Help me decide before I make a stupid mistake…the un-removable battery spooks me as well…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngrj93 Nagaraj Poti

    i’d definitely go for samsung hands down! i’ve had a really bad experience with htc