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Samsung Galaxy S3 VS HTC One X -- Is "Three" better than "One"?

May 4, 2012
galaxy s3 vs htc one x
Two of the most popular phones of 2012 so far - the Samsung Galaxy S3 on the left and the HTC One X on the right.

There comes a time in every geek’s lives when he or she has to make a difficult decision: choose the best Android smartphone out of two VERY strong contenders. It’s a lot like choosing a life partner, except that it probably won’t last as long. But hey, we share your confuzzlement…

This epic battle between the two finest Android phones that have ever graced our sweaty palms will hopefully make it easier for you to choose the phone to throw your money at. The first contender is the mighty HTC One X. This phone seemingly came out from nowhere with little hype and excitement. Make no mistake though, because HTC still delivers it HARD. The second contender is the nature-inspired Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s not exaggerated to declare the Galaxy S3 the most hyped Android phone ever, like E-V-E-R.

In fact, if this battle would be based on hype alone, we could wrap it up right now, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 as the runaway winner. But of course, that’s not what our battle is all about. More than just about hype and gloss, it’s also about the specs and the overall experience delivered by the two mighty phones.

Let’s get it started.


Being that beauty is in the eye of beholder, we’ll say that both the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are beautiful in their own way. Not to say that we don’t have our own preference, though.

The HTC One X comes with a polycarbonate unibody that just oozes sleekness, while the Galaxy S3’s curvaceous body is quite the departure from the Galaxy S2’s boxy days. Due to the bigger screen found on the Galaxy S3, the form factor of the Samsung device does come in slightly bigger and longer than the HTC One X.

Amazingly, the Galaxy S3, which comes in at 133 grams, is just a tad heavier than the 130 grams HTC One X’s. Hmm, this category is a tough one, not to mention highly subjective. While we’re sure the Samsung Galaxy S3 will grow on us, for now, HTC One X has the slight edge.

Winner: HTC One X  


In the size department, the Galaxy S3 is the winner, with its 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, but the HTC One X’s 4.7-inch Super IPS LCD2 display has the pixel density upper lead. Unless you’re planning to look at the phone through a magnifying glass, however, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. What we can say is we’re suckers for the larger than life colors and contrast levels that only a Super AMOLED display can deliver.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3



The HTC One X comes with the tried and tested Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5GHz, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 sports a 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad processor with an Mali-400 GPU. These are both some powerful beasts of processors that will have no problem reigning over most benchmark tests.

According to Anandtech, the One X and the Galaxy S3 are neck in neck in the SunSpider JavaScript and BrowserMark benchmark tests, which measure the phones’ browser and CPU performance. Various GLBenchmark tests, however, have shown the Samsung Galaxy S3 to lead over the HTC One X. The Galaxy S3 even trumped all over the previous title holder, the iPhone 4S, by some significant numbers.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3


The exterior of the Galaxy S3 doesn’t bring the radical design change than many have hoped to see. So, it’s wise for Samsung to focus on the software side of things. Apart from the polished TouchWiz interface, Samsung has added many extra touches, that  make the S3 more than a worthy competitor to the HTC One X.

For example, there’s the S Beam, which lets you share content with other Galaxy S3 phones by just tapping the back of the two phones. The Pop-up play feature lets you “float” running video on top of other applications. The face recognition software lets the phone identify pictures of your friends and provides multiple options to conveniently send the pics to them. Then there’s Smart Display, the Siri-like S Voice, and loads more.

Though we have a little more affinity – just a wee bit — towards HTC’s Sense UI, we declare Samsung Galaxy S3 the winner in this round for putting more effort.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3

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Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts an 8MP rear shooter with autofocus, flash, and Zero Lag Shutter BSI image sensor, that allows you to take 3.3 pictures in one second. Equally impressive is the HTC One X’s 8MP rear camera with the ImageSense chip. Until we see more pictures taken with the Galaxy S3, we’re going with the universally praised HTC One X’s camera as the winner in this category.

Winner: HTC One X


When we thought Samsung was about to zig, the company did a zag instead and included a replaceable battery on the Galaxy S3. The 2,100mAh battery is also bigger than the HTC One X’s 1,800mAh, non-replaceable power pack. Another aspect that we love about the Galaxy S3 is, that, unlike the One X, it comes with a microSD card slot. The SD support potentially allows you to carry 128GB amount of music, movies, pictures, and other docs in your Galaxy S3 phone.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3


Call it a honeymoon period or whatever, but we’re genuinely excited about the Samsung Galaxy S3. While there’s no denying that the HTC One X is one heck of a lust-worthy smartphone, for now, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is where our geeky heart is.

Which phone tingles your geek senses better? Samsung Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X?

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