Adam Turner July 15, 2012
HTC One X, $744.
Big is beautiful in the battle of smartphones running Google's operating system, Android. Android's flexibility lets handset makers build devices of all shapes and sizes. If you like big screens, Samsung and HTC's new smartphones could be for you.
Both run the 4.0 (''Ice Cream Sandwich'') version of Android. The HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III sport 4.7-inch and 4.8-inch screens, respectively, offering razor-sharp 1280x720 resolution. They might sound too big but easily slip into your pocket. The two phones are almost identical in thickness and weight - the Samsung is 0.3 millimetres thinner but weighs three grams more. If anything, the Samsung is so thin it feels flimsy.
Both handsets pack a quad-core processor inside but, when put to the test, the Samsung clearly offers more raw grunt. It's also blessed with a larger battery to help get you through the day.
Both include mod cons such as near field communication (which lets the phone exchange data with others or with some payment machines), 802.11n wi-fi and Bluetooth 4.0. But only the Samsung offers the benefit of a microSD slot for extra storage. Neither can access Australia's new high-speed LTE mobile broadband network (HTC's other model, One XL, does but it has only a dual-core processor).
Other differences come down to software tweaks. Samsung's TouchWiz interface is full of annoying beeps and whistles, which can thankfully be disabled. HTC's Sense 4.0 interface is more reserved.
Unfortunately, HTC falls short when it comes to the bundled software, with Samsung offering free satellite navigation along with access to Quickflix movie rentals, Music Hub subscription music and Dropbox with 50GB of included online storage for documents and photos.