porky pig wrote:Traded in my white HTC ONE X for a dark blue GALAXY S3 last week. Technical details make me yawn, but I thought I might post some random impressions regarding these 2 phones that have not escaped even my unobservant mind after some hands on experience.
- The S3 is definitely an upgrade over the ONE X, but you got to pay about $80 more for a white S3 without warranty. $100 more gets you the blue one. With warranties are also available, but I never inquired how much.
- The S3 has a longer battery life than the ONE X. The battery is also removable on the S3, so you can extend its battery life by purchasing another battery. The battery on the S3 is built in.
- The S3 has a slot for an external memory card. The ONE X doesn’t.
- The glossy dark blue S3 is not a bad looking phone despite the online dissing it’s received. It’s much more subtle looking than the glossy white S3, but then I’m coming off a matte white ONE X and de gustibus…. Definitely feels more comfortable in the hand than the ONE X though, and definitely thinner. Surprisingly, the S3 feels a tad lighter than the ONE X, though I believe the S3, outside my mind, is the fractionally heavier phone.
- Music on the S3 through the headset jack is detailed and dynamic, even when using a pair of knockoffs. Leaves the Beats logoed ONE X behind eating its dust.
- ONE X uses the HTC Sense Interface, which you need to download, in order for the phone to communicate with a computer and in order to transfer files. The S3 is recognized instantaneously by a computer once you plug it in, so you can immediately start dragging files back and forth. Moreover, the S3 remains fully functional while plugged into a computer, and transferred files are immediately recognized. Not the case with the ONE X.
- Voice dictated text messages on the S3 work fast and smooth about 70 per cent of the time, provided you don’t push it and lose your cool.
- S Voice, the S3 personal assistant, also has some issues. Nevertheless, it manages to provide the lonely guy with some companionship, filling the void and finding a niche somewhere between a dog and a cat.
Great comparison, Thx.
I actually went and bought the Galaxy S2 about a month ago BEFORE waiting to see the S3 in person.
The reviews on the design seemed pretty bad online, so I assumed they were accurate (too big, the curve sucks, micro-SIM, etc). I COULDN'T DISAGREE MORE ABOUT THE SIZE, LOOK AND SHAPE OF IT! PERFECTION, REALLY.
I actually got to see one and was very impressed with it's design.
First, the 720p screen is absolutely amazing!
It actually "feels" smaller than my S2 because of the smooth pebble shape, and the fact that the screen is almost to the very edges of the phone itself, so it has a noticeably bigger screen, but the phone size increase is VERY minimal. My S2 is very boxy.
Any regular SIM can be easily cut down to a micro-SIM size.
Bigger battery, but quad processors will probably eat up more battery anyways.
S-voice. Well, I've yet to be impressed with any speech application. I could download it now for my S2, but I know I'll never use it.
Can't replace the battery? Ouch! I have 2 batteries for my S2 and they have been life savers on 12 hour bus rides (besides the fact that power cuts have messed up my charging, here in Laos).
It's new, so not as many mods/roms/themes available yet. However, I already see many devs moving over to the S3, which means there will soon be many mods for it.
Oh, and the official price for the S3 in Phnom Penh with a warranty was $645. Definitely a good deal.
The S2 was about $425 (and probably dropping) with warranty about a week ago. Maybe a better "deal."
Overall, there won't be much incentive for S2 users to upgrade to the S3.
My screen is excellent, although not 720p. It will still play full 1080p videos though.
Removable battery and micro SD card. You do have to turn off the phone and take out the battery to remove the SD card, which is totally retarded!
Plenty of mods available.
Great battery life (5 hours of screen on while connected to 2G internet. Less if connected to 3G.
Excellent camera with flash.
It BETTER get firmware version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or I'll be pretty pissed off!