Although the bets will be on the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 this year round, Samsung’s previous flagship, the Galaxy S3, still has a lot to be applauded for, and if you own a Galaxy S3 handset right now, you may be wondering whether the One is worth upgrading to.
If you’re a Samsung fan, the HTC One certainly isn’t the handset to go for, but it still has a lot of features that may make you choose it over the Galaxy line.
- The lack of metal on the Galaxy S3 turns many away, and the plastic-y feeling to the S3 certainly isn’t something you expect from a premium phone. The HTC One certainly has been made of stronger materials, and the aluminum finish gives it a very expensive feel to it.
- When holding both handsets, you’ll find the Galaxy S3 is easier to use, especially whilst one-handed, whereas the HTC One is often a little inconvenient, and using it one-handed feels a little risky, and you’re often in a position where one slipup could end with your precious phone on the floor.
- When it comes to external hardware, the HTC beats the Galaxy in terms of speaker power with its dual stereo setup, and the included infrared attachment to the on/off button gives it an additional function to replace your wearing dusty TV remote.
- The power button on the HTC One has been put in a place that is hard to get to when holding the phone with one hand, unless you have big hands, whilst the GS3 has placed it’s buttons in places that are incredibly convenient to grab when holding it one-handed.
- There is no clear winner here, but the HTC One has a much more premium build and feel to it, whilst it lacks the convenience to hold that the Galaxy S3 has.
Three or four years ago, screen resolution was not an issue, and a 4 inch screen was a beauty, however OEMS have now gone for even bigger displays, and resolution really is important when Android handsets can now play gorgeous 3D games and 1080p HD videos.
- Whilst the HTC One holds a 4.7 inch display, the 4.8 inch display on the GS3 gives it a tiny bit more room to play with. However, this years’ smartphones have far superior quality dispays compared to last years. The HTC One’s 4.7 inch is a Full HD S-LCD 3 display with a PPI of 468, making the screen 1080x1920, whilst the GS3 has what now seems like a measly 306PPI and a resolution of 720x1280.
The 1080p display on the One far surpasses the Galaxy S3, and although the S3’s screen is nice, once you’ve got your hands on the beautiful Ones, you’ll never want to turn back.
UI and Overlay
Although both phones are running Android 4.1.2 Jellybean, the overall experience of both models is completely different, thanks to each OEMs individual overlay. The TouchWiz Nature UX on Samsung’s handset gives users extra functionality with features such as multi-window mode, smart stay, and many other functions that can be found hidden within the settings menu.
The HTC One on the otherhand has a nice complete Sense 5.0 interface. The Sense 5.0 has completely redesigned Android, and installed on the HTC One makes it feel like a completely new OS of its own. Although the GS3 has many features in its TouchWiz UI, the HTC One takes a winning hand by showing it off in one neat bundle that also makes use of handy UI features such as BlinkFeed, a Flipboard type news application, and Zoe that can add a video element to your images.
On the inside
Once again, the HTC One is the clear leader in terms of hardware. And although the GS3 had enough to be perfect for most games on the market with its quad core international Exynos 4412, and its dual core Snapdragon S4 in the US, the HTC One has received some very impressive results with its Snapdragon 600 quad core processor clocked at 1.7GHz.
On top of this, the HTC One has double the amount of RAM the GS3 with 1GB, although both handsets have enough grunt to do most tasks without lag.
The Galaxy S3 does win the storage department though, and with its removable storage, even a 16GB model would suffice.
When HTC announced the 4 Megapixel camera on the HTC One, many were shocked, especially when the Xperia Z and the Galaxy S4 come handed with a 13 Megapixel shooter. However, with HTC’s Ultrapixel technology, the One can take shots just as good as many other flagships, but does it match up to the Galaxy S3’s 8MP camera?
On the software side of things, the Galaxy S3 is filled with features to make the most out of the camera, including color effects, scene modes and other image adjusting settings, whilst the HTC’s camera app is filled with interesting gimmicks such as the Zoe software. But when you want to take a good shot, the only software that will be made use of is on the GS3.
When outdoors, the Galaxy S3 surprisingly takes in more detail than the HTC One, and the colors are represented to a better standard than the one as well. Colors on the One aren’t great, but white balance and noise are very well controlled.
When in darked situations, color on the One is once again a little washed, and although the colors are nice and bright, they look very unrealistic when compared to the Galaxy S3.
Both phones can record 1080p video at 30fps, and both phones manage to record crisp and clean, and the shaking is down to a minimum. In terms of sound quality, videos from the HTC One generally have better audio, whilst the GS3 has slightly flattened sounds.
Which is better? It’s hard to tell, but the GS3 offers a better all-round camera, whilst the HTC One takes nice photos in low light and can shoot very decent video.
The Galaxy S3 did itself well in 2012, but the One’s hardware easily beats that of the GS3, and on the software side of things, it’s hard to say for sure, and it often comes down to preference. The Galaxy S3’s TouchWiz is filled with features, but the One’s Sense 5.0 has been mastered into a very neat bundle accessible by everyone.
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