Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Windows 8X

By admin | Published November 20th, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Windows 8X ReviewIf you love gadgets let's see now, how the Windows Phone 8 handsets fares against the better rated Samsung Galaxy S III. This is a daunting handset and one which 8X will find hard to tackle. Will the Galaxy’s top-notch screen and Live Tiles help it score over its rival? Let’s examine the pros and cons of these two formidable products.

See also: Samsung Galaxy Note II VS Galaxy S III

Design

The Galaxy S III may not be too eye-catching. But then again the Windows Phone 8X has an uncomfortable feel. HTC has a better look, but when you use the handset, its jagged edges and the soft-touch fabric that encompasses its body renders it a tad bit unpleasant to use. Galaxy S III doesn't sparkle, it but it has a natural feel. The silken, sleek, plastic is nice to touch. With regard to the buttons, those on the Phone 8X are not very receptive, but the Galaxy S III is much the same in this respect.

Display

Windows Phone 8X is streets ahead in the display. Its S-LCD2 is more intense than the GS III’s Super AMOLED. This allows it more visibility in the outdoors. The 8X’s color range is better too. Though it's slightly warm, it's more realistic than GS III’s cold pictures.

Interface

The interface on both devices is vastly different and so it’s tough if not impossible to say which appears better. Windows Phone 8 has flat tiles while the Galaxy III is equipped with Android 4.1 and TouchWiz Nature UX, which is akin to the conventional OS familiarity. The users must decide which device they prefer.

Functionality

Supporting widgets help Android hold the advantage, but Windows Phone 8’s Live Tiles largely offsets this plus point of its rival. Since the user can get quite a lot of functionality from the widgets, we can conclude that this phone’s home screen has better functionality than the 8X. Besides, the openness of the Android and it many applications, makes it overall the more dominant of the two.

Messaging

The Galaxy S III is a comfortable winner in messaging. And not just because its keyboards occupy the entire screen space available. It is also because the user can comfortably change the keyboard with one that is best suited for his needs.

Processor, Memory

Both phones are equipped with hardware that is powerful. This guarantees a hassle-free platform action. The 8X gets its power from a double-core Snapdragon S4 Plus piece. Samsung's Exynos 4412 CPU powers the GS III. As far as performance goes, both these devices are highly satisfying, neither of them disappoints. Both the
Windows Phone and the S III have 1 GB of RAM in them. Incidentally, the GS III American versions have 2 GB of RAM.

The internal storage facilities of the devices throw up some interesting insights. The Galaxy S III again gives us better flexibility. Because it comes in three GB versions ranging from 16 to 64 GB, it also comes with a microSD card that provides as much as additional 64 GB.

The 8X remains with 16 GB memory. One more advantage that the GS III has is that the user can install a Flash Player. He will need to download it from another source but it will help him to get almost all internet content. You can get LTE on both the phones, but an international user will have to be content with HSPA+. In theory the 8X should touch download actions of 42.2 Mbit/s. For the GS III it gets a maximum of 21.1 Mbit/s. In practice the difference will not be that much, it is believed.

Camera

The competition is close when the cameras come into play. One would tend to think that the Galaxy S III has won the camera contest, and has beaten the HTC 8X for the images that it gives are normally more realistic. Talking about details, neither phone looks to outdo the other.

However, GS III’s range of colors is close as possible to reality. The images on the 8X, on the other hand, are a fairly bit warm. Keeping all aspects in mind, the photos that the 8X throw up give lots of joy to the user. However, the performance of the GS III is a bit better.

Users will like the Galaxy S III’s videos recording better than that of the Galaxy S III. The reason for this is the same as it is for the images: the colors are more lifelike, though one can complain about a bit of overexposure in objects that are brightly-lit. It’s more reasonable with the 8X when it comes to exposure. Still too it’s not sufficient to induce us to like the video recording.

Internet

In all handsets nowadays the internet is a vital component and so we must look how it is in these smartphones. We can frankly say that it’s tough to give either of them the sobriquet of ‘great internet connector’. Which provides the better internet connection will ultimately lie in the hand of the device’s users.

Both of them are fairly equal on this score. Both of them produce very easy frame rates as one navigates the many web pages. The native browser on the GS III is perhaps more hassle-free when compared to the 8X’s IE 10. The difference, however, is not much.

The Galaxy S III’s bigger screen gives it the upper hand. So one will tend to give the Oscar to the Samsung device, even if it is only because of the larger screen that enables the user to read more comfortably. One would also like to pat Microsoft on the back for having developed a browser that is so capable and that also gives very precise tap-twice to zoom options, which can hardly be used on the GS III.

Multimedia

If you like to watch videos on your phone, then Samsung Galaxy S III is best for you. The main reason of course is the large screen – it’s 4.8” in size. Additionally, the many apps on the Samsung device help the user to watch almost anything. But then the Windows Phone 8X is also fairly nice, the WP8 can support huge storage. But the relatively small screen means the movies are not that much fun as on its rival phone.

However, the HTC Windows Phone 8X earphones are more comfy. The user has to push GS III phones deeply in the ears – and that is quite unpleasant! Sound-wise, the 8X has too many high frequencies. This can be irritating at high volumes. What’s needed is a better set of earphones. The call quality is great on both. But the HTC’s loudspeaker is mediocre when compared to the Galaxy S III. It has a lower volume and its sound is a bit muffled.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy is the better gadget. It feels nice in the hand when set up against the 8X. It also offers lots of features, unlike the Windows Phone 8X. Some of these are the bigger, terrific personalized capability, a good QWERTY keyboard and a camera that’s slightly ahead. The HTC Windows Phone 8X is certainly not bad, but it cannot trump its rival in design and in its software.

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