Today I’ll be having the honor of placing the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in a dogfight, to see which one goes home with the bone.
Now for some of you, this might seem unfair, because the One X has a Quad-Core Processor and the Galaxy Nexus has only two cores of processing power, but as we all know, bigger doesn’t mean better sometimes.
With that in mind, let’s see how the fight between the HTC One X versus Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus goes.
Dimensions and Casing
The HTC One X dimensions measure 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm, 130gm and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is just a bit longer, measuring 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm, 135gm. The 5 extra grams on the Galaxy Nexus won’t be considered as a disadvantage, because it’s hardly noticeable.
The design of the HTC One X has been overhauled compared to other HTC devices, with a polycarbonate unibody, giving the user a solid grip and a nice feel while holding it. Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus stands out with its curved body, which gives it a better feel and a more comfortable grip.
I would call this round a draw, as both the devices compensate in measurements and the extra 5 grams on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are hardly noticeable.
Both the devices pack a top-notch display with great ppi dispersion and 720p HD resolution. The HTC One X comes with a 4.7” 2nd generation S-LCD display (312 ppi) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a slightly smaller 4.65” SuperAMOLED display (316 ppi).
While the HTC One X’s display is brighter, the SuperAMOLED on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus renders deeper blacks (better readability). Viewing angles are great on both devices and when exposed to sunlight, the two of them perform very well.
This round is won by the user’s preferences, as you could opt for the brighter screen on the One X (brightness might reduce battery life) or the “darker” display on the Galaxy Nexus.
Right off the bat I’m going to say that the HTC One X could have this round because of its Quad-Core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor which packs 4 cores running at 1.5 GHz and an extra core that does the processing when the other four aren’t needed in order to preserve battery life. The One X is equipped with a ULP GeForce GPU which only adds to the performance of the processor. Against the Quad-Core’s greatness, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can do nothing to push harder because of its Dual-Core 1.2 GHz processor, but while the HTC One X outperforms the Nexus regarding processing-power, it got outsmarted by the Samsung Galaxy Nexus during the HTML5 test, where the Nexus offered a better and faster browsing experience. Let’s not forget that the Galaxy Nexus comes with a great GPU too, the PowerVR SGX540, which performs very well in all the apps and games out there.
I give this round to the HTC One X, as the 4+1 Nvidia Tegra 3 gives the user a faster and more fluent experience with anything you throw at it, from simple tasks and apps to power-hungry games.
We know that ICS 4.0 surfaced on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for the first time and it is raw Android OS, with nothing on top of it. It offers a great and intuitive experience to its users and the improved design with great animations is a big plus.
The HTC One X has the Sense UI 4.0 on top of the Android ICS 4.0 and I can’t say I don’t like it, but I’d rather stick with the simplicity of the raw Android experience. The Sense UI is known for its customizability and the latest 4.0 update is no different, as it adds more style and functionality to the One X. Skinning is available in the Sense UI 4.0 which is a great thing as long as you don’t mind sacrificing some processing power for a better look.
I think this round is won again by the user’s preferences.
More and more devices start adopting Apple’s iPhone concept, relieving their phones of the possibility of extending the memory via SD card. That being said, neither the HTC One X nor the Samsung Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have a SD card slot. We get the stock 32GB on the One X which I think is more than enough for most users and 16GB on the Nexus which could use some extending with an SD card. Let’s not forget that the HTC has a 2 year 25GB cloud storage plan from DropBox.
The HTC One X has the upper hand in this round with a plus of 16GB of built-in memory and the 25GB cloud storage from DropBox.
Again, the HTC One X dominates the Galaxy Nexus with a higher resolution camera of 8 MP compared to the 5MP on the Samsung. Both of them take pretty good pictures and record in 1080p at 30 fps, but the HTC has the upper hand, as it features image stabilization and simultaneous video and image recording.
Both of them have a front facing 1.3 MP camera that record in HD 720p at 30 fps.
The guys at HTC said that the camera on the One X is the best they’ve ever made, but they haven’t gone through the trouble of adding a camera key on the side. The Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have the camera key neither and it isn’t a camera oriented phone, as it gives us average quality pictures and videos.
The HTC One X wins again with a better 8 MP camera that shows more detail and the image stabilization that makes recording video a pleasure.
Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor gives the HTC One X the upper hand in this fight as it utilizes battery life with economy in mind, making the device last for up to 30 hours of average usage.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is known for its questionable battery life and it won’t be standing a chance in front of the One X in this round. So the round goes to the HTC One X.
It’s fairly obvious that the HTC One X is much better than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, having a better processor, a larger memory pool and a better camera, things that make the Nexus look like a little child compared to the One X.
I correct myself and I must say that YES, bigger is better most of the time (no Galaxy Note please). I hope you enjoyed this dogfight between the heavy weight HTC One X and the middle weight Samsung Galaxy Nexus.