Phone technology started out in a big form factor and as time passed, it got smaller and smaller, but in the latest years it started growing again from 2 - 2.4” screens to 5.3”, and at this rate we’ll find ourselves with a full-sized TV in our hands.
Today I’ll be comparing the HTC One X to Samsung’s Galaxy Note, and yes, I know that the Note had its share of gossip with the tablet + phone idea, but I think my point of view could be different, who knows.
Besides the screen size, the Galaxy Note comes with nothing new, as it looks like a bigger Galaxy S2, having the same shape and build quality and compared to the Polycarbonate Unibody that the One X comes with, the Note has a lot of disadvantages.
First of all, let me tell you that from my point of view, a phone’s display should not be bigger than 4” because for me, that would be too big and I wouldn’t consider that being a phone, but a semi-tablet.
The Galaxy Note measures 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm which is far too big for my tastes and bigger than the One X, which measures 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm. I believe that people using these phones look rather awkward without a Bluetooth headset and a man-purse (which only adds to the awkwardness if you’re a man).
The materials used to build the Galaxy Note are the same materials used for the S2, but given its larger size, the Note is not as easy to handle as its smaller relative and with the price that it comes with, you wouldn’t want to drop it.
HTC’s One X handles a lot better because of its Polycarbonate Unibody and a smaller form-factor, and the design comes in with a fresh image compared to the Note.
The Galaxy Note comes with a whopping 5.3” HD SuperAMOLED display, with a pixel density of 285 ppi and a 16:10 resolution of 1280x800 (holy troll, that’s my desktop’s resolution) and as much as I’ve been bragging that the Note is too big, it didn’t disappoint when it came to functionality, as you can effortlessly browse the web, read, write, sketch and be productive with the help of that big screen and the S-Pen that the device comes with. The thing that I don’t like about sketching on the Galaxy Note is that they haven’t solved the lag issue, where the sketched line is slower than your pencil/finger.
The HTC One X packs a brighter 4.7” HD Super IPS LCD2 display, with a resolution of 1280x720 and 312 ppi pixel density. Sun legibility and viewing angles are great on the One X, but you should adjust the brightness to a lower setting as it might eat your battery faster.
These babies are great when it comes to performance, but the HTC One X is better than the Galaxy Note, as it comes with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor that focuses on battery economy, while the Note has a Dual-Core 1.4 GHz Exynos processing unit that handles everything without any problems.
They both have 1 GB of RAM and a maximum of 32 GB of internal memory, but the HTC One X doesn’t have a microSD card slot and this is where we find ourselves with a big or small issue, depending on the user.
They both come with an 8 MP camera with LED flash and image stabilization while filming at 1080p full HD @ 24-30 frames per second, but the camera on the Galaxy Note seems to take sharper and more vibrant pictures. I’m not saying that the HTC One X doesn’t take good pictures, but they should’ve been better because as the guys at HTC said, this is their best camera to date.
The hype around ICS has caught up with the guys at HTC and the One X comes with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich preinstalled, whereas the Galaxy Note comes with the 2.3.5 Gingerbread version which can be updated to 4.0.3 ICS.
User experience is great on both devices, with the HTC One X having the Sense UI 4.0 and the Samsung Galaxy Note with its TouchWiz 4.0.
Battery life seems to be one of these device’s strong points, because both perform great when it comes to it. The Galaxy Note has a bigger 2500 mAh battery, a smaller dual-core processor and a larger screen, but they are well balanced as the HTC One X comes with a weaker 1800 mAh battery, a smaller screen and a bigger quad-core processor that is battery friendly in theory. We should get the same battery life on both devices.
Bottom line is that both these devices are great and if you want a tablet like experience you should go for the Samsung Galaxy Note, though I’m not sure how you’re going to carry it around as it’s harder to handle because of its bigger size. Regarding the HTC One X, I can only say that the guys at HTC could’ve done better, but who am I to quarrel with such forces.