THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 AND HTC ONE X are the two most desirable Android smartphones on the market at present. On paper the two are very similar, both featuring quad-core processors, large screens and running Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system (OS).
However, once you get your hands on the devices, these similarities melt away and it quickly becomes apparent that the two handsets are very different machines.
Kind folks that we are, we've discovered these key differences, and we will tell you the ins and outs of each device without needing to lay down any hard cash.
Design and build
The Galaxy S3 houses one of the biggest screens seen on any Android handset, save for the Galaxy Note and Dell Streak, featuring a huge 4.8in Super AMOLED display. However, the HTC One X also has a fairly sizeable 4.7in capacitive touchscreen display.
The two devices are closely matched in size, with the Galaxy S3 measuring 137x71x8.6mm while the One X measures 134x70x8.9mm. The same is true of the weight, with the Galaxy S3 weighing 133g and the One X weighing a slightly lighter 130g.
Despite being very similar in size, the two devices are quite different visually. While the One X has curved corners, it features significantly harder edges and lines than the Galaxy S3, which has a much softer look.
Additionally the One X has a unibody design, while the Galaxy S3 features a removable back plate. While having access to the device's battery is useful, letting you swap the phone's battery if necessary, we really aren't a fan of the back plate on the Galaxy S3.
This is because the Galaxy S3 back plate feels incredibly flimsy - to the point that we actually winced every time we removed it, concerned that it might break.
The One X by comparison feels reassuringly sturdy, despite being made of polycarbonate as opposed to the metal of the Galaxy S3. Beyond this, the most noticeable design differences between the two are the Galaxy S3's use of a physical home button and metal trim.
The metal trimming surrounds the device's sides and acts as a barrier between its front face and detachable back plate, while the home button sits at the front of the device between the Galaxy S3's capacitive back and menu buttons.
Overall, while these touches make the device look fairly nice they do give it a distinct Iphone like feel - something we don't like, preferring the One X's unmistakably HTC Android design.
Winner The HTC One X.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 might look nice but it doesn't feel as sturdy as the HTC One X.
This article was originally published on V3.
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