Despite the hype, it turns out Samsung’s Galaxy S III doesn’t quite dazzle as bright as a supernova.
Last night I finally got my hands on Samsung’s hyped Galaxy S III superphone at the CTIA Wireless conference. While the features like S Voice, eye-tracking, and TouchWiz tweaks stood out, all I could think of was how it compared to the HTC One X, the other Android superphone that’s turning heads these days.
From a short demo where a Samsung PR representative walked me through the phone’s features and playing around with the speedy device myself, I liked what I saw. The screen is beautiful, the performance sizzled, and Flipboard for Android was fun to play around with. I was a big fan of the Samsung Galaxy S II and now Samsung has taken that phone to a new level here.
Both the Galaxy S III and HTC One X are huge: the Galaxy has a 4.8-inch screen while the One has a 4.7-inch screen. (If you have small hands, these phones aren’t your friend.) And both phones have blazing performance and great cameras that could please the most discerning perfectionists.
But if you look at the Galaxy S III and HTC One X (see the slideshows below to do just that), it’s clear that HTC has won on the design front with a curved polycarbonate body while Samsung has opted for a somewhat cheap-feeling plastic body.
Samsung, on the other hand, wins when it comes to features. Both phones have Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but the phones’ respective Android skins offer different experiences. Samsung’s latest TouchWiz tweaks with S Voice, S Beam, Direct Call, and additional multitasking features. HTC offers high-quality Beats Audio and crazy good ImageSense tech for its camera, but its not enough to overcome the HTC’s inferior Sense skin.