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Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. HTC One X: Smartphone comparison

Looking for a new smartphone and decided that you don’t want an iPhone? You’ll most likely want an Android phone instead. Two of the best options on the market right now are the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and HTC’s new one X.

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In our review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, we described it as the best Android phone ever. But does that mean you should automatically buy it instead of the newer HTC one X? definitely not! Let’s see how these two powerhouse Android phones stack up, and find out which one is right for you.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. HTC one X: Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Nexus HTC one X Verdict

Operating system Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Draw

Display size 4.65in 4.7in HTC one X

Display technology Capacitive Super AMOLED HD Super IPS LCD2 Draw

Display resolution 720×1280 720×1280 Draw

Pixel density 316 ppi 312 ppi Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Multitouch Yes Yes Yes

Front camera 1.3-megapixels 1.3-megapixels Draw

Rear camera 5 megapixels w/single-LED flash 8 megapixels w/single-LED flash HTC one X

Camera features Autofocus, touch focus, geotagging, face detection, zero shutter lag Simultaneous HD video and image recording, autofocus, touch focus, geotagging, face and smile detection, image stabilisation HTC one X

Video recording 1080p HD @ 30fps 1080p HD @ 30fps Draw

FM radio no Yes HTC one X

GPS Yes, with Google Maps navigation Yes, with Google Maps navigation Draw

Internal memory 16GB 32GB HTC one X

Expandable memory none None Draw

Dimensions 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm Draw

Weight 135g 130g HTC one X

Application Store Google Play Store Google Play Store Draw

Processor Cortex A9 dual-core (1.2GHz) NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core (1.5GHz) HTC one X

Australian 3G networks HSDPA 850/900/2100 HSDPA 850/900/2100 Draw

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n Draw

Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP HTC one X

HDMI-out no (Yes with MHL adapter) no (Yes with MHL adapter) Draw

Quoted battery life Up to 8 hrs 20 min not quoted Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Battery -capacity 1750 mAh 1800 mAh HTC one X

Adobe Flash support Yes Yes Draw

Major carriers Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Optus, Vodafone Galaxy Nexus

Galaxy Nexus vs. HTC one X: Display

The Galaxy Nexus has a large 4.65in Super AMOLED HD display. The HD points to a high definition resolution of 1280×720; the Galaxy Nexus displays a sharp and crisp image. The screen is bright, vivid and clear and text is crisp and smooth with minimal visible aberrations. The large size of the screen makes the Galaxy Nexus great for video playback but the best benefit of the screen is the experience it creates when reading and Web browsing. our only real complaint is that the automatic brightness setting is often erratic.

The HTC one X on the other hand has a brilliant 4.7in SLCD display, also with a HD resolution of 1280×720. It’s slightly crisper, brighter and sharper than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus’ display. It has excellent viewing angles, great sunlight legibility and good colour reproduction.

Verdict: There is nothing wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus’ screen, but we have to award the win here to the HTC one X. It has superb viewing angles and is easier to see in sunlight than the Galaxy Nexus. Both screens are very good, but the one X is slightly better, in our opinion.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. HTC One X: Smartphone comparison

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    Posted by admin - July 6, 2012 at 3:00 am

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    Smartphone Comparison: Screen Sizes

    One of the key considerations in making any smartphone comparison has to be the model’s screen size.

    Just over five years ago, in the pre-touchscreen era, we contented ourselves with 2-inch (diagonally measured) screen sizes on candybar phones, such as Nokia’s N70 in 2005.

    Screen sizes gradually grew larger with the 2.6-inch Nokia N95 in 2007, followed by the 2.8-inch N96 in 2008. around this time, Apple released the first iPhone, which sported a 3.5-inch touchscreen, in 2007.

    While Apple has amazingly kept this same size even up to the latest iPhone 4S in 2011, the most recent years have seen larger sizes coming out—such as the 4.3-inch Samsung Galaxy S II, the 4.7-inch HTC Sensation XL, and even the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note.

    With all these different screen sizes emerging, how would you choose what’s best for you?

    The key lies in understanding how screen size developed alongside screen resolution, since this directly affects image quality, and therefore in meeting your individual needs in using a smartphone.

    The earlier smartphones around year 2005 had smaller 2-inch screens on average during the pre-touchscreen era. What mattered more was having a handy keypad or even a full QWERTY keyboard—which is still currently found on the BlackBerry Curve and Bold devices to this date. Screen resolutions were also lower at that time, at around 176×208 or 320×240, so image quality was decent at those screen sizes.

    As the years went by, the demand for larger screens became increasingly apparent, as smartphones started to grow larger into the 3- to 4- inch range. this was fueled mainly by the developments of capacitive touchscreen technology, which allowed multi-touch, pinching, and swiping. this can be easily done today on the iPhone and many others. (The earlier smartphones and PDAs which were using resistive touchscreens typically required a stylus, since they were not as sensitive and could only respond to single touches.)

    At these larger screen sizes, screen resolution had to improve at the same time to maintain or even improve image quality as well, otherwise you would be seeing blown-up pixelated images.

    In the area of image quality (measured in pixels per inch or ppi), the iPhone reigns supreme with its Retina Display resolution of 640×960 (326ppi on 3.5 inches), followed by 720×1280 on the larger 4.65-inch Galaxy Nexus (316ppi), 540×960 on the Motorola Atrix 2 (256ppi on 4.3 inches), and 480×800 on the Samsung Galaxy S II (217ppi on 4.3 inches).

    As you can see in the above examples, larger screen sizes do not always equal better image quality. the screen resolution needs to be correspondingly increased to keep up the ratio.

    So now with the image quality aspect covered, let’s look at the physical aspects or ergonomics of screen size.

    Smartphones today tend to have full-sized touchscreen slate form factors, minus the keypads of the earlier candybar, flip phones, or slide factors, as the trend now is to take full advantage of a full touchscreen. this maximizes your viewing pleasure and the touchscreen functionality. the most obvious tradeoff in choosing screen sizes is in balancing viewing size versus portability.

    In making your smartphone comparison, if you’re looking for portability and the best image quality, the 3.5-inch iPhone 4S is unbeaten as a package. It fits snugly in pockets and bags, boasts the sharpest image quality, and is good to use for Internet browsing or ebook reading for short durations at its size.

    If larger 4.3- to 4.7-inch screens are your preference, you’ll be sacrificing some image quality and portability for the increased viewing size. this can be more enjoyable for some users who need that bigger screen for viewing pleasure.

    Smartphones below 4.5 inches will still be comfortable enough to use in one hand for most users. At larger sizes, though—such as the 4.65-inch Galaxy Nexus and 4.7-inch HTC Sensation XL—single-handed use might make it more difficult to reach the corners, though larger viewing could be a pleasurable tradeoff for some.

    At the largest end, we have the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, which also identifies itself as a mini-tablet. At this size, you will need fairly large hands to hold it up comfortably as a phone. or you could use a Bluetooth headset instead. otherwise, this size works best for those who really want to see things big, with a larger touchscreen to play with.

    All in, smartphone comparison in terms of screen size is quite an individual thing, and it would be best for you to experiment with the different sizes before committing to any particular smartphone.

    Smartphone Comparison: Screen Sizes

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      Posted by admin - June 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

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      Galaxy S3, iPhone 4S drop test comparison video

      As you probably know, when a new smartphone hits the mobile space it usually ends up at some point being compared against the top dog in the mobile arena, the iPhone, and as the latest popular handset is the Samsung Galaxy S3, this too has now been compared with its closest rival the iPhone 4S in a drop test comparison.

      Of course we have that Samsung Galaxy S3 versus the iPhone 4S drop test footage for our reader’s viewing consideration below, which comes our way courtesy of the guys over at Ubergizmo and by way of the guys over at Android Authority.

      In the footage below we get to see both the Android Ice Cream Sandwich handset and the iOS smartphone being put to the test by dropping both on their back, side, and front to see which smartphone can come out the better off.

      However when put to the drop test on concrete both smartphone do suffer substantial damage especially to their displays, although it does appear that the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes out the worse for wear, as the iPhone 4S touch screen continues to work even though cracked, whilst the Galaxy S3 no longer works.

      Having said that of course probably any smartphone would suffer the same damage if dropped onto a hard surface, so basically the moral of this is owners of a smartphone are probably best off protecting their handset regardless of which device it might be with a protection case.

      That said I’ll leave you to head on down to hit that play button and watch the smartphone carnage…enjoy.

      Galaxy S3, iPhone 4S drop test comparison video

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        Posted by admin - June 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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        AT&T activates 4.3M iPhones, representing 78% of Q1 smartphone sales

        Carrier announced quarterly earnings this morning, revealing they activated 4.3 million iPhones during the first quarter of this year, with 21 percent new to . The figure represents a substantial decrease over the 7.6 million iPhones the company activated during the holiday quarter of last year, when the 4S launched in the U.S.

        On a more realistic annual basis, it’s a healthy 19 percent growth. and with three out of four smartphones sold in the quarter being iPhones, the nation’s second-largest wireless operator definitely remains the iPhone network no matter how you look at it.

        Also notable, AT&T’s quarterly iPhone activations easily beat the 3.2 million iPhones Verizon activated during the first quarter of 2012.  is scheduled to report its quarterly earnings today after the markets close, at 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific. The company will webcast the earnings call and we will be at hand to relay important tidbits as they happen…

        Consolidated revenue for the quarter was $31.8 billion, a 1.8 percent annual increase. Quarterly net income was S$3.58 billion (60 cents per share), an increase over the $3.4 billion net income (57 cents per share) in the year-ago quarter.

        The company noted that nearly one-third of its existing postpaid smartphone subscribers are now on 4G-enabled devices, which – in AT&T’s vocabulary, means everyone on their 3G HSDPA network and up.

        Shares of Apple lost $10 on AT&T’s earnings report.

        Despite the notable drop in iPhone activations, Apple’s device represented more than three-quarters, or 78 percent, of the 5.5 million smartphones (a new record for AT&T) they activated throughout the quarter. for comparison, the iPhone accounted for 51 percent of all smartphone sales over at Verizon.

        Apple’s phone also accounted for nearly sixty percent of the carrier’s total phone sales that include smartphones, dumb phones and feature phones.

        Most importantly, churn rate among their smartphone customers is the lowest among all of their customers. Wireless churn was 1.1 percent, AT&T’s lowest in the past seven quarters.

        According to a press release:

        Both Android and iPhone device sales remain strong. iPhone sales were helped by AT&T’s 4G network, which lets iPhone 4S download three-times faster than other U.S. carriers’ networks. in the quarter, the company activated 4.3 million iPhones, with 21 percent new to AT&T.

        With Sprint and regional carriers thrown into the mix, US iPhone sales probably hit the 10 million mark. As international sales continue to represent well over half of Apple’s total sales, Apple could – with some luck – report first-quarter iPhone sales just shy of 30 million units.

        Current estimate for iPhone activations in the US by operator as of Q1 2012.Chart courtesy of Asymco.

        As Asymco’s Horace Dediu pointed out, non-US as mix of total iPhones sold has grown from 65 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 72 percent in the first quarter of last year, dropping to 63 percent in the second quarter of 2011 due to the delayed iPhone 4S launch in October of 2011.

        The analyst also noted that iPhone growth in the United States appears to be around 50 percent, which is pretty consistent compared to last year’s 53 percent.

        China could save the day for Apple and let’s not forget that the iPhone 4S became available in more than 75 countries by the end of calendar 2011, Apple’s fastest international roll-out for the device.

        The iPhone maker will report quarterly earnings after the markets close today.

        Are you surprised that iPhone activations at AT&T nearly halved in the first quarter compared to the previous one?

        True, nothing compares to the lucrative holiday quarter and it only makes sense to compare sales on an annual basis, but still – it appears to be a substantial decrease.

        Should we be worried?

        AT&T activates 4.3M iPhones, representing 78% of Q1 smartphone sales

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          Posted by admin - April 27, 2012 at 5:00 am

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          Apple iPhone 4S demand still high and rising – survey

          A survey has revealed that the iPhone 4S is still in popular demand, despite Apple’s smartphone being over six months old. There are more people are planning on purchasing the iPhone 4S within the next three months than there were in December.

          The poll, carried out by ChangeWave Research, asked 4,413 people, who are planning on buying a smartphone within the next 90 days, which manufacturer they would be purchasing their device from. 56 per cent answered Apple iPhone, with Samsung, the manufacturer who came second in the poll, trailing far behind with just 13 per cent of the votes.

          It seems that rumours of a new iPhone haven’t deterred consumers from buying current models of the iPhone, despite predictions of a June launch.

          Of the participants in ChangeWave’s poll, 6 per cent answered Motorola, 3 per cent answered HTC and 3 per cent answered RIM/Blackberry.

          In December, just two months after the iPhone 4S was launched and the period leading up to Christmas, ChangeWave asked consumers the same question. 54 per cent (2 per cent less than the recent survey) answered Apple iPhone.

          CNN reports that the 56 per cent result for Apple is the second highest ChangeWave has ever recorded. the highest record (65 per cent) reached by the iPhone 4S just before it’s launch in October.

          Apple iPhone 4S demand still high and rising – survey

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            Posted by admin - April 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

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