Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One X Review – Intro
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and HTC One X are great, cutting edge devices. They represent some of the best that the Android platform has in market at the moment.
If you’re deciding between the Samsung Galaxy Note or HTC One X, the key elements to focus on are size, screen, memory, weight and speed.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One X Review – Size, screen and battery
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is significantly bigger than the HTC One X. Size is almost the defining characteristic of the Galaxy phone. The screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 5.5 inches across it’s diagonal. The HTC One X is 4.7 which, incredibly, although it’s one of the biggest in market is dwarfed by the Samsyng Galaxy Note 2’s Super AMOLED almost TV sized dimensions.
But there’s more to it than just the size of the screen. The Note 2’s Super AMOLED screen offers bolder, brighter colors. It’s more eye catching. It’s a genuine pleasure to use. I found the HTC One X’s screen more practical for everyday use. In the Australian sunshine, the HTC One X was easier to read and, importantly, the battery lasted much longer on the HTC One X.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One X Review – memory
The HTC One X comes, out of the box, with 32 GB of on board storage, the vast majority of which is available to the user when they turn it on. For almost everyone, even those who love to take a lot of pictures and even watch recorded TV on their device, this amount of storage is more than enough to keep them going.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is sold in Australia with 16GB of internal memory when you take it out of the box. Some international variants of the product have 32 GB / 64 GB. All can be extended through user addition of a Micro SD card. Extendable memory is always a preference. It allows you to swap memory cards ( and their contents ) between devices and it’s usually cheaper to buy the memory yourself than have it packaged. The price of those SD cards falls every month !
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One X Review – speed
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is amazingly fast. The combination of the latest Android 4.1 Jellybean software and LTE ( that’s Long Term Evolution, also known as 4G wireless network connection ) means that downloading apps, web pages, or, in fact, any kind of content is surprisingly fast. I got used to it almost straight away, and, moving back to the HTC One X, network access seemed slow by comparison.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One X Review – weight
There is a clear 50 grams between the devices. The HTC One X is 130 grams. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 180 grams. Holding them at the same time, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in one hand, the HTC One X in the other, you can clearly tell the difference.
However, in day to day use, as I say in the review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, you just get used to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s size and weight.
It’s fair to say that the HTC One X fits easier in your pocket at first but within a few days, there is never any problem dealing with the weight of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or HTC One X ? Which is best ?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is clearly the better device for me. Aesthetically, it looks better. It’s more modern, the range of colours means you’re more likely to find one which suits you. And the features list is right on the edge of cutting edge. Add in the blistering speed of the latest Jellybean operating system and LTE network access and you’ve got a supercool device in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is hard to beat right now in the Android market.
However, the decision on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or HTC One X is a decision as much about your brand preference and the size of the device as anything else. They both serve very different types of user. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is for people who don’t like to conform and love the hottest brand in Android mobiles. They’re likely to know what they want when they start shopping. A phablet is such a different type of device they’ve either bought in to it or they haven’t.
The HTC One X is for a high end, early adopter super consumer. It’s more mainstream and the build quality is about the best on the market.