Three-way competition: Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X and iPhone 4S – Part 2

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 6:22:22 by

The current iterations under discussion also are in neck-and-neck competition with each other. At 5.4 inches tall by 2.8 inches wide by 0.34 inch thick, weighing 4.7 ounces, S III is a hair thicker than the rest and slightly heavier than the One X. However, that is only visible if someone uses a vernier calliper.

One X is 5.2 inches tall by 2.6 inches wide by 0.3 inch thick and weighs only 4.6 ounces. iPhone 4S is 4.5 inches tall by 2.3 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick, gathering most mass in the bunch at 4.9 ounces.

Operating system

Both One X and S III run on the same Android platform with the latest edition of the operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. A complete comparison can only be made when the S III arrives to the market but on paper both are on the same page.

4S, on the other hand, runs Apple’s latest iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 5. The phone received an update to iOS 5.1 in March when the company released the New iPad.

Apple takes the lead in operating system with silky smooth operations and a larger pool of apps, 600,000 in comparison to Android’s 500,000 apps.

Web browsing and multi-tasking are undoubtedly Apple’s forte but the new ICS is also touted to be the best version of Android to date. More importantly, Android lovers love the new OS.


When it comes to display in a smartphone, three things are taken into account; pixel density, colour vividness and touch sensitivity.

The iPhone 4S has the sharpest display in the market. Its Retina Display has extreme density of pixels, 332 pixels per inch. Naked human eye cannot differentiate between the pixels at that rate.

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4 Comments for “Three-way competition: Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X and iPhone 4S – Part 2”

  1. Khushal Khan

    But you didn’t mention the processors of the devices. the HTC One X has a Tegra 3 quad core processor clocked at 1.4Ghz. while the iPhone 4s has a dual core chip clocked at about 1Ghz. The Samsung Galaxy S3 will have a 1.4Ghz quad core Exynos chipset which would probably be quicker than the Tegra 3 (Samsung makes much quicker chipset).

    The screen on the One X is a Super Clear LCD 2 display while the Samsung will boast a Super AMOLED display. The iPhone has the most pixel density but the screen on the S3 will have incredible contrast.

  2. Usman Khalid

    Mr. Khan,
    The specifications you mentioned are in the first part of the post. Please log on to this link.

  3. Hasan

    read both parts and I agree with khan. Writer seems to be an iphone die hard fan. This comparison is just highlighting the places where iphone may have a step forward and that also is not described correctly. HTC LCD 2 display is much much better then iphone4s and on paper! ? Iphone4s has kept loosing from Galaxys2. And here you are talking about GalaxyS3 and the OneX. Do a research and you will find that iphone apps fc are more then of HTC ONE X. Anyway, I am not an android fan and I like iphone4s for many of its qualities but the comparison done here is just not done fair. Oh I forgot. How about the screen sizes? LoL. Its really not fair to compare pixel density without looking into what screen size @ what resolution are you talking about.

  4. Usman Khalid

    Dear Hasan,
    I concur to the fact that HTC and Samsung offer more vivid and brighter displays, but another fact remains unchanged nonetheless. No one, and I mean no one, has yet reached the pinnacle of 330 ppi in display technology, not even 300 ppi. That said, I never favoured the iPhone 4S per se. It has some features that are technologically advanced than S2 or S3 for that matter. You yourself are an iPhone user, you know better. AMOLED and Super LCD 2 are undoubtedly the best display technologies but as the screen size grows, the pixels disperse. Apple has crammed more pixels in a 3.5-inch screen than Samsung has in 4.3-inch one. iPhone 4S: 3.5” (960×640), Samsung: (480 x 800). This makes 4S’ display better albeit vividness.
    One X, on the other hand, has a quad-core processor in the international version, so does S III, which is better than 4S. But it is yet to be seen whether these high-end processors make the Android ICS run smooth and without any stutter.

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