Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One X: Enter the fray

Every now and then at Phones Review we like to compare smartphones to see how they fare against each other and the HTC One X was the original quad-core processor smartphone when it arrived back in the spring, winning many fans with the larger display that has now become so popular. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (Note II) is also a phone with a large display and will be out in the next few days in some regions and in the US later in October. Today then we’ll look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. the HTC One X to see what they each have to offer the consumer.

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone then you’ll already have noticed the sheer array that are available and that can make it very difficult to choose. Hopefully with our comparison of the Galaxy Note 2 and the HTC One X, if these are included in your last choices then this may help you make the final choice that’s right for you. The HTC One X has already won a lot of interest but it’s fair to say that the Galaxy Note 2 has seen a huge amount of anticipation ahead of its release and already seems set to be a huge hit. One of the main things they have in common is that they are both Android smartphones but of course there are many differences between them too. We’ll take a look at some of the key specs and features of each to see how they’re equipped.

Starting with the Galaxy Note 2 we told earlier today how this will be available within the next day or so in the UK. It has a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core processor, 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 267ppi, 2GB of RAM, 16/32 or 64GB of internal memory (expandable with microSD), whopping 3100mAh battery (swappable) and the latest Android operating system 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

The Galaxy Note 2 also has the S Pen stylus, LTE connectivity and HSPA +, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and NFC. The camera setup on the Galaxy Note 2 consists of an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture at 30fps, along with a 1.9-megapixel front-facing shooter.

Moving on to the HTC One X this has a 1.5GHz Tegra quad-core processor (or 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core in the US version) 4.7-inch LCD display with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 312ppi, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory or 16GB for the US version (not expandable), 1800mAh battery (sealed) and the Android 4.0 ICS OS, to be upgraded to 4.1 Jelly Bean at some point along with HTC’s Sense UI.

The HTC One X also has HSPA+ for the international version and am LTE/HSPA+ combo for the US edition, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and NFC. Looking at the cameras we can tell you it has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and simultaneous HD video (24fps) and image recording as well as video stabilization. It also has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. One thing the HTC One X lacks that could be a big deal for some potential buyers is a stylus pen.

As you can see the specs and features of both are impressive but there are more instances where the Galaxy Note 2 comes out top, such as its better processor, use of S Pen stylus, more recent OS, the fact that the internal memory is expandable and battery both larger and also removable. However Phones Arena has taken an in-depth look at some of the specs and features and notes the various selling points of the camera setup where both have pluses and minuses. The report also looks at multimedia, design, loudspeaker performance, details of the display and call quality and agrees with us that the Galaxy Note 2 has the best specs overall although it’s noted that the HTC One X leads the way in at least some aspects such as its brighter display and design. You can see a closer look of these two phones compared in the video below this story.

Ultimately a lot of your decision will come down to what you look for most in a phone and whether you prefer the 4.7-inch display size of the HTC One X or the massive 5.5-inches of the Galaxy Note 2. We’d like to hear your views on these two phones. Have you been thinking about purchasing the HTC One X or the Galaxy Note 2? If you have now decided between the two, what factor/s helped you make up your mind? Let us know with your comments.


21 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One X: Enter the fray”

  1. magnus says:

    If it has galaxy in the name, its worth it. This is one of those moments? Of course i have abnormally large pockets, so i maybe biased. Plus, give the one X some credit,nits an older phone then the note, so it gets an applaud from me.

  2. MoonMoose says:

    Hmm, I have heard romours that not all Note II’s will have 4G as it is an additional modem rather than one built into the chipset. – would suck to get a retarded one with 4g launching v-soon.
    I know one of the US carriers is retarding there Note 2.

  3. Comrade3333 says:

    What i really want to know is the battery life…why don’t they benchmark the battery…it doesn’t how big the screen and all the goodie..if the battery sucks..it will sucks…

    1. bugsy3333 says:

      new battery bumped up to 3100ma, so that’s the biggest there is. However, all that larger screen real estate and new functionality will eat that battery up quick. Still, it’ll be good for a full day of mucking about.

      1. Alok says:

        When SGN was launched, it had the biggest battery too at 2500ma.. didn’t last me a day at work.. one of my main reasons to switch to HTC.. not a great backup but at par with other smartphones !!

  4. Tech genius says:

    Galaxy note 2!!! All around a much better phone as stated in this article!! As far as your 4g questions, all note 2 phones in the USA will be 4g except for tmobile that will have the CDMA+ because of its little to non existent 4g network.

  5. openmindedguy says:

    It’s here Joey. I played with it yesterday in Windsor UK. It is pretty big. I have One X and like the size. Note 2 is much bigger and felt uncomfortable in my hands. BTW, I’m 6’3 and don’t have small hands. Looks good however and runs smooth as erm, butter. Also fiddled with the iphone. Less than impressed but I am an avid Android fan so no surprises really.

  6. Josh says:

    such a boring review…. sounds like a game commentary…
    The SGN2 is much quicker, snappier and vibrant. I have a SGN1, and I think I would prefer this over SGS3.

    1. armpower says:

      No. I had the note a few months ago and when sgs3 came out I got it immediately. It perfectly sits In your hand. Its blistering fast and fits into my pocket. But the note was really cool for watching videos at work and so on. I didn’t need to carry a notebook. Browsing was nice. But sgs3 isn’t small either. I was playing around with the iphone 5 and wouldn’t like to have such a small screen. Maybe I will get the note 2 but I think its better already to buy a tablet.

  7. Stephen Walker says:

    Hadn’t really considered the HTC as it’s not as current, and specs are superseded so quickly. With the Galaxy S4 due out in a few months it almost seems like the phone you buy is history from day 1, but that’s technology for you. My choices are between the iphone5, the yet-to-arrive Nokia Lumia 920 and the Note 2. Despite having purchased a hatful of apps for my iphone 4 (4S was a non-starter when it arrived later – no real advance). I get the feeling the iphone has reached the end of its course. Yes it’s beautifully made and does what it says on the tin, but it no longer EXCITES me. The Lumia’s apps are dear and maybe Windows is a retrograde step for me now. My old HTC’s were Windows phone, and had a stylus which I really liked. But they weren’t SPens and that does excite, plus screen size is important to me. Not necessarily bigger-the-better, yet my quest for many years is one device does all. Note 2 is nearer to this piece of Nirvana than any other so far, so it’s looking like next week is buy week.

  8. Marlowe says:

    for me they’re both good but i prefer the htc one x when it comes to size for my convenience and my active lifestyle because i can place it in my pocket or a belt case without worrying much of getting it hit or bend unlike with SGN2, you can’t easily put inside your pocket unless your pocket is really big or maybe you will need a small bag and hold it all the time or small sling bag which im not that comfortable with something hanging on my shoulder. it really depends on your convenience.

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