HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy S2: Android showdown
HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy S2: Android
HTC One X
It’s also one of the first to market with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android. As ever with HTC, its overlaid with the company’s Sense skin. Sense is far better than similar overlays from LG, Sony and Motorola. HTC Sense is all-encompassing, with really well thought out apps and features.
Take the lock screen. There, you drag a ring up the screen to wake the phone, but you can also drag one of four, user-selected icons – defaults are phone, mail, messages and camera – into the ring, to launch that app or function.
Lists and menus on Android phones used to have an elastic spring to them as you scrolled. Now when you reach the top of a menu, contacts or missed call list, say, a blue light seeps out to tell you you’re at the end. On the One X, the list’s entries separate like carefully arranged slips of paper sliding apart. It’s really rather satisfying.
Samsung Galaxy S2:
It's taken a while, but Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has arrived for the Samsung Galaxy S2. Well, for most S2 users. For those still waiting for the latest Android update to arrive, the S2 runs on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread out of the box. That means you get seven homescreens customisable with widgets and shortcuts. Swipe down to quickly activate WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and Auto Rotation settings. Phone, Contact, Messaging and Application settings along the bottom are static when you are browsing the homescreens. Like other Android phones, press down to customise with Shortcuts, Folders, Wallpaper and numerous Samsung widgets.
Samsung’s overlayed Android with its TouchWiz UI which is functional and adds some neat features, including four hubs: Music (see below), Games, Readers and Social Hub, which acts as a portal to Kobo bookstore and Magazines via Zinio.
Social Hub syncs social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, to IM accounts including Google Talk; and MySpace and Linked-in. It’s functional, syncing your contacts, but we prefer HTC Sense. In addition Sony Ericsson’s Xperia skin is slightly easier to use, for example here you can only organize the Applications via grid or list and to create App Folders you make the folder first before dragging items onto it.
T3 Verdict: Samsung Galaxy S2
HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy S2: Battery
HTC One X
Battery life hasn’t always been HTC’s strongest suit, the One X rights that. It gives a good 12 hours of power usage, making it to its nightly recharges with few alarms. The good stuff really is laid on thick, here.
Samsung Galaxy S2:
With WiFi on, maximum brightness, moderate browsing, some video and photos we got into our second day. One of the most useful features is Task Manager, where you can view and kill active applications and clear the RAM, and you can enable Power Saving Mode to cut in when the power gets to 50%.
T3 Verdict: Draw
HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy S2: Video
Samsung Galaxy S2 video
HTC One X video
HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy S2: Verdict
So is the HTC One X a better Android choice than the Samsung Galaxy S2? HTC's new flagship device clearly has the hardware advantage in many departments, particularly its snappier overall performance courtesy of the quad-core processor nestling under the hood. It also sports one of the best feature-laden cameras we've seen on a smartphone. That said, the Samsung Galaxy S2 still manages to combine slender, good looks with a speedy performance and finally has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to add to its armoury. The One X in our opinon is the best Android smartphones on the market, but if you are looking for value for money, you should go for the Samsung Galaxy S2.
T3 Verdict: HTC One X