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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Is A Carrier Move To Data-Only Service A Win Or Loss For Consumers?

Just a few weeks ago, we asked you what phone you would buy if you had to choose one today - the HTC One X, or the Samsung Galaxy S III. Surprisingly, people were pretty closely split, with the tally as of writing 56% SGSIII, 44% HOX. But that was in the sort of limbo-zone when we'd seen plenty of glowing reviews of the One X and the SGSIII had yet to be proven. Now, the field  is a little more empty, with international variants of the SGSIII out for a few weeks and a number of reviews having dropped.

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  HTC One X Samsung Galaxy S III
Processor (Euro/US) Quad-Core Tegra 3/
Dual-Core Snapdragon S4
Quad-Core Exynos/
Dual-Core Snapdragon S4
RAM (Euro/US) 1GB 1GB/2GB
Storage 32GB (Euro) 16GB (US) 16, 32, or 64GB, MicroSD
Screen Size & Type 4.7", Super IPS LCD2 4.8" Super AMOLED HD
Screen Resolution 720x1280 720x1280
Battery 1800mAh, non-removable 2100mAh, removable
Cameras 8MP (rear), 1.3MP (front) 8MP (rear), 1.9MP (front)
Android Version Android 4.0 Android 4.0
UI Sense TouchWiz
Dimensions (HxWxD) 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9mm 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
Weight 130g 133g

So we're asking again: if you had to buy one today, would it be the HTC One X (which includes the EVO 4G LTE) or Samsung Galaxy S III?

Which Would You Buy Today, The Samsung Galaxy S III or HTC One X?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • AaronGingrich

    inb4 "pentile" "[other phone(s)]" and a complaint about the lack of statistical accuracy.

  • Beaster1174

    I prefer Sense over TouchWiz, if I have to have an overlay. I just got the EVO LTE last week. So, One X-ish

    • http://about.me/chrisfink Chris Fink

      software doesn't matter. regardless of the blanket either manufacturer drapes over the beauty of ICS, customization, & CM9 will take care of that quick & in a hurry! even faster for the SGS3 since they release source code more quickly! :)

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I thought the other variant of the SIII has a S4 chip... not a Exynos? Anyway, I still pick the HOX.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It does, should be fixed now.

  • aNYthing6

    If I had a choice? One X. But I don't since it won't be on.T-Mobile USA.

  • DROID DOES

    The unified development (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile, US Cellular) from the same chipset, and the amount of expected accessories from a unified world-wide design, nails it for me.

    • ericl5112

      Unfortunately, this is a pleasant, but unrealistic dream is the past is any indication.  With the SGS1, when everyone had the same chipset, Sprint and Verizon where each their own islands a lot of the time due to their CDMA chipset.  US Cellular is the same.  
      In fact, it gets worse.   With the SGS1, everyone had the same chipset, including international.  With the SGS1, most of the dev work was started on the international phone, and ported to the US carrier versions.  Dev will be nice, but not as unified as that (especially for CDMA phones).  The SGS1 was a lovely modders phone.  I don't expect to see that again till the SGS4 maybe, when everyone is on the same chipset.

      • DROID DOES

        The thing is not only do they have the same chip set, but the same "radio" with their perspective bands activated; it's like the Galaxy Nexus Situation

        • ericl5112

          Nope.  I don't think you read it very thoroughly.  The CDMA phones do not use the same stuff.  So you are broken up by CDMA carriers (which may or may not be compatible with each other code wise), HSPA carriers, and LTE carriers.  Not sure quite how T-mobile fits.  They have the same internals as the other US carriers, but they may not have the same radio for HSPA+.  That's 3 different, incompatible groups of the SGS3, maybe more.  

          That's not the GNex situation.  The GNex is broken into CDMA/GSM.  2 groups.  Not only that, those two groups have the same chipset, minus the radio, so it's like the relationship between the Verizon SGS3 and the AT&T SGS3.  However, in the SGS3, a large amount of the international market does not share the chipset, which puts a serious split in development.

          • DROID DOES

            They all have the 
            MSM8960 S4, which incorporates the same base band into the chip; this chip supports the following:  "World Mode (LTE FDD/TDD CAT3, SVLTE-DB, TD-SCDMA, Rel9 DC-HSPA+, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, EGAL, 1x Adv., 1x EV-DO Rev. A/B)" So it's just up to the carrier to activate what portion of the base band they need to utilize.

          • ericl5112

            @Droiddoesall:disqus In my experience, the carrier switching between CDMA and GSM is not a simple matter.  It may be very minor, but in my experience, it's not.  It's usually a compatibility killer.  

          • dalex7777

            I agree with you in principle, but it really comes down to how  Samsung signs the software. If they use the radio as is common in CDMA than all compatibility bets are off, however  typically using ODIN on Samsungs, you can just choose which firmware package, which software package and which radio you want to flash to your device.

            If they keep this principle, than the North American version of the device should be pretty interchangeable.

            I'm still happy with my HTC EVO 4G LTE. Based on the incredible One X, I think this is the best Android device to date, and my battery life is INCREDIBLE! 

            Finally tweaked it to fix the Sense "Loading..." and multitasking non-sense and I'm very happy. 

            AndroidCentral reports that the extra 1GB of RAM (of the 2GB) on the Qualcomm S4 SGSIII is so that TouchWiz will run like it does on the Exynos quad-core. If so, that is a terrible waste of RAM. But I can't blame them, and wish HTC had done the same for Sense.

            I know that any AOSP/AOKP ROM on my EVO will be a BEAST but I don't want to give up HTC's incredible Camera software.

  • Greg Mitchell

    I picked one and it was the EVO 4G LTE. The IMO much better display is what swayed my decision.

  • Ozh

    One argument : "Battery: removable". Enough said.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Droid 1 for you then. Got it.

  • Luis A Diaz Jr

    Neither, the EVO is the best...in America.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Pick the One X option in that case.

      • Goukisan

        Luis doesnt pay attention apparently lol

    • J Rush

      Yeah, maybe South America. Here in the U.S. the Galaxy S III will be the best. The numbers speak for themselves.

  • Brian Walker

    The One X has the superior screen, but I trust Samsung more with appealing to the developer scene. In my opinion, HTC is just as bad with their updates as Samsung has been, but sammy offers the source code and bootloader unlocks a lot faster.

    • DROID DOES

      Yeah, I'll agree with that sentiment, it rocks a kick-ass screen!

  • Aniket Patni

    A hard choice. But for long term value, I'd pick the S3. The only thing that the HOX really has over the S3 is the look. In hand feel is equally good on both, if you do away your preconceptions about 'glossy plastic'. Hardware wise, the S3 is more futureproof. Software does not matter because its all customisable. Plus the S3 is going to sell like hot cakes > tonnes of users > tonnes of developers > tonnes of support.

    • ericl5112

      I felt a SGS3.  With no preconceptions, the gloss plastic sucks in my opinion.  Not everything that disagrees with you is due to a preconception.  I still voted SGS3, but the screen/look/feel of the One X are huge steps up.  Especially in the US, when they use the same CPU.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    As soon as they announced that the GS3 would have 2GB of RAM this was a no brainier, but the fact that it's the same phone on all carriers was the icing on the cake. This means accessories are going to be easy to find...and cheaper.

    • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

      accessories id a major plus here, and removeable battery also makes this a no brain decision.

      • Fritz Freund

        +1 to that. the 2G and accessories is a big plus. And no Sense!! (Hate Sense with a passion, But I haven't had to deal with TW..) Although does Android really NEED 2G... not really.. but it's a nice touch.

        Big ?... does the US GS3 have a microSD slot? If it does.. then all the better! (Sprint HTC has one, but they modded the crap out of it and looks crappy.)

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          If you don't think that 2GB of RAM is needed on Android you are not a power user plan and simple as for the US GS3 it does have a micro SD slot and I don't see why everyone hates on the look of the evo. realistically most people put a cover on it anyway so what difference does it make??

  • Matijakkkkkkkkkkk

    i would pick galaxy note 2 :D

    • SOFA KING DUMB

      SHORT BUS RIDER?

    • Raphaël Briand

      There's always one of you. Every week AP try desperately to make the phrase "BETWEEN THESE TWO, IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAD TO PICK BETWEEEN THEM" even more simple, and every week there are retards who say "both/neither/something else"

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    I'll wait to see which one gets more dev support before actually buying, but I'm swayed heavily towards the Samsung.

  • http://about.me/chrisfink Chris Fink

    SGS3. tests show it a bit faster performance, SD card slot, removable battery. :)

  • Thx84

    I pick the S3 because of the microsd slot

  • mesmorino

    Having owned the Galaxy SIII for a grand total of 10 days, I'd gladly get it again because I'd just gotten tired of Sense. So far, Samsung seems to have been reasonable with Touchwiz on the SIII. It does feel odd in the hand though, and that's due to all the plastic. HTC knows how to make phones that feel solid in the hand

    • DROID DOES

      Yeah, the new "Nature UX", is pretty light-weight, and has nice transitions.

      • Fritz Freund

        That is a big plus for me. They scaled down the skin they put on it. (Couldn't stand Sense on my EVO... that's why I run a CM9 port)

  • http://www.facebook.com/taylor.labrier Taylor LaBrier

    I'm a bit partial to Samsung phones anyway, so it wasn't a difficult choice at all! Now, if only I actually had the money to get one!!!

  • mikeGsays

    Which one DID I pick, to be more specific....  Samsung beat out the HTC once again, in nearly every department, so I'm going for round 3 with Sammy!  Had the AT&T Captivate for my first Android phone, using a Skyrocket currently, and pre-ordered the US SGSIII from AT&T....  I'm sure I made the right choice!

  • MindStrider

    I already have a One X (Tegra 3 version). But right now? I'd take an S3.

  • ericl5112

    SGS3...barely.  To be honest, both of these phones in the market at the same time make me think this is a bad time to buy.  Competition is hot, so hopefully innovation will be heavy in the near future.

    Then again, I think I might just wait for the Note 2 and maybe HTC's competitor.

  • Derail Doax

    If the One X was released on T-Mobile at the same time as it was on ATT I would have gotten that. But it didn't, so Galaxy S3 here I come! HTC you lose!

  • http://androidforums.com/members/spartoi.html Spartoi

    Galaxy S3. 

  • Titus

    One X because I'm a HTC fanboy.

    • Ryan

      Yeah me too... I hate all plastic, no taste phones...

      • Deliximus

        Funny how BOTH phones are made of plastic.

        • Ravrahn

          But only one has taste.

          • http://twitter.com/ccw_7 ccw

            Doesn't change the fact the One X is still made out of plastic.

      • http://twitter.com/ccw_7 ccw

        You must hate the One X too, stupid plasticky phone.

  • RaviShah

    one x because im tired of samsungs horrible radio quality. and sense actually looks good this time!

    • Deliximus

      SIII has the wolfson dAC, making it easily superior to ONE X beats.

      • James Freeman

        I don't think that's what he means by radio

      • EvilBadger69

        -facepalm-

        Cellular radios. Cellular.

        • mesmorino

          OR we could just use "transceiver", seeing as it's much less ambiguous and actually the RIGHT word to use. A radio is a receiver, full stop. Saying "cellular radio" doesn't change that, and just confuses matters. The wolfson dac he's talking about IS the radio

      • RaviShah

        haha i mean cellular radios but i know what you mean by the wolfson dAC. My nexus s has it and i love it! However, i think its something i would be willing to give up for a non plasticy feeling phone with a better ui and better screen. and a better camera.

  • willizen

    Galaxy nexus

  • bob

    SIII for the SD Card slot. I don't get why it has less RAM in the EU edition.

  • Ashish Raj

    The software doesn't bother me.. 'cos Either way, I'm gonna root it and have required customizations.. so it all boils down to hardware n future proof.. wait a minute there's where all the confusion lies (oh! Hell!)

    BTW, @archon810:disqus which one would you choose personally? Would love to know YOUR opinion as well!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      SGSIII for me personally. Though I'm concerned with the GPS chip on the SIII, as both the S and the SII have major GPS issues (my Epic Touch is horrendous). HTC's GPS has always been rock solid, however.

  • Peter Henkel

    SGS3 looks so fugly! And root as a requirement to get rid of garbage software is a bad joke, not to mention Samsung's fantastic support.
    Oh yeah, and no Sense.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

       you're crazy, I find it very attractive a device.

  • Ray

    Why do you consistently ruin poll results by offering options that are completely irrelevant?

    • J Rush

      And why do you consistently comment on a topic if your comment is totally irrelevant?

      • Ray

        I voted.  Replies telling people what you voted are irrelevant.  Nice try at being witty, but don't quit your day job.

        • J Rush

          I stand correct.

  • XXx

    HTC, definitly HTC.

  • pman

    HTC. I don't want an android as fragile as an iPhone. plus HTC survives hammer test

    • J Rush

      Bro, I'm sure if I took a hammer to the One X it'd break. No phone, unless it's old school Nokia, can survive a hammer test.

  • http://www.facebook.com/antonio.pellegrino Antonio Pelle Pellegrino

    i have teh HTC EVO LTE  and upgraded HTC one s it is emazing

  • James Freeman

    I think I'd stick with my Nexus

    • tBs_Battousai

      I bought a Nexus over the One X, it was the stock ICS that did it for me... 

  • Bob Burleu

    Samsung asked HTC what it took to be a TouchWiz, and HTC replied "That doesn't make Sense."

    Honestly I hate HTC. HTC = Horribly Terrible Crap.

    Samsung makes superior devices, has a better quality in general and are made to last. Beats is crap, Sense is ugly and boring, and I'd recommend an iPhone iPhone to anyone before I recommend any HTC.

    • mesmorino

      Don't hate HTC so much, they help a lot of people unfamiliar with Android get used to the system by *being* obstructive. My first android phone was the Desire HD and I honestly doubt I'd have stuck with Android if it hadn't been for Sense. Simple things like facebook/twitter contact integration, the weather animations, etc etc made me really like the phone, and thus like android, bearing in mind that I had to figure out a lot of things by myself and didn't have anyone to say "Oh, this is how you do this"

      You are the wrong demographic for Sense because you already know your way around the system, you know what you want, you don't need any assistance. Iphone users coming to Android probably would, and so also people who've never used a smartphone.

      I recommended the GNex to my missus purely because she has me to help her with it. It's working well, she loves it, and at least she won't have to worry about when she'll get android updates. I got the SGSIII because despite being tired of Sense, I figure I can always root it if I don't like Touchwiz (or if I get tired of it), and the hardware is the latest thing out.

      If you think of Sense like training wheels, it's not so bad. At least not bad enough to recommend an iPhone to someone. I wouldn't recommend the iPhone for all the money in the world.

  • Mario

    I actually just bought a Euro SGSIII. It' SWEET!

  • Mike

    Its a hard decision when neither has stock Android ICS.

  • Jonestyler94

    The sgs3 wins slightly. I've had the s3 and I have the note so Samsung has pleased me in the past. To be honest I would keep my 1.83 ghz note over either of these phones any day

    • Jonestyler94

      I mean I had the sgs2

  • Kenporter83

    Since the S3 will be the same on all carriers it will have the best dev support of any android phone in history (maybe even more than nexus). Also touchwiz adds more features where sense is just an overlay that isn't going to do much for you. What I wanna see is an aosp or aosp-ish rom with touchwiz features. That would be boss

    • ericl5112

      They aren't the same for all carriers (CDMA/GSM), nor is it the same as the international version.  The SGS1, which was the same on almost every carrier across the world, and almost the same as the Nexus S had the best dev support on any device I've used, which has been a fair chunk.  I don't think it will be beaten till the SGS4 is the same across all carriers again, LTE or no (hopefully).

  • Andrew

    Probably the Galaxy S3, but ONLY because the One X has no removable battery or sd card slot. Those two things are instant deal-breakers for me. 

    If both phones had removable batteries and sd card slots I'd choose the One X in a heartbeat.

    • DCMAKER

      i agree but i would still go with the SIII because it seems to be better quality from what i have read

  • Kellic

    Galaxy S3....bigger screen = easier to type on.

    • tBs_Battousai

      But for some harder to hold and use one handed...

  • Wayne Randall

     HTC.  with numbers so close, the ONE wins with style.

    • http://twitter.com/ccw_7 ccw

      Close? The SGS3 has twice the number of votes.

      • Unbearablepleasures

        I believe Wayne Randall meant with specs so close.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

     The HTC One X, the only Samsung phone I'd consider getting is the Note

    • Zerounodos

      Me as well

  • Robert

    I had an Atrix for a year. The two things I hated about it were the terrible cheap plastic feeling and the awful motoblur custom UI. I hate touchwiz and the cheap plastic that holds it. I have the One X. While the GSIII has a better processor and more RAM. While more RAM would be nice, I don't need a faster processor. With Sense 4, I actually have a UI that I don't want to get rid of. The UI is even faster than the iPhone 4S. That meets my bill of approval. 

  • http://twitter.com/jbradhicks Brad Hicks

    I don't really want either of them (I'm waiting for a price drop on the Note) but it's not a difficult poll for me because, having had an HTC Inspire 4G for half a year now, I hate it with the fiery passion of a thousand exploding suns, hate HTC for ever having shipped it, hate AT&T for not letting me out of it for another six months. I will never touch another HTC product again.

  • Zerounodos

    Well, would you look at that. After all the bitching about the SIII was past, most people chose it...I really don't know, but with the TegraZone,Playstation Certification and the Screen, I think I'd stick with the One X

  • Alex1x

    I saw a side by side video comparison of the two and I thing I can't understand is the white color on s3 has like a pink tint... Personally waiting to compare the two in person soon. Removable batter and sdcard are non issue on the sprint variant evo lte (just the 2gb)...tbd

  • JustReboot

    I pre-ordered the blue 32 on saturday from vzw, hopefully will get on the 9th. Gonna wait on the 64GB card and stick with the 32 I have form my rezound.

  • http://jackzepplin.myopenid.com/ John Schaffer

    Ask me about the new HTC EVO LTE

    • Fifth313ment

      I love both phones but the better screen on the EVO LTE was a big decision for me as was the Sense UI as I love it.

      My biggest negative was Samsung itself as with Sprint they never release software updates for their phones, EVER! I can't understand why their support is so bad, but it IS! My OG EVO 4G had like 20 updates where my friends Epic 4G had none and Froyo for years! My negatives on the EVO LTE are the non-removable battery, WTF! Wise up HTC as if my battery dies or loses 50% of its charge in a year this will have been the LAST phone you will have ever sold me. I like the idea of a removable battery even though I might never even use it.

      Also the screen is so big it's hard to press the menu or notifications bar anymore. So I think any bigger than 4.7 and many screen presses are going to have to be two-handed, which plus the crappier screen on the SGS3 just made my choice more clear.

      5th

  • Bobby

    It's the non-removable battery that pushes it over the edge for me...

  • Aaaaaaa

    I've been watching the poll results since there were roughly 1000 votes and the percentages have been the same the whole time. Why are you rigging your polls, Android Police?

  • HotInEER

    I'm going to go with the S3.  I was on the fence between this and the HTC Evo LTE till they announced the S3 will have a removable battery and upgradable storage.  Not too menton the different versions, you can get the 16gb or 32gb internal storage, I have not heard about Sprint offering the 64gb version, but, I really don't need it.  Between the 32gb internal and my 32gb memory card I bought, I'm good to go for a long time.

    This phone is future proof, the software can be updated, and the hardware will be able to handle anything thrown it's way.

  • ElfirBFG

    Atrix HD.

  • Tyler Chappell

    As much as I love HTC devices and their design, I can't give up a removable battery/microSD, and cant pass up on 2GB of RAM

  • Jon Garrett

    I like the looks of the One X but the GSIII has better specs--oh well, I'll stick with my Galaxy Note for now.

  • Satisfied with hox

    I actually already have an HTC one X. It's really a magnificent piece of hardware. I especially love the screen, and of course the LTE speeds on AT&T. I had simply grown so exasperated with my so slow iPhone three GS that I couldn't wait any longer to upgrade.So I think the best of breed at the time.The salient points regarding limitations have been mentioned, including built-in battery, and no SD card. Oh yeah, locked bootloader too. But I think both casual users and smartphone power users will love this thing. Primarily only the techies will be turned off by some of the constraints.

  • http://twitter.com/VivaLaFred Freddy Torres Jr.

    GS3! Hands down. T-Mobile ....take my money! 

  • http://gizmodot.com/ Bex

    I do like HTC Sense, to some degree more than TouchWiz but, it did win me over and I love TW 4.0. Like someone else said, not what would you get, what did I get. And I got the S3. I was tempted by the HTC One X, as in the past year my phones have been Xperia Arc>HTC Sensation>Samsung S2. I had terrible signal on the Sensation though, so it put me off the One X and I wasn't sure about the screen size. To be honest, I wasn't keen on the look of the S3 from the photos but, once I saw it in real life I was sold and ordered it online a day or two after it came out. Just a shame I had to wait almost a week due to UK bank holidays and weekends :|. But, I'd still pick it again.

    I'd love to play with a One X properly and I have briefly but, it didn't win me over like the S3 did in that brief time.

  • Dylando91

    HTC is my preferrred camp. One X has pretty awesome build quality. miss the metal unibody builds though, like the Inspire, and since i'm on AT&T i couldn't get the One S. but HTC Sense doesn't bother me as much since i can remove it any time. but so far i'm enjoying Sense 4.
    Kudos to Samsung though for NAILING the launch of the GS3. the announcement was a bit shaky but they killed any doubt of the S3 with the 5 carrier US launch and an overall great phone.

  • Edd

    The s2 build quality was amazing, and while I loved Sense, my previous phones always felt bloated. I love the look of the One X, but no removable battery or no SD slot = no buy

  • OSagnostic

    As I live in UK I would pick SGS3, because I think the Exynos is more efficient that Tegra 3. 
    If I lived in USA I would selected HTC One X for the screen and it looks better.

  • Antti Eskelinen

    I have to say that I was first so sure to get SGS3 but after trying One X and SGS3 at stores I became quite hesitate. One X feels so much better, it has quality feel while SGS3 looks quite cheap. Its like Nokia's cheapest Lumia, same design. One X on the other hand very solid, nice feel, premium, fast.

    Not sure, right now I would take One X. Tomorrow maybe otherwise.

  • Not enough minerals

    i see no reason to go with the one X. no SD slot is in itself a dealbreaker to me, as is the non removable battery. also it's slightly worse at everything that isn't subjective

  • geekz

    Got the One X at launch, Had I known of the locked boot loader, voided warranty when using HTCDev. I would've waited for the S3.

    Battery life, 25gb space (7gb used by the system), 1gb ram is more than enough for my needs anyway

  • Allen Byrd

    Both are really good. As of now, I would pick the SGS3 because of the amazingly smooth experience. The One X is really sexy, but the SGS3 has better specs and performance. Also, the One X has that multitasking issue, and I can NOT deal with that.

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