Smartphone market is a very competitive one. Immediately after a phone is announced, critics and consumers all start comparing one with another. Similar competition has been forged between Xperia SL, HTC One X+ and Samsung Galaxy S3. All three phones are sort of sequels of phones of the same series, so everyone has high expectations from them. But do they stand up to it or do they fall short of expectations? Does one work better than the other two or are all three at par? Let’s find out in a feature by feature comparison.
Sony Xperia SL vs HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Images
Sony Xperia SL
HTC One X+
Samsung Galaxy S3
When it comes to HTC and Samsung, display and screen is a major deciding factor of the phone’s quality. Sony Xperia has produced phones with good display too. For Galaxy S3, the 4.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive screen with 341ppi pixel density is a treat for every eye. Sony Xperia SL has a 4.3-inch TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen of 305ppi. HTC One X+ has a 4.7-inch a multi-touch capacitive S-LCD screen of 312ppi. All the smartphones have resolution of 1280x720p, but with such a saturated screen, Galaxy S3 stands out.
Xperia SL looks like a straight-edged slab even though the back cover is slightly bent. Although heavier than usual phones if its size, it is comfortable to hold. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S3 has a slim and light build with a huge screen. Some users have complained it is cumbersome, but for those who think ‘the bigger, the better’, this is it. HTC One X+ has a curved unibody that fits in your palm naturally. It also has a cascading bezel which makes the screen appear bigger.
Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X+ have 2100mAh battery. On the other hand, Sony Xperia SL is slightly less powerful when it comes to battery life. Sony Xperia SL has a 1750mAh unit. However, all three are battery life guzzlers and despite big promises by the makers, they all drain battery with more or less the same enthusiasm as other Android phones.
HTC One X+ comes with Android 4.1 JellyBean with HTC’s very own user interface Sense 4+. Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with Android 4.1.1 JellyBean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX user interface. Sony Xperia SL runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sony Timescape UX user interface. Although all phones have Android OS, their UI adds customizations in the gadgets that make them unique. Of all three UI, Sense is most intuitive and smooth.
Xperia SL sports a dual core Snapdragon S3 processor clocked at 1.7GHz with 1GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory. The Adeno 220 GPU helps the transitional animations work well. It also has a 12.1MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. HTC One X+ has a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor at 1.7GHz with 1GB RAM. It has in-built storage of 64GB. It has a 8MP front camera and 1.6MP video calling camera. Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4 processor with built-in storage capacity of 32GB. The smartphone from Samsung has a 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front camera.
Xperia SL: Rs. 30210
Galaxy S3 (16GB): Rs. 34699
One X+: Indian price not available. UK pricing: Rs.40190
All three phones have higher versions of Android so most of the Play Store is at their disposal. However, intuitiveness of the individual UI comes to play for apps. HTC Sense is good with that, although TouchWiz and Timescape are not disappointing either. TouchWiz is best of the three for gaming.
Pros and Cons
Sony Xperia SL
- Sharp display
- No JellyBean update yet
Samsung Galaxy S3
- Quad core processor
- Battery life
HTC One X+
- Fast quad core processor
- NFC and 4G support
- No miscroSD card slot
It is very easy to declare Samsung Galaxy S3 as the winner and let the case rest. But just because it is the most hyped of the three does not necessarily mean it is better. Xperia SL is a good phone, but it has a less powerful processor, doesn’t have front camera and has less battery power. HTC One X+ is relatively new in the market and the conclusive response of the user base has not yet been documented. However it is highly unlikely One X+ is going to reach, less even surpass, the popularity of Galaxy S3.
Let us know which smartphone do you pick as the winner? Feel free to share your thoughts with us.