There are several phones made by different manufacturers everyone is discussing now, and the Sony Xperia S that was released not so long ago and the quad-core HTC One X are among them. I’m not going to go deep into their features; I’ll just try to write a quick comparison to understand which phone is better in this or that area.
The HTC One X looks like… an ordinary HTC phone, yeah, with rounded edges and “classical” design, while Sony’s Xperia S looks much more innovative, elegant and kind of strict, just like all the other phones from this line. But we can’t say which phone features better design – it’s a matter of taste, after all, and some like the “gentle” looks of the One X, while others will clearly prefer the edged Xperia S.
HTC’s One X has a huge 4.7-inch touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. Big screens are among the latest trends in the mobile world, so I believe people will like it a lot. The display of the Sony Xperia S is smaller, only 4.3 inches, while the resolution is the same, which means it has a higher pixel density and should be more clear and bright. This doesn’t mean the screen of the One X is worse, no. It’s still really great, and if you prefer bigger screens, you should no doubt go for it.
Here’s where the HTC One X is an absolute winner. It’s one of the first phones coming with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, so it’s expected to be much faster than the dual-core CPU of the Xperia S. Of course, it doesn’t mean that the Sony Xperia S is slow as a turtle – it can still show great performance and run many apps at the same time.
Both phones come with rear and front cameras. The secondary cameras of both are the same 1.3MP ones, shooting videos at 720p, so there’s nothing interesting here – let’s have a look at the main cameras instead. Just like many other high-end phones, the HTC One X comes with an ordinary 8MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash. It can take pics at 3264×2448 pixels and shoot 1080p@30fps videos with stereo sound. The camera of the Sony Xperia S is a bit more powerful – it’s a 12MP one, taking bigger pics (4000×3000 pixels) but shooting the same videos. Just like any good modern camera, it comes with LED flash, auto-focus and a number of useful features.
The HTC One X comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, while the Xperia S has only Gingerbread, though Sony has promised to release an ICS update soon.
The unlocked version of the HTC One X costs about £480, while for the SIM-free Xperia S you’ll have to pay only about £375. However, if you’re in the UK, you can find both phones for free on contracts with local mobile operators.
So the HTC One X boasts of a bigger screen, a more powerful processor and newer software, but it comes at a higher price, too (but don’t let the price stop you! You can find very affordable HTC One X deals online). Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia S has a better camera, a higher screen resolution, and with the software update it can become a serious but cheaper rival to the One X. Which features are more important for you? Which phone would you like to buy?