The recent popularity of the Android smartphones has seen Apple’s iPhone 4S struggling to maintain its position at the top. One of its main competitors is the HTC One X but if you are considering recycling your mobile phone and upgrading, which is the one for you?
The HTC One X was released in April this year and currently ranks third in the top ten most popular smartphones. By comparison the iPhone 4S is an old-timer and was launched back in October 2011.
The HTC smartphone is powered by a quad core 1.5GHz processor and runs on Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The iPhone 4S has a dual core Apple A5 processor and the IOS 5 so in terms of power the 4S does fall short of the One X.
The One X is a sleek looking handset but in line with current trends is rather large measuring 134 x 70 x 8.9mm compared to the iPhone 4S dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm. However thanks to the fact that the One X casing is constructed from polycarbonate rather than the aluminium and glass of the iPhone 4S HTC’s mobile weighs only 130g, significantly less than the 140g Phone.
In terms of screen size the iPhone 4S comes a poor second as its screen measures only 3.5 inches compared to that of the HTC One X at 4.7 inches. However the difference in visual quality on screen is less obvious. The One X screen is an IPS 720p HD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and a pixel density of 312ppi whereas the iPhone has a 960 x 640 retina display with a pixel density of 329ppi.
With regard to memory and storage capacity the HTC One X comes with 32GB internal storage and like the iPhone 4S has no microSD card slot. The iPhone 4S is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options. The One X comes with 1GB RAM but the iPhone 4S only has 512MB RAM. With a high powered processor and battery draining screen there were some concerns that the HTC One X might disappoint with regard to battery life, but with moderate usage the battery lasts the day before needing charging. The One X slightly out-performs the iPhone battery endurance when measuring talk time.
Both the One X and the iPhone 4S have 8megapixel cameras to the rear of the handset and 1080p video function. The One X has a 1.3megapixel front facing camera and the iPhone has a front-facing VGA camera.
There are pros and cons to both handsets and much of the choice depends on personal preference. If you prefer a larger screen, as is the current trend, then the HTC One X would be a better choice, but if you find it easier to hold and use a slightly smaller mobile the iPhone 4S seems more suitable. It is true to say that the HTC smartphone is a real threat to Apple’s iPhone but the real test for the HTC One X and its durability will be the much awaited launch of the new generation iPhone 5.