It’s always funny when you talk to a salesperson and know more about the subject than they do. It’s even funnier when they are having to read a canned script such as the one that HTC’s sales team has put together in response to the release of the Galaxy S III.
The Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X are the top two contenders in the bout for the title of best smartphone. As of the previous year, Samsung’s Galaxy S II handily beat down HTC’s Sensation and bested all other Android phones with its powerful Exynos SoC, vibrant Super AMOLED+ display and razor thin 8.9mm profile. This year however has brought in considerably better competition in the form of quad-core and 28nm SoCs paired with Super LCD2 displays.
HTC has gone out of their way to make this fair fight seem quite lopsided. Modestly–and not very creatively–naming the document “HTC One X, The best phone,” HTC has listed 6 key points where the One X is supposedly better than its competitor. Let’s take a look at each point:
- “Better Speed/Faster” Although the HTC One X is clocked .1GHz faster, they complete discount the fact that the Tegra 3 is built on the old 40nm process vs. 32nm Exynos Quad, which yields superior efficiency (runs cooler and longer).
- “Better Camera” I’m not a camera freak so I can’t say to much about the aperture specs and the usefulness of a .29ms faster startup, but the reviews agree:
- “Better Sound” Beats Audio is well known in the industry for being the biggest gimmick on Earth, so it’s not too surprising to see HTC boasting about it. The truth is, I’d rather have “None” than overly saturated bass.
- “Better Screen” This may be HTC’s only legitimate claim due to the Super LCD’s neutral color accuracy and higher true PPI, however color accuracy on the mobile platform is more of a user preference (just think about how Instagram totally skews image properties yet people like that) and the higher PPI is not even noticeable during regular use. I don’t even know where they come up with the description of “dull,” if anything, people say the colors are too vibrant.
- “Better Durability” If anything, the fronts of the phone are equally durable and at the least, the Galaxy S II’s rear can quickly be replaced. The unibody design my hide dents and scratches more easily, but if you care about those, why not get a case?
- “Better Design” For the record, Samsung is the one with the track record of “World Acclaimed” design. I must admit that HTC has significantly upped their design game, but again this is an area of user preference–something I’d think a salesman would be hard-pressed to change.
Foregoing proper retorts to the previous counterpoints, HTC then goes onto present some defenses against possible countering objections that a customer may bring up:
Honestly, nobody is going to argue that .3mm of slimness will make any difference, just looks like they wanted to say “And looks way better.” I also like how they have turned the Galaxy S III’s removable battery from a benefit to a burden. I think the point that Samsung is trying to make is that you don’t have to go out of your way to replace your battery, but if you so choose or need to, they have given you the option; something I think users quite appreciate.
As for the storage space issue, 25GB of DropBox space hardly compares to the on demand storage and swapability of a microSD card. Does HTC not have any idea how long it would take to upload 25GB of data via your phone? And let’s not forget data usage costs. Another low blow on the PenTile display seems to be the final attack on the Galaxy S III, however as I stated earlier, it boils down to user preference, and a salesman’s tech jargon will hardly affect what the user’s eyes see. The bottom line? It boils down to a form vs. function argument, where we see the HTC One X lend much of its resources to its form, whereas the Galaxy S III sacrifices a bit of form for a lot of function.
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