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Please help me decide: Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X+?
I'm new here. I'm a long time iPhone user, and am ready to finally ditch my (tiny) iPhone, and go for an Android device with a larger screen. The Samsung Galaxy S3 was the phone that led me to that decision (I’d seen a few co-workers & acquaintances with it, and was always impressed by its display). While investigating reviews of it, I became aware of the HTC One X+, and now consider this a contender as well. Its display is, by all critical accounts, superior to the one on the S3 (brighter, more accurate color…). Its physical design is also more to my taste, and has better build quality than the Samsung. It has more onboard storage (64GB as STANDARD on AT&T!!!), and ships with Jelly Bean right out of the box(!!!). On paper, the One X+ seems to be the phone I should go for, just according to my preferences. I've gone to the shops a few times, to give each of these phones a play, and for some reason, despite the obvious material evidence stated above, every time I pick up the Samsung, I am unable to disqualify it! I pick it up, and the thing is, like, ALIVE in my hand! The One X+ seems a bit more understated (and I’ve no problem with that, really), but a few issues HAVE presented themselves in the reviews I’ve read:
The One X+ lets you keep a maximum of 8 apps open at any given time. When you try to exceed that, it shuts down the oldest one. That seems a bit of a pain (though perhaps in practice, it won’t be as bad as it may seem).
The One X+ reloads browser tabs every time you return to them. So, if you’re typing something on a page (say, making a post in a forum, for example), leave that tab for a bit, then return to it later, all that you’ve typed will be gone when the page refreshes. That kinda sucks, and could possibly be a dealbreaker for me. I tested this behavior in the store today (not writing on a page & losing data; just opening up several tabs & seeing how it handles them). It refreshes EVERY TIME you return to a tab. Other phones do not do this. Is this something HTC can fix?
Much has been said about the camera on the One X+. Most of it along the lines of “You’d expect a better camera from this phone”. Compression artefacts, grainy pics upon zoom, etc, etc. Most folks say that the camera on the Samsung is great. I don’t really take a lot of photos with my phone, so perhaps I needn’t be concerned with this. People always mention the camera on the S3 as a selling point, though.
Those are the main quibbles. The web browser refreshing thing, though it may SEEM small to some, could really turn out to be a bit of a buzzkill for me (consider the scenario I presented). Otherwise, I LOVE the One X+, and was all set to head down to the shops, and make one mine! But now I’m reconsidering. Should I let these things stop me? Any owners of the One X+ out there who can offer some insight as to the behavior of this phone? I would be most grateful for anyone’s input.
Sorry to have gone on so long. I’m kinda wordy like that…