We’re back with another head to head of the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X superblog. If you’ve just joined us, you can catch up on the highlights of who dazzles the Design and Performance, Samsung versus HTC? This time round we compare multimedia features of the Samsung Galaxy S3 against the wits of the HTC One X. Who plays longer? Which handset shouts louder? Our Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X saga continues…
Finding music and video content for your smartphone
Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X are connected to the recently rebranded Google Play, giving your smartphone access to a healthy 450,000 applications, 4 million books, millions of songs and thousands of movies to stream onto your Galaxy S3 or One X at your leisure. As if you weren’t already spoilt for choice, Samsung and HTC offer their own entertainment services to entice you into their brand.
For the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung have devised applications called Hubs that act as your one stop resource for a variety of rich content. For the bookworms and those who want to know what’s going on in the news, Readers Hub provides you with a staggering 2.3 million books, 3000 magazines and 2000 newspapers from around the globe. Once subscribed to a newspaper, you can set your S3 to receive the next edition automatically, so you’re always in the know of the news.
On the flipside, one of our favourite content libraries has to be HTC Watch, available on the HTC One X. It’s an online streaming service that gives you red carpet movie trailers, Hollywood Blockbusters and the latest from the TV Box. With content available to rent or purchase, HTC Watch gives you plenty of reasons to keep your eyes reeled onto the beautiful 4.7 inch HD display. The truly amazing thing about HTC Watch though is its selection of movies at rock bottom prizes. Recently HTC Watch has offered rentals of Top Gun and Harry Potter for just 5 pence; leaving you more money to get the rounds of popcorn and Minstrels in!
It’s clear the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X can offer a plethora of content straight to your fingertips, but where are you going to keep it? Under the bonnet, the basic versions of each device differ with the HTC One X offering a mammoth 32GB against the Samsung Galaxy S3’s 16GB. The battle of Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X storage space is far from over though as the S3 gives you external memory storage by microSD of up to a Megatron-tastic 64GB. The HTC One X does not offer this.
Still scouring for more memory? Both smartphones come with a free 2 year Dropbox account, which presents you unrestricted access anywhere in the world to your precious content. Although the HTC One X offers a generous 25GB account, it is Samsung once again who top the storage stakes with their 2 year 50GB free Dropbox account. You can find out more about online storage solutions at Dropbox.
Playing content on the Samsung Galaxy S3
Whether you’re watching Russell Crowe slaying the Romans in Gladiator or just having a cheeky catch up of Made in Chelsea, both the S3 and One X are a joy to watch your favourite entertainment. With their large HD screens and quad core processors, video content runs smoothly and looks stunning. One of the Samsung Galaxy S3 key features is its Pop Up Play option that lets you multitask to the max whilst watching downloaded content. You can easily swipe the video to a corner that suits as you email, browse the web or text your mates.
Beats Audio on the HTC One X
The HTC One X enhances the sound quality of your multimedia to new levels thanks to its integration with Beats Audio technology. Hear audio tracks the way the music artist intended as your ears are trickled with deeper and more detailed sound waves. It’s not just your music that is enhanced, as the Beats Audio software enhances your games, videos and online multimedia to a new wave of quality.
Watching your mobile content on your TV
For family nights in though, it’s all about playing your multimedia content on the big living room TV. If you own a HTC mobile phone, it’s worth checking out the Media Link HD box as a potential purchase for around £50. Simply swipe the selected film on your handset, and the content transmits wirelessly to your living room television.
For the Samsung Galaxy S3, the smartphone manufacturers are soon to be unveiling their AllShare Play feature which through DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct technology, transfers multimedia files straight onto a laptop or smart TV. More will be revealed after the Samsung Galaxy S3 launch. Gamers will love the AllShare Cast feature, where once the image is transferred to a larger screen, the action can be controlled using the Samsung Galaxy S3 as a gamepad.
Overall, both phones are Blockbusters when it comes to finding, storing and playing entertainment. In the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X battle, we love how HTC Watch offers bargain 5 pence films and the Samsung’s ability to store a vast galaxy of multimedia. We also love the HTC’s Beats Audio integration, but then again adore the simplicity of Samsung’s synchronisation with TV’s and audio equipment.
It’s a close call, but I’d recommend the HTC One X for those who lack an existing multimedia archive of their favourite tracks and videos. There’s enough memory on the HTC One X to satisfy any casual entertainment user, whilst the HTC Watch app offers the perfect introduction to scratch some serious super films off your Top List. I’d recommend the Samsung Galaxy S3 for those who already have an array of entertainment at their disposal; ready to store on your S3 and play on the large screen.
So there you have it. We’ve discussed design, and covered the camera features of the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X. Whoever you choose in the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X review, both handsets are remarkable pieces of kit, designed to offer the latest gadgetry and push the boundaries of smartphone technology. Will one of these handsets be crowned the phones for 2012 or will the Apple iPhone 5 steal that crown? Let us know your thoughts on our Facebook page.