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Quad-Core Smartphone Shootout: Four For More (Part 1)

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For gadget enthusiasts, upgrading is often about multi-core processing performance, graphics capabilities, display real estate, and imaging resolution. And no, we’re not referring to the next desktop computer, we’re talking about your next quad-core smartphone upgrade.

Design & handing

HTC One X

HTC has an enviable record of making phones that are both fashionable and sleek, and they’ve certainly raised the bar with the One X, available in a black and grey combination, as well as white. Constructed out of a polycarbonate unibody, the One X takes a slightly different design route from HTC’s earlier flagship models such as the HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, which were made from a combination of aluminum and plastic. At 130g, the One X feels extremely light yet solid in the hands. Despite the large 4.7-inch display, the One X fits snugly into our pockets thanks to its slim profile of 8.9mm. You will find the standard microUSB port on the left side of the One X and the 3.5mm audio output jack on the top left corner. On the top right corner, the Power button and microSIM card slot. The volume button is essentially a long strip housed on the right side of the One X. we like how the physical buttons provide a decent level of tactile feedback. However, there are no microSD card slots, which means users can’t extend their memory space beyond what’s available on the phone.

·         Display: 4.7”

·         Operating system: Google Android 4.0

·         Dimensions: 134.86 x 69 x 8.9mm

·         Weight: 130g

·         Price: $898

Description: The One X has a three-button configuration on the front face, just like the Galaxy Nexus.

The One X has a three-button configuration on the front face, just like the Galaxy Nexus.

Description: The protruding 8-megapixel camera module is vulnerable to accidental scratches.

The protruding 8-megapixel camera module is vulnerable to accidental scratches.

Description: The One X comes with a non-removable battery.

The One X comes with a non-removable battery.

LG Optimus 4X HD

LG has put in quite a bit of work in the effort to be at the forefront of smartphone design, but has had trouble finding a consistent look of its own. That’s not to say that LG doesn’t make good-looking handsets. In the case of the Optimus 4X HD, available in both black and white, this statement rings especially true. The device itself doesn’t look bad, but it isn’t outstanding either, seemingly inspired by the angular, minimalist form of the Prada Phone by LG 3.0, with the black variant of the Optimus 4X HD showcasing a similar set of black and silver trimmings. The phone fits comfortably in our hands, in part due to its rather thin and lightweight body. Like the Prada Phone by LG 3.0, the device comes sheathed in a plastic body with a grooved back for better grip. At a quick glance, it isn’t a stretch to say that it resembles the Galaxy S II, albeit with a bigger screen. However, hardware buttons like the volume rocker and the power control are almost too well-camouflaged for our liking. On the flip-side, they present good tactile feedback when pressed.

·         Display: 4.7”

·         Operating system: Google Android 4.0

·         Dimensions: 132.4 x 68 x 9.19mm

·         Weight: 141g

·         Price: $738

Description: This is one of the few new smartphones that still use a standard SIM card.

This is one of the few new smartphones that still use a standard SIM card.

Description: At the back of the device, you can find an 8-megapixel camera and LED flash.

At the back of the device, you can find an 8-megapixel camera and LED flash.

Description: Unlike the One X, the Optimus 4X HD isn’t fitted with the usual back, home, and multitasking touch controls.

Unlike the One X, the Optimus 4X HD isn’t fitted with the usual back, home, and multitasking touch controls.

Smartphone today are designed with special attention paid to aesthetics, handing and ease of use.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Instead of the angular form factor that was showcased on the Samsung Galaxy S I and Galaxy S II, the Galaxy III takes on a curvaceous shape quite like the Galaxy Nexus. This doesn’t put a dent in tis usability however – the rounded edges make it easier for handing. At 8.6mm thin, the device compensates with a lightweight body which makes its 4.8-inch screen a little easier on the finger too. With the Galaxy S OOO completely encased in plastic, it lacks the finesse that similarly plastic polycarbonate-protected One X achieves. Throw in a questionable glossy finish and the phone screams “tacky”. At least, that should have been the case. In real life, the Galaxy S III actually doesn’t look as bad as it does in Samsung’s promotional materials. There’s good reason for the glossiness too, and Samsung is quick to reassure that their patented Hyperglaze coating will make the phone look organic. Unfortunately though, the physical buttons on the device are almost identical in position and appearance. Thankfully, you do get some tactile feedback, making it easy to unlock the phone’s screen or adjust the volume, otherwise, we were mostly impressed.

Display

4.8”

Operating system

Google Android 4.0

Dimensions

136 x 70.6 x 8.6mm

Weight

133g

Price

$998 (16GB)

 

Description: You’ll find both microSIM and microSD card slots on the Galaxy S III

You’ll find both microSIM and microSD card slots on the Galaxy S III

Description: For imaging, users get an 8-megapixel camera with f2.6 lens and LED flash.

For imaging, users get an 8-megapixel camera with f2.6 lens and LED flash.

Description: Users get a lone home button, as well as Menu and Back capacitive-touch buttons.

Users get a lone home button, as well as Menu and Back capacitive-touch buttons.

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