Face-Off: One X vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy Note 2 vs 8X vs Nexus 4 vs Lumia 920 vs Honor

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HTC One X
Overview - Full review
Apple iPhone 5
Overview - Full review
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Overview - Full review
HTC 8X
Overview - Full review
Google Nexus 4
Overview - Full review
Nokia Lumia 920
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Huawei Honor
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Overall Scene
HTC One X
Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
HTC 8X
Google Nexus 4
Nokia Lumia 920
Huawei Honor
Score
3/5
4/5
4/5
3/5
4/5
3/5
3/5
Handling
Responsiveness
Picture Quality
Video
User Score
5/5 (20)
4/5 (63)
5/5 (42)
5/5 (10)
4/5 (32)
4/5 (26)
4/5 (13)
Specifications
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Android
OS version tested Ice Cream Sandwich
Screen size 4.7 inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 720
Weight130 g
Dimensions134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
Camera8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU)Nvidia Tegra 3 - 1.5 GHz
No. of CPU cores4
GPU
RAM
4G (LTE)no
Dual-SIM no
NFCno
Battery life: talk-timeN.A.
Battery life: standby timeN.A.
Battery capacity
Internal storage32 GB
Memory cardN.A.
SAR level0.909 W/kg
Specifications
Operating system (OS) iOS
OS version tested 6.0.1
Screen size 4 inches
Screen resolution 1152 x 768
Weight112 g
Dimensions123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
Camera8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU)A6 - 1.2 GHz
No. of CPU cores2
GPU PowerVR SGX 543MP3
RAM
4G (LTE)yes
Dual-SIM no
NFCno
Battery life: talk-time8 hours
Battery life: standby time225 hours
Battery capacity
Internal storage64 GB
Memory cardNo
SAR level0.901 W/kg
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Android
OS version tested 4.1 Jelly Bean
Screen size 5.5 inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 720
Weight180 g
Dimensions151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm
Camera8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU)Samsung Exynos - 1.6 GHz
No. of CPU cores4
GPU N.A.
RAM
4G (LTE)no
Dual-SIM no
NFCno
Battery life: talk-timeN.A.
Battery life: standby timeN.A.
Battery capacity
Internal storage16 GB
Memory cardmicroSD
SAR levelNA
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Windows Phone
OS version tested Windows Phone 8
Screen size 4.3 inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 720
Weight130 g
Dimensions132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm
Camera8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU)Qualcomm Snapdragon - 1.5 GHz
No. of CPU cores2
GPU Adreno 305
RAM
4G (LTE)no
Dual-SIM no
NFCyes
Battery life: talk-timeNA
Battery life: standby timeNA
Battery capacity
Internal storage16 GB
Memory cardNo
SAR level0.347 W/kg
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Android
OS version tested 4.2 Jelly Bean
Screen size 4.7 inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 768
Weight131 g
Dimensions133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
Camera8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU)Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro - 1.5 GHz
No. of CPU cores4
GPU Adreno 320
RAM 2 GB
4G (LTE)no
Dual-SIM no
NFCyes
Battery life: talk-time15 hours
Battery life: standby timeN.A.
Battery capacity
Internal storage16 GB
Memory cardN.A.
SAR level0.55 W/kg
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Windows Phone
OS version tested 8
Screen size 4.5 inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 800
Weight185 g
Dimensions130 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm
Camera8.7 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU)Qualcomm Snapdragon - 1.5 GHz
No. of CPU cores2
GPU N.A.
RAM
4G (LTE)yes
Dual-SIM no
NFCyes
Battery life: talk-time10 hrs
Battery life: standby time400 hrs
Battery capacity
Internal storage32 GB
Memory cardNo
SAR level0.93 W/kg
Specifications
Operating system (OS)
OS version tested
Screen size
Screen resolution
Weight140 g
Dimensions x x
Camera8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) -
No. of CPU cores
GPU
RAM
4G (LTE)
Dual-SIM no
NFC
Battery life: talk-time6 hrs 40 min
Battery life: standby time 500 hrs
Battery capacity
Internal storage 1 GB
Memory cardmicroSD
SAR level 0.38 W/Kg W/kg
Conclusion
The HTC One X is an excellent smartphone that offers a wide array of effective multimedia functions. The gorgeous screen, enjoyable interface, exceptional camera, good audio, fast web browsing and overall responsiveness make this an all-but-perfect smartphone.
The fifth generation of the iPhone is an effective high-end smartphone. More powerful than the 4S (as one should expect) though not a game changer either, the iPhone 5's primary selling points are a lighter body, quicker execution and excellent multimedia capacities. Its weaknesses? A GPS function in need of revision and average battery life that isn't quite enough for intensive use.
The Galaxy Note 2 is a nice update of the original Galaxy Note, particularly with the major progress Samsung has made with its S Pen stylus and associated functions, including almost instant handwriting recognition thanks to the ultra-fast processor. Business users, fans or previous Note owners will no doubt fall for this giant smartphone, as well as its monster battery life—it gives around two days' use with no need to hold back on what you're doing.
The HTC 8X is the most effective embodiment of the Windows Phone OS we've seen yet. It's a sturdy phone that's been nicely designed and well made, and it's above all very, very fast. The 8X is the flagship of choice for the new Windows Phone 8 OS. This mobile cuts to the chase, does its job and offers ideal performance levels for users discovering or rediscovering Microsoft's mobile OS.
Rock-bottom price aside, the Nexus 4 is an excellent smartphone. You just have to like Android without any of the sometimes-useful extras that you get with the competition's software overlays. The Nexus 4 is LG's triumphant return to the mobile race with a sober, elegant and effective smartphone. The only major issues that could turn off certain consumers are the inconsistent camera rendering and non-expandable memory. That said, you won't find better value for your money anywhere else in the Android universe.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is a powerful Windows Phone with a large, stunning screen and excellent exclusive apps from Nokia. But we were disappointed with the camera function, which is too inconsistent and sometimes a letdown—especially for a model that's being touted as the best camera phone of late 2012. Long live software updates! (Hopefully one's coming soon.)
The Huawei Honor is an easy fit for the mid-range smartphone segment, despite a low price tag. While it certainly didn't shine during our tests, it still has the merit of offering good value for money. It's an appropriate solution for anyone who doesn't wish to invest in a higher priced phone.
Pros

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Size & weight

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Screen resolution / Colour accuracy

+

Overall responsiveness

+

High-quality camera

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Clean audio

+

Sense 4.0 interface

+

Web browsing

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Feather weight

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Finishing

+

High quality display

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Exemplary responsiveness

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Intuitive interface

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Photo rendering

+

Sound quality

+

Unusual concept but actually quite effective in practice

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Generally good AMOLED screen

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Battery life / Multimedia performances

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Stylus, interesting input options, handwriting recognition

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Powerful, excellent responsiveness

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Very fast and responsive / Good battery life / High-quality screen

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Advanced customisation options in OS and handy Live Tiles

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Good camera

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SkyDrive, Office, SmartGlass for controlling an Xbox 360

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Kid's mode is a good idea / Options for partially-sighted users

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Design and finish

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IPS display with high contrast and brightness

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Good resolution and legibility

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Responsive

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Latest version of Android (4.2 Jelly Bean)

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Gesture Typing keyboard

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Finish

+

Great display

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Effective user interface

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Responsive / Stable OS

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Takes excellent photos at night

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Nokia's exclusive services

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Long battery life

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NFC / HSPA+

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Battery life

+

Finishing

+

Screen resolution

+

Low SAR

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Overall responsiveness

Cons

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Non-expandable memory (28 GB)

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A few minor delays in the interface (possible correction with the update)

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Design: Hey Mr. HTC, how about something new for a change?

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Maps

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Battery life

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Few options for customising the interface

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No NFC

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High SAR

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Size/format won't be to everyone's taste

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Still a few errors with predictive text entry using the stylus

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We were expecting higher screen definition

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Made mostly from plastic

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Physical buttons: accessibility and sensitivity could be better

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Camera interface isn't great

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Some major apps still not available for Windows Phone 8

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LED flash isn't particularly effective

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Non-expandable memory

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No 4G

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Location of the speaker

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Mediocre camera sensor

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Photo Sphere impractical to use

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Heavy

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Takes not-so-excellent photos during the day

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Perfectible sound

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Windows Store: fewer apps than its Apple and Google counterparts

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Screen: narrow viewing angles, low brightness

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Photo rendering sometimes disappointing

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Unstable Wi-Fi connections