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Published on February 17th, 2013 | by Guest Writer

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Alike But Different – The HTC Desire X Vs. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Choosing a mobile phone can be difficult enough, but it’s made even tougher by the fact that so many handsets look practically identical. Take, for example, the HTC Desire X and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Placed next to each other on a desk, it would be close to impossible to tell the two apart. But does that mean that they’re identical on the inside too? Of course it doesn’t. You can never choose a phone based on its looks, you need to take a closer look at its specs. So we put these two to the test, head to head, to find out which of the two is a better buy for you, and what exactly their differences are.

They both retail for similar prices, and they’re both Android phones running the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. If you’re in the market for a new Orange or 3 mobile phone, then keep reading to find out which of these two is best, and which one gets our seal of approval…

Why the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the Way to Go…

The Nexus does have an awful lot going for it. It is the faster phone, running a 1200 MHz processor rather than the smaller 1000 MHz processor on the Desire, making it more powerful and snappier. It runs around thirty per cent more RAM, making it more responsive and better able to handle multi-tasking or running more than one process at the same time. The Nexus has the larger screen, measuring in at 4.6 inches over the Desire’s four inches. But the display also has two and a half times higher resolution as well as forty per cent higher PPI (pixels per inch), making for picture quality that’s brighter, clearer and crisper than that of the Desire. The Nexus shoots full HD video with its in built camera, the Desire can’t. It also has a lot more internal storage. The Samsung comes with 16 GB of storage versus just 4 GB on the Desire, meaning you can store four times more music, photos, games and data on your device. The Nexus really is the full package…

What the HTC Desire X Does Well…

The Desire does have better Bluetooth support, coming equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 rather than the older 3.0 version on the Nexus. If you frequently connect to Bluetooth devices such as hands free the newer version means that you’ll get faster data transfer and that your phone will use less battery power when connecting to other devices. The Desire also comes in both lighter and smaller than the Nexus, but considering the huge difference in screen size, that shouldn’t really come as a surprise.

Which is the Better Buy?

Despite looking so similar, one of these models is clearly better than the other. We’d pick the Samsung Galaxy Nexus over the HTC Desire X any time. It’s simply a much better phone for your money. The combination of more power, more storage and a bigger and better screen just mean that the Nexus is a more functional phone, and definitely worth investing in.

Phil Turner has a 3 mobile phone at the moment and is well-pleased with the service and coverage that he gets.

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