Super Smartphone Showdown Part 3: Software

For some reason we forgot to publish part three of the showdown yesterday, but don't worry because we're back today, ready to show off the software used on all five devices. We look not only at the UI design of the software, but also at some of the cool features that can be found hidden in the software of each device.

Here's a quick rundown of each device used in the showdown, and what software is used on each device:

  • HTC One X: Android 4.0 + Sense UI 4.0
  • Samsung Galaxy S III: Android 4.0 + TouchWiz Nature UX
  • Sony Xperia S: Android 4.0 (after update) + Timescape UI
  • Motorola Droid Razr: Android 2.3* + Blur
  • LG Optimus 4X HD: Android 4.0 + Optimus UI 3.0

*Motorola has not yet pushed the Android 4.0 update to GSM devices, and we simply couldn't wait any longer to have Android 4.0 on all devices for the comparison

Again, we hope you are enjoying the Super Smartphone Showdown and in case you missed the previous episode you can follow the link below to check out part two, where we look at the displays of each device. Check back here on Neowin, or subscribe to our YouTube channel to easily get the next part tomorrow, where we look closely at the performance and specifications of the devices.

You can also watch all the videos in the showdown one after another by following this link, which takes you to a Super Smartphone Showdown playlist.

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Seriously? You don't like Sense because it's not Stock enough?
Out of all choices it's the most unique and streamlined interface. It's what differentiates Sense from the other crap. All companies try to either emulate Sense's widgets or the iPhone's 'feel', and the Sense interface gives you the best of all worlds. Especially with the Sense 4.0 version which is much more 'Stock'-ified, much more similar to AOSP at least in concept, while keeping the goodies (the dialer, the homescreens, etc).

are you going to show that the S3 has gone against android policy and blocked moving data to the external card? seeing as games etc can take up to 3GB then the internal usable memory of 11GB is quickly used up. This is all confirmed if searching for move data to external card on s3. The only solution is rooting which voids any warranties

I have an S3 locked into a 2yr contract and find it flawed because of this

BeLGaRaTh said,
are you going to show that the S3 has gone against android policy and blocked moving data to the external card? seeing as games etc can take up to 3GB then the internal usable memory of 11GB is quickly used up. This is all confirmed if searching for move data to external card on s3. The only solution is rooting which voids any warranties

I have an S3 locked into a 2yr contract and find it flawed because of this

You serious? If this is true, i'll be going with the One X for sure on my next phone purchase.

Anyone else have a little laugh about the fact that the only phone there without the latest Android version is the one from a manufacturer that the company behind Android owns?

nkaHnt said,
I own both the S3 and HOX, and I have to say that I love HOX much more

Out of curiosity (since you mention you own both), what is it that makes you love HOX more? Certainly helps my decision making for buying a new phone, to get opinions from others

After the previous video, I was still determined to get the S3. Now i'm not so sure.

Overall, which one do most consider "the best" ? Galaxy S3 vs HTC One-X ?

Xperia's UI is the best one for me, incredibly fast and simple.

S3 has lots of good features, but its UI is extremely slow, even on 4 core cpu.

New Sense UI on one x is miles better than on the sensation, also better than S3's UI. But still slow.

I didn't use moto and lg, i cant say anything for them.

xperia's UI and S3's features: It would be a perfect combination...

Edited by Dead'Soul, Jul 15 2012, 2:44pm :

Dead'Soul said,
Xperia'a UI is the best one for me, incredibly fast and simple.

S3 has lots of good features, but its UI is extremely slow, even on 4 core cpu.

New Sense UI on one x is miles better than on the sensation, also better than S3's UI. But still slow.

I didn't use moto and lg, i cant say anything for them.

xperia's UI and S3's features: It would be a perfect combination...


I have the Dual Core S3 with LTE... I don't seem to have an issue with the UI at all. It slows down sometimes, but 95% of the time it's fast.

giantsnyy said,


I have the Dual Core S3 with LTE... I don't seem to have an issue with the UI at all. It slows down sometimes, but 95% of the time it's fast.

Same. I think my only slow down is a tiny stutter when scrolling my home pages, that only shows up sometimes, and that probably has a lot to do with my intense live wallpaper and 7 pages of widgets.