With HTC's quad-core flagship the One X taking Samsung's Galaxy Nexus head on, challenging its technical prowess, and Sony's Xperia S seeking to undercut it on price, V3 takes a look at which device is most worthy of attention.
Design and build
Despite all three devices being visually striking, each containing the standard design quirks of their makers, they are all pretty similar in size.
The Galaxy Nexus and One X are both fairly large handsets, creeping up towards tablet dimensions, while Sony's Xperia S has a slightly smaller screen, packing a 4.3in 1280x720 display. This compares to the Galaxy Nexus' 4.65in and One X's 4.7in screens.
Yet despite being slightly smaller, the Xperia S remains the heaviest of the three, weighing in at 144g, a noticeable difference in hand when compared to the Nexus' 135g and One X's 130g loads.
In terms of aesthetics, the three are about as different as you can get, making it a pretty difficult call deciding which one is the prettiest.
The Xperia S is perhaps the most visually striking, with its 128x64x10.6mm dimensions making it longer and narrower than many other handsets on the market. This fairly distinctive look is accentuated by the device's angular design, with its squared off edges separating it from the more curvaceous 134x70x8.9mm One X and the 136x68x8.9mm Galaxy Nexus handsets.
Putting aside the Xperia S, when comparing the larger HTC and Samsung made handsets, even though both are made of polycarbonate, the Galaxy Nexus feels cheaper. This point is particularly noticeable when you place it next to the One X, with its curved edges, high-gloss sides and soft-touch back, that make it feel significantly more expensive and robust.
Winner: HTC One X
Lighter and packing a bigger screen than the Xperia S, while retaining a classy feel lost on the Galaxy Nexus.