Galaxy S i9000 vs. HTC Desire vs. XPeria X10

Galaxy S i9000 vs. HTC Desire vs. XPeria X10

So we have 3 of the super smartphones available in the Philippines — Sony-Ericsson Xperia X10, HTC Desire, and Samsung Galaxy S i9000. We graphed their specs and lined them up against their retail prices so you get a better picture.

The comparative chart below is mostly quantitative but it should gives us a clearer picture which of the 3 super smartphones tops the rest.


From my count, the SE Xperia X10 gets a base score of 5 from the screen size & resolution, CPU, camera and microSD card included; the HTC Desire gets a base score of 6 from the CPU, RAM, OS version, FM tuner, UI and AMOLED display; while the Samsung Galaxy S i9000 scored 10, winning in most of the features listed (not counting the SRP).

Spec-for-spec, the Galaxy S looks like a clear winner. Of course, when you factor in design quality and build, it’s totally another story and the numbers don’t matter as much.

So, if you have Php35k to burn, which Android smartphone would you pick from the three?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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55 Responses

  1. kutsaratinidor says:

    @abeolandres youre welcome

  2. Cedric says:

    sir there’s a typo on the image. for the galaxy x’s srp

  3. gspydr says:

    @abeolandres linux wins! :)

  4. Cedric says:

    the galaxy s is a solid contender given that samsung can slap their storage chips for internal memory.though i wonder how android feels on a samsung, ive only familiarized myself with HTC units so far from verizon wireless stores.

  5. poche says:

    samsung galaxy s do not have a camera flash though.

  6. @abeolandres -wont burn 32k for an android phone. hehe. a netbook + a cheapo phone will serve me better…

  7. iko says:

    smartphones are dumb once they run out of battery in the wild.

  8. jobeck says:

    HTC Desire definitely. Basing on looks and how i performs, it’s no contest.

  9. vance says:

    I’ll go with Samsung Galaxy S.. been eyeing on it ever since… of course for the same price level, iPhone 3Gs and 4G will be a better choice. if the price lower down then this will be a good..

  10. dax says:

    Experia and Samsung are too big for my hands and pocket though they have a pretty good specs. I’m for the HTC Desire for the beautiful HTC Sense, just enough screen size and superb build quality.

  11. zEr0-IcE says:

    sir abe, sorry for asking this again… you said 32K for the Samsung Galaxy S, but is that Globe telecom’s price?

    I’m really dying here… I want the phone really really bad, but I am wishing I could get an unlocked version of the phone..

    Would you know if this is available anywhere else?


  12. Marcus says:

    I’m not sure though but isn’t it that SE X10’s UI is called Timescape and Mediascape? Take a look at this one .Rachael is its rumored name and then SE decided to just call it X10..

  13. lawrence says:


    yes rachel is the code name of x10 before launching. according to se blog, the ui is called UX. the media/timescape are just features of the UI. The UI of x10 mini (with 4 hotspot corners) is also a miniature version of UX UI. But I’ve seen some blogger refering the UI as rachel as well, dunno why :)

  14. giogagz says:

    sir yuga i have my own experia x10 and so far i love the UI and the android OS is a wow. But after I read this article sana hinintay q na lang ang galaxy S. Talo ang xperia x10 sa RAM. I though kasi ang galaxy s is a bada phone e Android phone pala. Hehehe

  15. markmarcelo0210 says:

    Samsung Galaxy S is the best!

  16. Arvee says:

    Well, HTC Sense could’ve won me over Samsung Galaxy S. But practically wise, Samsung Galaxy S will be my choice.

  17. cris says:

    It’s a toss up between X10 and Galaxy i9000.

    Basing on the looks, X10 wins for me, but for specs, Samsung edged a bit with its super AMOLED+ HD video.

    But according to engadget commenters, Samsung sucks daw when it comes to customer support – so they say.

  18. guyrony says:

    Galaxy S is my winning choice.

  19. poche says:

    also samsung has a reputation for not upgrading or giving support to old phones unlike other co.

  20. poche says:

    i forgot to add xperia x10 will not have multitouch funtions even if upgraded to 2.1 because of hardware limitations.

  21. lolipown says:

    Looks like Samsung is the clear winner here. The question now is the after market value, how long does each company offer support like firmware updates.

  22. Jesus says:

    Galaxy. Hindi na ako mag so-sony-ericsson.

  23. Jesus says:

    Galaxy ang pipiliin ko.

  24. Arvin says:

    galaxy s wins!!!

  25. irv says:

    i’ve tried the Galaxy S in a Globe store. it has a certain lag to it.

    compare to the Sense UI, the vanilla Android UI (of the Nexus One), or even the iPhone. they are very responsive and snappy.

    i don’t think its the hardware, as it has the most impressive specs of the three.

    back to the drawing board, Samsung. oh, and hire more programmers.

  26. cris says:

    What, X10 will not support multi-touch?!

    Now that’s a deal breaker for me. Having that 4″ screen will be a waste with no multi-touchy… :(

  27. does android 2.0 also support multitouch? same as android 2.1?

    how does samsung galaxy s compare with motorola droid/milestone.

    the thing with galaxy s is that the camera doens’t come with a flash. the thing with moto droid/milestone is that although it has a flash, picture tends to become too grainy.

    htc has cool product line up too, only that miost of them are cdma phones. i couldn’t see htc evo 4g or htc droid incredible equivalent in the gsm fold.

    had the htc been slapped with gorilla screen, i’d probably get myself one. i so much like the htc sense shell UI.

  28. rye says:

    Samsung Galaxy S for me.

  29. vance says:

    Samsung is good for internet connection. Wireless N na kasi compared to X1.. then the processor, even though it is not a snapdragon, has better graphics processor..

  30. mcast says:

    definitely the galaxy s. i wish it would come with froyo out of the box though.

  31. snpklsdmbldr says:

    HTC Desire for me. the other two’s manufacturer’s would take years for them to get an update compared to HTC. and HTC Sense is just better than Samsung’s iphone ripoff UI Touchwiz. SE’s phone doesnt even have multitouch and most probably wont get froyo.

  32. Tetchie says:


  33. nato says:

    there’s a site out there that has the X10 priced at 25,400… hmmm. Anyway, Galaxy S has divx support out of the box tama ba? And all three are about the same size kahit na mas maliit ang screen size ng htc. I think Samsung wins this one for me. I think it’s more future proof than the X10 with bigger ram, multi-touch, wifi n, and bt 3 and in my opinion a more standard screen ratio compared to the x10. As for the HTC, the lack of internal storage and lower physical screen size (at this size) makes it lose points. But performance-wise I dunno.

  34. xtian1986 says:

    I’d still go for Nexus One. iba pa rin pag anak ng Google.

  35. i have used almost all phone OSes, the latest and current one is the iPhone 3GS. now, it am on a saturation point that i have to give up my iPhone in favor of a yet another OS flavor.

    i am thinking of getting Android v2.1.

    for those Android users here, can you please recommend what Android phone is good? i am thinking of HTC Desire, HTC Legend, Nexus One, Motorola Milestone, or perhaps Samsung Galaxy S.

    and here are what i have found out in each of them, correct me if my modest research is wrong or insufficient.

    HTC Desire has a cool display reso and topnotch processor, however i don’t like the hardware buttons beside the optical senseware. also i have found out that the battery drains quickly.

    HTC Legend has an aliminum unibody, similar to that of a MacBookPro unibody. but being small, the keyboard is a bit cramped. the processor is 400Mhz short of the HTC Desire. and similar with the Desire, battery life is tad too short as well.

    Nexus One has a resolution which is not so stellar as compared to desire. But it is on the first queue for upgrade having an unlayered OS. i don’t like the old Blackberry type senseware at the bottom.

    Milestone is fairly a good Droid phone, however the screen brightness might come into question and may not be as bright to that of HTC Desire. also, i have read reports of it having a Gorilla Glass which brandished high degree of strength and scratch resistance, yet there are also reports of it having cracks while aggregeting space with coins and car keys spaces inside a purse.

    Samsung Galaxy S has a superAMOLED display but its camera has no flash.

    one thing that is keeping my sight into HTC is because of its HTC Sense.

    what do you think is better, form and function-wise. for those HTC Desire/Legend, Milestone, NexusOne, and Galaxy S users, how many hours does you battery last.

  36. simplynice93 says:

    I would choose Galaxy S if I have 32K+ money to burn. Anyways, thanks sir abe for the comparative chart. It really helps buyers a smarter choice on what smartphone fit them.

  37. if you can root the Samsung Galaxy S, can you port the HTC Sense UI intot he device?

  38. adam says:

    I like the looks of Xperia however base on the comparison it seems that Samsung has a better edge among the three.
    Nokia N900: one of the best smartphone

  39. vance says:

    if i read it correctly, Samsung is using the same processor as the iPhone..

  40. joelsky says:

    here in the US coming soon palang ang Samsung Galaxy S (maybe thru T-mobile daw and was renamed as Samsung Vibrant) I prefer for this one. Buti pa nga sa Pinas mas updated ang mga phone dito sa US medio behind sila. Wala pa dito yang SE Xperia X10 pero alot have been waiting for it too. Also, more Americans prefer Android OS than Apple OS I guess. yung lang..

  41. xtian1986 says:

    HTC upgrades arrive few months AFTER the nexus one’s, and Samsung’s reputation on upgrading firmwares of already released smartphones is B.A.D.
    In my case, if im gonna use Google’s mobile OS i might as well use Google’s smartphone.

  42. Lexty says:

    I just saw Samsung Galaxy S in Greenhills-TheaterMall selling it at just 28k they also have the Samsung Beam (which has a projector) forgot the price though.

  43. Lexty says:

    oh I forgot to mention. I also saw the new Samsung Wave for only 18.8k

  44. rommelcv says:

    @ Lexty: mga ilang units ng samsung galaxy s ang nakita mo dun? gusto ko ring bumili nun e, kaso wala na sa globe gb4.

  45. carlo says:

    Mag desire na lng kayo, i own one and its really fast, unlike the galaxy which lags like crazy, tried one in shang yesterday, nicr screen but the lag is really bothersome, and i know a shop along roosevelt selling the desire for only 26500 with 1 year official HTC warranty :) (legend is at 22500 cash :)) go HTC!

  46. JUN says:

    EXPERIA 10 versus GALAXY S

    Want an Android phone with a whacking great big screen for watching video or surfing the web on? The Samsung Galaxy S and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 are two phones you seriously need to consider. Which is better? Read on to find out…

    OS and Interface – Timescape vs TouchWiz
    These two Androids have significant differences in the software department. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features Android 1.6 and the Timescape/Mediascape UI, while the Samsung Galaxy S uses the newer Android 2.1 OS and the TouchWiz 3.0 UI. The Sony Ericsson ’scapes are less intrusive than TouchWiz as they leave the basic vanilla Android look ticking on underneath custom widgets and apps.

    The Samsung Galaxy S’s TouchWiz interface isn’t so easy-going. It sticks a static dock at the bottom of your phone’s screen, which you can’t remove, and arranges your apps menu into pages – like the iPhone interface – although you can revert to the standard scrolling stream if you want. Neither the Samsung Galaxy S’s or the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’s widgets are quite as good as those of HTC Sense, but you’re supplied with the usual smattering of social networking, calendar and memo functions in both cases.

    Which is better? For day-to-day simplicity, we prefer the Samsung Galaxy S’s widgets, but Mediascape and Timescape are harder to replace wholesale with Android Market equivalents, so it’s a close-run battle.
    Winner – Samsung Galaxy S. Only just

    Screens and video
    These two are the real big boys of Android, with four inches of screen on show a piece. The tech they use is different though. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 uses a standard TFT LCD screen while the Samsung Galaxy S features a Super AMOLED screen. The Samsung Galaxy S has much better contrast – blacks are incredibly deep – but the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is no slouch either. The more vivid image produced by the Galaxy S means its our mobile cinema pick though.

    The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 starts well on the video front with Mediascape, a very pretty media player app, but it doesn’t have the file type support to back it up. No Divx/Xvid support means many of the videos you’ve downloaded of the net won’t play. The Samsung Galaxy S’s media player is less swish than the Xperia X10’s, but with fab media support that includes Xvid, Divx and MKV – and even Wi-Fi streaming – there’s no contest here. If you want the ultimate mobile video player, you have to go for the Samsung Galaxy S. It’s as simple as that.
    Winner – Samsung Galaxy S

    More after the break…

    Looks and build
    The Samsung Galaxy S, at 118g, is significantly lighter than the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. It’s also thinner too, but we can’t get over the sense that Samsung might have gone a bit too far with the Galaxy S. It’s a classy phone, but without a rock-solid body to lend it some weight – in the literal sense too – the Samsung Galaxy S ends up feeling a little flimsy.

    The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’s look might be a bit conservative for some, but we dig its more generous curves, and that its battery cover doesn’t feel like it’s on the verge of snapping in half when you try and take it off. We also find the real buttons of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 more satisfying than the touch-sensitive softkeys of the Samsung Galaxy S.
    Winner – Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

    At first glance, it seems like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 flattens the Samsung Galaxy S, with its 8-megapixel sensor and LED flash against the Galaxy S’s 5-megapixel camera and lack of flash. The Samsung Galaxy S does have one thing over its rival though – 720p video recording.

    We have a feeling the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 may gain HD video recording with a firmware update, but for now you’re stuck with just 800×480 WVGA recording. The lack of a flash on the Samsung Galaxy S isn’t that easy to forgive though – especially when it’s holding back an otherwise decent mobile snapper.
    Winner – Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

  47. npl says:

    i am anticipating galaxy s’s launched in the country. because i found the super amoled and its other features really cool.

    i was an ericsson user as well and found their units really served my taste. but they are slow in introducing their new units.

    but android phone are new in the market. htc has been there and keep on producing and upgrading their products. they have more experience when it comes to smartphones and androids manufacturing. 4G evo is not yet in the list and htc wildfire, which i am waiting to be released in the country.

    when it comes to form, all of them has eye catching physiques. Features are almost the same and apps available are thousands. but at the end of the day, you’ll just be needing what are essentials to you and that will fit your lifestyle.

    price as announced do not vary much. whatever your choice is, just make sure it will suit your personality well.

    my choice for now is HTC!!!

  48. bass says:

    I personally own an HTC Desire, my brother has a Samsung Galaxy S and my cousin has a SE Xperia 10.

    The SE Xperia 10 is in no way in the same class as the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S.

    Samsung Galaxy S only trumps HTC Desire with regards to screen quality with its S-AMOLED 4″ display. The UI is usable but not great.

    HTC Desire has superior build quality and design. It is also very similar to the Nexus One, which results to easier customizations for Sense by HTC on updates from Google. It’s getting Froyo by August. It has a 3.7″ AMOLED screen, same 1Ghz CPU and superior RAM. It has a LED flash and can do 720p video recording with Froyo. HTC widgets for tethering, sync all, hotspot, Car UI, etc. for Froyo are top notch.

    It’s fairly a subjective choice between Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Desire. Whether you want a better, larger display or a premium build quality and design.

    All other software features are negligible as you can root, cook and port any ROM you want to anyway.

    Battery life on ALL android phones suck out of the box but there are a lot of tweaks that can address this. I, myself, am running Android 2.2 Froyo Desire ROM with Sense, I use WiFi, APN’s, auto-sync, mail, browsing, etc. and my battery lasts for more than a day on a single charge.

  49. nonoymm says:

    if you have P30k to burn, opt for an HTC HD2. Great hardware plus you have a choice of doing dual boot between WM6.5 or Android 2.1… best of both worlds.

  50. ronz says:

    waaaaaa! i just bought X10 last week! and now i see Galaxy S is GOOD!!! anybody can tell me if X10 is good also? did i make a wrong choice or just ok? hohohohoho!

  51. dino abangan susunod na kabanata says:

    galaxy s “lags like hell” according to forums and no update until now.. wanted that phone but i guess desire hd is next in line for me..

  52. thank you for nice information

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