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iPhone 4S vs. Galaxy S3 vs. Galaxy Nexus vs. One X: Apple, Samsung, HTC Smartphones Head-to-Head

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Samsung's Galaxy S III has arrived, and pundits are, as always, wondering if this one is an "iPhone killer." Though the GS3 would certainly beat the iPhone in a fight (it has a huge size advantage!), we're not so sure about the sales numbers -- a huge Cult of iPhone probably guarantees the continued dominance of Apple's signature smartphone as the best-selling single device, at least in America.

But which phone should you opt for? If you're looking to buy a phone in the next month or so, and you want a high-powered smartphone with impressive specs -- which one should you go for? We're lining up four of the most robust smartphones available -- the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy S III, HTC's One X, and the Google-Samsung collabo Galaxy Nexus -- against each other in a battle of the specs to give you a clearer picture.

Apple iPhone 4SSamsung Galaxy S IIIGoogle Galaxy NexusHTC One X
Display3.5 inch Retina display, 960-by-640 pixels4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED, 1280x7204.65-inch Super AMOLED, 1280x7204.7 inch, Super LCD2, 1280x720
Weight140 grams133 grams135 grams130 grams
Operating SystemiOS 5Android 4.0 with TouchWizAndroid 4.0Android 4.0 with HTC Sense
Front CameraVGA (less than 1 megapixel)2 megapixels1.3 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Rear Camera8 megapixels with LED flash8 megapixels with LED flash5 megapixels, LED flash8 megapixels, LED Flash
Camera FeaturesTouch-to-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDRTouch-to-focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, burst photography with best photo selection, share with friends via face recognitionTouch-to-focus-geo-tagging, face detection, zero shutter lagSimultaneous video and still, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, burst photography with best photo selection
Storage/Memory16/32/64GB, 512MB RAM16/32/62GB, 1GB RAM16/32GB, 1GB RAM16GB, 1GB RAM
Talk Time*7 hours, 41 minutesUnknown8 hours, 23 minutes9 hours, 57 minutes
Web Browsing Time*6 hours, 56 minutesUnknown3 hours, 1 minute4 hours, 18 minutes
SD Card SlotNoYes (up to 64GB)NoNo
Killer FeatureSiri, natural language voice assistantS Voice voice commands, eye recognitionFace UnlockBeats Audio integration
Price9 on contract (16GB storage)Unknown9 on contract (16GB)9 on contract (16GB)
CarriersAT&T, Verizon, SprintUnknown (rumored Verizon, Sprint)Verizon/SprintAT&T

A couple footnotes:
- Talk time and web browsing time are both taken from tests conduced by mobile website gsmarena. You can view those results here.
- We didn't include processors, as we're still not sure what kind of processor the American version of the Galaxy S III will have. The iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus, and HTC One X (AT&T version) all pack dual-core processors; the international version of the Galaxy S III has a quad-core processor, though it's been rumored that the American version will be dual-core. You can see how the Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X and iPhone 4S match up against one another here. The quad-core version of Galaxy S III has been tested here.

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