No camera settings were altered on either of the phones, I just pointed and shot. Not exactly a controlled experiment but hey.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
HTC One X.
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Now, do you really have 3 phones??
None of them. They are from phones.
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iPhone. The dynamic range is in a different league to the other two (certainly on the outside shots). The Galaxy has blown-out on anything remotely white, so the (beige?) rendering on the houses opposite looks nearly as white as the windows, the drainpipes and the skydish. The HTC isn't as bad but its white-balance is too 'cool' for my liking. Also, on the iPhone pic, there is clearly more detail in the bricks and rooftiles of the houses opposite. Though all three of them suffer from horrible distortions caused by their tiny lenses. If a surveyor was to look at those pictures, the house nearest to us on the right with the plantpot stood next to its drainpipe would get condemed.
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Would have been better if you hadn't highlighted which shot was from which phone, no chance of any bias then...
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Though what's going on with the table in the bottom shot, has it been tango'd?
Its a pointless comparison as you have compressed the images to different sizes.
The images are
You should have posted them in the original 8MP format using something like flickr
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To be fair, it may have been because i was originaaly viewing the pictures on an old Desire, but the wood finish was bright orange, it looks more natural viewing on my lappy
I'm beginning to appreciate the picture from the HTC more than I did initially.
It hasn't changed my mind completely because it needs post-processing to remove the cool cast, and the other two at least have a usably-close WB straight from the phone.
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Well here's my final verdict after copying all three of your outdoor images and tinkering with them a bit in iPhoto (I hope you don't mind; I have since deleted them anyway, I just wanted to see what was achievable):
Galaxy Nexus: IMO the worst quality. Detail is not as good as the other two and even processing doesn't fully recreate the tonal subtleties it's failed to capture. It's not a bad photo, just overshadowed by what the other two can offer.
HTC One: The images can be made to look tonally-neutral with post-processing, and having done so, it could be argued it provides the best photo of all three, as there appears to be fractionally more dynamic range at the top end. However that could be partially influenced by the fact it was the only photo to include part of the pebble-dashed wall, which could have caused the camera to under-expose compared to the other two. This would give the illusion of it having a greater gamut of tones at the white end of the tonal range.
iPhone: Seems to give the most usable photo straight off the phone, and a bit of tweaking with highlights and shadows gives you a picture which is similar to the HTC in tonal range and slightly more detail in the distance. Though that latter observation could be because it is a larger picture to start with.
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