Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One: Who Will Win?

With all the talk about the Galaxy S4 being an iPhone killer, it’s easy to forget that Samsung’s flagship faces serious competition from other Android phones. To me, the HTC One belongs at the top of that list of adversaries. From its jaw-dropping aluminum design and bold new Blink Feed interface to its Ultrapixel camera, the One is ready to challenge the S4 for smartphone supremacy. Then again, the Galaxy S4 has so many “wow-inducing” innovations stuffed into its slim frame that it redefines cutting edge. 

So which superphone will win this battle? The S4 hasn’t even hit the market yet, so it’s too early to call a definitive winner. But I’ve spent enough hands-on time with both handsets to predict which device will likely win the hearts and minds of more shoppers. 

Design

The HTC One is absolutely gorgeous, sporting a zero-gap aluminum design that rivals the iPhone 5. The curved back makes the device easy to hold, even if this 4.7-inch handset is on the hefty side. Add in polished chamfered edges, spun metal volume controls and etched antennas on the back and you have the most beautiful Android phone yet.

With its polycarbonate (plastic design), the Samsung Galaxy S4 simply doesn’t have the same premium look for feel as the One. However, Samsung’s device is thinner and lighter than HTC’s phone, even though it has a larger display (5 inches versus 4.7 inches). The S4 measures 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches and weighs 4.6 ounces, while the One weighs 5.1 ounces and measures 5.4 x 2.68 x 0.36 inches.

Early Winner: HTC One. The Galaxy S4 is slimmer and lighter, but the HTC One rules in terms of aesthetics and overall build quality.

Display

Now that full HD (1080p) screens are practically standard on high-end phones, device makers need to make their wares stand out in other ways. Still, the pixels per inch can make a difference in terms of how sharp that display looks. Here, HTC has the edge, because it crams 1920 x 1080 pixels into a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 screen; that translates to 468 ppi, compared with 441 ppi for the Galaxy S4′s Super AMOLED panel.

The HTC One outshines the Galaxy S4 in another way: brightness. When we hit both phones with our light meter, the One registered 463 lux and the S4 mustered only 258 lux. The Samsung’s number is lower than the smartphone category average of 299 lux. What the S4′s screen has going for it is deeper black levels and more saturated colors, which some users prefer when viewing photos and videos.

Early Winner: HTC One. Not only is the One brighter than the S4, making the screen easier to see outdoors, it provides a slightly sharper picture.

Audio

If you’re going to market your phone with a name like BoomSound, you had better back it up. The HTC One does just that with dual-stereo speakers powered by Beats Audio. In our testing, the handset provided amazingly loud and clear sound at just a little over half-volume. Seriously, an external speaker is almost redundant when listening to your favorite tunes on Spotify or Pandora. Plus, because the speakers flank the display, you’re unlikely to cover them up with your thumbs when gaming.

The Galaxy S4 has just a single speaker on its back, but it pumped out plenty of volume in our hands-on testing. However, the sound could get muffled when you place the phone on a desk or when holding it in your hand. The audio quality also wasn’t nearly as rich.

Early Winner: HTC One. If sound quality matters to you, the One will rock your world.

Interface

On the surface, the Galaxy S4′s software doesn’t look much different than the S3′s, but how you interact with this device has changed dramatically. Using Air Gestures, you can change music tracks, flip through photos and answer the phone just by waving your hand in front of the S4′s camera. Meanwhile, Air View allows users to preview info by hovering your finger above the display (no pen required).

Not impressed? The S4 can also track your eyes to pause videos (Smart Pause) when you look away from the screen and you can scroll content (Smart Scroll) by tilting the phone in your hand as you view a Web page. S4 owners can easily toggle these and other features via a drop-down option in the enhanced notification menu.

The new interface on the HTC One concentrates more on the look and feel than how you control the phone. A new BlinkFeed UI on the home screen streams headlines and social updates, so you’re always in the know. There’s no question that there’s some Windows Phone interface here, combined with a sprinkle of Flipboard. If you find BlinkFeed too busy, you can always opt for a traditional-looking home screen, but assuming you customize the feed the way you want, I think most One owners will like it.

The HTC One has another small advantage over the S4 with its proprietary recent app menu. You can see up to nine apps at once, versus a few for the Samsung.

Early Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. While HTC’s BlinkFeed is sleek and can help keep you in the know, the S4′s sheer innovation and easy access to important settings helps it win this round.

Camera

HTC and Samsung took vastly different approaches to their cameras for the One and Galaxy S4. The former smartphone emphasizes better low-light performance with its Ultrapixel camera, while the latter focuses on higher resolution and a bevy of clever features.

Let’s start with the One, whose 4-megapixel Ultrapixel shooter uses a larger sensor than other phones to capture up to 300 percent more light. While we didn’t have a chance to compare the One and S4 side by side, we noticed that the One generally did a better job capturing brighter images indoors in dim conditions. However, when you zoom in or crop images, you’ll see less detail than what other phones deliver.

HTC also included a fairly unique feature in Zoes. A dedicated Zoe button in the camera app lets you capture 20 still frames along with 3 seconds of video. Plus, the camera starts a second before you press the button and finishes 2 seconds after you press stop, which means you’re less likely to miss that moment. From there, you can share your Zoes on social networks, but they’ll redirect to zoeshare.htc.com.

The Galaxy S4 comes to this round bearing a 13-MP back camera and 2-MP front camera. It’s not really about the resolution, though, but how Samsung is attempting to redefine the picture taking experience.

For example, with Dual Shot and Dual Recording, you can shoot images and videos using the front and back cameras at the same time. The idea is that the photographer can insert themselves into the shot, and they can choose from multiple fun themes. Another highlight feature is Eraser, which lets you remove unwanted subjects who have wandered into the frame as a photo bomb.

There’s more. Sound and Shot records 6 seconds of audio along with still images, and Drama Shot lets you capture multiple shots of the same moving subject in the same image. The HTC One offers a similar feature, but it’s buried within the editing menu of Zoes.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. The HTC One produces brighter images, but the Galaxy S4 pulls ahead with a ton of fun and compelling photo features.

Specs and Performance

The U.S. Version of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One both feature Qualcomm’s latest quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, promising 40 percent better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The S4 will house a 1.9-GHz CPU, and the HTC One’s processor runs at 1.7 GHz. Both handsets come with 2GB of RAM.

  HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4

 

HTC One Phone

Screen Size (inches) 4.7  5.0
Resolution 1920 x 1080  1920 x 1080 
Pixel Density (ppi) 468  441 
Processor 1.7-GHz Qualcomm
quad-core 
1.9-GHz Qualcomm quad-core,
1.6-GHz Exynos octa-core
RAM 2GB  2GB 
Internal Storage  32GB, 64GB  16GB, 32GB, 64GB 
Battery 2300mAh  2600mAh 

In our testing, the HTC One notched an overall score of 23,488 on the AnTuTu benchmark, which measures CPU, GPU, RAM and I/O performance. That’s faster than the Galaxy S4′s score of 21,089. 

We also ran Geekbench on the HTC One, which measures integer, floating Point, memory and stream performance. The device turned in a score of 2,632, which is lower than what Android Authority recorded for the Galaxy S4 on the same test (3,163). By comparison, the iPhone 5 notched 1,647 on the same test.

Uniquely, the S4 will offer expandable memory with a microSD Card slot and a replaceable battery. The HTC One offers a sealed design with 32GB of memory to start, while the Samsung will start with 16GB. The S4 also has a higher-capacity battery, packing a 2,600 mAh battery compared with 2,300 mAh for the One.

Early Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. Although the HTC One outperforms the S4 on one benchmark, the S4 soundly beat it in another. More importantly, you can add more memory and swap out the (larger) battery in the Samsung.

Special Features

Couch potatoes, rejoice. Both the Galaxy S4 and HTC One ship come with an IR blaster on the top and software from Peel to help control your TV. Samsung goes the extra mile, though, by adding Samsung Hub integration for downloading movies or shows you might want to watch.

The HTC One also features Sense Voice, which leverage the two mics to compensate for ambient noise and boosts in-call voices. Other features unique to the One are covered elsewhere in this face-off, including BlinkFeed, BoomSound and Zoes in the camera.

Samsung piles on the features in the Galaxy S4. S Translate can translate text and voices into nine different languages, while S Health can keep tabs on your steps taken and calories burned, as well as your diet and even the comfort of your environment. S Health will sync with Samsung’s own accessories, such as the S Band (think Fitbit) and a scale.

There’s a lot more the S4 offers, including an improved ChatOn client that supports three-way video calls and Group Play for blasting a tune on multiple S4 phones at once.

Early Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung’s phone almost does too much, but the good news is that most users will find at least a couple of features that will resonate with them.

Overall Outlook

To a certain degree, the verdict is already in on the HTC One. Based on our review of the international version, the phone boasts a better design than the Galaxy S4, a more impressive low-light camera and a more dynamic interface that’s great for snacking on content. Plus, the One’s dual speakers deliver louder and richer sound, and you get a brighter display. We’re just waiting to see how long the U.S. version’s battery lasts on 4G LTE networks.

On the other hand, it’s hard to compete against the S4′s bevy of features. While some may consider Samsung’s eye controls gimmicky, the motion gestures really do come in handy. We also love the way the S4 leverages the front and back camera at the same time. And while the design doesn’t inspire, Samsung deserves credit for offering a bigger screen than the One in a thinner and lighter design. Features like S Health and a revamped S Hub demonstrate that the Galaxy S4 phone isn’t just a phone. It’s the center of a robust ecosystem.

The bottom line is that both the HTC One and Galaxy S4 are shaping up to be two of the best smartphones of the year. It’s up to you to decide which advantages and features resonate with you more. But if I had to make a call on one or the other, I’d give the edge to the S4 because of its many, many talents.

Editor-in-chief Mark Spoonauer directs LAPTOP’s online and print editorial content and has been covering mobile and wireless technology for over a decade. Each week Mark’s SpoonFed column provides his insights and analysis of the biggest mobile trends and news. You can also follow him on Twitter and .

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  1. sam9s Says:

    I would put HTC One as far as specs and performance is concerned …… rest were placed correct. So for me the final score will be a 4:3 with HTC One a winner

  2. Saif Says:

    This preview is awesome! While the HTC is a bit tempting with its design and materials, the Samsung’s user experience and larger screen overcomes the HTC. I always buy cases for my phones, so I’ll definitely go for the S4.

  3. Janith Says:

    Every things are right but I didn’t agree with the camera. Of course Galaxy S4 much more camera functions than HTC One, though image quality wise HTC One will better than Galaxy S4. If camera doesn’t gives you better photos it’s hopeless though it has millions of functions.

  4. Yaya Says:

    Hmm I think you missed the zoye feature. I know that in accessibility ie the interface there is no actual winner. So you shouldn’t mark sanding as winner in the camera and interface category. Its a tie, this way the HTC will edge out 3 to 2.

    Even in benchmark antutu and geek both give different opinion then how do you give sanding the benefit. Can you explain

  5. Pawel Says:

    Very good test of excellent smartphones but how about durability and battery life?
    I hope that HTC One will leave S4 behind as having very resistant aluminum case and gorilla glass screen- actually which type-3 or 4??
    Just waiting for sequel of test ;-)

    Happy HTC Sensation user :) wanting an upgrade

  6. vj Says:

    With 60 native “S” apps in s4 & another 15 added by verizon…this makes S4 bloated n miss the buttery smoothness tat htc 1 is having on their latest flagship.HTC suffered the same in their previous models,with a cleaner sense 5 now, its perfect.Plus the Color accuracy of the S4 amoled pentile display something wrong..saturated,cartoonish.eg skin tone looks reddish for a white man..i go for HTC 1 this time.

  7. michealnam Says:

    I appreciate the time taken for this article. but i find some of the verdit inappropriate, well, it may depend on individual sense of preference as well. talking of user interface or useability, htc one is the winner because, merely looking at our world today, majority of phone users spend almost all of their time on social sites and htc one presents that to them right at the wake of their screen home page. which means they will never be left behind on the most recent post. I prefer to be updated on what’s happening, where, how & when it happened, blinkfeed is just perfect for me. Another issue is the camera, just seeing some sample shots of pictures taken with the one on various web sites, i bet you, it can only be the one. thank you!

  8. ng Says:

    I think that spec and performance wise,both devicee are comparable.This round should end in a draw…final score should be 3:3.
    Both are awesome but G4 fails to convince to for my G3 upgrade.

  9. Janith Says:

    This review underestimate the HTC One Camera. HTC One Camera is full of functions there are more functions (ZOE, object remove, individual face recording, sequent shot and slow motion camera) that Galaxy S4 didn’t have. Please check these,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNCmfk3x90g

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKmFZx1bPIU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_B5t0d0avU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL3MJzHs4Gk

    If you doing a review be honest, don’t do favor to only one party.

  10. david Says:

    In term of spec and performance,both phones are comparable.I feel that this time round should end in a draw.
    The final score is 3:3..but to me,HTC one impressed me more than samsy G4..No doubt,I would go for HTC

  11. Geoff Says:

    Good balanced review. They both look much better than my HTC Desire!!
    In the end, for me, battery life will be the clincher!

  12. Bharath Says:

    Both are good smartphones…As far design is concerned,HTC One is simply amazing…but in terms of specs and extra features s4 stands out first…

  13. Stephen Njami Says:

    Nice one. For me durability and class that’s what i want. HTC can deliver all what i want , the S4 lags behind in some features and outdoes others, in a way the htc renders them all. I don’t need all those over dues of the S4

  14. irdi Says:

    what??? the display of the htc is sh** …. battery and features on the htc lack so much behind only build quality is good but no external sd card and removable battery, htc is not on the lvl of the s4

  15. Drtwei Says:

    I believe spec and performance should Be a tie based on mixed test score.
    Also 32 gb ram for htc should offset s4′s 16 gab with sd card.
    Same with camera because it all depends what type of a picture u take.
    So I see htc one is indeed a galaxy s4 killer for a lot of users. Some users will still
    Stay with s4 (those who don’t already have a s3).

  16. david parker Says:

    htc is clearly better than samsung !! blogger is judging according to marketing !! this is one sided blog !! dont believe int his report !! htc is clearly winner !

  17. Jamie Says:

    I think the htc is the better device, it has a better screen, better build, better camera, better sound. I feel it does all the things you will actually need and use daily better, all the extras samsung is adding are not needed, they are just cool features to make your friends say wow and then wont be used.

  18. Troy Hsu Says:

    HTC One has HTC Watch, which Samsung Hub copy from. You can not just mention Samsung Hub’ being able to download movies, but ignore HTC watch.
    By the way, you said “The Galaxy S4 is slimmer and lighter, but the HTC One rules in terms of aesthetics and overall build quality.” and gave the early winner to HTC One, and also said “Samsung deserves credit for offering a bigger screen than the One in a thinner and lighter design”? What’s going on here?

  19. david Says:

    The winner of the best new mobile handset 2013 in world mobile congress goes to…….HTC one.

  20. saas Says:

    Htc is clearly winner !

  21. Riley Says:

    I would like to give both the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 a try to see which one would be best for me. It will be a win with whichever phone I go with seeing that they both have fast processors, better cameras, and 1080p displays which I like a lot. During the light rail ride to work at DISH, I like watching my live and recorded shows on my current phone since it takes a bit of time. I can stream from my DVR wherever I go using the DISH Anywhere app and I think look great on a higher resolution display.

  22. Mike Says:

    “majority of phone users spend almost all of their time on social sites”

    You are delusional.

    The sealed design of the HTC One (like all of Apple’s products) is a complete non-starter for me. If I can’t replace the battery myself, I am not buying it. Period.

  23. Patrick Says:

    Complaining about a non-replaceable battery is a non-issue. Batteries in modern smartphones outlast the manufacturers warranty. I’ve gone through 7 different smartphones, including the 1st gen ipHone and Android after that, and I’ve had to replace the battery on one of them. Once/if my HTC Once has batter failure, it won’t be difficult to have the battery replaced. This write up seems a bit bogus, HTC has a video download service as well, Watch, but the fact of the matter is most users will get their vids from: Amazon, Play, Netflix, Hulu, well before they stream from Hub or Watch. People don’t realize how important light gathering specs are to a digi-cam until they see the differences. I have a 6 year old Sony a-100 that takes better photos, with less noise and better contrast, than a year old 16mp point and shoot my wife has, albeit she has more room to crop/zoom, but the photo and resultant print are worse. All the extra ‘features’ in the S4 will be easily solved with software development if any are actually worth having. (flipping through photos by waving your finger over the screen, really?) I’m curious why the author of this piece gives the edge to Samsung. A competent reader knows it isn’t so.

  24. Bo Sheet Says:

    SGS4 gets the win, because it has expanded storage and removable battery. HTC needs to get it right and build a quality phone WITH a removable battery. What if the phone gets stuck in a loop while booting up, or if I need to go somewhere for a few days and do not have access to a charger? The fastest and easiest solution is to remove the battery and carry an extra one or two around when needed

  25. hikoffee Says:

    I don’t agree with the win of interface for S4. Touchwiz makes it look stupid.

  26. Louis Says:

    I don’t think you were right on camera, you don’t know what ZOE can do. What it can do is more than camera on S4. With ZOE you can make an area of a video in slow motion individually, you can remove the object easily, you can adjust one or more faces to the best you like, the drama shot? come on it can be done in seconds with ZOE. Be fair with these functions not just because you don’t know them well and said they aren’t better.

    I’ll prefer ZOE cuz I can take photos and don’t need to edit it immediately. I don’t have to decide what kinds of effects I want to apply in that moment, but S4 doesn’t, you won’t have chance after that moment.

  27. jfdiaoial Says:

    The plastic garbage lags a lot,though it may get higher score in benchmark!In addiltion,though s4 is slimmer,one feels much more slimmerand better······The winner clearly is one!

  28. Canuck Mike Says:

    at this point what matters the most is which is a better PHONE. They all do more or less the same thing but my S3 has lousy reception, the phone sound sucks, and the battery life is poor. Just make a great phone…that’s all i want.

  29. D Angpet Says:

    Comparing the latest smartphones from taiwan [htc] and korea [samsung and lg]; it really makes me laugh that the Americans and their idol god iphone is nowhere in terms of everything; well let us accept it, no matter what the americans would say, their iphone is just too antiquated in all aspect; aluminum cse when all elese are using ceramic synthetics hahah; iphone display is vga only no matter what retina ek ek this americans are saying; the camera is only vga too hahaha; and most of all, it uses the oldest cpu, the dual core A5. hahahahah so the americans should better SHUT THE HELL UP! you’re a LOSER and your President is a monkey.

  30. david Says:

    HTC just announced the firmware update on the camera module for the ONE which greatly improve the performances compared with
    the preproduction units most critics had in their hand.The camera is on a par with most of the high end smartphone.

  31. Kiran Says:

    Plastic never my choice. I can’t bear to be seen with a poor man’s phone..

    HTC one it is.. I’ll be getting it for my birthday..

    Samsung firstly is a copycat and secondly is boring n cheap who has the worst customer service ever and takes its customers fr a ride.. Once a samsung, never a samsung again..

  32. eric Says:

    will Apple now sue HTC? they look more like iPhone than Galaxy

  33. B Says:

    Design goes to htc one hands down. Display tie due to a persons personal preference. Audio htc one but their are a lot of good equalizers on the google play store. Interface tie due to a persons personal preference. Camera galaxy s4 but the htc one takes better low light photos. Specs & performance galaxy s4. Special features galaxy s4. My overall opinion I would choose the galaxy s4 just the simple fact htc always gets their updates last. Trust me I know lol. In all honesty if I could have it my way, I would take the htc one design & audio & put the s4 specs inside lol. Plus make it waterproof. That’s just if I had it my way

  34. B Says:

    You win with either device

  35. Shaun Aashish Says:

    By your judgements I can seriously tell ya… You are currently big time Samsung fan boy… What makes you think the specs on the s4 is better both of them are better on the two different benchmarks… Seriously no time to waste…. And zoe…. Its better not talking about something you don’t know rather than under estimating it…. Maybe the camera is bad once you zoom in but you can take 3x better pictures than you can on the sgs4…I would totally go with people like Louis who are out there and still say zoe is bet er than the sgs4′s camera… Anyway I can’t say much too unless I see both of them side by side…

  36. Eduardo Says:

    Are you dumb and blind? HTC One is better by far than the S4.

  37. shivak Says:

    Simple,Beauty,best Feature
    i go with One …

  38. Michael Hynan Says:

    I own the htc one and it’s by far the clearest, loudest phone for music you can get including the s4. However my HTC one is going back as for a fast phone the internet is unreliable and I have had pop ups on my screen saying the device doesn’t support whatever I was trying to do, streaming an listening to music. Not impressed.

  39. Rahul Says:

    htc is beautiful. samsung is more reliable.

    proud owner of one x and s2.

  40. Alex Says:

    Best review/comparison to-date – thanks a lot! My opinion: I do appreciate S4′s features. However, aesthetically, it’s just plain UGLY. I can’t overcome the soap-dish look and a cheap feel. So, I’ll go with HTC. While it’s slightly behind S4 feature-wise, it’s not by much. For me, One’s great design more than makes up that slight difference.

  41. Wole Says:

    Those that are saying it should be a tie based the benchmark being divided have a point, however the HTC One wins on initial test being that it outperformed a CPU tweaked for better performance, shame on Samsung, it should not happen. The first set of tests are measuring CPU, GPU, RAM, and IO are arguably more important.

    The reviewer should know this but let basic preference intervened to what was his choice. He likes the Galaxy more yet the pros and cons selected favoured the HTC just edging it – so the table was tweak in favour of his choice. However nice article.

  42. Ramanie Says:

    I prefer S4′s look and touch over One. It’s silly to dismiss S4 as inferior because of “plastic”. Polycarbonate technology is quite advanced. That’s like calling a Diamond is like Charcoal. Design is purely personal. Some people like the metallic look, does not make it better. There is a famous story that while Napoleon III proudly displaying his Aluminium cutlery (as the metal was very expensive at the time), while the “poorer” royalty made do with Gold and Silver.

    Also using ppi is kinda silly. Both have the same resolution, and at such massive resolution, any improvement in screen size is a benefit, therefore 5″ is definately preferable to 4.7. Secondly, you are penalizing Samsung for its approach to making deeper blacks, rather than blasting us with light. Screen is the biggest battery hog, and frequently at night the phone is way overbright. Saving battery power while still providing good screen experience, IMHO is a better approach

    My score would be for S4 for Design and Screen.

  43. LPE387tt Says:

    The ONE is clearly the choice. Goodies plentiful for the S4, its just to much and you just won’t use it all. Simple is better and Premium feel is of choice. THE ONE!!

  44. Ramanie Says:

    I prefer S4′s look and touch over One. I’d not dismiss S4′s look-and-feel as inferior and “plastic”. Polycarbonate technology is quite advanced. That’s like calling a Diamond is like Charcoal. Design is purely personal.

    Also, using ppi is kinda silly. Both have the same resolution, and at such massive resolution, any improvement in screen size is a benefit, therefore 5″ is definately preferable to 4.7. Bigger screen/lower ppi is actually a benefit! Secondly, you are penalizing Samsung for its approach to making deeper blacks, rather than blasting us with light. Screen is the biggest battery hog, and frequently, at night my eyes hurt from overbright LCDs. Saving battery power while still providing good visual experience, IMHO is a better approach

    My vote would be for S4 over One for Design and Display.

  45. Mark Says:

    Most people I know have cases for the phone so why the fuss over plastic vs metal? or feel?

    Most people I see and know use earphones or headphones so why the fuss over built in speakers?

    Most people would like to print pictures at some point in time (mass quantity) so I think the micro SD removable is great to print out at CVS or your local print store.

    My vote would be for S4

  46. Samarth. Says:

    Audio Quality is measured in headphones… not with loudspeakers. And checking other sites, S4 beats even all of apple’s products with DR & -N values as high as 96, compared to 91 for apple… you can check GSMA’s review of S4 if you think I’m lying.

    Anyways, S4 for me, if I were to take one… But as of now, I need a damn good camera so 808 is doing fine for me right now.

  47. Alex Says:

    Wow… seems like whoever did this didn’t use the One… They left the camera at Zoe and were done – but the HTC One has “Object Removal” which automatically removes objects from pictures – unlike Samsungs Eraser which is done manually. Also – HTC has Sequence Shot – the same thing as “Drama Shot”.

    They do mention HTC has Object Removal but they state its ‘burried’ in the menus… um, 2 click?

    Anyways – I think camera should have a SLIGHT advantage with HTC or even a tie on this one…

    I do however think “Specs and Performance” should go to One hands down…

  48. DirtyDonki Says:

    My daughter has an S3 and while it is a good phone it’s cheap and tacky compared to any HTC. After only a few months the outer casing was already scratched, faded & showing serious signs of use. YES, it has a rubberery case as well.

    I recently sold an HTC HD2 which was nearly 5 years old and been used daily with a vengeance. It was still pristine.

    Sorry, but I can not see enough of an improvement in the S4 to warrant getting one so I got the One and it’s the dogz. My daughter wants it now when her next upgrade is due because, like all young adults, she uses her device to play a lot of media. For that the G3 & G4 come in a very poor second to the HTC. Kids love youtube, MP3 & Movie playback and for that alone it has to be the ONE!

    Just wish HTC had been bolder and gone for a larger screen size say……..5.5″ :)

    Oh BTW I am now stuck with her S3 and it is ME who is now wating to upgrade! Kidz! Who needs ‘em!

  49. DonkeyKong Says:

    I’m sorry first but when you compare two phone screen why ONE is outdoor, seem like galaxy s4 is indoor

  50. Ben L Says:

    The hardest part of the review for any of the HTC line-up is looking back to the HTC Amaze. It left a sour taste in a lot of users mouths. I’ve been an HTC One S user for a long time, I love the phone. I can’t wait to be able to get into the HTC One. Performance wise, the S4 has a lot better performance to the design, camera is unbeatable with its 13mp. Most of the features/hardware for the S4 have higher specs. It will come down to user experience for both devices. I’ve always loved the HTC phone designs. So HTC will win for me everytime.

  51. Amy Says:

    My boyfriend has the HTC one and I have the S4. After using both id have to say I definitely prefer the s4. I love how sleek and lightweight it is. To me the htc one feels so much more bulky and heavy than the s4 though the screen size is almost similar. In addition, I find my phone to be more user friendly with more useful features such as hover zoom. I also like the quality of my pictures better when we go on hiking outings.

  52. DDD Says:

    Which phone is better for a 15 year old?

  53. Clinton Says:

    Buy s4 it is superb
    htc is Ok
    after some time htc will go down the market
    SAMSUNG ARE ALWAY THE LEADER AS ARE THE APPLES too
    please m don’t buy htc one
    rather buy Sony xperia z

  54. Clinton Says:

    Buy s4 it is superb
    htc is Ok
    after some time htc will go down the market
    SAMSUNG ARE ALWAY THE LEADER AS ARE THE APPLES too
    don’t buy htc one buy if you want to swim with your mobile try Sony xperia z the best of Sony in a smartphone

  55. Paul Jose Says:

    Camera s4 is anyday better as it can put more detail into photos due to 13mp…
    Specs also S4 eats the htc one in performance…
    Appearance and sound I give it to the htc one…
    But display i tend to like the S4 more as it has super amoled screen…
    And main thing is that on S4 the antutu benchmark gives a score of 29113… Recorded on my phone… I havent overclocked or anything just stock rom and kernel on GT-I9500…
    Also S4 new model has come… A third version only available in Korea as of now… Only spu has changed and it is very powerful and got a score of 32000 on antutu benchmark…

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