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HTC North America: pumped about the Galaxy S4 reviews, as HTC One looks better

HTC North America: pumped about the Galaxy S4 reviews, as HTC One looks better
HTC North America president Mike Woodward is pretty pumped about the barrage of Galaxy S4 reviews that got out recently, when the phone landed on US soil and carriers.

This might sound counterintuitive, but is quite understandable, given the median opinion of the combined reviews that the phone is a great upgrade over its predecessor, but not a revolutionary handset, unless we count its Full HD AMOLED screen, which is a first, and the best mobile OLED display so far. 

Mike Woodward mentioned that some retail partners have already sold out the initial batch and issued the following comment:

It's really been a great week for us. We're seeing brisk sales so far. We look at [the Galaxy S4 reviews] through the lens of the HTC One, and it stands up positively. The design seems to be attracting the most attention and we're really proud of that.

source: BI

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posted on 29 Apr 2013, 02:33 51

1. darkskoliro (Posts: 935; Member since: 07 May 2012)


No doubt both phones are great, but where the One has the edge is the presentation of the device. Its a phone that has the WOW factor, something you can really show off and feel proud to have!! Sure cool functions on GS4 but on a daily basis I wouldnt use them, but I do look at my phone on a hourly basis :D

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:49 26

27. tiara6918 (Posts: 1323; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Those new features on the galaxy s4 are just gimmicks you would probably never use but on the new htc one, you can see that the company tried really hard to change and improve so many things from its predecessor. Don't get me wrong, galaxy s4 is a great phone but if I were to chose between the two, I'll be getting the one

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:24

99. chocolaking (Posts: 428; Member since: 22 May 2012)


its the truth. when you hold that phone on you hand.
you wanna say Wow...! all my co-workers saw my htc one, then all wanna grab it and look detaily. all they first says is 'woooow..'
Sfall is a good phone no doubt. but it just feel like 'taken 2'
if you know whta i mean.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:14 18

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 10127; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I agree with you, the One performed better, smoother, and was the more consistent device out of the two units I tried. I think Sammy should've put 3 gigs of ram into the s4, cuz the laundry list of gimmicky features actually seem to over use the ram, and bog it down. Some will say just turn them off, but what if they're the reason you're buying it.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:24

43. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


So, darkkjedii, are you going to get the GS IV or the One? Enquiring minds want to know. :-)

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 05:22 7

52. darkkjedii (Posts: 10127; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Doug I'm really not sure. I honestly am leaning towards the one bro, I'm also aware that these are first edition devices, and bugs are expected.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 06:28 6

54. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm going with the S4. The dual speakers on the One are incredible, but the S4's display is just stunning. Went to demo it yesterday and my jaw dropped on how bright and sharp it was. Getting mine in leas than two weeks! :)

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 06:45 3

55. darkkjedii (Posts: 10127; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The display is a strong point

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:08 8

70. droidluvngurl (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)


Actually I bought the One on launch and haven't had any bugs, lag, nothing. It's fast and smooth. If you're really considering it it's a great device

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 12:06 5

79. darkkjedii (Posts: 10127; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly. I only played with the display unit, but its the one that wowed me to be honest.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 15:35 7

91. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3882; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Samsung did a pretty half ass job with the GS4. They just stuffed as many half baked features into it as they could, which only work half the time by the way, and didn't bother giving more RAM or optimizing them to run constantly on the system.

Meanwhile, HTC made a few features that work great and don't drag the system down. HTC actually tried to make useful features that the consumer would use, while Samsung made anything they could think of that 90% of consumers won't even use, and market it like it's the best thing ever.

HTC put more effort into the One, they deserve more sales by far. But, of course, the world doesn't work that way because Samsung puts so much money into marketing that they'll block out the One, even though it is the better device overall.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 07:12 8

56. ajac09 (Posts: 1344; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


okay... stop smoking. gs4 killing the htc one in sales by far

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 08:12 18

62. darkkjedii (Posts: 10127; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That doesn't make it better

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 08:42 3

67. teerex42 (Posts: 133; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Duh that's a no brainer :) superior screen, removable back cover, removable sd card, very usable software such as smart pause, smart scroll among others. The S4 blows away the HTC or anything else that's out and coming out, until the S5 comes out next May :)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:26

100. chocolaking (Posts: 428; Member since: 22 May 2012)


That's right! I wish i can see the S5 come out with something better , so it can complete with the 2013 htc one.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 02:48 17

4. hung2900 (Posts: 770; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I don't think he has ever touched the GS4

I agree that it does not look so good in pictures, but it feels great on hands

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:08 6

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 10127; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I touched it, and was not blown away after trying it for about an hour, and seeing that samsung has a lot of software updates to pump out.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 02:49 14

5. KingKai (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


both are good phones but i think many will go for htc one because they did something different and did not just upgrade the one x and also they are about the same price.btw how does htc one similar in size when compared with s4?

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 06:13 1

53. Retro-touch (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


No matter what anyone on a phone site says GS4 will outsell HTC One, nobody reads reviews, except tech enthusiasts

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 02:51 27

6. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


GS4>HTC One,especially when it comes to fast updates.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 02:57 16

8. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 139; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Very true, HTC has a nasty reputation of being horrible at updating their devices, even the HTC One X is only going up to 4.2.2 while the Note 2 and s3 are getting Key Lime Pie.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:00 11

11. KingKai (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


May be that is why people go for samsung.HTC has a very poor reputation when it comes to software updates

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:51 5

28. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


bro klp isnt commin until later this year...

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:56 5

32. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


and updates dont matter as my handsets live off custom roms which get updated 3-4 weeks after release :)

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:21 3

74. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


We do have an example recently that proves otherwise. The Samsung Droid Charge is sitting at 2.3 and will go no further, yet the HTC Thunderbolt got 4.0 about a month or two ago despite coming out before the Charge.

Omitting that on purpose or just forgot about it? I swear Samsung fans are getting almost as bad as hardcore Apple fans.....

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 15:47 1

92. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That is true, lol. But let's be honest, there are more HTC models left behind than there are Samsung. I don't have either yet, but my wife just got the One and as awesome as her phone is, I opted for the Note 2. The size is the main reason, but the fear of never getting an upgrade was another factor that swayed me to the Note. Hopefully HTC will turn it around because the One is their Hail Mary, and if thy don't support it for at least two years... There my not be a One 2 or whatever.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 16:59

93. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I've had the Rezound and actually really liked that phone, save the battery life, and I currently have the DNA. When it came out it was one of the few phones that came with 4.1 out of the box. To my knowledge the only already released phones that has been updated to 4.2 are the Nexus devices.

Maybe 4.2 wasn't quite ready for the One at time of launch. I'm confident it will get it soon, and the S4 is the first phone with 4.2 out of the box, so I'm thinking that comparison between these two isn't as major as some are making it to be at this point. If the One isn't on 4.2 in the next 2 months, then maybe we've got an issue.

Outside of that, it's just a shame to see how hateful some of Samsung's fans are getting towards other phones. Pretty ridiculous to be hateful over phones.....

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 22:08

97. androidsbiggestfan (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


Sorry, invalid argument, per studies HTC updates its device on average within 4.8 months as Samsung updates its device on average within 6.9 months. Please review the source:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Which-Android-manufacturer-is-the-fastest-to-update-its-devices-Which-carrier_id37983#3-.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 02:55 21

7. Rayanx10 (Posts: 45; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


I purchased the samsung s4 yesterday and took it back it is not as responsive as it should be. touchwiz sucks its damn laggy It has a cheap look and feel there is only a slight between it in the S3 the speaker is garbage. I took it back for a Brand new HTC ONE which is a more Sexy phone everything part in the htc one is quality htc uses expensive parts and all around killer phone love the htc one battery it last 2 days.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 02:58 13

9. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 139; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Well someones trying to overkill, and kind of failed at it.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 19:58 1

96. SleepingOz (unregistered)


80. Rayanx10 posted on 04 APR 2013, 11:37 10 14

not because of the look i love everything about the HTC ONE
This comment is posted in response to #67 Hide

94. Rayanx10 posted on 04 APR 2013, 11:54 5 10

i have the note 2 its a great phone but its so last year and i will be getting the HTC ONE i want something fresh not the same phone all over like the s4 that is the s3 again

BUSTED! Hahaha.. Quit lying, you never had the GSIV, dude!
Troll harder next time!

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:09 14

14. lordbeggar (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)


LoL. If you are going to lie then learn how to lie properly. You said you bought S4 yesterday and it was laggy therefore you wen to the shop and exchanged for a HTC one. Thats really cool but then you said the battery on HTC lasted for 2 days. I thought its been only a day since you bought htc.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:15 11

16. Rayanx10 (Posts: 45; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


listen dude here is the 29 now in australia i bought on the 27 in the moring. so i tested the htc one and the battery last 2 days tell now its without charge.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:44 10

24. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


I can verify, today is the 29th April in Aus :p

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 07:25 4

57. johnriii (Posts: 221; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I'm sorry, but I'm not naive enough to believe an HTC phone lasted two days without charging it, especially one that's brand new. what do people do with a brand new phone? they play with it, test it, examine it, etc. what does THAT do? uses up battery. if you're going to lie in favor of the HTC One, make it more credible.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 07:55 8

61. hawra (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)


don't troll he is right my htc one last a day and half sometimes 2 days without charge if you don;t have the phone in your hands shut your mouth.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 08:43 5

68. teerex42 (Posts: 133; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


He's an idiot what do you expect!!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 01:43

98. willard12 (Posts: 703; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


His HTC One is also a time machine.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:49 4

47. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


I am you are not lying, because so many reviews/threads on the internet pointed out the battery will only last 48 hours on standby mode. Heavy users reported heavily usage from 100%-25/30% in three hours. Most of everyone need to charge everyday

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:20 1

90. donfem (Posts: 515; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Your excuses for returning the S4 and for getting the One are quite laughable. You must be a teen, I sould say

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 02:58 14

10. poopApple (banned) (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


check any good website...engadget, verge etc. every editor says the same thing....htc nailed it...htc one feels premium while the s4 feels greasy.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:06 8

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


Premium? LagTC looks poops to me :(

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:07 1

37. mew7946510 (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


Well, LAG is feature found in every Android device i suppose.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:38 4

46. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Not really. Lag on Android devices is more a function of CPU having to swap out to storage when RAM is overtaxed. With all of the new software that comes with the GS IV, I was expecting some lag. Expect the Note III to come with 3 or even 4 Gb of RAM (and no lag).

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 20:17

102. markt9002 (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Fast GPUs definitely matter more. A device running AOSP with Adreno 320 + 2GB of RAM (Nexus 4) is visibly smoother than a device with Adreno 225 + 2GB of RAM (SGS3). Futhermore, I own an HTC Jewel (Adreno 225 + 1GB of RAM) and the AOSP experience is not much different than the SGS3, even though the S3 has double the RAM.

posted on 05 May 2013, 05:21

104. mew7946510 (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


That's not an excuse since all platforms do that, duh? other platforms don't lag with it, just don't count ios and wp since they have no true multitasking.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 07:32 5

59. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


LagTC? wendygarett looks poops to me :(

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:17 4

73. ojdidit84 (Posts: 253; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Not this time around "Wendy." If you venture outside of phonearena, you'll see that most comparisons show that the new Sense 5 is pretty light and peppy compared to TouchWiz which seems to have plenty of lag and feel pretty sluggish. Seems this time around HTC got it right with Sense and Samsung is lagging behind in that regard. At leas the version with the S600 anyway.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:29 10

44. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Every editors? Links please..
Engadget? As far as I'm aware, they haven't made a comparison article yet.
Most reviewers seem to agree that the only pros that the One has on the GSIV are its aesthetic and the stereo speaker. Otherwise most reviewers say that the GSIV is an over-all better device. Betters specs, features, camera and even display.

"If you have the money, don’t have a relatively new phone, and are looking for a top-of the line device, the S4 is probably THE BEST Android phone on the market. It might even be THE BEST all-round smartphone, PERIOD."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/gadgets-and-gear/gadgets/review-samsung-galaxy-s4-more-than-the-sum-of-its-gimmicks/article11577729/?page=3

"You see the Samsung Galaxy S4 WON MORE of the key battles today - screen (bigger, slightly better quality), software (newer, more options, better performance) and still camera."
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s4_vs_htc_one-review-913p11.php

"With the sheer number of excellent flagships to choose from, if you are looking for THE BEST smartphone, you had it better than ever."
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s4-review-914p12.php

Samsung has even managed to pull a SuperAMOLED that's slighty better than LCD3 display.

"So there you have it: the Galaxy S4 looks to have an overall better screen for most use cases."
http://mobilesyrup.com/2013/04/28/samsung-galaxy-s4-vs-htc-one-which-has-the-better-1080p-display/

"Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. The Samsung flagship takes this one, as its screen is bigger, with better sunlight legibility, while still offering you the option to have accurate colors thanks to Adobe RGB mode. The HTC One screen is impressive, too, but the higher pixel density can't really make up for the lower native contrast and slightly inferior sunlight legibility."
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s4_vs_htc_one-review-913p3.php

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 08:45 6

69. teerex42 (Posts: 133; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Obviously a no brainer!!!!

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 07:30 3

58. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


The verge? Yah htc one got 8.3 and s4 got 8, but theyr unprofessional.. the only factor out of 10 that htc one outperformed s4 in the verge is d design, the other 9 factors are on d side of s4 and sometimes tie.. the verge gave 5/10 for s4 design while d ugly s3 got 8/10, thinkng that s4 was more proportionate and prettier than s3 makes d 5/10 so unprofessional..

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 13:09

87. markt9002 (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Verge's scoring system is completely asinine. Absolutely nothing out of that rag should be trusted. Their review of the Nexus 4 proves this.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 20:07

101. markt9002 (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Haha, I love the downvotes. 95% of this place is filled with idiots.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 13:01 1

84. markt9002 (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Engadget and The Verge are complete dog s**t. Although, Brian Klug over at Anandtech gave the One a very positive review.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:05 21

12. longtian (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)


Both phones are very good, if I want to buy the phone, I will buy HTC.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:45 1

25. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


There are a few videos going around of the HTC recording videos at night. Not so great then. I think for me the HTC is the best looking/feeling phone, but has the worst camera. :(

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:51 12

29. tiara6918 (Posts: 1323; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


But at least the one captures more light compared to the rest of the smartphones. I find that as an advantage when taking pictures at night and in dark places

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:52 12

30. Rayanx10 (Posts: 45; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


htc has the best night camera on a phone go troll with your plastic and pay check for trolling from samsung agancy.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:07

38. mew7946510 (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


you forgot about the L920 dude.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:16 14

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Comes no surprise as Americans are known for judging the book by it's cover ha ha.

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