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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Introduction

This is it, the most epic Android face-off for the first half of 2013. The Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One are coming out at about the same time to go ahead and have it out with one another. When the Galaxy S4 and One are in the same room, there sure ain't much love in the air, which is going to make this fight all the more interesting. Which side will you take? Wait till you've read our comparison!


Design

Isn't it obvious? The Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One have a completely different understanding of design. On one hand, we have the light, plastic body of the GS4, and on the other – the heavy, metal one of the One. Both have their pros and cons. The Galaxy S4 certainly doesn't feel like a premium smartphone, but is light, compact and comfortable to hold. In contrast, the HTC One has that expensive feel to it, but is bulkier and not as comfortable to use.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the HTC One (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the HTC One (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the HTC One (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the HTC One (right)


Overall, though, it shows that HTC has paid much more attention to the design of its product. The One has an impressive appearance and every small detail like the physical buttons function like they are part of a quality, expensive product, which they are. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 has a blander appearance and none of its physical features manage to be particularly exciting, with the sole exception of the fact that Samsung has managed to fit such a big display in such a compact phone (for today's standards).

Left sides - The Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the HTC One (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Right - The Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the HTC One (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Top - The Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the HTC One (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Left sides

Right

Top

Bottom - The Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the HTC One (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Backs - The Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the HTC One (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Rear cameras - The Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the HTC One (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Bottom

Backs

Rear cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the HTC One (top, right)



Display

Speaking of displays, both devices are equally impressive in this respect. On one hand, there's the enhanced Super AMOLED screen of the GS4, with its high contrast and lush colors, and on the other – the Super LCD 3 display of the One, which is more natural and also quite vibrant. The HTC One is also more visible when used in bright daylight, thanks to its higher brightness. Viewing angles are very good on both devices, but we seem to prefer the HTC One, as it retains the normal tones of its colors, whereas the Galaxy S4 is quick to degrade color quality as we start to tilt the handsets.

At 5 inches, the Galaxy S4's display is slightly bigger than the HTC One's 4.7 inches, but the difference isn't really that noticeable. Activities such as video watching are super-entertaining on both handsets.



Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 289
(Poor)
9
(Average)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7316
(Good)
2.16
5.52
(Average)
7.31
(Average)
HTC One 460
(Good)
14
(Poor)
1:1758
(Excellent)
8008
(Poor)
2.21
5.89
(Average)
5.33
(Average)
View all


Samsung Galaxy S4 360-Degrees View:



HTC One 360-Degrees View:



247 Comments
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posted on 26 Mar 2013, 06:56 100

1. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


I prefer the htc one !

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 06:59 76

4. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


yikes, I prefer the mighty Galaxy S4!!!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:13 67

12. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I like both!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:14 50

13. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Galaxy S4, Definitely !

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:24 60

19. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


HTC ONE IS BEST

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:25 45

21. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


and I prefer GS4 :-)

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:28 38

24. danny_a2005 (Posts: 195; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


HTC FTW!!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 08:04 30

40. cmatej000 (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


I would choose HTC design packed with S4 inside :D

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:45 39

33. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Agreed. May be controversial, but I don't think the GS4 looks bad next to HTC's beauty at all. Roughly the same size and curves, more screen, less premium feel, probably different in the hand but neither can be knocked for the looks, the question is built quality.

Time for a drop test! :)

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:45 32

34. sergiobr (Posts: 713; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Galaxy S4 with 60fps !

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:50 3

74. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


http://www.gsmarena.com/piccmp.php3?idType=3&idPhone1=5313&idPhone2=4967&idPhone3=4910

check it.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:51 36

38. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


And you know what?

GS4 will be even better than this by finalizing its software in a month...
And the true GS4 version with Octacore Cpu + PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU is coming soon..

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 08:04 10

41. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


drop test?? y u use ur phone to play yo yo?!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 08:07 9

42. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


guys dont fight, i want both even thou im a samsung fan because they really made big in android with s2, s3 and notes that pushed hardware & software limits and wowed us and thats why Sony, HTC, LG & others are now doing their best to come with the best devices around.. stop the hate,
let's wait for other review sites,,

my dream device>
a polycarbonate body. but more on htc one X style for back, front>galaxy s4 style.. dont want aluminum and glass, they had the most undesirable disadvantages..
Xperia UI with the polished features of HTC One and all Touchwiz Features and everything abt Galaxy software..
Boomsound but make the speaker grills smaller so the phone wont b tall
camera>galaxy but if possible pureview :D
battery>galaxy
replcble battry, microSD
software support>samsung
display>SuperAmoled

w/ the amazing Spen

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:31 14

71. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


both are great and best for 2013..
i respect to sami fans but i think one is most solid and best package speceially with great design and bady material..
ONE in Top .

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:41 8

73. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


thats why one`s camera is best..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5NFpddZ958

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut-ObhDELP0

http://www.gsmarena.com/piccmp...dPhone3=4967

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 10:02 4

77. xvasek (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Unfortunately no. Look to Androidauthority...
Know anyone if is HTC ONE able record 1080p 60 fps?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 10:03 23

78. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Theyre both great but I prefer the One.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 10:11 8

80. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Based on that comparison the One is better in nearly every aspect. It's like a grown up Galaxy S IV. The only thing the Samsung definitively won was the camera comparison, but I know very few people who would buy one phone over the other for a negligible improvement in image quality.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:07 4

93. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"bady material"
http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/995/img0465is.jpg
hell yeah!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:19 3

95. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


lots of noise oon htc One, hoping it will be resolved with the update

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:44 1

116. p5yb0rg (unregistered)


I prefer neither.. The One's camera is questionable while the S4 lacks the premium build quality and dull UI.. I suggest holding on to your money until Nexus 5 or Motorola X Phone. Patience guys :)

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:33 4

114. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Biast PA trying their best do make HTC's camera look horrid :S

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:48 10

123. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


I would say both of them are great smartphones ever in the history so far.

I would pick S4 on HTC only because of its software features and support here. But would definitely buy HTC One if I get some extra cash.

Hats off to you HTC and Samsung for these devices. Thanks

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 20:42 6

136. SleepingOz (unregistered)


First, it's "biasED" and no they're not..
GSMArena came to the same conlusion!

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s4_vs_htc_one-review-913.php

Guess which one won the battle.. =3

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 02:19 1

141. BitterTruth (unregistered)


S4 internals + HTC One's body (including the boom sound) !

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 02:53 3

142. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


even in low-light conditions, samsung did a great job on optimizing Sony's exmor sensor
htc one got the loud sounds, but s4 handles the noise better..
PA said htc one's display is superior than gslaxy s4, gsmarena says otherwise, galaxy s4 has better viewing angles accdg to gsmarena..

yesterday im not sure if iLL pick s4 or htc One..
today im desperate to have the s4 :D i really really want it!!!!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 05:01 9

147. TempUse (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Mar 2013)


Samsung fanboys believe even 90 fps on S4. what a pity!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 06:53 2

153. SleepingOz (unregistered)


GSMArena actually did a more detailed test, so you can't go wrong with their conclusions.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 10:15

243. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


Hahaha Nice one SleepingOz. You nailed it. GS4 Winnns!

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