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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

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Interface and Functionality

Both smartphones come with Android Jelly Bean, but the GS4 has an edge as it features the very latest version, 4.2.2, out of the box, while the One is initially equipped with 4.1.2. That doesn't mean that HTC One users will be missing much in terms of Android features, but the more important thing is the vast difference between the custom user experiences found on both devices.

HTC and Samsung have worked hard to create new features, which they hope to attract the attention of customers with, however, they have once again gone in completely different directions. On the HTC One we have the new BlinkFeed interface, which takes center stage in the new UI. Think a Flipboard kind of interface used to display stuff like news and updates from your social networks. Besides BlinkFeed, you can also have a typical Android UI with icons and widgets.

The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 features the very latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features the very latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features the very latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features the very latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

The Samsung Galaxy S4 features the very latest Android version, 4.2.2


The Galaxy S4 has a refined version of last year's TouchWiz Nature UX, which is one of the best Android UIs out there. It's a typical Android style interface, with multiple pages, icons and widgets, but it's an especially well-crafted piece of software that runs fluidly and offers numerous unique features like Multi-Window and Smart Stay. To cut a long story short, the Galaxy S4 offers more features and goodies than the HTC One, but it's safe to say that HTC has polished its offerings a bit more, so it's once again up to the user to decide if they prefer the versatility of the Galaxy S4 or the fewer, but more refined offerings in the HTC One.


Messaging


The HTC One has a slightly smaller screen, but its on-screen QWERTY keyboard has a somewhat better layout, as typing on it feels a bit easier compared to the cramped keyboard of the GS4. The GS4's keyboard as a whole is quite spacious, after all there's a big 5” screen, but the keys are too many and are a bit small for our taste. Meanwhile, there's practically no space between the keys of the HTC One, but that makes them bigger. In the end, you can get a wonderful typing experience with each device, as you can always use a customizable third-party keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4



Processor and Memory

The Galaxy S4 comes in two versions – one with Snapdragon 600 CPU and one with Exynos 5 Octa CPU, depending on the market. We're testing the one with Snapdragon 600, which is the same chipset in use by the HTC One as well. Both devices are armed with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU, and both run perfectly smoothly, as you would expect from cutting-edge smartphones these days.

The HTC One comes in 32 or 64 GB flavors, with no option to expand that storage through a microSD card. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 is once again being more versatile by coming in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions, all of which featuring a microSD card slot for even more storage.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 12078
HTC One 12481
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 24701
HTC One 23308
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 39
HTC One 31
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 704
HTC One 781
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 1702
HTC One 2395
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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 28 Mar 2013, 08:53 7

164. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


GS4'S CAMERA IS TOTALLY WICKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 00:52 4

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


hahaha the comparison and the rcently held blind comparison says otherwise :)

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 12:27 2

171. asteala8 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Are you daft? The blind comparison clearly showed the only one better is the iphone... htc failed miserably in the blind test.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 20:51 1

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


ddnt u undrstand my comment?

"says otherwise"

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, 07:45 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 02:53 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, 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, 10:13

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


Yeah i find this one Biased too. Many reviews and tech sites find GS4 Better and Advanced than HTC ONE. Even in real life, many people loves GS4 even those who has HTC ONE.

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, 07:51 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 08 May 2013, 06:16 1

232. smutty.puppet (Posts: 24; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)


what about the s4 most prominent feature, S Lag? you didn't know about octa-core problems?!!

posted on 13 May 2013, 14:26

234. yadu004 (Posts: 72; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


it has been rectified in the software patch (have been the user of the exynos version).

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:28 38

24. danny_a2005 (Posts: 167; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


HTC FTW!!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:45 32

34. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Galaxy S4 with 60fps !

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 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 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, 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, 11:07 4

93. SleepingOz (unregistered)


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

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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