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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

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Camera

The GS4 and HTC One are great camera phones, with lots of settings and options for you to tweak. The HTC One has the unique Zoe mode, which captures short video footage along with each shot, making for an impressive multimedia experience when viewing. The GS4 has a bunch of special features of its own, like Drama Shot, Sound and Shot, Story Album and so on, which can prove useful in certain situations. Here it shows once again the difference in the way both companies work. While both the HTC One and SGS4 have photo album creation features, the albums you can create with the One tend to be very cool, while the Galaxy S4's Story Album is simply laughable. At the same time, though, the GS4 offers more goodies, which makes it more versatile and feature-packed than its opponent.

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4


Camera interface of the HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Camera interface of the HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Camera interface of the HTC One - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Camera interface of the HTC One


The higher resolution of the Galaxy S4 definitely gives it an edge when it comes to details. You'll be able to see much more in the photos of the GS4 than in those of the One. The GS4 also takes pictures that are a bit livelier, with higher contrast and slightly more saturation. The HTC One, on the other hand, excels when it comes to exposure. There were some shots that we took that appeared overexposed on the GS4, but were alright on the One.

Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4

HTC One - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC One - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC One - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC One - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4

HTC One - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC One - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC One - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC One - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S4 - HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4

HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC OneOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

HTC One
Outdoor samples



Indoors, the HTC One isn't bad, but is easily overshadowed by the superior resolution and color reproduction of the Galaxy S4.

Strong - Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Medium - Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Low light - Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Darkness - Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

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Medium

Low light

Darkness

Samsung Galaxy S4

HTC OneIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC OneIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC OneIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC OneIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

HTC One
Indoor samples


Both the Galaxy S4 and HTC One record satisfying 1080p video footage. While we prefer the slightly higher sharpness of the HTC One, however, the Galaxy S4 does excel when it comes to noise and overall stability. We tend to like the sound captured by the mic of the GS4 more, as it's louder and cleaner than that of the HTC One, which is quieter and sounds a bit muted in comparison.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 3.4
4.75
1016
486
HTC One 3.4
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490
445
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Multimedia

Both handsets are perfect for activities like video playback and gaming. The Galaxy S4 has the benefit of the slightly bigger screen, while the HTC One makes up for it with its loud stereo speakers.

Samsung Galaxy S4 music player - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S4 music player - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4 music player


HTC One music player - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC One music player - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC One music player - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
HTC One music player - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

HTC One music player



Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 0.38
HTC One 0.68
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 77
HTC One 78
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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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