HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Galaxy S4’s 13-megapixel 1/3.06” sensor proved itself in delivering some fantastic photos, reaching near the top of our comparisons on several occasions. When everyone else banked on cramming as many pixels into a sensor, HTC gambled on its ‘UltraPixel’ camera technology, which amounted to nothing more than a 4-megapixel 1/3” sensor. Well people, HTC is again hinging its success on the same UltraPixel camera, but it’s now complemented with a secondary rear camera – one that’s strictly used to measure depth information for some cool post photo effects.
First, let’s briefly glaze over their respective camera apps. Both share an extensive amount of shooting modes and manual controls, more than sufficient to appease the inner photogs in all of us. However, each has own unique qualities. For the Galaxy S4, its notable set of shooting modes include animated photo that sprinkles on some gif-like elements to our images, drama shots that stitch multiple images together to form drama, eraser mode that deletes unwanted objects, and much more. And then there’s the HTC One’s new duo effects, which applies some professional-like touches to our shots – mainly bokeh (out-of-focus artistic blur) to certain sections that we select.
Looking purely at their qualities, it’s safe to say that we have no problem sharing them via our social networking accounts – so long as they’re outdoor sunny shots. However, as we dig deeper into the shots, it becomes plainly obvious that the Galaxy S4 has the stronger composition to make its shots more versatile. Above all, the Galaxy S4 snaps up considerably more detail with its camera. There’s just no arguing the obvious!
Heck, if we look into other things, like how they produce panoramic images, we’re again faced with the realization that the HTC One’s ‘UltraPixel’ camera just can’t compete in the details department. Overall, it looks good, but not as good as the results from the Galaxy S4.
Under lower light situations, though, we tend to gravitate towards the set of photos coughed up by the HTC One. Strangely, the visuals from the HTC One’s camera have a sharper look to them and a smidgen brighter in tone – whereas with the Galaxy S4, it tends to have a noisier production.
Undeniably setting itself apart from what the Galaxy S4 has to offer, the various duo effects of the HTC One splashes on some neat-o Photoshop-like qualities. The secondary rear camera is what obviously allows us to select what sections of our images we want to have in focus, where the rest is given that slick looking out-of-focus bokeh effect. The more we look at what it’s capable of delivering, It surely does a lot to mask its detail inferiority.
More than equipped to recording 1080p videos, we like the general quality produced by the two titans. Fortunately for the new HTC One, there’s no compromise like before with its still image capture, as details are plentiful. Despite that, its continuous focus mode makes for some jittery adjustment, since it’s constantly switching on the fly. As for low lighting video capture, we easily prefer the videos from the HTC One, mainly because the Galaxy S4’s quality is tarnished by the amount of noise in the shot, and the choppier recording frame rate.
Characterized by the general look and feel of their respective customized Android experiences, it’s no shocker that we prefer the music player of the new HTC One. Not only does the Sense 6.0 music player have a more dynamic look, but we adore some of the other eye candy attached with it – like how there’s a cool looking visualizer, and the ability to have lyrics pop up accordingly as a song is played.
Watching videos is one of those guilty pleasures that many people try to sneak in while they’re at work or something, so it’s wonderful to find these two make the experience so amiable. Indeed, their 5-inch displays shine during the occasion, as they come to life with their smooth playbacks and punchy color tones. Still, the Galaxy S4 presents us with a multi-tasking element that we find extremely useful – something that can’t be recreated by the new HTC One.
While the S4 packs a very powerful speaker on the back, it cannot compare with the pair of stereo speakers on the front of the HTC One. They not only sound better and fuller, but are also positioned in a way that allows us to enjoy the videos' sound directly.