Call Quality

Between them, we prefer using the HTC One for phone calls, mainly because it has that fine balance by delivering a strong volume output with its speaker, and clear voices. It’s not bad with the Galaxy S4, since its quality is passable for the occasion, but it just doesn’t have the authority of the HTC One to make it usable during noisy conditions.


Deep inside of their casings, they’re packing along batteries of identical capacity (2600 mAh). Factoring the newer chipset in tow with the new HTC One, where its new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor has been developed to provide more of an optimized battery life, it shouldn’t surprise most people to find it having a longer battery life than the Galaxy S4. Profoundly superior, the new HTC One reaches a mark of 7 hours, 12 minutes with our battery benchmark test – while the Galaxy S4 falls just under 5 hours with a full charge.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)


HTC and Samsung have been in a heated battle for as long as we can remember. When one comes out with something, it instantly becomes the most talked about thing in the industry – for a short time of course, until the other chooses to out something newer. In our present moment, we have the new HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, two devices that are currently available for pickup right now.

Being the newcomer, there’s a natural inclination to expect better results from the newer device – and we do see some of that in the new HTC One. HTC pounds Sammy’s offering in the design department, where its all-metal aluminum body exudes the premium look we crave in any flagship smartphone. In fact, it’s leaps and bounds better than what the polycarbonate plastic body of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Regardless of that, good looks alone won’t drive any particular handset to stardom. Surprisingly enough, the older Samsung Galaxy S4 manages to beat out its significantly newer rival in certain categories, like the camera’s still image quality and its expansive set of software features. Just because it’s older, we can’t automatically count out the Galaxy S4 from potentially edging out the new HTC One. Even though it’s filled with several software features, some useful, some obnoxiously redundant, specific people will nonetheless appreciate those features at their disposal.

If we’re to factor in current pricing for the two handsets, there’s an incentive to stick with the Galaxy S4, since it sees more discounts than the just outed new HTC One. Therefore, if you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to settle on some cheap-o smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is an enticing option that has few compromises. Conversely, if you’re all about the latest and greatest, not to mention taking pride in how your phone looks, the new HTC One will fill in that gap for you.



1. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

waste of an article, your justification for comparing it to the s4 is dumb, sorry.

3. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

i just read this back and realised how rude it sounds, my bad. the time between releases of the phones is surely what you should use though.

10. Dthawk

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Don't you dare be sorry. If anything, I think you were being far too kind!

16. gaines

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 16, 2009

It wasn't a waste for someone, like myself, who is considering an upgrade to the HTC One M8 and currently owns the Samsung Galaxy S4. The real waste was in you taking the time to leave such a negative comment that's of absolutely no value to anyone. Why did you even read this article if you weren't interested in the comparison?!

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Got the review unit already?

4. ady_lad

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

Did Samsung pay for this review? Biased to hell, why would you compare htc one m8 with the galaxy s4 first of all. Besides that, overall htc one m7 is a better phone than s4.

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Not really no. The M8 is a Big fail.

15. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

your existence is a Big fail

8. numan

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

IMO, I think it's a good practice to make this kind of reviews and it's just because for people who owns a SG S4 that wants to know if it's really worth it to pay for a brand new device that will not make that huge difference compared to what they currently have. I really wanted to change my S4 and I was expecting more from HTC, I'm not saying the M8 is a fail, but certainly it is not a marvel, I'm just saying that I wanted something impressive. I think I'll save some bucks and wait until next year.

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

I always thought these types of comparisons that PA does are pretty dumb, but I never thought of it that way. Thanks for the perspective. +1

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol the dimensions of the S4 sound SO much more appealing than these 2014 giants that it's not funny. Let's hope LG doesn't drop the ball. They are our last chance because I am pretty sure Motorola is going to drop it hard again by putting in a weak processor and removing some cores.

11. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

HTC M8 essentially has a 4.7 inch screen thanks to the on screen buttons. The screen looks way bigger on the GS4 in the display comparison.

12. gman4mf

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Good review ! Thnx for the very useful comparison. If money would be no issue i would go for the M8 without a doubt.

13. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

THAT battery life! Even better than G2?!

14. Architect3

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I know its one year apart so HTC is guarenteed to have better specs overall. However, for people saying s4 is better or deciding between the two, please see my side. I'm going to get htc one m8 this weekend after using s4 for half a year because of couple reasons. Just to be clear, I don't hate everything about the s4, just certain aspects that has convinced me HTC is better. Looking at reviews, htc sense is overall clean and responsive. After couple weeks, I noticed s4 being sluggy when exiting applications and just using the phone in general. Battery life on the s4 is unexpected as turning on most of the features it provides drains it quickly. I don't need that many features so htc wins me over again. And just to throw it in here, the build quality is no competition.

17. DerpyHerbies

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Next on their list, PS4 VS. Atari 2600.

18. Plaigh

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2014


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