HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung's last year finest is still one of the most popular Android handsets around, which says a lot, and we are therefore pitting it against HTC's latest and greatest to ease your choice in the quest for the perfect fit.

HTC One sports a few novel features, like the UltraPixel camera with optical image stabilization, and the frontal stereo speakers setup. Samsung, as usual, bets on its unique AMOLED display technology, stuffed in a thin and light body, so which one is for you? Read on to find out...


The polycarbonate Galaxy S III is slightly shorter and thinner than the One, but the aluminum-clad HTC is narrower and more elongated, thus easier for one-handed navigation.

The polished aluminum chassis of the HTC One goes rather edgy and slippery in the hand, compared to holding the curvy Galaxy S III, yet there is no denying that the precision-crafted metal unibody HTC has come up with looks and feels great in the hand. The other metal accents, like the one-piece volume key on the right, only contribute to the premium feeling.

HTC has also equipped its phone with a dual stereo speakers setup in the front, and integrated an IR blaster into the power/lock key, which lets you control TVs and set-top boxes, which are features the Galaxy S III doesn't possess.

HTC has placed the capacitive back button on the left under the display, though, which requires a lot more thumb stretching, unless you are a leftie. Kaji tuk I za power buttona on top koito pri tozi razmer ne e lesen za one hand?


The HTC One sports a pretty great 4.7” Full HD S-LCD 3 display with 1080x1920 pixels of resolution, ensuring the highest 468ppi pixel density. The colors are accurate, and viewing angles are some of the best we've seen. It is not as bright as the displays on the HTC One X or the iPhone 5, for instance, but the difference is not big, so it's still pretty visible in direct sunlight, albeit could be less reflective.

The Galaxy S III is equipped with a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display with 720x1280 pixels, which ring in a lower, 306ppi pixel density. It is still more than enough for your daily tasks, plus we get the typical for OLED screens wide viewing angles and deep blacks, but calibration is a weak point. Colors on the Galaxy S III are quite oversaturated by default, and appear pretty cold as well.

These are not major gripes, unless you are a display nut, but brightness is, and the S III doesn't deliver in that respect. Its low screen reflectance can't compensate for sub-400 nits luminance, which makes it difficult to tell anything outside, unless you shade the screen with your palm, while the HTC One screen perform much better in sunlight.

HTC One 360-Degrees View:

Samsung Galaxy S III 360-Degrees View:



1. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

The S4 look bigger than the One, even though its actually the converse... Hmm...

13. JaM1977

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

S4 is smaller than S3... so it cant look bigger than ONE...

35. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I only laghing to this comprision..its clear one smock s3 even next repeation s4 or s3$.

41. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

HTC One is long like the iPhone. I prefer the S4 myself

37. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

That's because GS4 has bigger screen 4.7" vs 5" So basically GS4 is smaller than One with much bigger screen. Do you need any more explaination?

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

No doubt HTC one is the winner here

30. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

no sd card ? non removable battery ? no android true multitasking because sense lags alot ? i dont think so, GS4 wins, IMO but HTC wins design, no arguments in that :P

33. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

dude this isnt the GS4 its the GS3 dumbass read first then comment

43. PlazmicFlame

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Just goes to show how Samsung has confused their own customers, lol


Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

abdane Im running sense 5 on my phone as we speak and I also Have the Nexus 4 rooted overclocked and they are the same speed only sense 5 destroys stock. Also i might want to add that the sense 5 im running is a unofficial base and still in beta3. pretty dam good if you ask me.

42. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

At 32 GB , It doesn't need an SD Card slot. That's plenty big for most people.

3. Esf_Kid

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

One vs S4 vs XZ biggest comparison of year. please make it PA.

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

If they made that comparison it would be beauty and the beast if you know what I mean

6. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

It would be more like The good, the bad and the ugly.

10. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

htc paid for this its why they did it. Putting the htc one against those it would die

19. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

rubbish, phonearena have always been doing comparisons between phones like this, including different generations(they did various HTC's vs others, newer galaxy vs older galaxy etc), and this is no different.

5. drpain

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

Lol what kind of comparison is this? GS4 will crush HTC One Htc one delayed Htc one has manufacturing defects, check xda Htc one has worse ddr2 vs ddr3 in gs4-- graphics way faster on gs4 Gs4 better battery too Htc president gonna resign, htc RiP

24. yudi.nemesis unregistered

don't worry men your GS4 is gonna win any comparison even if XP Z VS HTC ONE VS GALAXY Y, galaxy y will win the comparison for phonearena samsung is the best just look what phonearena did to XPERIA Z AND LUMIA VOTE XPERIA Z from 6000+ vote to 1300 LUMIA 920 from 8000+ vote to 3100 i wonder how much samsung pay this site

27. ghmina

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

htc one uses ddr3 galaxy s4 isn;t launched

31. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Samsung spent 70% of their budget at marketing, and the rest 30% for factory production. that's why they never have any innovations. never have any sense of designing. But people are brain washed by their advertisement. and think samsung is the best! consumers really needs to wake them self up. They are just paying money to help samsung makig more Ads, but they do not put in effort on making good product for customers.

44. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

HTC One is better in every aspect. It's better than S4 no doubt. But you GS4 is will win always on .

7. mydi.maus unregistered

THE ONE and only....BYE GS3

11. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I would hope the htc one would beat a phone from 2012..

8. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol gs3 vs htc one? lol why not htc one vs gs4?

17. mf2hd

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 25, 2008

gs4 is out?

23. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

Does it need to be out? All they did was ready the specs then fondle the phones. Didn't they get to touch the gs4 or red the specs?

22. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

They probably made the comparison for those people owning an sgs3 interested with the one or some one who's after good value for their money,if they're not after the latest gadgets they would go for the sgs3

9. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

"This article brought to you buy HTC"

14. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

"this comment is brought to you by samsung fanboy "

12. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

HTC One vs Xperia Z please

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