Interface and functionality

Both handsets run Android 4.1.2, but the manufacturers have slapped their own UI overlays on top of it. Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX is decked out with a multi-window mode, which allows you to run any two applications at once by splitting the screen in two in a ratio of your choosing, and hovering the keyboard on top to boot.

HTC strikes back with a completely redesigned Sense 5.0 interface – as pervasive as the old one, reaching every nook and cranny of the submenus, but flatter and more minimalistic than before. It also includes some new features like BlinkFeed – HTC's curated way to show you relevant news on topics of your interest, mixed with social networking updates, calendar entries and so on – as well as the Zoe camera footage collage software, that can automagically mix stills, video, effects and music to highlight the events in your life better.

Processor and memory

Be it the international quad-core Exynos 4412 version, or the dual-core Snapdragon S4 one for the US, the Samsung Galaxy S III silicon can't match the HTC One's benchmark scores, as it sports the latest generation Snapdragon 600 chipset with four cores clocked at 1.7 GHz.

Coupled with the 2 GB of RAM vs 1 GB for the international S III (2 GB for the US one), the HTC One silicon pumps out some impressive performance. That's not to say that Android Jelly Bean doesn't run smooth on both handsets, as well as any apps, since today's chipsets are way more than the UI needs at the moment.

HTC, however, seems to have restricted again the number of apps you can have open at any given moment, to 9 this time, arranged in a neat 3x3 grid when you double-tap the home button. You can then close them by flicking each app screenshot with your finger, but there's still nine of them, whereas the S III lets you keep as many as the memory allows open at any given time.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu
HTC One 12481 22198
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 15152

There are 16 GB of internal memory in the basic Galaxy S III, whereas the HTC One starts you off with 32 GB, but Samsung has included a microSD slot for storage expansion, while HTC has skimmed through that part.

Internet and connectivity

Both handsets sport excellent browsers, which render pages very fast, and let you scroll, pan around and zoom smoothly. The stock browsers support Adobe Flash, and the HTC One even has a handy on/off button for it from the get-go.

As far as connectivity goes, the phones are loaded – with 4G LTE radios, where needed, and also HSPA+ radios, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA and NFC. HTC One throws in an infrared sensor at the top, too.



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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