HTC shied away from the megapixel wars, enlarging the pixel size instead of count, and equipped its so-called UltraPixel module with optical image stabilization tech, making it a formidable competitor to any flagship out there, despite the comparatively low megapixel number.

The Galaxy S III sports a run-of-the-mill 8 MP sensor, but has a very rich number of settings, color effects and scene modes for it that can be picked from the interface. Still, HTC meets those scene modes and color effects, and raises with HDR video capabilities, the Zoe collage software that automatically makes a special effects movie out of your footage, and a Fast HD 60 fps mode. HTC also places the stills and video shutter keys on one and the same screen, so you don't have to switch back and forth, eventually missing important moments.

Outdoors, in good lightning conditions, the Galaxy S III captures more detail than the HTC One's camera, and exhibits more natural-looking colors than the slightly warmer and more saturated tones from the One. HTC's handset white balance measurement is spot on, but it tends to overexpose brighter areas a tad.

In low-light conditions the HTC One also overexposes the bright areas, to the point of a halo effect around light sources, for instance, but the footage is way brighter and clearer than the one from the Galaxy S III, with the only caveat being the colors that are slightly warmer than they should be.

The handsets can shoot 1080p video with 30fps, and with the Galaxy S III you can frame the exact scene before starting to record, whereas on the HTC One the interface goes out of the way only after you play the record button. Footage from both phones is crisp and smooth, but the HTC One has a natural advantage with the optical image stabilization for a shake-free video, that is clear and visible in conditions when the S III barely registers anything. It also sports better sound track compared to the flat and distorted recordings from the S III.

HTC One Sample Video:

Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video:

Last but not least, the continuous autofocus works like a charm on the HTC One, zipping quickly between the background and an object front and center of the lens. The only gripe we have with the One's video capture is that in low-light conditions its focus often wanders for a brief second before sharping it out again.


The pictures and video gallery can be split in two on the S III, with the folder structure on the left, and the current folder content on the right, making it easier to navigate. You also get picture editing built into the gallery interface directly, and the One has this feature, too.

HTC One has a traditional grid gallery, which just lists the pics and videos in tiled thumbnail format, and you can sift through them chronologically by pinching in and out instead of scrolling if you like.

The music player on the Galaxy S III might not dazzle with graphics, but is very functional, and lets you choose from different equalizer presets and sound modes directly from the player's UI. HTC's music app is with rather basic looks, too, but can be set to display album art, artist's photos and lyrics automatically during playback. HTC doesn't let you set equalizers, as you have the preinstalled Beats audio setup when you plug the headphones, or pump music out through the speakers.

The dual stereo speaker system at the front with built-in amplifier does a commendable job at pumping out sounds loud and clear, and it definitely sets the bar very high. The S III's sole speaker explicably sounds much wimpier and distorted in comparison.

Both handsets have excellent video players with a number of options, but the Galaxy S III has playback zoom, and supports more formats, like DivX/Xvid/MKV, out of the box, whereas you have to get a 3rd party player for the HTC One to run DivX, for instance.



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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