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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

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Interface and Functionality

Both smartphones come with Android Jelly Bean, but the GS4 has an edge as it features the very latest version, 4.2.2, out of the box, while the One is initially equipped with 4.1.2. That doesn't mean that HTC One users will be missing much in terms of Android features, but the more important thing is the vast difference between the custom user experiences found on both devices.

HTC and Samsung have worked hard to create new features, which they hope to attract the attention of customers with, however, they have once again gone in completely different directions. On the HTC One we have the new BlinkFeed interface, which takes center stage in the new UI. Think a Flipboard kind of interface used to display stuff like news and updates from your social networks. Besides BlinkFeed, you can also have a typical Android UI with icons and widgets.

The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

The Samsung Galaxy S4 features the very latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features the very latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features the very latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features the very latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

The Galaxy S4 has a refined version of last year's TouchWiz Nature UX, which is one of the best Android UIs out there. It's a typical Android style interface, with multiple pages, icons and widgets, but it's an especially well-crafted piece of software that runs fluidly and offers numerous unique features like Multi-Window and Smart Stay. To cut a long story short, the Galaxy S4 offers more features and goodies than the HTC One, but it's safe to say that HTC has polished its offerings a bit more, so it's once again up to the user to decide if they prefer the versatility of the Galaxy S4 or the fewer, but more refined offerings in the HTC One.


Messaging


The HTC One has a slightly smaller screen, but its on-screen QWERTY keyboard has a somewhat better layout, as typing on it feels a bit easier compared to the cramped keyboard of the GS4. The GS4's keyboard as a whole is quite spacious, after all there's a big 5” screen, but the keys are too many and are a bit small for our taste. Meanwhile, there's practically no space between the keys of the HTC One, but that makes them bigger. In the end, you can get a wonderful typing experience with each device, as you can always use a customizable third-party keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4



Processor and Memory

The Galaxy S4 comes in two versions – one with Snapdragon 600 CPU and one with Exynos 5 Octa CPU, depending on the market. We're testing the one with Snapdragon 600, which is the same chipset in use by the HTC One as well. Both devices are armed with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU, and both run perfectly smoothly, as you would expect from cutting-edge smartphones these days.

The HTC One comes in 32 or 64 GB flavors, with no option to expand that storage through a microSD card. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 is once again being more versatile by coming in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions, all of which featuring a microSD card slot for even more storage.


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