Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

May 26th, 2013 | Posted by Ankit Sajwan in Android | Technology

 When  HTC One is launched, Technology experts and analysts around the world declared it as one of the best Android smart phone ever made. But with the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 they are divided over once again.

The Galaxy S4

boasts some interesting features like Multi-window which allows user to work on two apps on a single screen. All apps don’t support Multi-window but some important one does like Gmail, Chrome, Twitter and Messages. Another good application is Dual Shot using which one can impose his image taken from front camera to the image taken with rear camera. S Health application which is loved by health conscious people monitors your physical activity like walking or jogging done throughout the day, It also shows temperature and humidity levels of the surroundings. A completely new feature is Air Gesture which allows you to answer a call without touching the screen just by making swiping gesture of your hand over the screen. Air view works in the same way allowing user to view pictures without touching the screen.


has a great history of excelling in product design, With the release of HTC One the company is at its best. The HTC One is exclusively designed with premium materials. The phone is fabricated with aluminums which makes it tough,  looks exotic and also fingerprint resistant. The HTC One also has a new feature called Blinkfeed, a dynamic homescreen which connects to various social network and news feeds and provides you with constant updates all the time.


The Galaxy S4 has 5-inch screen while HTC Ones has only 4.7 inches. But the quality of screen on both the phones is excellent. Both have FullHD (1920*1080 pixels) resolution. The screen of Galaxy S4 has rich colors while the screen on the HTC One has truer colors and offer readability in sunlight.

Winner: Tie


The battery of both cell phones are enough to allow you for single day use for heavy usage which includes web browsing, games, 3G calls.  It means you have to charge battery every night. While HTC One gives you 13-14 Hrs of battery life Samsung Galaxy S4 only gives 12 Hrs of battery life.

Winner: HTC One


 The Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are superb performers, running demanding games like Dead Trigger with ease. Web browsing is smooth; GPS is fast and accurate; and 3G speeds are good.In our use,we consistently got over 7Mbps download speeds on both handsets. The availability of 2GB RAM on both also means multi-tasking is effortless. Overall,however,the HTC One seemed better. The S4 suffered from the occasional lag,especially while switching between tasks.This is not a deal-breaker and probably wont even be noticed by most users,but we definitely found the HTC One to be smoother.

 Winner: HTC One


 The Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are premium phones and as such have no issues handling phone calls.Both feature noise cancellation for background sounds,and we found that we got excellent voice clarity during calls;the people we called could also hear us clearly.

 Winner: Tie


Both phones handle digital music formats such as MP3,FLAC,M4A with ease.In terms of audio quality,we found the HTC Ones Beats Audio to be better than Samsungs Adapt Sound tech. Importantly,the HTC One has placed its speakers,called Boomsound,at the front;they are loud,and produce distortion-free sound even at high volume.Also,the HTC One has an FM receiver;the S4 doesnt.

 Winner: HTC One


The Galaxy S4 gets our nod here.While the HTC One had trouble with certain video formats like AVI at FullHD resolution,the Galaxy S4 handled the same clips like a champ.When used with a third-party app like MX Player,the S4 even handles FullHD MOV files with ease.Its larger screen,which produces rich colours,also makes watching videos on the Galaxy S4 more enjoyable.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4


The Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are very capable shooters.But in our use,we found the S4s 13MP camera to be a more consistent performer.The images shot with it are detailed,comprise good colours,and subjects appear in sharp focus.The S4 especially excels at close shots and is capable of shooting images that match the output of a good pointand-shoot camera in good light. In breaking away from the trend that more megapixels are better,the HTC Ones main camera is only 4MP.Still,it is just as capable of good colour reproduction and sharp focus.It,however,loses out to the Galaxy S4 when it comes to the level of details. In low-light,the HTC One performs marginally better,but if you use Galaxy S4s night mode,the difference between the two is negligible.

 Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4


 The HTC One uses a proprietary UI called Sense,while Samsung calls its custom interface TouchWiz. In terms of aesthetics,Sense looks better with its subdued and minimalistic design.TouchWiz,on the other hand,uses lots of widgets and is defined by its use of colors. In terms of usability,we liked TouchWiz.The HTC One has just two physical buttons for navigation Back and Home.The menu can be accessed through the settings option provided in various apps,while multi-tasking requires double-tapping Home. Touchwiz uses three buttons Back,Home and Menu which is easier to use.It is also easier to customise your home screen and manage widgets here.

 Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4

So which one you should buy

Its actually a tough call to make.Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are fine devices in their own right.The S4 scores on software features and boasts a fantastic camera.The HTC One,on the other hand,is an elegant handset that you want to show off. If aesthetics,music quality and battery life are important to you,pick the HTC One.If camera performance,videos and software features take precedence,get the Galaxy S4.Either way,you have a winner. That said,we dont think either phone warrants a purchase if you already own a high-end handset. If you are using a smartphone older than one year and feel you need better performance and features,both Galaxy S4 and HTC One are good options.

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