Samsung Galaxy S4 v HTC One

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    Apr 25, 2013 1:42 AM GMT
    From what I can tell, the main advantage of the Samsung is that it has memory expansion and you can change out the battery if it is running low. The downside is the plastic body and resolution that isn't as good.

    The advantage of the HTC is better build quality and better speakers. The downside is that you can't expand memory or have a backup battery.

    Am I missing anything?

    Do any of y'all have a preference for one versus the other.

    Planning on picking one or the other in the next few days and trying to decide....
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    Apr 25, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    Actually, Samsung GS4 and HTC One has the same number of pixels i.e. 1920 x 1080 pixels. Because HTC One has a smaller screen by 0.3 inches, it has a slightly higher pixels per inch; however, it is humanly impossible to spot the difference between the two screens in terms of pixel counts.

    Samsung GS4 comes with a Super Amoled display as opposed to One's LCD display. Viewing angles are better and colours are more natural on LCD screens, but there definitely are consumers out there who prefer the deeper black and blue and the saturated colours of super amoled displays (myself included).

    The biggest downside of GS4 is its new TouchWiz. They added some "features" (or, more appropriately, "gimmick") that can hinder its true power of quadcore snapdragon 600 processor (clocking in at 1.9 GHz) or the "octacore" Exynos 5 chips that use two quadcore processors (A15 and A7, clocking in at 1.6 and 1.2 GHz in corresponding order). With the US variant (i.e. snapdragon processor), GS4 beats HTC One in almost every benchmark test; however, if you turn on some of its "features" like air view or air swipe, it will cause some lags, even for some of the more basic functions.

    HTC One's new UI Sense 5 is no better in terms of usefulness (I personally find its inclusion of Blinkfeed and Zoe features laughable) but at least no lags have been mentioned of it from numerous reviews.

    Camera is a bit of a complicated story. GS4 camera comes with a wide variety of features and it lives up to the samsung's reputation of incorporating one of the best mobile cameras in its flagship devices (i.e. Galaxy series). However, HTC One is noted for its excellent low light performance. I think it all comes down to what type of pictures (e.g. colour saturation, contrast ratio, details) a consumer would prefer that will ultimately determine which one of the two has a better camera.

    http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/04/24/samsung-galaxy-s4-vs-htc-one-comparing-megapixels-with-ultrapixels/ -> Follow this link to see some pictures taken by these two phones.

    Samsung GS4 is being widely distributed via multiple carriers in US, while HTC One seems to be limited to the major ones i.e. Verizon, AT&T.

    If I had to pick between these two phones, I would most likely buy Samsung GS4; I've never had bad experiences with its products, so I would feel safest buying the GS4. I also adooorrrreee Super Amoled screen - high colour saturation just seems to make everything stand out more, for me at least anyway. As for the disappointing Touchwiz, I am sure that Samsung will release an update that will address some of the glitches it has.
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    Apr 25, 2013 4:40 AM GMT
    I def lean towards the HTC One. I'm not a big fan of Samsung's UI, and while I do like the removable SD card, the media features on the One are a bigger deciding factor for me.

    I disagree about the Zoe feature on the One, i think it's a really nice feature for someone who likes to utilize their pics in a more unique way, not to mention you can basically take a still out of any of the frames of video it captures.

    I think the only major carrier that won't carry the One is Verizon at launch.
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    Apr 25, 2013 5:39 AM GMT
    The battery thing is kinda moot. Unless you're out in the boonies for extended periods of time with no access to an electrical outlet, removable batteries isn't really a necessity.

    I kinda like the metal unibody on the One, but at the same time I like the lightweight plastic body of the GS4. The only thing I don't like about the GS4 body is that it's too slippery. Kinda wish it had a rubbery back like the Nokia Lumia phones.

    I also prefer Touchwiz UI over Sense. Touchwiz is pretty close to the stock Android UI. Well, more so when compared to Sense at least.

    Expandable memory is a big bonus for some/most people. It may not be for you. I prefer it because I can load a bunch of music and movies for when I travel. MicroSD cards are dirt cheap right now. 64GB microSD cards are going for $50 right now. So 16GB GS4 on contract is $200 + $50 for 64GB card. 32GB One on contract is $300.

    GS4 has an IR port. Yeah, it might seem gimmicky but I think it's useful. You'll be able to control your tv and a/v components from your phone. And change the channels on the gym tv. icon_lol.gif

    I don't use my phone as a mini boombox. So speaker sound doesn't matter to me. I know the One has Beats audio. But I don't know what that entails. My current GS3 sounds great with my Sony earphones. Plus, I can adjust the sound with the equalizer.

    The Galaxy S phones are popular. So you'll find more accessories for it, if that's something that's important to you.

    Camera quality on both is pretty good. Samsung has some really cool features like built in app to create animated GIFs and an "eraser" feature that let's you remove unwanted people/things in your pic.

    I don't think you can go wrong with either one. If you want to be unique, I'd say go for the HTC One. Lots of people already have the GS3 and GS4. All wireless carriers allow a 14 day grace period. Get either one and try it out for a week or so. If you don't like, then return it and get the other.
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    Apr 25, 2013 9:01 AM GMT
    You know what everybody is Pre-Ordering!!! the S4 like its gold icon_rolleyes.gif

    jeez....please It's not even S5

    sometimes its sad how consumers rush to buy for the sake of branding... that's pretty sad! without doing some intensive research.

    On my personal say hated the S3 design was very of mass production type the construction was bad till it gets cracked easily unlike the S2 or S1 which was very much a heart poured engineering even it was plastic-ally construct.

    That said! I honestly applaud the iPhone5 built it feels in every solidity to it. It feels real! the one major setback of Apple today is They are very reserved I clearly think Apple best has yet to come, yet they have not reach a dimension of being great! They are fooling the public with their name & branding cause a company with that huge of a posh by now has it capability of doing wonders of as the word PERFECT!. I seriously question that 5 should have been A 5 incher they could do so much more.

    You can feel a product when you purchase it, was it for the sake of selling or for the sake of state of the art construction?

    Now you do the Cost factor VS being Fashionable VS being Elite

    Is Apple really a Bentley?...well I would leave that with an open mind for you to decide!

    At this moment of time purchasing a product and its brand where their really working hard on, you cant go wrong.

    Honestly Samsung is fooling around lately and I'm not thoroughly happy with them and the S4 could have gone better by average standards of today's tech, But there is something on S5 which Sammy is ready for the iPhone 6 not even the 5s which apple might skip icon_cool.gif

    Go for HTC One icon_wink.gif , unless screen is really your thing.
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    Apr 25, 2013 9:22 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info guys. You made me aware of some pros/cons of each that I was not aware of.

    I'm sure either will work just fine but it seems the Samsung will likely have more accessories available.
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    Apr 25, 2013 11:03 AM GMT
    HTC One by far
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    Apr 25, 2013 1:26 PM GMT
    Moving to a new, unrooted Android phone can be a pain.
    http://www.technobuffalo.com/videos/rettingers-rants-switching-android-phones/

    Anyone have a way to make this easy?
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    Apr 25, 2013 1:45 PM GMT

    Didn't say they were nasty...No doubt Sammy is versatile.

    But I got my bet on the S5... ,the S4 is not even competing, not even Samsung's best.

    & Apple is skipping the 5s straight to 6.
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    Apr 25, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
    Why does it matter what phone comes next.

    There will always be a new and better phone just over the horizon.

    Anyone buying into a new 2-year contract is going to have an outdated phone before the term is up.
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    Apr 25, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    Har19 said
    Didn't say they were nasty...No doubt Sammy is versatile.

    But I got my bet on the S5... ,the S4 is not even competing, not even Samsung's best.

    & Apple is skipping the 5s straight to 6.


    When is the S5 being released? Isn't it scheduled for sometime in 2015 - like a year from now?
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    Apr 26, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    4sport saidMoving to a new, unrooted Android phone can be a pain.
    http://www.technobuffalo.com/videos/rettingers-rants-switching-android-phones/

    Anyone have a way to make this easy?
    That is such a non article. Every free and paid Android app you have on your current phone syncs to your Google account. So when you buy a new Android phone, you log in to your Google account on your phone. Then log in to the Google Play Store from your computer. Then go to My Apps. You'll see every app you've installed in the past. Click on the Install button for each app you want to install. Select your new phone from the list. Then app will automatically install on your new phone. Not sure how much easier it can get than that.
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    Apr 26, 2013 6:39 AM GMT
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/22/android_malware_badnews/

    Share and enjoy...
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    Apr 26, 2013 12:59 PM GMT
    The HTC's glued in battery is a deal breaker for me because I tend to keep phones long enough to need the battery replaced.

    As for the link to OMG! There's malware for Android!, I have Zoner Antivirus on my phone, and just like with Windows, it's unbelievably easy to avoid getting infected. If some app on my phone were to download an APK and ask me to install it, I'd know immediately that something's wrong.
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    Apr 26, 2013 1:53 PM GMT
    RobertF64 saidhttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/22/android_malware_badnews/

    Share and enjoy...
    All the Android malware are stupid wallpaper or boobie pic apps from Russia and China. Whoever installs those deserves to get hacked. People should think about it. Why does a wallpaper app need permissions to access your phone book and deep level hardware access? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 26, 2013 4:18 PM GMT
    found this nice easy comparison...@gizmag
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    Apr 26, 2013 4:28 PM GMT
    HTC One because of built quality. That's all it matter at the end of the day anyway. S4 offer a lot more features but often in time you will not use it. I been looking for an upgrade and HTC came close to be my next phone, however nokia is holding an event on May 15th so I will wait to see what they have in store. If anything else, I will wait till September for the Sony flagship device.