s4 vs htc one

Having a hard time choosing between the Galaxy s4 and the HTC One, we are here to help.

Now that all the big Android Os cell phone manufacturers has announced their new flagship models the time has come to make up your mind on which one you are going to get.

Even if there are three phones fighting to take pole position right now, the Sony xperia z, HTC One and the Galaxy s4 we are going to take a closer look at the two we think are going to be the best selling ones in this article. It’s Galaxy s4 vs HTC One.

Samsung Galaxy s4 vs HTC One


Looking at the two phones it’s pretty evident that they are both winners in their own way. So which of the two is right for you depends on what is most important for you when picking a new cell phone. In this article I will compare some of the Key features of the two phones so you can pick the phone that is right for you.

Galaxy S4 vs HTC One Design

If you are looking for a great looking phone your best bet in my opinion is the HTC One. This however is very subjective and completely a matter of taste. The Galaxy s4 is made from a polycarbonate material and looks a lot like the previous Galaxy s series phone, the Galaxy s3. The HTC One is a bit harder to describe as there has not been many uni body aluminium cell phones. Better to take a close look at the pictures and make up your mind on which looks better to you. If you ever saw the HTC Legend though it is not very different look from that one.

In terms of physical size the two are almost identical apart from the fact that the Galaxy s4 is a mere 7.9 mm thick and the HTC One is a massive ( in this day and age ) 9.3 mm.

Galaxy S4 vs HTC One Camera

I am going to tell you how many Mega pixels the two phones have but please, if the camera is the most important piece of hardware for you do not pick between the two comparing mega pixels only. There is so much more to it than how many pixels a camera can squize into a picture. On paper the Samsung Galaxy s4s 13 mega pixel looks like the far supperior camera compared to the HTC One and its 4 mega pixels. In reality though the resulting pictures can give  a completely different result. Something that works to the Ones advantage is the HDR mode it has.

The way that HDR works is that it takes multiple photos of the same object an then fuses them into one. So it can take a picture of the foreground and a different on of the backgroud and put it all into a single picture. The disadvantage of having just a 4 mega pixel camera is if you are going to print big posters of your images. If you do enlarge such a picture enough you will clearly be able to see the pixels. And that’s bad.

What speaks to the Galaxy s4s cameras advantage is the host of new features that Samsung has put into it. Some of which are Dual Camera, Sound and shot, Drama shot, Eraser and Story album. Click the link to read all about the Galaxy s4 camera features.

Galaxy S4 vs HTC One Battery

This is where the S4 really shines compared to the HTC One. Not only does the Galaxy s4 have 300 more mAh of battery juice. The s4 also separates itself in the way that it has a removable battery where the HTC One and its uni body design has a non removable battery. The hard facts is that the One has a 2300 mAh battery where the Galaxy s4 has a 2600 mAh battery.

The HTC One has scored pretty poorly in most battery tests. Hopefully the extra mAh in the S4 can make it fare better.

Galaxy S4 vs HTC One Android Os

The Galaxy s4 will ship with the slightly newer software version 4.2.2 whereas the HTC One will ship with the 4.2.1 version of android. If upgrade ability is something that is important to you when picking a cell phone you should keep in mind that Samsung has a far better track record when it comes to updating their phones. The Galaxy s series of phones has always been among the first to receive new updates. While HTC has been lagging behind in this department.

Galaxy S4 vs HTC One screen

The first and most obvious thing you will notice apart from the design when comparing the two phones you will se that the Galaxy s4 has a bigger display than the HTC One. In fact the S4 has a 5 inch screen where the One has the slightly smaller 4.7 inch screen. So if you are in the market for a phone with a big display the Galaxy 4 is the most obvious choice. Of the two the HTC One has the slightly higher pixel density with 469 pixels per inch compared to the Samsung Galaxy s4 and its 441 pixels per inch.

For protecting the screen both manufacturers has picked Corning gorilla glass, the only difference here is that the One has the 2 version where the S4 has the slightly better Corning gorilla glass 3.

I have saved the best for last. The two devices uses two quite different kinds of displays. Take a moment to think about what makes modern phones run out of battery juice so fast, sometimes not even lasting one day through. This is where Samsung has the upper hand in the screen department. With a AMOLED screen you can have you battery last a lot longer than a traditional LCD display. The way this is done is that the AMOLED pixels can be turned completely off for producing the blackest black you can imagine. This is also the way that AMOLED screens use less energy and battery power than the competition.

Galaxy S4 vs HTC One storage

This may not be very important to you but if it is, it’s a big deal. The Galaxy s4 supports micro SD cards up to 64 GB while the HTC One does not have a micro card slot. So if you are planning on loading your phone with movies and other storage demanding stuff you are vise to pick the Galaxy s4. While this may seem a bit un important to you I know that this is a deal breaker for many.

In terms of internal storage the phones are very similar. They both come with 2 GB RAM . The S4 comes in 16, 32 and 64  GB of internal storage and the HTC One comes with 32 or 64 GB of internal storage.

Galaxy S4 vs HTC One CPU

This is where it gets a bit complicated. First of all let me tell you a little about the HTC One. This phone comes with a Snapdragon 600 quad core clocked at 1.7 GHz , which has scored very high in a lot of bench marks.

The Samung Galaxy s4 comes in two different layouts, the first of which has been so far confirmed for the US, UK, Canada and Sweden has a Snapdragon 600 much like in the HTC One, the slight difference is that this one is clocked at 1.9 GHz. Something that will give it a theoretical advantage over the competition.

For the areas that are not getting the Snapdragon processor Samsung will use its own chip, the Exynos 5 octa. That’s right this one has eight CPUs. Keep in mind though that this does not mean that you will run 8 CPUs at once. The way this one works is that is made out of two different quad core processors. When you are gaming or doing other CPU intensive tasks the first quad containing four Cortex A15 CPUs will take care of business. When doing more mundane tasks the other quad containing four Cortex A7s will take control of things. This is a great way to conserve battery power as the A7 uses a lot less energy. So a big thumbs up to Samsung on this one.

This concludes this comparison between the two new best cell phones. If you would like me to pick a winner for you I would say that I am leaning towards the Galaxy s4 but I would much rather have you pick your own winner based on what is the most important aspect of a cell phone for you.


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About Bertil Hansen
I am the owner and main contributor to this website. Throughout the years I've owned an embarrassing number of Android phones. Too many to mention in fact. Lets just say it started with the HTC legend and I'm now on the Galaxy Note 4.

One thought on “s4 vs htc one

  1. Both the mobile handsets are very good.

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