Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One: Smartphone showdown

Ross Catanzariti | April 16, 2013
How does the Samsung Galaxy S4 compare to the HTC One?

Whether you're a smartphone fan or you're simply coming off contract and need a new phone, in Samsung's Galaxy S4 and the HTC One you have two of the best choices on the market. These new Android smartphones are hitting the shelves in Australia very shortly but which one is right for you?

None

The HTC One has a new camera technology the company calls 'UltraPixel' and comes with a revamped, tile-based home screen called 'BlinkFeed', while the Galaxy S4 retains a similar look and feel to its predecessor but includes a 4.99in full HD display, comes with a 13-megapixel camera and features a number of Samsung-exclusive software features.

Let's find out how these flagship Android smartphones compare.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One: Design

You'd be hard pressed telling the difference between the Galaxy S III and the new Galaxy S4 as Samsung has kept a very similar design. The company has been criticised for sticking with a glossy, plastic finish but plastic is more durable than glass and this type of design means the battery is removable. There's also room for a microSD card slot, a feature you won't find on the HTC One.

Further, Samsung has sold tens of millions of Galaxy S III devices, so the design of the S4 is both popular and familiar and already resonates positively with consumers.

The Galaxy S4 retains a similar look and feel to its predecessor, the Galaxy S III.
The Galaxy S4 retains a similar look and feel to its predecessor, the Galaxy S III.

The HTC One is very different. It has a full metal body with what the company calls a "zero gap" construction. This means there's no visible gaps or slits in the case design. The front is completely flat but the back of the device is curved and the edges taper inwards in order to provide better ergonomics. It's one of the best designed smartphones we've ever used.

One of the most distinctive design features of the HTC One is the inclusion of dual-stereo speakers that sit above and below the display. The speakers and audio system, which the company has trademarked the tacky 'BoomSound' name, are the best smartphone speakers we've tested. They even better most tablets on the market.

The fit and finish of the HTC One is among the best we've seen on any smartphone.
The fit and finish of the HTC One is among the best we've seen on any smartphone.

Whichever design you prefer is ultimately a personal preference, so our advice would be to try and see these two devices in the flesh before making your decision.

 

1  2  3  4  Next Page 

Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.