Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs HTC One

With Samsung revealing its latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S4, how will it compare to HTC’s One, which wowed the crowds at this year’s MWC?


Samsung Galaxy S4



5 inches

4.7 inches


136x 69x 7.9mm

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm


Android 4.2.2

Android 4.2.2







As you can see, there are quite a few differences between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. For starters, the Samsung device features a slightly larger screen, though with that, it comes in at 1.4mm slimmer. With that, the HTC One also weighs in at 13g heavier than the Galaxy S4.

Dimensions aside, however, there’s not much to tell these two devices apart in terms of determining which one is better than the other.

Samsung 1: 1 HTC


Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC One

Rather disappointingly, Samsung has chosen not to touch the Galaxy S4’s aesthetic design, keeping its smooth, rounded edges and polycarbonate casing.

One the other hand, HTC has decided to overhaul its flagship model’s appearance by giving it a slightly more up-to-date square design, made fully of aluminium rather than plastic, giving it an overall more high quality finish.  

Samsung 0: 1 HTC


Group Play Vs BoomSound

Samsung’s unveiling of its new feature, Group Play, certainly was an interesting addition to the live reveal, held in New York tonight. The feature essentially allows a number of Samsung Galaxy S4 devices to play together as a de facto stereo system, with each device acting as a separate speaker, enhancing the volume and audio quality when enjoying music as a group.

The HTC One, on the other hand, features BoomSound, a step up from Beats Audio, which makes full use of the device’s dual frontal speakers. Because the speakers are located on the front of the phone, it means that audio is not muffled in any way when the phone is laid down on a surface, which is more often than not when listening to music.

I would say that HTC’s BoomSound is a more useful feature, and whilst Samsung’s Group Play is a cool function, I feel that it is more of a novelty than an everyday feature that could enhance my everyday life.  

Samsung 0: 1 HTC


Now here’s the big one: the camera comparison.

I was well and truly blown away when I experienced a demo of HTC Zoe, the One’s incredible camera and accompanying camera features. Not only does the HTC One sport an Ultrapixel camera instead of a more traditional megapixel camera, but it is also supported by an array of over 100 new camera-related features.

The Samsung Galaxy S4’s camera doesn’t look so bad either, in comparison. With 13 MP, the device is expected to produce some high quality, sharp-looking images.  So how do the two compare?

Samsung Galaxy S4


·         Burst photography, allowing you to view the best shots in one frame


·         Capability to delete unwanted objects or people


·         Automatically record short videos at the same time as taking still shots

·         Record sound at the same time as taking a still shot

·         Using both the front and rear camera at once in both videos and photos

·         Automatic making of videos to sum up your album


Samsung 1: 1 HTC

So which is better, the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the HTC One?

Looking at the evidence above, it’s a pretty hard decision to make. Although I was really impressed by what I have seen in tonight’s Samsung Galaxy S4 reveal, I feel that HTC might have stolen this one with its One device, but only by a slim margin.

However, that’s not to say that the HTC One will be more successful in the market this year. After all, you only have to take one look at tonight’s New York reveal to realise how big Samsung’s marketing budget is, and with HTC’s recent launch-date set-back, Samsung might already be the winner of the race for the Android crown in 2013. 

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Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

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