The Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One will definitely be two of the best selling Android smartphones of 2013. Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy S4 recently received a Google Edition that is running stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, which will help boost the sales of the South Korean company. It’s not the first time we put the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One face to face, here at Android Geeks, and if you want to take a look at the previous battle follow this link here.
Anyway, today we will see which of the two smartphones will win the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle. Both handsets are the leaders of the high-end smartphone segment, so this should be a pretty close battle.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and the HTC One follow the trends of the 2013 high-ned smartphone market, bringing quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipsets and full HD displays, but we will get to that aspects a bit later.
There will be eight rounds in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle, as we will be judging their performance based on Dimensions, Display, Connectivity, Memory, Camera, Operating System, Processor, and Design. One point will be awarded for the winner of each round and the smartphone that manages to score most points will be declared the king of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle.
Before kicking off the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle, I will let you know that the South Korean phone maker announced that since the market debut of the original Galaxy S4 were shipped 10 million units, while some reports indicated that 5 million HTC One units were sold so far.
Let’s get down to business and begin the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle. Three, two, one, FIGHT!
I know that some of you guys pay a lot of attention to the size of the smartphone you are planning to buy, that’s why I though the Dimensions round should be the first one of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle. Since the two smartphones have to accommodate similar sized displays, their dimensions will be pretty close.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is 136.6 mm tall, 69.8 mm wide and only 7.9 mm thin, while the HTC One measures 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm. Even though the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition has to accommodate a slightly larger display (5 inches compared to the 4.7 inches of the HTC One) the South Korean flagship is shorter than its rival.
The smartphone manufacturers are trying to make their devices as thin as possible, and, even though none of the two aforementioned Android-powered terminals are getting near iPhone 5′s 7.6 mm profile, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is obviously the slimmer one, being 1.4 mm thinner than the HTC One.
On the other hand the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition weighs 130 grams, while the HTC One weighs 143 grams.
Being thinner and lighter than the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition manages to secure the Dimensions round of the battle, scoring 1 point.
As you’ve probably noticed, all the big players of the smartphone market have fitted full HD displays on their flagship smartphones and Samsung and HTC made no exception. Both smartphones sport 1,080p screens, but each has a different size and different construction technology.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 441 ppi. As usual, the South Koreans used its proprietary Super AMOLED display for the new flagship, which is protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 layer.
On the other hand, the HTC One comes with a full HD 4.7-inch display with 469 ppi and Super LCD3 technology.
Each technology has its ups and downs, but both are high quality screens, thus choosing between the two might by a very tough task. Both the Super LCD3 and Super AMOLED panels come with great brightness and contrast, but the Super AMOLED display will perform better when it comes to reproducing black, while the Super LCD3 unit performs better under direct sun light.
Since the display size and quality of the two smartphone are similar, this round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle ends as a tie.
With the LTE networks spreading all around the world, the standards has became an integral part of all the smartphones that want to fight for the best selling award. Anyway, there are also other important connectivity features to consider when it comes to purchasing a new smartphone, but let’s have a look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and HTC One and see which one is better in terms of connectivity.
The HTC One comes with HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC chip, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0. It’s rival, the Samsung GAlaxy S4 Google Edition sports HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, infrared port, and microUSB 2.0.
Are you spotting any differences? Well, the Galaxy S4 Google edition comes with WiFi dual band, but this is too minor to be able to make a difference, so here’s another round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One that is a draw.
The Google Play Store is full of content and with so many songs, movies and games out there, you will be needing a lot of storage space. The amount of RAM is equally important because of Android’s real-multitasking feature.
Both smartphones come with 2 GB of RAM, so it will be a tie here. But what about the storage options? The HTC One comes with either 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and no microSD card option. On the other hand the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition sports 16 GB of internal storage that can be expanded with up to 64 GB courtesy of the microSD card support, which results in a total of 70 GB of storage.
Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition can get more storage, this round goes to the South Korean smartphone. +1 Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
It’s a trend among the smartphone makers to install 13 megapixel cameras on the back of their smartphones (see Xperia Z and LG Optimus G Pro) and the Galaxy S4 Google Edition makes no exception. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition sports a 13 megapixel camera sensor with Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and since it’s running stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Google’s Photo Sphere. The camera can also record full HD videos at 30 fps. The secondary camera is a 2 megapixel unit with 1080p@30fps video recording support.
The Taiwanese company has made a bet with the 4 megapixel UltraPixel camera, while all its rivals are using 13 megapixel sensors. The UltraPixel camera of the HTC One comes with 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, optical image stabilization, and full HD video recording capabilities.
I know, the specs of the 4 megapixel camera of the HTC One sound cocky but the real life tests have proven the contrary, showing that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is superior when it comes to both video recording and snapping photos, which is the reason why the Camera round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle goes to the Sammy flagship.
Both devices of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle are running Android, but there are some differences between the two, both when it comes to Android version and user interface.
The HTC One is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, but, fortunately, the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update is on its way. Of course, HTC has fitted it’s proprietary Sense 5 UI on top of Android Jelly Bean which brings features like Blink Feed (which streams news on your homescreen), Zoe Capture, Zoe Highlights, Object Removal, and Zoe Share. Some of these are cool, indeed, but you will only use them a couple of times.
While the original Samsung Galaxy S4 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz Nature UX, but the Google Edition is running stock Android providing a Nexus-like experience. Even though the Galaxy S4 Google Edition won’t come with the Air Gestures, Dual-shot, Eye Tracking, and other features of the TouchWiz, it brings a clean and unified user experience, and this is what we appreciate here, at Android Geeks. Another advantage of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is that it will always be in the first wave of devices to receive the latest Android updates, just like it is currently happening with the Nexus family.
Because the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition brings the unaltered Android experience on a top tier smartphone, the operating system round goes to it.
As you probably know, there are two Samsung Galaxy S4 variants: the I9500 which is powered by Sammy’s proprietary octo-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz (for the tasks that require more processing power like games, movies, or web browsing), four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz (for improved battery life) and a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, and the I9505 that is underpinned by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC with four Krait 300 cores overclocked at 1.9 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU.
Google and Samsung decided that the hardware platform of the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505 is the most appropriate to underpin the Google Edition of the highly appreciated smartphone.
The HTC One is also powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 600 SoC, but its cores are clocked at 1.7 GHz, and the benchmark tests have proven that 200 MHz can make a difference. The HTC One also comes with the Adreno 320 GPU integrated on Qualcomm’s chipset.
Because the processor fitted under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is capable of providing more processing power, this round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One goes to the SGS4.
Many customers choose their next smartphone based on its design and construction and this is the reason why we thought we should include a Design round in our Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle. Let’s talk a bit about the design of the two aforementioned smartphones.
It is obvious that the Samsung Galaxy S4 continues the design language introduced by its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, but it benefits from some minor improvements. I terms of size (136.6×69.8×7.9 mm) and weight (130 grams) – we’ve talked about them in the Dimensions round – the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a bit thinner and more compact than its predecessor, even though the its 5-inch display is slightly bigger than the 4.8-inch unit of the SGS3. How did Samsung managed to get a similar sized smartphone that comes with a bigger display? It’s simple: they narrowed the bezel around the display.
The sides of de smartphone, which are accommodating the volume rocker on the left and the power button on the right, now have a metallic finishing, which results into a visually pleasant look. Moreover, the edges are less curved, while the back lid uses plastic, but with a textured finishing that looks and feels better. You will also find the camera sensor and the LED flash on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, but also a speaker. The back lid can be removed to access the battery, microSD, and microSIM card slots, which is not possible at the HTC One.
You will find the microUSB port on the bottom end of the device, while the top edge hosts the 3.5 mm audio jack and the IR blaster.
It’s enough just to look at the HTC One to realize it looks astonishing courtesy of the unibody case and the metal-glass-and-plastic combination.
The back of the smartphone won’t allow you to remove the battery, but it is made entirely of aluminium with the exception of two thin bands that are made of plastic in order to ensure the best Wireless and GPS signal. The same policarbonate was used for the sides of the smartphone, which are not bent, but not straight either, giving a special look to the HTC One.
This design philosophy has a big contribution when it comes to how the HTC feels in your hand. Even though the dimension figures are not impressive (measures 137.4×68.2×9.3 mm and weighs 143 grams) the HTC One is very comfortable to hold, even though its display makes it slightly difficult to operate with one hand.
Moreover, the materials and the construction suggest that the HTC One is a smartphone that really aims to gun down the iPhone 5 as the best looking smartphone on the market. In my opinion it is indeed better looking than Apple’s flagship.
HTC paid a lot of attention to how the sensors, the ports, and the buttons are placed on the gorgeous body of the One. The camera sensor is at the same level as the back lid, without sticking out, and the Power button and the 3.5 mm jack were placed on the top end of the smartphone. On the bottom edge you will find the microUSB port and the volume rocker is on the right side. Unfortunately, both the power and volume up/down buttons are a bit difficult to press, as they are “too integrated” into the body.
The Design round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One is won by miles by the Taiwanese flagship smartphone. There’s no wonder that HTC already sold 5 million of those astonishing One units.
Here we are at the end of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle. Let’s see which of these two interesting smartphones won the fight.
We had two rounds that ended as tie because both the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and the HTC One come with amazing displays, while both pack all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone. The HTC One though won when it came to Desgin, courtesy of its unibody aluminium design and high quality construction.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is thinner and lighter than the HTC One, sports a microSD card slot, has a better camera, runs stock Android, so it will always be up to date with the latest software updates, and features a more powerful CPU, that’s why it won when it came to Dimensions, Memory, Camera, Operating System, and Processor, scoring 5 precious points.
Summing up, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle. Did we get it wrong? Did the HTC One deserve to win? Please speak your mind in the comments section below.