Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One

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Are you having a difficult time deciding between purchasing the very prestigious HTC One, or the feature-craze Samsung Galaxy S4? Since we are tech specialist, we want to help a bro out with a simple post about these two great devices. First, lets make this clear. The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are BOTH great phones. Since they are both great phone, how do we choose which one is best for you?  The Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One smartphones offer high-end specs and certainly gives everyone a difficult time on which one to choose. Because HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 run on Android OS, it is hard to distinguish themselves from each other. The only way they differentiate themselves is to make their own home screen, or app launcher, and offer different hardware specifications. For example, HTC uses their own launcher system built over Android known as Sense. Samsung uses Touchwiz.  Each of their own systems comes different applications built specifically for their brand of smartphones. Now that you’ve got this concept, here we will examine and analyze the the two different phones and come up with a solution for you.

What really matters?

It’s no doubt Samsung is definitely promoting and advertising the Samsung Galaxy S4 as a feature pack phone; however, there is one point that we want to make very clear.

 

  • Because Google made the Android Operating system versatile and modifiable, pre-installed apps don’t matter.

So what does this really mean? I’ll give you an example, Samsung Galaxy S4 offers a bunch of apps such as the S Voice, S Health, S Translator,  ChatOn, and much more.  Now, one may think that these apps are exclusive to Samsung phones. They are correct. They are exclusives; however, if you ever used these apps on previous Samsung Phones, you’ll find that these pre-installed apps are mediocre at the least. There are many alternatives out there. Most of the 3rd party apps are even better than these pre-installed app package. For example, the famous Robin is a good competitor to the S Voice, or even Google Now. Calorie Counter – MyFitiness Pal can replace S Health . Whatsapp is a better alternative to Samsung’s ChatOn App. Google Translate can replace S Translator, and etc. There is no app that Samsung has on their pre-installed app package that comes with the phone that cannot be replaced by a third party application. We found that these pre-installed apps that Samsung was trying to promote very gimmicky and does not serve much purpose besides trying to sell the product.  Regardless, we are glad HTC did not replace many of the core Android apps we loved so much that we would pay for a nexus phone for. So now you’re probably wondering, what really matters?

Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One Hardware

Here’s a simple breakdown of what we liked and what we didn’t regarding the hardware.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Hardware features we liked 

  • Replaceable battery – If the battery runs out, just slip in a new one, and you’re good to go.
  • Sdhc card slot – No need to stream videos off your data plan.

 Hardware features we disliked

  • Smart stay Camera – This is a useless hardware feature due to the fact that we found it drains battery life. A third party app named “Screenbl” can do a similar job without squeezing  your battery life as hard.
  • Plastic design with hyper glaze coating –  We were  disappointed that it shared the same  plastic design of the Samsung Galaxy S3. The only difference was that it is coated with “hyper-glaze”. It just means that it is coated it with chocolate glaze just to cover up that it’s plastic.

HTC One Hardware features we liked

  • Dual speakers on the front (BoomSound) – Enhances the sound quality. It makes your ringtones sound more smooth and more stereo-like. There are two speakers instead of the normal mono speaker that is equipped on the Samsung Galaxy S4.
  • HTC One’s uni-body aluminum design makes for a premium feel and a smartphone that is durable.
  • HTC Super LCD3 technology – We’ve always liked the HTC SLCD3 over Samsung’s Super Amoled display technology. SLCD3 displays are so vibrant in color.

Hardware features we disliked

  • No removable back cover that will allow users to access the battery.galaxys4
  • Doesn’t offer users an expandable SD slot – We would like to have an external SD card for back up purposes or if they have a lot of files that the smartphone’s internal memory is maxed out.

HTC Sense vs Samsung TouchWiz

Why these android launchers are important? Well when you buy either one of these new phone, you’re planning to spend a long period of time using their android launcher unless you plan to install your own launcher or root and install a custom rom. Thats why you must be happy with your launcher as you’ll always be staring at that same homescreen.  It’s like the saying “you better be happy with your spouse, because you’ll be spending your life” with them. However, you could cheat on them, such as replace the launcher witha third-party one.  But, there are only a limited amount of third-party launchers out in the market; thus, having a great launcher that is exclusive to your phone is important.  Samsung Touchwiz comes with many features such as previewing files by hovering your finger over an icon. HTC One’s Sense Launcher has a slick looking user interface known as Blink Feed. Blink Feed provides live updates to your favorite content such as news and your social media accounts on your home screen.  It sounds like having Flipboard on your home screen. We would not mind that as it would be useful. We like this feature over Samsung’s Touchwiz found on the Galaxy S4. Wouldn’t you agree that having all your social content at your home screen save you time from having to launch Facebook or news feeds applications just to get our daily updates on what you care about? Touch-wiz has a news feed as well ; however, doesn’t seem that sophisticated there are only a limited amount of news sources you can enter in.  Touchwiz, the Samsung Launcher can be replaced. In fact, Touch-wiz lacks many customization features we crave for, we prefer to have an alternative Launcher to Touchwiz.  (Read up on our favorite launchers here.)  The app drawer icon cannot be moved at the bottom icon set and we thought the icon set does not add cool factor at all.

In terms of the operating system, both the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 run on Android. HTC One runs on 4.1.2 and will be upgraded to 4.2.2 in the future. Samsung Galaxy S4 ship with 4.2.2 which is great; however you’ll have to deal with the Samsung pre-installed apps that bloat the operating system.  The good news is that you may not be able to replace these apps with other apps complete, but you may download apps that that functions the same from the Google Play Store. Most apps built for Touchwiz appears to replace an app that Google had already built for Android. So what would be the best choice of smartphone? We would recommend the HTC One.  Mainly because it has a premium design. We love that premium feel.  Even though it does not come with the flexibility of adding extra space, the 32GB model (lowest memory space offered) is already plenty. If you need more space, get the 64GB version. An extra battery is not really necessary as you can buy suitable accessories to solve that problem. We just love how users will be able to experience great sound quality with audio enhancements through the device’s dual speakers on the front. Most of all, this version of HTC One’s Sense system found on the HTC One device doesn’t seem to be as bloated as its previous versions. Applications offered on Samsung’s Touchwiz system on the Galaxy S4 appears to be nice at first,  but you’ll find yourself replacing them in the Play Store in the end. Because the hover to preview feature is unique to Touchwiz, 3rd party developers will need to add support for it, and it will take a while for developers to support for it. It’ll be a feature that wont be used much except in some Samsung pre-installed apps. On the other hand if you would like to travel a lot; thus, you require extra storage space and an extra battery. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the best choice for you. Regardless of which phone you choose, you’ll be able to root and customize your your phone they way you like it.

 

Andrew is a co-founder of DeviceCritique. As a tech savvy individual, he aims to explains tech in a simple manner while also providing support for those who need help with their devices or computers.