also I want to illustrate some major disadvantages of htc one which I forgot to tell you and the reasons I didn't buy it:
25 gb storage only
non removable battery
extremely hard to repair(ifixit gave it the lowest score in repairability 1/10 against 9/10 in s4). hence you will have to keep it in a case
aluminium is easy to scratch and dent
more heat than s4. 57.7 degrees when s4 was at 49.9 in same conditions
takes 4 hrs to charge against 1 hr 50 min of s4
ddr2 ram in htc one against ddr3 in s4
blinkfeed can't be removed and eats a lot of data and battery
I had purchased one s4 on 13/07/13 for which till date I have not received my flip cover
Tech Guru, 19 Sep 2013I agree with Shubham. But on one point I have a diffrent thought. Even if User is a completely... moreNo I wasn't talking about the easy ui but the better looking and fast ui of htc one. Also htc one is better looking and better built with great speakers. For a newbie, these features matter more than the processor, contrast and camera and 32gb is sufficient for him.
actually the normal ui if s4 is also more user friendly than htc one but really I feel that htc is a better choice for him.
Actually a newcomer should buy a good midrange phone for a good start and then go to high end to take full advantage of hardware. however this is my opinion.
SJ, 19 Sep 2013Hi,I just have a query,if I download third party camera from the application would it affect t... moreit won't affect the lens but will affect the photo quality captured in that app. lens is a mechanical thing. a software can't do anything to it. But why would anyone need a 3rd party client if the regular one is great.
see, the stock app is optimised for s4 sensor and hence takes pics accordingly. The other one will not be able to take better pics. I have a nexus camera app for taking photo spheres. It's just used for that as in normal photos it takes about 500kb photos with very high compression in comparison to the s4 camera which takes 5 to 7 mb photos with great quality.
All in all you can use 3rd party app but it will take worse pics. so you can choose which one to pick for a scenario.
FF, 19 Sep 2013shubham your given analysis is perfect and near to correct in all aspects but i want to know p... moreYes its there for almost the first week but after you use it for one week the phone is really cool. let me give you stats. after some heavy usage like browsing for 3 to 4 hrs my phone only got 43 degrees in cpu. 43 degree for a cpu is very good as the surface temp is almost 35 to 36 degrees.
but s4 feels hotter in one area after very heavy use like benchmarking and all which are rare. This happens as s4 releases heat much efficiently through body to get cooled soon. it cools really fast. I have read that upto 100 degrees are fine for a cpu. so don't worry about heat and lag.
yes it lags. I also wrote that htc one is smoother but you can make s4 super fast and close to htc one by changing animation and transitions to .5x in developer options in settings.
I don't have any probs as this speed is sufficient for me and a .25 sec lag does not affect my user experience.
Also the lag is in only system apps. In 3rd party apps, s4 us much faster as it has more power. don't worry about these things as they are over hyped by some trolls who just hate s4 for no reason.
Have a nice day. feel free to ask any question. I'll answer it to the best of my knowledge.
Vicky Salvi, 19 Sep 2013It's an awesome phone. The best phone Samsung has launched in the Galaxy Series so far. It bea... moreIt is written on black & white that IOS 7 is far better than Jelly Bean 4.3. The might iphone beats every android in every angle. can I borrow my iphone 5 that runs IOS 7 just play around it and come here to comment?
Tech Guru, 19 Sep 2013I agree with Shubham. But on one point I have a diffrent thought. Even if User is a completely... moreby the way android experience is so user friendly that a beginner gets go easily in few days...
shubham yadav, 18 Sep 2013I am not an expert. I am just helping out some people who have certain queries as i have done ... moreI agree with Shubham. But on one point I have a diffrent thought. Even if User is a completely new to Android or touch screen or smart phone. Galaxt S4 has one option as Easy Mode which User can select. This mode is very easy and any user can start using this phone and S4 itself will teach and make the user advance gradually day by day. This option is very inovative in S4. So any user with any level can start using Android smart phone.
It's an awesome phone. The best phone Samsung has launched in the Galaxy Series so far. It beats the Apple Iphone 5 any given day. The newly launched Samsung Note 3 is just an extension of Samsung S4 with bigger screen & same features of S4.Go for the Samsung Galaxy S4!!! Best buy!!!
shubham yadav, 17 Sep 2013poor??? its really great for a phone. You should check your lens if it's not clean or hold you... moreHi,I just have a query,if I download third party camera from the application would it affect the lens?
shubham yadav, 18 Sep 2013I am not an expert. I am just helping out some people who have certain queries as i have done ... moreshubham your given analysis is perfect and near to correct in all aspects but i want to know performance of s4, is there any over-heating issue while charging or moderate to heavy use?
like i used s2 for three years and it was a superb phone touchwiz is really practical but i lost my phone when it eas overheated and god knows why it is not repairable.
please advise is s4 has overheating issue or signal strength problem?
I am not an expert. I am just helping out some people who have certain queries as i have done much research on them. My favorite topic is htc one vs s4 as it took almost one month for me to decide between both of them. i am putting the results or the summary of what i found out. i will try to be as much unbiased as i can.
Strictly speaking, there is no absolute winner between these two. There are so many factors varying between them. see, people have different choices and requirements so their 'better' can be different than yours. also its important to note that there are 2 major variants of s4, snapdragon and exynos i will call them s600 and octa respectively.
design and build: htc one takes it away by a huge margin. it not only looks better, but also feels better.
ergonomics: s4 is the winner, it has smaller size, is thinner but yet packs a larger screen, bigger battery and removable back. this is a huge plus for s4.
screen: personal preference but most people will find s4 screen better because of saturated colours, bigger display and sky-high contrast. the screen of s4 can show 97% of RGB colours compared to some 67 68% of one. also it displays much better whites(source: displaymate)
performance: the octa wins by a great margin. for gpu, all 3 are almost equal but comparing cpu on geekbench 3, octa:2330
the htc one ui is smoother but you can make s4 very fast by doing some tweaks in settings.
camera: in daylight, htc one stands no chance, not even close to any one s4. in night though, the htc one gets ahead of s600 but is almost equal to octa in night mode.
ui: i like touchwiz as i want functionality over better design. in touchwiz, you can do more on anything and everything is very neatly organised. but thats a personal choice.
audio: htc one wins it. its just ahead of octa and a tad ahead of s600. the speakers are great
so you can see the differences and there is no clear winner. but i can make it easy for you.
for a common man new to android/smartphones:
htc one> octa> s600 as he just wants basic features andhtc one delivers them swiftly and has eye candy ui and design
for a somewhat advanced user(not so advanced):
octa>htc one>=s600 as he will tweak the settings of s4 and he will efficiently use the hardware and camera etc.
for a geek, highly advanced user:
octa>s600>htc one as for him, hardware matters, not the design and he can utilise the whole potential of octa hardware.
i didn't compare some aspects like battery life and features but let me tell you that for normal people, battery life lasts one day for all of them and s4 has insane no. of features but you won't use many of them often.(i use them but i assume many people won't).
have a good day. sorry if the comment was too long but it couldn't have been shorter.
Nnyoana, 18 Sep 2013Google it yourself and you'll see that HTC One is the best phone in 2013 with many accolades u... moreYou have been so wrongly mislead. Octa core version of s4 is the best mate. It's much closer to snapdragon 800. And if all 8 cores are enabled then it's going to wash out every phone again. Htc one is only good in looks. Most of the video comparison on the Internet are based on snapdragon 600 version of s4. You need to do alot of research mate. You have been mislead by someone or something.
Nnyoana, 18 Sep 2013You'll regret it S4 is disaster choose between HTC One or Experia Z.disaster? Yes htc one is disaster with no micro sd slot and non removable battery. It is not easily repairable , ifix proved that .xperia z is another disaster with washed out screen ,back glass panel problem and water logging issue .you enjoy , both craps.
Nnyoana, 18 Sep 2013You'll regret it S4 is disaster choose between HTC One or Experia Z.shubham yadav- "the expert" what do u say ?
we have s4 ..works ok .. htc one may be better -but dont know - we r due soon for anather upgrade handset -think we shall wait for google nexus 5 -due soon ..pity self appointed fanboys and trollers muddy the issues ..