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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

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So here it is. The showdown between the two most desirable smartphones of 2013. The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One.

While Samsung is the leading giant in terms of best selling phones, HTC has been consistent with its quality. Though the previous years have not been kind to HTC, its latest flagship may turn the tide over. So, lets get on with the showdown and findout who wins the crown.

PRICE AND AFTER SALES SERVICE

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is available for Rs 41,500 here in India. To command this much premium, it sports all the latest tech the Korean giant has to offer. More on the tech specs later. Coming to after sales and usability, Samsung is the best only next to Nokia. The phone even got the award for the most repairable smartphone.

The HTC One is available for Rs 42,990 in India. The phone has premium quality looks and is very nicely built, as expected from HTC. But the after sales service lacks when compared to Samsung. Its non-replaceable battery adds worry to the user. In terms of repair ability, its a complete contrast to the S4. Its unibody construction makes it very hard to take apart and repair.

DESIGN

The Galaxy S4, as its predecessors, is made up of polycarbonate (plastic) material. It gives the phone a very cheap look and feels like it too. But in terms of day to day use, the polycarbonate is a better choice of construction as it provides durability to the body and is absorbs shocks. Coming to dimensions, the S4 is 7.9mm thick and weighs 130g. This makes the phone easy to use.

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The HTC One is a very well built phone and is one of the most attractive smartphones available in the market right now. It has a unibody aluminium and plastic construction. The One is 9.3mm thick and weighs 143 g.

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On paper the S4 easily wins this round with its slimmer body and less weight. But the One isn’t particularly clunky to hold. With its curved back, it fits snugly into our palms. Also, the phone also isn’t that heavy. So, it all boils down to personal taste.

SCREEN

The S4 sports a 5 inch 1080p Super Amoled  display. The display is excellent with the OLED screen providing excellent contrast ratios, wide viewing angles and pure blacks. The high res display is very crisp and delivers very vivid colors thanks to the amoled panel. But it has its drawbacks. The amoled doesn’t produce true whites. There is a slight blue tint to the whites. Also the over saturation of colors is a big turn off for many people.

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The HTC One sports a 4.7 inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display. With the lower screen size, the One has the advantage of slightly higher ppi. The One uses a IPS panel. The display offers very good viewing angles and natural colours. The display is also more brighter compared to the S4’s.

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I prefer the HTC One’s display over the S4’s. The natural colors and more brighter screen is more pleasing to the eyes than the S4’s. Also, though the difference in the pixel density is negligible, I find the One’s display more crisper.

STORAGE

The reason Samsung flagships have been so popular is the inclusion of micro-sd slots. The expandable storage give the users the freedom to expand the device’s memory if need be. The Galaxy S4 comes equipped with 16 GB of on-board storage expandable up to 64GB.

The HTC One sacrifices this feature in favor of a unibody construction. The One is available with 16/32 GB on board storage with no room for future expansion.

The galaxy S4 wins this round hands down.

PERFORMANCE

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a octa-core smartphone. The first of its kind. The processor works on the principle of BIG.LITTLE architecture. The S4 has a quad core A-15 1.6GHz chipset and a quad core 1.2 GHz chipset. It is supported with 2 GB of Ram and a powerVX GPU. It comes with a 2,600mAh battery.

The HTC One has a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2 GB of Ram. It comes with a 2300 mAh.

According to benchmarks, the S4 leads the One. But in real life, the difference is un-noticeable. But the S4 will give a better battery backup.

SOFTWARE

The Galaxy S4 ships with the android 4.2 jellybean with the Touchwiz UI of Samsung. It packs a lot of cool new features  such as S health, gesture controlled operation etc. Overall the look of the touchwiz interface hasn’t changed much.

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The HTC One comes with the android 4.1.2 jellybean. It has the all new HTC Sense 5 UI. This UI has undergone some drastic changes from its predecessors. The most marketed feature of the HTC One is the Blinkfeed. It is a homescreen which shows all the latest facebook updates, RSS feeds, news etc, arranged to look slick and futuristic.

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The HTC One wins this round with its slick new interface and refreshing look.

VERDICT

The battle of the two giants is very close. Choice of material in construction and better UI wins the HTC One some serious points. On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 wins in terms of usability, battery performance and after sales service.

At the end, it all comes down to personal preference.