This is a Match of epic proportions between the two most powerful Android phones from the two manufacturers that launched Android nearly five years ago. Both wild animals threaten to finish the flagships of other manufacturers if they do not tear first.
Which one will emerge victorious? The well-established Android Royalty, the Galaxy S range that supplanted the failed HTC desire Dynasty and placed Sony’s Xperia line in nobility status, or the newly proclaimed Upstart, uh, Android Claimants, the HTC One range?
Both candidates are as far apart as they can get in the field of design. On one side is the Galaxy S4 with the popular Super AMOLED display and the less popular hyperglass plastic cover. On the other hand, there is the smaller IPS screen of the HTC One, not to mention the Aluminum Unibody, unprecedented with the sex appeal Gadget, except perhaps Apple iPhones.
In fairness, the Galaxy S4 looks better than its predecessor Galaxy S3. It is also a little smaller despite the larger screen, a performance from Samsung that, unfortunately, also borrowed design notes from the Galaxy S3. The result is a 2013 flagship that hardly differs from the 2012 flagship.
Inspired by nature, the Galaxy S3 may have had great intentions, but the lack of high-quality materials for a flagship phone is inexcusable. While Sony has equipped its Xperia Z With Tempered Glass and HTC has carved solid aluminum blocks for its One, Samsung can apparently glaze, uh, Hyperglasure plastic for its flagship.
The back of the Galaxy S4 is also a fingerprint magnet, and thinness actually worked against that.
The phone feels fragile and sometimes even fragile. However, the buttons on the Galaxy S4 are easy to press, while the capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen vibrate with each press. Removable battery and microSD card slot are also welcome and logical additions. The ten million people who now own this phone can nod with a nod.
The HTC One, on the other hand, is an eye-catcher. This is a highlight of the entire line of HTC androids, starting with the eccentric T-Mobile G1 and ending with the unfortunate HTC Butterfly. It is very much an HTC phone from the on-screen contours to accents. HTC is betting heavily on the success of this phone and has sold up to 3 million units since its launch in March.
The screen of the HTC One is smaller, but oddly enough, the Galaxy S4 is much easier to hold and use with one hand due to the manageable width and height. There are also two buttons at the bottom, one for the home and one for the back. Between these two buttons there is a fairly large HTC Logo. I think it would have been much better for HTC to place the menu button instead of the HTC logo. In addition, the HTC power button at the top feels thin.
However, the biggest breach in HTC’s shiny armor is not the less than exceptional IPS screen or the fact that it is smaller. The lack of a replaceable battery and a microSD card are the biggest limitations of the HTC One compared to the Galaxy S4. To insulted injuries, the battery life of the Galaxy S4 is much higher in mAh and actual use than that of the HTC One. In addition, the Galaxy S4 has 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of memory with a microSD card slot. The HTC One, meanwhile, is stuck at 32 GB or 64 GB.
Despite the limitations of the HTC One and its smaller screen, it still looks more high-end and more expensive than the Galaxy S4.