Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One: 5 Reasons to Choose the GS4's Al Sacco compares the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, two of the most popular Android phones today, and lists reasons why smartphone buyers might want to choose the GS4 over the One.

Wed, June 19, 2013

CIO — The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are two of the hottest smartphones on the market today. But which one is right for you? Different people have very different needs and expectations when they purchase a new smartphone. So I've created two lists to help make that crucial decision. The following list spotlights five areas in which the Samsung Galaxy S4 outperforms the HTC One. For an opposing viewpoint and a look at some ways the HTC One outperforms the Galaxy S4, read "HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: 5 Reasons to Choose the One." And for my unbiased opinion on the device that offers a better overall experience, check out my related blog post.

 Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's One
Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's One smartphones

5 Things Samsung's GS4 Does Better Than HTC's One

1) Samsung Galaxy S4 Camera

One area where Samsung's Galaxy S4 really stands out is its camera. The device offers a ton of advanced camera features and shooting modes, but to be honest, I don't really use the advanced features very often. I'll occasionally use the panorama mode or if it's dark out and I'm in no rush, I'll switch to night mode. But I usually just use the camera on auto mode and snap away.

The 13MP rear camera on Samsung's GS4 consistently provides better image quality than the HTC One's 4MP rear camera. Yes, Samsung's GS4 camera has more than three times the megapixels than the HTC One's rear camera. But the truth is, the HTC One's "UltraPixel" camera mostly captures impressive images because it uses a custom sensor and lens system that allows each pixel to capture more light than many other smartphone cameras, including the Galaxy S4.

However, while the HTC One does capture better-than-average images in specific environments, it's clearly lacking in others. For example, I brought both my HTC One and my GS4 to Fenway Park and snapped a number of pictures of the Green Monster and other far-away objects and scenes. While the HTC One captured comparable close-up images in bright sunshine, images taken with the HTC One of far-away objects were notably lower quality than those taken with the GS4.

Overall, the GS4 provides a better camera experience than the HTC One.

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