HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: 5 Reasons to Choose the One'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 One over the GS4.

Wed, June 19, 2013

CIO — The HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are two of the hottest smartphones on the market today. But which one is right for you? Different people have 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 HTC One outperforms the Galaxy S4. For an opposing viewpoint and a look at some ways the Galaxy S4 outperforms the HTC One read "Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One: 5 Reasons to Choose the GS4." And for my unbiased opinion on the device that offers a better overall experience, check out my related blog post.

 Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Smartphones
Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Smartphones

5 Things HTC's One Does Better Than the Samsung Galaxy S4

1) HTC One Hardware Design and Build Quality

The best thing about the HTC One is its look and feel. It's one of the best looking smartphones hands down. And, perhaps more importantly, it's built to last.

The One also feels great in your hand, and that has a lot to do with the slight curvature of the rear panel. HTC chose to make the One's battery fixed in place, and that's not ideal, at least not for me. But one benefit of this decision was that the battery could be placed between the display and the other internal hardware components, which enabled the company to create the comfortable curve of the One's rear panel. The Galaxy S4 feels much more square and boxy in your hand than the HTC One, which isn't really a big deal. But it's still a nice touch.

The One's rear panel is made almost entirely of brushed aluminum, with the exception of two horizontal ridges that lift the device just slightly off of the surface it's placed on, to protect the camera lens. (The GS4 has a plastic frame, though it's designed to look like metal.) The front of the One also features aluminum panels at the top and bottom of the display, and the metal stretches to all four corners on the front and back. This is notable because the aluminum helps protect the display from damage during drops and bumps. The GS4 has a larger display than the One, but that screen reaches all the way to the corner edges of the phone, making it more prone to drop damage. (I learned this the hard way while using a GSIII.)

I also like how the front-facing speakers look on the One, and they work very well. (More on the speakers coming up.) The One's notification LED is placed beneath the speaker holes, so it's not noticeable when it's not in use - and it looks cool when the LED in the speaker hole blinks. And I like how the One doesn't have any hardware buttons on its display. The GS4 has one hardware home button.

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