03-31-2013 11:08 AM
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  1. smooth3006's Avatar
    ive pretty much made the decision that im going to try out both the htc one and the s4. i assume the one will be out sooner, so ill buy it and if i don't like it ill return or sell it. i know not everyone is in a financial position to do that but for me i think it's the best bet. hell ill still get a good $400+ for my note 2 so it's not like ill be loosing that much cash anyways.
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    03-13-2013 10:54 AM
  2. TenshiNo's Avatar
    I think the take-away from all this is just this: no one but you can answer the question "Which phone is right for me?"

    Some people don't care about removable battery, some don't care about the plastic "feel" of the phone. It really comes down to priorities (what's important to you) and how you use your phone. HTC phones, historically, definitely feel better in the hand. Personally, I always use a case, so the plastic feel of a Samsung doesn't really bother me, since I never touch the actual back of the phone. And a removable battery isn't really a big deal for me, but some apps I use regularly require quite a bit of storage, so I really prefer an SD card. Especially since I tend to root and tinker and an SD is pretty much a requirement for NAND backups and such.

    That said, that's *my* usage. Your mileage may very.

    I think "which phone is better" is the wrong question. What you should really be asking is "which features do I need?"

    That should be your starting point. Because even if 1,000 people tell you phone X is better than phone Y, if phone X doesn't have the features you need, you will never be happy with it. It's a question of "which phone is better for me?" and only you can answer that question.
    03-13-2013 10:55 AM
  3. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    I currently have an iPhone 5 and a Samsung Galaxy S2. I definitely prefer the size and feel of the iPhone and love the features on the SGS2. The SGS2 is on its last legs at the moment, poor work phone that it is, so I will be upgrading to a new phone within the next couple of months.

    It looks like I will either go for the SGS4 or the HTC One but as proper complete specs and reviews are not forthcoming yet, for obvious pre-launch reasons, I shall reserve judgement until both phones have launched and are available to play with in store.

    Just going on the looks, I love the look of the HTC One over the purported 'leaked' photos of the SGS4. Of course, I won't know for definite exactly what the phone looks like until the unveiling but prima facie I do prefer the aluminium body and shape of the HTC One to the plastic shell and curves of the SGS4.

    My SGS2 is rooted and I do like the SD card function for extra storage. I don't have a replacement battery preferring to have a battery pack that I take with me that will charge either my SGS2 or my iPhone, so removable battery is not a concern. However, the HTC is available in 64Gb which would be plenty enough for me in any case so the SD card slot might not be a big deal.

    At the moment, I am on the fence.
    03-14-2013 03:34 AM
  4. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    The leaked video on the front page seem to show dual sim capabilities. That would allow me to condense two phones into one, so that might be a complete winner for me. I could sell both phones and just get one only if both sim cards could be active at the same time. I shall be watching this launch with very great interest now.
    03-14-2013 04:16 AM
  5. bigstomachking's Avatar
    nobody here to mention Nexus 4?

    sad..~
    03-14-2013 04:25 AM
  6. atomic_squid's Avatar
    You are correct removable battery and external storage availability are personal preferences. That's why I'd go with S4 until Note 3 comes out
    Fair choice, but I have never felt the need for an SD card, even when I had three TWRP backups on my phone. Plus, HTC's build quality is orgasmic, and infinitely superior feeling compared to Samsung's (almost as durable) cheap feeling offerings.

    Sent from my One X using Android Central Forums
    03-14-2013 05:55 AM
  7. jcp007's Avatar
    The GS4 is rumored to have SwiftKey capability avaliable.

    Assuming the GS4 specs pan out later today, I would rather have the performance, features and speed rather than a fancy wrapper. HTC makes a very competitive product but from a substantive perspective, it may be lagging. I plan on putting a Defender case on mine. I have been very pleased with how the GS3 feels in the hand, case or not.

    At the end of the day, it is all about personal preference and what "works" best for you. I am definitely ready "4" for it.

    Sent From My Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet
    03-14-2013 06:12 AM
  8. MOTH477's Avatar
    Fair choice, but I have never felt the need for an SD card, even when I had three TWRP backups on my phone. Plus, HTC's build quality is orgasmic, and infinitely superior feeling compared to Samsung's (almost as durable) cheap feeling offerings.

    Sent from my One X using Android Central Forums
    I have to agree HTC hardware is outstanding not sure about being orgasmic but to each his own. As beautiful as the HTC ONE is, for my personal preference omitting SD card is a deal breaker. My music library is extensive and I am a digital hoarder so I want my stuff with me including photos I took with my BB 8320! I guess it's great to have choices and we debate which choice is better. This is an example of first world problems.
    03-14-2013 11:10 AM
  9. gunslinger42's Avatar
    after the release i think ive made my choice, S4 it is
    03-14-2013 07:50 PM
  10. omniusovermind's Avatar
    Fair choice, but I have never felt the need for an SD card, even when I had three TWRP backups on my phone. Plus, HTC's build quality is orgasmic, and infinitely superior feeling compared to Samsung's (almost as durable) cheap feeling offerings.

    Sent from my One X using Android Central Forums
    SD cards are useless to me. I have a 500 GB external HD dedicated to all my multimedia so whether I have 32 or 64 on my phone makes no difference at all in actual practice because it's like a splash in a bucket. When they release 500GB SD Cards, then I'll care. This phone didn't impress me at all, Samsung have proven now that their future business plan now rests with being like the iPhone and launched what would be more suitably named the Galaxy S3s - nothing really new here except a spec refresh of the S3 and a few gimmicks of dubious real use value.

    The initial impressions all across the internet have ranged from lukewarm to underwhelmed. Even the Lumia 920 on MS's struggling WP8 OS seems to have received more positive review impressions which is pretty telling.
    03-15-2013 12:06 AM
  11. matt0715's Avatar
    Here is how I put it: chip sets and screens aren't the top priority since basically all of these things have been maxed out, sure it can get a little better but it wont be that noticeable. The outside is becoming more important than the insides, and the HTC one wins the trophy of the best looking phone of all time. It gets a little more difficult with the software but htc sense wins me over in being more professional. SO... wheres that red and black htc one? (it would look so awesome)
    03-15-2013 12:14 AM
  12. beef5stew's Avatar
    Hmm, tough choice, but after reviewing the specs, I think the S4 is my next phone. The SD card is absolutely necessary for the apps coming down the pipe that I want to use. I regularly put movies, music, and photos on my phone, so the external capability is key. I also tend to go a few days without access to a charger. I have found removable/replacable batteries can keep me in touch.

    I could care less about the astehtics. all about the utility. I think the S4 will pack the bigger punch in that arena. My current contract is up next month. So the timing should work out pretty well too.
    03-15-2013 09:04 AM
  13. AllMobileMedia's Avatar
    Every time I read a post where the guy is Swearing he won't buy a phone without a removable battery or micro sd slot, it reminds me of the Old timers that would say,,. I refuse to buy a car that Doesn't come with the carburetor. And your stupid if you buy a car with a computer chip in it, because you can't work on em. AKA none since
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    03-15-2013 09:38 AM
  14. cgardnervt's Avatar
    Did htc do away with their crappy multitasking issue? That was working as intended. I hope so. Then I might get a one.

    Sent From My Samsung Galaxy SIII
    03-15-2013 10:50 AM
  15. Eric Kane's Avatar
    The vitriol being spewed over the Galaxy S4 is extremely amusing. Yes, the HTC One is more than likely going to feel better in the hand. While that plays a big part, I'm inclined to think that what my phone can actually -do- means a tad bit more. It seems to me that the improvements made to the S4 from a hardware standpoint are being grossly overlooked. The battery of the HTC One has been reported to be on par with the Droid DNA. I've used the DNA and while it wasn't god awful, it wasn't that great, either. The S4 has made a pretty large jump in the battery department, one in which, coupled with the Octa Core Exynos, could be a big difference maker. That is a huge, huge part of how we judge a phone and I've rarely seen anyone even mention this advantage for the S4. The Octa Core Exynos on it's own is an exciting prospect, especially since the benchmarks looked extremely impressive at 1.8ghz. I would imagine underclocking it is only going to aid the battery and still provide world-beating performance. While it hasn't been tested yet to see the quality, the camera has the potential to be extremely good given the software accompanying it. Storage is still a massive advantage given the microSD support. Global LTE support, if it means I can grab an international version with the Octa Core Exynos and use it with AT&T LTE, is going to be a really huge deal for a lot of people.

    So then it really boils down to screen (pentile) and the plastic build. Half the people that complain about pentile complain because they hear other people complain. "It'll be grainy" is so damn hilarious. This wasn't much of an issue at 720p; unless you've got a microscope you use to look at your screen all the time, you're not going to notice it on this 1080p display. If you don't like AMOLED (I actually prefer SLCD3), then that's cool, but don't throw the pentle thing in there. It's ridiculous. When it comes to build quality, there is no question that the HTC One feels more premium. Part of that is the unibody design that doesn't allow for a removable battery. Not a big deal to some; point of contention for me. I don't care how good my phone looks if I can't use it all day.

    There's nothing wrong with preferring the HTC One, but the fact that the S4 has garnered all this hate is astounding. It's literally people who choose to forget the huge improvements in both hardware and software and think because it's plastic that it sucks. I've chosen my horse in this race because Samsung caters to what I need; easy rooting, the world's largest dev support for Android, battery life, and functionality all while keeping pace/surpassing in other key areas. The Galaxy is definitely in iPhone territory now; hated for the sake of hating.
    03-15-2013 11:26 AM
  16. omniusovermind's Avatar
    The vitriol being spewed over the Galaxy S4 is extremely amusing. Yes, the HTC One is more than likely going to feel better in the hand. While that plays a big part, I'm inclined to think that what my phone can actually -do- means a tad bit more. It seems to me that the improvements made to the S4 from a hardware standpoint are being grossly overlooked. The battery of the HTC One has been reported to be on par with the Droid DNA. I've used the DNA and while it wasn't god awful, it wasn't that great, either. The S4 has made a pretty large jump in the battery department, one in which, coupled with the Octa Core Exynos, could be a big difference maker. That is a huge, huge part of how we judge a phone and I've rarely seen anyone even mention this advantage for the S4. The Octa Core Exynos on it's own is an exciting prospect, especially since the benchmarks looked extremely impressive at 1.8ghz. I would imagine underclocking it is only going to aid the battery and still provide world-beating performance. While it hasn't been tested yet to see the quality, the camera has the potential to be extremely good given the software accompanying it. Storage is still a massive advantage given the microSD support. Global LTE support, if it means I can grab an international version with the Octa Core Exynos and use it with AT&T LTE, is going to be a really huge deal for a lot of people.

    So then it really boils down to screen (pentile) and the plastic build. Half the people that complain about pentile complain because they hear other people complain. "It'll be grainy" is so damn hilarious. This wasn't much of an issue at 720p; unless you've got a microscope you use to look at your screen all the time, you're not going to notice it on this 1080p display. If you don't like AMOLED (I actually prefer SLCD3), then that's cool, but don't throw the pentle thing in there. It's ridiculous. When it comes to build quality, there is no question that the HTC One feels more premium. Part of that is the unibody design that doesn't allow for a removable battery. Not a big deal to some; point of contention for me. I don't care how good my phone looks if I can't use it all day.

    There's nothing wrong with preferring the HTC One, but the fact that the S4 has garnered all this hate is astounding. It's literally people who choose to forget the huge improvements in both hardware and software and think because it's plastic that it sucks. I've chosen my horse in this race because Samsung caters to what I need; easy rooting, the world's largest dev support for Android, battery life, and functionality all while keeping pace/surpassing in other key areas. The Galaxy is definitely in iPhone territory now; hated for the sake of hating.
    IIRC root and bootloader unlock have already been attained on the HTC One
    03-15-2013 02:08 PM
  17. Eric Kane's Avatar
    Until they update, in which they'll need to do it again. Much easier to do these things on a Samsung phone.
    03-15-2013 02:16 PM
  18. ljbad4life's Avatar
    Now after seeing and comparing the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 I've come to these conclusions:

    Design is more than just materials. Design is function too. I will say for right now I will say they both are tied in this department in both ways. HTC uses metal which is great, but design choices after that aren't as nice as they are being portrayed. The front speakers are nice, provide great sound BUT add a enormous Bezel to the front of the device. Just eyeballing it, the bezel on the one takes up a little bit less than a 1/4 of front space of the device. HTC choice of going with 2 buttons instead of 3 or on screen buttons, makes the One harder to use and is not standard to how Jellybean functions and what users are accustomed to. The HTC One is also thick, and heavy. Some users do appreciate the heft. I don't

    Samsung is plastic, cheap but the trade off is it's incredibly thin and light. Having the speaker on the back allowed for Samsung to jam a 5 inch screen in a device the same size as its predecessor. Great design choice for me. The the physical home button I could take it or leave it, but it's a sure fire way for me to light up the screen and navigate through 100% of the time. I find that capacitive buttons aren't 100% all the time.

    People are calling the S4 gimmicky, the One is just as gimmicky. Honestly how many times a day does a person listen to music through the phones speakers? compare that to how many times a day does someone use their screens? So the screen size is a boon for me, maybe different for other people.

    I will definitely buy a S4 when my contract is up. The One is my second choice, but a close second.
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    03-15-2013 02:19 PM
  19. omniusovermind's Avatar
    Until they update, in which they'll need to do it again. Much easier to do these things on a Samsung phone.
    Not according to what I hear the S3 guys saying over at XDA. There's just as much grumbling from them over how long it takes to unlock it as I've seen anywhere else. Sony are the only OEM the devs at XDA always have a sweet spot for because they're the only OEM that officially supports bootloader unlock. They even publish the method on their support website and even link to XDA.

    The only area your argument holds is the total number of ROMs being created for the S3 compared to the rest. But as far as real life function goes, Sammy hasn't made it any easier than anyone else, and while there may not be as many custom ROMs for the others, there are still more than enough AOSP ROMs for all intents and purposes.
    03-15-2013 02:21 PM
  20. omniusovermind's Avatar
    Now after seeing and comparing the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 I've come to these conclusions:

    Design is more than just materials. Design is function too. I will say for right now I will say they both are tied in this department in both ways. HTC uses metal which is great, but design choices after that aren't as nice as they are being portrayed. The front speakers are nice, provide great sound BUT add a enormous Bezel to the front of the device. Just eyeballing it, the bezel on the one takes up a little bit less than a 1/4 of front space of the device. HTC choice of going with 2 buttons instead of 3 or on screen buttons, makes the One harder to use and is not standard to how Jellybean functions and what users are accustomed to. The HTC One is also thick, and heavy. Some users do appreciate the heft. I don't

    Samsung is plastic, cheap but the trade off is it's incredibly thin and light. Having the speaker on the back allowed for Samsung to jam a 5 inch screen in a device the same size as its predecessor. Great design choice for me. The the physical home button I could take it or leave it, but it's a sure fire way for me to light up the screen and navigate through 100% of the time. I find that capacitive buttons aren't 100% all the time.

    People are calling the S4 gimmicky, the One is just as gimmicky. Honestly how many times a day does a person listen to music through the phones speakers? compare that to how many times a day does someone use their screens? So the screen size is a boon for me, maybe different for other people.

    I will definitely buy a S4 when my contract is up. The One is my second choice, but a close second.
    Which basically sums up my stance that neither phone is "better", which is what some people in either camp are trying to claim.
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    03-15-2013 02:22 PM
  21. Eric Kane's Avatar
    Not saying you can't root/unlock the HTC One; just always found it easier to root any Galaxy phone I've had as opposed to the Rezound/One X/One X+ that I've owned. I wouldn't be in tears if all I had was an HTC One, but I prefer the Galaxy S4.
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    03-15-2013 02:28 PM
  22. Jaimeg123prmt's Avatar
    for me what it ultimately comes down to is screen size. If the HTC One would have had a bigger screen,I might have gone with that phone. I have the s3 and I am debating whether I should wait another year for the note 3 or go with the s4.
    03-15-2013 02:29 PM
  23. ljbad4life's Avatar
    Which basically sums up my stance that neither phone is "better", which is what some people in either camp are trying to claim.
    I 100% agree. They are both great phones. It comes down to personal preference. A single phone can't have it all, something is sacrificed for something else (screen size for speakers, metal for plastic, etc)
    03-15-2013 02:43 PM
  24. thelaststraw05's Avatar
    Which company (HTC or Samsung) has been better about updating the software on their phones?

    I'm going to be updating from a 16 month old Motorola where I'm still stuck on Gingerbread.
    03-15-2013 03:02 PM
  25. omniusovermind's Avatar
    Which company (HTC or Samsung) has been better about updating the software on their phones?

    I'm going to be updating from a 16 month old Motorola where I'm still stuck on Gingerbread.
    That's not easily answered. Go to older HTC forums and they'll complain that HTC are the slowest. Go to Samsung forums and they'll complain the exact same thing. Same for Motorola, Sony, LG etc.

    I haven't even mentioned carriers yet...

    Want a good rule of thumb for any android phone besides a Nexus? Expect to get OS updates for about 1 year. After that they will ALL want you to buy their newest phone and will let your 1 year old phone go pretty much forgotten.
    03-15-2013 03:23 PM
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