06-21-2013 08:56 PM
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  1. nyc_rock's Avatar
    I have both and I am so torn as to which to return.

    The One, IMO, is the better device. I like the UI 1000 times better than the GS4 (I think the GS4 phone app was inspired by the movie "The Birdcage"). But the button layout of the One is horrendous. I just dont get why HTC did this. Talking about fixing something that isnt broken by making it worse! To make it even harder to accept, my home button will sometimes stop responding. I have to turn the phone off and then turn it back on to get it to work. On the other hand, the GS4 button layout is great. I happen to really like a physical home button which allows me to wake the phone, unlock it and start using it without having to shift it around in my hand. Think about how many times we turn our phones on a day!

    Also, the GS4 has wireless charging coming, which I really liked when I used my Nokia 920. I also like the GS4 for the screen size. These phones are both about the same size, but the screen on the GS4 feels much bigger. Finally, the weight. Everybody rails on the Samsung for their build quality, but I like the fact that this phone is as light as an Iphone. I have an Incipio feather case on it and it looks sweet but still so light I barely know its in my pocket.

    Guess there are worse problems to have, but I am really struggling deciding which way to go here. They are both fantastic devices!
    05-08-2013 07:02 AM
  2. madlaw1071's Avatar
    I have both and I am so torn as to which to return.

    The One, IMO, is the better device. I like the UI 1000 times better than the GS4 (I think the GS4 phone app was inspired by the movie "The Birdcage"). But the button layout of the One is horrendous. I just dont get why HTC did this. Talking about fixing something that isnt broken by making it worse! To make it even harder to accept, my home button will sometimes stop responding. I have to turn the phone off and then turn it back on to get it to work. On the other hand, the GS4 button layout is great. I happen to really like a physical home button which allows me to wake the phone, unlock it and start using it without having to shift it around in my hand. Think about how many times we turn our phones on a day!

    Also, the GS4 has wireless charging coming, which I really liked when I used my Nokia 920. I also like the GS4 for the screen size. These phones are both about the same size, but the screen on the GS4 feels much bigger. Finally, the weight. Everybody rails on the Samsung for their build quality, but I like the fact that this phone is as light as an Iphone. I have an Incipio feather case on it and it looks sweet but still so light I barely know its in my pocket.

    Guess there are worse problems to have, but I am really struggling deciding which way to go here. They are both fantastic devices!
    I have both devices but after a week gave the One to my 17yr old daughter. To me, the strengths of the One are its look at me materials and design and Boomsound. Both those features mean little to me as I prefer the lighter and more durable build of the GS4 and always use headphones for media. Agree with you completely about the buttons, it was infuriating. Also, coming from a GS3, I like having a large status light that I can tweak to a variety of colors for various notifications. That was not possible on the One. Also, I much prefer FlipBoard(especially with AirView) to BlinkFeed which isnt customizable.

    That being said, the One is a great device.
    05-08-2013 08:01 AM
  3. nyc_rock's Avatar
    I have both devices but after a week gave the One to my 17yr old daughter. To me, the strengths of the One are its look at me materials and design and Boomsound. Both those features mean little to me as I prefer the lighter and more durable build of the GS4 and always use headphones for media. Agree with you completely about the buttons, it was infuriating. Also, coming from a GS3, I like having a large status light that I can tweak to a variety of colors for various notifications. That was not possible on the One. Also, I much prefer FlipBoard(especially with AirView) to BlinkFeed which isnt customizable.

    That being said, the One is a great device.
    Speaking of Blinkfeed, I actually really liked it. I was able to put in news resources that I liked and having it right next to my default home screen. Whats funny is that I thought it was the dumbest thing ever when they announced it. I also thought boomsound was a waste. I mean, who needs great sounding speakers on a phone, right? But when I first played "earn to die" and the stereo sound was coming right at me, I was like, "THIS IS AMAZING!!". But even though its amazing, I use the feature once in blue moon. I turn the phone on 100 times a day.

    I'll have to try flipboard using airview.
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    05-08-2013 08:23 AM
  4. GrooveRite's Avatar
    So, I stopped by a Sprint store yesterday after work here in NYC on the corner of 23rd street and Broadway (Flatiron Building) and took a deep, hard and concentrated look/assessment of the HTC One. Guess what......I liked it and bought it!!!

    j/k! lol! For MY needs, I just love the over saturated vividness that just pops from the screen of the S4! The HTC is a beautiful phone with pleasing esthetics but thats about it, for me at least!
    05-08-2013 08:25 AM
  5. gravage's Avatar
    Speaking of Blinkfeed, I actually really liked it. I was able to put in news resources that I liked and having it right next to my default home screen. Whats funny is that I thought it was the dumbest thing ever when they announced it. I also thought boomsound was a waste. I mean, who needs great sounding speakers on a phone, right? But when I first played "earn to die" and the stereo sound was coming right at me, I was like, "THIS IS AMAZING!!". But even though its amazing, I use the feature once in blue moon. I turn the phone on 100 times a day.

    I'll have to try flipboard using airview.
    I like the idea of Blinkfeed because I use a widget for almost the same thing (Android Pro Widgets), but the execution leaves something to be desired. Whenever I tap on a Facebook post, it opens the Facebook app and takes me to the post, rather than sandboxing it right there in Blinkfeed and letting me reply to it. It's the same with Twitter. The Facebook app is still slow to load, so this is not ideal. I honestly wish they would do it more like Android Pro Widgets.
    05-08-2013 08:38 AM
  6. madlaw1071's Avatar
    I like the idea of Blinkfeed because I use a widget for almost the same thing (Android Pro Widgets), but the execution leaves something to be desired. Whenever I tap on a Facebook post, it opens the Facebook app and takes me to the post, rather than sandboxing it right there in Blinkfeed and letting me reply to it. It's the same with Twitter. The Facebook app is still slow to load, so this is not ideal. I honestly wish they would do it more like Android Pro Widgets.

    Agreed, FlipBoard lets you comment, like, tweet etc within FlipBoard itself whereas BlinkFeed takes you to the app and then you have to keep switching back and forth. Good idea, poor execution.
    05-08-2013 08:52 AM
  7. nyc_rock's Avatar
    I like the idea of Blinkfeed because I use a widget for almost the same thing (Android Pro Widgets), but the execution leaves something to be desired. Whenever I tap on a Facebook post, it opens the Facebook app and takes me to the post, rather than sandboxing it right there in Blinkfeed and letting me reply to it. It's the same with Twitter. The Facebook app is still slow to load, so this is not ideal. I honestly wish they would do it more like Android Pro Widgets.
    I only used it for news. For social networking I stayed with the apps.
    05-08-2013 08:52 AM
  8. madlaw1071's Avatar
    I only used it for news. For social networking I stayed with the apps.
    Again, FlipBoard lets you add whatever feed you want whereas BlinkFeed doesnt let you choose and add.
    05-08-2013 08:54 AM
  9. nyc_rock's Avatar
    Yeah, I got you man. Loud and clear.

    Im just saying, I only use Blinkfeed/Flipboard for news. So having it integrated into the OS is a good feature. I liked it.
    05-08-2013 09:20 AM
  10. The Hustleman's Avatar
    you are wrong sorry to break your heart. <3


    HTC One>galaxy>iPhone
    No matter how your spin it, cloud storage IS NOT a replacement for an SD card.

    Why not?


    1. It runs up data and the 2 good networks don't offer unlimited anymore

    2. You have to have a connection, so if I'm a bad signal area you may not be able to get anything down or up loaded

    3. You can't fast forward nearly as quickly while streaming a movie from the cloud. Skip to the point of the video that you want to watch and wait as it buffers. On a card you just skip to it and go. No problem.

    4. 64gb of space is a one time payment of 50$ without any recurring charges or impact on data. Can also be popped in your pc (windows or osx) and transferred quickly. No need to hook the phone up

    5. If a server is temporarily down your data isn't there, but with an SD card hope data is always there

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
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    05-08-2013 10:05 AM
  11. turb0wned's Avatar
    Sense 5 > Fisher Price

    HTC ONE RUNNING CM10 > Galaxy S4 running CM10
    05-08-2013 12:18 PM
  12. brainfarm's Avatar
    I went with the S4 for three reasons.

    The number one reason that I went with the S4 over the HTC One is the HTC "Beats Audio".

    While I appreciate good sound for music, the problems I have had with the Beats Audio put me over the edge. For example, having a powered bluetooth headset sounds TERRIBLE with the audio amplification that Beats provides. I sound like I am a screaming robot on the other end of the line with most modern bluetooth headsets, and I had to go back to an older Plantronics headset or use the wired version. As someone who has to talk quite a bit on my phone for work while I am driving, this was a total deal breaker for me. I have been a huge HTC fan for years (I even liked my Thunderbolt, believe it or not) but the Beats software has given me entirely too many issues to continue down that path.

    The second reason is that HTC's sense is significantly better than touchwhiz on the Samsung line, but HTC doesn't make a solid enough tablet yet. And since I use both a tablet and a phone (I have the Galaxy Note 10.1 which is awesome), I prefer to learn all of the idiosyncrasies of one system so I can set my devices up similarly rather than use two interface designs.

    And finally.... Samsung seems to be significantly faster with their updates than HTC. Granted, Verizon is the absolute worst at supporting updates, but with the combination of HTC AND Verizon, it can get frustrating as a power user.

    I still like HTC and I think that general users will be happy with whatever choice they make, but the S4 was a clear winner for me.
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    05-08-2013 01:17 PM
  13. The Hustleman's Avatar
    Sense 5 > Fisher Price

    HTC ONE RUNNING CM10 > Galaxy S4
    CM 10 is a joke.

    Why buy a high end phone with high end features only to put a stripped down ROM with stripped down features?

    Gs4 capabilities >one capabilities > CM 10 capabilities.

    I buy a phone based on how good it is which is judged by what it can do, so why would I buy a highly capable smartphone only to dumb it down?

    Especially when I could have just gotten a Nexus 4

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
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    05-08-2013 03:58 PM
  14. gravage's Avatar
    CM 10 is a joke.

    Why buy a high end phone with high end features only to put a stripped down ROM with stripped down features?

    Gs4 capabilities >one capabilities > CM 10 capabilities.

    I buy a phone based on how good it is which is judged by what it can do, so why would I buy a highly capable smartphone only to dumb it down?

    Especially when I could have just gotten a Nexus 4

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
    This. Why do people buy an HTC One, knowing it has Sense on it, then immediately try to install CM on it, effectively removing all of the features that make it unique (Zoe, Blinkfeed, etc.)? I can understand replacing the launcher, but if all you want is stock Android, get a Nexus. If all of the manufacturers released their phones with stock Android on them, it would be a pretty boring smartphone landscape.
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    05-08-2013 04:06 PM
  15. CR6's Avatar
    This is the beauty of Android. There's literally a phone for everyone and you're not stuck with ONE make/model...**cough-Apple-cough**.
    Plus, the HTC One really nailed it with their dual stereo speakers located "on the front" of the phone. Personally, I prefer the S4, but the One is a decent device.

    tap'n
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    05-08-2013 04:38 PM
  16. sab3083's Avatar
    I just picked up the S4 last night and my gf has had the One for 2 weeks. Both great phones. Both cameras are amazing. Dont really think one is better then the other

    Sent from my SAMSUNG Galaxy S4 using Android Central Forums
    05-08-2013 05:33 PM
  17. killadon's Avatar
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    05-08-2013 05:52 PM
  18. killadon's Avatar
    No matter how your spin it, cloud storage IS NOT a replacement for an SD card.

    Why not?


    1. It runs up data and the 2 good networks don't offer unlimited anymore

    2. You have to have a connection, so if I'm a bad signal area you may not be able to get anything down or up loaded

    3. You can't fast forward nearly as quickly while streaming a movie from the cloud. Skip to the point of the video that you want to watch and wait as it buffers. On a card you just skip to it and go. No problem.

    4. 64gb of space is a one time payment of 50$ without any recurring charges or impact on data. Can also be popped in your pc (windows or osx) and transferred quickly. No need to hook the phone up

    5. If a server is temporarily down your data isn't there, but with an SD card hope data is always there

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
    I 150% agree with this statement. Really don't understand why people just don't get this. Main reason I got the S4 over the ONE. That and I have become too accustomed to a menu button. I know some people hate physical buttons, but after having android phones for so long (motorola cliq was my first smartphone) I just can't bring myself to have a phone without it....
    05-08-2013 05:57 PM
  19. The Hustleman's Avatar
    This. Why do people buy an HTC One, knowing it has Sense on it, then immediately try to install CM on it, effectively removing all of the features that make it unique (Zoe, Blinkfeed, etc.)? I can understand replacing the launcher, but if all you want is stock Android, get a Nexus. If all of the manufacturers released their phones with stock Android on them, it would be a pretty boring smartphone landscape.
    It's just plain silly. It's like buying a brand new Chevrolet and throwing a Ford engine in it.

    I like the Nexus 4, it's a wonderful device with only 3 shortcomings,and I'm actually thinking about buying one, but I'm not going to buy one then try to make it isn't a galaxy s.

    This is the beauty of Android. There's literally a phone for everyone and you're not stuck with ONE make/model...**cough-Apple-cough**.
    Plus, the HTC One really nailed it with their dual stereo speakers located "on the front" of the phone. Personally, I prefer the S4, but the One is a decent device.

    tap'n
    True, can't find a perfect phone but Some do get close.

    The one is an incredible phone for basic Android users.

    I 150% agree with this statement. Really don't understand why people just don't get this. Main reason I got the S4 over the ONE. That and I have become too accustomed to a menu button. I know some people hate physical buttons, but after having android phones for so long (motorola cliq was my first smartphone) I just can't bring myself to have a phone without it....
    Yeah, force carriers to offer unlimited unthrottled LTE data and ensure that it works EVERYWHERE and then we can think about making cloud storage mandatory or even as a suitable replacement for an SD card.


    Unless you're putting 128gb on a phone internally, sd cards should still be there, especially with megapixels increasing which is making larger and larger file sizes, we need micro SD cards

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
    05-08-2013 06:41 PM
  20. killadon's Avatar
    It's just plain silly. It's like buying a brand new Chevrolet and throwing a Ford engine in it.

    I like the Nexus 4, it's a wonderful device with only 3 shortcomings,and I'm actually thinking about buying one, but I'm not going to buy one then try to make it isn't a galaxy s.



    True, can't find a perfect phone but Some do get close.

    The one is an incredible phone for basic Android users.



    Yeah, force carriers to offer unlimited unthrottled LTE data and ensure that it works EVERYWHERE and then we can think about making cloud storage mandatory or even as a suitable replacement for an SD card.


    Unless you're putting 128gb on a phone internally, sd cards should still be there, especially with megapixels increasing which is making larger and larger file sizes, we need micro SD cards

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
    Preach it!!!!
    In my Mr.T voice as I pass the collection plate.......lol
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    05-08-2013 06:51 PM
  21. Johnny Roberts's Avatar
    It's amazing to me that we can't just call it a draw on these two phones and move on. That's seems to be what most people are saying anyway. There are maybe one or two features that pushes most people in one direction or the other, and for most of us choosing one phone or the other was astoundingly difficult.

    For this reason, the "VS" threads are about as idiotic as you can get. You can't make a bad choice here, so why is everyone still justifying their decisions by exaggerating issues with the other phone?
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    05-08-2013 10:59 PM
  22. daviddlt's Avatar
    I'm a news addict and love blink feed, tried the S4 for a week and returned it and got an HTC One, S4 had freezes, application shut down errors which annoyed me coming from an iPhone 5. The One has given me 0 issues and am very very happy with it. If S4 worked for you cool, I prefer the One.

    Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk 2
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    05-08-2013 11:14 PM
  23. rushmore's Avatar
    I still do not get why people love the One display, when the 4.7 display is really 4.2, due to the to the fixed nav bar when using apps. Considering this is functionally comparing a 4.2 to a 5.0 inch display for same size devices, the difference is HUGE.

    I respect their choice, I just do not get it, since much smaller app view and easy to press by accident compared to S4 design.
    05-09-2013 08:30 AM
  24. Topgonzo's Avatar
    I still do not get why people love the One display, when the 4.7 display is really 4.2, due to the to the fixed nav bar when using apps. Considering this is functionally comparing a 4.2 to a 5.0 inch display for same size devices, the difference is HUGE.

    I respect their choice, I just do not get it, since much smaller app view and easy to press by accident compared to S4 design.
    I like lcd better.

    Sent from my HTCONE using Xparent BlueTapatalk 2
    05-09-2013 08:37 AM
  25. Topgonzo's Avatar
    Menu on screen took a few hours to get used to. Not a big deal


    Sent from my HTCONE using Xparent BlueTapatalk 2
    05-09-2013 08:39 AM
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