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  1. hitlistbombshell's Avatar
    I currently have an iPhone 5, and I am switching from my 5 to my first Android phone next month (May). The HUGE problem is that I can't decide between the HTC one and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Day to day, I keep going back and forth between which phone I am going to get. I adore the One's insane speakers and great build quality and dislike the "Ultrapixel" camera , while I love the GS4's beautiful 13MP camera, multiple software features, Touchwiz, and the fact that they made a smaller, thinner, and lighter device while giving it a bigger display. Can I get help choosing between the two greatest Android phones for at least the first half 2013!
    04-14-2013 11:01 AM
  2. rion_j's Avatar
    I'm in the same boat but either device won't be my first Android. My suggestion is to wait until the GS4 is released, go to the store and play with it and then you can better compare the two. They are both great phones.
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    04-14-2013 11:10 AM
  3. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    I suggest find a friend with a s4 after its release u go buy the HTC one use it AMD play with his phone AMD decide b4 the 14 day return policy which 1 u like better...u need more then 15mins to decide

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Android Central Forums
    04-14-2013 12:31 PM
  4. rion_j's Avatar
    Have you seen this yet?



    The S4 has got a ton of features that I can see myself using. Does this phone fit your lifestyle?

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
    satannik likes this.
    04-14-2013 01:16 PM
  5. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    I'd suggest you read the reviews of HTC One v. Galaxy S4 to decide for yourself...there are a lot of good reviews, cuz people will be one sided

    My reasons for the S4 is the removable battery, and it also has a better Camera and more camera features than the HTC One. I also have a Galaxy S3 and satisfied with their products...I never really liked HTC, but thats more personal reasons
    satannik likes this.
    04-14-2013 01:58 PM
  6. Mahender Shahani's Avatar
    I have a iphone 5 also and waiting for google i/o 2013 and also waiting for apple to release iOS 7. Then i will make my decision.
    04-14-2013 09:11 PM
  7. ddot196's Avatar
    I've been trying to determine which one of these two I want as well. I've seen tons of reviews on the phones. But I've been using android for a while. Here is my honest opinion to a person making the switch from Apple. Go with the S4.

    Plastic build quality aside, you won't be disappointed. I have friends that are finally making the switch as the tiny screen is driving them nuts and they all want the s4. Out of the that and the one it is the easier choice. The one is more geared towards the tech savvy I feel. Plus the button layout is nothing like traditional android and it will only confuse you more. Samsung has done a great job of introducing you to the phone on start up. Plus you will enjoy the camera more. Bigger battery and removable if you ever want to carry extras or whatnot.

    Also if accessories are your thing, their will be tons of them for the s4. The one does have a better screen but anything will be better than a 3.5 inch screen or whatever it is now. The speaker debate has also seen people saying the Samsung sounds just as good, just obviously not as loud.

    Oh and another thing, the s4 comes with the latest android os while the one is shipping with an older version already. I have a one x and can tell you HTC is horrible about releasing updates. Been like this for a while and hasn't changed.

    In the end it is your choice, but as a first time android user I'd absolutely tell anyone to get the Samsung s4. I've owned both Samsung and HTC phones so I have no bias opinion in this question.
    04-14-2013 09:31 PM
  8. lou61166's Avatar
    I've been trying to determine which one of these two I want as well. I've seen tons of reviews on the phones. But I've been using android for a while. Here is my honest opinion to a person making the switch from Apple. Go with the S4.

    Plastic build quality aside, you won't be disappointed. I have friends that are finally making the switch as the tiny screen is driving them nuts and they all want the s4. Out of the that and the one it is the easier choice. The one is more geared towards the tech savvy I feel. Plus the button layout is nothing like traditional android and it will only confuse you more. Samsung has done a great job of introducing you to the phone on start up. Plus you will enjoy the camera more. Bigger battery and removable if you ever want to carry extras or whatnot.

    Also if accessories are your thing, their will be tons of them for the s4. The one does have a better screen but anything will be better than a 3.5 inch screen or whatever it is now. The speaker debate has also seen people saying the Samsung sounds just as good, just obviously not as loud.

    Oh and another thing, the s4 comes with the latest android os while the one is shipping with an older version already. I have a one x and can tell you HTC is horrible about releasing updates. Been like this for a while and hasn't changed.

    In the end it is your choice, but as a first time android user I'd absolutely tell anyone to get the Samsung s4. I've owned both Samsung and HTC phones so I have no bias opinion in this question.
    Funny i have 2 HTC phones and both have been updated,updates cannot alway be blamed on HTC and more on the carrier,i would say wait till both are available in store and go compare them for yourself,do not listen to a few users who have had some issues,with either HTC or Samsung,all phones will have strengths and weakness and haters and fanboys.
    04-15-2013 04:15 AM
  9. ddot196's Avatar
    Just my opinion as I stated. Also I'm not sure where you live but here in the states our phones are pretty much controlled by the carriers. And yes HTC is always the last with updates to their phones, be it with sprint, Verizon, or att.
    04-15-2013 08:01 AM
  10. xlDeMoNiClx's Avatar
    S4:
    -More features
    -slightly bigger screen
    -lighter
    -expandable memory
    -removeable battery

    One:
    -better speakers (only cause they're front-facing but front-facing is always better and I know this from my Nexus 10)
    -more premium feel but if you're gonna get a case then this is redundant

    That's about all I can think of, they're both great looking devices so just choose based on what is more important to you but from what I can tell, no matter what you choose it won't be a bad choice.
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    04-15-2013 08:04 AM
  11. mgullick's Avatar
    I have a similar issue with choosing a phone but I'm stuck between the S4 and the Droid DNA.
    04-15-2013 01:30 PM
  12. FitMomXtine's Avatar
    similar issue here too.. new to android .. but can't decide between note 2 and GS4 ...
    04-16-2013 07:51 PM
  13. MAXXTX's Avatar
    Last I saw the "ONE" Threads there was alot of complaints
    04-16-2013 07:59 PM
  14. Calidoc's Avatar
    The One looks awful to me. I don't get what people see in it. The S4 is sexy though. (I'm coming in from iOS, too...iPhone 5)
    04-16-2013 08:09 PM
  15. lindseybp's Avatar
    similar issue here too.. new to android .. but can't decide between note 2 and GS4 ...
    I went from the GS3 to the Note 2. At first the larger size didn't bother me and I liked the large screen. After a few weeks it just seemed to big to me. I would recommend the GS4 unless you need the S-pen or the massive screen. The other good thing about the Note 2 is the battery life but we will have to wait and see how the GS4 fares on that end. Personally I am going to sell my Note 2 and buy a GS4 outright when it's released.
    04-16-2013 08:11 PM
  16. FitMomXtine's Avatar
    I went from the GS3 to the Note 2. At first the larger size didn't bother me and I liked the large screen. After a few weeks it just seemed to big to me. I would recommend the GS4 unless you need the S-pen or the massive screen. The other good thing about the Note 2 is the battery life but we will have to wait and see how the GS4 fares on that end. Personally I am going to sell my Note 2 and buy a GS4 outright when it's released.
    I am sort of drawn to the Note 2 because of the S-Pen.. but then again someone on these boards reminded me that I could just use my iPad for "bigger screen" tasks (like note taking, drawing etc).. but the thing about that is I don't feel like carrying my iPad everywhere in my purse.

    I do want the bigger screen though (my iPhone is just way too small for me) but I do like the S4 camera and the thought of a dual camera (makes me giddy lol).. I cannot wait until the 26th! seems so far! :P
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    04-16-2013 08:24 PM
  17. lindseybp's Avatar
    I am sort of drawn to the Note 2 because of the S-Pen.. but then again someone on these boards reminded me that I could just use my iPad for "bigger screen" tasks (like note taking, drawing etc).. but the thing about that is I don't feel like carrying my iPad everywhere in my purse.

    I do want the bigger screen though (my iPhone is just way too small for me) but I do like the S4 camera and the thought of a dual camera (makes me giddy lol).. I cannot wait until the 26th! seems so far! :P
    The s-pen is super cool. I do use it to write out grocery lists and things like that. I just don't use it enough to justify it. The s-pen is a TON better than the stylus options for the ipad. I have an ipad and have tried a few stylus and they are rubber tipped. The s-pen has a solid tip and is much more pointed and refined. It is so much easier to use the s-pen and it's much much more accurate than the ipad stylus. So if that means a lot to you definitely at least play with the Note 2 extensively.
    04-16-2013 10:12 PM
  18. FitMomXtine's Avatar
    The s-pen is super cool. I do use it to write out grocery lists and things like that. I just don't use it enough to justify it. The s-pen is a TON better than the stylus options for the ipad. I have an ipad and have tried a few stylus and they are rubber tipped. The s-pen has a solid tip and is much more pointed and refined. It is so much easier to use the s-pen and it's much much more accurate than the ipad stylus. So if that means a lot to you definitely at least play with the Note 2 extensively.
    Yea I think I didn't get to play with it enough (I had the note 2 actually and returned it before my 2 weeks was up because I thought my husband and I were going to switch providers but looks like we are not).. so then the SG4 talk came in to play.. and that's why I am undecided..

    I really do like the S-Pen on the Note 2.. wish I could find one like that for my iPad.. the Stylus I have for that one is rubber tipped and sucks!

    I do like writing on the Note 2 but I also didn't use it enough.. and i'm trying to jusitfy not getting it because I have the iPad.. but then again like i mentioned, i don't always have my iPad on me like I would my phone.. I know people keep saying.. get what's best for you.. but that's the thing I don't know! I'm so new to androids I don't know! lol..

    so after lurking the boards here and there.. some people have mixed feelings that the SG4 features are just gimmicks.. and some say it's THEE phone to have right now.. so not sure what to believe lol
    04-16-2013 10:39 PM
  19. bigstomachking's Avatar
    haha. Again dude, you are asking the question in S4 forum. You should have expected what we were going to say.
    To be honest, you should wait and hand on both device to decide. Don't waste time on reviews or opinions from some "EXPERTS". Meaningless to YOU.
    04-16-2013 10:59 PM
  20. 3Dee's Avatar
    As a first time Android user, long time BlackBerry user, I've recently made the switch to the HTC One and couldn't be happier so far! The device looks great, Sense provides an easy learning curve (certainly such than any Android Central user shouldn't be in any way concerned) and has features that, to me, are of real practical benefit. The speakers are a great example of this - I'm an avid Spotify user, listen to podcasts, the radio etc, and the speakers and audio system provide a really stunning sound - not just loud but amazingly clear and good quality.

    I agree with sensible majority who say that the best thing to do is to choose the device that suits you and your needs best, and that both are such great devices that you won't be disappointed either way.
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    04-17-2013 08:05 AM
  21. 3Dee's Avatar
    @rion_j Ha! hadn't seen that before! Just confirms my post above I think - I'd use precisely none of those features, whereas the HTC One features are perfect for me, so very much each to their own.
    04-17-2013 08:12 AM
  22. planoman's Avatar
    What are most important 2-4 features to you? Seems like the basic argument keeps coming back to form vs function. Since you have an iPhone, you already know how to deal with sealed battery and no SD card. Sounds like the camera is important to you?

    Both are capable devices so one of them is closer to your top features. Let us know what you decide.

    I thought I would be itching to get in on this launch but I actually have have not. Sitting this one out.

    Sent from my Nexus 7
    04-17-2013 08:25 AM
  23. The Hustleman's Avatar
    I currently have an iPhone 5, and I am switching from my 5 to my first Android phone next month (May). The HUGE problem is that I can't decide between the HTC one and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Day to day, I keep going back and forth between which phone I am going to get. I adore the One's insane speakers and great build quality and dislike the "Ultrapixel" camera , while I love the GS4's beautiful 13MP camera, multiple software features, Touchwiz, and the fact that they made a smaller, thinner, and lighter device while giving it a bigger display. Can I get help choosing between the two greatest Android phones for at least the first half 2013!
    1. How can you judge build quality on a phone you don't have?
    2. More than likely Samsung will have the better build quality as well as support for longer
    3.the Samsung does more, with the same processor, but clocked faster. Doing more with a faster processor =better

    Sent from my SGH-T999 using Tapatalk 2
    04-17-2013 08:58 AM
  24. planoman's Avatar
    1. How can you judge build quality on a phone you don't have?
    2. More than likely Samsung will have the better build quality as well as support for longer
    3.the Samsung does more, with the same processor, but clocked faster. Doing more with a faster processor =better

    Sent from my SGH-T999 using Tapatalk 2
    I think it is well recognized even among Samsung loyalist that the HTC One is built from more premium materials in that aluminum is more premium than plastic. I do not have to have it or even touch it to know that one is more premium than the other.

    That said that is not the total picture, but for some it is. Not to mention the one speaker deal is getting old. How hard is it to put dual speakers on the galaxy line? Now that I have had a phone with sealed battery and no SD card (only 16GB to boot), I would not hesitate to try a phone with those features while in the past I would not have. I can't speak to sense because I have only had touch wiz and vanilla.



    Sent from my Nexus 4
    04-17-2013 09:08 AM
  25. JRDroid's Avatar
    My two cents is that there isn't a right or wrong answer to the question GS4 or One. I personally prefer the GS4's screen size (I've got a thing about 4.7" screens being a direct representation of evil itself, but that's my issue). The One is an amazing piece of hardware though, and I really, really want to want one, but can't get past the 4.7" screen thing previously mentioned (Same reason I absolutely could not stand the SGS3).
    04-17-2013 11:07 AM
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