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  1. jensigner's Avatar
    I'm ready to take the plunge with first smartphone within one week! My partner got an S3 several months ago and I have (thanks to her) used and tested it extensively. Initially I was thinking S4 which is available here tomorrow, but after talking to some folks and seeing one and previewing some specs (with audio quality a big factor) the HTC One looks very good and competitive. So apart from the glossy info, what factors should I consider? (1) must have all the great DLNA capability that the S3 has and must interoperate with S3 easily (NFC, S-beam or equivalent) (2) great headphone audio and ability to stream from/to network shares (like the S3 can).
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    04-24-2013 02:02 PM
  2. archer75's Avatar
    The audio quality between the two is about the same. The HTC One has better speakers but if you use headphones they should be the same. At least the qualcomm versions of the phone.

    As far as what's important to you either phone would be fine.
    04-24-2013 02:07 PM
  3. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    I'd say if you are familiar with the S3 and loved it, then you should get the S4, since you would already be familiar with it when you get it, instead of another learning curve with another device. The GS4 has all the same features as the GS3 with many more in store

    Here is what a reviewer from CNET stated:

    Buy Samsung's Galaxy S4 if you:
    -Want the latest and greatest in Android
    -Love customizing your interface or want something really pared down with Easy Mode
    -Strongly value camera performance
    -Thrill at fun extra camera features
    -Require a removable battery
    -Use a tremendous amount of storage space
    -Want to control your TV with your phone
    -Can live without a metal body

    Skip the Galaxy S4 if you:
    -Prize a premium, sophisticated hardware design
    -Yearn for a fresh looking Android interface
    -Prefer to skip most whistles and bells
    -Seek a bargain smartphone


    Here is the full review: Samsung Galaxy S4 - CNET Reviews
    04-24-2013 02:09 PM
  4. madlaw1071's Avatar
    I'm ready to take the plunge with first smartphone within one week! My partner got an S3 several months ago and I have (thanks to her) used and tested it extensively. Initially I was thinking S4 which is available here tomorrow, but after talking to some folks and seeing one and previewing some specs (with audio quality a big factor) the HTC One looks very good and competitive. So apart from the glossy info, what factors should I consider? (1) must have all the great DLNA capability that the S3 has and must interoperate with S3 easily (NFC, S-beam or equivalent) (2) great headphone audio and ability to stream from/to network shares (like the S3 can).
    This is an intense topic with no right answer no matter what you read or who says what. They are both excellent phones and neither is a mistake.

    I have an S3 and it has been the best phone I've ever used, so I am naturally inclined to want the S4.

    I am currently using the One during my remorse period with AT&T so I am quite familiar with it.

    Making a choice really depends on how and what you use your phone for.

    If you value looks and feel, the One is clearly better. It is extremely solid and nice to hold and feel. If you will listen to games/music thru the speakers, the One is the best ever. If you take mostly indoor, dim lit pics, the One is better.

    For me, I don't use my phone as a fashion accessory so aluminum versus plastic isnt that important to me and my phone is always on vibrate and I listen to music thru headphones so the main strengths of the One dont suit my usage.

    The S4 takes superior pics outdoors, has a larger, equally vibrant display, more bells and whistles(if that's your thing) and will likely have a wider array of cases and accessories available for it. Also, the S4 allows for many more customizations(if that's your thing) whereas the One is very stripped down and bare bones. Again, personal choice.

    If you liked the S3, the S4 improves upon it in virtually every area.
    04-24-2013 02:13 PM
  5. jensigner's Avatar
    Thanks for this. After just reading that Android Central S4 review and users comments, it is really refreshing to hear your fair unbiased comments (madlaw1071). I guess audio quality (through headphones, I don't really care about the speaker sound) is secondary for most owners and I didn't see any mention of that in the review. As mentioned elsewhere in another thread, the headphone audio of the S4 is supposed to be excellent. However (and I place this in perspective for the time being), I was a bit alarmed at some comments following the review on the S4 ui (Air Gestures?).
    04-24-2013 02:58 PM
  6. Serial Fordicator's Avatar
    Instead of getting in all of this bs bickering, I'm not going to tell you what I like. I think you should wait until both are at the nearest store and spend as much time as possible on both deciding which one YOU want.

    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
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    04-24-2013 03:02 PM
  7. drewsg's Avatar
    I'd be all over the HTC One, but I need an SD slot and removable battery.
    04-24-2013 03:06 PM
  8. madlaw1071's Avatar
    Thanks for this. After just reading that Android Central S4 review and users comments, it is really refreshing to hear your fair unbiased comments. I guess audio quality (through headphones, I don't really care about the speaker sound) is secondary for most owners and I didn't see any mention of that in the review. As mentioned elsewhere in another thread, the headphone audio of the S4 is supposed to be excellent. However (and I place this in perspective for the time being), I was a bit alarmed at some comments following the review on the S4 ui (Air Gestures?).
    Take the comments with a grain of salt. Passions run high and their are fan boys and girls on both sides of the spectrum. I can't stress enough that both are great phones and sometimes it's the things that the reviews don't mention that can mean a great deal to a particular user.

    For example, the One has an LED status light BUT it only blinks 2 colors, green and amber. By contrast, the S3/S4 allows you to tweak the LED to a variety of colors. I use my status light so I can differentiate among notifications. Red is a text from my wife, quick flashing light blue is work email, green is a facebook message etc. By doing this, I dont have to turn on the screen to know what notifications are waiting for me and thereby I save battery life.

    Again, with the One, you can only turn on the phone by using the power button which is located awkwardly for right handers and is flush with the phone. The S3/S4 lets you wake the phone with the home button too, making it much easier.

    Reviews rarely mention things like this.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Instead of getting in all of this bs bickering, I'm not going to tell you what I like. I think you should wait until both are at the nearest store and spend as much time as possible on both deciding which one YOU want.

    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
    Great sig!
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    04-24-2013 03:06 PM
  9. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    Thanks for this. After just reading that Android Central S4 review and users comments, it is really refreshing to hear your fair unbiased comments (madlaw1071). I guess audio quality (through headphones, I don't really care about the speaker sound) is secondary for most owners and I didn't see any mention of that in the review. As mentioned elsewhere in another thread, the headphone audio of the S4 is supposed to be excellent. However (and I place this in perspective for the time being), I was a bit alarmed at some comments following the review on the S4 ui (Air Gestures?).
    You can always turn them of if you don't want to use them.
    The GS4 also has much better battery life
    jensigner likes this.
    04-24-2013 03:13 PM
  10. jensigner's Avatar
    You can always turn them of if you don't want to use them.
    The GS4 also has much better battery life
    Good point as well as your comment above on already having invested effort in using an S3.
    04-24-2013 03:20 PM
  11. Reformed IOS User's Avatar
    I don't think you can go wrong with either.

    If you want a replaceable battery and SD card go with the S4

    If you want the aluminum shell and better speakers go with the One
    04-24-2013 03:21 PM
  12. madlaw1071's Avatar
    I'm ready to take the plunge with first smartphone within one week! My partner got an S3 several months ago and I have (thanks to her) used and tested it extensively. Initially I was thinking S4 which is available here tomorrow, but after talking to some folks and seeing one and previewing some specs (with audio quality a big factor) the HTC One looks very good and competitive. So apart from the glossy info, what factors should I consider? (1) must have all the great DLNA capability that the S3 has and must interoperate with S3 easily (NFC, S-beam or equivalent) (2) great headphone audio and ability to stream from/to network shares (like the S3 can).
    I should also point out that if you, like most people, intend on putting a case on your phone, then you completely eliminate one of the big advantages of the One. Again, none of the reviews mention this while they're fawning all over the aluminum case.
    04-24-2013 03:52 PM
  13. Cattails_r_Edible's Avatar
    I wouldn't get the HTC one! I'm going to keep mine, but it is an aweful phone!

    Sent from my HTCONE using Tapatalk 2
    04-24-2013 04:32 PM
  14. jensigner's Avatar
    I am heavily leaning to the S4 now, based on a lot of input here, there and everywhere along with my personal taste and usages. However I have also considered a Note 2 which I tried and liked.
    04-24-2013 05:00 PM
  15. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    I should also point out that if you, like most people, intend on putting a case on your phone, then you completely eliminate one of the big advantages of the One. Again, none of the reviews mention this while they're fawning all over the aluminum case.
    Yup so true! I have yet to see a truly unbiased/detailed review except for AC and CNET
    04-24-2013 05:13 PM
  16. moo53's Avatar
    I honestly think you are going the wrong way about determining which phone you should get. Just about everyone is going to put their own opinion why you should buy an HTC One or Galaxy S4. Biased or not their (our) views will always be swayed on personal taste, which differs from person to person. You already seem like you know what you want, but if you are not 100% positive go play with both phones before making a decision. I will never ask anyone what type of phone I should get because what works for them may not for me. This is why stores have demo units, so you can get a feel of the device before purchasing.

    Good Luck!
    Anything you choose you will be happy because you chose it based off your needs/wants.
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    04-24-2013 06:09 PM
  17. bob13bob's Avatar
    both have good enough headphone audio quality.

    not sure about speaker quality though.

    wait until you can feel how both phones feel in your hand and how the display looks to you. this may help you decide which is right. no reason to rush to order a phone, wait 2 weeks until you can demo them.
    04-24-2013 07:32 PM
  18. jensigner's Avatar
    Still pondering this decision. Can anyone having experience with both phones comment on any differences in DLNA streaming performance (important to me) between the S4 and the One? One problem around here is that the S4 will have very limited stock (due to preorders and high demand) and retail outlets usually don't have a demonstrater unit of the newest phones to evaluate. What about return policy? say you have a phone for 3 days and really try it out ... and decide it isn't you thing ... how easy is it to return it?
    04-28-2013 08:00 AM
  19. Woosh's Avatar
    Still pondering this decision. Can anyone having experience with both phones comment on any differences in DLNA streaming performance (important to me) between the S4 and the One? One problem around here is that the S4 will have very limited stock (due to preorders and high demand) and retail outlets usually don't have a demonstrater unit of the newest phones to evaluate. What about return policy? say you have a phone for 3 days and really try it out ... and decide it isn't you thing ... how easy is it to return it?
    IMO the s4 is the better phone.

    Check out an At&t store, they will have both up on display.

    Most carriers have a restocking fee if you decide to return, so IMO go play with them and try to make up your mind before buying so you won't have to return. Believe its generally 15%.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Android Central Forums
    04-28-2013 08:39 AM
  20. Wilbur's Avatar
    both have good enough headphone audio quality.

    not sure about speaker quality though.

    wait until you can feel how both phones feel in your hand and how the display looks to you. this may help you decide which is right. no reason to rush to order a phone, wait 2 weeks until you can demo them.
    GSMArena's review was updated using a retail S4 with latest firmware and the S4's audio was superb.

    I really like the HTC One's forward facing stereo speakers. I wish the S4 had something like this.

    But have first hand experience with both before putting down some hard earned cash. Both are very expensive.
    04-28-2013 09:45 AM
  21. Raptor007's Avatar
    The real deciding factor is storage. If you must have lots of internal storage then get the HTC One 64GB. The GS4 is ONLY 16GB for now with a "32GB Coming Soon" note on the ordering page. If you cannot wait, and storage for apps is critical then its the HTC One, the GS4 has only 9.9GB of usable space on the 16GB version.

    I personally am waiting, but not for ever AT&T. I am really pissed at Samsung since they are not offering a 32GB version directly from them and zero info on a developer edition either.
    04-28-2013 02:23 PM
  22. jayrod88's Avatar
    The real deciding factor is storage. If you must have lots of internal storage then get the HTC One 64GB. The GS4 is ONLY 16GB for now with a "32GB Coming Soon" note on the ordering page. If you cannot wait, and storage for apps is critical then its the HTC One, the GS4 has only 9.9GB of usable space on the 16GB version.

    I personally am waiting, but not for ever AT&T. I am really pissed at Samsung since they are not offering a 32GB version directly from them and zero info on a developer edition either.
    Take advantage of the gs4's micro sd slot.


    Sent from my mobile device using Tapatalk
    04-28-2013 04:21 PM
  23. mdlissner's Avatar
    I have played with both in the local AT&T store - because I cannot play with them at the Verizon store - yet. I think both are excellent top end smartphones for 2013. I also believe you will enjoy either one coming from a non-smartphone.

    From first look I was leaning towards the HTC One (probably getting the 64GB as the cost difference between that and a 16G Samsung + SD card was fairly close). Having done more and more research on the devices I am now leaning more towards the Samsung as the asthetics are the big winner for the HTC, while the functionality of the S4 seems to be better to me. I am hoping Verizon comes out of the shoot with the 32GB and 64GB S4's. The removable battery is a big win, when I had the original Droid and the Droid X I carried a spare battery and it worked out well.

    I really am enamored with the split window multi-tasking of the S4 and belive it is something I would use very often in business and personal use.
    The higher resolution camera I believe will be a better everyday camera than the HTC One. I don't do a lot of low light photography.
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    04-28-2013 04:43 PM
  24. tarball's Avatar
    I too am new to smarphones.

    I've read some comments about micro stuttering and complaints about TW.

    My question, that could seems very stupid, but will ask anyway. Do you think Android / TW updates could fix those issues ?

    I guess it is pretty commun for new product launch ?
    04-28-2013 05:48 PM
  25. Eric Kane's Avatar
    I have played with both in the local AT&T store - because I cannot play with them at the Verizon store - yet. I think both are excellent top end smartphones for 2013. I also believe you will enjoy either one coming from a non-smartphone.

    From first look I was leaning towards the HTC One (probably getting the 64GB as the cost difference between that and a 16G Samsung + SD card was fairly close). Having done more and more research on the devices I am now leaning more towards the Samsung as the asthetics are the big winner for the HTC, while the functionality of the S4 seems to be better to me. I am hoping Verizon comes out of the shoot with the 32GB and 64GB S4's. The removable battery is a big win, when I had the original Droid and the Droid X I carried a spare battery and it worked out well.

    I really am enamored with the split window multi-tasking of the S4 and belive it is something I would use very often in business and personal use.
    The higher resolution camera I believe will be a better everyday camera than the HTC One. I don't do a lot of low light photography.
    Have zero doubt that Big Red will offer the 32 GB version. Maybe even the 64 GB one, too.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S4
    Wilbur likes this.
    04-28-2013 07:39 PM
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