08-04-2013 02:17 PM
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  1. neils0911's Avatar
    Hi everyone I'm looking for some advice. I've become increasingly frustrated with my s4 so I am now giving it up. Tomorrow I have the opportunity to trade for a HTC one and just wondered whether other people think it is a good idea?

    I have owned every Samsung flagship since the s2 and I have to say the s4 might be the worst in terms of choppy performance . Even after all the updates it still lags, touchwiz is still filled with bloatware and gimmicks. I had thought about rooting and flashing to stock android but now I am thinking about giving it up altogether. The few things that I didn't like about sense have now been fixed (mainly black bar syndrome) so I am seriously thinking about making the switch.

    If any HTC one owners could give any bad points they have found with the phone since launch that would be appreciated as it would help my list of pros and cons
    08-01-2013 02:24 PM
  2. limitbreak09's Avatar
    Can you handle of not having a removable battery? thats the question

    Sent from my LG-E980 using AC Forums mobile app
    08-01-2013 02:26 PM
  3. malikshuman's Avatar
    Honestly I have nothing bad to say about this phone. It's perfect for me. The only gripes I see other people complain about is no removable battery and no expandable storage but mine lasts a whole day and 32 gigs is a lot of memory

    Sent from my HTCONE using AC Forums mobile app
    08-01-2013 02:28 PM
  4. shoii's Avatar
    I've never encountered any of the problems you have. If you're looking for opinions of the HTC One that's where you should have posted this thread.
    neiljay6 likes this.
    08-01-2013 02:35 PM
  5. jimbo1mcm's Avatar
    For OP: Have you gone into Developer Options and turned off animations, etc? My S4 is not laggy in any way. Also, turn off apps you will not use. I routinely have about 1.3-1.5 GB of RAM available.
    08-01-2013 03:02 PM
  6. Prosty's Avatar
    Whenever my phone is laggy I always clear the ram, close all applications and if that doesn't work I restart, but the One is a solid phone too.

    Sent from my Verizon Galaxy SIV using Tapatalk 4
    08-01-2013 03:09 PM
  7. neils0911's Avatar
    I've already turned off animations but found it didn't help much, the main lag is in the gallery and the time it takes the lock screen clock to refresh when you wake up the phone is horrendous for a flagship phone . I always thought not having a removable battery would annoy me (that's why I always stuck to samsung) but when I have thought about in all the Samsung phones I have had I never bought an extra battery. I am torn between making the switch or rooting and flashing a custom romantic in the hope that it will rid the phone of the lag.
    08-01-2013 03:22 PM
  8. Craig Rogers's Avatar
    I agree completely with the op, touchwiz on the s4 is laggy in some places. Please, before you make the switch, try out a custom rom like CyanogenMod. I hate touchwiz, but a custom rom prevented me from returning my s3. Hardware is great for the s4, but samsung needs to hire some new programmers

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using AC Forums mobile app
    08-01-2013 03:26 PM
  9. neils0911's Avatar
    I agree completely with the op, touchwiz on the s4 is laggy in some places. Please, before you make the switch, try out a custom rom like CyanogenMod. I hate touchwiz, but a custom rom prevented me from returning the phone. Hardware is great for the s4, but samsung needs to hire some new programmers

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using AC Forums mobile app
    You think it would make that much of a difference? I've never rooted an android phone before but the more I read the more it sounds appealing. The only thing I would miss is camera features but the lag on touchwiz is making me hate the phone altogether
    08-01-2013 03:30 PM
  10. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    Hi everyone I'm looking for some advice. I've become increasingly frustrated with my s4 so I am now giving it up. Tomorrow I have the opportunity to trade for a HTC one and just wondered whether other people think it is a good idea?

    I have owned every Samsung flagship since the s2 and I have to say the s4 might be the worst in terms of choppy performance . Even after all the updates it still lags, touchwiz is still filled with bloatware and gimmicks. I had thought about rooting and flashing to stock android but now I am thinking about giving it up altogether. The few things that I didn't like about sense have now been fixed (mainly black bar syndrome) so I am seriously thinking about making the switch.

    If any HTC one owners could give any bad points they have found with the phone since launch that would be appreciated as it would help my list of pros and cons
    Try factory resetting....Factory Resetting refreshes the OS back to its original clean state...when you update OTA or via Kies, it just overwrites the previous software
    If its not too late, get a new device....it shouldn't be acting like that
    08-01-2013 03:42 PM
  11. shoii's Avatar
    You think it would make that much of a difference? I've never rooted an android phone before but the more I read the more it sounds appealing. The only thing I would miss is camera features but the lag on touchwiz is making me hate the phone altogether
    It makes a WORLD of a difference. I haven't rooted this phone yet because I haven't had the need yet, but I've rooted a low end phone before and you will be in android heaven.
    08-01-2013 03:51 PM
  12. starbuckk's Avatar
    I doubt youll see less bloatware on another phone. Some of it comes from the carrier.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk 2
    08-01-2013 03:51 PM
  13. neils0911's Avatar
    Thanks, may just keep this phone and root it then. Is cyanogenmod the best rom out there?
    08-01-2013 03:56 PM
  14. sharpehenry's Avatar
    before you make any decision, have you tried "force gpu rendering" on developers mode? you do not need rooting nor custom ROM to do it. I enabled it a month after frustration of choppieness of the phone and everything changed. Battery life doesn't seemed to be affected by it either. it just leaves all rendering visual effects/transitions from CPU to GPU. I want to say it's near iphone smooth. I suggest you try that if you haven't.

    To enable it: go to Settings -> About Device and scroll down to the "Build Number." and tab the build number 5 or 6 times. you'll get a notification and back out of the "about device menu" and you'll see the developers menu.
    08-01-2013 03:58 PM
  15. garublador's Avatar
    Try factory resetting....Factory Resetting refreshes the OS back to its original clean state...when you update OTA or via Kies, it just overwrites the previous software
    If its not too late, get a new device....it shouldn't be acting like that
    I'll second that. My S4 has performed extremely well since the last update and a factory reset.
    08-01-2013 04:10 PM
  16. Craig Rogers's Avatar
    You think it would make that much of a difference? I've never rooted an android phone before but the more I read the more it sounds appealing. The only thing I would miss is camera features but the lag on touchwiz is making me hate the phone altogether
    Yes, I do. As soon as I went custom, I never went back. I love the features of touchwiz, but the lag is unbearable. CyanogenMod will solve all of your issues, it's a wonderful rom with many features. And yes, CyanogenMod is the best vanilla android rom out there currently for its updates, ease of use, and most importantly features

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using AC Forums mobile app
    08-01-2013 04:11 PM
  17. neils0911's Avatar
    before you make any decision, have you tried "force gpu rendering" on developers mode? you do not need rooting nor custom ROM to do it. I enabled it a month after frustration of choppieness of the phone and everything changed. Battery life doesn't seemed to be affected by it either. it just leaves all rendering visual effects/transitions from CPU to GPU. I want to say it's near iphone smooth. I suggest you try that if you haven't.

    To enable it: go to Settings -> About Device and scroll down to the "Build Number." and tab the build number 5 or 6 times. you'll get a notification and back out of the "about device menu" and you'll see the developers menu.
    Thanks I'll give that a try. If I keep this phone I'll still probably try rooting, this phone has far too much bloatware and the clean look of stock android looks good when you have pages and pages of samsung crap on your app menu lol
    08-01-2013 04:11 PM
  18. Craig Rogers's Avatar
    Thanks I'll give that a try. If I keep this phone I'll still probably try rooting, this phone has far too much bloatware and the clean look of stock android looks good when you have pages and pages of samsung crap on your app menu lol
    Just make sure to root before samsung releases a 4.3 update. Google has kinda screwed over the rooting community with its "security fixes" in 4.3

    Sent from my wonderful completely customized galaxy s3 running CyanogenMod 10.1.2
    08-01-2013 04:19 PM
  19. llfloyd79's Avatar
    I had the One and went to the S4. One thing I can say is Sense 5 looks great and works great....phone is amazing. One negative is that out of the box you really only get about 24 - 25GB of space. I just think Touch Wiz has more functionality than Sense 5.

    Posted via Android Central App
    08-01-2013 05:26 PM
  20. Faloogs's Avatar
    I didn't root my S4, but am temporarily using the Go ex launcher which does stop many of the touch wiz features. It allows for amazingly large amounts of customization, but I do like many of the touch wiz features. .so I'm not sure if I'll use go launcher for the long haul..

    Posted via Android Central App on my awesome Samsung Galaxy s4
    08-01-2013 05:39 PM
  21. Haalcyon's Avatar
    I love Go Launcher, from all the themes, to their widgets, to the speedy performance. Good stuff.

    Not rooted, Stock rom, just Awesome (NSA)
    08-01-2013 05:42 PM
  22. starbuckk's Avatar
    I just got Nova. Seems like it does all the good stuff. Only thing missing is the weather widget. Notvsure what touch whiz stuff I might be missing.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk 2
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    08-01-2013 05:54 PM
  23. jaleesag88's Avatar
    I went from the HTC one to the s4 and there is no going back for me. I haven't experienced any lagging or anything and I'm still stock. I've wanted to root, but thanks to college I haven't had any time. You can't go wrong with either

    Sent from my SPH-L720 using AC Forums mobile app
    08-01-2013 06:28 PM
  24. neiljay6's Avatar
    Got the updated the other night and I did notice a bit better performance from the phone. But not that much. Still get some hiccups here and there, but the lag was never enough to bother me in the first place. If it really means that much to you you owe it to yourself to get what makes you happy. And I agree with shoii. The best place to ask that question would be in the HTC one forms. I don't go over there myself cause i'm not interested in the One, but i'm sure the guys over there will help ya make a good choice.
    08-01-2013 06:32 PM
  25. MichaelBR's Avatar
    I've already turned off animations but found it didn't help much, the main lag is in the gallery and the time it takes the lock screen clock to refresh when you wake up the phone is horrendous for a flagship phone . I always thought not having a removable battery would annoy me (that's why I always stuck to samsung) but when I have thought about in all the Samsung phones I have had I never bought an extra battery. I am torn between making the switch or rooting and flashing a custom romantic in the hope that it will rid the phone of the lag.
    If the Gallery is laggy it could be slow reading the external SD card. A regular SD card isn't fast at all. Ideally you should get a faster one.

    There's a Sandisk app that will test your SD card and recommend the ideal model.

    I have an S4 and can't complain. I do lots of stuff on it and it hardly ever lags.



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    08-01-2013 06:37 PM
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