PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S4 Active vs One

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, phonearena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 Active vs HTC One

geekbench Processor and memory performance

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
15.5 fps
HTC One
17 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
41.4 fps
HTC One
46 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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Faster web browser 2,669 vs 2,262 Around 20% better BrowserMark score
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 4 MP 2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.7 GHz More than 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.7" More than 5% bigger screen
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 2,300 mA·h Around 15% more battery capacity
Front view of HTC One

Reasons to consider the
HTC One

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Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Longer standby time (3G) 29,952 min vs 19,152 min More than 55% longer standby time (3G)
Slightly lighter 143 g vs 151 g More than 5% lighter
Slightly sharper screen 468 ppi vs 440 ppi More than 5% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4 Active  vs HTC One 

9.5
9.0
Call quality is superb, data speeds over LTE 4G are excellent and the display has those better than life colors that many love.
Galaxy S4 Active

8.5
8.5
Anything runs flawlessly, from 3D games and heavy web pages, to any CPU- or GPU-intensive application you can think of.
Galaxy S4 Active

9.0
10.0
The LCD display comes protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and offers great viewing angles.
HTC One

8.0
9.5
Our daylight images would benefit from a tad more brightness and contrast for example, as would our interior still life shot likewise benefit from an application of the HTC's built-in filter in the Google Play version.
HTC One

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
9.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4 Active  vs
HTC One 
Type Super IPS LCD2 Super LCD3
Size 5" 4.7"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 468 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 Android 4.4.2
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Galaxy S4 Active  vs
HTC One 
Weight 151 g 143 g
Thickness 9.1 mm 9.3 mm
Size 71.3 x 139.7 x 9.1 mm 68.2 x 137.4 x 9.3 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 4 MP
Resolution 8 MP 4 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 2.1 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 900 min 818 min
Standby time (3G) 19,152 min 29,952 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 2,300 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
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HTC One
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