PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs One

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S4
8.8
HTC One
7.7
Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S4
8.6
HTC One
8.7
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S4
8.1
HTC One
7.5
Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S4
8.7
HTC One
8.7
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 2 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy S4
8.5
HTC One
8.1

Winner
Samsung Galaxy S4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S4  based on its performance.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4
1,856
HTC One
585
When we ran several benchmarks repeatedly over a 20 minute period, we noted that the Galaxy S4 throttled the CPU and Adreno 320 graphics chip and benchmark numbers dropped.
Galaxy S4 | by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)

passmark Processor performance including multiple cores

Galaxy S4
3,414
HTC One
3,199
Galaxy S4 One @ androidbenchmark.net
While we're miffed we don't have the option of this other version (it's smashed the benchmarks in many tests, legitimately or not) there are questions about whether the battery will hold up as well as the device flicks between the two quad core processors inside - it could improve efficiency or deplete it, depending on the implementation, so perhaps bigger isn't always better.
Galaxy S4 | by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S4
804 ms
HTC One
1,124 ms
Internet and Connectivity Samsung's custom browser is fast and supports Flash Player.
Galaxy S4 | by PhoneArena (Mar, 2013)

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4
2,670
HTC One
2,262
Dolphin Browser is about equal when it comes to performance, but it doesn't support Flash if your handset is running Jelly Bean, which the Galaxy S4 is.
Galaxy S4 | by PhoneArena (Mar, 2013)

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
17.2 fps
HTC One
17 fps
One exception is GLBenchmark that measures 3D graphics performance, where the S4 pulled ahead in a meaningful way.
Galaxy S4 | by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
41.3 fps
HTC One
46 fps
Additionally, the handset is armed with 2 GB of RAM, as well as the Adreno 320 GPU for superb performance in games and other 3D applications.
Galaxy S4 | by PhoneArena (Mar, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S4

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4

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Significantly better overall performance 1,856 vs 585 Around 3.2x better geekbench score
Faster web browser 2,670 vs 2,262 Around 20% better BrowserMark score
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Much higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 4 MP 3.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Longer talk time (3G) 1,020 min vs 818 min Around 25% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 2,300 mA·h Around 15% more battery capacity
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.7 GHz More than 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Lighter 130 g vs 143 g Around 10% lighter
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.7" More than 5% bigger screen
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 9.3 mm More than 15% thinner
Front view of HTC One

Reasons to consider the
HTC One

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Slightly faster graphics 46 fps vs 41.3 fps More than 10% better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
Store much more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Longer standby time (3G) 29,952 min vs 22,176 min More than 35% longer standby time (3G)
Sharper screen 468 ppi vs 440 ppi More than 5% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4  vs HTC One 

9.0
9.0
The front 2 megapixel camera worked well for fairly clear and bright video chats.
Galaxy S4

9.3
9.1
Alternatively, the standard email app is available as well to handle other email services, but its functionality and interface is similar to Gmail.
Galaxy S4

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4  vs
HTC One 
Type AMOLED 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  vs
HTC One 
Weight 130 g 143 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 9.3 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 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 13 MP 4 MP
Resolution 13 MP 4 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 2.1 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 1,020 min 818 min
Standby time (3G) 22,176 min 29,952 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 2,300 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S4
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HTC One
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Comments

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We've improved this a bit more now, specifically for thickness of the phone we display decimal places, and we're displaying more precise percentages now. It now says more than 15% thinner, which I think is accurate. (9.3-7.9)/9.3 = 15.05%
You're welcome! Still a good work! ;D
they show you that in the sector "Reasons to consider the HTC One" lol
Thanks for pointing these out Matteo. We just launched on Tuesday so there are still a few kinks that we're working out to refine our system (e.g. the video, screen size). We definitely want to make these improvements, and appreciate your help in getting there.
Good ideas Mason, thanks for sharing them. Our hope is that we can share some insight into the qualitative aspects of a phone, by extracting some of the key sentiments from reviewers, and then displaying them where relevant. Still some work to do but that's our goal.
Well.... I think it's a nice idea but there are a lot of mistakes.. For example almost all percentages are wrong.. 20% Thinner? is 12% thinner... 10% bigger screen? Is 6% bigger.."Records much higher resolution video"... It's the same resolution!!! In benchmarks there are too much differences but they have the same hardware (S4 has a overdclocked processor but there's not a big difference) so they are not so affidable.. more than all because S4 win in some Browser benchmarks but at the moment S4 has a lot of lags and it's a shame full for such a product.. And if you talk about form factor you have to say that HTC One is in alluminum.. Then talking about the hardware (and not the software where HTC beats Samsung) One has two stereo frontal speakers that are so much better than S4 speaker. HTC One has a better screen and a brighter screen.. And it's Super LCD 3 if i'm not mistaken. Only watching "Reviews" section you'll understand that One is a better devices in the life of every day.. But if you need Sd card or if you like Samsung then you'll prefer S4... So there are some mistakes and some imperfections but these test are only estimates and people should not rely to them.. Very nice idea thought... Especially for those who do not understand much and want to find a simple way to understand which smartphone is better. (but it's not always true)
A few more suggestion, I am not sure if the advantage "Screen Uses OLED Technology" is really accurate, cos some would argue the color accuracy on SLCD is more welcomed, also, a mention of SoC used would be great, since even the S4 has 2 version and although I can tell which SoC this is from other specs and clockspeed, some other might just get confused, also also, S4's review score is dragged down by amazon review, which One doesnt have, maybe if that can be filtered out then it would seemed to be fairer in comparison for both phones Also, is there any planning for say an external website/app to integrate the comparison feature?
Also I feel like the build quality of the ONE should be a reason to think about buying the HTC. Also right now the 64gb ONE is only ATT I'm pretty sure. ATT also has the 32gb GS4 I'm pretty sure.
Great site but I feel like you need to find a way to include an actual life review part. Even though GS4 beats ONE in most the bench marks I heard that the software is much smoother and loads faster on the ONE. Where the GS4 can have some lag between apps.
htc one has an FM radio
Thanks a lot, really makes our day to hear this after months of hard work, much appreciated.
Hey Jude, I would like to say that this website is an excellent idea. I have been trying to find a website like this that compares devices and highlights which one wins. Keep up the good work!
Good suggestion geemonkey. We show that the Galaxy S4 supports microSD storage on the S4's page (the HTC One doesn't) but looks like we don't have a field here that shows a comparison for expandable storage. We'll work on making that change, thanks.
Is there a reason that the SD storage is not mentioned? I see that I should "free myself from memory cards", but it seems like it should still be one of the categories. Internal memory is 16GB vs 64GB but I don't think it's fair to the consumer reading this page to leave out the fact that the 16GB can be expanded with an additional 64GB of internal storage. That can be swapped out. Just a thought.
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