PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs HTC One

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S4
8.6
HTC One
8.2
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, 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
7.9
HTC One
7.4
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
8.9
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and androidpolice.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs HTC One 64GB

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4
1,856
HTC One
1,742
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
3,205
Galaxy S4 HTC 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 (Jan, 2014)

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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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 tablets HTC One

Reasons to consider the
HTC tablets HTC One

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Slightly faster graphics 46 fps vs 41.3 fps More than 10% better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
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 64GB 

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

9.3
8.5
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
8.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4  vs
HTC One 64GB 
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 64GB 
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 64 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
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