Comparison between Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, what is the best Android phone?

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Today we can find the good specs of Android smartphone on the market, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One is the high-end Android smartphone on the market today.

They have the top hardware configuration functions tend to a different focus, but have some overlap, even a tiny gap will also have a different market performance.

First, let’s look at the comparison feature and specs of both phones:

Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC One advantage compared:
· Larger screen support gloves and gestures
· Higher resolution camera 13 megapixel
· System update (Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1.1)
· Multi-window tasking operating and other proprietary software
· A higher frequency of the processor, scalable storage
· Can be replaced with a higher capacity battery
· Additional sensor (barometer, thermometer, hygrometer)
· Slimmer body

HTC One compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4 advantage:
· Better aluminum alloy texture
· OIS, 2 micron pixel size of the image sensor
· HTC One, BlinkFeed software
· Beats Audio support, and FM Radio

Galaxy S4 comparisonFrom left to right the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S3 , Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z

Perhaps advantage through the above analysis, you will feel Samsung Galaxy S4 superior, but in fact is not so simple, because the advantage is not only reflected in the number, as well as its practical significance. For example, HTC One smooth metal body clearly more attractive than the Samsung Galaxy S4 hygrometer. There are two actual shooting of the phone quality is worth a careful discussion. At the same time, the presentation style is very different: the Samsung Galaxy S4 seem to be more emphasis on playability, the system contains a large number of regulatory function, TouchWiz for new users is easy to use, but there are more advanced motion-sensing capabilities need to learn; HTC One opposite style biased fool of operation, in whether HTC Zoe software, or optical image stabilization, Beats Audio sound function, basically do not need a complex set of regulation.

Also need to remind everyone that the Samsung Galaxy S4 PARTICIPATING Model I9505, equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, with HTC One. So, who is this year’s best Android phone? Through the following detailed comparative evaluation to find the answers.

Body design comparison

Can be seen from the first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One is to take a completely different design route. Samsung to focus on the more mature, more realistic style, the overall material, shape and before changes are not large; the HTC One little “blockbuster” taste, use a new design and materials, it can be said that so far HTC models the most exquisite.

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The overall appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S4

Can see the Samsung Galaxy S4 always use the plastic shell and its own R & D Hyperglaze process, there is not much freshness, but the fuselage front panel adding texture design, coupled with ultra-narrow screen frame brought greater screen and a more narrow body, which is a than predecessor projecting portion. From the integrated perspective of the fuselage, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is no doubt more compact than the HTC One advantage is larger screen. As for the practical style plastic cover, an advantage which is only 20 grams of weight, so body lighter, other removable back cover means that users can replace the battery, microSD memory card to increase the capacity of the fuselage.

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The HTC One whole appearance

HTC One obviously spent a lot of effort on the body design, one-piece aluminum body texture is very prominent, the unprecedented fine style was widely praised, the fuselage back curve design can also bring a good feeling. Of course, the different materials to make it in the weight and thickness slightly inferior to the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 the HTC One function button design comparison

On the other hand, HTC One use a 4.7-inch screen than the Samsung Galaxy S4 4.99 inches smaller. However, in view of the HTC product line already has a 5-inch models, so we think HTC One’s screen size is intended to remain in the more convenient to use the range. At the same time, both sides of the screen have more area to accommodate the dual stereo speakers. Function keys, HTC One canceled multitasking management keys need to double-click the button of the main screen, not as good as before and intuitive feel part of the old users to adapt. Samsung Galaxy S4 continues the design of products, there will not be any to get started difficulties.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 and the top of the body design of HTC One contrast

The top of the fuselage, the two phones are designed infrared emitter, and related software applications to remote appliances, such as TV, air conditioning, and so on. , HTC One infrared transmitter design to the power button, and not use this button some small, and not very prominent, feel not very good. A similar problem also exists in its volume buttons. Samsung will power button is placed on the right side of the fuselage, more appropriate for its slightly larger body, more convenient one-handed operation.

Winner: Tie. The first contest seems to be a draw, although from a purely aesthetic design, HTC One more high-end is more accurate. Samsung Galaxy S4 is like deliberately underplayed design, using their words: inner beauty is more important. However, we still need to take into account the hardware and interface design, the two phones are trade-offs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 advantage is more compact, and in the case of no larger fuselage to increase the size of the screen, and support the replacement of the battery and the memory card. Although it looks a little boring, like a Galaxy S3 facelift, this is a place we do not like.

HTC One undoubtedly looks more innovative more attractive, including speaker design is a bright spot. But it does not support the memory card, though they have a 32GB-64GB of storage space, but a memory card slot, or a replacement battery, may be important to some users.

The screen contrast

The trends of 2013 mobile phone screen 1080P full HD resolution, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One new members. Samsung continue to use their own Super AMOLED panel the HTC Super LCD3. Because of the different screen sizes, pixel density also some differences, the Samsung Galaxy S4 441ppi, HTC One is the 469ppi, are very high standard. In fact, you watch with the naked eye may not be able to feel the difference between the two.

Microscope equipment, we can see that the the screen pixels arranged difference of the two phones, the Samsung Galaxy S4 still uses the PenTile arrangement, which means that the total number of sub-pixels is less than the RGB arrangement. But Samsung them some optimization work, and therefore it does not appear the the serrated situation before the Galaxy S3, the display is very delicate. Of course, some users do not like the transition effect of rendering color AMOLED, but Samsung uses a special Adobe RGB mode to optimize, so the color is more accurate than before the product is displayed. In addition, excellent viewing angle and contrast the advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC One screen pixels arranged

HTC the Super LCD3 use screen said LCD material in the performance of the best, with excellent color reduction effect, contrast and viewing angle is also good, in the case of very side of the watch slightly Perspective loss, but you might have will not notice. Another black-level performance is good, the maximum brightness is impressive.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Brightness test scores

Through testing, we found that the HTC One screen brightness even better, it performed well in the sun, victory HTC Butterfly and Sony Xperia Z. However, Samsung Galaxy S4 outdoor reading better, because it hardly reflective situation, even if it’s not as maximum brightness HTC One. So, this brings to the Samsung Galaxy S4 an advantage: Android 4.2 system, you can download a simple clock effect and black background theme, and can still see the screen very clearly, and more long-term use of time .

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Performance test results in the screen under the sun

The winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. In the same resolution, the Samsung Galaxy S4, with a larger screen, better sunlight readability, and Adobe RGB mode precision color effects win. The HTC One screen is equally impressive, but the higher pixel density and can not make up for the slightly lower contrast and poorer performance under the sun.

Battery life comparison

Regardless of your cell phone hardware how powerful or the screen how cool battery died just blowing smoke. Both phones use Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, and have more than 2000mAh lithium battery, so the more comparable. Which Samsung uses a 2600mAh lithium battery, slightly higher than the HTC One 2300mAh, but taking into account its larger screen and overclocked processor, so how to balance is very important. In addition, the type of screen is also a need to take into account factors Generally speaking, the LCD screen in the web browser test will have better performance, AMOLED screen, good video playback. Here take a look at the two phones in the the different use state of the battery use time contrast.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Talk time test scores

Use basic mobile phone is a phone of course, the Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC One achievement evenly matched, the former more than the latter 15 minutes of continuous talk time.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Web browsing time test scores

Web browsing time results are not surprising, the HTC One score better, even beyond the Apple iPhone 5 results, higher compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4 over one hour.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Video playback time test scores

Video playback time, the two phones have reached more than 10 hours of continuous playback time, and Samsung Galaxy S4 slight advantage to win. But relatively speaking, HTC One achievement than the HTC Butterfly better, but compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Galaxy S3 not elevate it.

Finally, take a look at the actual use standby achievements, test strength for one hour a day call, web browsing and video playback, the phone’s standby time. Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy S4 results for 63 hours, the HTC One for 48 hours. HTC One separate test results are good, but there is more power consumption in the standby mode, so the overall standby time is not as good as the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 standby time

Generally speaking, for heavy users, the use of these two flagship phone is inevitable that one day a red. Mild user with the power-saving mode, the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be obtained using time in nearly three days, in addition you can also buy a spare battery.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

HTC One standby time

The winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung Galaxy S4 won by a narrow margin in this session, both performance should not differ too much in real life.

System interface contrast

First, the system, the Samsung Galaxy S4 runs Android 4.2.2, 4.1.1 than HTC One more advanced, such as support for lock screen widgets and status bar switch function. In the interface, the two are very different. Samsung TouchWiz interface has been its own smartphone, is relatively closer to Android native, but incorporates more features, impressive. HTC’s Sense remains relatively independent of the appearance and characteristics of the main screen widgets than TouchWiz less, but better user experience.

First look at Samsung Galaxy S4 unlock interface, the upper right of the “Favorites” function is a new feature, you can add in there any applications that want a quick start, also increases the lock screen widget. In addition, the random display photos on the screen is provided by TripAdvisor travel site.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 unlock interface

Part of the notification bar, you can see the top of the phone to adjust switch, brightness slider, and some of the contents of the notice. The switch is part of a more complete grid interface actually do not have to enter the settings by double-click or two-finger slide will be able to open, will be able to adjust more content. The brightness slider can be hidden to save space, and also supports the automatic adjustment mode, use the phone at the top of the light sensor to determine the current lighting environment, automatically adjust the screen brightness. In addition, the main screen preview interface is very intuitive to see the content on each page to guide you to add new widgets.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 status bar and main screen preview interface

HTC One the latest Sense 5 interface, the overall feeling that there are no small change. Unlock icon interface design changed slightly, but is still in the form of four shortcut functions. Unlock interface has several different modes to choose from, the difference is that the display content on the screen, such as work (display information and calendar), album (album pictures), music, and so on.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

The HTC One unlock the interface

HTC One of the main screen is completely different with the previous products, the left side of the window is customizable event stream completely occupied, HTC will be named BlinkFeed, you can add different sources, including social networking, news and information, calendar activities, friends, dynamics, etc., are arranged in the form similar to the popular reader. Page windows with ordinary Android system, you can make any widget set, if you do not like BlinkFeed, simply from the default main screen can be canceled. Insufficient part, HTC One canceled status bar switch function.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

HTC One of the main screen and status bar interface

The HTC One does not have the physical design of the main menu, this feature will be displayed in the appropriate program, which is the part we do not like the form of virtual keys While this is Android system itself in order to form a design of the unified operation, but you different program, you do not know that it will appear in the the interface upper right or lower right, you need to take the time to find. Also, bring up the multi-task manager, you need to double-click the button of the main screen, long main screen, bring up Google Now, this part of the equipment has independent multi-task switching button and before. The main menu interface, integrated weather and time, and can also choose 4 * 4 or 3 * 3 and other forms of grid arrangement, but still down sliding operation.

 

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HTC One main menu interface

In fact, we can not tell which interface effect better, because this is a matter of personal preference. However, Samsung Galaxy S4 interface and operation has a more user-friendly features, HTC One does not. For example, Samsung the Galaxy S4 TouchWiz interface has multi-window Multi-Window function, which is borrowed from the Galaxy Note Series. Can see the left have a program to sidebar any interface, any interface can then open a new feature, the screen display will be divided into two parts, you can adjust each window size. However, not all applications support this feature, but Samsung’s commitment will gradually increase.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S4 with Multi-Window

Another feature is the Air View, the same from the Galaxy Note 2, except in the Galaxy S4 using a finger instead of the stylus to operate. SMS, calendar or video finger close to the screen, you can preview the content is very convenient. Air Gestures gesture recognition, the sensor through the top of the screen to identify the palm of your hand, without touching the screen to complete the next page scroll, change tracks or answer the phone operation. In addition, it also includes a smart screen and other operations, the phone will detect your face, watching the screen does not turn off the backlight, away from the screen when you pause the video content, it will automatically play to watch again, are very intelligent use of experience. Voice voice assistant functions, of course, S and Samsung Galaxy S4 has been further strengthened.

 

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

三星Galaxy S4的Air View功能

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 built-in gesture recognition

Was the winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung Galaxy S4 not only use the latest version of the Android system, the interface effect is closer to the native, but also further strengthen its main smartphone operating functions push, with a better user experience. The HTC One Sense 5 interface looks cool, but with a slight taste of experimental BlinkFeed two key design may make part of the user no start switching function of the state bar, the other canceled disappointing.

Software feature comparison

Samsung and HTC were optimized the original crude Android basic function which also allow the software to be more interesting part, especially the music player. HTC One is still built-in signature Beats Audio sound system, in fact, this is also the only one equalizer, and very fool, no detailed adjustment options, and can only be turned on or off, but the sound quality enhancement is very obvious. The music player will automatically grab album cover (can be set to only work in WIFI environment), capable of displaying the display to scroll the form of lyrics, the front of the phone, dual stereo speaker excellent extroverted effect. Here also integrates a music hunter software, you can use it to identify the song information. , HTC One also supports FM radio function, which Samsung Galaxy S4 does not have the (FM radio can not ignore the importance of some users).

 

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

HTC One音乐播放功能

Samsung Galaxy S4 equalizer system is complex SoundAlive and “My Sound” mode, which provides a series of preset equalizer, you can be selected according to the type of music; latter provides a calibration trim function, help according to their own headphones to challenge the high bass output effect. Another good adjustment function is the Auto Volume function, can automatically identify the volume of music files, and adjusted to the optimum level.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 music player

Samsung Galaxy S4 has a better performance in the multimedia sharing, you can through the local wireless network music sharing to other Samsung devices to play, let them play a song at the same time. Also wireless game, share documents and pictures. Of course, you need to use the Samsung device supports this feature with certain restrictive.

Both phones support MHL function, so you can output to a TV through the purchase of the cable. However, Samsung Galaxy S4 has better video decoding capabilities, we tested can basically play any format files and supports subtitles output. The video player also supports floating window mode, which means you can send text messages and other mobile phone operating while watching the video side. HTC One built-in video player can not support MKV and DivX files (but supports XviD, etc.), output AC3 audio encoding also have some small problems, even if it also supports subtitles. So you can buy a more powerful universal player software store. Both phones can use infrared remote control home appliances, including TV, AV receiver, projector and even air conditioning.

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HTC Zoe image processing software

HTC One built a powerful image processing software, named HTC Zoe. It has a very comprehensive photo and video editing functions, and also supports a variety of filter effects. The best feature is the ability to put your photographs synthesis for a three-second images. Samsung Galaxy S4 also has some cool image effects, but most of them are integrated into taking pictures, rather than post-editing features like HTC Zoe. Samsung also offers a story album application, in accordance with the shooting time, place to display photos, similar to some of the features of the HTC Zoe, but not so powerful.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

HTC import address book data software

Samsung Galaxy S4 also provides many of its own “S” series of applications, such as S Health (fitness and diet tracking), S translation (text and audio) and the the Samsung ChatOn communication software, support simple text chat and video calls (at the same time and the two individuals), and screen sharing functionality. HTC One provides a more comprehensive data import feature, support for most mobile phones available in the market, compared to the previous model of progress is the backup contents can be read on Apple iTunes.

The winner: HTC One tie. Exclusive built-in applications, the Samsung Galaxy S4 to win is not very good, but some of the practical applications. The exclusive HTC One application below normal, but the part of the more powerful features, but also very practical.

Speaker Test

We also tested the speakers of the two phones, they are not particularly loud, but the overall performance of the HTC One is better to keep your hands to block the speaker, but to pay attention to when watching videos or playing games.

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Speaker Test

The winner: HTC One. Samsung Galaxy S4 speaker volume is slightly larger, but the the HTC One stereo speakers, the overall effect is better.

Sound test

In previous tests, we found, HTC One is the best sound quality phone contact, but judging from experience, the Samsung device still can not be underestimated. We use professional sound quality test instruments, the results show that the Samsung Galaxy S4 has more pure output effect, and the HTC One is smaller than the noise level and sound quality loss, but in stereo crosstalk defeat HTC One. Of course, in the day-to-day use of the environment, you may not hear too much noise level, the sound quality loss difference, but the volume gap is obvious, HTC One has a louder output effect.

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Sound quality comparison of test results

The winner: HTC One. Both sound quality is quite, but the the HTC One’s high volume makes more sense for the average consumer.

Performance Comparison

Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor, but the former is clocked at 1.9GHz, the latter 1.7GHz Samsung Galaxy S4 stronger theory. They also have built-in 2GB RAM and Adreno 320 graphics card, graphics card frequency being unknown, we assume that the Samsung Galaxy S4 higher than HTC One. First of all, we run two phones processor benchmark class test, you can see by the following chart, Samsung single core performance the (Benchmark Pi test software, scores as low as possible), the performance of multi-threaded (Linpack, and GeekBench testing software, scores the higher the better) have better performance.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?
Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?
Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Next re-run of the Comprehensive Test An Bunny and quadrant test software will test each of the main components of the mobile phone (including CPU, GPU, memory, storage, etc.), the Samsung Galaxy S4 winning again.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?
Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Next is the graphics performance tests. GLBenchmark 2.5 1080P native resolution tests, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is still ahead HTC One gap 6fps. Next, use the Epic Citadel to test the effects of light and shadow, and closer to the actual game effects, we also use a high-quality mode for testing, both very close to 60fps means that there will be a good game quality.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?
Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Finally, the portion of the web browsing performance. SunSpider software used to test JavaScript performance (scores as low as possible), we have seen the performance of these two phones is better than a lot of A9 core old devices, including Apple’s iPhone 5. Vellamo is testing HTML5 performance software, part of the HTC One finally won a victory, Samsung Galaxy S4 three hundred multisection higher. Samsung Galaxy Note2 the highest scores, but need to pay attention to the screen resolution is only 720P.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?
Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

The winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. Obviously, Samsung Galaxy S4 high frequency processor than the HTC One is better in terms of overall performance. In addition, equipped with a version of the Exynos 5 Octa eight-core processor theoretically faster. HTC One running speed is very fast, although the run points with minor input Samsung, but the actual use of mobile phones are the fastest.

Camera feature comparison

Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One showed two distinct camera concept: a prominent high pixel and mature software processing, the other is to use a large-size pixel sensor and a dedicated image processing chip, discuss them quality before you take a look at the camera.

Samsung Galaxy S4 series of traditional camera software, the overall interface is very familiar, but there were some small improvements, such as shooting mode is selected, the left side of the screen will be prompted to content. Color effects to hide the bottom of the screen, and can support real-time preview function, you can directly see their effect in the viewfinder. Other settings function in the upper left, though you may rarely use. We are not very pleased that Samsung still use the 4:3 ratio of the sensor, because the phone has a 16:9 widescreen, so use 13 million pixels, then can not be full-screen viewfinder.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?
Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 camera features

The HTC One camera interface with similar products, dependent on a single long string of menu items, which also has a complex sub-option, you have to constantly scroll to select the function you want, more cumbersome. Interface HTC Zoe variety of color filter effects are integrated in the bottom right, another camera shutter and independent video shutter is there, you do not need to switch you can directly select the more convenient. The camera sensor is 16:9 ratio, it is also capable of full-screen viewfinder.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?
Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

The HTC One camera function

Samsung Galaxy S4 an advantage when taking pictures, the phone’s volume buttons can be used as the shutter and zoom lever. Both phones are able to lock screen shortcut directly into the camera function is very favorable for the capture. They have considerable wealth of shooting, the Samsung Galaxy S4 can support HDR panoramic photo, spherical, photo, voice recording function, also supports dual-lens camera and camera back and forth, this is also a new version of the system to bring functionality.

HTC One does not spherical photos and twin-lens shooting functions, but HTC Zoe wealth effect can make up for these deficiencies. In addition, three seconds HTC Zoe video recording function so you can multiple splicing combination of picture and sound, or remove a fragment, and Samsung Galaxy S4 is achieved through a proprietary model, but you only can choose a fixed photo can not be freely edited. In addition, HTC Zoe function enables you well content sharing to a friend, you can upload it to Zoe space, and then send the link to friends. If the device does not support Flash, can also be saved as a video file. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S4 only provide a low-quality GIF and do not support sound.

Of course, HTC One camera features most important part is optical image stabilization with its oversized pixel sensor with better low-light shooting, and later we will test it. In addition, the two phones are prominent features of the high-speed camera, but in fact the Samsung Galaxy S4 the HDR or night mode reaction speed slower than the HTC One.

The winner: HTC One. The HTC One the Zoe function undoubtedly it brings a very high camera playability, it can achieve a richer editing and easy sharing functions, the camera also has a faster response, especially in the special mode , optical image stabilization performance is also excellent. Samsung Galaxy S4 is the number of the camera mode, the interface usability is more prominent, but most people could only use the automatic mode to take pictures, and not notice all the features.

Camera quality comparison

As usual, we use two phones shooting the same scene, and cut the 100% partial picture quality comparison. First, let’s look at the difference of their focal length, seen from the EXIF ​​information the HTC One equivalent focal length of 28 mm, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 compared to 31 mm, even narrower than its predecessor comparative disadvantage when shooting landscapes. Everyone learned different focal length differences brought by the picture below.

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Camera focal length range of contrast

Now let’s talk about the pixels. Samsung Galaxy S4 has 13 million pixels, HTC One of only four million. However, according to HTC’s single pixel area increases, so the details should be better. However, in the first group of comparison, to be fair, we will HTC One of proofs as enlarged to 13 million pixels into the crop. As you can see, the gap is very obvious. HTC One without high pixel output format is limited, details, noise performance is not good. In addition, the transition sharpening and purple fringing is also very obvious contrast the performance too high, the color is not accurate enough.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?
Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

For has a bright and Shadow of the environment at the same time, we use two phones in the case of open and close the HDR mode, shooting a group comparison proofs. It should be noted that the Samsung Galaxy S4 proofs geometric scaling to 400 million pixels, the same as the maximum number of pixels with HTC One such more comprehensive comparison of their quality. Samsung Galaxy S4 HDR mode takes some time to be processed, but the effect is very good, to bring more detail, the picture is very clear; HTC One of the HDR mode processing speed is fast, but basically there is no effect, the details of the performance even worse than is not turned on, the picture is fuzzy situation.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Finally, we would like to use a professional photo comparison tool to see who’s more outstanding quality. Both phones use the the the 300 megapixel shot shooting swatches, then 100% crop contrast detail. Can see, thanks to the high pixel, the overall effect of the Samsung Galaxy S4 better picture sharpness high noise, and the HTC One can see the obvious noise, pattern, there is some degree of fuzzy conditions.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 (Left) HTC One (right)

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 (Left) HTC One (right)

The winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. Obviously, in addition to the high pixel bring the advantages of large format output, the Samsung Galaxy S4 photos clearer, truer color effects. However, the narrow focus will slightly affect the picture expression. HTC One is not a performance, even though we had expected, it’s shooting characteristics are designed for low-light environments. HTC One of the photos on the social network, or watch on TV, the effect should be good, but the detailed comparison of competitors, 4,000,000 pixels I am afraid it accounted for less than what is cheap.

Camera quality comparison

Next is the contrast of the imaging quality. Both phones can shoot 1080P resolution 30fps frame rate of the video, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 video sampling rate of about 16-17Mbps, sound 128Kbps quality is slightly inferior to HTC One video 19-20Mbps, sound 196Kbps. In addition, we also found that the Samsung Galaxy S4 focal length of the camera field of view is very narrow compared to before is a great retreat, HTC One is a very wide field of view, we can understand the comparison chart below.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Camera focal length range of contrast

Take into account the quality of the photographs of the two phones are very close, almost can foresee the camera quality, but still there is a more obvious style and detail differences. Cutting through the video of the original film comparison chart can be found the HTC One by rendering a wider field of vision, better details, especially the details of the bright part of the picture, such as the top of the building. Although the dark there will be a slight underexposure situation, but better overall contrast performance. More accurate color performance of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (HTC One in which a cloud obvious purplish), the performance of the dynamic range and better.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

HTC One also provides an HDR camera mode to restore more shadow detail, but the overall effect is more subtle, you need to be used with caution, because let perspective becomes slightly narrower, and the color is slightly dull.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Last professional photo comparison tool to look at the two phones tests. Can see, HTC One cast conditions are more severe in high light or low light environments, objects purple of pink, which is one of its biggest disadvantage. However, from the details of the performance, HTC One is indeed better than the Samsung Galaxy S4, but low-light environments more noise.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) with the HTC One (right), high light environment Video screenshot comparison

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the HTC One (right) video screenshot comparison of low-light environments

The winner: HTC One. HTC One pulled a city in camera quality, highlight the details of the performance was mainly brought about by virtue of a broader vision and image stabilization function. Samsung Galaxy S4 also be able to shoot a good video, but you need to be good at moving to get a wider field of view, while the palm of your hand should be more stable.

Low-light camera quality comparison

Link in low-light photo quality comparison, we first of all to the environment of the outdoor evening shooting the two phones proofs comparison, is followed by indoor detailed comparison of the ISO sensitivity test version, including the use of night vision and open flash and other different shooting modes, and last plus video capture contrast, to determine who is the better low-light.

First, the outdoor environment, HTC One offers a F/2.0 aperture lens, and built-in optical image stabilization technology and large-size pixel sensor, in theory, it should have better low-light shooting ability. Samsung Galaxy S4 uses a F/2.2 aperture lens and conventional high-pixel sensor, and no optical image stabilization feature. Surprisingly, we found that the Samsung Galaxy S4 able to get better photos. We can compare the following proof brighter overall picture of the Samsung Galaxy S4, noise control is also very good, and there are more details. Although the color can not be said to be perfect, but in this environment, the overall feeling is very good.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 low light proofs

Theoretically should be stronger HTC One dusk environment more generally, the overall picture is dim, more noise, and not too much detail. However, the performance of its color is more accurate.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

The HTC One low light proofs

Next, we use, respectively, the two phones of ordinary and night scene mode to shooting ISO test chart, and select the best and worst picture of the two groups were compared. Samsung Galaxy S4 advantage the Night mode effect is more pronounced, can effectively reduce the noise and stable image, our guess is to use a slower shutter speed. And HTC One open or close the night scene mode does not seem any different, so each photo quality looks almost.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One photo comparison of normal mode and night scene mode

We have also opened their flash shooting, two phones Night mode disables the flash, so we are in the automatic mode to force open the flash to shoot. Can see HTC One performance is still there is no significant difference between the performance of the average, and Samsung Galaxy S4 good times and bad. At the same time, in the close-up shots, the flash of the Samsung Galaxy S4 more prone to flare, which means you have to maintain a certain distance with the subject.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One the open flash photo comparison

Finally, in terms of low-light video capture, Samsung Galaxy S4 again showed better exposure and level of detail is very close, with daytime environment. The HTC One optical image stabilization function more to force in the shooting of the video screen compared to Samsung more stable.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One low-light video quality comparison

The winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. Surprisingly, the the HTC One advertised a series of advanced features, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 low light photographic effect is better. Samsung Galaxy S4 night view function, you may need to take some photos, to get the best results, but the final results will be better than the HTC One. In addition, low-light video capture, Samsung Galaxy S4 got the upper hand

HTC One optical image stabilization feature can bring a more stable shooting, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4 advantage, but the overall effect of the photo is too dark. In addition, the optical image stabilization feature is not a panacea, especially when shooting moving objects.

Evaluation Summary

The evaluation this point, I believe you have made a choice. Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC One, has its own advantages and disadvantages, but they represent the highest level of the current smartphone. Yes, they are actually for the high-end market, but the end user will be two completely different people, this is a subtle difference.

Samsung S4 contrast the HTC One: Who is the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 contrast HTC One

The HTC One might is a model of its all products in the past, the selling point is the most clear, this is a step forward. Not just superior industrial design and workmanship, Beats Audio the sound and BlinkFeed interface should young user groups of all ages. Social severe lovers may not care about the phone number of pixel, optical image stabilization and HTC Zoe powerful editing and sharing features will attract them. Of course, there is a need to mention exquisite appearance, HTC One aluminum body, any occasion is a good accessory.

Back to Samsung Galaxy S4, it looks really lack of novelty, so Samsung will focus on hardware performance and functionality in these areas completely beat. In fact, in this competition, you can see the Samsung Galaxy S4 more critical Competition victory, including a bigger and better screen, better software and performance, as well as camera features. HTC One vertical functions in the camera function, music and social class advantages Unfortunately whether Ultrapixels again how state-of-the-art, 400-megapixel camera can only be regarded as the standard in 2010.

Finally, we would like to say is that by winning the number to determine which phone is better, is not a good idea, because it may be those bright spots is not what you want. Instead, you should do a reference to this article, take a look at the Which mobile phone is more your appetite. Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One who is the best Android phone? It is up to you to choose.

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  • DJ Set

    Pictures are not working. Fix please