Samsung Galaxy S4 is out in the wild to get your money or your monthly plan. It comes with impressive hardware, which is a step up from the previous generation, the Galaxy S3. But what makes the Galaxy S4 really special are its applications and features – the software side. So, we’re telling you beforehand to check them out, if you’re looking to make a choice between the Galaxy S4 and other devices, such as the HTC One or the iPhone 5. We’re going to compare only “paper specs”, so in order for the competition to be fair, you have to consider the special features of the Galaxy S4.

Likewise, you have to consider what’s also special about the HTC One and the iPhone 5. You will see, for example, on our comparison table that the HTC One has a stereo loudspeaker, but unless you know more details about it (which you can discover from our hands-on video), you won’t really understand what makes it so special. Use this comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and the iPhone 5 as a tool which will help you make the right choice, and research even more. But, in the end, it’s all about the taste.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One vs iPhone 5: Specifications Confronted

samsung galaxy s4 vs htc one vs iphone 5


When it comes to the build, what we are most interested is this – which device is the lightest, thinnest and good to hold. And if you’ve got your hands on the iPhone 5, then you’ll agree that it is, indeed, the winner in this battle. At only 0.25 pounds (113 grams) and only 0.3 inch thin (7.62 mm), the single thing that stops you from mistaking it with a toy it’s the back which is made from anodized aluminum. The Samsung Galaxy S4 isn’t too far in terms of thickness (0.31 inch), which is quite an achievement, if we take into account that this is a 5 inch monster. And it’s also surprising to see that the Galaxy S4 actually weighs less than the HTC One.

HTC One also has something special to convince those that want to make their choice only between the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5. Music lovers will appreciate this – the stereo loudspeaker delivers an increased sound and offers a better music experience. Of course, making a party with it is out of the question.


Samsung Galaxy S4 has the biggest display – 4.99 inch but that’s really about tastes. From what I saw, most people will consider huge anything that goes beyond 4 inch, let alone 4.5. So, the real battle here is on resolution: pixel per inch. HTC One has a 468 ppi, beating the Galaxy S4 by 27 pixels. Chances are that you won’t notice this difference, but it’s good to know who has the crown. Otherwise, the difference doesn’t really matter and I dare to say that even if you’ll look at an iPhone 5, you’ll still think the quality is somewhat similar.

Personally, I think that 5-inch screen is too big and after playing around with the HTC One at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I had the feeling that this is the right size – 4.7 inch. But, once again, it’s all about personal taste and usability here.

Processor, Memory & Storage

It’s pretty tough to compare processors even if you rely on the best benchmarking apps that there are. The test is different each time, and you have to take into account every little detail. The best way to test the processing power of a phone is to play with it. So, whenever you get your chance, open up as many apps as you can and fire up the thing. If we’d compare only frequencies, then Galaxy S4 would be the winner with 1.9 Ghz for its US version of the processor, or the 8-core 1.6GHz for its international version, the Exynos 5 Octa. But until we see the first benchmarks and reviews with the Galaxy S4, we can’t really tell for sure.

HTC One comes with a 1.7 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor which is newer than the Snapdragon S4 present in the US Version of the Galaxy S4. But when it comes to RAM, the latest released device is the winner here – 2 GB of DDR3. You can only understand what that means if you play around with it.


13 megapixels – what more can you say? HTC tried a marketing flick with their “Ultrapixel” camera, which was pretty good actually, but it didn’t manage to convincingly better the one from the iPhone 5. And Galaxy S4 comes with f/2.2 lens, so we can hope it translates into better pictures. Also thanks to its Dual Camera mode which allows for both cameras to be used in the same time. But the real winner can only be decided after thorough tests.

Battery & Sensors

One of the best things about the Galaxy S4 is the inclusion of so many sensors. Here they are:

  • Compass (Magnetometer)
  • Proximity
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Thermostat
  • Humidistat
  • Infrared

With so many sensors inside, imagine how many apps will developers create. And imagine how many things your Galaxy S4 will be able to do. And the 2600 mAh battery is a big helper, no doubt. And unlike the iPhone, it is removable. Samsung Galaxy S4 also comes with wireless charging, so plugs are your last concern.

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  • Baba

    Galaxy s4 the winner no question about it

  • Pete

    I’d agree that the SGS4 beats the others in terms of power, but the HTC One still has plenty of juice and that combined with (what I consider) a better screen, better speakers and far far better quality and design (it’s beautiful!) will win me over every time. Lets see how they do in benchmarks before we judge though. Snapdragon have a good past of pulled vast amounts of power from their processors (proven with the S3/S4 vs Tegra 3). As for the iPhone 5.. how anyone can say it wins after looking at that chart I don’t know. Especially as the phone (SIM-only) costs £50 MORE than the HTC One..? Paying more for less (IN MY OPINION <— ).

  • Josh Thompson

    The S4 only has the HTC One beat in terms of features (Gimmicks) which translates to a lot of memory being used. That is why out of the “advertised” 16G’s on the S4 only around 8G’s are available. Not to mention there have been reports of the S4 being very laggy.

  • scheyst

    HTC is pretty but Samsung has the better hardware and is going to last longer. I’m writing this from the HTC one I just purchased, going to swap it for a s4 tomorrow. Removable battery, DDR3, 1.9 ghz, Gorrilla Glass 3, and expandable storage is great. I’m going to root out all the bloatware so that’s not a concern. Factor in the better camera, better recording audio quality and substantially larger battery and the HTC seems to be little more than a shiny gimmick. If I cared about pretty and hip devices I’d be getting an iPhone not a flagship droid device.

  • Gandalf

    This chart is not correct, de CPU of the SGS4 is a Snapdragon 600, just like te htc one. The snapdragon s4pro is used in the Xperia Z.

    • Raju

      Yes, you’re right there

      • Karl

        No your not it depends if you buy it in the US or Europe, they have different models

  • jesus

    get the htc is you want a walkman, get the s4 if you want a phone that does everything else…

  • Amarante

    Apparently all the sensors in the s4 take up lots and lots of battery. I can say this from my friend’s experience. He has the s4 but has to keep all the sensors turned off so it doesn’t run out of battery during the day.

  • The Gnome

    What a bunch of spec whores. The reason to buy a certain phone isn’t even listed here.

  • Sonu K Nidhi

    4 megapixel ..Is that affect the photo quality of HTC one?
    or is it 4 ultra pixel??

  • Jennifer Gierke

    This chart is suppose to be factual not a debate. What a worthless chart!