Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Apr 2013 22:21 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The reviews are universally positive, and virtually everyone seems to agree: the HTC One is one heck of an Android device, and quite possibly the best phone currently on the market. Outstanding build quality, great design, fast - and just like the One X before it, it looks like to me it's a far better phone than its Galaxy counterparts. Why, then, is no one buying HTC phones?
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Comment by Troels
by Troels on Tue 9th Apr 2013 10:30 UTC
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Funny this should come up, those were the exact two phones i was considering. I am coming from an iPhone 4, so it will be a fairly big switch.

I love the design of the HTC One, the aluminium body is beautiful, and i personally think this is the only well designed phone of the modern smartphones that does not contain an Apple logo.

I do not exactly love the design of the S4, i think it looks fairly plain. I haven't actually touched it yet, but i don't like the feeling of cheap plastic of the S2 or S3, and apparently the S4 is the same.

Unfortunately there are many more parameters than design.

I like the fact that they managed to squeeze a 5" display into the S4 without making the phone bigger.

I am not sold on the "ultrapixels" of the HTC One, sure low light photos look good, but i like being able to crop the images, and with 4 MP that is stretching it. I do think 13 is taking it a bit too far in the other direction, but for me it is the better compromise, though i would have been more happy with 8.

It is just silly that the HTC logo is not a button.

While i don't trust either company when it comes to OS updates, the S4 at least starts out with the most recent release.

The S4 has wireless charging, not 100% sure i will actually buy a charger for it, but i like having the option in case i get tired fiddling with the micro USB plug. (why people think it is a disadvantage instead of an advantage that the iPhone does not use micro USB is still a mystery to me)

I am having problems staying within the 32 Gb of my current phone, so having an SD slot is a plus.

I don't really care about the removable battery, if it can just last through the day then that is fine for me since i always plug in the phone when i go to bed.

I do like the front facing stereo speakers of the HTC.

All in all for me, as a tool and entertainment device, the S4 won the match by a fairly comfortable margin. And even then i still wish it looked like the HTC...

I also considered a Nexus 4, but it was knocked out by the S4. The only benefit i can find there is the fact that it runs stock android, which made me very tempted, but it wasn't enough. The display is ok, but not that great. The fact that it uses the display for the buttons makes it almost false advertising to call it 4.7", though at least there is software that allow you to hide them, the camera is not very good, and it is stuck at 16GB which would definitely annoy me, and the final straw was all the reports about cracking of the rear glass, i don't want to have to handle it more gently than an iPhone 4.

I would love an S4 dressed as a HTC One running the software from the Nexus 4 though :-)

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