Google held the I/O 2013 conference in May and some expected to see the Nexus 5 and the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean at the San Francisco-based event. Well, the Mountain View-based giant didn’t announce any of them, but in a surprising move it announced a Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and the HTC One Google Edition is officially announced. Summing up, Google has teamed-up with two of the biggest smartphone manufactures on the market and transformed their flagship smartphones into Nexus-like terminals.
But what are the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Editions after all. Well they are using the same hardware platforms of the devices running the customized TouchWiz Nature UX and HTC Sense interfaces, but the Google Edition terminals are running an unaltered version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean bringing a Nexus-like user experience.
Of course, the Air Control Gestures of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Beats Audio and Zoe features of the HTC One are no longer available in the Google Edition of the two smartphones, but the devices will always be in the first wave of Android software updates, just like it’s happening with the members of the Nexus family.
Since the two smartphones will definitely be one of the best selling smartphones on the market I thought it’s about time to put them in a Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One Google Edition heads-on battle. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One Google Edition battle will be split in ten rounds where I will judge the smartphones’ performance based on Dimensions, Display, Memory, Connectivity, Operating System, Processor, Battery, Price, Design, and Camera.
The winner of a round will be awarded one points, and the winner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One Google Edition will be the smartphone that managed to score the most points. With all these being said, all I can to now is say “Gentlemen, let’s get ready to ruuumble!”
I thought the Dimensions round would be appropriate to begin with in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One Google Edition battle, because most of you are looking at this aspect when it comes to purchasing a new smartphone. Anyway, the smartphone makers are currently attempting to make their smartphones as thin and as light as possible, and, in the same time, provide a compact body while fitting large displays.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, while its HTC One Google Edition rival is 137.4 mm tall, 68.2 mm wide, and 9.3 mm thin. In terms of weight, the Galaxy S4 Google Edition has 130 grams, while the HTC One Google Edition has 143 grams, being 13 grams heavier than its rival.
As you probably noticed, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is the more compact terminal, despite the fact it has to accommodate a slightly larger display. Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is also thinner (7.9 mm vs 9.3 mm) and lighter than the HTC One Google Edition, so the Dimensions round goes to the flagship smartphone of the South Korean company. The first point of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One Google Edition battle goes to the SGS4 Google Edition.
To me and probably to many of you, the display is one of the most important parts of the smartphone, because you will have to look at it each time you get to use your smartphone.
The big players of the smartphone market have fitted full HD displays on their flagship smartphones for 2013, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and HTC One Google Edition make no exception from the rule.
While the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition boats a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels and Gorilla Glass 3 protection, the HTC One Google Edition packs a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 screen with a Gorilla Glass 2 protective layer and the same resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. Despite the fact that the pixel density is slightly higher on the HTC One (because it has the same resolution as the SGS4, but on a smaller display), you can’t really separate the two smartphones when it comes to their displays.
If you want a big screen that will display more information you will have to go for the Samsung Galaxy S4, but if you want your smartphone to be easier to handle with one hand you will have to choose the HTC One.
Moreover, the technologies used for the displays are different too, and each comes with advantages and disadvantages. While the Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is unrivaled when it comes to battery life, it performs badly under direct sun light. The Super LCD3 panel of the HTC One Google Edition comes with great brightens, but it simply can’t match the “true blacks” of the Super AMOLED unit.
Since the two smartphones come with similar displays both in terms of size and quality, this round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One Google Edition ends as tie.
Since Google Play Store accommodates loads of high quality content you will definitely need a lot of internal storage inside your smartphone, that’s why the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One Google Edition battle continues with the Memory round. The amount of RAM is equally important, as Android’s real multitasking will require some. Anyway, both come with 2 GB of RAM, thus we can’t differentiate them here.
The just like the smartphone it is based on, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google comes with 16 GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 64 GB. On the other hand the HTC One Google Edition has 32 GB of internal storage, but the unibody aluminium case of the smartphone didn’t allow the manufacturer to make a microSD card slot. While on the HTC One you will be stuck on 32 GB of storage, the Samsung Galaxy S4 can reach a total of 80 GB of storage.
It’s as simple as that. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is the device that provides the most internal storage, thus it is the winner of this round. +1 Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
The 4G support is one of the major selling points of the modern smartphones and the manufacturing companies know that, thus all the flagship devices are 4G-friendly nowadays. Of course, since both Samsung and HTC want their sales to skyrocket they included 4G LTE chips on their Galaxy S4 and HTC One terminals.
Let’s have a closer look at the connectivity features of the two smartphones engaged in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One Google Edition battle.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC chip, and microUSB 2.0. On the other hand the HTC One brings HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC chip, and microUSB 2.0.
Even though both smartphones come with an infrared port, it was announced that on the HTC One Google Edition the IR blaster was disabled. It’s not sure yet whether the IR blaster of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is fully functional out of the box, but I don’t see a reason why it should be, considering that the one of the HTC One was killed.
Either way, have no fear, as the infrared functionality can be resorted with ease with some simple mods.
Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and the HTC One Google Edition are practically identical in terms of connectivity features, this round has no winner.
How do you differentiate to smartphones that both run stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box? You don’t. Since we know from the beginning that this round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One Google Edition battle will be a draw, let’s talk about the benefits brought by the Android version that comes pre-loaded on the two devices.
Even though original Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with touchless gestures and eye tracking controls and the HTC One brings the highly-appreciated BlinkFeed and Zoe, the Google Editions of the two smartphones lost all these features, over a stock Android and over an update system that will include them in the first wave of devices.
But is it worth losing all those features over the stock Android. Of course it does. First of all you will get that Nexus-like experience and get the feel of the real Android, second, and most important, you will be among the first to receive the latest Android updates. Moreover, both the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and the HTC One Google Edition come with unlocked bootloaders which means less headaches.
Summing up, the HTC One Google Edition wins the operating system battle. Neah, I was messing with you. The Galaxy S4 Google Edition has won the OS battle. Oh, it’s a draw? Again? So be it.
If you take a look at the high-end smartphones that saw the light of day in the first half of the year your will quickly figure out which is the most popular solution when it comes to processing units: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chipset.
As you probably know, there are to Samsung Galaxy S4 variants out there, one powered by the company’s proprietary Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four Cortex A15 cores at 1.6 GHz (for the tasks that require more processing power) and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz (for improved battery life) and another one based on a Snapdragon 600 SoC with a quad-core Krait 300 CPU clocked at 1.9 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. Google and Samsung chose the latter one to become the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
The HTC One is powered by the same Snapdragon 600 chipset, but unlike the one used for the Galaxy S4, it has a clock speed of 1.7 GHz. If you say that 200 MHz is not to much of a difference, I will come to contradict you. The benchmark tests have proven that extra 200 MHz of the Samsung Galaxy S4 can help the GS4 beat the HTC One at a difference of 5,000 points in AnTuTu and 600 points in GeekBench.
Since higher benchmark scores usually mean more processing power and processing power is what we’re comparing here, this round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One Google Edition battle is won by the flagship smartphone of the South Korean phone maker.
Let’s face it, the battery life is one of the biggest issues of the modern smartphones. Just like Google’s Larry Page stressed the smartphones can barely go past one day of moderate usage and the smartphone manufacturers should really try to do something about this.
Just like the original Samsung Galaxy S4, the Google Edition of the already popular smartphone is powered by a removable Li-Ion 2,600 mAh battery. We’ve got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4 here at Android Geeks and the flagship smartphone of the South Korea-primarily based firm can simply make it thru one and a 1/2 days of standard utilization, which is lovely first rate.
Alternatively, the HTC One comes with a 2,300 mAh battery, however you’ll no longer be capable to dispose of it because of the unibody case. We’ve examined the HTC One as smartly, and we’ve viewed that the terminal can simply make it via at some point of reasonable utilization, however no longer earlier past this level.
Because the Google Variations of the 2 aforementioned smartphones include the identical battery devices as the unique variations, the autonomy of the smartphones will just about be the identical, that’s why this spherical of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Variation vs HTC One Google Adaptation fight goes to the SGS4.
Each gadgets will go on sale solely via Google Play Retailer, and each will most effective be on hand on the United States market. Whereas some reviews are announcing that the HTC One Google Model will best be on hand in 50,000 copies as soon as it hits Google’s digital retailer, there are not any important points in regards to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Version availability.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Model can be on hand with sixteen GB of storage at a cost of $ 649, in fact contract free, whereas the 32 GB edition of the HTC One Google Adaptation could have a price ticket of $ 599.
On the grounds that 50 bucks is 50 bucks, the HTC One wins this spherical of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Variation vs HTC One Google Version battle.
For my part there’s no level evaluating the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Adaptation and the HTC One Google Variation with regards to design as there’s a transparent winner proper from the beginning.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 continues the design language offered ultimate 12 months with the Galaxy S3, however when compared with its successor, the brand new flagship comes with a just right having a look bezel across the edges with an aluminium ending. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is thinner than its successor, and appears far more strong, whereas the skinny bezel across the show makes it seem to be extra compact. As basic, the South Koreans used plastic for the case of their flagship smartphone, however this subject material additionally comes with benefits, because it provides get right of entry to to the battery slot.
There’s definitely that the HTC One is an amazingly having a look smartphone. It has an aluminium case that appears terrific, however, sadly, the unibody development gained’t will let you trade its battery.
HTC did a perfect job with the design of the HTC One, because the smartphone brings unrivalled design traces and, in my view, I’m appreciating that the digicam sensor blends with the design of the again. The whole thing seems to be nice on the HTC One, from the reasonably bended again to the grilles of the entrance audio system.
The HTC One Google Variation wins this spherical of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Adaptation vs HTC One Google Variation by way of miles and ratings some other treasured level.
It’s going to be an enchanting spherical right here, as each smartphones include spectacular digital camera sensors, every in line with a distinct know-how. Furthermore the unique variations of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One include proprietary digital camera options, however all disappeared when the inventory Android was once put in.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Variation includes a thirteen megapixel digital camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1,080p@30fps video recording make stronger, and simultaneous HD video and picture recording, geo-tagging, contact focal point, face and smile detection, picture stabilization, and HDR, whereas the entrance going through 2 megapixel sensor is recording full HD movies.
Whereas many of the smartphone producers determined to suit thirteen megapixel sensors on the again of their flagship smartphones of 2013 (see Samsung Galaxy S4, LG Optimus G Professional, Sony Xperia Z), the Taiwanese firm has put its cash on a four megapxiel sensor with UltraPixel know-how. What are the options of the HTC One Google Variation four megapixel UltraPixel digital camera? I’m happy you’ve requested. It comes with autofocus, LED flash, 1/three” sensor measurement, 2µm pixel dimension, simultaneous HD video and picture recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, optical picture stabilization, and entire HD video recording strengthen at 30fps.
The consumer-dealing with digital camera of the HTC One Google Variation has a 2.1 megapixel sensor with give a boost to for 1,080p@30fps video recording and HDR.
The actual lifestyles checks have confirmed that the cameras of the 2 smartphones are lovely equivalent, however the four megapixel UltraPixel unit of the HTC One has a mild benefit with regards to taking pictures images in low gentle prerequisites. For this specific cause this spherical of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Variation vs HTC One Google Version combat goes to the Taiwanese flagship smartphone.
Right here we’re on the finish of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Version vs HTC One Google Model war of words. Let’s return and take a look at how the struggle of the inventory Android-powered flagships went.
We handled two highly effective smartphones, consequently we had three rounds ending as a draw. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Variation and HTC One Google Variation have been equally matched when it got here to Show, Connectivity, and Running Device, for the reason that two smartphones percent full HD shows with equivalent sizes and have all of the connectivity choices useful of up to date smartphones, whereas operating the most recent inventory Android variations.
The HTC One Google Adaptation got here on prime when it got here to Worth, Design, and Digital camera, courtesy of the $ 50 distinction, amazingly-having a look aluminium unibody case, and top of the range four megapixel UltraPixel sensor. Three factors for the HTC One Google Adaptation
Then again, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Version scored 4 factors, outmatching its rival as a result of it’s thinner and lighter, it has extra storage, extra processing energy, and longer battery lifestyles, profitable the Dimensions, Reminiscence, Processor, and Battery rounds.
For my part, the smartphone co-developed through the South Korean firm and the Mountain View-based totally large wins the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Variation vs HTC One Google Adaptation struggle, however you can also suppose in any other case. Possibly I misjudged sure elements. Possibly the HTC One Google Model deserved to win. Be happy to show me mistaken within the feedback part beneath.