Samsung Galaxy S 4 Reviews May Boost HTC One Sales

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-04-29 Print this article Print

"The Galaxy S 4 is a good choice for people at opposite ends of the technical spectrum: gadget hounds who love to customize at one end, and (thanks to Easy Mode) the easily overwhelmed at the other," he wrote.

While calling the S 4's basics "excellent" and describing it as overall a "fast, bright pocket rocket," Pogue added that those in the middle of the technical spectrum might find the S 4 "buggy in spots and laden with not-quite-there features."

Speaking volumes for HTC, Pogue also mentioned the One in his S 4 review—writing that the S 4's plastic is "lightweight and grippy, but not as classy as the iPhone's glass or the HTC One's metal"—and so did The Verge's David Pierce.

Pierce not only wrote that from a design perspective the iPhone 5 and the HTC One "should make Samsung very, very nervous" but went as far as to say: "I don't like holding this phone, and I can't overstate how much that informs the experience of using it. It makes an awful first impression, slippery and slimy and simply unpleasant in your hand."

He went on, "Samsung's proven repeatedly that people don't care about build quality, or at least will overlook it in favor of features and performance, but the landscape's different now. The HTC One is a powerful, feature-rich device that is also beautiful and classy, while Samsung's handset feels like an overpowered children's toy."

Which is not to say there aren't things to like about the S 4, in particular its display, which is 5 inches on the diagonal and (as Pierce writes) a "ridiculous" 441 pixels per inch. It's gorgeous, but oversaturates some colors in a way that some people might mind, if they're able to stop being mesmerized by it.

Pierce also found the camera, and its Santa list of features, to be excellent, and generally acknowledged that the S 4 is a "technological achievement—there's no question about that."

Again comparing it to the HTC One, he concluded, "You can have the far better-looking phone or you can have the slightly better-performing phone—and you really can't choose wrong."

But Pierce ended his review of the Samsung S 4 by writing, "When my contract is up in June, I'll probably be casting my lot with HTC instead of Samsung."

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