Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z: The Final Word

With a plethora of big phones on the racks in 2013, you must be wondering about which one is the best. The strengths and weaknesses of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z are discussed below:

Design:

As far as the design is concerned, there is a wide disparity among these three models. While the Samsung Galaxy S4 possesses a construction similar to its predecessor, has a polycarbonate look, is light weighted and has a 5-inch screen pushing much closer to the edge of the handset, it does lose out on the overall feel to the Sony Xperia Z—which is definitely worth its worth in cash. Regardless of its plastic casing and design the Xperia is value for money due to its waterproof and dustproof features.

The HTC One is the masterpiece amongst the three. Its full aluminum shell makes it durable as well as attractive.

Features:

All three of the devices on test here have a lot of attempted innovation on board, although some are more impressive than others. Let’s start with the Sony Xperia Z, a phone that promises a lot from the revamped brand. The Smart Connect and the Xperia Link allow you to use the phone’s internet connection to other devices. That’s a familiar feature, but you can remotely set it to function from another device, without having to dig it out of the pocket on a commute.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is probably the most feature-rich of the three, with a whole heap of ‘innovation’ on board. Be it scrolling with your eyes, waving your hand over the phone to move through photos or internet pages or just keeping track of your peepers to maintain screen brightness, there’s a lot going on here.

If Samsung was looking for an approach to ape, we’d heartily recommend the HTC way of doing things. The One has loads of filler features: be it the UltraPixel camera that can take low light pictures, the BoomSound microphones that prevent distortion when recording at high volume, or the simple user interface, there’s a lot here to love.

Ease of use:

The Sony Xperia Z and the HTC One both share a common operating system in the shape of Android 4.1 whereas, the Galaxy S4’s runs on Android 4.2. If we look at this category Samsung Galaxy S4 is in third place. That’s not to criticize it too much, as it’s an excellent OS and one that really rewards the user the more you dig into it.

The HTC One is more accessible, from the reduction in apps on the grid to the more helpful tutorial screens that litter the phone when you turn it on. The blend of simplicity and power here is what makes the HTC One a better choice.

 

Value for money:

When it comes to value for money, there is a slight disparity between the three, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes at the wrong end of it. It’s available for £580 SIM free, where the other two can be nabbed for £530 and £490 respectively. But there’s no doubt that the Galaxy S4 offers less value for money than the other two, simply because it has arguably the lowest design values and the highest price. It’s got some decent internals, but there’s a worry that the South Korean brand is getting a little too much like Apple in its high-end price strategy.

Performance:

In terms of performance, there’s very little to choose between the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. The latter nudges it in the Antutu Android test, but its honours even in the browser benchmarking tests, showing that there’s not much to choose here if you’re going to raw power.

Camera:

The camera on all three phones is excellent – but there’s a big difference between the three. Well, not so much the Sony or the Samsung option, as both are rocking a 13MP sensor, but when it comes to the HTC One, you’ll have to make do with a 4MP option.

The Samsung camera is the most powerful of the three, as while it packs the same resolution as the Xperia Z, it manages to come up trumps when trying to frame the perfect shot. Only feature we like in the HTC One are that it lets you capture Zoes, which are 3.6-second clips instead of a photo. These not only automatically make highlight reels of your night out or holiday, but also let you do really cool things like sequence shot and object removal much more easily than with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

CPU / RAM:

All three phones are pretty similar here: the One, Z and S4 all pack 2GB of RAM to help power things along, but as you can see from the benchmarking graphs, Sony is struggling to keep up with the other two.

HTC made the decision to move to Qualcomm Krait, and despite being slower than the Galaxy S4 (coming in at 1.7GHz clock speed) manages to match it blow for blow in the benchmarking tests. It also performs nigh-on flawlessly even in the heavy lifting.

Screen:

This is such an important part of the smartphone experience, and all three offer something different in display terms, although Full HD resolution has been packed into each handset.

The HTC One has the brightest screen, but the Galaxy S4 has a much more balanced tone with the Super AMOLED (which has been set to the most neutral color mode) when viewed normally. The Sony Xperia Z has the best clarity, but that comes at a price as it’s also the noisiest.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses a Super AMOLED Full HD screen, which is a whole new type of technology. This allows an almost infinite contrast ratio, as the black parts of the screen are true black and not slightly grey while masking the backlight needed to light up the screen.

Battery:

It’s very difficult to talk about how strong a phone’s battery is, as so many people use it for different things. Any phone is going to crumble in hours if you do a lot of video streaming, and using the camera loads (with all the processing going on) will similarly chuck the juice out the battery door.

The HTC One and the Xperia Z both did the best at the video playback test, with both of these only losing 19% when playing back a 90-minute video whereas, the Galaxy S4 only dropped another 2%, with 79% juice left at the end, so it’s not a big problem at all.

The HTC One seems to be the winner considering the Taiwanese brand for making something so usable and well designed. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a powerhouse, and one that we like to use day to day a lot, but it’s definitely all evolution without much in the way of revolution in smartphone terms. The Sony Xperia Z feels like a great step forward for the electronics giant with full of great ideas, but needs some design and interface work before it can be considered a true great.

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Apple iPhone 5S Vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs HTC One: The Uncompromising World of Mobile Cameras

 

With smartphone befitting a better alternative of cameras, the photo shooting expertise of phones is becoming a focus point for all phone and camera review sites. Recently we held a shootout of the cameras to prove camera efficiency of iPhone 5S over the Galaxy S4. HTC One also scored high but in low light conditions.

HTC is trying to improve on camera tech with its each version. The One sports an Ultrapixel camera that supports low-light shots with its large sensors to pull in more light.

According to sources, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel sensor against the iPhone 5S 8MP which makes a difference in photo size only. Samsung would have to definitely work out on optics as more megapixels becoming less important specs these days.

The fact that smartphone is the only camera option for majority of its buyers; companies with superior camera technology will attract more buyers across the globe. The upcoming iPhone 5S is all the more welcome with a better camera than iPhone 5. Some reports do indicate that a higher-resolution camera with enhanced low-light mode and a larger LED flash are in store for the 5S.

If all reports are true, the iPhone 5S becomes more camera-centric to sway buyers.… Read the rest

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HTC One Vs Sony Xperia Z Vs Samsung Galaxy S4: The Mystery Behind That Powerful Camera

HTC One:  you will never miss a shot with the powerful quad-core processor of the HTC One in place. The minimalist design, remarkable picture quality and high resolution of its 8MP camera, makes the smart phone a priceless possession for digital capture lovers.

One of the noteworthy features of this camera is that it allows users to take pictures even as they shoot HD videos. The HTC One delivers clear and vivid pictures even in low light and has a speedy one second start-up, simultaneous 1080HD video and imaging and rapid-fire continuous shooting. The HTC Image Chip allows great clicks– regardless of movement and lighting.

Samsung Galaxy S4: The improved and much enhanced picture quality of the Galaxy S4 makes it one of the best handsets in the competition. Along with a rear camera equipped with a whopping 13MP sensor, high shutter speed, clarity and high resolution, the Galaxy S4 also features Drama Shot—which allows users to create a collage of sequential photos, in a single image. It also has a 2MP front-facing camera, with dual shot, Cinema Photo and Dual Video Call features.

Sony Xperia Z: The pleasures of clicking with a “Sony” are replicated with the Sony Xperia Z’s 13 megapixel camera. The handset comes powered by the Exmor RS technology for mobiles, which allows users to click highly detailed pictures –silently and even in extremely poor light conditions. The camera also boasts of video-calling, HDR quality and high definition clarity.

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Delay Of HTC One Is Becoming Handsome Gain Of Sony Xperia Z And The Upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4

 

HTC One is not coming to UK until March 29th. HTC itself has confirmed the postponed date of HTC One release.

An official statement was reported by Android Central “We will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April.”

It is being said that the reasons for the delay is shortage in mobile parts such as camera module and voice call monitor. Rumors suggest that HTC would only be able to ship 800,000 and 1,200,000 units in the upcoming months and if this is true then there is going to be extreme shortage of HTC One which may give upper hand to Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z.… Read the rest

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HTC One Leads The Game- HTC To Incorporate Blinkfeed And Ultrapixel In Mid-Range Smartphones

HTC simply targets reaching the top of the mobile mountain before anybody else. With the latest plan to include features from its higher-end HTC One in its later models for the mid-range segment, this seems an ultimate ambition. If you are set to guess what specs could make way into these HTC darlings, then it would be nothing less than Ultrapixel and Blinkfeed.

 

While the latter is a lovely RSS feed, the former is HTC’s exclusive clicker technology. However, the basic challenge lies in incorporating the Utlrapixel in mid-budget smarties.

For now, HTC One has lapped up fans galore. Perhaps, the financial stress the makers are in could be wiped with the success of One. The makers would not stop with the One and all its future phones could be as sexy as this.

 

Phil Roberson, Head of HTC Ireland and UK says, “Wherever the technology is possible, we’re looking to take as much of the technology and enrich all of our customers.”… Read the rest

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HTC One All Set To Take Wings On March 22, Is It Going To Be Backbreaking For Blackberry Z10 And Sony Xperia Z ?

 

We have already updated you with the rumor about the price of HTC One. Just to rehash the 32GB version would be priced at $199.99 with a two year contract and 64 GB version would be priced at $299.99.  Now we have with us the dates of the launch. It is being heard that HTC one would get catapulted on March 22 and major carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are already making big plans for it.

HTC One comes with some strong features which would give a tough competition to recently launched BlackBerry Z 10 and Sony Xperia Z.

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