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On last week's podcast, the question "HTC One or Galaxy S4?" came up, and was posed to each host. We all made our call, and now it's your turn. While I know many of you have no interest in either of these phones, today's question is not what your ideal phone is, but given a choice between them - which would you get? And no, 'neither' is not an option.

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Each phone has its advantages and disadvantages - that's clear. The One is a beautiful piece of design with a few hardware tricks up its sleeve - dual front-facing speakers, a novel rear camera, and all aluminum chassis. The Galaxy S4 has a big 5" SAMOLED display, a boatload of new software features, removable battery, and a microSD card slot. There are likely dozens of other reasons to choose one over the other - but that's what you're here for. Sound off in the comments with the reasoning behind your choice.

HTC One, or Galaxy S4?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    I love a lot of the specs that the SIV is packing (802.11ac especially) but I just know it's going to be poorly executed because it's Samsung. A cheap plastic-y device with poor reception.
    I absolutely love the aluminum look of the HTC One, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

    If neither had MicroSD slot or removable battery and I wasn't on Verizon (or at least there was some real regularity of updates), I would pick the "The One" just for hardware, since software and firmware can always be updated to have certain functions (which I'm sure is the main reason people are acting so butthurt about the S4 on top of the usual "underdog" argument of pretending to knock Samsung down a peg to help HTC).

    However, I do trust Samsung and they were my first smartphone and my S1 still works fine and I've PURPOSELY dropped it numerous times in front of iPhone users with broken screens and just said "Oh look... Samsung, no broken." I don't think I'll do that with an S2 and up though.

    Of course, my REAL choice is the Note II or III, followed by checking whatever the new GooMoto-X Phone is (I just hope Google doesn't MAKE them go no SD Slot when every other Motorola phone has one).

  • sliders7

    Nothing can beat instant battery replacement during important moments.
    Galaxy S4 ftw! ... non removable batt phones can only use power bank and waiting and waiting and waiting...

  • Usaamah Gill

    Hate soft keys, dont really like physicals (though LGs light up one on the G Pro is somewhat nice.. just because it lights up really.. Capacitative are the best, well my favourite (Optimus G)... Im not sure I think Ill wait for the next gen phones (Optimus G2 in fall) to pick my fav :)

  • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

    I'd go with the One for the speakers / aluminum. The S4 for sd and removable battery?
    I wouldn't give up my N4 for either (That's a lie, I'd trade it, sell it, buy a new Nexus 4 and have money)

  • http://twitter.com/chrisfl1963 Chris Taylor

    I won a HTC One on line and waiting for it to show up at my home. Can't wait I hope HTC hits a home run with this phone. The one thing they need to do is fire the pr company that runs there ads. Find someone that will talk about the built quality of the HTC phones! My first HTC was a HTC ATT Tilt Windows phone, I don't miss that brick of a phone.

  • I Like Games

    S4, seriously no expandable memory is a deal breaker regardless of how good the device is. Anyone who thinks that no one needs expandable memory then take a look at other countries cause let me tell you in Australia data plans and data usage is expensive and to have everything in the cloud you waste a lot of money when you can just put in a $40 32GB MicroSD card and store things there.

    Cloud usage and streaming uses a lot of data and eats up money while a MicroSD card is a one off purchase and is cheaper in the ;long run.

  • Tanner

    hahaha i dont know if all of you are very familiar with phone but i work at verizon and htc is the most common phone that comes into this store with problems, s4 takes the win for everything and is a rock solid phone and has already proved that with the last gen phones where htc has nothing to show for it.

  • D’Marie Selah

    What aa. I love to have that phone HTC One or Samsung S4 ♥ i hope i can get it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/samyak.ranjan Samyak Ranjan

    HTC One.
    Hardware Innovation is much more important than the New Software Tricks.
    We all need good speakers and Camera more than the ability to scroll down without hands.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003969287275 Abhinandanbr Abhi

      s4 has better camera

      • http://twitter.com/BoB1673 BoB1673

        ha ha

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        • Abhinandan

          I did not mean low light.Low light htc one is the best. But day light Gs4 has better saturation.One makes it too saturated in daylight.

  • Richard Trepanier

    Once HTC realizes that no matter how much you put into it's sound, without replaceable batteries and External SD expansion you'll never be more than a droid iphone. Customization is why droid leap ahead of iOS to begin with with the S3. Want something heavier and non expandable.. get an iphone. Ever since the original Galaxy S, and i watch peoples eyes when i switch my batteries (which i've always had 5 of fully charged to choose from) those iphone people have always envied that convinence. So pump up the beats HTC, but do it thinking of where the nearest wall socket is like those iphone people have always done.

    • Richard Trepanier

      Oh and before somebody says something like all that extra money on batteries. The original battery in the phone, plus bought two on kijiki for $15 in my city. Also, bought two extra, that came with a plug in charger from China on Ebay that cost me all together a whopping $8 but took awhile to deliver though. So 4 extra batteries, plus another charger for $23.. doesn't seem fair does it?

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  • Mark Williams

    What happens when the HTC One's battery dies??? Galaxy S4 for me

    • Mark Williams

      But first I want to see what this Xphone is going to be:-)

  • http://www.y8u.org/ Y8

    I have seen numerous articles about this idea before. I've not taken them serious so far because of the various and alternative techniques you accustomed to convey your ideas.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    With the S4 being eventually available with stock Android on the Play Store, I'd vote for that one.

  • http://www.kubuntu.org/ Lilian A. Moraru

    +1 for Samsung Galaxy S4.
    If you picked up HTC One you will regret it when a new Android update pops up... On Android devices you can't get any better support than Samsung.

  • George Dabler

    HTC One
    got less marketing junks