This weekend's poll is simple, and quite related to a poll we had at the beginning of this month. After weighing the pros, cons, and costs of a Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 or HTC One, did you end up dropping cold, hard cash to get your hands on one? These "vanilla" Android devices provide a Nexus-like user experience on what are likely the two best Android phones currently on sale, something enthusiasts have been clamoring for since, well, probably before I ever started writing for Android Police.


Vote in the poll below, and let your full thoughts and reasoning be known in the comments.

Did you buy a Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 or HTC One?

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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.

  • Guest

    s4 OFC

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    No, already have a HTC One, why would i buy another when i can flash a rom, which i won't of course, don't want to lose features, ain't worth it.

  • Nick

    My S3 pooped out on me yesterday. I just sent it in for RMA. The Rep was telling me it could be a board issue... so i hope they will fix it, even though I have it unlocked/custom rom and the whole 9 yards.

    If not, I'm really looking at the HTC One Nexus Edition... mmmmm

  • Matt

    My Nexus 4 is still holding up pretty well and was substantially cheaper unlocked (nearly half the price). I'll wait until the next Nexus phone. If the price point and hardware seem like a good match and I can still sell the old one on eBay for a decent price, then I'll likely upgrade then. Otherwise, I wouldn't mind keeping it for another year as long as it's getting updates.

  • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

    I have a nexus 4, definitely no and if wanted to buy one of them I would buy the stock edition not the Google edition because if ever wanted stock I would just flash CM . I think the Google edition is for people who want stock but they dont want to know about root ... etc

    • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

      I disagree. I've flashed my last 3 phones with various ROMs (for various reasons). I want stock because I want stock. If I wanted CM, I'd do that - but I don't.

      • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

        I don't really see a big difference between stock and cm and besides I guess these Google edition phones will get Roms based on stock like galaxy s4

      • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

        MMmm... maybe, Its is noticeably faster than CM ....

  • Erik Michel

    I think there should be a "Not Yet" option.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      There's no reason to make this any more complicated than it is. If you did, you did, if you didn't, you didn't. If you want to explain why you didn't (you haven't yet), that is what this nice little area down here is for. I even offered an option for those outside the US.

      • Erik Michel

        Well I was just giving my opinion :)

      • sorandkairi

        Not yet, would've included the outside of ability to purchase persons as well...

      • antifud

        uh, that wouldn't be making it complicated. That would be including the reality: some people may want to get one but simply haven't yet. Without that, the only option is "I did not buy one". Which doesn't address interest in one.

  • Bojan Gutic

    Nah... I'll stick with the Nexus 4 due to the price.

    • Brian Monyoncho

      had the nexus 4 till i cracked it and the thing became useless and untouchable so good luck homies

  • Kobaljov

    No, as
    - the OS updates are not as fast as for the Nexuses
    - too expensive
    - not the Active version of the S4

  • Marc Edwards

    i haven't bought one. one simple reason. S4 active.

  • Zach Berger

    I would but I'm on Verizon.

  • Joseph Pojunis

    The price..it burns. I'll stick with the Nexus 4 until this fall.

  • Otto Prime

    Regular HTC One will be getting flashed to AOSP with Play Edition blobs n stuffs.

  • Logan

    Nope. Bought a Nexus 4 instead. I couldn't justify the extra money for the bit better SoC and screen. Not to mention that the Nexus 4 went down to $300 flat for the 16GB from Koodo in Canada.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      And build quality, and camera, and radios, and storage, and battery, and... everything XD.

      But $300 Nexus 4 is an awesome deal :)

      • lewishnl

        The Nexus 4 has great build quality (unquestionably better than the S4, maybe not better than the One). The Nexus has a pretty damn decent camera, not mind blowing, but frankly, none of these replace a good (I mean like $300) digital camera/DSLR. Radios -> Most of the world doesn't care about LTE, it's either too expensive, not available near you or not much better than HSDPA or all of the above. Storage -> Fair play, but 16GB should be fine with internet access. Battery -> The Nexus 4 has great battery life, it may not have as big a battery as the others, but it's only powering a 720p screen so it lasts well.

  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    Purchased three Nexus 4's instead ;)

  • Babs Oyed

    Waiting for the Note 3 (best phone in the world even if not significantly improved over the Note 2) and if I wasn't, I still wouldn't be buying either of these phones. They are clearly functionally inferior to non stock versions so if there was no Note then I would be going for the second best phone in the world which is the SGSIV. Sorry HTC, your phone is great, but it places third.

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    I've had a Nexus 4 since November, no need to replace it.

  • macd

    Htc 1 rocks

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    It's not available in my country, but I'm wondering if I should import one (HTC ONE). My biggest concern is the next Nexus, which is going to be launched relatively soon, on the other hand, I'm sick of my SGS2 and I want to throw it on a garbage can daily.

  • matt

    i got the standard htc one and flashed a rom (android revolution) 2 days after, enjoying sense 5 quite a bit. nice change from the stock look which most standard roms (cyanogemod, AOKP, liquid smooth, etc.) use and works very well, especially with a few tweaks installed. plus the 32 GB of memory is something ive really come to value since all my phones were normally 16 GB, after this ill never get another 16 GB phone again

  • ianoopt

    Bought Nexus in November and still happy with it. Bought T-Mobile S4 for wife outright especially for the camera features. I hate T-Wiz but there are ways to put it behind themes and launchers. There is no point in spending that money for a normal camera software in GE S4 IMO.

  • ranova

    I just bought the Nexus 4 instead, since the extra $250/$300 isnt worth it. I def dont need:

    - LTE, who needs LTE when 3G is fast enough?
    - 1080p, who needs those extra pixels?
    - More than 12gb of usable space; everything is cloud bro, you don't need space!
    - Faster CPU/GPU, gmail and instagram run fine on the Nexus 4, anything faster is overkill for a mobile phone.
    - Aluminum or durable plastic body, I LOVE the double sided glass, its so SMOOTH
    - Amazing night or day pictures and great FFC, I love the grainy pictures, I dont have to waste my time to apply an instagram filter!
    - Extra 1 GB of ram, useless in a mobile device. Who needs more?
    - IR, who needs that? There's a reason why phones got rid of IR, USELESS!

    The main reason why I chose the nexus 4 over the One or SGS4? INSTANT updates. I can't wait a couple weeks, I need it all NOW

    • babers

      I am sticking with my Samsung Captivate. There is a reason why I paid $500 for the phone, it does everything I need it to do and I bought a backup incase I was to lose my original.

      Who needs all these new devices, samsung got it right the first time.


      • Brian Walker

        Different strokes for different folks, I guess...

      • fixxmyhead

        Because the captivate has the fucked up gps issue . Along with the vibrant

    • Alberto

      All 3 devices (Nexus 4, SGS 4, HTC One) have the same GPU & 2 Gb RAM (SGS 4 is DDR3). Plus, the IR blaster is disabled (at least on default) in Google Editions.
      And frankly:

      - There's no LTE where I live
      - I really don't need 1080p screen on my 4,7" phone (damn, my PC monitor is not 1080p!!!)
      - I don't think I'll ever need more than 13 Gb of storage on my phone (I play big sized games on my tablet anyway)
      - There's basically no way of knowing if a device runs Snapdragon S4 Pro or 600 nowadays without looking at the specs sheet or running benchmarks
      - I've had my Nexus 4 since 5 months ago and still don't have a single scratch on it (and it's only wearing the bumper)
      - The camera is enough for my needs

      So yes, the price difference makes the Nexus 4 the winner for me.

    • chokkan

      " who needs LTE when 3G is fast enough?"

      Ahh, that so cute. ;p

      • Daniel DS

        3G can stream music without lags, that's all I need.

        • Michael Lee

          'tis true. I use Listen Now all the time on the road. :D

    • charles anderson

      I have both a N4 and a I've GPE One and I cannot tell a lie the one feels much better and I know 1080p seems like over kill on a phone but actually seeing it is a sight to behold. The One has without a doubt the best screen I have ever seen on a phone.... But the counter argument that the N4 is at least 250$ cheaper is hard to argue.... Honestly though I'd you have the extra money to spend I would deffinatly go with the One

    • fixxmyhead

      At this point the updates are very minor and hardly any new features so it's nothing to get excited about . I'd rather have an s4 than my nexus 4 but I got it cuz of the price

    • Steve Freeman

      I'm not sure if you're /sarcasm, or just /ignorant...I'm hoping /sarcasm.


    No sale, already have an HTC ONE. Getting either of these phones would be a step backwards. I'd also opt for the S4 ACTIVE over these GE phones if it were available on T-MOBILE.

  • Island Hopper

    I upgraded to the S III this year only because I finally wore out my Epic. It has more features than I can use but still a great phone. Most of my phone time is talking and email with 'social' apps at the bottom of the list. The S III works overtime just like me!

  • Doan

    No, because they're not subsidized.

  • blahmoomoo

    I'm perfectly happy with my Nexus 4. No thanks.

    Even if I was looking for a new smartphone today I'd probably still go for a Nexus 4 due to its relative cheapness.

  • Adam

    No I got the normal S4 for a reasonable price and flashed CM10.1 on it! $650 for a cell phone is ridiculous.

    • Brian Walker

      Me and my wife are on one of the Value Plans for T-Mobile. If I wasn't making device payments each month, our bill would only be $95/month for 2 phones with 2GB of data each. If I wanted to buy a Google Edition S4 right now, it would be $650. Let's say I decided to get a regular S4 on contract, and let's say it cost me $300. Sweet, I just saved $350! Not so fast, hot shot. Take that $350 and divide it by 22 (usually 22 months in an upgrade cycle) and that's $15 per month for the phone. Right now, I'm paying $20/month per phone in my value plan. So even though the Google Edition S4 is over double the price up front, you save money in the long run.

      Granted, T-Mobile is one of the only networks where something like this would work. If I was on AT&T it wouldn't be the same story.

  • progjunkie

    I have the HTC One for Tmobile and I love it. The sense I'm getting use to. I will have one tho. Thanks. The price is a bit high.

  • Michael McIntosh

    I bought my S4 outright on release day, currently running 4.2.2 GE and can't wait for what the future holds

  • Jeffrey Heesch

    No, but I definitely would if I had a spare $700 laying around.

  • SSJxGojita

    Already have my own S4.

  • Carlos

    No. Because I don't buy phones, until I need new one.
    And I don't need new one because I have Nexus. Also GS4 looks ugly even with Google experience..

  • raygwap

    Nah I'm staying with my HTC one sense...way better then stock android....stock is just too plain and boring especially the camera features...soooo nope I want get it

  • NYDiesel

    I Fortunately have 2 phones. One for work and on for personal use. The reason is because my companies GAL is huge. And they pay for that phone anyway. My personal is a Nexus 4 and will not part with it until another Nexus is released. I purchased a S4 play edition to replace my HTC one I use for work. Hopefully when the Nexus supports LTE, I can merge to one phone. But either way I want pure android for both phones. So as I did buy a play edition, I would never replace my Nexus and will always prefer Nexus phones over any other. If the current Nexus supported my needed for work, I would have never bought a play edition. Long live the Nexus!

  • Bob

    I have the HTC One I think that HTC should offer a free upgrade to Google if customer wants it. We should have a choice

  • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

    I ordered a GPE S4. Currently have a Nexus 4 but they are FINALLY rolling out AT&T LTE around me and I'd like to be able to take advantage of it. Will probably root, disable capacitive buttons, and add on-screen buttons. Also wanted something new. I care about the money but I like having variety and have no problem reselling on eBay. If a Nexus 5 comes out later this year and its awesome, I might get that too. Who knows.

  • http://karmamule.wordpress.com Eddie Yasi

    Before I got my HTC One my prior phone was a nexus 4. While there are a few features I prefer from stock android overall I prefer Sense 5, so I'm not about to buy one of those. I'm very happy with my One as it is.

  • GazaIan

    If I hadn't just bought a Nexus 4, I probably would have.

  • jramirezw

    No AOSP support and Google leaving updates to the OEMs... dealbreakers in my book.

    • Marti Abernathey

      Google leaving the updates is the deal breaker for me. No reason to own it, otherwise. Though I have to laugh at people who say they won't pay that much for a phone.
      They already do, in most cases, they just suck at math.

  • r00t4rd3d

    Screw samsung.

  • Scott

    Just traded my note 2 for a HTC One two days ago. I might flash the GE rom but actually really liking sense 5.

  • Metroview

    Didn't buy either one, but yesterday I sold my i747 Galaxy S3, picked up a Nexus 4, and instantly fell in love. I thought my S3 was good but damn this is even better. Pure Android FTW!

  • Joe Menard

    I would have if i was able to buy it under contract, I have the non Google edition HTC one

  • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

    I'm interested in Android phones, but I'm not willing to commit to 2 years with any of the current choices or pay $600+ off contract. The Nexus 4 remains the best bargain but since it lacks both a great camera and LTE, I'll just wait until the iPhone 5S comes along. I know I can be happy with Apple hardware for a contract period. I'll get my Android fix from my Nexus 7 and Ouya for now.

  • Abhinav

    i would have certainly gone for this had i not pre-ordered S4 with att.
    And given that S4 loses the extra capabilities that it has now ... i would have given Htc one a chance :)

  • bishopeugene

    I bought the S4

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Nawww, +600$ is too much money for a phone...

    • bondx99

      lol thats what entire world pays for their phones..here in india..iphone 5 sells for almost $1000 and yet people buy it in herds(pun definitely intended :D )..ditto for s4 and one selling for around $800!

      • Knlegend1

        Like he said its too much money for a phone.

  • Veridor

    No, as I took advantage of an eBay deal of the day to get my HTC One unlocked US version for $580. I figure it's only a matter of time before the means is available to convert it to a Google Play Edition.

  • Dg74

    Still waiting for htc one on Verizon

  • Chris

    No. Over priced. Save money and root it your self. I won't use a stock device. too much that I'm loosing out on.

    • enoch861

      As much as I love stock Android, there are so many features in TW/Sense to justify the switch. Other than being on the latest Android version and being really smooth (TW/Sense has seriously caught up on that front to make the switch moot) there really is nothing else that makes you want to switch. I've also noticed going to stock Android really eats up on the battery life..

  • somestrangeryoudontknow

    Already have a sgs4, why would I want a sgs4 with less features? If I did want to get a phone with vanilla android I would buy the cheaper nexus 4.

  • Slighter

    the consumer treadmill is an expensive and tiring ride

  • Jerome Travis

    HTC is one of the best phones I have ever had love it

  • Joefu

    Way 2 expensive, phone not worth 600$ when i can get one for 100$ and just install AOKP. Suckers!

  • Michael Ta

    it's time that people should focus on software updates not fucking hardware updates. I would still be fucking happy if gnex gets Android 5.0 or even further down the road. I don't intend to put out extra bucks for my angry birds to load up 5 seconds faster.

  • Lupercal

    Just bought a white Nexus 4. Love it.

    If the S4 or One were similarly priced to the N4, I definitely would have bought one of those.

  • Rami

    I always wanted a Nexus with removable battery and expandable storage, and this is the first time it happens, but the problem is that few months ago I just got the Galaxy S3, next upgrade will be one something like this when they are available in italy, especially that currently there is no hardware section in the Play store here, and a normal Nexus 4 costs arounf € 350

  • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

    Lol ... reading through all these comments were funny. When S4 launched, people bitch about TouchWiz, and want it to have stock Android. Now there's one with stock Android, and they still won't buy it.

    • Joseph Pojunis

      Coughing up $700 for stock android isn't exactly what was asked for.

      • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

        that's it. you don't want it because it's expensive / you simply can't afford it. no need to blame TouchWiz. Because even without TouchWiz, you will still bitching about it.

  • Mystery Man

    Nexus 4 battery life blows compared to the s4 no way around it folks.

    • Rockwell mellow

      Really? I get hell good battery on my nexus 4 usually over 4.5 sot

  • Wondong

    HTC one. Am sure about that. I won't gamble with anything.

  • Manudel96

    Stick with my HD2, cause it´s better than every phone!

    Just kidding, would maybe buy a One GE if it would be available in Germany.

  • Chris Stubbs

    Can't, T-Mobile.

  • ChangWizzle

    would seriously consider if I didn't already have a Nexus 4

  • Faris Fitri

    I almost bought the One GPE,but then I decided against it. My ZL is not that bad compared to the One GPE,especially with the new 4.2.2 update. Still,this is a good sign. i hope OEMs will continue doing this for this is what a lot of us asked before. And for those who whined about the price, that's the normal off contract price for a high end phone. The Nexus 4 was and still is an exception to that norm.

  • Dedone

    i chose my One with perfect Sense (incredible fast)!!!!

  • Christopher Saylor

    Considering how the market goes, this is a bit of an odd question. Did you buy a new phone can only really come out with "no" as the most popular answer if everyone answering the poll was unbiased. Since inherently a majority of people are never going to be buying into a new phone at the exact same time.

    However the poll will likely come out "yes" because the majority of people who didn't buy, also don't care to answer the polling question, and heavily bias the Yes category since those people are all giddy about their new phone and talking about it.

  • vannlambert

    Nexus 4

  • dave

    i don´t really know which one should i buy... here is the comparison...http://versus.com/en/htc-one-google-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4-google help me please!

  • Divya

    Not yet.. but would want to.. Sadly it sells only in US as of now..
    I could ask friends in US to buy it for me, but then I am not sure if they offer international warranty on these phones.
    Would have to just wait till its launched in India as well. :-/

  • danakin

    Apologies if this is off-topic but if there was an Xperia Z1 or Z1s Google Play Edition my walled would be ready!

    • Rayun

      Z Ultra Google Play Edition is there! Did you buy it now?

      • danakin

        Nope, that screen is too big for my tastes. That being said, I'm happy to see Sony dipping its toe in the GPE pool.

  • Paul Moody

    I'm thinking of importing one to the UK, but not certain what import tax and customs charges I'll incur. Does anybody know?