Originally Posted by Koehler
I got the Galaxy S4.
I just like the design better.
The Galaxy S4's 13MP camera trumps the HTC One's 4MP camera. You can't deny the 13MP resolution on the Galaxy S4's camera takes much more detailed shots compared to the tiny 4MP sensor of the HTC One.
The HTC One takes poor outdoor photos and is not durable. I heard that the HTC One dies with minimal contact with water, whereas the Galaxy S4 survives underwater for at least 5 minutes.
I'm sorry but your understanding of phone cameras is as ignorant as the opinion of people who think that, "higher dpi mice = better." More megapixels is just a marketing gimmick. We reached the threshold of having enough megapixels long ago. Low-light and daylight picture-taking quality are far more important and addressed in this thread. The HTC One camera is on balance, regarded as superior by most technical sites and photo enthusiasts.
The other stuff is true. An aluminum case is sexier but can be dented permanently whereas the polycarbonate back of the S4 can just be replaced. For waterproofing, I sure as hell wouldn't drop a 600 dollar phone in water ever (even the new S4 rugged edition). There are 10 dollar water-proof pouches you can buy from Amazon and also 10 dollar cases for both that can prevent any of these issues from coming up.
Originally Posted by jsc1973
No, S4 is an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" design exploit. We'd be better off if more companies followed that approach.
Smartphones don't lend you more sex appeal, and not everyone wants to depend on cloud storage, no matter how much companies try to push it down the public's collective throats.
When it comes to the things that are really relevant, there's not much difference. Choose the one you like the best.
This. They each have a different feature set. HTC One is closer to the mantra of, "We're like apple but better! (screen, camera, size, storage)." Samsung's phones are more of the mindset that they'll cram as many features as they can into the phone even if it means the phone feels plasticy. The IR blaster, removable battery, and micro sd card slot are all a part of this strategy.
I think the main differences you should consider are screen (HTC is slightly smaller but has better colors and outdoor visibility), form-factor (HTC One has a slightly thicker, curved profile but is generally easier to hold in the hand), camera (noted in this thread already; HTC One's camera is on-balance better focusing on features photo-enthusiasts and social media users like, but the S4 has certain advantages), and lastly small features. If you can get use out of the IR blaster, extra storage space from micro sd on the S4, or like to buy huge extended batteries; then the S4 might be more up your alley.
Just pick what's best for your needs.