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Spec Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One vs. Nexus 4 vs. iPhone 5

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Oh yeah, it’s spec comparison time. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is all sorts of official, so let’s see how it stacks up against the HTC One, LG Nexus 4, and iPhone 5, three of the most talked about phones of the last year. One one hand, we have HTC’s new flagship which the company hopes will save it from extinction. Then we have Google’s baby, the stock Android-toting Nexus 4. And finally, this wouldn’t be a proper Samsung Galaxy comparison if we didn’t toss in whatever Apple’s current phone is.

Ready? 

S4 Specs

  • Ptpockets

    Is the HTC One 4.1 upgradeable to 4.2.2? I heard it would be. The price on the One is same as gs4 with a 32 gb internal, which is pretty good even without the micro sd option.

  • jhmalboa

    not finding comments on nexus 4 – understand it is older the S4 and HTC One, but seems to give very solid options at 1/2 price of the others. what gives?

  • Visionary

    Please help me by recommending the best phone for my needs as a business executive, thanks!

    Hi all, I hope all is well. Im not a mobile phone expert and not up on the mobile phone industry as I would like to be so I thought I would jump into this site and ask for guidance. I’ve only owned a smart phone for about 2 years now and would like to upgrade to a phone that it relevant to my life and offers the best in features that I mainly use. I a business executive and I like style but need power in terms of hard drive, camera for pictures and video conference, signal strength, and superior microphone and and ear speaker for conference call clarity, not to forget about battery life. I currently have a HTC Evo 3D and it was a complete upset as a user. I was sold features but the functionalities of the 3D Evo are sluggish. Even with dual processors, the iPhone blows it away standing still, in my opinion. I experienced numerous dropped conferenced calls to where Spring had to continue giving me monthly credits. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and unsure why I had so many dropped calls. The battery died very quickly even if I didn’t use my phone much. It seems that wit only a few apps, the phone was draining as the minutes went by. I like that I’m able to change and extend the battery but it took away from the look and feel of the phone. I felt I had an old school Nextel phone on my belt. The camera on the 3D Evo felt elementary compared to the pictures my friends took in their iPhones. The memory was limited with no SD card option which would have been very convenient for me since I on international travels from time to time. Application wise, I only have a QR reader, voice recorder and social media apps downloaded in addition to Viber, Skype, WhatsApp and Drop Box. I have a very large Google contact list that seems to slow down my phone as well when searching for contact names. Personally, I feel that the 3D camera is a gimmick. I was sold on the 3D technology because I’m a movie fan and was thinking about being able to watch 3D movies on my phone rather than being able to take 3D pictures which I’m not all that excited about. Another thing is that every time my memory card became at least 50% full, my phone seriously tweaked until I downloaded and cleared documents off of my phone.

    I love the look of the HTC One but Im afraid of its true performance, especially since the HTC 3D Evo was a nightmare for me. I thought the dual processor would be exttremelt fast and noticable but with all the software updates I have to conduct, the processor seems to always be sluggish and I didn’t even play games on my phone. I feel that if I used my phone for games and music, like my friends do on their iPhones, my battery life and the performance would be jeopardized and cause additional poor performance and failure. Ironically, my HTC 3D Evo performed the best when I didn’t have any documents saved on it. Lastly, the texting application for my HTC 3D Evo. It was worrible. Whenever I tried to delete specific words, it would delete all other words except the one I had the curser on. Honestly, this is my first Smart Phone and I have to say that for the way I use it, I’m extremely disappointed and need to seriously upgrade. My question to the expert techies, not manufacturer reps, which phone out today or one that will come out soon is worth me buying for what I need it to do for me. I’m not into all the applications many younger people use. I just need great phone, battery life, camera and processing abilities with a decent HD. The HTC 3D Evo was $400 or $500 when I doubt it and only worth $75 at Sprint. A waste of investment. I didn’t get what I was looking for or truly needed. I added all this info so that you could better understad how I’m using my phone so that you can better recommend a phone to me that will but a smile on my face and not intrigue me to pull the rest of my hair out (lol). Please help if you can, thanks. Respectfully, Mohsen (MoMo by friends)

  • lrohenaz

    for me… unlocked @ $300 = nexus wins

  • Ron_Swanson

    lol…..Why is the Iphone even on this list?

  • dylan84

    If I was going to buy any of those phones to replace my One X, it would be the One. Without a doubt. I’ve never really been impressed by the Galaxy phones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidbreisch David Breisch

    The Nexus 4 runs Android 4.2.2, so really it’s the same OS version at the Galaxy S4. And the Nexus 4 runs on GSM networks, which for some reason is listed for all the other phones but not the N4.

  • KingKilla

    Sold my S3 a while back and got the nexus 4 which is just awesome.

  • Jordan Harrell

    Does the S4 have standard MHL(like the galaxy nexus), slim port(nexus 4), or the same crap the s3 had?

  • Amar

    I think Nexus 4 is the fastest phone in all..

  • Ryan Christoper
  • http://twitter.com/JayGood259Ozz Kris

    Nexus 4 is old news, should have used optimus g pro.

    • Tim242

      That is just a Note II knockoff….pssssh

  • neeraj joseph

    i am gonna buy the s4 soonn

  • JazzoRenee

    this phone is the sugar honey ice tea the next iphone will have to try 3x as hard to reach equal playing field.
    Why would Samsung change the entire look of their phone line?? They aren’t selling cars they are selling phones and I am much more concern about what is inside and the S4 is the shyt.

    Tata

  • fanboy1974

    Apple is so far behind we now have Samsung vs HTC fanbois.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Can anyone do a S4 vs DNA comparison? I’m just curious

  • JohansonM18

    XPERIA Z ?????

  • Quantum

    we been Apple’d…..

  • hooligan

    Not to be too picky, but shouldn’t the N4 column say “4.2.2″ instead of “4.2″ … ?

  • Harold Goldner

    At least for me, definitely the S4. Removable memory; removable battery. Bye bye HTC. The One is too little too late. Ironic that years ago you made machines for Palm, now you appear to be following them into the darkness.

  • NicholasMicallef

    I’d say it’s a much closer battle than last year, but I’d probably still take the S IV over the rest.

  • ggdgjhvjff

    s4 is no better than sony z and how can that plastic garbage compare with one!