Should I Get the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One?

There has been no shortage of discussion on this very subject.  If you’ve been to the forums in the past month (if you haven’t, shame on you) then you’ve surely come across at least one thread with the question “Should I get the Galaxy S4 or the HTC One?”  It’s a question that doesn’t have a right answer, or at least not one that anyone can provide for you.  Hearing other people’s opinions can definitely help, though, especially if those people already own the devices you’re trying to decide between.

Mello_Asian asks this very question of our forum members:

“Hey, everyone! My contract is close to its expiration, and I was wondering what phone I should get to replace my LG Optimus S. Both the HTC One and GS4 are great phones, and I'd be very complacent to get either one of them since they are a HUGH upgrade from the Optimus S.

However, as a high school student, I was wondering which of them would be much better/more helpful/more convenient for me in the next two years under a new contract. I'll be using my phone more for the camera, music player, more accessible games to pass time, and to help me with certain tasks with the browser or certain apps (searching up things, sparknotes, AP notes, etc.)”

Coming from an Optimus S one thing is certain, either device will definitely be a huge upgrade.  It seems that entertainment is a core use, as well as some specific features to help with school.  So what are other members saying?

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Damian Blackford believes the camera and other features of the HTC One are better suited for social networks, but that the S4 has some really useful features for browsing the web.

“I'd say HTC was better for your social networking photos as that's what the camera is designed for... I've heard the Samsung has the better browser but not by a noticeable amount but I guess if your reading largely text based sites for education the eye scrolling/pausing would be great while taking notes or while watching videos and taking notes”

Smart Scroll seems like a great feature and can be really useful for scrolling through long web pages, like those you would find while doing research for a paper or something similar.

Bgapfire breaks it down pretty well.  After listing a very thorough list of pros/cons for both devices he drew this conclusion:

“In conclusion, you really can't go wrong with these devices. I hope everyone goes out and uses each phone to make a choice instead of listening to the One or S4 partisan arguments. Buy what fits you and be happy. The S4 is like those comfortable jeans you enjoy wearing. Although there are options just as good, it fits perfect when you put them on. What I've learned is if HTC softens the corners of the One, changes the button placement and provides a removable battery, I may just own one for longer than a week.”

Sounds like the S4 is for them currently, but what about Mello_Asian? The discussion continues, so be sure to hit up the thread and give them your thoughts.