HTC One M7 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 – Camera and Performance
With the HTC One M7, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer started off its short trend for Ultrapixel cameras. The One M7 camera on the rear is a 4 MP Ultrapixel sensor with autofocus and LED flash, while the front camera is a 2.1 MP snapper. Admittedly, the HTC One M7 takes decent photos, but many have complained about the quality and speed of the camera, moreso about weird pink, blue or violet hues that appear in their photos occasionally.
Now the hues might be a manufacturing defect and many who have experienced the issue have received replacement units, but others have seen improvements in the camera after the HTC One M7 Android 5.0 Lollipop update rolled out. Sadly, there won’t be an Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the HTC One M7, but HTC has confirmed that small performance upgrades and the new Sense 7.0 will eventually be sent out to the age-old flagship. The camera quality of the HTC One M7 is average, which is one of the disappointing features of the phone. Although it takes decent photos if your target audience for them is social media, it could have been made better.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 camera, on the other hand, is surprisingly good, considering the fact that it’s two years old now. It comes with a 2 MP front camera which has nothing special, but the rear camera measures 13 MP and it’s complete with autofocus and an LED flash. Compared to the HTC One M7 camera, the Galaxy S4 takes great photos and has quite a lot of extra features that you can use thanks to built-in toggles that Samsung decided to include with TouchWiz.
Since I mentioned software and TouchWiz, it would be good for you to know that an Android 5.1 Lollipop update will be available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 globally soon enough, so that’s another advantage this flagship has over the One. The front cameras on the two phones are pretty similar, but when it comes to the rear camera, the Galaxy S4 is the winner. And we can say the same for software, too, seeing as Lollipop version 5.1 should be as interesting as Sense 7.0, if not more.
Moving on to performance, there are only minor differences. The HTC One M7 has an overheating problem due to a possible design miscalculation. The phone overheats pretty fast, especially if LTE is in use, which can become annoying. Some users have experienced discoloration of the display (in the form of a yellow spot in the upper right corner of the display) as a result of the overheating CPU. Sources tell us that the tight aluminum case was not designed optimally for the heat emitted by the processor, which eventually leads to overheating on occasion.
Long gaming sessions definitely result in severe overheating, but everyday tasks like browsing, social media, chatting and video viewing don’t impact the phone’s outer temperature that much. That being said, performance-wise the HTC One M7 is pretty exemplary for an older phone. It comes with a Snapdragon 600 CPU, which seems grossly outdated since we are already talking about the Snapdragon 820 nowadays, but the CPU is quite good and handles heavy use well, without stuttering. It’s backed up by 2 GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB internal storage, with no microSD expansion available.
When talking about the Samsung Galaxy S4 performance, we can come to a similar conclusion. Although the Galaxy S4 rarely overheats, it does stutter on occasion, as a result of TouchWiz and its animations and cartoonish appearance. as well as its requirements. It tends to eat up battery life and slow the phone down. That issue can be resolved once again if you’re a tech savvy individual. You can flash a custom ROM or a stock ROM and enjoy stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which might be the best course of action to get maximum performance and use out of your phone.
The same thing can be done for the HTC One M7, though, so keep that in mind. Remember that your warranty will be voided if you root your phone! The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with the same Snapdragon 600 CPU, backed by 2 GB RAM and 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage, with the added benefit of a microSD card slot. Performance is alright on the phone, even with TouchWiz slowing things down and the microSD card can be a very good tool for power users to store media and documents that they would rather keep out of the cloud for the time being.
In conclusion, the HTC One M7 and Samsung Galaxy S4 tie up when it comes to performance, as each has their ups and downs. I would have to say that the Galaxy S4 is the winner, because overheating is a real issue on the HTC One M7 which cannot be fixed with a software update (as far as we know), while the performance of the Galaxy S4, if spotty, can be given a bump with a ROM, and TouchWiz can be outed, too. The camera award also goes to the Galaxy S4, because it does handle itself better and produces higher quality photos with more features available. Bummer for the HTC One M7 so far. Read on to get to the conclusions including battery life and price comparisons.