HTC One M7 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 – Price, Battery life and conclusions
The HTC One M7 has a shut-in battery, which means you can’t replace it with a spare in case it runs out of juice. You are going to have to charge it via microUSB as it doesn’t support wireless charging, and charging will take some time since there’s no fast charging supported by Snapdragon 600 (same goes for the Galaxy S4 Snapdragon variant), Nonetheless, we’ve had very good battery life on the HTC One M7 – leading up to two days of moderate use. When the phone is not overheating due to gaming or extensive video sessions, its battery life and performance are almost spotless. It harbors a a 2300 mAh battery, which is large enough to handle medium usage like a champ. With heavy use, it’s going to stutter, but I bet if it didn’t overheat, it would have been one of the best smartphones in terms of battery life. Oh well, you can’t get everything right.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 isn’t a champ at battery life with its 2600 mAh battery, as it gets a bit less than the HTC One M7 does with medium/moderate use. It will definitely last you through several days with very light use, but with moderate use, you’ll only hit about a day and a half. Which is still a good score for a two-year old smartphone nowadays. But the good part is that the Samsung Galaxy S4 battery is removable, which means you can get a full battery in a matter of seconds – just pop the back off, slip the battery out and insert a fresh one which fits in your pocket. That’s an enormous plus in my mind, and many power and business users would agree with me. In the battery life department, the Galaxy S4 wins hands-down because of that feature.
Moving on to price, it’s quite pretty for both these phones. The HTC One M7 price for the unlocked 32 GB variant is only $217 on Amazon, so it’s a great deal for a flagship smartphone as you can imagine. The Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505 16GB /LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600 Unlocked International Version No Warranty (Black) on the other hand costs about $310, and that’s without warranty. It’s a pretty hefty price compared to that of the HTC One M7 price, but my conclusion would be: it’s worth it. You get a relatively big display, good performance, SD card storage and a removable battery for the price. The HTC One M7 has overheating issues and it lacks the two features that sell the Galaxy S4: removable battery and microSD card slot. Let me know if you think I am misjudging, but I was left pretty convinced by my experience with both these phones. I would definitely recommend both as daily drivers, but the Galaxy S4 has more perks, that’s for sure.