I'm the happy owner of a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I refuse to put it to rest. Despite its many scratches after having been dropped on the floor an innumerable amount of times, it still works to perfection. ROMs like Rootbox allow me to customize it exactly how I want. The only thing that I can't change is its list of specifications.
This is exactly why I need to compare it: to see if the HTC One totally out-does the Samsung Galaxy S3 when it comes to the elements that cannot be changed. On the other hand, the S3 might still be in the same league. The specifications that I will compare are the display, the performance, the camera and the battery.
In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is equipped with a 4.8'' Super AMOLED HD screen with a resolution of 720x1080. The HTC One with its 4.7'' screen is almost the same size. It has full HD at1920x1080 pixels. Though the S3 is bigger on paper, it doesn't really make a noticeable difference. We also compared the pixels:
The fact that the pixels are more noticeable is in theory not something that you really want. But in its daily usage, no one is looking at a screen that closely. What really matters is the manner in which you're looking at the screen, whether it works in the glare of direct sunlight or at which angle the screen becomes invisible. It's worth pointing out that the Galaxy S3 has more vibrant colors, which is typical of AMOLED screens. That being said, the HTC One offers better viewing for the outdoors.
Both devices are powered by a quad-core processor. The difference lies in the manufacturer. The Galaxy S3 is equipped with the Exynos 4412, while the HTC One sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon S600. I tested out both of their performances by playing Temple Run 2.
The results are in: Samsung Galaxy S3 is still up to par. Both quad-core processors do the same job when playing undemanding games like Temple Run 2. There's not need to change smartphones to be able to play simple games.
This is where we see the greatest difference between the two devices. The HTC One surprised us all with its Ultrapixel technology and innovative software. A clear example of this is Zoe. Here are two pictures captured by the HTC One and the Galaxy S3.
In terms of image quality when taking a look at either picture, there is hardly any difference. The S3 offers colors that are closer to reality, while the results with the HTC One were quite pale. HTC's big advantage and innovation lies in its software. However, there exists a ton of applications that offer pretty much the same services in the Google Play store. My honest opinion? I'm still sticking with my Galaxy S3.
Coming back to hardware, the Galaxy S3 has a 2100 mAh battery against the 2300 mAh that the One boasts. The only problem is that the HTC One has a screen, camera and other features that consume require more power, which makes it only logical that it would have more milliamps. My Galaxy S3 that has already done its time still outlasts 24 hours of usage, but at the end, it's only scraping by. The HTC One, on the other hand, couldn't fulfill this feat. What's more, Samsung's device is also advantaged in the fact that the battery is interchangeable.
Once again, the Samsung Galaxy S3 doesn't appear to be outdated, yet! Not only will I keep mine, I will also continue to recommend it, especially now that its price has dropped enormously with the Galaxy S4 being shipped by May 1st, when it goes on general sale. HTC's device, compared to the old Galaxy model, costs quite a bit more. At the end of the day, the HTC One is in fact very appealing with its impressive software and new functions, but is it worth the cost?