Today we compare the recently unveiled HTC First with one of the best smartphones in the mobile market – the Samsung Galaxy S4. This is not a comparison to prove how powerful the Samsung Galaxy S4 is, rather this battle is to test the HTC First but putting it up against one of the most powerful competitors in the entire mobile segment in order to check where the HTC First actually stands.
We already know that the HTC First is a mid-segment smartphone focused around Facebook whereas the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a powerful next-gen smartphone. So it is not the outcome that we will focus on, but the process.
Let us compare the specs of these two smartphones in a one on one battle.
Samsung Galaxy S3
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and pixel density of 441 ppi (pixel per inch). The display is protected by the all new Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The HTC First has a 4.3-inch Super LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of out 342 pixels per inch.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has two quad-core processors. The device is powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex A15 processor and a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor. The device has 2 GB of RAM and the powerful PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU takes care of the crisp clear graphics. The HTC First has the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. The device is powered by a 1.4 GHz Krait dual-core processor, Adreno 305 GPU and has 1 GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs on the latest version of Android operating system – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S4 also has the latest version of TouchWiz UI as a part of the system. The HTC First runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The device also comes with Facebook Home UI pre-installed on it, hence giving you the ultimate Facebook experience.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has in-built storage space options of 16, 32 and 64 GB. The smartphone has a micro SD card that supports cards of up to 64 GB. The HTC First has an in-built storage space of 16 GB. The device does not have a micro SD card, meaning that the 16 GB of in-built storage is all you have.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a high quality 13 MP Primary Camera with autofocus and LED flash. This camera allows you to shoot videos at full resolution – 1080p HD. The Secondary Camera on the Galaxy S4 is a standard 2 MP camera. The HTC First has a 5 MP Primary Camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 1.6 MP Secondary Camera. The camera features available include geo tagging, touch focus and face detection.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a very powerful 2600 mAh battery. We do not have the official data about the talk time and stand by time offered by the Galaxy S4 as of now. The HTC First has a 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery. We do not have the official data about the talk time and stand by time offered by HTC First either.
The dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm whereas the dimensions of the HTC First are 65 x 126 x 8.9 mm.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 weighs about 130 grams whereas the HTC First weighs about 124 grams.
As I already said, we knew what the outcome would be. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is definitely the winner by a big margin, but the HTC First does put up an impressive fight. The HTC First is definitely not the best smartphone out there, but could become one of the most popular smartphone if Facebook Home would have been exclusive to the device. But as Facebook has already said, Facebook Home will also be available for other smartphones meaning that the HTC First might not really have a USP (Unique Selling Point).
Coming back to the comparison, the HTC First has a decent hardware configuration and a usable camera. The device also has good battery capacity, but more is always better. So if you are used to a powerful smartphone like the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 etc. then I suggest that you stick to your particular phone of choice and get Facebook Home on your device instead.
On the other hand, if you are buying a new smartphone for sure, then the HTC First could be an interesting option if you are okay with an average smartphone.
Here is a specifications chart of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC First: