Last month, following the release of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 for sale in Australia, we asked you — our readers — to tell us which one you thought was the smartphone of 2013. We might have left off a couple of options (like Sony’s Xperia Z, which many told us in the comments they liked) but we truly feel that the best flagship of 2013 so far is going to be one of these two.
Bearing in mind Ausdroid’s audience, which has been described in the past as a bit more technically literate than the average consumer, we weren’t really all that surprised with what we’ve seen in the results. We’ve had over 1200 votes, and 60% of you think that HTC’s One is the better handset.
This view has certainly been matched by us at Ausdroid HQ as well — while our reviews of the One and Galaxy S 4 were both positive, I think you’d have to say we were happier with the One. It’s design is better, and it feels better. It’s less cluttered with gimmicks than Samsung’s, and while it is arguably let down by a lack of expandable storage and a non-removable battery, neither are particularly uncommon ‘features’ these days. These two hurdles have done nothing to hurt the users of Apple’s iOS devices, and there are a good number of Android devices that have either or both of these features as well.
For these minor shortcomings, the HTC One is certainly the more popular device. If you’d like one so you can see for yourself, there’s still time to enter our Win a HTC One competition which we’re running with Vodafone.