After having the Galaxy S4 for over a week now and HTC One for just over a day, I do have to admit the HTC One has a “premium” build, specifically a uni-body aluminum casing that does give it more weight and solidarity.
However, I do think “feel” is completely different from “build”, and to me personally, I think the Galaxy S4 “feels” more comfortable to hold than the HTC One due to its smooth edges. In general, I do believe phones with rounded edges are more comfortable to hold than with sharp edges.
That’s how “I” feel and I do usually like things that are comfortable. I own an SUV with comfy seats, an anti-gravity chair, comfy sofa, and even wear pajamas with flip-flops to work everyday high as hell on Android.
Of course, everyone has their own tastes but I thought it would be fun to have someone else “feel” the two phones blinded-folded. I grabbed a 5 year old kid to do this specific test since kids in general are honest about their thoughts, not easily swayed by reviews they (don’t) read/watch online.
Disclosure: The 5-year old kid in the video has never held/touched a Galaxy S4/HTC One before this video.
Overall, my 5-year old test subject did seem to agree with my initial thoughts and you can see that for most average consumers, a comfortable “feel” might be more important than having more solid materials used on a smartphone. I know, a 5-year old kid may not be your average consumer but then again, a 5-year old kid may be a lot closer to your average consumer than techies like myself who are literally swimmin’ with phones all day long.
If you do have the opportunity to do a “feel” test with your kids on the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, don’t forget to post your results below!