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Audio Quality on the Samsung S4 vs Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One ?

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Since I might be in the market for one of the Android flagships, I'd like to hear som opinions!
Since I already have done some borwser-beased web research on the topic, I might start off with what I found so far (and I might fill in as I find more):
Comparisons from What Hifi
The Galaxy S4’s poor audio performance is all the more apparent when it’s compared with its rivals. Apple still wins in the sound stakes, with the iPhone 5 delivering subtle detail, tight and snappy rhythms, and notes that start and stop with precision. It’s definitely the most entertaining experience of the current crop of smartphones.
Sony’s Xperia Z and Google’s Nexus 4 join Apple on the podium with clear and sharp detail, while the HTC One offers a warmer sound without robbing the music of its vibrancy.
Samsung S4 Sound Quality
Quote: http://www.head-fi.org/t/661448/us-samsung-galaxy-s4/15#post_9423041
Originally Posted by abba1977 
f you can and not worried about LTE, get the I9500(Octa-core) Galaxy S4, it has the best audio compared to both HTC One and iPhones, it comes with a high end Wolfson WM5102 and the audio has much better substance, from my personal experience, there is no distortion, crackles or any pops with this phone. You can get from http://negrielectronics.com/samsung-i9500-galaxy-s-iv-16-gb-lta-unlocked-white-frost-open-box.html#.UYvb9LWG3To and http://www.expansys-usa.com/samsung-galaxy-s-4-smartphone-black-mist-16gb-unlocked-247538/


True GT-I9500 is different then the rest and have a much better SQ then the rest.


Quote: http://www.head-fi.org/t/661448/us-samsung-galaxy-s4/30#post_9461191
For anyone who has questions about the LTE Vs Oca variants of the S4 and how they sound out of the headphone output:
Over a 45 minute blind volume matched listening session S4 Octa Vs S4 600 I can't really discern any difference in the sound between the two. There is a very very slight difference, but it would take me a lot longer to drill down into that and work out exactly what it is. So basically, unless you're using low impedance IEMs (in which case the i9505 is unusable) the headphone output of these respective models is not a differentiating factor in choosing between them. That said, when custom kernels come along that allow audio tweaking the Wolfson may have more scope for improvement I suppose.


HTC One Audio Quality



HTC One Can be used for digital out via USB


Xperia Z Audio Quality



USB OTG Host  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqqLBCllVJM




General reviews of Xperia Z / HTV ONE / Galaxy S4














Camera comparisons

Seems like the S4 is the best for outdoor/high light pphotograpy, while the HTC one is beter at low light conditions.





Xperia update gives better pictures: http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z_gets_firmware_update_improves_camera_quality-news-6041.php

HTC One update gives better pictures too.. http://pocketnow.com/2013/04/30/htc-one-camera-after-update


Screen comparison


Edited by ardilla - 6/6/13 at 3:29pm
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Very Nice and very informative Ardilla
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has better audio quality than S4 , S4 is not better than S3 for android Phone IMO
Edited by rudi0504 - 6/4/13 at 3:53am
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