Since we ended off in the previous edition of Geek Like, it sounded like I was very satisfied with my HTC One. Unfortunately knowing myself, I can never be satisfied with just one device. I have been rotating between the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 frequently and am trying out the new iOS7 on the iPhone 5. Just right after I had my HTC One for a few days, I had to have it sent back because of a dead pixel on the screen and spent more time with the S4. At first it was frustrating to use because of all the bloat and lag but after flashing the GoldenEye ROM which includes several speed tweaks, bloatware removal and Apps2SD support, the Galaxy S4 is now where I want it to be. After receiving my replacement HTC One after three weeks (backordered because it was out of stock), I discovered the Android Revolution ROM which makes the HTC One even better and includes Android 4.2.2. Both phones are now at what I believe their best potential and it is very hard to decide which of the two is better. I like the S4 because it is very thin and light and has expandable memory and battery along with solid performance. I like the HTC One because it takes great low light photos, very sharp screen, and great out of the box performance without any tweaking required. Then there’s the iOS7… as it is right now I hate it. Design looks cheesey and it’s basically trying to play catch up with Android and Windows Mobile 8 by implementing a lot of characteristics of its competitors including WebOS. There’s still no updated keyboard and widget support and it definitely isn’t the upgrade we were all hoping for. That’s an entirely separate topic in itself so lets get on with our Geek Life…
Comparing the iPhone 5 with the HTC One. It was raining in Pasadena that day… you never would have known if I only had a photo of the iPhone! Yes there are two speakers on the HTC One by Beats and they sound great!
No matter how much I try to clean, dust piles on everywhere everyday! Here’s a shot of one of the oldest peripherals I am still currently using. It’s still going strong, but who needs hardcopy anymore?!
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I had ALL of that for lunch. Gained about 100lbs or so that day…
Had to send in my HTC One to get exchanged because of a dead pixel. However, this came in on the same day so I started using this as my primary device. Out of the box you can feel the performance difference from the HTC One as this had a lot of bloatware which caused a bit of stuttering without any tweaking. Still a great device overall.
Here is the Galaxy S4 in all it’s glory! Large bright screen and a surprisingly thin and lightweight design. People may be turned off by the plastic build but I actually think it gives it helps with making it really light and durable. I can use this phone without a case if I wanted to and not worry about it because even the back cover is replaceable. Again, out of the box it’s somewhat frustrating to use because of the bloat and lag but after flashing a custom ROM and doing some tweaking, it’s really fast and lag free.
Best Buy has some random sales during the week and I picked this up for about $10. Works great with the Galaxy S4!
This is the best $3 ever spent. Comes in really handy when connecting USB devices such as thumb drives and memory card readers to the Galaxy S4 or HTC One!
Life is not complete with out a good bowl of ramen!
My mom wanted a really basic phone so I picked this up for her for $10. She can do everything else mobile on the iPad Mini!
More ramen? Yup, chicken ramen this time!
One of Karo’s creations for my step brother’s house warming party. She was making this on the fly and it still comes out pretty!
Had some awesome pizza at the Luggage Room in Pasadena. I live about 10 minutes walk from here. One of the best in LA!
You may hate McDonald’s but I think their breakfast is one of the best. I gotta have this at least once every two weeks. AT LEAST.
Went to San Francisco for my birthday. Here we are at Pier 39 which is by the Fisherman’s Wharf!
Alligator made out of bread! That’s something you don’t see everyday! Unless you live in San Francisco!
Had this for breakfast at The Butler and the Chef. Still in SF!
My replacement HTC One finally came in and I got a new case for it. Here’s the back view look…
And here’s the front view. So the question people often ask me… HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4? The answer that I usually give is:
If this is your first Android device and you had to pick between the two, I suggest the HTC One. As I have said in other forums, the HTC One is a great device right out of the box. It’s fast, smooth, and a little more familiar if you are coming from the iPhone.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 on the other hand, in my own personal experience (I know everyone is different), was frustrating and laggy and I have been using Android devices since Eclair. However, after rooting, and flashing a custom ROM such as MDOB or GoldenEye (made by the same ROM chef), the experience is much better and is on par if not better than the HTC One. So it’s just a matter of how much time you are willing to invest in tweaking your devices!
So there you have it folks! See you in the next edition of Geek Life!