Samsung’s Galaxy S4 went on sale last week and it got relatively positive reviews, but many of them have also been pretty tepid.
Reviewers agree that the S4 is a nice upgrade, but it just doesn’t have the wow factor, it’s more of the same from Samsung, more gimmicky software and more glossy plastic.
The HTC One, on the other hand, is widely seen as the best phone to ever come out of HTC, and possibly the best Android phone to date. Unlike the Sammy, it features a robust aluminium unibody which could be used as a bludgeoning instrument, while the plasticky Galaxy doesn’t appear to bring any build quality improvements over its predecessor.
Now it appears that HTC is very pleased with the less than stellar S4 reviews. Mike Woodward, HTC's North America president, said the past week has been "great" for HTC, with brisk sales of its new flagship, reports Business Insider.
"We look at [the Galaxy S4 reviews] through the lens of the HTC One, and it stands up positively," Woodward said. "The design seems to be attracting the most attention and we're really proud of that."
It is basically a diplomatic way of saying Samsung dropped the ball - and the flagging HTC is on the rebound.