Update: both handsets are available now with a ship date of July 9th.

This is just a friendly reminder that both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, with the Nexus user experience (aka stock Android), go on sale today.

Price you ask?  $599 for the HTC One and $649 for Sammy’s latest and greatest.  While it’s a steep increase over a carrier’s price – either phone can be had for $200 (less if you look else where, such as Amazon) – your phone won’t be chock full of carrier bloatware and nor will you be stricken to a 2-year contract.

Which smartphone is right for you depends on your penchant for design, build and power.  That said, both sport the same processor, where as the S4 edges out The One in screen size thanks to a larger 5-inch display.  However, I suggest you checkout our HTC One vs Samsung S4 comparison before you pull the trigger.  Personally, I find build quality to be of a paramount concern.  And while I’m sure Samsung’s S4 is solid, there is no disputing the HTC One’s metal body and the integration of Beats Audio.

So which will it be?  Samsung’s S4 or the HTC One?  It’s important to note that there will likely be a feeding frenzy for stock Android versions of these phones.  So the faster you can order yours the greater the likelihood you’ll receive it in a week’s time (speculation).  To do that, make sure you have Google Wallet setup and associated with your Gmail account.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."