While BGR found Samsung’s Galaxy S4 to be a top-notch smartphone, other publications have given the device decidedly mixed reviews, typified by Walt Mossberg’s criticism of Samsung for producing software that is “often gimmicky, duplicative of standard Android apps, or, in some cases, only intermittently functional.” There’s likely no company that is more relieved to see the Galaxy S4 getting so-so reviews than HTC, whose HTC One flagship phone has received across-the-board acclaim but is also in danger of being outgunned by Samsung’s all-powerful hype machine.

In an interview with Business Insider, HTC North America president Mike Woodward said that the company has been following reviews of the Galaxy S4 “through the lens of the HTC One” and has been pleased that “it stands up positively” in comparison. Woodward said that the Galaxy S4 reviews had capped off “a great week for us” where the company reported “seeing brisk sales so far.”

Despite the apparent success of the HTC One, however, Woodward still wouldn’t comment on whether or not the device is coming to Verizon anytime soon.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.