According to David Pierce at The Verge, not this way:
I don’t like holding this phone, and I can’t overstate how much that informs the experience of using it. It makes an awful first impression, slippery and slimy and simply unpleasant in your hand. My white review unit is completely smooth and glossy, with a subtle checkered pattern that looks textured but is neither grippy nor textured anywhere on its body. Even the silver band around the sides, which is obviously supposed to look like metal, is plastic. Everyone I showed the GS4 to frowned and wrinkled their nose as if it smelled bad, before rubbing their fingers on the back of the phone and then handing it back to me — that’s the opposite of the standard reaction to HTC’s One, which everyone wants to ogle and hold. That’s going to be a huge problem for Samsung, because the GS4 and One are likely to be next to each other on store shelves, and at least on first impression there’s absolutely no contest between the two.
Even worse, it appears that Samsung has added so much complexity to the S4 that they had to include an “Easy Mode” so that normal people can use the phone. Look at this quote from Nick DiCarlo, VP of Portfolio Planning and Product Marketing at Samsung Telecommunications America:
With the S4 you will notice that we have done a ton of things to make things simpler. We hope that this could be a phone that you would recommend to your mom.
Pretty hypocritical from the company that lambasted mainstream iPhone users as the parents of the cool kids who want Samsung phones.
I guess my pick of the HTC One as the best new Android phone at Mobile World Congress is still looking pretty good.