The HTC One M8 is the latest super-phone to enter the crowded flagship market. It’s HTC’s best attempt at a smartphone yet and it needs to sell. Its job is of course made much harder because of that ever-present Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S. In its latest iteration, the Galaxy S series packs quite a punch and has some brand new features to really contest for the Android throne. But before you head out and buy one of these devices, check out our Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 comparison and see which phone comes out on top.
It was the same story last year and unfortunately for Samsung, it is the same this year as well. The HTC One M8 trumps the Galaxy S5 when it comes to design and build quality. The Sammy’s plastic body is no match for the HTC’s metallic exterior that has been exquisitely made. For the connoisseur, this is the deciding factor between the two. The GS5 feels ordinary in the hand, while the One M8 really does feel like an expensive, luxury device. So if looks factor in heavily while you doing a Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 comparison, there is only one winner.
Both of these flagship devices sport 5 inch displays with full HD resolution. The crucial difference lies in the technology they use. The Galaxy S5’s display is equipped with AMOLED technology, so it’s got great picture quality and pitch dark blacks. The One M8 on the hand has a traditional IPS LCD but it’s an exceptional display in its own right. But if we had to choose the better display here, it would be the S5’s. No one else does a better display than Samsung, and the Galaxy S5 is equipped with their best one yet.
Both of these smartphones have nearly identical hardware underneath their bodies. Both have 2 gigabytes of RAM, a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and Adreno 330 graphics. In real life, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in performance between the two. We declare this a tie.
The HTC One M8 sports the same 4 UltraPixel camera we saw in last year’s One, though this time it does have a secondary lens as well. The Samsung on the other hand has a traditional 16 megapixel camera, albeit one which can shoot terrific photos and UHD video. While the One M8 can take good photos but we think the camera really needed an upgrade in the pixel department. And it’s missing optical image stabilization as well, so its full HD video suffers from jerkiness.
The HTC One M8 is equipped with a non-removable 2600mAh battery while the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a removable 2800mAh one. The One M8 delivers terrific battery life and can easily last up to a day of heavy usage. The S5 hasn’t yet been tested for battery life figures but we’re willing to believe that it won’t be far off from what the M8 can manage.
It’s been always hard to recommend an HTC flagship. Sure they were beautiful devices, but were always held back by yesteryear’s hardware and some idiotic marketing decisions. This time though, it’s a lot simpler. The One M8 sports a gorgeous design, top notch hardware and exemplary battery life. The only weak point is its still ‘just good’ camera, which speaks volumes about what HTC have accomplished here. Put simply, the HTC One M8 is an amazing flagship device, and deserves the money you’ll be spending on it over the GS5. To buy the HTC One M8 right now, head on to the GSMNation Store and order one now! Not convinced? We have the Samsung Galaxy S5 available at the GSM Nation Store as well!