Samsung S5 Versus HTC One M8

Device manufacturers often release their latest and greatest products in the weeks leading up to the holiday season, and this year was no exception. Two great, recently released flagship phones are the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8, but if you’re looking for one to take a spot on your shopping list, there are some pros and cons to consider. Put Samsung S5 versus HTC One M8 in a head-to-head competition to find out which is best for you.

Looking at the Numbers

Specifications aren’t the only thing that makes a smartphone great, and there are less important things than power in a phone. Both contenders have very similar displays; the HTC One features a 5.0-inch LCD display and the S5 touts a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display. In addition, both phones have a pixel density of about 440ppi, which is higher than the iPhone 6.

Surprisingly enough, even more striking similarities can be found under the hood. Phone Arena reports that both phones have versions of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space, and microSD slots that allow for up to an additional 128 GB of storage space. The only difference is that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 2.5 GHz processor, whereas the HTC One M8 scores a little lower, with a 2.3 GHz processor. Technically speaking, the devices are indeed very similar.

Design and Camera

Unfortunately for the S5, Samsung continued using plastic instead of more premium materials when designing the phone. The cheap feel of the Galaxy S series has been a point of long-standing criticism for the otherwise successful product line, but now that Samsung has released all-metal phones like the Galaxy Alpha and those from the A series, there might be hope yet for the Galaxy S line. Regardless, the S5 is still stuck in its plastic case, and that gives the smooth, metal body of the M8 a leg up in the Samsung S5 versus HTC One M8 battle.

Although the One M8 is the champion in design over the S5, the opposite is true when it comes to their cameras. As CNET puts it, “While the M8’s 4-Utrapixel camera takes nice shots in a variety of lighting conditions, the images were ‘soft’ compared to the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s.” Here, “soft” refers to the ability of the camera to capture true-to-life color and contrast, which the S5 was able to do at a consistent quality. Likewise, the S5 can take 4K video as opposed to the 1080p HD video capability on the M8.

Luckily for you, you need not expect buyer’s remorse when purchasing either of these phones. Both are efficient in their own right—it all depends on what you’re looking for in user experience. If you want design and sleekness, the HTC One M8 is the phone for you; but if you’re looking for a stronger camera and slightly better performance, you’ll find the Samsung S5 more fitting. Both the 16GB model of the S5 and the 32GB model of the One retail for between $600 and $650, so you’ll be spending a little bit more if you want 32 GB of storage in the S5.

Which phone do you think reigns supreme?

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