HTC One (M8) vs Galaxy S5


Samsung is the reigning heavyweight champion on the Android scene, and the Galaxy S5 looks like a return to form after the slightly disappointing S4. The HTC One (M8) isn’t the catchiest name we’ve ever heard, but even if the ungainly tag sticks, this is a beautiful-looking device. If any Android smartphone can mount a credible challenge to Samsung’s dominance this year, it’s got to be the HTC One (M8).


Its predecessor certainly turned heads and the HTC One (M8) has a similar aluminium body with a really precise, premium feel. HTC understands how to make a gorgeous smartphone that people will fall in love with on sight. It is 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm and it weighs in at 160g. Samsung’s decision to stick with the same design language as its galaxy of Galaxy models has grown is harder to justify. The complaints about a cheap, plastic feel now stretch back years, and if you think the textured back resembles a sticking plaster, you’re not the only one. On the other hand, the S5 is lighter and slimmer than its competitor. It weighs 145g and measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, but lacks that premium feel that we love on the One (M8).


Both devices feature Google’s biscuity goodness in the shape of Android 4.4 KitKat. The One has HTC’s Sense 6.0 on top, with some handy new gesture shortcuts and a flatter icon design. The S5 has Samsung’s TouchWiz, which offers a huge list of settings to play with (though you might not find all of them very useful). HTC One (8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5The S5′s UI is offers more customization – possibly more than you need. HTC eschews separate buttons beneath the screen, opting for Google’s preference of onscreen keys that can fade away when not in use. Samsung decided to stick with the physical home button and its touch-sensitive wing men. Both are decent overlays in their own right, in our opinion, and while we’re getting used to having all keys on screen, we do like a physical home button.


The HTC One (M8) has a 5-inch display with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution. The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch screen which is also full HD at 1080p. Technically the One should be slightly sharper, but it isnt easy to tell the difference. The HTC goes for a Super LCD3 option, where Samsung has stayed true to form and gone with a bright and vibrant Super AMOLED HD option instead – this leads to higher colour saturation, but can be tweaked to your own preference.


The Samsung Galaxy S5 is packing an impressive 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor backed up by 2GB of RAM. The HTC One (M8) is almost exactly the same with 2GB of RAM, and it’s also powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, although it’s clocked at 2.3GHz. We need to put them through their paces and check the benchmarks, but a major gap between them in terms of speed would be a surprise – despite HTC running ahead of the pack in our benchmark tests.


You’ll find a 2,600 mAh battery in the HTC One (M8), while the S5′s battery is slightly bigger at 2,800 mAh. The slightly smaller screen and the lower clock speed might help close the gap here. Both phones have a special power-saving mode that will help you prioritize when the battery gets low and squeeze the maximum use from your dwindling juice. The battery in the S5 can be swapped out, but the One (M8) is sealed.


The cameras are a headline feature for both phones, but the approaches are very different. We have the dual rear camera setup of the HTC One (M8) with a 4.1 ultrapixel camera and a distance measuring camera above it. There’s also a 5MP front-facing camera for top quality selfies. HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5Twin cameras promise 3D effects and post-snap focusing Samsung has gone for a 16MP main camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. The S5 is also capable of recording 4K video, while the One tops out at 1080p, something that could prove important to anyone who’s taken the 4K plunge with a new TV.