The new HTC One (M8)
has gone official, and it’s already available for purchase on most major US carriers
(props to HTC for the quick release), but before you spend your hard-earned dollar on HTC’s latest and greatest, you might want to take one more look at the best alternatives on the market.
After all, the new HTC One (M8) impressed us with its polished design and powerful hardware, but it seems that HTC could have offered a little more in the camera department
. Moreover, other devices offer some unique features that you won’t find on the new HTC One. For instance, you have a fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S5, and some users might want that feature. Others might crave a device with a larger display like a phablet, which the One (M8) is not.
With all this in mind, it’s time to sum up the best alternatives to the new HTC One, and it’s up to you to decide which one to get. Take a look below, and let us know your thoughts on all these handsets and how they compare to the new One.
Best HTC One (M8) alternatives
Best HTC One (M8) alternatives
1. Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is clearly the biggest HTC One (M8) rival, and for a good reason - Samsung will certainly put all the power of its marketing machine behind its latest flagship. Marketing aside, though, the Galaxy S5 is a good alternative to the new One for a few reasons. First and foremost, preliminary tests show that the Galaxy S5 has a superior camera, as images we have seen so far from it are richer in detail, and with a great color balance. The Galaxy S5 is also water and dust resistant, something that the HTC One (M8) is not. Samsung’s phone is also slightly faster, and its TouchWiz user interface has its specific allure (TouchWiz alone is not an advantage in itself, though). Add the fingerprint scanner and the heart rate monitor, and the Galaxy S5 clearly emerges as a worthy HTC One (M8) alternative. Keep in mind, though, that the Galaxy S5 is not available yet in retail stores - you’d have to wait until April 11th for that.
2. Sony Xperia Z2
Sony has switched to 6-month release cycles with its recent smartphones, and the Xperia Z2 fits in that pattern, coming just half a year after the Z1. In that short time span, Sony has managed to improve the Z1 greatly, fixing all the broken little pieces. First, the screen on the Xperia Z2 no longer suffers from poor viewing angles, a crippling issue that has persisted in the Xperia Z and Xperia Z1. Sony has also packed its flagship Android smartphone full with the latest specs, including a speedy Snapdragon 801 system chip with 3GB of RAM, while the HTC One (M8) features just 2GB. Sony also sticks to its excellent 20-megapixel camera with a large sensor, while HTC’s UltraPixel experiment seems to lack behind in terms of image quality. All of that makes the Xperia Z2 an excellent alternative to the HTC One (M8). Just as the Samsung Galaxy S5, though, the Xperia Z2 is not yet available in stores - it’s expected to launch around mid-April.
3. LG G2
The LG G2 launched a few months back, but in that short period, LG has already slashed the price of the phone hugely. Now, you can get the G2 for a much lower price than the HTC One (M8), and still end up with a similarly well-specced device! The G2 has another trump card in the form of its 13-megapixel rear-facing camera (with optical image stabilization), which at first sight seems to have the slight edge over the UltraPixel (4-megapixel) camera on the One (M8). Price and camera make a strong case for the LG G2, but keep in mind that it’s plastic build is nowhere near as solid as the unibody aluminum HTC One (M8).
4. Nexus 5
The Nexus 5 is a device that we could call ‘the tinkerer’s phone’. It comes with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, it’s first in line for future Android updates, and it sports stock Android with no custom skins on top. Moreover, just like the LG G2, the Nexus 5 is much, much cheaper - it’s actually half the price of the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition! At the same time, the trade-off in power is minimal, as the Nexus 5 runs on just a slightly less powerful chip than the M8: the N5 has got the Snapdragon 800, while the new One comes with the Snapdragon 801. In terms of cameras, the difference is not all that huge either, but the Nexus 5 still seems to have the slight edge if you count image quality alone (and it’s got OIS). Finally, all of that combines to make the Nexus 5 a worthy alternative to the new HTC One.
5. Apple iPhone 5s
The Apple iPhone 5s remains the world’s most popular smartphone thanks to both Apple’s huge iOS ecosystem, its performance pwoer and excellent craftsmanship. The iPhone 5s also has a much more compact footprint than any other high-end smartphone on the market. Compact, however, does not mean slow, and in fact the iPhone 5s is roughly on par with the new HTC One in terms of processing power. All in all, choosing between the iPhone 5s and the new One, is a lot about choosing platform and size - if you want to go Apple and prefer a compact phone, the iPhone 5s is an obvious choice, while if you prefer Android and a larger display, the new One is more suitable.
6. LG G Pro 2
Our final worthy alternative to the new HTC One is a truly gigantic phone - the LG G Pro 2. With its huge 5.9” 1080p display, the G Pro 2 is considered to be in a different category, that of phablets. The G Pro 2 also comes with a powerful Snapdragon 800 system chip and a very capable 13-megapixel camera with OIS, plus it’s surprisingly compact for its size (it’s still large, though!). This handset would be the best HTC One alternative for those users looking for a larger screen for media, games and browsing/reading.