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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison

0. phoneArena 25 Mar 2014, 11:12 posted on

If we had to make a list of the most highly anticipated smartphones right now, then the Samsung Galaxy S5 would probably stand right at the very top of it. The handset is expected to sell by the boatloads once it is released in April, landing in the pockets of both loyal Samsung followers and anyone looking for a capable high-end Android device. But the competition is definitely not going to just stand and watch. Samsung's latest and greatest Android phone will have to face a number of tough opponents on its way to commercial success, and one of the toughest among them will be the HTC One (M8)...

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posted on 16 Mar 2014, 11:15

94. Slammer (Posts: 1068; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Microwaves, TVs etc, aren't being carried around on a daily basis. They are meant to be stationary. You people that are so hyped up on flashing your phones around, are forgetting that most mainstream users don't give a damn. Your flashy looking phone is nothing once the battery fries. I don't have the time or money to abort out of my busy schedule to travel out of my way to a phone service center for a stupid battery issue. Maybe you think that you should be slave to that $600+ high end phone. I have a different perspective. I shouldn't have to be limited on what I can do or not do. At least most plastic phones are still retaining some amount of consumer control.

Isn't that more important?

John B.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:26

135. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


dude if its plastic metal aluminium titanium fiber glass or anything a battery problem is a battery problem your going to the store to get it replaced or fixed one way or the other, battery warrenty if your about to say buy on ebay and install in that case you can still take it apart and do it yourself if your knowledgeable

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 14:14

161. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


HTC battry Word great my HTC one Word great for Last year so Who near to change battry

Samsung near change for poor quality in battry type

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 18:42

185. Slammer (Posts: 1068; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


That's the point Engineer. Most typical mainstream users would like to change their own battery but can't on these sealed phones.

I can't count how many individuals I hear on a daily basis, claiming they love their iphones but the battery is getting weak and doesn't hold a charge like it should. They would take it in to the service center but can't afford the repair or replacement. With third party outlets like cellphonebattery.org, a replacement can be had for $20 sometimes including shipping and just swap in a new one if they could get to the battery. The averge user is NOT going to know or even dare how to change it on a sealed handset.

Seriously engineer. Please put yourself in a normal user perspective before you throw regular consumers under the bus.

John B.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:09 2

10. JMartin22 (Posts: 1221; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The S5 comes out on top when it comes to features and improvements. We pretty much know all we have to about this HTC phone before they even have to announce. And to the person that says they don't care about the S5 sales...

HTC is certainly going to care as they lose market share and profit to their biggest competitor in the Android platform.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:10 4

12. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Bottom Line: The GS5 will sell like crazy and the htc will never :)

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:16

21. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Cause we all know the galaxy range is and has been familiar, unlike Htc every year makes a device with different name so public sees Htc as a normal.

Surely whatever Apple iphone and Samsung Galaxy use or make there product with subpar product it wil still sell

Welcome to the world of brand recognition.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:16 6

22. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Bottom bottom Line: The All New One will shine and rock like crazy and the Samsung will never. :)

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:37 4

80. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8677; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And you said you were a changed person lol yeah okay.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 11:38

99. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


And no one would care about the shining all new fart :/ life is hard .. adorable sonys nokias and htcs that no one buys :'( .. #WakeUpMyBeauty

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:14

128. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8677; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol looks like someone got chosen to go on an all expense paid vacation. Have fun! Send me a post card if you can!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:27

136. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


do you remember the evo the phone to beat all phones

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:11 3

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2959; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


All New One!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:13 5

19. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hell yea, this new One is gonna rock and boom the S5 out of the water. I don't care which one will sell more, I only care about which one is better.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 12:25 2

113. Jason2k13 (Posts: 648; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


which one is better to yourself*

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:20 2

28. Feanor (Posts: 310; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


It seems that one can have the best of both worlds with a Z2. And an extra GB of RAM as a bonus. And the great sounding noise cancellation. Which to me seems even more important than stereo speakers (or the heart rate sensor, for that matter) .

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:28

137. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


not in america.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:24 3

34. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


HTC M8 is crushing the S5. M8 will take better pictures indoors and outdoors too. Has a much wider lens too.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:30 3

43. Feanor (Posts: 310; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Hmm... fat chance. I think HTC don't have a good camera department because they are smartphone manufacturers and not electronics manufacturers. If you think about it, there has never been an HTC to offer fantastic camera experience. And now that big names like Samsung and Sony put a lot of their camera expertise into their smartphone designs, I think that HTC will have a very hard time.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:30

141. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


if they push the commercial with the wide front lense and 5mp camera for selfies at club and anywhere they will make a huge splash look at the vine vids its like facebook for this gen, better front cam is needed.and sound

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 14:00

155. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


Did you know Sony is the one making cameras for Samsung, LG and Apple? I think S5 is the first in many years Samsung is making their own camera but I am not sure. HTC is using camera technology from someone else like toshiba so the camera can be very good. If the front can be 5mp then the back should have at least 5mp too and not 4mp.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:40 4

81. emadshiny (Posts: 1135; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Have you ever took any pictures with these devices? I think S5 will crush All the new One in camera comparison.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:33

142. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


they big problem is the world that has the gs3 have 2 gig ram they will say why does this phone have the same ram as my phone from 2 years ago when the note has 3, most gs3 people will switch to htc or lg because of that if the htc has 3 gig ram and thats why the anunu bench test is faster that will make or brake this phone plus the htc will release 3 days before the gs5

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:31 1

46. Atlas (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


I have to say I do like the less rounded look from Samsung, but it will in no way entice me to buy it, HTC M8 has the far better design in my opinion. But I am happy enough with my Z1 so no phone swapping for a long time.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:40

51. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I love and like less rounds design than iP5 and S4,5 looks. Sony Z Lumia 925 lenovoK850 have sharp edgy looks which looks really sexy and modern

Imagine a Tv with rounded curves, God will look ugly than a TV having shar angels

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 19:16

189. Lauticol (Posts: 201; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


The thing is rounded curves are far more ergonomic than sharp angles. You don't hold a TV in your hands, they can maje the design they want

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:41 7

53. limporgyuk (Posts: 149; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


The S5 is a joke, it isn't really a fair comparison. Most of the positive S5 comments on this page come from people who would buy a turd if it had a Samsung badge on it.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:49 4

59. jellmoo (Posts: 690; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I'm about as far from a Samsung fan as you can get, but really? How is the S5 a "joke"? In what way is the All New One that much better than it?

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 14:21 4

163. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Everything in htc seems better than Samsung

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 12:47 1

118. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Spec wise they are pretty much identical.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:49 4

58. eq5555 (Posts: 63; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


S5 1/2.5 isocell phase autofocus
M8 1/3 bsi
S5 Super amoled (brighter, better viewing angles, better antiglare in comparison with S4)
hi-tech.imgsmail.ru/hitech_img/source/cf/dc/746f7c​86490ffdb8e93c035d5e62.jpg
M8 LCD with a white side backlight, which has been used for 10 years
and also thick bezels and lack of waterproof

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:34

143. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


none of this is real we just dont know yet.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:34 1

144. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


ow and its water resistant wait till the phones get water logged like the gs5 active did and people get real mad.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:54 4

61. newbey123 (Posts: 436; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Easy. The M8 is by far the better phone. The plastic sammy toy isn't even in the same league, it may sell more,but that my no means transfers to it being the better product! Good job HTC!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:59 4

64. eq5555 (Posts: 63; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


You fetishist, a hypocrite or simply inadequate?
You'll be looking at a smartphone and masturbate on metal or you will use them?

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:03 3

65. jellmoo (Posts: 690; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Can you explain "why"? Why is it by far the better phone? What are these advantages that put it in a different league?

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:37 2

146. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


front speakers a must for most
5mp wide angle front cam
lytro style rear camera
thats really all thats known
the gs5 has a finger print scanner that does not work with gloves on think about that every time you take it out of your pocket your taking the gloves off or not having them on living in winter wonder land or cold place that will suck.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 14:16

162. jellmoo (Posts: 690; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Thanks for the reply. But...

Heart rate monitor. Fingerprint scanner. Replaceable battery. Water and dust resistant. Smaller footprint. Quick focus camera. Etc...

It's almost as though we had two phones with almost identical internals, differing between themselves with separate features and offerings.

I can see why one would prefer one device over the other (no pun intended), as different people will value different things. But I can't see how anyone would say that either device is "far better" than the other.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:06

67. wildhammer (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


Why on screen buttons htc?? It would have looked better without it!!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:11 3

68. Genza (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


S5 + M8 = Z2

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 11:42

103. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Z-fart Can't Even Sell

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:38 2

147. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


z2 not available in most of the worlds markets its only tmobile in america.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 11:46 1

207. lee480 (Posts: 176; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Sold more than HTCs, Nokias and BB?

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:54

220. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


why hasnt papasmurf called u a troll yet? oh wait, u support his beloved Samsung too

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:08

222. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Yes, Sadly :( I don't support the wannabe-please-buy-us-we're-good-too brands :( Life Is Hard At The Bottom Of The Food Chain. #NumbersDontLie

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 00:09

225. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


i think its sadder that Samsung fan boys have to resort to the "Galaxy S5 will sell the most" argument bcos they know that compared to the One and Z2, the S5 was a major disappointment.

so much for "sales dont matter if your device is good" right smurf?

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 00:54

226. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


It will sell more because its the best, people that will buy it in tens of millions while having the choice to look at other wannabes do not care about your brands that are fading to dark and are at crossroads between surviving for another month or going bankrupt. There are many reasons why Samsung is so successful and other cant even breathe, think the funny nokias htcs and blackberrys all have good phones but everyone mocks them and no one buys them unless they are cheap like the 520 620 nokia x or whatever. There are reasons why nobody wants these, so think about it yourself.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 02:09

227. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


lol it will sell more because right now Samsung is synonymous with Android. tell the average consumer ure using an android and theyd think ure using a Samsung. Samsung is so successful partly bcos they flood every segment of the market barely leaving room for other brands. the only reason why people get Samsungs is bcos of the brand recognition. Other brands (save for Apple) dont have as much recognition/exposure to the general public.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:20

70. PorkyBurger (Posts: 234; Member since: 18 May 2013)


After looking at both phones... I wouldn't pick either of them. Both phone designs, IMO, look horrible. Samsung uses plastic, still never changed the looks + that band-aid back (=.=) , but HTC...looking almost as same as M7 and now used horribly huge bezel on bottom of the phone... just made it looking worse than M7.
Don't get me started on Z2. Only thing I like on it is display. That's all.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:22 4

73. milos (Posts: 38; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


All HTC ONE fanboys have to say is "Plastic s5" as an excuse to beat down on Samsung.

I have a choice of bigger nice metal Back of the phone with good speakers Vs. Much more features on S5, removable battery and bigger screen (with no onscreen buttons) in a smaller waterproof body. I frankly don't care what material my phone is made of. Its not cheap plastic for sure. Its very nice feel plastic unlike LG for example. Plus Metal chassy is another unnecesery heavy part

S5 is already too big for my front pocket. S4 was big enough. Now HTC ONE 2014 managed to beat even this giant S5 galaxy phone in size and weight by making it a borderline phablet.

Good luck fitting it into front pocket of your pants and tying your shoe laces :-)

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:41

148. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


dude its a 5 inch and 5.1 inch not noticeable speakers are a most galaxy people know this we miss calls and sms because we cant hear it. or feel i could tell you about the inner workings of the phone but you will get lost

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:25

74. tanker8764 (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


Buy a htc one 2 ? I don't want to own a phone that goes out of business and have no support for it !!!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:32 1

77. wildhammer (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


Htc has no support??
This comments page isn't enough eh??

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 07:07

196. tanker8764 (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


No it isn't

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:03

197. limporgyuk (Posts: 149; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Is that the best you can come up with?? You've just embarassed yourself. Shame

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:26 3

75. LikeMyself (Posts: 287; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


The S5 does not have a soul! That's the thing that its competitors now have, u S5 "lovers". The S4,S3 have one. Samsung put a lot of efforts to make them (S-S4) successful! The S5 is just soulless with no identity!
That's what New HTC One, Z2, LG G2 (G3?), S4, Note 3 have over the S5. They don't have heart sensor, u understand. But they can increase your heart rate a little unlike the S5. You can see the effort HTC is making to build the hype out of its coming flagship and make it successful.
Now quote this in article if you agree!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 12:09 2

111. milos (Posts: 38; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Thats "soul" think is kind of subjective, don't you think. I feel no soul for HTC-ONE at all.
On the other hand, after being a bit dissapointed with S5 "oldschool" look, it is totally growing on me now every day. Specially that HTC one is not doing anything new either to impress me. And my ME, I mean a guy who cares NOT about brand nor material used.
I care about:
1. Specs/feature
2. Size/shape
3. Removable battery, so i don't have to be tight up to the wall charger in the evening, or carry that gigant battery packed case arround my already huge phone.

HTC One totally looses the battle for me.

Again, to each-their own!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 14:08 2

158. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Samsung are toooo ugly and plastic really you think this great HTC one are like s5 no no no
Only HTC one 2014

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:43

149. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1064; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


you do know that almost every phone in the world with a camera and flash light can do the same thing and be very accurate

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:28 3

76. JMartin22 (Posts: 1221; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Lol, all the disillusioned HTC and Sony fans in this comment section desperately want Samsung's phone to fail. They just hate the fact that so many more people prefer the Samsung choice and it infuriates them.

So they'll say and do anything to convince others (and themselves) that their signature favourite is somehow better. It's sad lol

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