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HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Camera


Attached with the flagship status, the expectation here is nothing short of superb looking photos from their cameras. Over on the HTC One (M8), it employs the same camera technology as its predecessor – a 4-megapixel ‘ultrapixel’ 1/3” sensor that features an f2.0 aperture lens, dual-LED flash, and a backside illuminated sensor. The fun doesn’t end there, as an unconventional secondary rear camera is also perched nearby, allowing it to measure depth information. Sticking firmly to the bigger is better mentality, the Note 3 packs a sizable 13-megapixel 1/3.06” sensor that’s complemented with an f2.2 aperture lens, BSI, and a single LED flash.

Similar to the look and feel of their customized experiences, the HTC One’s camera UI is cleaner looking. Underneath their layouts, shutterbugs will be pleased to know that they are rich with manual controls to give us complete control in taking our shots. Diving further in, it’s apparent that the Note 3 has a handful more “fun” shooting modes – whereas the HTC One M8, its “fun” is experienced post shot with its various ‘duo effects.’

Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Camera interface of the HTC One (M8)


Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3


Let’s be frank people, the HTC One M8 takes some good looking photos – more so with outdoor sunny shots. In fact, if we’re to compare its shots against the Note 3, most people would be hard pressed to realize the differences. Well, that’s unless we decide to crop or zoom our shots. Indeed, the photos produced by these two are more than agreeable to share via social networking, but the poor details capture of the HTC One M8’s camera limits it. Conversely, the Note 3 captures a ton of detail in its shots, which doesn’t lessen its quality if we’re to crop them.

Quite simply, details are arguably the differentiator with these two, seeing that they perform similarly in other areas like color accuracy. Interestingly enough, it’s the HTC One M8 that pulls slightly ahead when it comes to snapping nighttime photos, just because its shots tend to be brighter in overall tone. Whereas details are sometimes lost in the dark and murky samples of the Note 3, they’re more drawn out with the HTC One M8.

After comparing the samples of the two cameras, we’re inclined to lean towards the Note 3 for having the overall better quality. Still, we have to admit that the various ‘duo effects’ of the HTC One M8 has some appealing elements to it – such as being able to select the focus post shot. However, we have to remind everyone that the same effect can be achieved through the aid of other 3rd party apps.

Having a balance between details and nighttime capture, the Note 3 moves ahead of the HTC One M8 in the area of shooting 1080p high definition videos. Sadly for HTC’s new outed phone, its quality isn’t as flattering to the eye, especially when there’s a fair amount of motion blur and digital noise with its low lighting capture.


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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 2.3
No data
444
363
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2.7
No data
494
353
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Recording high-definition 1080p videos on the other hand, the differentiator is mainly isolated to their night time production. Needless to say, we like the quality of the two phones with their daytime shots, but the LG G2 falters under low lighting situations with the absurd amount of motion blur evident throughout the video.



Multimedia


Very few phones emphasize on having an eye catching music player, but they do exist. Case in point the HTC One M8, which manages to have a livelier looking player than the Note 3, thanks in part to the dynamic look of its visualizer, and its ability to display lyrics while a song is played. Of course, we absolutely adore the dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound of the HTC One M8, mainly because it projects sound towards us.

Not only that, but it churns out a whopping 75.2 dB of power. However, we can’t count out the Note 3’s single speaker either, which also has a commanding presence with its slightly better 76 dB punch. Despite the stronger output, the vibrancy and richer tones put out by the HTC One M8’s speaker make it the more ideal device.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has two different music players - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has two different music players - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has two different music players - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has two different music players - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has two different music players


More than equipped to handle playing back high definition 1080p videos, the two are nearly perfect for the video watching experience. Still, having a larger screen makes for an even more ideal experience – so that’s why we prefer the Note 3 for this. Additionally, the multi-tasking element in play with the Note 3 permits us to continue watching a video while doing something else entirely different on the phone.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1.28
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 0.43
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 75.2
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 76
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posted on 08 Apr 2014, 07:52 9

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2694; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


All of a sudden the Note series doesn't look that big anymore :P

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 08:47 11

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2579; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


But the screen definitely looks bigger.

Note 3 FTW.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 07:58 5

2. iushnt (Posts: 617; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


that m8 looks as equal as note 3 in size..

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 09:06 1

7. papss (unregistered)


You need your eyes checked.. look how wide the note is compared to the m8

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 21:43 1

11. Diezparda (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Nah i don't think he needed it. Imagine m8 with 5.7" display

LOL...

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 07:59 13

3. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Note 3 hands down!

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 08:26 7

4. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


The Note 3 is probably the best smartphone to date imo!
It's packed with everything a person would need in a smartphone. The m8 is a good device in its own right as well and shouldn't be looked down upon.
I'd have to see real world battery results though because when I put my note 3 on the charger at 11:30 pm, I usually have about half battery life remaining & that's taking it off the charger at 5:30 am.
At this point, all of these devices have their pros and cons & are excellent choices either way.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 08:39

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


Thats what i was saying. M8 is too tall for its screen size. Look at the comparison. Unless all you care is big stereo speakers on your phone, This phone has major screen/body hight/width ratio problem. I had some hands on in the store this past weekend. Its too long physically. Feels nice, of coarse, and looks nice aside for looking a bit weird with small screen in relation to overall size.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 09:10 1

8. papss (unregistered)


I loved my note 3 but it wasn't special enough for me to keep it longer than a few months.. I feel the M8 will be the same. I think it's more about my dislike for the OS more than a dislike of the phones

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 13:49 1

9. denmcdon (Posts: 88; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)


360 nits? Put the note 3 on auto brightness it reaches 600 nits for your information

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 14:01 1

10. denmcdon (Posts: 88; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)


http://www.androidauthority.com/note-3-display-review-brightness-display-mate-278726/

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 10:32

13. SupermanayrB (Posts: 158; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


"As for the Note 3, it’s nothing more than average with its quality. Even though voices through the earpiece sound natural, there’s some crackling heard at the loudest volume setting. On top of that, our callers on the other end of the line complain about our voice sounding robotic."

It was tested with a T-Mobile Note 3 so............

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 18:43

14. gigaraga (Posts: 865; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Note 3 before, Note 3 now, and Note 3 forever.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 11:27

15. vuyonc (Posts: 212; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


How did the LG G2 get into the camera section????

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