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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)



Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)
Of all comparisons between Android smartphones that we do each year, this one is among the most interesting ones, as it pits the best of two of the most prominent rivals on the market against each other. In 2014, we get to compare the newly-launched Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) – two amazing smartphones, both running Android, both relying on completely different approaches to securing a firm and respectable position on this key market.

In case you've been following PhoneArena for the past few months, or even years, then you know that there hardly is a bigger rivalry than that between the South Koreans from Samsung and the Taiwanese from HTC. Well, probably except that between Samsung and Apple, but if we limit ourselves to the boundaries of the Android market, then we definitely cannot think of a bigger rivalry. Obviously, both companies have their own arguments in this struggle, with both actually making a good point most of the qtime. For example, Samsung keeps bugging HTC for its sub-par UltraPixel camera, while HTC continues to point at Samsung's overly-plastic phone designs.

No matter where you stand with regards to this eternal conflict, we all have to give credit to these two companies for relentlessly trying to keep and improve their leading positions, as well as for crafting some of the most amazing smartphones the world has ever seen.

With all of that said, it's time to officially kick-off the competition between this year's contenders – the Galaxy S5 and the One (M8)!


Oh boy, we can definitely understand HTC for praising its premium aluminum design, which has become even more attractive in the One (M8). With even more metal and a beautiful gunmetal finish, the HTC One (M8) is certainly a treat for the eyes of smartphone lovers. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S5 remains true to Samsung's idea of an Android smartphone – it comes with the familiar Samsung look, but there's a twist this time around. After the glossy plastic of the GS4 and the faux-leather finish of the Note 3 (and some of the late GS4 variants), Samsung has once again decided it's time for a change, and so the Galaxy S5 comes with the new Glam look, which features a rubbery plastic finish on the back, decorated with an eye-catching, dotted pattern.

As a whole, both devices look quite good, with the HTC One (M8) having the more striking and premium appearance of the two. In terms of comfort, however, the GS5 proves to be the better handset, as its rubbery plastic material feels warm and inviting to the touch, whereas the cold and hard surface of the all-metal HTC One just isn't so comfortable to hold.

In terms of dimensions, both handsets are quite imposing. The HTC One (M8) (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35)) is a bit taller, but it kind of makes up for it by also being a bit narrower than the Galaxy S5 (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1)). Other than that, the GS5 is a bit slimmer than its opponent. When it comes to weight, these devices are by no means feather-light, but the Samsung Galaxy S5 definitely feels a bit lighter with its 5.11 oz (145 g), compared to the HTC One (M8)'s 5.64 oz (160 g).

Both handsets have great physical buttons – all of them are clicky and mostly easy to feel by touch alone.

One definite advantage that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has is found with its IP 67 certification. This means that it's completely dust-proof, plus it can also stay water-tight if it's submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the HTC One (M8) only has IP x3 certification, which means that it's not dust-resistant, and it can only withstand small sprays of water, like rain.

Samsung Galaxy S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

HTC One (M8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Super LCD, or Super AMOLED – that is the question! But regardless of which one you're going to side with, one thing is certain – things are going to look super-cool!

Without a doubt, being punchy and extra-vivid is Super AMOLED's specialty. However, the LCD of the One (M8) is also nicely saturated and vibrant, all the while being much more natural-looking. The trouble with the GS5 screen is that it lacks enough red color, resulting in rather cold visuals. The One M8 could be a bit warmer as well, but on the whole, its color balance is much better, delivering a much more realistic image.

With its slightly higher maximum brightness, the HTC One (M8) manages to be a bit easier to view outdoors, although the S5 is also pretty decent in this respect. Viewing angles are good on both phones - the GS5 retains its brightness and contrast, but loses some color accuracy, while the One (M8) keeps its colors in check, but loses contrast and brightness.

However, the Galaxy S5 does have the upper hand in the minimum brightness area, as its screen has been designed so that its brightness can go as low as 2 nits, enabling a super-comfortable viewing experience in the dark – something that you can't have with the One (M8) and its 16-nit minimum brightness.

In terms of general specs, the Galaxy S5's screen gets an ever so slightly larger diagonal, at 5.1 inches, while the One (M8) sports a 5” one. However, viewing area is often significantly bigger with the Galaxy S5, since it doesn't use on-screen navigation buttons, such as those of the One (M8). Resolution-wise, both handsets use 1080 x 1920 pixels, resulting in a 441 ppi density for the M8 and 432 ppi density for the GS5. Even though the One (M8) seems to have a slight advantage in this area, there practically isn't any noticeable difference between the two with regards to picture clarity and level of detail – both are extremely good!

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC One (M8) 490
Samsung Galaxy S5 442
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posted on 08 Apr 2014, 09:48 27

1. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

s5 bcuz of camera

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:19 19

15. tech2 (Posts: 3458; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

S5 for IP 67 Certification

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:36 15

21. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

yeah maybe . I think m8 looks good but at the end of day design lost its value and performance becomes the important thing. I prefer s5 anytime

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 19:38

116. countrytiger (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)

agree, good look car with no motor just looks good and that it.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:17 5

84. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

But M8 for bezels!
lol, just kidding.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:30 1

113. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)

M8 is clearly the winner comparing to S5
It's the best phone on Earth!
Htc ONE has been crowned the best pone of the year, two years in the roll..
You can't argue with the experts...
this new M8 has out performed s5 in any aspect..

M8 is better than S5.

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 19:37

115. countrytiger (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)

one thing that confuse me who care what the outside of the phone look like. because everybody buys cases for their phone. it is whats on the inside of the phone that counts.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 15:50 10

60. amiroomg (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

mybe better in camera not premium feel/ not better sound / not better speaker with boom sound/ not better design / not more realestic and natural color screen / not better ui with great sense

M8 all the way

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:03 5

61. amiroomg (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

pa plz check it:
m8 beats s5 in most benchmarks


posted on 13 Apr 2014, 18:59

104. pego99 (Posts: 88; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

Most of these M8 all the way posts are fan boy trolls who trying to irratate serious posters. The S5 is obviously a superior phone period as Obama would say.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 22:00 1

75. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Lol ,,, you are a sucker boy

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 02:33 1

106. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

or fukerboy I think your mama knows it well ;)

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 00:42

89. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)

s5 for functionality and m8 for design

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 11:00

99. maxumus (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)

Any Info on IR remote

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 22:04

103. ej.rufin (unregistered)

I'm really surprised at the harsh ratings. 8.9 for m8 ? I wish the Samsung wasn't so set on having their phone be a rusty Swiss army knife.. m8 is consistent, the flash REALLY compensates pitch black scenarios.
P.s. do we really expect a game changer? What would be the point in buying more products. Don't expect a well rounded HTC device for sometime( years).

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 09:53 17

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

s5 becasue of removable battery, lack of a double grill and the camera

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:01 17

26. magnanimus (Posts: 542; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

More compact body, better screen, IP67 rating, better support from community (like it or not), slightly better processor, faster downloads, less prone to scratches (if you dont like cases). I think the S5 took this one.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 09:54 11

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

As a phone, in my opinion GS5 is better than M8. But if I had to pick one, I'm not so sure which one I'd choose. Maybe GS5 after all.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 19:25 3

67. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Do not make your decision based on the tech-site-reviews, though.

See, here is not a word, about:
“[The Galaxy S5] has a long list of new records for best smartphone display performance including:
Highest Brightness,
Lowest Reflectance,
Highest Color Accuracy,
Infinite Contrast Ratio,
Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light,
and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle,” DisplayMate concludes. “

I stop reading this M8 ad article, then.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 09:56 19

4. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

S5 for everything...I just love it!

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:00 9

5. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Phonearena should use "Movie" mode in S5 for display analysis.
Various reviews have found that white point in S5 is one of the best.
Anandtech found colour temp of 6504k.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:05 1

6. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

PA also didn't test the outdoor visibility really, but only depends the "on-paper" brightness. N5 has 400 nits brightness and the outdoor visibility is like sh!t and the same as my 230 nits Note 2.
Reflection on Amoled display is different

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 21:46 1

74. gamblor77 (Posts: 106; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

These guys keep using max brightness for comparison rather than auto brightness. This tells me they obviously don't know the products well enough. If they used auto brightness on the S5 it's much brighter since Samsung went out of their way to implement this feature specifically for sunlight.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:06 5

7. jellmoo (Posts: 1595; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

It's sad because of how much I was looking forward to the M8, but the device is a pretty big disappointment. Whether it's the camera, the overall device size, or the poor use of space, the M8 is just not the step forward it needed to be in order to be competitive.

I'm no Samsung fan, but the S5 at least was an overall improvement over the S4. I just can't say the same for the M8.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:09 11

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Gs5 wins hands down. Still we will see some 4mp ultrapixel fanboys whining.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:39 2

36. omaianu (unregistered)

for people who don't care about the camera, the S5 down not win hands down

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 19:32 3

69. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

But if the camera was the only M8's flop .

M8 shoun't be even compare with S5 . lol

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 15:36 1

57. ToxiD (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Uh, until now, I've just seen Samsung fanboys complaining about the camera without own experience. On the other hand people who already own M8 don't complain.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 19:34 5

70. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

"On the other hand people who already own M8 don't complain."

You mean- nobody?

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 03:04 1

90. ToxiD (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

You know it is available for purchase. Such a bad troll.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:09 4

9. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

HTC One 2014 (M8) - FANTASTIC design and built quality, better front cam, DECENT battery life, expandable strorage, BAD camera.

S5 - AVERAGE design and build quality, GREAT back camera, expandable storage, better display (personal opinion), REMOVABLE battery, BETTER battery life.

Personally, if i was looking to buy a flagship Android phone right now, I'd buy the S5. It's a better overall smartphone. Apart from the design & construction, i don't see the M8 having any advantages over the S5.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:13 11

12. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

The only thing it does better is the speaker/microphone setup. That was enough for me to buy the M7 last year. But I quickly learned that the camera is more important to me than blasting music through phone speakers. So I am getting the S5 on Friday.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:23 3

18. rkaahean (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Mar 2014)

The M8's battery is anything but decent. Don't forget BoomSound. IMO, Sense is a much more refined and polished UI as opposed to touchwhiz.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:17

29. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

why is the battery life better? on gsm arena it lost by 1 hour despite having a smaller battery, i think that beans better software optimization, and the camera isnt really bad, its decent unless you are really into taking pictures. to each his own, i guess.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:20 6

30. guidoconrad (Posts: 24; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Actually the One gives you better battery life. Check Anandtech's review of the S5 and the HTC One. HTC achieved better battery life with a smaller batery. Also keep in mind that your S5 battery life will decreased with each update, like it happened on the S3/4 where in HTC phones it only gets better

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 19:38

71. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Do not confuse the cheap sealed ALUMINUM (chock-full mess inside) , with "built quality",!!!! Plaease!

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 07:24

79. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

yes because people tend to look inside their phones just to see how much of a mess it is

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:11 1

10. MrTzr (unregistered)

S5. It's more compact, even with a bigger screen. It also has a (much) better camera, a replaceable battery and it is IP67 rated. The only disadvantage for me

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:17

13. MrTzr (unregistered)

...is that it doesn't have an FM radio. (sorry, edit-time was over.)

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 15:11

55. ToxiD (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

I don't think it is more compact as the HTC One has curved design and I don't mean only the corners but also the back side.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 19:46 1

72. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

M8 is more bulky and heavier. Besides the dent-easy aluminum is MUST-HAVE-CASE.
S5 can be nacked though(new back cover doesn't cost much). And even View Cover doesn't increase the size at all.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 07:25

80. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

how m8s have you seen with a dent? and why does the weight matter when the difference is 15g?

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:14

83. ToxiD (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

I don't care about the weight, it is not like I carry something heavy. There is no way to put HTC into case as its design can not be hidden. Yes if it drops, some scratches may appear but I'm really careful at this. There is also some invisible foil where the whole device is wrapped into it but don't know how it is called.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:12 1

11. papss (unregistered)

The s5 looks incredibly generic next to the one.SS needs to get their design under control..

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:18

14. SPASE (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2013)

"When it comes to GPS, the One slightly trumps its South Korean opponent by having support for GPS and Glonass, while the GS5 only has GPS."
actually, the GS5 has Glonass.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:21 2

17. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 590; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

I'll probably go with the S5. The premium metal build of the M8 is irrelevant since such a slippery scratch prone surface will require a case anyway.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:25 2

19. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Battle of the year!
Both excelent devices,each one with its pros and cons
I think the S5 is very good as a whole,leaves little to be desired.But the M8 is truly excelent in some ways (design\materials,sound,display,battery life,UI,hardware),and disappoints in others (camera,dimentions in relation to screen size,weight,maybe durability,use of space...)

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:26

34. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

how is the weight even a thing? and how is durability a disappointment when you arent sure about it? everything else i agree with you on

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 17:47 1

63. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

160g is a considerable weight for a smartphone,at least for me
As for durability,the metal can chip if the phone is dropped on concrete,for example, and you'll never have any way to repair the damage
also,when 90% of the phone is metal, it can overheat faster than most of the devices out there
I'd rather buy a well-made plastic phone than an all-metal slippery brick...

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 07:30 1

81. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

actually, aluminum dissipates heat more efficiently than polycarbornate, which requires insulation(more so with the gs5 due to water and dust proofing) so the gs5 will overheat faster than the m8. also, what are you a 3-month old? its a 15g difference!

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:37

22. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

it comes down to this, 1) removable battery 2) better camera 3) IP7 certification VS 1) superior Sense 2) speakers 3) great build quality.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 10:57 4

25. magnanimus (Posts: 542; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

You really can't say Sense is superior as that is extremely subjective. I might not really prefer consistency and gestures (which is the only thing sense is superior with) over the fingerprint, and heart rate sensor. So the skin preference is highly subjective.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:10 1

28. sniper1087 (Posts: 508; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)

i agree to som point , but touchwiz even though they changed it, performance wise still has issues, and yes I played with one live and it crashed, and noticeable lag was present, which baffles me at this point I was hoping samsung would make it much lighter than before. HTC on the other hand since sense 5 I have not noticed any lag whatsoever, and in the next version they made it even faster, of course I agree that the camera could have improved more on the M8, I was hoping for at least 8 MP/UP would have made a better impression.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:23 1

32. guidoconrad (Posts: 24; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

The heart rate sensor that only work 50% of the time and when it does 50% of the times is not giving you an accurate result? Basically it only performs well 25% of the time. Don't hate on me, I just got that from this site's review

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:23

33. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

i believe he was talking about actual performance not just the skin.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:42

37. sniper1087 (Posts: 508; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)

sadly actual performance is based on your experience when using it and the skin which is a complete overlay it does affect the performance, and therefore the experience degrades, which I am not saying is a bad phone the only thing it needed is just a lighter skin which would allow it to be faster and not have any stutter, freezes or slow downs. this might be fixed with a software update of course so all we can do is wait.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:00

43. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

that is actually why i stopped buying galaxy phones...

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 14:12

52. magnanimus (Posts: 542; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Touchwiz might stutter or slow down in some cases (Touchwiz induced lag) but people might still value what it has to offer higher than the occasional stutter. I use a galaxy note and the stutter happens in some cases but that doesn't want to make me pick up an iPad because its faster. I value what the OS has to offer greater (S note i use in class) than its stutters (which isnt as bad).

Bottom line: OS is still subjective even tho one clearly stutters.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 13:23

51. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

Really? You don't prefer consistency? And how are you comparing 2 hardware based features like a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor to the overall experience of a skin? Most reviewers including this, Anandtech and the Verge's review agree with my assessment.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 14:16 1

53. magnanimus (Posts: 542; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Okay, my bad in that aspect. My point still stands tho. OS preference is still highly subjective. iOS 7 is more consistent that sense 6, that doesnt make you want to choose an iOS over sense.
Thats why I said its subjective.

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