HTC One M8 for Windows vs Samsung Galaxy S5: first look

The epic battle between HTC and Samsung has been ongoing for a long time now. Whether it’s talk about sales, or merely trivial things like which of the two is the better looking one, we all know that these two heavyweights are going to continue duking it out. Making its presence once again in Microsoft’s mobile platform, the HTC One M8 for Windows is an attractive option for those looking for something different, but it still needs to contend with one of the best in the space right now – the ridiculously features rich Samsung Galaxy S5.


Visually, we’re still more attracted to the design of the HTC One M8 for Windows, since its premium construction, metal constructed body, and solid feel in the hand, all combine together to give it the stylish appeal that’s needed for a modern smartphone. Still, the Samsung Galaxy S5’s water resistant construction is one element that HTC’s latest offering can’t match – despite the fact that they had the time and resources to somehow, remotely bring it to the handset. On the surface, we still favor the design of the HTC One M8 for Windows more, since the plastic construction of the Galaxy S5 doesn’t evoke the same lovable response we get from its rival.

Physical appearance is one thing, but we can’t neglect to talk about how the Samsung Galaxy S5 is outfitted with an assortment of extra gear. In particular, we’re referring to its finger print and heart rate sensors, which are two things that HTC’s product lack. Between them, the finger print sensor is just something we come to expect in today’s high-end, flagship smartphone.


Frankly, the two displays here are very familiar. Neither one is greatly profound over the other, as they’re things we consider as the norm for any true flagship smartphone. Specifically, it’s a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD-3 display with the HTC One M8 for Windows – while the Galaxy S5 is outfitted with an equally formidable 5.1-inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display. On paper, the HTC One M8 for Windows has the slight edge when it comes to pixel density, but in all fairness, it’s not something that is visually noticeable. By default, the Galaxy S5’s screen has more of an iridescent, over-saturated glow – something that people might view as an attractive quality over the more neutral color output from the HTC One M8 for Windows. Whatever the case, we can agree that the two are very attractive in their own way.


Indeed, the Windows Phone 8.1.1 experience of the HTC One M8 for Windows is something we haven’t come across before – so we’re naturally interested in what it has to offer over Samsung’s latest TouchWiz experience with the Galaxy S5. Having made comparisons of the two opposing platforms, Android versus Windows Phone, we know what the two entail and has to offer to the general consumer. When it comes to the visuals and presentation, there’s something to say about the HTC One M8 for Windows – like how its dynamic and alive look manages to catch our eye more than the cartoony look that continues to be associated with Sammy’s experience.

Yet again, HTC’s smartphone proves to have the edge when it comes to physical attractiveness, as the Windows Phone 8.1.1 experience has more life and spunk to its presentation. On the flip side, however, Sammy’s TouchWiz experience offers a handful more features, which some we agree to be extremely useful – while others are just redundant. Windows Phone has come a long way, and when we combine the additional enhancements that HTC sprinkles into the mix, it has enough gas in the tank to make it appealing to the general consumer. Then again, Samsung’s customized Android experience has its perks too.

Processor and Memory

With a cursory glance between the two, we know that these two devices are more than capable of running intensive operations, especially when they pack nearly the same identical processors. For the HTC One M8 for Windows, it features a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM – while the Galaxy S5 uses the same gear, but is chip is clocked in at a slightly higher 2.5GHz speed.

Stuffed with 32GB of internal storage, these two smartphones offer enough capacity to appease the general user. Better yet, they also have expandable storage via their microSD card slots – albeit, we prefer the easier access to the Galaxy S5’s slot, as we’re required to use those pinhole sized adapters to access the slot in the HTC One M8 for Windows.


Having done several photo comparisons using the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One for Android, we know what advantages that come along with Sammy’s product. Yes, this is a totally new product, but the HTC One M8 for Windows bears the same 4-megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera of its sibling – with that duo camera system in tow too! Just comparing that number against the sizable 16-megapixel camera of the Galaxy S5, we’re already leaning towards a clear winner before actually checking out results. HTC’s Ultrapixel camera has failed to impress us in the details department on several occasions in the past, and it’s hard not to think the same here.


HTC’s Android-powered One M8 managed to put up a good fight against the Samsung Galaxy S5 in our comparison, but seeing that we’re dealing with a new product here, one that’s giving us the Windows Phone 8.1.1 experience with a few enhancements from HTC, it’s tough to say right now how it can compete against Sammy’s flagship. The design is still undoubtedly more attractive than what Sammy has with the Galaxy S5, but it’ll take more than good looks to overpower the all-encompassing Galaxy S5. We’ll need to spend some more time to make that determination, though, our previous comparison is already providing us with a lot of insights into how things might pan out.

Related phones

One (M8) for Windows
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(22h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Only relevant if Samsung released a S5 running Windows.

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1770; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S5 for Windows... with Touchwiz.

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The complete marketing line for the S5 WP will be... "Introducing a TouchWiz app giving you an experience of the gimmicky features that we cram in on our Android versions and a demo of the lag that the Android S5 has".

8. wilsong17 unregistered

And yet Samsung sell more why TouchWiz is more friendly and and has more function then most launcher

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1770; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Nah, I don't buy into the "TouchWiz lags" thing anymore. As for the "gimmicky" features, it depends on how you see it. I think many Touchwiz features are nice to have. And personally, I think touchwiz is fine. Though perhaps you got it right, Touchwiz was mentioned in my last comment as something unpleasant. LoL.

14. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I personally wouldn't get an Android phone without Touchwiz or HTC's Sense/BlinkFeed.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man that windows M8 is the shizzle for rizzle. Nice work HTC!

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Not too shabby... Nevertheless, I'm waiting to see what LG, Lenovo, Samsung, and MS have in store for WP... And, they need to hurry.

5. chaoscauser

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Leave s5 alone. She's become everybody’s favorite Aunt Sally. All the new phones get compared with s5..

6. banglazbless

Posts: 136; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

How dare they compare this M-aint garbage to that mighty s5? How dare they.

15. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

you surely mean that the garbage s5 is compared to the Mighty M8

7. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Why are you guys comparing a windows device to an android device? There's no comparison even if using same hardware the OS makes the differences. This is like comparing a truck to a car.

9. wilsong17 unregistered

Meaning gs5 truck and HTC m8 car or android=truck and windows=car

11. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Which the truck is running slower than the car.

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

How is a truck better than a car, or a car better than that truck?... You guys are so immature..

16. hurrycanger

Posts: 1770; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

For each person's use, of course. You wanna carry something big, then a truck is better than a car. You want a tougher body that will survive better in crashes, a truck is usually better than a car. My gf has been in an accident and her car's head was totally destroyed while the truck got a small dent, like the size of a palm. There are cases where people can say a car is better than a truck as well. If that's an immature way of thinking, then this world must be all immature. One thing is not always better than the other though. It depends on the usage. Now that same idea may apply to phones, but I don't really care much at this moment, lol. Just wanna say something about car, truck, and immaturity.

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