Reader's choice: HTC One (M8) outscores Samsung Galaxy S5

Last week, we came up with this complex comparison article where you had the chance to vote for whichever handset you felt was better: the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the HTC One (M8). However, there was more to this article than that, as you could vote across a number of categories, including design, display, user experience and camera. This way, readers could give credit where it's due, and not just stick with a basic "overall" score.

Needless to say, things turned out pretty interesting with this comparison, as the HTC One (M8) managed to grab the win in three out of four departments - all except Camera. This makes the One (M8) the definite winner in this comparison, as it has generated a total of 4905 votes, while the Galaxy S5 has gotten significantly less: 3432 votes.

The Design department turned out to be a rather one-sided affair. In this area, over 80% of users chose to express their liking for the One (M8)'s premium, all-metal design, in favor of the Galaxy S5's dotted plastic. Next time Samsung gets down to designing a flagship phone, maybe they should take this observation into account! Moving on to Display, things seem to be much more balanced. With the S5's Super AMOLED having a lot of fans, courtesy of its extra-vivid and saturated appearance, the One (M8) couldn't separate itself by such a great margin as in the design category, but still, it looks like more people have chosen the One (M8). User experience is yet another win for HTC's flagship, as its polished interface has managed to attract a significantly larger number of votes compared to TouchWiz.

The only loss for HTC here has to do with the camera - the One (M8) and its UltraPixel camera have suffered a rather painful blow in that particular category, as almost three-fourths have voted for the GS5's 16 MP shooter. Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the results in each category!

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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)
One (M8)
  • 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(20h 3G talk time)



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

No wonder. M8 deserves it. I'm still surprised how many voted for M8 camera... OK I know it's just for trolling but still.

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

They are just the M8 owners out there haha. Having a M8 myself, I have to say it's not that impressive.

30. Beijendorf unregistered

It's extremely fast in starting and following shot-to-shot times and is consistent across the board regardless of lighting conditions. The Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't quite as fast and usually performs horribly in low-light conditions. In good lighting conditions the M8 camera pales in comparison to the S5 though. I just thought I'd give my 5 cents as to why I think the M8 deserved some of those votes it got.

39. Furbal unregistered

Yeah. I've had the s5 since release and the m8 for about a week. The m8 is a much nicer phone other than the camera so far. Converted it to GPE though to get rid of ATT bloat.

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Sadly... S5 will outsold M8 by a long shot... Good job on the phone though HTC :D

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Okay, having owned both for over a month, this is what I can conclude: 1) Design - Obviously the M8 wins, but when I used it with out a case, it's slippery and the bottom bezel is annoying. Because it's made of the aluminum, I have significantly notice a huge drop in reception and signal quality compared to the S5. There are areas, especially at my job, where I'll have one or two bars where I'd get four or five on my S5. WiFi strength is where I'm confused. At the same exact location, my S5 pulled 108mbps but the M8 only got 50. Display - I might be a little bias when it comes to this since I joined the AMOLED team back in 2012, but the display on the S5 is bar none the greatest... You can definitely tell the blacks on the M8 are not true at all. Whenever opening the app launcher, you notice right away. I definitely prefer the over saturated colors as they catch my eye more than "natural" colors. Now as far as outdoor visibility, S5 wins by miles. The coating Samsung used on the display and the ability to achieve 698nits of brightness allows me to use it when the sun is directly beaming on it. Now don't get me wrong, the M8's is great, but for all the hype SLCD3 receive in terms of brightness and visibility, I don't see it. (If you turn on Power Saving Mode and set the brightness to 100%, good luck using the phone outside.) User experience - Okay, this is completely subjective and can be different from anyone. I personally enjoyed Sense 6 and always felt it was snappier than TouchWiz. Now granted, TW never lagged on my S5, the M8 would slightly put perform it in opening apps. I definitely missed the Sense weather clock, BoomSound, FM Radio, Keyboard, and now the option to unlock the phone by swiping up or left is definitely neat. But, I feel TW has these little features (or what almost everyone calls gimmicks) that are actually useful. Picking up the phone and being alerted you have a notification, direct call, and Ultra Power Saving Mode (literally my favorite feature) are more useful to me. UPSM on the S5 can lasts 12 days on sstandby and can get you roughly about 18-23 hours on 10%. EPSM on the HTC One doesn't work.. at all. My battery drained 7% in an hour, having LTE disabled. If I were to rank the two, user experience is a tie. Camera - No competition. 16MP vs 4UP is a no brainer for me. Having the extra mp allows me to crop photos without losinf too many details. The M8 produces better whites IMO, but the camera isn't bad at all. It's really one of the things the phone gets judged in so much but is usable to almost everyone. The photos are bright, capture detail, and definitely look great if you just post photos online (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). With my experience with both, I'm switching back to the S5. The UPSM, battery and camera made me jump back. (This is the longest comment I've ever posted on PA haha.)

24. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I get that the S5 is the best for outdoor visibility and I agree that it's an important thing. But I think many people overreact to other phones inferiority in that aspect. Just because even though I know that the Z2 is maybe around average in that part, it's still clearly visible under direct sunlight and I can use it without a problem. Good comment BTW I read the whole thing lol.

29. Doctorluv unregistered

I bet all the persons who voted for the M8 dont have one...

49. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Ummm, I have an M8 and voted for it. I've had the M8 since launch. I gave the nod to Samsung for the camera but the other three votes went to the M8. I agree the Aluminum is slippery but I've never dropped it out of my hands. It has fallen out of my hoodie pocket a couple times whrn bending over, the S5 probably wouldn't have fallen out in that situation. I see no need to use a case, it has a couple small scuffs from the drops, but it still looks new. I much prefer the more natural colors on the SLCD. I don't mind the oversaturation on the Samsung so much, it's the inaccurate (blueish and yellowish) colors that I just can't stand. As I said for the Camera I did vote for the Samsung because in most situations it will take a better picture. That being said, the camera in the M8 is perfectly acceptable. If I want to take a high quality photo, I'll pull out my D610.

57. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You, and few other M8 owners , can not win this (useless)poll, without the great help of the iboys here. PA know that, but this is their game, too.

65. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Hey Taco? Is that you? Did you finally turn all your Steve Jobs and Apple love towards Samsung?

55. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You are right. MOSTLY iboys here are voting for M8 to fight with Samsung, and to "prove" that the cheap aluminium tin can is "premium". LOL And iboys are always majority in tech sites. Useless poll . Useless article.

67. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Are you going to go home and cry to mommy because your Samesung lost this poll? I bet you'd be singing a different tune if the S5 would have one. "this is the best poll ever!!! We showed those iboys!!!" Sorry you got me wrong. Not an iboy here. The last Apple I owned was a IIe. Do you even know what that is?

31. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

1) DESIGN M8 wins overall, S5 feels more compact in hands which I dont really know why, M8 feels more premium because of material used. 2) DISPLAY M8 is miles behind S5 in terms of display. 3) USER EXPERIENCE. Unless you are a freaking geek wannabe, TouchWiz is obviously better for majority of users. Straight-forward interface without the need for guessing what is what, how is how. 4) CAMERA From photo to video, from sharpness to clarity, S5 got it all over the miserable M8 with whatever UltraPizza. Used both since the first day they arrived in my tiny lil' shop, before switching back to Note 3 (primary) and my good old Lumia 920 (backup).

33. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Isn't that UX part just the other way around?

41. Dejavu_LT

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

I don't know why EPSM on you HTC M8 doesn't work, because on my M8 it works just perfect :) For example, yesterday, at 11am my battery life was around 24% and i enabled EPSM. At the end of day (i was making some calls, for around 30min, few times checking email and wrote couple of sms), at 10pm my battery life was 15%. I heard that on samsung UMSM works even bettery, but i'm quite satisfied with EPSM on my M8 :) Talking about user interface, i had S3 and S4 and my experience with touchwiz was just horrible. Lags, lags, lags, lags everywhere. Maybe S5 have better touchwiz version, not sure, but one thing i know for sure - sense 6 rocks! and i'm not a geek at all, my phone not rooted and so on:) Camera better on S5, that's for sure. Screen..not sure, i guess S5 and new amoled version is great, but i have no complaints about SLCD3, it's way better than amoled on S4 :) And design.. i love that metal feel on my hand, and maybe it's not most practical design and materials, but it's just more premium, that's why it beats S5 any day :) Sure, it's just my 5 cents :)

42. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

i own M8 for over a month now & today i had the privialge to get my hands on a friends fresh GS5. here is my observations and thoughts after playing with GS5 for about an hour: design: M8 is far ahead and much more unique (compared to samsungs boring design for over 3 years) Display: here is what confuses me. all i have heard about S5's screen has been "beautiful" and "the best" but it really wasnt the case for me. at least when try to look at it from extreme sides. my friends blue wallpaper would immidiately turn into green which was enough for me to miss my M8's superb screen. i understand that the owner of this phone will be looking at it from proper angles, but .... Speed: the touchwiz was nothing close to flat or less confusing as described by some people. the setting area is simply designed to confuse. everytime i was pressing the home button, there would be blanck home screen and then the widgets appearing. something that has never ever happened for my M8. Camera: S5 will definetely win in daylight shots, i have no idea about the dark scenes. there might be so many things (some are not gimmicks really) that s5 can do and M8 cant. but continious lags, and confusing UI is what i see and feel much more than those stuff. After all i think the reason so many android users are fed up with Android and shifting to IOS (yes, there are so many) is because of them using samsung phones. currently samsungs note series is the only ones that deserve the attention and praise they are getting

58. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Cool story iboy. ROTFL

68. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You see? The apple propaganda confuse even you. When you say M8 has better design. You don't dare to say the truth; IT'S THE WORST TECH DESIGH, EVER. Aluminum is not design. And it's the worst material for smartphones(reception, slippery, and easy to dent)


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

outsold whoo hoo big deal lol

50. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Kind of is a big deal... If HTC can themselves in black, then they can keep providing us with amazing phones. However, if they keep themselves in red... one day they won't be there anymore.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Now bring on the Sales figures.

8. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I thought sales figures don't matter.. people confuse me on this site.

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Correct Sales figures are always welcome whether it is iPhone or any other phone.

17. michaelmicro unregistered

Checked and validated sales figures matter as we would then be able to say, once and for all, which smartphone is the very best in the world, with absolute proof that it is the best. /s


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

outselling a device does not mean it's better lol

43. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Yea its same like saying Justine beiber is best singer as he sell millions . lol

70. simrob

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

S5 only out sells HTC through product placement and advertising, walk into any Best Buy and Samsung and iPhone own 90% of the sales floor and accessory floor space all anyone walking in there see is iPhone and Samsung, there blindly lead into what to buy in the three BB store in the Syracuse NY area you cant even find or get a dot view of flip cover case for HTC but they have every color and style for Samsung so don't base the higher sales volume on all the people that buy what they see in front of them..... Buy the Way Samsung PAYS FOR THAT FLOOR SPACE AND PRODUCT PLACEMENT

5. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

m8 screen is better ?? go, go die !!

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Definitely isn't. It's inferior to the AMOLED panel.

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