Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) compared against rivals

Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) compared against rivals
Two of the most anticipated devices this year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), have arrived with a splash. You can now finally officially get them at retailers and all major US carriers, but are they really worth buying and why?

The Galaxy S5 brings novel features such as a fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor, but it also adds protection from the elements, a new, dimpled design, as well as a Samsung-made ISOCELL camera. The One (M8), on the other hand, relies on its gorgeous design and improved internals: it comes with even more polished than before aluminum unibody, and a Duo camera arrangement that allows for some creative shots.

As good as these features sound on paper, truth is that the Galaxy S5 and One (M8) don't come in a vacuum. They have to compete for your attention with many other devices. First, one would probably wonder whether it's even worth upgrading to one of these two new heavy-hitters, if you own one of their predecessors. It's also important to see how they compare against existing top devices: phones like the Apple iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and LG G2. To give you a better idea about this all, we meticulously compared the new S5 and One (M8) against their rivals. Take a look below.

Samsung Galaxy S5 against the competition

HTC One (M8): beauty against its rival beasts

Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    HTC Sense UI



47. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

*Sit back and watch all these smartphones and fanboys/haters duke it out for the lulz* Will be looking forward to my sweet baby HTC Nexus 6. May buy OnePlus One 64GB first thing first.

40. Behzad-Ravanbakhsh

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

Galaxy s5 is more elegant than every phone

39. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

what makes these two tobe compared to? Xperia Z2 is better than these two,..from built quality,great ui,color accuracy,bigger sensor,20.7 mp and so on...i see toys here.

36. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Vivo released their qhd phone with snapdragon 800 & 2gb ram 3 months back. Now Oppo has released a qhd version of their Find 7 line with the cpu,gpu & ram matching the GS5 and the M8. Come to think of it, the zte nubia X6 has one upped the xperia z ultra with matching size & better internals. And all of these devices are a LOT cheaper than the 'regular' brands. Granted that these are primarily for the chinese & east asian market, but still its funny how these arguably better & fair priced smartphones never find a mention in such articles. Heck they are hardly mentioned anywhere. Gone are those days when chinese phones reeked of horrible quality. These phones I mentioned have top notch build quality, amazing screen to size ratio & some truly innovative design. And remember, I am not pinning for the mediatek variety. These guys are equipped with the same eisplays, snapdragon cpus & adreno gpus as the 'regular' brands. I strongly feel that its the responsibility of sites like PA to create awareness about these great devices among the general public even in western countries. This will foster more competition & more importantly force big names like Samsung & Apple to genuinely innovate & reduce prices. Remember as customers we all stand to benefit from more choice & competition fuels innovation.

35. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Being as unbiased as possible I still regard the S5 an overall better device. But then again I dont judge purely on looks alone. Far as Im concerned, Sense is too light on functionality and Boomsound is the only hardware advantage. Mind you I was happier to keep my SII over a M7 that was going to be GIVEN to me if I wanted it.

29. riginal

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

M8 , Nexus 5 & Note 3 , that's all, none of the others are worth it

17. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---"Two of the most anticipated devices this year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), have arrived with a splash."--- This is subjective. The difference of anticipation for both devices is highly dependant on public buzz and hype. While most tech sites were celebrating and salivating on HTC, mainstream consumers have been interested in what the S5 had to offer. When public demand and interest is far greater than what the tech site's opinions are, all bets are off and articles shouldn't perceive contrary reports by propping up paper tigers. In short, the anticipation for the HTC was not highly anticpated. The future iphone is. The galaxy S5 is. Two of my friends were leaving Apple to purchase an HTC(M8) only to find out that it didn't offer removable battery that both had grown tired of with the iphone. Both ended up in line with me and all others Friday that waited almost 3 hours in to purchase our new S5s. This device is a great compilation of what was hyped by Samsung and what was delivered to the consumers waiting for it. Those that want to claim cheap are ignorant of what should be expected out of a device. Samsung nailed another great product. This is coming from someone that hated Samsung and supported HTC for many years. John B.

18. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

hold on, i dont know anyone who wanted the gs5 either. i do know a lot of people who were waiting on the m8 though. maybe you dont know anyone who was excited about the m8, but that doesnt meat they didnt exist. and of course the s5 isnt cheap, the 16gb version is $700

28. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

You don't? That's odd. Because while I have heard an onslaught of people wanting the S5, I can admit to a few wanting an HTC. I must call a flag on your play. Intelligent debate requires more than skewed views. Unless you don't mingle with large numbers of society, you are trying to con my experience and view. It won't work. John B.

31. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

negative, sir. i'm 100% honest. but i can admit about half of my friends have the note 3, so i'm guessing they arent really eager to jump on a new phone right away, and a few dont really like touchwiz, so none of them are really interested in the s5. also you must take into account that there are different types of people and i also have some friends that never take pictures with their phones either.

32. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

i know many ppl who want gs5 and i know many ppl who are waiting for ip6 but I dont know anyone who want htc n xp z2

20. python111

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Really, really. You actually think S5 is better than M8, Removable battery was the problem?-Hmmm, so you and your buddies got sucked into Lagsung's marketing and opted for S5 instead of an M8 or Z2, buddy, that is your choice but I have to tell you that it is wrong. To lose all the great things both HTC and Sony offer in now 2014 is ridiculous, Galaxy s3, s4 and s5 are practically the same phone, I mean come on change something make it beautiful and make it premium, you pay a lot of money for a cheap thing, if you are a spec junkie you can get oppo and for much less or you can get the following OneplusOne, all great alternatives for a Samsung product. In my view, Iphone 5s Xperia z2 HTC one m7 and M8 are all better than S5 and people should get off the fanboy bandwagon and open their eyes. Samsung is making money off you and yet they do not deliver a premium phone that is worthy of 600+ price. The marketing will fool a lot of people but it won't do so for long, same as HTC was the leader in their prime Samsung will lose their edge and another company will take over, very soon .

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2688; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What exactly is the M8 better than the S5 at though? Outside of the boomsound speakers, which are nice, no doubt, what does the M8 actually do better? Don't get me wrong, I'm no real fan of the S5, but I for the life of me don't see why the M8 is better.

23. python111

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Let me enlighten you brother. I have not seen the M8 or S5 apart from online reviews and comparisons. However just yesterday my brother went to a store far away from where we live and he actually compared M8 vs M7 and confirmed my assumptions, he said that even though taller the M8 feels much smaller and thinner. Now that is a great feeling in hand, one thing better including the design and although people say HTC should have stick to capacitive buttons, the new layout is prettier, when the screen is off there is nothing stopping you from admiring it. Boomsound you already mentioned, and the new SixthSense you have to admit is blazingly fast and will never lag as much as Samsung's devices. There are much more things I can mention, but let's not forget even though the Ultrapixel camera is still 4mp it takes decent photos and I do not think it is a bad enough camera to actually turn you away from the phone. Finally there is something the M8 doesn't do that S5 does. It doesn't break on the sides, you now that plastic silver ring around the housing?- My brother had every S lineup starting from the first finishing with the s4, the s3 and s4 come cold weather started breaking those aforementioned plastic rings, we thought it was a bad unit and maybe it only happened to the s3 but no, the s4 was no different. He got frustrated with the s4 and opted for an Iphone 5. You see it is not that the design is really bad but it also breaks over time plastic can go a long way but you can't change those damn rings around the unit. Samsung has become like politicians, all they do is promise stuff and market the hell out of the current things they think they did good, I hate politicians all they do is lie and Samsung has started to lie to their fans. Some people are not just regular consumers, there are die hard fans that actually get really mad for such things.

26. jellmoo

Posts: 2688; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Thanks for the reply, and while I see your points, the end is that they are pretty subjective. But to look at a few: Size comparison between M7 and M8: This one I simply can't believe. The M8 is wayyy taller, wider, same thickness (actually a smidge thicker) and 17 grams heavier. The phone is simply too big for a 5 inch device. The on screen buttons: This is pretty subjective, but I hate the wasted space. To me it looks terrible, and the functionality is even worse. Boomsound: I like boomsound. The M7 pumps out some serious volume. I wonder if the cost is worth it though, given how seldom I actually use the feature. Sense vs Touchwiz: To be fair, I *hate* Touchwiz. I find Sense wayyy more elegant, with a more consistent user experience. Camera: My problem here is that the best I hear about it is that it's "good enough". That, to me, is off putting. The problem with the camera is that while it can take some nice shots, no doubt, the second you zoom you lose all detail. For me, that is poor performance. Plastic vs Aluminum: For me, this is the ultimate in subjectivity. I think this really boils down to personal preference. I think that the M7 is one of the nicest looking devices out there (only beaten by some of the Lumia series for me). But the reality is that durability tests seem to indicate that Samsung devices are plenty durable, despite their "cheap plastic". I think the problem I'm having is that there are areas in which the S5 is better objectively and not subjectively (even staying away from gimmicky features like fingerprint scanners, heart rate monitors and extra camera focus). The S5 is clocked faster. The S5 has a better camera. The S5 has a larger screen in a shorter body. The S5 has a removable battery. Outside of the boomsound speakers, I'm not seeing much in the way of areas where the M8 is objectively better (by that I mean not in the way of personal preference). And I *want* there to be. I have the M7, which I like very much, and I'm not a Samsung fan. I really wanted the M8 to be an awesome and kickass device. But the reality is, I just don't see it.

30. python111

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I see your points, I have the M7 too, my brother is an apple fanboy now, and cause he studies in my country's capital city he got to test the two devices, he wants the M8 straight jump from the Iphone5 however I specifically asked him twice, how does the phone feel, cause it's taller a tad wider and I don't care about weight. He said this thing is amazing it feels smaller than the M7 I don't know how that is possible. I think it's the ergonomic build of the phone, and for some people the on-screen buttons make trouble for them, I have no problem with that seeing as they hide when watching movies or photos and after a quick root and ViperM8 I'll hide those buttons and use Pie as I have been using it on my M7, I practically forgot about my capacitive buttons. I know I come off as subjective but I really think the M8 is the better phone but for a specific group of users, definitely not older over 40 people as I know they find the Iphone more user friendly

24. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---"Really, really. You actually think S5 is better than M8, Removable battery was the problem?"--- Yes, removable battery is absolutely mandatory for our wants and needs. Between the three of us friends, we each have an average of 23 years of cellphone experience as well as technical electronic experience outside of the wireless industry. We have analyzed the specs of what is offered, not offered, chance for longevity within two year duration as well as what has the largest possibility of failure within this 2 year duration. We have also calculated the annoyances within these two year durations and concluded that Samsung has provisioned itself to better placate its consumers. This is our own decision that was not influenced by Samsung's marketing but rather because it offered what we feel is more consumer friendly over the other manufacturer's offerings. The article specifically perceives "most anticipated" devices as though it represents mainstream consumers. In reality, it does not. While the HTC M7 and M8 is considered great by many tech enthusiasts, I have been more than cordial as well as opinionated that today's tech geeks are shorted sighted in concentrating all aspects on beauty of outside design while ignoring what negative effects that this beauty is bringing to the table. If any category of consumer should be concerned of the negative aspects, it should be the tech geeks. This simply is not happening. To wrap up this up, both of my friends that purchased the S5 with me on friday, both had to pay $200 each to rectify a battery issue that could've been done by themselves for $23 if their batteries were removable. One of my friends had to purchase a $20 dollar TracFone to temporarily supplement his $700 iphone because the battery shorted and it wouldn't let him boot up the device regardless of charger being connected. He was ultimately issued a refurbished iphone that had plagued him with problems. Nothing was wrong with his original except the battery.This is not consumer friendly and frankly is a bogus move on the part of manufacturers to force consumers out of a busy schedule, possibly 30+ miles one way and have them spend $200 for a replacement device with really no guaranty of further issues. Claimed tech geeks should be thinking logical: not just lavishing over something that looks pretty. We are all paying for the shorted sighted nature of what appears great but only works in favor of manufacturers and carrier service centers. What happened to all the great techs or tech enthusiats that my generation fought hard to keep basic essentials relevant? John B.

33. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

plz dont cry... he already purchased gs5 ;)

45. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

You sound really mad

22. papss unregistered

Geez John.. Get off the removable battery comment. I've NEVER had a battery fail me in all the years of using a phone.. Never. Also your friends that iPhones didn't have removable batteries before so why was it all of a sudden important?

27. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Who said it wasn't a problem? I specifically said that they are tired of the non-removable battery practice. The reason being is contrary to what you vehemently try to dismiss as petty. Most people have never been hit by a drunk driver crossing a road either. However, it does happen no matter how cautious a person can be. Now take in consideration that close to 35% of phone issues are due to failed or shorted batteries. No matter how cautious a person can be or never have a problem, it certainly happens. It is easier to convince a person that never has an issue than it is for those that have. Since you seem to fall into the 65% that have never had an issue, think of the possibility that you could. It's disappointing, disruptive and highly aggravating that I cannot easily change my own battery on a device that is subjected to the exact enemy that attacts it. The heavy use, heat and constant recharging. After warranty makes this unacceptable. How would you feel if you had to throw away or purchase a new remote for your TV if the batteries fail? You need to stop thinking that because something hasn't happened to you that you are immune to fatalities. I will not stop fighting for consumer advocacy that help keep costs down to a minimal. I will take replacing my battery for $20 over $200 anyday of the week. Do not be fooled that these companies can't make a more consumer friendly device while keeping a great build quality design in check. You and I both know it. And if you are any kind of a tech enthusiast, you would recognize the importance of us shaping the balance. I wouldn't mind supporting the crusade of tech sites in hoping Samsung ups the material quality, but not at the expense of easy accessibilty for something as easy as a battery. Failed logic is that all technology has advanced. The battery has not. The shapes and outer designs may have in order to accommodate handset design, but the inner components that make up the nucleus of the battery structure, remain mostly unchanged. Think about this before applying brand new, more powerful devices to 30 year old technology. John B.

46. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Wow, ABC format from high school A- answer B- Body, back up points C- Conclusion you took some time to write this

15. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

samsung galaxy S5 is like the STABLE version of an android device

19. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

i hope you arent basing this on the stability of the s4...

34. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

hmm. i think im basing it to all samsung android devices with their videos regarding build quality.... the high-end ones.

12. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Proof that people would prefer a phone that bounces and gets lightly scratched from droppage then a permanently dented $700 tinfoil anchor

14. papss unregistered

You are assuming it only gets a light scratch but the other gets destroyed? Way to go to the extreme left and right for both.

10. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

The HTC One M8 is currently the best smartphone out. It's the best jack of all trades. It's exquisite design, those ear pampering BoomSound speakers, it's great feel in hand, it's snappy and clean Sense 6 and that fantastic camera. It would only need a bit bigger screen and wireless charging to be the ultimate, perfect phone. Sadly there is no such thing as perfection.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Fantastic camera? M8?

16. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

to him, smurf, to him.

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