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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): reader's choice

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): reader's choice


Ah, it's always fun when we have the chance of putting up a comparison between rivals, and when we're looking at the wireless landscape that's been shaped in the first half of the year, there's one particular rivalry that quickly sticks out - the one between Samsung's Galaxy S5, and HTC's One (M8). Now, you may be wondering what this is all about, since we already have an in-depth comparison featuring the two super-phones. Well, here's the thing – we came up with this idea of a user comparison! In other words, you, the readers, will be the ones determining the winner.

However, this will be more than a simple, two-option poll. We'll go through all the important components of these smartphones, and you'll be given the chance to vote for whoever you think deserves to win in the given category. Needless to say, this confrontation will be way more intriguing if one doesn't just vote for their favorite in all categories, but really gives credit to the one that deserves it. For the purpose, we'll refrain from making our own comments or opinions, and will stick with more neutral, descriptive texts.

With all that said, let's proceed to our first stop, which will be the design department!


HTC and Samsung have stayed true to their signature design principles with the One (M8) and GS5. HTC's creation features an all-metal body that relies on looks to capture the hearts and minds of users. On the flip side, though, the plastic build of the Galaxy S5 is easier to grip, because it's not as slipper as metal. With its latest flagship, Samsung has also gone for a new back-side pattern, which adds a bit of charm to the otherwise generic design. In terms of size, the One (M8) is slightly taller, but also a bit narrower than its opponent. On the other hand, the Galaxy S5 is the lighter and thinner handset.

In the poll below, you can vote for whichever design you find better. That's how we'll see which is the overall more preferred handset in respect to design!

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Galaxy S5 vs One (M8): Which design is better?
Samsung Galaxy S5 18.56% (418 votes) (418 votes)
HTC One (M8) 81.44% (1834 votes) (1834 votes)

2252 votes


There are some major differences with regards to the display technologies used by the S5 and M8. The One (M8) features a 5" 1080p screen, while the GS5 has an ever so slightly bigger, 5.1" 1080p one. However, the major difference is found in the underlying tech – for the M8, that's IPS LCD, whereas for the S5, it's Super AMOLED. Needless to say, both are lookers, but the One (M8) exhibits more natural, down-to-earth colors, as opposed to the Galaxy S5's oversaturated and largely inaccurate display. However, the thing is that the S5's visuals tend to be pretty attractive to many users out there, so this is far from a one-sided battle... Check out the display benchmarks we've made with both phones and decide which one you'd enjoy more!

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
Samsung Galaxy S5 442
HTC One (M8) 490
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Galaxy S5 vs One (M8): Which display is better?
HTC One (M8) 55.42% (1140 votes) (1140 votes)
Samsung Galaxy S5 44.58% (917 votes) (917 votes)

2057 votes

Interface and functionality

Is there any doubt that these handsets are as different in terms of software as they are when it comes to hardware? Well, there shouldn't be! Samsung's champion has the latest version of TouchWiz – an incredibly feature-rich, yet somewhat cluttered user experience. Meanwhile, the One (M8) sticks with a way cleaner and leaner interface – Sense. This means that the One lacks many software features present in the S5, but then again, those are mostly things that could appeal to a limited audience.

Whether because of the extra software bulk or something else, but the Galaxy S5 tends to experience some lag issues that are rarely observed with the One (M8). Both phones are powered by almost identical hardware configurations. The processor of the S5 is clocked a tad higher, but that doesn't seem to be helping it much.

Check out the screenshots for a refresher on what these user experiences look like, and choose the one that you like more in the following poll!

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Galaxy S5 vs One (M8): Which user experience is better?
Samsung Galaxy S5 27.62% (553 votes) (553 votes)
HTC One (M8) 72.38% (1449 votes) (1449 votes)

2002 votes


Ah, isn't the camera one of the most important aspects of today's smartphones? We'd wager that it is! That's why these companies are trying so hard to come up with their own unique solutions to lure customers with. For HTC, those efforts culminate with the 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, while Samsung's approach involves a high-resolution, 16-megapixel sensor. Meanwhile, the camera applications the handsets feature are in line with the general design principles in place with the rest of their software implementations, meaning that the Galaxy S5 sports a bunch of alternative shooting modes. Still, since those are more of the niche kind, their lack in the One (M8)'s more streamlined camera app isn't considered such a big deal.

Check out the images captured by both handsets in the following gallery, and vote for your favorite!

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Galaxy S5 vs One (M8): Which camera is better?
HTC One (M8) 23.79% (482 votes) (482 votes)
Samsung Galaxy S5 76.21% (1544 votes) (1544 votes)

2026 votes


What a heated face-off, eh? We've gone through all the major components of the smartphones in question, and you've had the chance to vote for the one you think should grab the win in each separate category. We can't wait to see the results, but for this, we'll have to wait for a few days. Voting will be closed on Tuesday, July 8, and we'll analyze the results on Wednesday, so stay tuned!

  • Options

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:49 1

1. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

If only HTC made the camera a little better...could've been a lot closer.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:01 5

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

The camera of M8 is not the only flop there.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:30 3

22. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)

it is for most people . It would have been a perfect device otherwise .

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:42 1

31. Zack20 (Posts: 41; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)

But it is one of the main and the biggest blunder HTC made while making M8.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 12:33 1

34. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)

Since when did the camera become such an important part of a phone? The differences are so marginal anyway...

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 22:45

64. Zack20 (Posts: 41; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)

For me it is. I am paying a pretty good amount of money for the phone, so I do not want just a mediocre camera, when I CAN get a much better camera in another phone in same price range.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:51 21

2. xplayer57 (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)

Well IMO HTC One M8 only excels in design. Some may disagree with me on interface part but i like touchwiz functionality over sense's sleek looks. Other than that S5 is winner for me

P.S. its only my opinion

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:28 10

7. ctn10 (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)

Me too, i like touchwiz so much, it easy to use :)

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 22:41 2

62. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

And it has so many features

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:20 7

21. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

The fact that anyone voted for HTC for camera shows this could never be a fair test

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:32 1

23. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)

Well i voted for one in all categories except camera . indeed people voting for one camera are blind .

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 18:35 3

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

So you, voting for One display , are not blind. Right?

posted on 06 Jul 2014, 00:24

69. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)

it is my personal choice i hate cartoonish interfaces that too when they run on extremely vibrant displays. I like S-lcd more .

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:36

26. Zack20 (Posts: 41; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)

I was thinking the same thing.
If HTC would have been leading for camera, then there would have been no reason at all to believe any poll result on this article.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 14:18 5

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Having owned both phones, S5 is a better choice. Camera, call quality, battery life (especially), features, faster charging times, phone not getting hot and waterproof/dustproof is what ranks the S5 supreme over the M8.

M8 has great sound, build quality, faster/smoother, and better FFC.

I'm switching back to the S5 in three weeks.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 14:26 3

45. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Oh, and you can't forget display. Bar none best one I've ever used.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 20:15 1

60. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

I'm with you here the s5 when put side by side with the htc has much more to offer but if you put an iphone and a htc one is like bland on both end so if you don't want anything with the phone i recommend that. but the functionality compared to what it offers blows it out of the water ...water resistances also

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:58 1

3. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I would take the HTC myself if these were my only choices.
Smoothness is a +10 to me.
Even with that gimped camera, no offense to owners but you what I mean.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:08 2

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

"reader's choice" LOL
We know that commenters on the tech sites are mostly iboys pretending to be Android users that are "disappointed of Samsung", "love aluminium" and "hate TW". To fight Samsung.
You say "I would take the HTC myself " but you are rocking iPhone. Right?

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 12:56

38. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Wtf, are you new here?
If you're not and don't know better, carry on.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 22:40

61. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

Buy know you should know who is what and likes what, since you've been here for 4months.
We all know who the iBoys are

Finalflash likes Android

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:04 11

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

lol At the guys who voted for M8 camera!

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:10 3

6. skyline88 (Posts: 610; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

ego too high for blind fanboys

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 12:08 1

33. karkavelas (Posts: 70; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)

I have the m8 and I have to say I am satisfied with the camera and especially with the video.
I wouldn't say no for more details and megapixel but I am happy with the results.
About the video I am really happy because the sound that this phone can capture its amazing.
If I was a person who like to take amazing photos I would buy a Dslr camera instead because they have optical zoom and they are created for that.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 13:50

42. chebner (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I have to agree. The camera in the M8 is perfectly acceptable as a smartphone camera and not near as bad as everyone says. And the video on the M8 is very good.

Overall the S5 camera is better so I did vote for it. But the camera on the M8 isn't so bad that people should just dismiss it outright like so many do on PA. For what most people use a camera phone for the M8 is perfectly acceptable. If you're really that concerned about picture quality then get a real camera (dslr).

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:09 5

5. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)

Display mate : samsung galaxy S5 has the best display ever....the most accurate colors...!

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:11 3

15. Genza (Posts: 576; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)

DisplayMate Numbers vs Anandtech, PA real life proof and software measurements.

The only way i can accept and believe DisplayMate numbers is if they can show me some real life proof and i also i want them prove it that they method and software is better and more accurate than the other method and software that most profesionals use when they doing display calibration and measurements.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:17 1

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

Do you mean iAnandtech?

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:34 5

24. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)

come on man discrediting a man who has knowledge and resources 1000 times more than you is just stupid!

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:18 1

20. josephnero (Posts: 592; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

I trust Anandtech 10000times more than any other

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