Introduction


When you’re atop the Android world, it means that everyone is looking at everything you’re doing – both the big and the small. Samsung, as we know, is the biggest fish in the pond at the moment, as they’ve proven to us that they can deliver the goods. Everything came together with last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a monstrous smartphone that’s argued by many as the company’s second flagship smartphone of 2013.

HTC tried its darnest to compete with Samsung’s aggressive efforts, but to no avail, they couldn’t keep up with the fanatical pace of its rival. This year, however, the HTC One M8 has already been acclaimed to be a formidable figure – one that intends on being relevant for quite some time. Consumers will no doubt have some homework to do, figuring out exactly what phone will deliver the goods that matter most to them. HTC’s offering is hot out of the gates, but we wonder if it has the steam power to overcome the features rich Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Design


The key selling point of the HTC One (M8) is its meticulous, modern looking design. HTC has proven again that it’s a step ahead of Samsung in this department, as the One M8’s stylish appearance and premium finish puts it a solid leap ahead of the more conventional looking Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Sure, there’s a subtle sophisticated look to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with its stitched patterned design and faux-pas leather casing, but it lacks the quality ingredients seen in the HTC One M8’s package. Of course, the question between metal versus plastic has been visited numerous times – and from our perspective, the brushed aluminum chassis of the HTC One M8 screams out voraciously.

Size-wise, there’s an obvious disparity between them. Considering that the Note 3 is technically a phablet-sized device, its immense size over its rival is warranted – albeit, it’s something that proves to be more cumbersome to hold. In comparison, the HTC One M8 is still perceived as gargantuan, but it’s nevertheless the less unwieldy of the two. Furthermore, the arch frame of the HTC One M8 adheres better to our hand as we grasp it, making it feel more natural and comfortable to hold.

Samsung tried doing something different with the Galaxy Note 3, which is evidenced by the stitched pattern. When it boils down, though, it still lacks the charm, charisma, and oh-so attractive looks of the HTC One M8. Cheers to those designers over at HTC, seeing that it shows how committed they are in crafting a smartphone that’s instantly recognizable for its design.

Taking a look around their trims, there are several things they have in common – like their 3.5mm headset jacks, various microphones, IR blasters, and microUSB ports. With the latter, the Note 3 benefits by featuring a microUSB 3.0 port, in comparison to the HTC One M8’s older microUSB 2.0 port, which provides for faster data and charging connectivity. Paying attention to their respective power and volume controls, there’s not one particular set we like more than the other.

Finally, they have their own unique features. For the HTC One M8, it has dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound that direct sound towards us – instead of against. Meanwhile, the Note 3 gains a productivity element with its S-Pen, which is special for accomplishing a handful of tasks.

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

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




Display


Much like their size difference, there’s also a huge disparity when we look at their displays. On the HTC One M8, it features a 5-inch 1080p Super LCD-3 display with Gorilla Glass 3. Technically, it sports the higher pixel density count of 441 ppi (in contrast to the Note 3’s tally of 386 ppi), but to tell you the truth, it’s not noticeable enough to the effect that we can recognize from a normal viewing distance. In fact, the Note 3’s larger sized 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 delivers a potent punch with its details as well.

Utilizing different display technologies, they each have their strong attributes. Comparing the colors they produce, the Note 3’s oversaturated tones have an iridescent glow that instantly gets our attention, but the colors aren’t nearly as accurate as the colors produced by the HTC One M8’s LCD-based display. Viewing angles, though, go to the Note 3 mainly because it retains its vividness more. However, when it comes to outdoor visibility, the stronger 490 nits of brightness from the One M8’s panel is more visible than the weaker 360 nits of brightness pumped out by the Note 3.

We have to mention, too, that there’s some additional technology implemented into the Note 3’s display. Specifically, the display has the ability to recognize when our finger or S-Pen is hovering over it – providing us with numerous functions via its Air View features. Despite the added functionality of the Note 3’s display, some folks might not even use them a whole lot. At the end of the day, we like the two displays.


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15 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

All of a sudden the Note series doesn't look that big anymore :P

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

But the screen definitely looks bigger. Note 3 FTW.

2. iushnt

Posts: 3156; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

that m8 looks as equal as note 3 in size..

7. papss unregistered

You need your eyes checked.. look how wide the note is compared to the m8

11. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Nah i don't think he needed it. Imagine m8 with 5.7" display LOL...

3. SleepingOz unregistered

Note 3 hands down!

4. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

The Note 3 is probably the best smartphone to date imo! It's packed with everything a person would need in a smartphone. The m8 is a good device in its own right as well and shouldn't be looked down upon. I'd have to see real world battery results though because when I put my note 3 on the charger at 11:30 pm, I usually have about half battery life remaining & that's taking it off the charger at 5:30 am. At this point, all of these devices have their pros and cons & are excellent choices either way.

5. milos

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Thats what i was saying. M8 is too tall for its screen size. Look at the comparison. Unless all you care is big stereo speakers on your phone, This phone has major screen/body hight/width ratio problem. I had some hands on in the store this past weekend. Its too long physically. Feels nice, of coarse, and looks nice aside for looking a bit weird with small screen in relation to overall size.

8. papss unregistered

I loved my note 3 but it wasn't special enough for me to keep it longer than a few months.. I feel the M8 will be the same. I think it's more about my dislike for the OS more than a dislike of the phones

9. denmcdon

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

360 nits? Put the note 3 on auto brightness it reaches 600 nits for your information

10. denmcdon

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

13. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"As for the Note 3, it’s nothing more than average with its quality. Even though voices through the earpiece sound natural, there’s some crackling heard at the loudest volume setting. On top of that, our callers on the other end of the line complain about our voice sounding robotic." It was tested with a T-Mobile Note 3 so............

14. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Note 3 before, Note 3 now, and Note 3 forever.

15. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

How did the LG G2 get into the camera section????

16. daboiao

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Well I recently traded in my note 3 for the htc one and it hurt my heart, I really didn't want to give it up. I dropped my not at least 20 times from asphalt to hard tile not a crack that alone made me fall in love with it alone not to mention the huge screen and features which I rarely used but loved the fact they were there. It's swift , it's fast it never slowed down on me hell best phone I've ever had... Seriously. I'm getting used to the htc one and it's smaller screen the texting sucks though the note was far more comfy and honestly it felt a little easier when it cacame to navigating. It's just so damn swift....gosh I miss my note but I can say that once you get used to the htc one it's honestly a worthy adversary. If you want the best phone and most durable (personal experience ) in the world then go with the note 3 I mean if you can afford the f**ker cause it definately will break the bank. If you want a simple phone that is more fitting and full of power get the htc one but just be prepared to reminisce a bit about the times you spent wawatching movies on that mini theater we call note 3. If you have a note 3 keep it cause it gets no better. Of course iPhone is top notch when it comes to os but those Apple head f**kers just want your pockets I've witnessed to many screen deaths it's amazing how such a great phone could be enclosed in such a fragile exterior greedy f**ks. Ps. Htc one has a pair of speakers that blows competition out the water . All in all note3 is the best phone ever created thus far

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