Interface and Functionality


The two opposing custom Android experience couldn’t be any farther apart from one another, seeing that one prides itself in simplicity and looks – while the other favors a heavy features set. At the core of it all, consumers will undoubtedly have a pickle in deciding which of the two are most agreeable to their needs. Although there’s not one that might encompass those specific requirements entirely, we’d bet that consumers will at least gobble up what they have to offer over time.

Like we said already, one of these experiences emphasizes simplicity with its operations, and good looks with the interface. That, folks, goes to the HTC Sense 6.0 UI, which is undeniably more visually pleasing to the eye with its modern and clean looks. Rarely does it fail to capture our attention with its stylish appearance, especially when the Note 3’s TouchWiz Nature UX experience seems more intent on donning a cartoonish overlay. Samsung really needs to take some pointers from the HTC One M8’s Sense 6.0 experience. Maybe one day they will?


Indeed, the TouchWiz experience lacks any pizazz or spark with its visual presentation, but what it lacks in that department, it makes up heavily with its features set. To be more precise, the TouchWiz experience is filled to the brim with a variety of functions – some proving more useful and practical than others, of course. For example, the multi-tasking experience is thrown up a notch thanks to its Multi-Windows feature, delivering us a true multi-tasking experience to mobile. In addition, the various Air Gestures and Air View functions permit us with another level of interaction with the phone that the HTC One M8 can’t match.


Rather than following the same path, Sense 6.0 chooses to favor a more simplistic route that’s light with features – though, the few it has to offer, like its new Motion Launch gestures, are inviting and quite practical. Some folks will argue that more features are better, while the others on the opposite side will vouch that simplicity and practicality are the utmost most pertinent qualities. Ultimately though, we can agree that Sense 6.0 is likely to cater to a wider audience with its stylish looks and easier operation – whereas TouchWiz will appeal to productivity centric individuals.

Processor and Memory


On paper, the HTC One M8’s quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2GB of RAM is highly prize for its newness – in comparison to the Note 3’s last-gen quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM. Certainly there’s something to say about the HTC One M8’s newer piece of silicon, but the Note 3 can pull out nearly the same performance with its processor. From basic to complex things, it’s almost indistinguishable to say which of the two is the superior one. However, when navigating around their homescreen, there’s more snappiness with the performance of the HTC One M8.

Fortunately, there’s memory expansion with these two beauties thanks to their included microSD card slots. Between them, it’s easier to access the Note 3’s slot, which is hidden behind its removable rear casing. As for the HTC One M8, it’s positioned along the left side of the phone, but it requires that pinhole sized adapter pin to access.

Quadrant Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 19139
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 22270
AnTuTu Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 31075
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 31543
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1171
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 1214
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1673
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2766
Sunspider Lower is better
HTC One (M8) 693.1
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 599
Basemark OS II Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1071
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 1033.6

Internet and Connectivity


As expected, surfing the web is effortless on these two devices, since they feature fast page loads courtesy of their 4G LTE connections, instant page rendering on the fly, and buttery smooth navigational controls. Due to the Note 3’s larger screen size and added functionality, like how we can perform a slight zoom with our finger/S-Pen while hovering over the display, we find it being the more ideal device for the occasion.

All the usual connectivity features are in tow here, like 4G LTE connectivity, so there’s no shortage of lightning fast speeds for all of our web surfing needs. Of course, all the other usual suspects are on board as well – such as aGPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, NFC, IR blasters, and video-out functionality with the help of optional adapters.


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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: 3181; 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: 1092; 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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