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 Note3 22270
AnTuTu Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 31075
Samsung Galaxy Note3 31543
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1171
Samsung Galaxy Note3 1214
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1673
Samsung Galaxy Note3 2766
Sunspider Lower is better
HTC One (M8) 693.1
Samsung Galaxy Note3 599
Basemark OS II Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1071
Samsung Galaxy Note3 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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