Camera


Attached with the flagship status, the expectation here is nothing short of superb looking photos from their cameras. Over on the HTC One (M8), it employs the same camera technology as its predecessor – a 4-megapixel ‘ultrapixel’ 1/3” sensor that features an f2.0 aperture lens, dual-LED flash, and a backside illuminated sensor. The fun doesn’t end there, as an unconventional secondary rear camera is also perched nearby, allowing it to measure depth information. Sticking firmly to the bigger is better mentality, the Note 3 packs a sizable 13-megapixel 1/3.06” sensor that’s complemented with an f2.2 aperture lens, BSI, and a single LED flash.

Similar to the look and feel of their customized experiences, the HTC One’s camera UI is cleaner looking. Underneath their layouts, shutterbugs will be pleased to know that they are rich with manual controls to give us complete control in taking our shots. Diving further in, it’s apparent that the Note 3 has a handful more “fun” shooting modes – whereas the HTC One M8, its “fun” is experienced post shot with its various ‘duo effects.’



Let’s be frank people, the HTC One M8 takes some good looking photos – more so with outdoor sunny shots. In fact, if we’re to compare its shots against the Note 3, most people would be hard pressed to realize the differences. Well, that’s unless we decide to crop or zoom our shots. Indeed, the photos produced by these two are more than agreeable to share via social networking, but the poor details capture of the HTC One M8’s camera limits it. Conversely, the Note 3 captures a ton of detail in its shots, which doesn’t lessen its quality if we’re to crop them.

Quite simply, details are arguably the differentiator with these two, seeing that they perform similarly in other areas like color accuracy. Interestingly enough, it’s the HTC One M8 that pulls slightly ahead when it comes to snapping nighttime photos, just because its shots tend to be brighter in overall tone. Whereas details are sometimes lost in the dark and murky samples of the Note 3, they’re more drawn out with the HTC One M8.

After comparing the samples of the two cameras, we’re inclined to lean towards the Note 3 for having the overall better quality. Still, we have to admit that the various ‘duo effects’ of the HTC One M8 has some appealing elements to it – such as being able to select the focus post shot. However, we have to remind everyone that the same effect can be achieved through the aid of other 3rd party apps.

Having a balance between details and nighttime capture, the Note 3 moves ahead of the HTC One M8 in the area of shooting 1080p high definition videos. Sadly for HTC’s new outed phone, its quality isn’t as flattering to the eye, especially when there’s a fair amount of motion blur and digital noise with its low lighting capture.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 2.3
No data
444
363
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2.7
No data
494
353

Recording high-definition 1080p videos on the other hand, the differentiator is mainly isolated to their night time production. Needless to say, we like the quality of the two phones with their daytime shots, but the LG G2 falters under low lighting situations with the absurd amount of motion blur evident throughout the video.



Multimedia


Very few phones emphasize on having an eye catching music player, but they do exist. Case in point the HTC One M8, which manages to have a livelier looking player than the Note 3, thanks in part to the dynamic look of its visualizer, and its ability to display lyrics while a song is played. Of course, we absolutely adore the dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound of the HTC One M8, mainly because it projects sound towards us.

Not only that, but it churns out a whopping 75.2 dB of power. However, we can’t count out the Note 3’s single speaker either, which also has a commanding presence with its slightly better 76 dB punch. Despite the stronger output, the vibrancy and richer tones put out by the HTC One M8’s speaker make it the more ideal device.


More than equipped to handle playing back high definition 1080p videos, the two are nearly perfect for the video watching experience. Still, having a larger screen makes for an even more ideal experience – so that’s why we prefer the Note 3 for this. Additionally, the multi-tasking element in play with the Note 3 permits us to continue watching a video while doing something else entirely different on the phone.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1.28
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 0.43
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 75.2
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 76


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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: 3176; 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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