Call Quality

By now, we’ve raved about how well the HTC One M8 is when it comes to the call quality performance. Perfect would closely sum up the experience, especially when voices through the earpiece and speakerphone are loud, clear, and noise-free. 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.


Looking back to last year, the Galaxy Note 3 managed to impress us with its better-than-average battery life. Using our battery benchmark test, it achieved a tally of 6 hours, 8 minutes from a full charge. However, the HTC One M8 topples that mark in a serious way. Even though the HTC One M8 is stuffed with a smaller capacity 2600 mAh battery, in comparison the Note 3’s larger 3200 mAh one, HTC’s beauty impresses us with its 7 hours, 12 minute figure with our battery benchmark test.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Poor)


Traditionally, the older a smartphone gets, the cheaper its price becomes. Therefore, it should be expected for a 6-month product to be lower in price point than let’s say, a new smartphone that was just recently released. Bearing that in mind, we’d be inclined to think that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would be the affordable device, but that’s not the case here.

In fact, the HTC One M8 is actually the more affordable smartphone – bearing a contract and outright cost of $200 and $650 respectively. In contrast, the much older Note 3 is attached with a sticker tag of $300 on-contract, and an even more ridiculous $725 outright through many of the popular wireless carriers. It’s staggering, don’t you think?

We can argue endlessly and dissect each phone to determine the superior one, but again, they each have their unique features, attributes, and characteristics to reel in different individuals. In our opinion, the HTC One M8 has more of that balanced appeal to cater to a wider audience. From its stylish design, to its simple software experience, it has the key ingredients that are necessary for a solid foundation. Heck, the pricing is also easier to tolerate – an inviting incentive for those budget conscious buyers out there.

Oppositely, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can also attract the same folks, just as long as they can tolerate the diverse software features it offer, and its ordinary looking design. Nonetheless, productivity centric individuals will especially gravitate to what the Note 3 brings to the table. In fact, all of those software features, on top of the added functionality you get from its S-Pen, fit perfectly into the mold of productivity users.



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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