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 Note3
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.

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