The 2014 edition of HTC’s One device has some pretty rough competition today. Not only will it have to face the Samsung Galaxy S5, but we’ve thrown the Galaxy Note 3 in there as well. Seeing how Samsung, with the Galaxy S5, didn’t impress in sales, as neither did HTC with its devices, this is a chance for both manufacturers to gain a little credit back for their work. Let’s see which of these devices is the best, and why.
In terms of display size, the HTC One 2014 is last with only 5 inches of screen real estate, while the Galaxy Note 3 manages to steal the show with its impressive 6.7 inch display. The Galaxy S5 remains in the middle position with a 5.1 inch display. Although they have different screen sizes, all three devices operate at the same 1920 x 1080 resolution, which is plenty for a crisp and clear HD image.
Now, it’s the Galaxy Note 3’s time to trail, as it features the lowest processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. The other two devices are one step higher, rocking the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processing unit. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has its processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, as does the HTC One for the Asian market. For the American market, the HTC handset features a 2.3 GHz processor (Still Snapdragon 801). The graphics processing power is the same for all three devices, provided by the Adreno 330 GPU.
In terms of memory, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One 2014 both feature 2 GB of RAM and 16 and 32 GB variants for internal storage space. The Galaxy Note 3, however, goes the extra mile and provides 3 GB of RAM and an extra 64 GB variant. Support for a microSD card is present on all three models. The S5 recuperates some of the disadvantage with the implemented fingerprint scanner.
The Samsung handsets have some tough competition when it comes to the camera, as the 13 MP shooter of the Galaxy Note 3 and the 16 MP, 4k video shooting, Galaxy S5 camera have to face not one, but two rear cameras featured on the HTC One 2014. Both these cameras use the Ultrapixel technology, and the phone is equipped with dual LED Flash as well. In addition, the HTC device also sports a pretty good 5 MP camera on the front of the device.
All the standard connectivity options are present on all devices, including WiFi, Bluetooth, USB,GPS, NFC and so on. Network speeds for all devices reach 4G LTE, so that won’t be an issue. The software which comes in aid of the hardware is Google’s Android operating system. The Galaxy S5 and HTC One 2014 feature Android KitKat, while the Galaxy Note 3 which started on Android JellyBean, also got the KitKat update.
Since it has the biggest screen, why not have the biggest battery to support it also, right? That’s the case of the Galaxy Note 3, which comes in with a 3200 mAh battery, bigger than the 2800 mAh unit found in the Galaxy S5, and the 2600 mAh unit found in the HTC One 2014.
The S5 takes the lead in thickness, with only 8.1 mm, compared to the Note 3’s 8.3 mm, while the HTC One 2014 still trails as the thickest, with 9.4 mm. The last and second positions are swapped when it comes to weight, with 160 grams for the HTC One 2014 and 168 grams for the Galaxy Note 3. TheS5 is still on top as the lightest device, with only 145 grams.
You need to know what you want out of your device before you can figure out which one of these you would buy, as the Galaxy Note 3 is the largest (sometimes, maybe too large) but also the cheapest in some regions. The S5 might cost a little extra, but it features protection against dust and water.
The Galaxy Note 3 is around $520, while the S5 and HTC One 2014 are around $580 and $650 respectively, all courtesy of Amazon.com
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