Both Galaxy S5 and One M8 are popular Android phones of 2014, so they should surely stay on your checklist while trying to select a good Android smartphone. Both the phones were launched at almost the same time in 2014, with the S5 following the S4 and the HTC One M8 following the HTC One. Both the phones have high-end specifications.
User Interface Comparison
Both the phones have an overlay of Android 4.4 KitKat. In the case of the Galaxy S5, it is the TouchWiz user interface, whereas in case of the HTC One M8, it is the Sense 6 running over Android KitKat.
S5 – Cool Features
Some of the interesting features of the Galaxy S5 include the S Health applications, including the heart rate monitor. The phone also integrates with the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and the GearFit watches. The My Magazine is another interesting feature of the S5, as it brings in social feeds from various social networking sites. Another useful feature is the Download Booster, which integrates the Wi-Fi abilities of the smartphone with the mobile data, so that files can be downloaded much faster, almost doubling downloading speeds.
HTC One M8 – Unique Features
The One M8 also comes with some unique features, such as the Motion Launch. It enables the use of various gestures for waking up the smartphone and each gesture is capable of a unique function. For instance, if you swipe from the right side, the conventional Android screen pops up, whereas a top swipe brings in the voice dial mode. Another interesting feature in the M8 is the feature of Dot View, which displays the time of the notifications along with the variety by means of translucent dots, so that you don’t need to flip it.
Both the M8 and the S5 come with high quality display screens with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 p. The HTC One M8 comes with a screen size of 5 inches compared to the 5.1 inches of the S5. The M8 offers high pixel density of 441 ppi compared to the 432 ppi of the S5, due to the smaller screen size. Both the screens make use of the OLED technology, offering sharp pictures.
The internal specs of both the phones are almost identical, with both being offered in the 16GB and the 32GB versions. Both come with an additional microSD card for increasing storage up to 128 GB. The two devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset and combined with a RAM of 2 GB. Both the devices are very responsive, with the S5 running a little faster. Scrolling, zooming, closing and opening apps offer the same experience in both the phones.
The HTC One M8 comes with a 2600 mAh Li Po battery, whereas the S5 comes with a greater capacity of 2800 mAh Li Ion. However, the advantage with the S5 battery is that it is removable and can be replaced, rather than buying another phone.
The major difference between the HTC One M8 and the S5 is their cameras. The S5 comes with a 16-MP sensor whereas the HTC One M8 comes with a 4-MP rear camera. Both the cameras have an UFocus tool integrated in it for creating DOF abilities, such as blurring the background and keeping the subject very sharp. However, they don’t offer OIS or image stabilization, so video at 1080p can be quite blurry, though photographs look sharp. The sensor in the S5 is bigger at 1/ 2.6 inches compared to the 1/3 inches sensor of One M8 from HTC. The S5, thus, brings in one of the best smartphone cameras offering excellent pictures.
Both are very capable contenders, but the S5 scores due to the superior camera specs and its replaceable battery.
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