On Wednesday, it was announced that HTC would be releasing its flagship phone, the HTC One M8, in a smaller form. It is expected to arrive on Verizon first in early May. They may want to hold off a bit, because sales of the HTC One M8 have been excellent.
Since both the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 have been released, many sites have claimed that the HTC One M8 is actually better than the Samsung Galaxy S5. They note that the former has a better build quality, has better speakers, and shoots better pictures with lower lighting. We have used both units extensively and believe that each unit has its unique features and at least one major flaw.
In this list, we are going to talk bout five features where the HTC One M8 outshines the Samsung Galaxy S5. The most obvious is the build quality. We don't understand why, year after year, Samsung insists on using plastic to build their smartphones. We understand that building a phone out of plastic makes it a lot lighter. However, we would rather use a phone that is heavier and doesn't easily slip out of our hands.
Another feature where the HTC One M8 outshines the Galaxy S5 is its front-facing selfie camera. HTC has rightfully been criticized for it's 4 "Ultra-Pixel" camera on the back, which really hasn't improved much from last year's already underwhelming camera. However, HTC realized that selfie shots are more relevant than ever and have included an excellent 5MP selfie camera on the front.
Here is our full list of ways in which the HTC One M8 tops the Galaxy S5. Do you agree? Let us know in the Comments section.
Build and design
The HTC One M8 is the slickest built smartphone to date. The shiny aluminum coating not only feels strong, but it's hard to scratch. Samsung, who builds phones that feel like a slab of plastic, needs to take note from HTC on how to build a phone. Of course, there are things HTC can seriously learn from Samsung, but we'll get to that in another article.
The HTC One M8's speakers make the smartphone a portable high quality stereo with pumping bass. You have to hear the speakers in action to believe it. Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a small tinny speaker on the back of the unit.
Internal audio capabilities
The HTC One can double as a phone and an MP3 player. The internal sound, as evidenced with use of Bose headphones, is amazing--even better than it is on any iPhone unit. Unfortunately, the internal sound on the Galaxy S5 is still soft and doesn't improve much with a graphic equalizer.
Front-facing 'selfie' camera
While we have some problems with the rear camera on the HTC One M8, the 5MP front-facing camera blows away the quality of the one on the Galaxy S5. You can take a "selfie" in many different modes and easily share your picture.
Expandable memory capability
The HTC One M8, unlike the Galaxy S5, has the capability to use 128GB microSD cards. This is important if you want to store a lot of HD movies to watch on the HTC One M8's gorgeous screen.