Before we get started, however, it should be noted that this post is designed to eliminate many of the typical things you find in most smartphone comparisons. We wanted to place ourselves in the position of the average consumer who wants to know the differences between these three phones, so a number of similar factors (such as the fact that they all run Android 4.4 KitKat) that seem normal to all three smartphones won’t be discussed in this comparison.

Which smartphone wins this head-to-head-to-head battle? Let’s dig into the specs to find out.

Build Quality

The HTC One M8 is considered to be one of the finest smartphones on the market, particularly because it comes robed in aluminum metal. The HTC One M7 has a “raw metal” look to it, but HTC decided to clothe the M8 in brushed aluminum metal. The M8 is declared as one of the most beautiful (if not the most) Android smartphones of 2014. Not only does it look gorgeous, but it also feels gorgeous. I’ve held the M8 in my hands, and it feels sturdier and heavier than many claim. HTC’s decision to replace the 4.7-inch screen of the HTC One M7 (2013) with a 5-inch screen in the M8 results in a give-and-take situation: while you may love the brushed aluminum metal, you’re likely to regret the larger display. HTC didn’t accomplish the task of enlarging the display while keeping the device thin. Still, this may not be a deterrent for you.


Sony’s Xperia Z2, on the other hand, features a build quality that many deem just as gorgeous as HTC’s One M8. If you prefer a different material from metal, the tempered glass Xperia Z2 may well catch your eye. It is considered to be one of the most premium-made devices in Android land right now, but the tempered glass does come with a drawback. We’ll get into the good and bad in a minute.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung’s known for its plastic build quality, with many upset after Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 earlier this Spring. Many consumers, reading and absorbing tech blogs, believed that Samsung would emerge with a metal design. When the company announced its plastic Galaxy S5 with water and dust-resistant design, consumers took to Facebook to express their outrage at Samsung Mobile USA regarding the matter.

Should Samsung opt for a metal smartphone and leave the plastic (even the faux leather back of the Galaxy Note 3 and TabPRO and NotePRO tablets) behind? Not at all. The reason concerns the fact that all three devices compared here have drawbacks in their build quality.

Let’s start with the Xperia Z2: it is gorgeous, no doubt, but the glass will break if it accidently hits concrete. If you purchase the metal HTC One M8, metal still gets a few dents and scratches when it falls. If you go with Samsung’s Galaxy S5, it’s likely that you’ll get some scratches and impacts, but Samsung’s GS5 is less likely to break and shatter the back cover – as compared to the HTC One M8 and the Sony Xperia Z2.

In short, you pay a price for beauty, even if you think the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2 are better choices. The most beautiful smartphones are also the most vulnerable. This may not deter your decision to purchase either HTC’s or Sony’s latest, but I’ll gladly take the Galaxy S5.


Another distinct area in this smartphone race with the Xperia Z2, HTC One M8, and the Galaxy S5 concerns both front and rear-facing cameras. The HTC One M8 has a 5MP front-facing camera and a 4UMP (or UltraPixel) rear-facing camera. The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 2.1MP front-facing camera and a 16MP rear-facing camera. The Sony Xperia Z2 comes with a 2.2MP front-facing camera and a 20.7MP rear-facing camera. If one judges camera quality based on specs alone, the HTC One M8 has an amazing front-facing camera for selfies but is bested by the Xperia Z2’s 20.7MP rear-facing camera.


The HTC One M8 sports Dual LED, while the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 have LED. The good thing with Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 can record 4K (3840×2160) videos. However, M8 can only record Full HD videos. Also, Galaxy S5 has fastest autofocus available in any camera. All flagships cameras are unique in their own way but the Galaxy S5 wins because it has everything that are required by common people. After all, these are smartphones not cameraphones.

Audio Quality and Speaker Design

Sony’s Xperia Z2 does provide a noise-cancelling experience for music lovers, but there seems to be no bigger sound in the tech space than the BOOMSOUND audio found in the HTC One M8.

Although I am a huge lover of Samsung smartphones, I must tip my hat here to HTC. The Galaxy S5 audio will likely do the job for those who want to watch a few movies and videos, and play games on their device at their leisure, but it doesn’t suffice for those who want to share videos, movies, and music with other individuals in the same room. Samsung’s Galaxy audio quality places the speakers at the bottom of the phone, making it easy for a gamer in landscape mode to cover up one (if not both) of the speakers when playing an intense action game. I’ve found myself covering up Samsung’s audio capacity when using my phone in landscape mode, and it’s so annoying to find yourself muffling the sound because of speaker design.


The HTC One M8, on the other hand, captures audio sound perfectly. The dual front-facing speakers provide a quality sound that every music lover will enjoy. Samsung, on the other hand, needs to improve in this space – dramatically. One lowly speaker on the back of the phone won’t suffice. Samsung did the same thing with its Galaxy Note 3, and this has got to change in the Galaxy S6 and Note 4 smartphones.

Thus, the HTC One M8 wins the audio quality and speaker design round due to its stellar BOOMSOUND feature that gives you a surround sound audio experience.

Water and Dust Resistance

Sony’s commitment to waterproofing its smartphones has awakened Samsung from its manufacturing slumber and made the Korean manufacturer take notice of what its Japanese competitor is doing. While it’s true that there are other smartphones that have come with some water resistance in the past (such as the Motorola Quantico), Sony has revolutionized waterproof technology for smartphones in an era where many individuals assume that smartphones without water protection is just “normal.” Sony, we thank you for this innovation.


Some have said that they don’t need water and dust resistance in their smartphone because “I’m not accident-prone,” but it doesn’t take multiple drops and spills to kill your smartphone – just one. The person who ends up in a car accident likely never told themselves that they would ever get in one, but it sure helps to have car insurance and health insurance in case the worst ever happens. A person who believes that water and dust resistance are “gimmicks” that they’ll never need is a person who likes to gamble. In every bet, you can either 1) win or 2) lose. The same can be said for the individual who carries his or her smartphone around without water protection (and smartphone insurance as well).

In this race, then, there are two contenders: Sony’s Xperia Z2 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5. The Xperia Z2 comes with an Ingress Protection rating of 55/58, as opposed to the IP67 rating of the Galaxy S5. Sony’s lower IP rating indicates that it is truly waterproof, as opposed to the Galaxy S5 that is only “water-resistant.” Sony’s smartphone can go for quite a longer swim than the Galaxy S5, so Sony’s Xperia Z2 wins the day here if you’re looking for the most durable phone at the beach or in the backyard swimming pool.

With that said, a word must be given about the HTC One M8. Here is where we see the compromise of HTC in the manufacturing of its 2014 flagship. The phone is beautiful, no doubt, but what happens if you drop it in a small puddle of water?

In this category, the Sony Xperia Z wins with the Samsung Galaxy S5 taking second place.

Final Analysis

There are a number of factors that aren’t covered in this comparison, such as cloud storage/microSD storage, OS (Android 4.4.2 KitKat), price (which appears to be similar with both HTC and Samsung), as well as screen resolution and display sizes (Sony’s 5.2-inch Xperia Z2 is a little wider than Samsung’s Galaxy S5 at 5.1 inches and the HTC One M8 at 5.0 inches). The purpose of the comparison is to see which smartphone is the best overall for consumers – that is, which smartphone provides the most features and functionality for a price consumers can live with.

It is because of the array of factors above that consumers need not suffer through hours of research in order to make an intelligent decision about which smartphone offers the best package for their money. Does water and dust resistance matter? Yes, for the accidents of life in which a smartphone is subjected to the elements. Does durability matter? Yes, since you don’t want your new smartphone to smash on concrete or hard surfaces. Does it matter whether or not a smartphone has an excellent camera? Yes, since your smartphone camera is the only one you’ll have with you on the go.

When it comes down to the end of the matter, build quality, camera, carrier availability, and water and dust resistance are top priorities for most consumers. While the Xperia Z2 has water and dust resistance (the top of the class) as well as a decent camera (at least for low-light photos), it suffers from terrible carrier availability in the United States and comes with a fragile build quality made of tempered glass. The HTC One M8, the phone that’s got everyone talking this year, comes with excellent carrier availability but lacks a quality back camera, water and dust resistance, and build quality – despite its metal good looks. Metal takes an impact when it collides with hard surfaces.

The Galaxy S5 may come with lots of bloatware, a smaller amount of on-phone memory storage than the Xperia Z2 or HTC One M8, features that some people deem “superfluous” (such as the heartrate monitor), and a plastic build quality, but the Galaxy S5 has the best camera in this contest, not to mention widespread carrier availability (no matter the country), water and dust resistance, as well as a build quality that will sustain the smartphone upon collision with hard surfaces. When you’re looking for everything that counts for a decent price, the Galaxy S5 is the smartphone to beat this year.

In short, to choose from these three smartphones, as with all phones, requires accepting both the good and the bad. For me, the Galaxy S5 has everything I want, and I can live with the things I don’t.

What about you? Do you think that consumers care about whether or not they purchase a metal smartphone? Does it matter whether or not a smartphone is water-resistant? Do you have any personal stories about phones you’ve lost to water damage? If so, feel free to toss your ideas around in the comments below.


  1. Wow! I can’t believe I just finally read a sensible honest review of smartphones without the writer jumping on the same cliche bandwagon as all the others, knocking Samsung for being plastic & praising the HTC & Sony for continued emphasis on useless aspects of a phone like what the back looks like! Kudos to this reviewer for bringing reality it to your publishing! Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Gibby, I had a Galaxy S3 before I upgraded to the M8 for the exact reason that you mention as being a “cliche bandwagon”: the metal. Of course the metal is beautiful, but I believe that when you spend $200 (or $650, if off-contract) for a device, I want it to FEEL like a device that is worth that much of my hard earned $. The plastic of Galaxy devices makes me want a case immediately to cover it up. The brushed aluminum of the M8 is just incredibly beautiful, feels great, and just oozes a premium quality. I chose the M8 for other reasons of course, such as preferring Sense over TouchWiz by a lot, not needing my smartphone camera to be fantastic for the very few pictures I take, and the BoomSound speakers, but I would be lying if I said that the metal wasn’t a large part of my decision.
      I understand that the Galaxy S5 has things that people like better than the M8. But I wouldn’t call people wanting quality design and build “cliche bandwagoners”. Admittedly, I have not tried out the S5 yet, but on my experience with the OG Evo, GS3, and the M8, I can definitely say that I believe that build quality and premium materials leads to a more enjoyable experience (for me, at least!).

    • Gibby,

      I’m so sorry for getting back to you this late, but I wanted to say thank you for your support. Your comment was a joy to read. I’ve received a number of spiteful comments regarding my review since it published, and a number of the HTC and Sony supporters have come at me online, saying that my review is terribly flawed and that I have not even touched those smartphones — since, of course, if I did, I would go with HTC or Sony in this contest.

      You are the voice of the people in this discussion, and you remind me that I too, have been a consumer who was once in the dark about what to look for in an affordable smartphone. I can remember the terrible choices I made in buying smartphones in the past. For example, I bought a Motorola touchscreen phone about 6 years ago that had no water resistance. I washed my hands about 5-10 times, and the phone died just months after I purchased it with a two-year contract. I remember wishing that my smartphone had water protection.

      And then, in walked the Galaxy S5, a phone that really helped me applaud Samsung even more than I already do. Sony started this trend, but Samsung has been wise to notice it and follow. I wanted this in my old Motorola, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to get the Galaxy S5. And I recommend that you get it. And please, tell others to buy it, too. Holding it, seeing the phone, and playing around with it as an owner (not just testing it out in a retail store) has increased my love for the device.

      Again, thanks so much for commenting here. Your support means the world to me, and it is my hope that you return to Inferse and comment in the future. I’ve been somewhat discouraged in writing these smartphone reviews, but your comment motivates me to continue doing so.

      I hope you’ll come again and continue to read and support Inferse. It’s been a pleasure to meet you online, Gibby!

  2. I THINK, i dunno, but I think…HTC is totally geared for this – to attack the youth market – the night club camera, stereo speakers, sexy design like no other, i’ts gotta have some massive bass drop ads lol, bring on the dub step or rap or something cocky, what? it’s already got the bragging rights considering 7 million reviewers going all into HTC-surrender or something, lol. Go completely startrek on the purebred wannabe’s asses!!! No time to chill! It’s my official opinion – Buying an HTC today, secures smartphone industry innovation – PERIOD(samsung, apple, microsoft, would love to bring it to a deep-freeze, milk us for decades like Intel has). It’s also my opinion that for this same reason, HTC was almost on life-support thanks to Apple’s, Microsoft’s and Samsung’s treesome rapage on the King of smartphones – come on, that’s pathetic, let’s kill Michael Jackson too and recycle his 2 songs for decades – oh, we’ve done that! Buyers have a HUGE if not all the influence, so choose the best – it costs the same LOL!
    HTC + Smartphone = Michael Jackson + Music 🙂

    • Thank you, yes. HTC is one of the most innovative manufacturers out of the bunch. Yes, sometimes their innovation falls through, but they keep trying. Samsung beats them over mainly because of advertising. Although, to be honest, I’m disappointed by all the flagship phones this year except for the Sony Xperia Z2. Even HTC seemed to play it a little too safe this year, so the Z2 is the only phone I’ve fallen in love with so far. Sadly, it’s highly unlikely a Sprint compatible version will be released, so I’ll have to keep looking. I still love HTC, but I need something that really stands out and is compatible with Sprint, but sadly I haven’t found it yet. I’m not the average user though. So my needs aren’t the same as most.

  3. Finally, an honest review. Good job man.

    I just bought the s5 recently and I’ve been using it for the past couple of days. It’s definitely the best phone on the market and easily trumps the M8 according to my usage and standards. Granted, my previous phone was an s2 and I’ve used the s3 but the familiarity to Touchwiz is easy to gain with Samsung making huge strides of improvement in that area.
    These are the reasons why I don’t like the M8:

    1. The rear camera although dual, is only 4MP – meaning not a great amount of details to your photos – meaning zoom in a lil bit and everything goes blurry and whats with the front camera being 5MP?? I hate people who take endless selfies and post it on Facebook.

    2. No 4K recording?? – come on, HTC make your devices future-proof.

    3. Display – Even though the HTC One M8 display is pretty good. GS5 is better. Way better. I mean, waaaay better.

    4. Non-removable battery?? Seriously man, what if I’m running low on charge in the middle of nowhere and I want to pop another one in?

    5. Don’t like Sense UI. Granted personal choice, but still I don’t like it.

    6. Not dustproof or waterproof? Come on, when is HTC gonna get there?? Samsung and Sony are already on it.

    7. Still stuck on USB 2.0? Doesnt anybody want charging or data transfer speeds?

    Now I’ll tell you why I like the Galaxy S5. They’ve cleaned up the bloatware pretty good. All the cons of HTC One I mentioned are resolved quite nicely in the s5. Plus the infinite amount of features and gestures on this thing- air view, smart pause, smart stay, slide, pinch ….(i don’t even use half this stuff but its awesome to show around!!!!). Oh and the screen, what a screen, B-E-A-utiful. The depth of the blacks!!! Absolute delight this phone. And did I mention the battery life? The same as the HTC One M8 -which is really good.
    As for the rest of the features both phones are exactly the same. I mean exactly the same. Except the S5 has a fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor :P.

    Yeah I like plastic, so what? The GS5 is perfectly good looking and can take drops as well as the HTC and the HTC One M8 weighs more than GS5, so there’s that.

    PS: I’m not mentioning anything about the Z2 because I haven’t used it at all, but I don’t think even though Sony has threw all the hardware they could find lying around into it, it could beat the S5. The S5 is a pretty good phone, no, a great phone.

    • AXEL,

      Thanks so much for writing in. I’m glad that you provide your reasons as to why you think the GS5 is better. There are a large number of tech sites you’ll read that vote the HTC One M8 better than the GS5 because they think metal makes a beautiful smartphone…even though they then go on to acknowledge that the HTC One M8’s camera is terrible (even the seven-month-old iPhone 5s has defeated it in camera shootout tests) and that the HTC One M8 is not water-resistant.

      As for your comments about the screen, I agree wholeheartedly. That’s been my experience when I viewed both phones side-by-side at my local Verizon retail store. It just seems as though the HTC One has a beautiful body — and that’s it. I don’t know why Google released a Google Play Edition device of the HTC One M8 when, in all reality, it’s practically a GPE device that comes straight from HTC. There’s little software on it, which is one of the reasons why it’s so “snappy,” as HTC fans say.

      The whole comment criticism that says that the HTC One M8 is faster is nothing short of pulling a rabbit out of a hat, in my opinion; after all, how many customers will really notice that the HTC One M8 runs faster than the GS5 (if it does; I can’t verify that)? What matters to consumers are the on-screen experience, water and dust protection, and an excellent camera. Samsung’s placed DSLR tech (the same tech found in professional cameras) into its devices, and the differences between the GS5 and HTC One M8 cameras are as distinct as night and day…and it shows.

      Thanks so much for writing in. Please feel free to return and share your thoughts with us. We’re glad you stopped in to provide your thoughts on this smartphone contest. Right now, the GS5 is on a $99 deal at Verizon. Tell your friends to head there between now and May 12th to take advantage of the new deal.

  4. My coworkers have S5’s and I bought the One (M8). I guess it all comes down to preference and lack of knowledge. Most people say they can live with whatever their phone comes with, i.e. bloatware. Why should we when we’re paying premium prices? I enjoy the minimalistic approach on Sense 6.0 over the bloated Touchwiz. I enjoy the feel of the HTC over the toy-like Samsung. Water proof, dust proof, life proof? Yeah, there’s a case for that. I want to enjoy my phone as much as possible without having to compromise. So which phone is best? That depends on what the consumer will be using it for. It all comes down to preference or a lack of knowledge.

    • Sammy,

      Thanks for writing in to Inferse.

      About your response: you say that we shouldn’t accept bloatware when we’re paying premium prices; but couldn’t the same question be given to HTC One M8 users? Why pay the same amount for the HTC One M8 as the GS5 when the HTC One M8 lacks any type of water and dust protection whatsoever? Don’t you think that your premium cash demands a phone that looks sexy AND offers protection against drops and spills? If the carrier’s not gonna accept responsibility for your smartphone protection, don’t you think it’s up to the manufacturer?

      This is where I think HTC overcharges for its smartphone. How the company figures a lackluster camera, coupled with no water and dust protection, merits a $199 price tag is beyond me. And when it comes to protecting your smartphone against the elements, I disagree with every HTC customer that says, “it’s a matter of preference.” Having accident or life insurance is not preferential, but a necessity. Having homeowner’s insurance in the event that your home is destroyed in a hurricane or tornado is not preferential, but a necessity. In the same way, water and dust resistance are necessities in smartphones of the 21st century.

      With that said, HTC will never get my “hundreds” until they understand what consumers want. Having a “bloat-free UI,” as they say, coupled with “the most beautiful smartphone,” isn’t enough. I want the gadgets I own to be beautiful but also functional. HTC nailed the beautiful but did not do so well with the functional.

      • Actually there’s videos online of people leaving an m8 in a pitcher of water for long periods of time without any damage. I dropped my m7 in the toilet and it works great. They are pretty solid phones and bloatware would slow them down but yet the m8 is the fastest phone on the market. Do some research.

        • The fact that you think the HTC One M8 can perform the same as the GS5 underwater shows that you’re the one who needs to research, I’m afraid.

  5. Ive had the opportunity to play around with all 3 thanks to my job. My personal phone has been the s3 for a while so I went to the s5. The phone is smooth and quick but I fear its just a slight step up. The htc was amazing albeit low megapixel camera still takes nice pictures. The Xperia is not bad either but ive never been a fan of sony phones. I ended up going with the htc finally, it was a close battle between the s5 and the m8 but I enjoyed the interface and performance of the m8. The s5 is amazing but I feel like alot of the preloaded stuff is just a bit much.

  6. Any comparative article in which the author states to be “a huge lover of Samsung phones”, I can’t take seriously. Objectivity, it is an art.

    • Jasper,

      So…I can’t really believe you wrote this comment. After all, you act as if informing you about my preference is a bad thing. Where I come from, honesty is to be commended and imitated. Apparently you don’t share the same background.

      What were you looking for? A lie? Someone to tell you that he or she doesn’t have a stake in the fight and only wants to help you make the best choice for you? Do you obviously think that ANY tech site or tech writer out there doesn’t have a bias before they write a comparison review — before they try these devices? It seems that, if you assume any site can be objective about which device they prefer over the others, you’re ill-informed about the nature of tech reporting over the web.

      I usually don’t respond to comments like this, as it seems to be a waste of time for me (since I do have better things to do with my time), but I wanted this comment published to show your naiveté about the matter of tech reporting. No tech site is without bias, neither is any writer when it comes to smartphones, tablets, and other mobile gadgets. Deal with it…

      • Aren’t you taking this too personally? I have an M8 and up until I purchased it I’d never been compelled to get a flagship smartphone.I have to say having looked at the Samsung S4 in detail and understanding that the S5 was itterative the choice for me was quite simple. I found the S4 to have a very messy UI that required many button presses and trial and error to achieve very simple tasks. The M8 on the other hand was very simple and became part of my everyday life fairly quickly.I guess if you get used to touchedwiz it would be just as good but the HTC is the nearest in learning curve to an iPhone. I’m now interested in how my photos come out thanks to the M8 and the photos Easily equal and better my 10+ year old fuji finepix. I think many reviewers aren’t living in the real world citing 100% crops as a reason to downgrade the M8 against the S5. Nobody I know uses phone photos in this way, in fact who prints photos these days? From a non-techie point of veiw the M8 is the iPhone of Android phones and like you say I hope people try it before they make decisions based on technology reviews.It’s the most significant Android since the Hero in my opinion.

        • John,

          I don’t think I’m taking it personally at all. The problem I have with a number of reviews is that they tend to downplay Samsung and anything the company does, as compared to the others. For instance, the LG G Pro 2 has a terrible camera (and the Sony camera has been found to be worse than the GS5 camera), but even Sony gets more “kudos” in the news than Samsung does. When’s the last time you ever read a review praising Samsung for anything? You’ll find very little of that in most reviews across the Web.

          You’re right about the HTC, that is closest to an iPhone. But the iPhone experience I’ve found to be nothing short of boring. After 9 months with my iPhone 5, I grew bored and traded it in to get a Galaxy Gear smartwatch. From that day forward, I haven’t looked back. I own an iPad 3 and love the iPad experience, but I’m also tempted at this point to get a Galaxy Note 10.1 — the 2015 edition, hopefully.

          I think that calling the HTC “the iPhone of Android” is a title that gives too much credit to Apple. Right now, Samsung is the only company rivaling Apple in the smartphone market — and Apple is playing catch-up. HTC’s One M8 comes closest to an iPhone because the company copies nearly everything Apple does. Apple came out with a fingerprint scanner, but HTC decided to put out a scanner on its phone last year (because of the rumors). Apple made a metal smartphone, HTC did the same. If HTC’s not copying Apple left and right, the company’s going after Samsung. Samsung’s microSD card slot has been a characteristic feature of the Galaxy line for the past few years; now, HTC’s got a microSD card slot in its phone. The only reason why HTC did it (and the reason why Apple’s getting ready to make a larger iPhone) is because Samsung’s choices have led to successful profits for the company.

          It’s fine for HTC to make an excellent smartphone, but I’m not sure I’d call Samsung’s UI “messy.” What exactly do you think is messy about the UI? You say that there are simple tasks that are too complicated on the Samsung TouchWiz UI. What are some of those things?

          The claims about Samsung you state are claims that so many state in their reviews against Samsung. The problem with these claims is that no one goes into detail; Samsung’s critics do not seem to be able to state in clear terms what it is about TouchWiz that’s so horrible, or what simple tasks do not work. I am all for listening to those with whom I disagree, but I think that you should have some specific reasons as to why you dislike a product. Saying that the UI is messy is a good start, but more explanation is needed.

          I’d love to hear your thoughts further about Samsung’s messy UI.

  7. Of cousre Z2 is the best of over all
    1.double tap to wake
    2.front facing speakers
    3.20.7 (u said gs5 is better it is proved that ucdon t know nothin about sony’s camera function)
    4.noise cancellation
    5.quality ear phones
    6.liquid heat pipe technology (auto cool,down when Z2 is over heated)

    • Not arguing it. Just letting you know because I didn’t know until I got it.
      The One M8 let’s you swipe to wake it. No home button or pressing any button required.

      • The S5 let’s you wave your hand over the screen it to wake it. No home button or pressing any button required or even swiping required.

  8. Z2 also has moved their speaker to the front but has not been motioned. What about RAM? Z2 has 3GB of RAM, while the other 2 only have 2GB. Z2 has just beat Nokia to have the best camera in a phone, and he somehow thinks M8 is better. I understand it’s all about personal preference, “honest review” is overrated.

  9. It’s unfortunate that in our selfie/ussie obsessed culture that reviews don’t point out the advantage of a wide angle ff camera.

  10. I honestly believe it all comes down to preference. It’s about what you need/prefer from your smartphone.

    I need the freedom to customize my phone and install any app I want regardless of where I get it from. So Apple has never worked for me.

    That being said, I have had Android phones for years. Most recently the Galaxy s3 then s4. I have loved Samsung’s phones. and I have owned HTC’s in the past as well. I have been on the fence about the s5, and the One M8 since they released. But ultimately decided on the M8 a few days ago.

    My personal reasons.

    I keep a case on my phones all of the time regardless of how “sexy” they are.
    So metal vs plastic bodies have never mattered to me. After having Galaxy phones for the past 2 years I know what to expect. And the s5 just seemed like a minor upgrade to my s4.
    I don’t keep my screen locked. So finger print unlocking doesn’t appeal to me.
    What does is sound. I use Google play and Pandora all of the time. I love to show friends and family YouTube videos and share things I record myself. That is what made me take a look at the One M8. The waterproof aspect of the s5 had me torn as far as features go. But if you are like me and have been frustrated trying to hear audio on your galaxy because of background noise (doing the turn the phone towards your ear and then back to the video. Or shushing friend who walk in loudly while you’re trying to hear something)
    The one M8 solved this for me. The front facing speakers just make sense! And they are exceptional quality. The phone is so clear and loud! Other than that the phones are so similar in ability that it’s just preference. Yea the Galaxy has a better camera. But I’m not that big a photo nut. Like I said, pick the phone that suits your particular needs. Not what reviews think you should put priority in. I hope this helps someone.

    • Daniel,

      Thanks for writing in. I’m glad that you can admit the Galaxy S5 has a better camera.

      All I could ever want from our readers — no matter their phone preference — is to admit that some claims match reality; that is, that some smartphones have better cameras than others. The fact that you can admit the Galaxy S5 has a better camera places you in a unique circle of readers at our site. I’m honored to have a discussion with you because you did not attack me, the writer, nor did you make character assassinations against Samsung. You want to engage my claims with honest discussion, and I appreciate that.

      You’re a model for other commenters to follow, even though I still think the GS5 is a better phone overall. With that said, as long as HTC One M8 users can admit what you do above about the GS5’s camera, I can live with their decision. You’ve decided that the HTC One M8 is the best smartphone for you, not necessarily everyone else — and I respect your personal choice. At the same time, your admission does confirm what I’ve said in the review. The GS5 has a better camera, and the phone’s quality camera should not be overlooked. While your personal phone preference may not prioritize an excellent camera, professional photographers place a quality camera at the top of their list of factors to look for when buying a new smartphone.

      You can rest assured that if HTC ever puts out a water-resistant phone with a 13MP or 16MP camera, I’d be willing to buy it and review it here at Inferse. I’m not biased against HTC, but I want them to work hard in making their phone to win me over. I want them to want my money so badly that they’ll overcome whatever obstacles it takes to best Samsung’s camera quality. When I see them besting Samsung in camera quality and water resistance, not just metal hardware, I’ll be more than happy to head to my local Verizon store and buy a new HTC One. I wanted to write to let you know that I don’t despise any company outside of Samsung, nor do I despise Samsung (that’s obvious). What I do want, however, is a quality camera experience that, when combined with a quality design, makes me drool over a smartphone. With so many smartphones on the market, I want to have a “drooling experience” where each year, I’m overcome with a large array of choices. Sadly, this year, I only had 2 choices for smartphones — and I recently picked up the GS5 because Samsung is not only familiar, but continues to improve its camera quality. You went with the HTC One M8 because it offers you something different. HTC One users from last year, however, will tell you that the M8 wasn’t that great of an improvement over the M7 — since the back camera remained the same, the screen was increased in size by 0.3 inches (from 4.7 to 5 inches), and HTC’s Sense UI got an upgrade to 6.0 (or “sixth sense,” as they call it).

      Thanks again for writing in. You have restored my faith in those who disagree with me, showing me that two people who disagree can have an intellectual conversation that remains above childishness, name-calling, and insults. I applaud you. Please feel free to return and comment again in the future.

  11. It´s really tough, I have both (S5 and M8) in my hand for two weeks and i still can´t really make a decision!!
    I came from a S3/S3 4g/S4 line and i guess this time i´m going for M8 just for a change… Please Htc, wake up and put a decent camera in M9, pleeaaaseeeee…

    • I understand your need to try the HTC One M8. I was actually tempted to try the HTC One M8 myself — until seeing the camera in action. It’s the camera that turned me off from the device, not to mention the fully metal design. Cancer runs on both sides of my family, and I research mesothelioma research and cancer cases on a daily basis. I fear having that much metal next to my body for two years straight without getting some health consequence as a result. Samsung’s commitment to soy ink boxes and plastic design is one of the reasons why, after having the GS3, GS4 Active, and Galaxy Note 3, I purchased the Galaxy S5. I wanted HTC’s new phone to be the differentiator, but couldn’t justify paying a similar price tag for an inferior camera.

      In any case, it is my hope that you enjoy the HTC One M8 experience. I think HTC has stepped up its game, and I’ll be the first in line to buy an HTC One when the camera becomes either a 13MP or 16MP.

  12. rubber grip inner of the case for samsung s5, with 5 colors, white, black, blue, dark blue, coffee color, with high quality,and retail package. source from gadget2us

  13. I bought a Z2 just for 1 reason.. 3GB of RAM.. I know that for normal users 2 GB is more than enough. However if you normally use office apps (office, webex..) plus the common social media pack (facebook, foursquare, yelp, twitter.. ), 2GB is not enough..


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