HTC One (M8)

The HTC One (M8) has made a big splash today, but would you pick one up instead of a Samsung Galaxy S5?

We've spent a week with the HTC One (M8), and have a few preliminary thoughts in our review, but what do you guys make from what you've seen? In a real purchasing scenario, what's the bottom line: would you pick up the new M8, or would the Samsung Galaxy S5 win you over? Odds are this is a real decision a lot of folks are going to have to make over the next year or so, and we want to see what the popular opinion is. No, "eh, I don't think I'll get either," or "can't I have both lol?" Pick your side, and let's see how this epic battle pans out.

We'll follow up in a couple of days summing up the results, but in the meantime, feel free to work out all your thoughts in the comments. We're eager to hear which factors weigh most heavily on your decisions. Maybe that camera on the M8 is a dealbreaker, but ooh, dat build quality. Discuss!

 
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Tells me to learn to read, but has no contextual understanding of the sentence himself....???

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Quoted from the article: "No, "eh, I don't think I'll get either," or "cant I have both lol?" Pick your side,"

Neither S5 and M8 enticed me to upgrade from my current G2. Let's see what LG will bring to the table this time with G3.

Umm...doesn't long - pressing on the home button bring up multitasking on the G2?

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Samsung did that with the GS3, it was pretty annoying to have to wait and I just didn't bother using it. I finally used multitasking when I ran a rom that reporgrammed the use of the menu button.

It's nice to just have a dedicated multitask button.

I agree, much easier and faster... but you didn't have to rom... just root and let xposed do the rest.

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Competition might move it up. There is a ton of competition, and both the S5 and HTC One (2014) were moved up compared to last years launches, so we'll see.

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GS4 was released in May last year and M7 was after that, I think. Maybe LG will push the G3 a month or two earlier this year as well. A G3 in June would be nice. I plan on trying to hold off on upgrading my S4 until I hear what the G3 will bring us.

Nobody gives a shit about stupid fucking Sprint Spark Framily crap. Just cut that lame ass shit out of your signature and your good, man.

It was cute maybe Three years ago when Android was still SO fragmented, hardware and software wise. But now its down to just being fucking annoying. What is the point? /endrant

I ordered mine as well and it's already shipped. Did you get a color or storage size option?

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Paying $650 for a GP edition seems senseless. All the exquisite Sense UI features including the camera features with post processing will not be there. Paying an extra $300 for what? I realize the design is great but the fully integrated functionality is what it's all about.

Get a Moto X or Nexus.

Just a quick point (no really advocating either decision) but the GP version is not "more expensive". Granted you pay more up front, but you're paying that anyway as part of your cell phone bill when you get the phone on contract through a carrier.

Granted, most carriers in the US don't offer "un-subsidized" rate plans if you BYOD, but buying a phone full price ($650 is pretty standard for one of these things) and then going with a much cheaper pre-paid plan can actually save you several hundred dollars over the course of (what would be) a two year contract.

All I'm saying is that you're not "paying extra". You're just paying for the phone up front.

That's the phone that's on my radar. Definitely not the S5, and sadly not the new One.

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Where in the US and on what carrier can I get and use a Z2?

Does the Z2 have Optical Image Stabilization?

I'm not sure about vzw I might have to pass on Samsung this time seems like Motorola is getting the fastest updates with the moto x

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Played with a friend's Moto X the other day and I have to say that, as much as I love my Note 3, the Moto X seemed like a really nice phone. Not looking to give up my stylus and giant screen, but I think Moto really did a great job with the Moto X.

Isn't the Korean version the only one available now? Isn't it speculated that once the US version launches the price will drop $150-$175 from the $975 it cost in Korea?

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I said it last year when the HTC One (M7) was released and I will say it again with this slightly bigger HTC One (M8). it just looks like a iPhone 5S gone wrong. So in answer to the article question, out of these two --- the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5, I would choose the Samsung Galaxy S5 hands down.

That said I will give HTC credit, they at least gave this new flagship device a up to 32GB microSD card and I believe that will help sell more devices considering many people really want and need that physical extra storage that cloud drives can't compare too.

How does it look any more like a iPhone than other androids? IPhone doesn't use brushed metal and their backs scratch extremely easy. Only one speaker on the bottom of an iPhone, so that's not it. Perhaps you are referring to the rounded edges, if which several other devices have.

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Out of every android in play, this looks EXACTLY like the Iphone 3gs. It has no sharp edges, no clean lines the damned thing looks like a mid 90's minivan with its horrible bulbus edges and massive bezel!

So, not only does it look like an IPhone, it looks like the old dated iphone!

I'm just wondering how someone can like that cheap and shiny hardened vomit that Samsung calls a chassis over... Well... Anything else. Granted the S5 is a step in the right direction, but Samsung's choice in materials sucks. I'm not going to say metal is good for everyone, and that's understandable. But Samsung's S3/4 design looks worse than Gary Busey in a clown costume giving birth to a deformed clone of Miley Cyrus twerking at the moment of birth while grossly grunting the chorus of "Wrecking Ball" between its severely mishapen underbite.

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"I said it last year when the HTC One (M7) was released and I will say it again..."

Damn. You've changed my mind. Saying it again totally sold me.

I'll agree that the m8 looks too much like an IPhone 3gs, but I'll stop there. The M7 was as far from an IPhone than any phone can be. The only thing it has in common is the material, but then you can argue that about any phone that has a glass screen, or a speaker...

I liked the m7 enough to get seduced into buying it, then realized it was garbage, but the m8 is the M7s awkward ugly sister, there is the chance it could be as good as the older one, but deep down you know they will never be the same.

I mean come on 5mp front camera... This phone is aimed directly to vain people!!

It has 2 cameras and is driven by their own ultra pixel technology which I can at least say the m7 takes incredible pictures as I own one and it's not garbage, maybe you got unlucky and with yours as mass production can do that. My htc one m7 is flawless and a vein person would purchase an iPhone or galaxy s5 oooh finger print scanner! That has a pin back up if the scan doesn't go through, no added security... Knock code from LG is better. Back to point, htc is gettin hated on hardcore, I find the htc sense ui very nice and not intrusive like touchwiz, I actually prefer nexus but since I needed a phone the day of purchase I settled for the htc one since the nexus wasn't in stock with plans on exchanging before the 30 days and I never brought it back, I couldn't find a reason to...and if you owned the m7 you should know that the camera is incredible now there is an extra one on the m8 annnnd an extra ultra pixel... It's not a marketing ploy, either look up their ultra pixel technology it's legit and a game changer

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Do you understand what vain means?
Has nothing to do with a fingerprint scanner, I can tell you. Fanboys so eager to throw out insults they do not even understand the meaning.

Sounds like the extra "camera" just helps focus. Speeding up snap times. Also lets you change the focus later (didn't GS5 tout this feature as well?).

Why can't people just understand some people have different tastes. I am glad you have enjoyed your ONE. The All New One looks like a beautiful phone.
I have owned HTC phones in the past and didn't like the quality, so I will stick with my Note 2. Just not impressed enough with either of these new ones yet.
See, objective and fair.

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First off I'm not a fanboy, I know a good device, as I qualify with technical knowledge. And second, I do know what vein means, and I find it funny that you tell me what I don't understand as you can't even spell the word correctly. I prefer the nexus line of products by the way, so don't be so quick to call someone a "fanboy"... And knowing what I know, sorry but I sometimes forget not everyone knows the intricate workings of a device.

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Vain = Vanity/Narcissism. Someone who's too preoccupied with their appearance, class and/or education.
Vein = What blood travels through to circulate around a body.

It looks nothing like the iPhone!!! Thats a first, most people can atleast agree that htc puts out some beautiful handsets. The build quality of both htc one m7 and m8 is superior to any other phone that exists, period. Besides that, get the facts straight, 128gb expandable SD card slot, not 32gb. Common sense would tell you that it's obviously higher than 32gb being a flagship phone of 2014, but we shouldn't expect that considering you compared both phones to the iPhone "gone wrong" so the iPhone is right? Go back to Imore where you might sound smart

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It was designed that way because the old HTC One X and Thunderbolt phones had the same general look....
Sure people say the One is the Android's iPhone but that doesn't mean the design took direct inspiration from the iphone
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Dat build quality takes the cake as I'm not a heavy camera user. The more mature, refined look of Sense has also won me over from the S5. The M8 is not the phone for everyone, that much is for sure, but it beats the S5 in terms of look and user experience (both in the virtual and physical sense) in my opinion.

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LOL the s5 is a better phone in general and a better evolution...but hating samsung became a trend so this poll is just nonsense

I'm not sure if its hating so much as putting higher expectations on the market leader.

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No sir... No... If you're coming from an old HTC one to the new One... You guys got the same... Camera... The same... Camera... Please don't talk about how Samsung's S5 is an incriminatal update when HTC gave you the same... Damn... Camera...

It's laughable.

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Its a different sensor from the old to new One. Plus I never mentioned that the S5 or the M8 were incremental updates ( I was under the impression that both were expected to be incremental anyways ). I'm coming from the OG Droid RAZR anyways, so any 2014 phone would be a jaw-dropping improvement for me at least. Anyways, back to the point of my comment. I still think its not hating on Samsung just for the sake of hating, but because they have reached the stage in their product line that we have higher expectations for them, just like we do with Apple.
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PS, we use only one period between sentences here, and try not to beat the ellipsis to a pulp from overuse :P lol

It isn't the same camera at all. Same number of Megapixels don't equal the same camera. HTC put a SECOND camera for depth information on the new One. How is that the same? It also has a 5MP front facing camera, how is that the same?

It is a very different design.

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HTC put a second camera on the HTC Evo 3D and look at what a failure that was. But you're coming from an OG Droid. The "3 periods" is an ellipsis. It's a pause for dramatic effect or a loss for words.

But! You saying "We use this here" shows you're the type that probably has an Alpha Wolf mentality or you were calling sheep to come to agree with you that... I don't even know what to call that, because it wasn't even an insult or a call out.

But! Back to the point. I'm pretty sure they said the camera was an upgrade via software. I may be wrong. But from the pictures I've seen that were taken in real use were not impressive at all. By any means. It may be right for some people. But not me. I actually go outside and play basketball with my son. Soccer with my daughter. Swimming. Sports. Ah, yes, sports. We're always snapping pictures and I want the best of the best camera on my phone.

Now I have a Samsung Galaxy S3. Is it great? Not really. But it works and works well for outdoor shots.

But I'll agree to disagree. Someone has to give HTC money before they hemorrhage more of it.

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You have even failed to respond to my sarcasm properly, let alone the points of my comments... So, I won't respond to this as I have no idea where to even start.

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Where going back to the evo 3D to make a point? Let's just say I would put my entire estate up to bet this new htc one camera design smokes the evo 3D

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I invested in a large amount of land in an area that is rapidly growing with businesses in hopes of selling it to gain a large amount of profit... I have a question for you, do you know how many wasted siblings you have? That have dripped out of your moms anus? Does your father know he's tasting large quantities of dick and seaman from African lumber hammers every time he kisses your mom? O is one of them dead? Or gone? ...good! I hope you run out of your medication! Too harsh? Hopefully you learn your lesson before randomly calling someone a skinner that was me you were commenting on im replying via my Tapatalk account just in case of the confusion. And if you want this kind of war, I'm warning you now, I'm vicious and will verbally punish you, you don't want to go any further, I will make it priority number one to have you seeking therapy.

Edit: I'm sorry...I went too far... No I'm not, I hope you fall into a puddle of full blown aids

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Yeah well when you have a 2 year old daughter and someone directs a child molesting joke towards you, you'll understand

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WTH are you talking about? A child molesting joke? Are you sick dude? Ranches have horses. And Pony's.
And the ' for kids thing' is an internet Meme. Have you no NORMAL humor? You just jump to nasty scary, evil stuff?
Jesus, I am scared that people like you can vote.

When i want to take a normal picture with the rear camera, the MP of the front camera and the second lense for 3D gimmics are completly irrelevant!

The 4MP camera can have the best pixel in the world - they only can hold a small amount of fine details.

Also: You can´t Zoom in, you cant crop the picture (very important on a device without optical zoom) - and you cant even fill a 4K TV or projector - because the M8 camera has only half the resolution of a 4K TV!!!

This is just sad. But with crap like this, they deserve to go out of business...

Incorrect in every detail. First off, both HTC one cameras captures far more detail than the Galaxy S5. You don't know your technology and take offense to it because I am trying to offend you so you get angry and look up the facts that you don't know in attempt to prove me wrong and upon finding the details you get that rush of "o shit" acting like you know what your talking about can get you in heavy waters when a seasoned software/hardware tech like myself decides to call you out because you are all things full of shit just like bloatwiz. You probably read zdnets review of the ultra pixel camera that says it has limited detail and dude was on crack or something or either paid off by Samsung. The pictures don't lie! I own several android devices and the HTC one takes the best photos hands down.

Let me break it down for you... You are part of the large group of consumer idiots who think number in megapixels means better pictures, not true at all. The HTC one camera will fill a 4k screen btw with ease and you obviously don't understand anything about 4k screens either by making such a comment.

Here's why you are wrong and don't know shit. Packing alot of mega-pixels into a small sensor create a cluster f*ck of a photo and the outcome is noisy over pixelated blurry look, the large megapixel count in the small sensor has terrible light compensation, basically unless your in a professional photo studio with perfect lighting, a 13-megapixel camera packed into a small sensor=13 megapixels of incorrect image capture and of course the digital compensation which means the camera digitally fills/adds fake pixels to all the areas that small overloaded sensor was unable to capture due to low lighting or light interference, those fake pixels are guess work by the cameras software, and are a solid color resulting in that pixelated edgy (not smooth) look to fill a gap, take a photo in low light with the s4 or s5 and see how darkness all the sudden has a bunch of squares...hmmm...

HTC ones ultra pixel camera and why is shits on every camera except the pureview which has 41 megapixel BUT! BUT! The pureview really takes 5-8 mega pixel shots, but REAL 5-8 mega pixel shots as the sensor is very large, so do the math! It takes 41- mega pixels to take a true 5-8 mega pixel shot without pixelated or blurry results. Back to HTC ones camera, those 4 "ultra pixels" are actually micrometer pixels that are larger then all the big name cameras even that of the iPhone.
The larger pixels are able to collect a lot more light which in turn means more data/detailed/brighter/clearer photos then to put the nail in the competitions coffin and your ignorant comment, we have the optical image stabilization with super speed auto focus and faster high dynamic range adding to the correct capture of light and dark areas. You see, stupid... Its the balance of sensor size to mega-pixel ratio that make a great camera. Your a perfect example of why htc is one of my favorite OEMS, they are trying to make a better product, not make a product that the consumer believes is better, and the dumb general consumer believes its about mega-pixel count and that my friend is the biggest marketing ploy/lie/myth/crock of shit detail OEMS dish out. Htc took the risk of making a truely better camera knowing dumb consumers wouldn't understand. And it's one thing to not understand and another to not understand and act like you do and then try to sound smart and write some negative bs about a technology that I'm going to say you don't deserve anyways since you didn't take the time to research. PS, you can crop and edit any photo on the HTC one, with ease.

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Just wanted to point out, the camera sensor is actually redesigned slightly and being sourced from a new vendor due to some issues with the last version (namely the pink tint). The lenses have been tweaked, and the secondary DoF/focus/exposure sensor was added.

So, same nominal specs perhaps, but definitely not the same camera. You can improve a camera sensor/package in many ways.

That camera you are talking about is actually in the M7 also. Any units made after October 2013 got the new module. Mine was replaced with the new module.. So yes, same old camera.

So both are right, pre October you got the old one, post October and you got the not so shiny but new M8 camera.

I'd disagree. Plastic vs aluminum and last falls processor vs the latest and greatest to name a few important differentiators in HTC's favor. Not to mention Samsung's insistence on adding every possible feature just because rather than actually designing an experience that matters. I'm not saying HTC did much better in that department but they did do a bit better.

Um, are you aware the S5 has the (slightly) faster version of the 801 in the West?

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I was in Best Buy the other day and picked up the S4 and M7, and they both felt like...phones. The One is a nice looking device, and I would definitely enjoy the front facing speakers, but the S4 felt more comfortable to hold and use with my left hand. (The home button on the bottom right and the menus on the upper right were really hard to reach on the M7). I really wish that the S5 stayed within the same footprint as the S4, but as an overall package I am happy with what I have seen.

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It's preference. I've held both of those phones and walked away preferring the M7. That said I prefer the feel of my Nexus 5 to the S4 and M7, so it's not just the plastic.

In which the processor has to carry the weight of touchwiz on its back and let's debate that please so I can explain how large roms tax the shit out of java driven android a non native OS that is meant for light roms for better performance, its just sad that most people have no idea that while hardware is important the software that drives it is just as, if not more important. My rooted nexus 7 with a snapdragon s4 will smoke the galaxy s5 bloatwiz with that 801 allllllllllll daaaaaaaaay!

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What are you smoking bro? You maybe get smoother UI scrolling, but when it comes to CPU/GPU havy tasks like gaming or photo/video editing TW is not a factor anymore and raw processor power counts!

In hardcore 3D games i cant even get half the FPS on my rooted N7FHD vs my non-rooted N3. And thats just a SD800!

Wow... Not sure if you're being serious with this comment. But.. Wow... Omfg I had no idea that raw processing power did that.

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I smoke Marlboro reds, and Ive been programming since I was 13 yrs old so stop trying to sound smart and just except that maybe your wrong, in fact...you are wrong... Lmao raw processing power? What are you dissolving under your tongue? I know what I'm talking about and clearly you don't, if you actually believe what you just said. Please is there anyone on this forum that can take care of these people and give me a break for once. Raw processing power does this eh? Thanks for the tip, I'm going to open my tablet up and just throw my ram in the trash since I won't be needing that either, since raw processing power handles the job, o wait... The ram is there for some reason I just smoked a Marlboro so I can't remember, fuck it, I'll just flash 5 copies of touchwiz on my galaxy s4 since the raw processing power has me covered. P.s. my nexus 7 2013 with the s4 pro will blow the doors off the Galaxy s5 your comment doesn't change that. I can run games on my nexus 7 that the galaxy just can't... Unless rooted, where do these people come from? Its like a forum of wanna be level 3s in this bitch, maybe I'll smash my forehead into my counter several times until I believe the BS that comes out of these people's mouths. Raw processing power!!!! Ohhh I can't wait to share that one with the guys at work... Raw...processing... Power... My God its fun to say, wait... You might be right, let me see if my custom kernel that I'm building is for no reason now... Naa, it still matters. Good thing since my students would be awfully upset with me if I wasted their time with all that non sense about getting the most out of set architecture's with coding principles and Rom configurations... Where did you get your information? Samsung forums? You must own the s5 thus justifying your shitty purchase... So your telling me that it would make no difference if you rooted bloatwiz off the Galaxy s5, that's what your saying, that it would run equally as fast with or without touchwiz? What are you smoking? and your also trying to say that the UI/UX would be smoother but the games fps wouldn't, as that technically makes NO sense at all... And my UI isn't smooth, it blinks! From screen to screen it literally blinks, gee, busy box pro, and that es file explorer have no effect either... You realize if you didn't come off so cocky like you know shit about what your talking about I would have respectfully explained the technical reasons why your wrong and you might have learned something, but you already seem to know your shit so I'll just head over to team kernelizers, XDA developers, and several other forums and let them know to not renew their lease as this genius on android central informed us that the new 801 can handle any ROM without the slightest hick up with its raw self...

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Are "looks & design" the only thing HTC fans can ever bring up? Really? Is that it? Might as well get an Iphone if looks and design is all you care about.

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No, it isn't the better phone at all. HTC Wins this one by a mile. Easily.

Don't get your feelings hurt because you hold a Samsung device. Nobody is going to judge you by your choice of phone....

Unless its an iPhone. Then we reserve the right to judge.

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wrong.some of us have always been anti samsung,now others are starting to realise what a nasty firm they have always been.
try looking into their history and their ethics.

They have never sucked my balls...
Oh wait there was that one time at CES..
Ah no. That was your mother. Ha.

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Great argument! I, for one, am sold. Never, ever buying any other product other than those branded Samsung and T-Mobile ever in my life again.

I think you just saved my life with that extremely well thought-out, logical argument.

Thank you!

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Uh oh... Get ready to aim and fire.

The pissing match between HTC vs Samsung has begun! Whoever flushes first, loses!

We're goin to get comments like "but the bezels are too big." from "Samsung commercials are distasteful".

This is going to be a very interesting.

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True, but functional, and the way it functions, are two separate entities.

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HTC One... It's a more solid feel with slightly less gimmick built-in. Honestly none of the flagships this year have excited me. I'm awaiting the new Nexus in the fall and maybe the Moto X successor just because they take a more laid back approach to value add features.

the one i did like a lot was the oppo find 7... with its useful features and great specs, shame its not as popular as htc or samsung.

Now, I agree the oppo is a fine piece of handset, I actually am going to get one myself...

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If I had to choose between the two, then Galaxy S5.

I was really looking forward to the One M8, but that camera is a deal breaker.

Might wait and see what LG comes out with later this year. I would prefer an updated Moto X but the lack of SD card or USB drive adapter support rules that out because I need them to transfer files to my Chromebook.

The Galaxy S5. Accessories are a difference maker here. Also ANT+ is a big deal for me. I can actually mount my S4 (and the S5 as well) to my bike and use the countless fitness offerings. (Not the default Samsung ones mind you)

Removable battery still a must have for me so sticking with Samsung. Always have a spare, can change backs if I wish.

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If I would have to decide between those two the S5.

- the front looks nicer because they use the available space much better and the content is centered. On the HTC it's all moved up (or to the side in landscape) because of their huge Logo
- I prefer more warm looks and materials ... the HTC reminds me too much on the transformer prime which I didn't liked that much because its back felt always cold and slippery...far too tech like. From the material the Moto X Bamboo is still by far my favorite, but I like the S5 at least more than the HTC.
- the camera is once a gain pretty bad from the first example pictures
- 16:9 main ratio on the camera sensor again, which is an awkward aspect ratio. The user has to crop down the 4 mp even further. There is a reason that pro cameras use 4:3 or 3:2 ... take a portrait in 16:9 and it will be horrible.
- I like how the front of the galaxy line is streamlined and the front camera and such stuff doesn't stand out. It looks just like one giant display. The HTC is almost the opposite
- removable battery on the Samsung
- I don't like the software buttons because in most apps they steal pretty much space of the display. Samsung did a good job at placing them at a position where they don't make the phone larger and doesn't sacrifice display size. The physical home button also prevents hitting it by accident.

What's up with you guys leaving opinions in novel form in the comments section?

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An HTC one because I think having a phone with covered ports and having to pop off that covering each time I want to charge the device would be so annoying

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What were the results of the same poll conducted last year between the HTC One and S4? I think the preferred purchase was the HTC One 70+% over the S4.

I have a question for you @Simon Sage. After spending a week with it would you go for this or the Moto X, even though it's on Verizon, so the Rooting and Custom Recovery is a pain. Which would be your choice? If this one could be rooted?

When rooting, go for the phone with the better hardware because once rooted it will take full advantage of the hardware and since the HTC one has a better build quality as well. To be honest though, you can't go wrong with either choice... The moto x is slightly lacking in screen size too. I know I'm not Simon but I thought I might be of some assistance. Oh, and don't listen to the camera comments, research the ultra pixel technology or read my post on it... The camera is a beast, you could have Parkinson's disease and still get a clear shot.

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I would buy the ne HTC as I own the old one. I love it. I have only had to restart my phone maybe five times since I bought it last July. And a few if those were because of Rogers not the phones fault. Everything I download on my phone works I never get error messages and have never dropped a call.

I know that apple DID NOT invent the dual flash but why did HTC have to add it? I mean...seriously.... Companies have to avoid looking like each other. It just gives apple fan boys more to talk about calling themselves "the first.". Same goes with the finger print scanner. Just my two cents.

LG G2 on 4.4. Kit-Kat

So basically you are saying why adopt Xenons on the car or LEDs as the break lights - just stick w the s#tty lamps. Just let the one who came up with it first enjoy the glory and screw your own customers.
Very mature way of running business and using inventions to benefit all
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I'm going to sacrifice build quality this time and get the sgs5.

Build quality didn't stop my HTC one from getting the purple tint issue :-(.

The sgs5 is water and dust resistant, has USB 3.0, and ddr3 ram. The only thing I loved for the my HTC one is blink feed and roms. But from reviews the camera is disappointing again.

Too bad! The purple tint issue was fixed with a firmware update... No matter what phone you get, when first released there usually will be some bugs... My HTC one m7 camera is just incredible... In fact, I fixed my blueish purple tint issue myself by rooting and flashing my own patches, although it wasn't nearly as good as the official update which I eventually switched my own patch out for... But I understand that very few people want to deal with that kind of crap I just enjoy that kind of stuff

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I would choose the HTC over the Samsung but I still wouldn't choose either in reality. I hated the gs4 with it's poor battery life and over heating. HTC had the opportunity to really make this top notch but they failed. But the next HTC coming up will be better option.

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Probably of the 2 I'd like to have the HTC One more. Both will be great phones. Really on their own they are great devices, when you start to compare the two you really pick them apart. Build quality, water resistant, removable battery (bigger battery), screen technology, size, on screen buttons, speakers, cameras etc... Both are shipping with 4.4.2 which is nice to see.

What I'll buy next is likely the G3, Z2(s) or Moto X2. If the G3 or Moto X2 have the 805 I'll likely get that over the Z2. I will definitely check out both the S5 and One M8 soon though, you never know what to think until you can hold them. I always kinda wanted the M7 so maybe the M8 will win my heart over.

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That may be true, but the Z2 will barely be coming to the states by then, lol. I wish Sint and T-Mobile would work hard to bring their phones sooner. If I didn't already have the G2 I would have got the Z1s for sure. I won't lie though the G2 paired with Nova is pretty damn awesome.

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If I had to pick between the 2 I would go with the HTC one cause of the base 32gb plus the dual front facing speakers but I would definitely prefer the z2 if it would ever come to Canada.

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That's a great thing, out here they're shoving 16gb down people's throats again as the base phone though 32gb is available.

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Once again HTC falls on its face with a bad camera. Not to mention did you see that bottom bezel?!! With the onscreen buttons it's like 2 inches of wasted space.

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Plus if they get rid of the HTC Logo. I'm sure Apple will sue them for having a metal phone with no logo on the front or some other Apple BS. And that little bit of extra bezzle room allows for that beefier battery and SD card and bigger radio. you people make me wanna throw things

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Firstly it has ONLY 2600mah battery and secondly bezels do matter when you have a big 5inch display and regarding speakers....you seriously gotta use Viper4Android FX.
Agree on the apple part though......

When you really run shit, you don't have to talk about it....

If I had to choose based on my needs it would have to be the S5. I am not able to charge my phone throughout my day and am sometimes in area with bad cell reception. Team that with streaming music all day leads me with the only option to have a couple of spare batteries with me. I don't see that changing anytime soon, so my phone choices are getting smaller and smaller. I don't want to go much bigger than 5" screen. So, I am left with Samsung. Don't get me wrong, they make a good phone and I am grateful they still make phones with removable batteries.

Have you ever considered investing in an external battery pack? You don't have to buy a new one every time you get a new phone and it fits in a pocket without a problem.

Coming from my second HTC, the evo LTE, I kind of want to go Samsung, due to some HTC bugs over the years.... If I could get rid of some s5 features and replace with some m8 features, it'd be perfect. I'm on the fence on what to get. Love the build of the m8, guess I'll wait till may 1 when my contract is up to decide. Maybe I'll just get a note 3.

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I've been excited about the new One for a while now and was about to bite the bullet but I'm having second thoughts. It really is pretty pathetic the camera is 4UP, the onscreen buttons do look odd over the HTC black bar, the screen is actually less ppi while actually having less viewable space when the onscreen buttons don't fade, it's not waterproof or even water resistant, and my old one, even though it looked great before it got scratched, looked pretty beat up fairly quickly.

May have to rethink this. The Z2 looks nice and the Moto's are still an unknown.

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I'm picking the S5 because of the camera, as someone who uses social networking constantly, is out and about a lot, at tons of events and gatherings, I'm constantly using my camera. At only 4 megapixels and low light performance, I don't feel the HTC One would be adequate enough, another bonus with the S5 is it being water and dust proof since I do tend to have my phone in my hand constantly. If the HTC One had at least a better or equal camera though, I'd probably go with that.

The Sony Z2 should definitely be in there. Trumps either of those phones. But of if I had to pick the lesser of two evils, it would be the htc one.

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I just can't stand a plastic phone, and getting a phone that millions of people have. Oh, cool. Check this out everybody. I got a Samsung Galaxy phone! Totally AWESOME! (yawn). HTC is a premium, good looking phone, with a user interface that is sleek, and colors that are real. Plastic phone, with useless features, and colors that kindergarteners use as water colors. Samsung made a phone slightly better than a finger print scanner on a Barbie phone.

Shaking my damn head. Allow me to correct you.

> User interface -> to be determined but previews have suggested it is for the better
> colors that are real -> go to setting and choose the display you like best. Isn't android about options?
> useless features -> like ultrapixels, and more!
> Colors that kindergarteners use -> you need some color in your life. It's healthy

I did my homework and decided on neither one. Last week I bought a Samsung Note3 instead. Overall it is the better choice. I only paid $199. for my new Note 3 w/ free activation and $50. for my old phone. The newest phone I would have bought would have been the new Sony Experia Z2. It's not on sale in the USA.

I've run all handsets I've had in the past 5 years naked. Cases are for chumps . Show off that hardware!!!

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Until you drop it like a chump. No longer use an Otterbox, but totally naked is not worth the worry, IMHO

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When u pay $10 a month for insurance it's worth it ... Plus some people know how to take care of their phone

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Between these two phones it's a wash. Both have their pros and cons. Honestly I don't want either. They both should have a minimum of 32 gigs standard. I'll either wait it out or get the lg g2 or the one plus one.

Agree, but apparently the $199 is for the 32 gb version of the ONE.
I also will wait. The ONE looks good, for sure. Both small batteries.
I will wait and see the One +, Note 4, and maybe the premium Galaxy phone(if they have one).

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They both spec out high enough that only the measurebators will care. Both outstanding phones but Samsung as a company has incredibly poor customer service so I would give HTC a huge edge and recommend it in my store.

Seriously? Never heard Samsung was supposed to have bad customer service.
I didn't have a problem when I had a warranty issue with my S2 Skyrocket.

I do like the $199 price point for 32 gb ONE vs. $199 16 gb GS5. Do not like battery size on either, especially the 2600 mah One.

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HTC wins becauase of its UI. Samsung said they improved their touchwiz but it looks like it got worse. I dont love or hate touchwiz, my wife has the note 3, but some of the changes I seen I don't like. What I dont like the most about touchwiz is that the notification setting plus a connected WiFi takes up half the screen.

Amoled deep blacks can't be beat but what bugs me is if you tilt the screen a little there is a blue tint and color is distorted. With LCD displays color reminds the same.

Sense UI is very mature.. I honestly recommend using sense 5 and up for 14days and u won't want any parts of touchwiz... Ive owned a gs3 , note 2, and used a gs4 frequently... Once I got the m7 it's been hard to go back to Samsung. Even with all the features... On paper I'd pick the gs5 but dealing with touchwiz vs sense its hard to go back to Samsung ... Touchwiz doesn't hold a candle to sense in terms of look and feel.. in day to day use .. and trust me when I say I felt the same way about led screens until the M7 .. LCD screens feel more responsive and produce more accurate colors

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Agree!
Well defined differentiators.

I wanted to upgrade my EVO LTE to the M8 but due to my slight tremor, OIS is a requirement for me. I've taken excellent (non shakey) videos and pictures using my GF's M7.

I'll now have to try out the M8 extensively. Perhaps I'll try to snag a M7 on Craigslist.

s5 for the camera alone would be worth it. Add in the wireless charging and waterproof/resistant and it makes it a much more compelling buy.. If i were choosing between the two.

Him not knowing that's much....smh.. Where have u been under a rock????? Lmao ... Anywhere else not knowing that by now would be ok... Not here !!!!Lmao

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The choices are much more explicit than the reality of my choice, but I am leaning toward the S5 at this moment, and I chose that. I'm rooting for HTC to succeed, but so far, I see too many factors that favor the S5 for me, including battery size, HDR preview, moisture and dust resistance, USB 3 port, wireless charging, among others.

The way I use my camera, which is not much, not sure the camera is an issue for me on the M8. The speakers and design of sense 6 from what I've seen look much better than TouchWiz. After have to have multiple charging ports replaced on my note 2, and the whole KNOX security issue I'm kinda down on Samsung right now. If I am going to have a Samsung I need to be able to root and debloat.
I really want to give the M8 a shot. But.... I'm not eligible for upgrade until August. I need to see the G3, the next Nexus and of course the Z2, which may take the cake for me. Plus if I can only get a 16gb internal S5 that will be a deal breaker.
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Not considering the S5 due to KNOX. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 and my daughter has the S3; and neither will be replaced by a S5.

HTC here I come.....

Why would Knox sway your opinion? It's a security feature set extension for MDM solutions intended for business customers and it's a paid feature not inherently enabled on every device. Knox doesn't affect you or your daughter in any way unless you choose to buy it. By all means buy whatever device you like but your stated reasoning confuses me.

I will wait until both are in hand to pick. My gut loves the HTC One M8... except for the size. The S5 has my Qi charging heart. I doubt it will make a difference, but I'd like to see the S5 GPE pricing, too.

Go to Verizon HTC one... and call the nearest best buy to make sure they have the S5 to test .. I Did today... I wanna like the Gs5 but it's ugly as hell.... And touchwiz vs sense it's killing me...

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Probably the M8 because I'm not going to be part of the S5 crowd.

Sure, it's a nice phone, but I just want something......different.

Yes, the camera is a bit of a mess, but I'm sure Focal can fix that. ;)

2 years ago I went with One X. I felt betrayed. Last year I went with S4, but felt I made mistake again so much so that I sold it and got me M7. This year I am going LG. F@k it.

Of the two I would choose the HTC m8 Google Play Edition, but I first want to see the new moto x.

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Caution to anyone wanting phone that is water and dust resistant. Oh man, I HOPE nobody does the unspeakable, and use their phone while making mud pies in the barn. Water/moisture resistant/proof phones are overrated. Also, I know first hand, and by experience in Tech support, there are two negative side effects to these phone types. Audio and power. Audio output is lower, and noticeably in many cases. Also, heady battery drain, and when you need to charge the phone again, it is very slow. Also, camera quality does take a hit too.

So, if you don't plan on snorkeling and shooting a documentary, being on the toilet a lot, while talking to mom, or four wheeling on a dirt road, skip the Samsung.

Cool story bro...ill take all of that over getting the m8 wet/dirty and being sh#t outta luck.

0 reviews of the Sony phones, or the s4 active gives credit to what u just said. This isnt 2007.

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There is a video on YouTube with the m8 being held under water for over an hour and it still worked fine afterwards.

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So will store reps tell ppl that when theyre comparing the phones? No. Because they can't. Because it's not supposed to get wet. Because it's not water resistant.

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I can already see people jumping into pools and damaging their S5. Water proof and water resistance are not quite the same.

I would go Samsung every time, I'm pretty sure Samsung has the most added features to their phone and the most where I think it is most important... The UI and things like settings. Idk if I could live without the scrolling quick settings in my drop down panel. There are countless things like this Samsung has added that make my decision for me. Another example on my s4 I can change the messaging bubbles and put a background behind it all. I could not do this on my friends RAZR m. These are the things I value and why I pick galaxy s.

Hbu?

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S5
Water resistant/dust resistant
Bigger battery/replaceable
Better screen
More screen real estate.
Head phone jack on bottom
Yes it's still plastic, but considering all that the software offers...it trumps buying the m8 just for a "good feel in the hand"

You all are going to crap bricks when that metal body gets scuffed, Knicked, scratched (phil nickelson) "I'll have mine in a case" - then there goes your premium feel argument. a few of the m8 camera features already exist in the s4..and reaching that power button will give me joint pain.

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You can double tap or even swipe to wake the phone so no need to reach for the power button no joint pain required also the m8 has the jack on the bottom also.

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Meant to say on the top. I find it very inconvenient at the bottom. Personal preference. And ill give you the tap on feature, I thought that was pretty cool. But I still need more battery and a better cam. Last year I tried the moto x, nexus 5 and the htc one for a number of weeks. Couldnt take not being able to swap batteries. And I missed touch wiz. Guess that makes me a weirdo.

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exactly, thats what i've been saying...''top quality design'' is bullshit on the htc one, simply because without you even know that aluminum body gets scratched and scuffed, you dont see that happening with plastic. Simply because something is made of metal doesnt immediatly means it has better built quality, if you dropped the htc one you will pick up half of a phone with scratches all around.

Plastic bodied phones are prone to scuffs and scratches also. Some can even get scratched by the protective case they're in. Given how anodized aluminum is harder than plastic, how is plastic all of a sudden immune to such damage.. According to you.

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I sometimes wonder if the people that get worked over little things in comment threads also act like that in person.

I like the look of the new HTC. Software and day to day use is how I judge a phone. To me the HTC beats out the S5 in user experience. But I've had neither and I'm a nexus guy and look forward to the next nexus or moto x.

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S4 owner here. .. Love my phone but ready for the next big thing and either of these devices excite me enough to consider either. Honesty I like everything about the HTC One except the bezel and no removable battery. The latter I can live with but the large bezel on the HTC ruins it for me. This day and age a high end phone should maximize the screen in the smallest phone possible which the HTC fails to do. S5 simply seems like slight upgrade to the S4 but appears to have a bigger bezel (Hello Samsung, going the wrong direction! ). Frankly I like the current LG G2 more then both of these phones and going to wait a little longer for the G3...

Neither, i will probably go for the OnePlus One. So much better in every aspects and it is even not released! =D

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The M8. Samsung makes great phones but I absolutely can't stand the color saturation of the super amoled screens. I've always been a huge Sense fan also.

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Changing screen brightness does not remedy the fake, cartooney, over saturation, high contrast unnatural colors of an AMOLED screen. Nevertheless, some people actually prefer the look.

Yeah, I can't stand the amoled screen...looks like shit next to the nexus 7 2013 and HTC one, I have the galaxy s3 and I tried everything to fix it, If you take the saturation down you just highlight the blur...

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Neither. Both have mediocre cameras, both have useless gimmicks (HTC has extra "focus/depth" camera, Samsung has useless fingerprint scanner and heartrate sensor) which I will never use but still being forced to pay for.

For me the s5, sorry but I can't accept huge bottom bezels and on screen buttons and no to 4mp, minimum today should be 8mp, with 4 there just isn't much details to work with in editing. Also it's bit dodgy saying mp don't matter and then putting a 5mp at the front.. Yes the m8 looks better but Imo the s5 is more of a jump on the s4 than the m8 is to the m7

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I agree with u on every point... But I'm still leaning toward the M8... The gs5 is ugly the more I looked at it in person(bestbuy) ... And touchwiz is improved but still overwhelming vs sense

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Literally if they had just put in a 8mp I most likely would have accepted the bottom bezel and got this.. But I take a lot of pictures and edit a lot too so I know the 4mp will drive me mad. To be fair I'm not even getting the s5, currently have the s4 and don't think any of the new flagships are so far and beyond better than last year's flagships that you have to upgrade.

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does anyone know when the developer edition will be out the google play version is to much so its either me paying cost at att or get the developer edition and htc's website has no info for the dev edition of the m8

Happily on the sidelines! Both look like great phones but I am still happy with my Moto X & Nexus 5. Just do not see enough to pull the trigger on an upgrade yet...good luck on whichever one you all get!

I just bought the LG G2 for one cent yesterday. Coming from a Galaxy Nexus, I say I got a great deal, and a MASSIVE improvement. Sure, the M8 is great, it's also 200 dollars, plus a microSD Card. I believe the LG G2 is still a powerhouse phone and worth a penny. I rarely put over 12 gigs of crud on my phone so the memory is fine for me.

even though the design's quality is superior on the htc one, i'd have to choose the samsung galaxy this time, bigger battery, better camera, i like the screen a lil bit more even tho its very saturated at times (i dont give a flying fuck about it tho) ...but yea, the thing that killed the htc for me was the 4mp sensor, i dont care how big the pixels are, i want to zoom in a photo and see details without blurring on me

I currently have a Galaxy S4, on T-Mobile I'm allowed to upgrade every 6 months if so my choosing, I'm going with the Galaxy S5 this time around, a pretty minor upgrade, but an upgrade nonetheless and for no different than I'm already paying on my monthly bill. (I'm pretty much leasing a phone with option to buy after the 6 month mark)

If I had to choose between these two I would go with the S5. I don't know why but I really don't like the HTC One design. If att decides to carry the Z2 then that would be another story.

Not in the market for a new phone ATM, but I would go with the HTC One M8. Samsung seems a little boring right now, and its been a while since I owned an HTC device. 2010 I think it was, when I was rocking the Sensation 4G on T-mobile

S5 handsdown in my network marketing profession with wakeupnow I travel twice a month I need a great camera the s4 is great...But s5 camera looks better I went to best buy to see it

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Well I voted for the M8 because I hate Samsung phones. Between the cheap construction quality and the amount of bloatware, they're the stuff nightmares are made of.

But the truth is I'd get NEITHER. Because there's something called the Sony Xperia Z2 which kicks both the S5 and the M8 to a corner. So, yeah. I'd get the Z2.

neither,. what a let down, lets see, they took out the OIS from the same 4 megapixel camera, sorry ultra pixel. (whatever) battery bump to only a 2600Mah please. a very gimmicky phone at best, just like the S5 sony Z2 looking pretty good to me right about now. or maybe even the oppo find 7.

Went and saw both devices today since I shattered the screen on my Nexus 5. The S5 was at a Best Buy experience store and the HTC at the Verizon store across the street.

The S5 was nice, but kind of boring to look at. The back wasn't as offensive as everyone made it out to be. I do like what they've done with Touchwiz though.

Saw the HTC One and cancelled my preorder for the S5 five minutes later. It really feels amazing in the hand.

sorry htc you almost made it this time by adding removable micro sd card , maybe next time you bend your hand a little bit more and notice that costumers also want a removable battery

Don't want a removable battery. 12 hours plus with quick charge eliminate the hassle or need to swap batteries. 2 years ago among heavy use special situations, perhaps. People are aware there are alternatives.

98% do not swap batteries.

ARG!!! That camera AGAIN?!?! Rushed home before verizon closed to check out the M8. Went straight for the camera. Click, gallery, image zoom....cue rain clouds and broken heart. Some day we'll have a beautiful metal phone with a camera to match. Take that Gary Oldman...

ozpain2.....
I was so looking forward to this awesome phone as I'm cued for an upgrade from my EVO LTE. What handset are you currently using and what are you going to do?

I appreciate the quick posting of your unbiased hands on. I also have to try the M8 camera hands on, yet I have my doubts, as the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is critical for me because I have essential tremor. I was able to take steady videos and great Zoes and burst shots on my GF's M7.

Darn, now I don't know what to do. Perhaps sit tight and continue with my 8 MP EVO LTE or buy a used M7, on Craigslist, which can be a scam situation. Maybe I'll hang out at a carrier store, like Sprint, during the initial onslaught and try to buy from a customer bent on upgrading from an M7.

I also love HTC's Sense UI, build quality, and rapid Android updates.

That is a tough one. I haven't had a chance to go hands on with the S5 as of yet. I used to really dislike Samsung until I tried the note 3. Love that phone. I'm using the LG G2 at the moment. I really like the phone. Camera is great, and vids at 60fps recently made me fall in love with it all over again. That said, I'm missing high build quality something fierce....until I can try the S5, I can't say 100% that I'd choose one over the other. What I can say is that I'd lean towards the M8. If you like being able to repair your device on your own though, that might be an issue with the M8 as shown in the android central article posted today. Check it out if you haven't seen it yet.

Thank you for your thoughtful response, ozpain2, especially so buried in this long thread. Much appreciated.

I checked out both the LG G2 and S4 and Note 3. The Samsung's unnatural over saturated Amoled displays, physical button, Touchwiz UI, and cheap construction at a more than premium price are 5 serious no goes for me. I'll have to compare my "steady" "non shakey" video capabilities and UIs between the LG G2 and HTC M8. I will also wait for the camera reviews and comparatives. I would like more information about the Sony Xperia Z2. I don't like the lightweight cheap feeling plastic LG and their updates lag miserably.

I may have to settle for the M7 but haven't completely discounted the M8 simply because of my OIS need and concern.

With HTC and Sprint's (TEP) Total Equipment Protection policy, if the handset encounters issues, I receive a free replacement.

I'm not concerned about the repair issue.

Mines ordered. Its because of HTC that I'm back using Android after buying the Incredible S a couple of years ago. I've always got my Nexus 5 to fall back to.

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I personally think this phone is sleek as fuck. From these comments it seems like people only care about the damn camera lol. Who the hell cares? I love Samsung too but they really need to stop putting all these bullshit features into Touchwiz that the average consumer is most likely never going to use which Htc has definitely gotten better with. My contract with Verizon is up in July and I still need to decide what I'm going to get this time.

Where's the Sony Z2 option to actually purchase and use on US carriers, GumbaFett?

Where in the US can I hands on the Sony Xperia Z2 to see if their UI is as practical and feature perfect as HTC's Sense?

I'm in Australia, so I don't know, or care bub. The UI is amazing in my opinion, minimalist, but clean.

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Good answer SirBobaFett. I like your opinion of Sony's UI.

Lucky you and you Aussies.

Hopefully we also get the Sony Xperia Z2 option in the US soon.
Does the Sony Xperia Z2 have a good OIS?

For me, it's a necessity because unfortunately I have essential tremor. The camera capabilities of my smartphone are also important to me.

I chose not to buy either. I know, crazy.
I chose to spend my money on the new Xperia Z1s. Is it perfect? Hell no. But its different, its water PROOF and has a great camera w/ an SD card slot.

My .02

Yeah, but its 16GB standard dude and you cant move apps over. 16GB. Of which, maybe you get half. Thats a fail. If it was 32GB, then cool. But still, the camera sucks, its too big and its not even water resistant.

All that being said, Id buy one over a Samsung if forced to choose between the two :-)

I'm quite surprised by the amount of negative feedback regarding the M8. I've owned Samsung phones, Nexus phones, LG phones, and the M7 remains my favorite (I'm only considering phones that I've actually owned). You all have your own reasons when it comes down to what you prefer and that's just plain human nature. There is one thing that you can't take away from HTC however, and that is DAY 1 availability of their flagship in various territories. Absolutely unprecedented.

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I think there are many people, like myself, who would love to NOT buy a samsung phone AGAIN... so I vote for my conscience and by with my desire... so despite the HTC being way nicer looking, unfortunately I would probably still get the SGS5. Camera, removable battery, waterproof are the two main draws for the S5 over HTC.

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