S5 or M8? and Why?
I personally like the ability to remove the battery out of the S5.
The S5 available for pre-order has only 16MB of memory on board. If I recall, the S4's operating system took up more than half of that and you will have to rely on an SD card (provided that you can run most of the apps off SD). If Samsung did the same thing with the S5, this is something you must consider if you need/want a phone this month. The 32GB version of the S5 has not made an appearance.
The M8 with 32GB is available now.
I would make a list of what is the most important to you about each phone and see which comes out in the end.
Anyways, the Desire runs Sense and it's great. Coming from a Nexus there are very few things I dislike, and quite a few things I prefer. I value software a LOT because it's something you deal with every day, and if you dislike the software on your phone you 're going to have a bad time. The Sense keyboard is great, and their multitasking as well as BlinkFeed are things I appreciate. The M8 runs a newer version of Sense which only gets better - so the M8's software is going to be killer.
I have no doubt the hardware is fantastic. Every recent phone they've made (including budget options like this Desire 601) are built great.
Battery life is reported to be crazy awesome even without the power saving mode turned on.
The one 'flaw' of the HTC One M8 is it's camera. It still takes good pictures, but not as high quality as it's competition.
Unless you really need a great camera, fingerprint scanner, or heart rate monitor, or have a smaller phone I see no reason why anybody would choose the S5 over the M8. I know full reviews aren't out yet for the S5, but I'm with the majority of tech-inclined puerile that feel the M8 is the superior phone.
The M8 is supposed to have a better battery life but gave up image stabilization for the 2nd camera for depth. But they added an SD card and you can get it in both 16 and 32 GB models.
Personally, I think the M8 looks great. i wish it had a replace able battery but if its delivering the 7 plus hours in some of the test around the web i could easily get a full day of usage from this device. Also the M8 doesn't come across as gimmicky as the S5 does to me. Its more of a solid phone that deliver great device with its gimmick being the Camera. On the S5 the fingerprint sensor, the hear rate monitor and all the bloat ware can come across as gimmick.
On the S5 the heart rate monitor and the finger print scanner are interesting but i don't see myself using the heart rate monitor i would prefer that on a watch or a fit bit type device that i can wear when exercising as i don't usually have my phone with me when exercising. As for the finger print scanner, this seems to be more of "we have it too" feature than an actual one. i have seen a couple videos on line comparing the iPhones 5s and the S5's scanners and they don't leave me with a positive impression of the S5s. But i will wait for more reviews.
My last two phones were the Droid Incredible 2 (by HTC) and the Galaxy S3. I absolutely loved Sense on my DINC2, so much so that when I unlocked and rooted the phone I made it a point to find a ROM with Sense built-in. When that phone was due for upgrade I got the GS3 and hated TouchWiz right from the start. I installed launcher after launcher from the Play store until I found one I could deal with and then as soon as a root and unlock came out for my phone I did so and ran as far from TouchWiz as I could.
All that being said, when my current phone is due for upgrade I'll to go the Verizon store and handle both the GS5 and M8 side-by-side, but I really think HTC (and Sense) will win me over.
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Reasons for rating it higher than the S5:
-It has a great design and build. Metal body is great and feels very premium.
-sense UI is ok; however, the optimisations done by HTC are great. The UI is super smooth and very responsive. It is even better than an IPhone. The S5 is not as smooth and tends to have a stutter or 2.
-battery life is pretty good. It is better at times than my previous phone(Note 2)
-fast processor makes every task blazing fast.
-Camera is very good for everyday use (phone is never meant to replace the DSLR)
-There is not too much bloatware
-great sound and speaker quality
-motion gestures are useful and convenient (not too many, just right)
-touch screen customisable (if rooted) navbar buttons
-The low pixel count in camera, might be a problem for some who use this as only camera
-Screen is not as Vibrant as AMOLED screens.
I would sincerely recommend this to anyone who wants to buy a high end phone.
I know that the Nexus 5 is a cheaper phone and has great price for performance, but it is not the phone for everyone. It is 2014 now and we shouldn't have to settle for a phone with an awful battery life. Also, the Nexus 5 may run stock android, but it is missing all of the added features (like S-Health and such) that Samsung packs into their phone. Initial tests show the HTC's ultrapixel camera to be better than the camera on any Nexus device.
Maybe I am just frustrated with my Nexus 4, but I wouldn't recommend a Nexus 5 to a power user.
Since your coming from an older galaxy model I say with 100 percent confidence that you will see feel a big difference on both devices. Overall smoothness goes to the m8. With that said I'm standing here addicted to holding the galaxy S5 and typing this answer for you. They are both really fasts devices. Not a surprise due to the fact they both share the same ram module I believe and the same processor. S5 is clocked just a bit higher and that may be the only little thing keeping me from hating this phone like I have every previous Samsung offering. TouchWiz is much lighter than before but still retains the same blood. You can almost feel how if it were just a tad bit slower it would show the famous laggy performance. Even the new super expensive note 12.2 pro tablet got returned by me because I could just feel the lag just enough to the point of annoyance. Samsung found the sweet spot with the S5. I can't guarantee you won't feel a small hiccup from time to time but I can tell you it's fast enough to keep me happy and I'm super picky about being buttery smooth. Slight edge goes to HTC with Samsung almost taking the lead if you do want to take the time to use some of its very packed feature set. I can't say myself I will ever use half of the stuff the S5 has packed inside but it feels good knowing I'm ready for battle without sacrificing too much performance and leaving that "sweetspot" I spoke of earlier.
Real brief on the camera's. I'm a photographer so I do know a little bit about this stuff. Both phones have capable cameras but the hardware goes to Samsung and the software go's to HTC making for a really nice process and final product from both. I personally prefer the S5' s camera for almost everything. BTW it has a sex fast auto focus and burst. So fast it will make the Canon 1dx users turn their head. As far as low light goes there's only one thing to be said guys. You can't get super clean shots at night with these size sensors but with that said they both get the job done for 70% percent of people. They are constantly getting better at making better capturing light with these small sensors. I would have chosen the m8 overall had they upgraded the sensor.
Look and feel to me is a personal preference completely. I love metal, I love heavy but I can't really say I love the plain finish on the m8. If it were black I may retract my statement. Big fail on their part for not launching with black. So I just said I loved two things about the m8 in that is both heavy and metal. To make it five things I'll mention it does feel good in the hand ( slick without the dot view case) , it's a bit too tall for me though but I forgive it because of the speaker's! Speakers- winner boomsound enough said. I'll stretch my hand a little to have those speakers in the larger chins. I hate Samsung plastic. Yes I just said that. I love the way the S5 feels. History proves itself and my personal experience has taught me that plastic holds up very well. It can take more abuse than the metal one body I can promise you. I'm referring to who's gonna give you that first little scratch or nick that's going to ruin your day type of abuse. I loved the design of the galaxy s2 back in its glory days. The international version specifically reminds me of the S5. Sometimes going back to your roots and making something good better is one step closer to perfection. To me ip 67 is enough for me. I'm not going underwater to use my phone. Sony phones have a higher spec but i dare anyone to try and not get pissed using ur phone with water on the screen. You will be water droplet dialing people. I forget if it's Sony that's 57 or 67. Who cares anyway just know the Sony can go deeper by about 1 foot. Not a Sony conversation but i do love their hardware and hope they are able to have a huge hit soon to put them up in one of the top spots again. No dot view case for the S5 but if your a case whore like me the S5 is the choice. There already is a vast selection on the market already.
My final thoughts are this. I'm lucky enough to enjoy both of these phones for the next few months until the big Apple throws their next punch. I can't honestly say which phone i will end of ultimately enjoying more in the end. Only time will tell. It's very much personal preference with trade offs here and there that separate these two highly awaited phones. They are going to continue to change the way we look at photography as well as many other fitness related lifestyle assisting tools. Neither phone is perfect but they are too close not to care.
If i were you and had to choose one of the devices i would pick the m8 is you want something that feels different. If you like Samsung but just but just needed to see its cleaned up and soothed out like i did then buy the s5. All cards on the table I'm a fan of both the phones but i will be using the White Samsung Galaxy S5 with a spegin (sgp) super slim case and nano thin glass T screen protector as my daily driver workhorse for the months to come.
Both display s are really nice and pleasing to the eye. I love both but if u twisted my arm the S5 has the nicest display that's been put on a smartphone. Ever.
I realized my rant turned into somewhat of a review and initially I tried to be the first to write one on the s5 but the link wasn't working for some reason. If someone wants to move my post feel free to do so. If there are a bunch of typos I blame Samsung and not my horrible spelling. Haha.
This was really pleasant typing this up on the s5 with the stock Samsung keyboard which I'm in love with. Much better than the HTC stock keyboard. Sorry to make the decision so hard for everyone but these are two extreme phones and extreme situations require extreme measures. So if u have to choose really think about the little things entirely because in the end your gonna have an awesome speed demon in your hands that's finally built with specs to harness the full potential of android power and possibilities.
Love to hear your thoughts and final decisions.