There's no doubt about it, Samsung and HTC have managed to come out with the best Android smartphones that money can buy these days, the Galaxy S5 and the One (M8) respectively.Both are sequels to already popular devices, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One (M7), each competing for the best Android smartphone last year. Well, while the HTC One (M7) was by far the most awarded smartphone in 2013, the Galaxy S4 sold much better.
This year, Samsung and HTC did a great job once again by launching two smartphones that have almost the same hardware configuration, but they are different in all other aspects.
The fact that Galaxy S5 and One (M8) are almost similar when it comes to performance makes it more difficult for Android enthusiasts to choose between the two.
Each of the two flagship smartphones has its positives and negatives, so most of the choices that consumers make when it comes to getting one or the other are based on one or more of the advantages that the Galaxy S5 or One (M8) have to offer.
For example, most people will choose the HTC One (M8) over Samsung Galaxy S5 when it comes to design and build quality. The former looks astonishing with its full aluminum body, while the latter doesn't look bad, but let's not forget that Samsung is still using plastic for a premium device.
Hardware-wise, HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 are identical. They both come equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipsets with Adreno 330 graphics processing units. They also come with the same amount of memory: 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.
There's one part on which everyone seems to agree that Samsung did a much better job, and that's the display. The Galaxy S5 packs a stunning 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating.
HTC One (M8)'s display cannot match Galaxy S5's screen quality, but some consumers may not care about that so much and prefer a much better audio quality.
The sound quality provided by One (M8)'s BoomSound speakers placed on the front part of the smartphone basically butchers Galaxy S5's loudspeaker from the back side.
Another important aspect that might be a decisive factor in choosing the right smartphone is the camera. The Galaxy S5's 16-megapixel rear-facing camera takes marvelous pictures during the day, but when it comes to low-light pictures, the One (M8)'s 4-UltraPixel camera seems to be the winner.
However, HTC One (M8) cannot match Galaxy S5's 4K video capture capabilities, so it's pretty much a tie here.
The newest versions of HTC Sense and TouchWiz are two completely different UIs, so here is another aspect that can determine how one would choose their preferred device.
Which of these aspects matter to you so much that they would make you choose one smartphone over the other? Share your thoughts with us and let us know which of the two flagship handsets you would choose.