This year alone there have been a lot of smartphones released in the market that if you’re shopping around the internet or carrier stores for a good buy, you will likely find yourself confused deciding which suits you best. The two handsets that are always mentioned on the internet and talked about by a lot for smartphone users are HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. These two are Asian-owned devices that are both popular because of their high standards. If you had to choose between the two phones, which will you lean towards?
The new Samsung flagship will be its first metal phone which is looked forward to by many smartphone fans but how will it compare to that of HTC’s M8 which is the current king of all metal smartphones? Let’s take a look at the two devices, compare metal to metal and figure out which is the better choice between the two.
Display and Design
The Note 4 bids goodbye to the usual plastic material that is common in Samsung devices and ushers the manufacturer in the era of metal smartphones. Its frame will be made of metal but it would still have a plastic back and a nice faux-leather style with a great feel and texture. This is a little bit rougher compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5 though. In comparison, the HTC One M8 comes with an all-metal unibody with a seamless piece of aluminum that shows it confidence and its promise of stability to its users.
The placement of buttons on the Note 4 is no different from the traditional positioning and layout of most Samsung smartphones. You would see the physical home key with a fingerprint reader just below the screen with two capacitive keys surrounding it. On the sides is where you would see all the other physical buttons—the power key, the lock key and the volume rocker. On the other hand, the M8 depends on its on-screen buttons only and users of the device would not see physical keys in its front. The biggest downside that M8 users are complaining about is the weird positioning of its power/ lock key which is at the top of the device. It is quite hard to reach so it’s a bit awkward. The only physical button that you would see on the M8 is its volume rocker which is placed on the right side with very convenient size and easy to reach position.
Samsung’s flagship Note 4 has a 5.7-inch AMOLED QHD display that is supported with a resolution of 2650×1440 pixels and a pixel density of 517ppi. The display of this phablet is suitable for the big screen of the device offering a great user viewing experience. The One M8 comes with a bit smaller display of 5-inches LCD screen with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels.
While the display specifications of the M8 are very promising, it’s still the Note 4 that offers a more superior display than its rival.
For many tech savvy smartphone users, the processor details are among the most important aspects that they look at believing that it’s the best way to find the most powerful phone. The two devices compared here are both high-end devices and they are packed with lots of amazing features but the two differ in their processors. The HTC One M8 is supported by a quad-core processor that is Snapdragon clocked at a speed of 2.3GHz. It is also integrated with a RAM of 2GB that makes the handset packed with a highly effective processor suitable for multitasking. It’s even energy efficient and it has a fast response time.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 4 comes supported with an octa-core processor that is Qualcomm 64-bit chipset and the use of this processor is a standard in the smartphones industry thus putting this device a little above its tight rival. The phablet’s 64-bit chipset offers high speed transmission of data that offers a profound user experience.
In this segment, it’s very clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a better option compared to the HTC’s flagship smartphone.
There’s no need to decide on the kind of operating system because the two smartphones compared here both run on the popular Android OS but of course, they don’t run on the same version. Just released a few months ago, the HTC One M8 is preinstalled with Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS but it can now be upgraded to the latest 4.4.3 version. By the way, the latest KitKat version is said to be the last version released because there is already an upcoming Android OS that will be released soon. The Note 4 has the possibility of coming with the latest version of the Android operating system, could be the Android v5.0 Lollipop. What this means for the users is that it may be the Note 4 which will come out as a better choice with enhanced features and more possibilities compared to the KitKat version of the OS.
User Interface and Functionality
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 sports TouchWiz custom UI while the HTC One M8 gets the Sense skin. As for the functionality segment, Samsung’s skin just packed but the M8 doesn’t lag much behind. The HTC’s skin looks more mature and elegant while Samsung’s vibrant interface seems a bit too cartoonish.
There are two internal storage variants for the HTC One M8, 16GB and 32GB with them having micro SD cards to extend their storage capacities. On the other hand, the Note 4 will offer more variants—10GB, 32GB and 64GB and also has a micro SD slot for expanded memory.
If you’re the type of smartphone user who saves a lot of data on your device like movies, videos, music or games, you should be looking at the internal memory of the next phone that you would buy. In the memory segment of the two phones, the Note 4 allows for more memory capacity so you lean towards buying it.
The Galaxy Note 4 has a rear camera of 16MP that is complimented with lower but still impressive front camera of 3.7MP while the M8 has 4MP ‘ultrapixels’ and a front shooter of 5MP. This data alone should tell potential users that the M8 offers a better user-facing shooter suitable for selfie fanatics as it comes packed with a multiple touch-up tools and great image quality.
As for the camcorder segment, the Note 4 features optical image stabilization, continuous autofocus and picture-taking while recording a video while the HTC One M8 offers high dynamic range mode otherwise known as HDR, it features video light and even video sharing. The recording formats supported by the Samsung device are MPEG4, WMV, H.263 and H.264 while the M8 supports MPEG4 only.
For us to be able to judge the potency of the Note 4, we might have to wait for the phablet to be officially released with users given enough hands-on time with its camera.
As with other smartphone competitions, a great knockout-round is the battle between the battery units and the battery life of the two devices M8 and Note 4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features 20mAh more battery unit of 3,220mAH while the HTC One M8 offers a battery unit of 2,600mAh. With this comparison, the Note 4 leads the way, defeating the M8 in terms of battery life.
The Note 4 is able to last for 20 hours of talk time on 3G network which is almost the same with its rival. Moreover, the Note 4’s quick charging feature will allow its user to reach at least 50% battery if it is recharged for only 30 minutes. This should only tell users that they will surely have a better web-browsing experience with this smartphone. The users who would love the quick charging feature of the Note 4 are those who are always on the go, those who travel most of the time.
In case you’re the type of smartphone user who looks at the price as a major consideration when deciding which device to purchase, it might help make up your mind which to get knowing that the Note 4 will be sold at around $860 while the M8 is currently priced at $750.
Of course, you should not only look at the price of a smartphone when buying one because if you would, it’s likely that you would not be able to get one that suits your needs. You should also think about your needs—could be the camera, internal memory, display and design or battery life.
Finally, with the comprehensive comparison between the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, are you now able to pick a favorite? It won’t be easy to choose one that outshines the other because quite frankly, both phones have amazing features and specs that would surely get the attention of smartphone users. The comparisons above make it pretty obvious that the Note 4 is going to be a killer device that will surely fascinate its users. If there’s a drawback of this Samsung flagship, it is the design that needs a bit more of an improvement for consumers to not see any scope to complain.
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