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The first quadrant of 2014 is power packed with some great android devices from big boys like Samsung, Sony, HTC etc…  Samsung and HTC have released their flagship devices, namely Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 in the first quarter of this year. Both the devices are exceptionally great and choosing between the two is really a tough task. If you are planning to buy a device and confused between these two awesome devices, let us help you in crossing this mire of utter confusion.

So which one do you think is the best device among the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 ? Let’s find out with the in-depth comparison of both the devices in every aspect. So let’s see who’s going to win the battle and bag the prize.

BUILD QUALITY

So let’s decide on the build quality first as you have to make your friends go jealous on your new smartphone right?

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with the similar design of its predecessors which packs a plastic body and the chrome frame. The slighter improvement that Samsung managed to change is the rear body which is now perforated design which makes it more appealing than its predecessors. The body of the device is tightly packed and has exceptional build quality. Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified water and dust proof device which adds to its value. Samsung S5 has the dimensions 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm weighing 145 grams.

HTC One M8

HTC One M8 sports a full aluminium design with 90% of its body framed with metal. The Unibody deisgn of M8 is quite impressive with the dense assembly of the phone and its sleek design. The elegant look and the premium finish of  the with brushed metal design and smooth curves is a easy winner of looks. The placement of stereo strips on the front adds to its beauty. The device definitely feels good to hold in the hand. HTC M8 has the dimensions 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm weighing 160 gms.

So coming to the comparison in terms of the build quality, it is a tough call. Considering the elegant looks and premium finish we call HTC M8 as the winner in the build quality even though it is slightly heavy than Samsung S5, but that’s due to metal design. Don’t feel bad Samsung lovers, we too admit Samsung S5 offers good protection but its simply not appealing to the eye.

Winner: HTC One M8

DISPLAY

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels Full HD display with a Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen which offers a pixel density of 432 ppi. The display is bright and offers vibrant colours reproduction. The AMOLED display offers deeper blacks and richer colours. This is due to the fact that the pixel is actually turned off so it is as black as it can get. The display is sharp and produces slightly saturated colours on the screen.

HTC One M8

HTC One M8 features a 5 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels Full HD display with Super LCD3 capacitive touch screen which offers a pixel density of  441 ppi. The HTC M8 offers more realistic picture reproduction than the AMOLED screen but sometimes the picture seems washed away. The screen size shrunk down a bit due to the fact that the device has on screen controls rather than capacitive touch buttons. So you are getting a screen that is less than 5 inch.

Winner: Galaxy S5

AUDIO

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 has a single speaker located at the rear side of the device which offers a decent sound in external conditions while it is a bit outmatched when comes to the outdoor conditions. The sound gets even lower when the device is placed on a table, in that case the speaker is covered. So if you want to listen a track in your room, it’s ok but if you want to boast it outside it might not end up well for you.

HTC One M8

HTC M8 offers a dual Boom Sound speakers on the front which are one of the its class and offers good music quality and deeper sounds. The placement of the speakers is also suitable for most conditions as they will be well exposed to the surroundings. HTC’s software customisations make the sound quality even better and the HTC launched the Harman/Kardon edition of M8 which has better sound quality.

The choice is much simpler in this section as the HTC M8’s dual boom speakers really blasted the Galaxy S5 in terms of Sound quality both in indoor and outdoor conditions.

Winner: HTC One M8

CAMERA

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung S5 comes with a 16MP camera sensor which captures images at whopping 5312 x 2988 pixel resolution. One notable feature of Samsung S5 is that it offers a lot of flexibility in camera capturing. It packs Shot & More settings which can used to adjust the image using various modes. The real time HDR option lets you preview the HDR image before capturing and takes relatively less time to process the HDR images. Video recording can be done at 30 FPS for 2024p video and 60 FPS for 1080p videos. The front camera is of 2MP though.

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 offers a 4 MP Dual secondary camera which takes images at 2688х1520 pixel resolution, Of the two secondary cameras, one is same as the usual Ultrapixel camera while the other is for capturing the image depth. The camera duo alllows you to take 3D-like image in real time. After taking a photo, you can use UFocus feature to add the Lytro effect of blurred-out objects in the foreground or background. Video recording can be done upto 60 FPS for 1080p video. The front camera is a 5 MP camera which can take HDR images as well.

The camera segment gets a little twitchy with both the devices having their own beauty. The rear camera of S5 is better in many cases than the HTC M8 while the for the front camera, HTC M8 is a clear choice. So it is inevitable for us to declare both of them as winners, one in rear camera section and other in front camera section.

Winner of Rear Camera: Samsung Galaxy S5

Winner of Secondary Camera: HTC One M8

USER INTERFACE

Samsung Galaxy S5 HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 comes with the latest Android 4.4.2 Kitkat out-of-the-box. HTC offers Sense UI 6.0 which run on top of android and provides a Sleek and clean interface. The UI is exceptionally good with a eye catching icons and transitions. The on screen buttons provides a smoother navigation on the device. Sense UI is fast and more modern and offers good looks. HTC offers its home grown BlinkFeed as the newsfeed for its customers.

Both the TouchWiz and SenseUI are one of their kind and it is pretty difficult to make a choice. It also depends on the personal preference of the user to choose between them. In my opinion, Sense UI is much faster and sleeker than TouchWiz. Also Sense UI uses minimal CPU resources and drains less battery, and the UI feels snappy in hands. So i prefer Sense UI here. (Once again it purely depends on your personal choice)

Winner: HTC One M8

PERFORMANCE

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz along with a 2 GB RAM. It also includes the Adreno 330 GPU for gaming and graphics performance. The device is extremely fast and gives a smooth performance overall but is only limited by its own TouchWiz interface which in times, lags a bit. The device supports almost all games and no lag whatsoever in terms of gaming.

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 comes packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz along with a 2 GB RAM. It also includes the Adreno 330 GPU for gaming and graphics performance. The device is really smooth and snappy and the overall performance is great. Gaming is good with no lags and the performance in benchmarks is also good. The games load faster and the device boot time is really fast.

On paper Samsung S5 has 0.2 GHz edge over the HTC One M8 but in reality the difference is not all noticeable. Both the devices perform extremely well in all conditions but the TouchWiz may be the Achilles heel to the Galaxy S5. In hand the HTC M8 feels snappy rather than the Galaxy S5.

Winner: HTC One M8

STORAGE

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in 16 GB and 32 GB variants and also supports the MicroSD card support upto 128 GB. If the storage still concerns you, you can attach a pendrive or portable hardrive using OTG cable.

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 comes in 16 GB and 32 GB variants and also supports the MicroSD card support upto 128 GB. If the storage still concerns you, you can attach a pendrive or portable hardrive using OTG cable.

There is no difference in this section, so we can call it a tie.

Winner: It’s a tie.

BATTERY

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with  a removable 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery which offers talk-time up to 21 hours. There is also provision to save your battery with the Ultra Power Savings Mode offered by the Samsung.

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 comes with  a non-removable 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery which offers talk-time up to 20 hours. The non-removable battery limits the phone capabilities to some extent.

Although there is no much difference in the battery power of both the devices, a removable battery creates provision to carry around an extra battery which you can use if you are a power user and need frequent charging. So Galaxy S5 wins in the battery section for its flexibility.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5

MISCELLANEOUS FEATURES

Samsung Galaxy S5 HTC One M8

The HTC M8 really rock the stage with its dual Boom Sound speakers which offers superior sound quality. The smart gestures function is also a smooth way to interact with your device. The device allows you to unlock by double tapping the screen. The company itself is manufacturing a special case called Dot View Case which is specially designed for M8. The case offers innovative notifications and interactions with the device while the flip is still on.

Both the flagship devices offers their own features which are exceptional in their lines. But when it comes to comparison, Samsung S5 offers some useful features like Heartbeat sensor, fingerprint reader, water resistance etc… which are good.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5

FINAL VERDICT

So looking at the in-depth review, you can understand that it’s a tough call between the two. But coming to the analysis, both the devices have their respective pro’s and cons. The HTC M8 is a great device in terms build quality, performance but the Galaxy S5 steals the camera and battery segments. When considering the extra features the devices offer, even though the Galaxy S5 offer Heartbeat monitor, water resistance and fingerprint scanner, practically they are of limited use. The elegance and performance of HTC M8 outruns the Samsung S5’s features. So the winner of overall performance and quality is HTC ONE M8.

Overall Winner: HTC One M8

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Everything We Think We Know About The Htc M8 / Htc One 2

Keep in mind that everything below is a rumor and should be taken as such. With that said, some of the leaks come from fairly reputable sources, not the least of which is the leaker extraordinaire @evleaks, who has been spot on in the past and has been following the HTC One 2 for a while now. Still, everything here should be taken with a grain of salt.

The Name:

First, we are almost certain that the final name of HTC’s upcoming flagship phone will not be the HTC M8. The M8 is supposedly the internal codename for the device at HTC. That isn’t hard to believe because the HTC One was codenamed the HTC m7.

There are several names besides the HTC m8 that have been floated around the internet. The HTC One+ and the HTC One 2 are the most common. The HTC One 2 name, for as awkward as it sounds, just got a bunch of credibility. GSMarena is reporting, just hours ago, that a French governmental website, meant to let users check their phone’s compatibility with their 3G network, has “HTC One 2″ listed as a selectable device.

Not exactly a confirmation, but it is the biggest hint yet of what the device might be called.

The Screen:

The HTC One had a 1080p 4.7 inch S-LCD3 screen that was called “gorgeous” by critics. To follow it up, HTC appears ready to make a jump in screen size, to 5 inches. That has been nearly confirmed by several image leaks that seem too common to be completely false.

The Hardware:

The aforementioned @evleaks is responsible for this rumor. The phone is expected to house the Snapdragon MSM8974, AKA the Snapdragon 800. The Snapdragon 800 is a quad core CPU that can be clocked up to 2.3Ghz. The HTC One had a Snapdragon 600 quad core CPU that could be clocked up to 1.9Ghz. In addition to the @evleaks tweet, the Snapdragon 800 has shown up as the CPU in several purported HTC m8 AnTuTu scores that have floated around the web.

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Thanks to @evleaks and those aforementioned AnTuTu stats, we also (think) we know that the HTC One 2 will sport 2GB of RAM, just like its predecessor.

As for the battery, there have been some numbers floating out there, a 2,900mAh being the most common, but we have yet to see anything definitive or even convincing.

The Camera:

Cameras have always been a big part of HTC phones, even before the HTC One. So it should come as no surprise that the HTC One 2 / HTC m8’s camera has had a myriad of rumors swirling around it.

HTC’s Ultrapixel technology has given it an edge over its competitors. While on paper its phones have weaker cameras than their competitors, in practice they perform admirably.

The most recent rumors have the phone sporting two Ultrapixel cameras on the back end to give better resolution and depth of field. Previous rumors have it sporting a 10MP “Ultrapixel” camera with swappable lenses. And others still had the HTC ImageChip 3 being debuted with the phone.

None of these rumors are contradictory necessarily, but it is unlikely all of them are true. It would simply be too expensive. Regardless of which of them are true, it seems clear that HTC is putting a lot into its next flagship phone’s camera.

The Build:

Like the HTC One, the HTC One 2 / m8 is expected to have a case made of molded metal. HTC’s CEO said that all their upcoming flagship phones would be designed in this way, so this “rumor” is almost certainly true. It is also backed up by the leaked images of alleged HTC One 2 / m8 cases.

Looking at those images, it seems clear that HTC isn’t changing much from its original design, other than increasing the size.

What should make it stand out from the HTC One however, is its heavily rumored Sapphire fingerprint scanner. This seems likely as the HTC One MAX (the slight upgrade of the HTC One) featured a fingerprint scanner.

Software:

The HTC One 2 / m8 is expected to run Android 4.4 (Kit kat) and HTC’s update on its custom skin, HTC Sense 6.0.

Neither comes as a surprise. The Kit Kat update has been rolling out to HTC One users early this month, so it wouldn’t make sense to ship their next phone without it. Additionally, it just makes logical sense for HTC to showcase its next custom skin on hardware designed specifically to run it.

Reveal and Release Dates:

Many were hoping to see the phone at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but that ended up not being the case. The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is a good bet, but as ubergizmo points out, HTC may reveal it a week early. The recent appearance on that French Government website seems to add credence to that.

As for when we will actually get to buy the HTC One 2 / m8, rumors have had the phone coming out in the 1Q of this year, and that still seems likely. The HTC One was originally released in March, which would be an ideal time to launch its successor.

Htc One M9 Vs Iphone 6 Comparison Review

Our Verdict

Without speed-testing, or using the final camera, we cannot be too prescriptive in our verdict on the HTC One M9. But we can safely say that it is a winner. And, of course, so is the iPhone 6. When comparing the two the differences are key, but largely down to personal preference: in particular if you are buying on contract at which point the prices are going to be broadly similar. The HTC One M9 offers greater software customisation, as an Android phone. And although it is bigger and chunkier, it is more robust. The iPhone is more pretty but more delicate, and offers the curated but locked down experience of an iPhone. You pays your money, you takes your choice.

iPhone 6 vs HTC One M9: Price UK

The  Apple iPhone 6 has been on sale since last September, starting at £539 for the 16GB model. It then costs £619 for the 64GB and £699 for the 128GB. It is not a cheap phone.

You’ll be able to get your hands on the new  HTC One M9 at the very end of the month: it will be released on 31st March. The firm hasn’t announced a price but we expect that it will have a typical flagship Android price, which is currently around the £549 mark.

When matching storage, like-for-like we expect the iPhone to be more expensive (the HTC One M9 has 32GB onboard). Typically this is how it works out with iPhones and the best Androids. But is it worth the extra cost? Let’s find out.

iPhone 6 vs HTC One M9: Design

Apple loves making its devices thinner and lighter with each new generation and the iPhone 6 is pretty slender at 6.9 mm and 129 g. If you’re looking for desirability and build quality then you’ve come to the right place as the iPhone 6 has the feel of the most luxurious and premium smartphone money can buy. It uses a brushed aluminium case, and has an ergonomically curved design.

HTC know when it is on to a winner, and hasn’t much altered the design of the M9 compared to its predecessors. It’s made from the same metal block as the M8 and uses the same curved shape and hairline finish while using angular features from the HTC One M7 (the original HTC One). You get a scratch-resistant coating (which we’ll have to test over time when we get a review unit), machine drilled buttons and a sapphire glass lens on the rear camera. The power button is now on the side instead of the top which we think is a much better place for it.

Colour options are similar but HTC has employed a new two-tone look with the back and sides getting contrasting adonisation. In our photos you can see the rear cover has a silver finish while the sides are gold. If this model doesn’t float your boat then there will also be ‘gold on gold’ and ‘gun metal grey on grey’. See also: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 comparison.

All in all the HTC One M9 is a very desirable smartphone when held in the hand. It’s one of only a few phones on the market to compete with the iPhone on build quality. It screams of craftsmanship but the stepped design might not be to everyone’s taste as at certain angles it looks like a case. And measuring 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm, with a weight of 157 g, it’s a bigger beast than is the iPhone.

And this is the kicker question here. The iPhone 6 is probably marginally the better finished handset, but we wouldn’t use one without a case. The HTC One M9, by contrast, feels like it could withstand life in your pocket without having to wear a profilactic. That makes me prefer the HTC, but your views may differ.

Coincidence or not, both phones are available in the same three colours (under different names): silver, grey and gold.

iPhone 6 vs HTC One M9: Screen

The big news with the iPhone 6 is a larger screen, following the trend we’ve seen in Android and Windows Phones. It’s 4.7in up from 4in. Apple has opted for an odd sounding 750 x 1334 resolution which means the 326 ppi of the Phone 5s is retained. HTC has stuck with a 5in Full HD screen stating that a screen this size doesn’t require a resolution higher than 1920 x 1080. This means a pixel density of 440 ppi. And, honestly, it shows. If you want a bigger, more detailed display, opt for the HTC.

iPhone 6 vs HTC One M9: Processor, memory, performance

Apple has introduced its new A8 chip with the iPhone 6 which it claims has 25 percent more CPU power and 50 percent better efficiency than the A7. The new M8 co-processor can identify what type of activity you’re doing, estimate distance and, with the introduction of a barometer, knows details on elevation change.

Apple doesn’t state the amount of RAM but we understand that it’s 1 GB. Performance wise the iPhone 6 is exactly as sharp as you might expect. It’s a superfast phone.

(For those who like to see benchmarks we ran the Geekbench 3 test. The iPhone 6 pulled in a single-core average of 1569, with a multi-core score of 2794. This is a minor improvement on the iPhone 5s’ scores of 1409 and 2549. And for what it is worth the iPhone 6 beats the Galaxy S5’s 926 points in the single-core test, but can’t match its 2869 points in the multi-core test. For further comparison the HTC One M8 scored 962 points in the single-core test, and 2761 points in the multi-core test. So the iPhone 6 is a superfast phone that can just about compete with the best Androids, in general use. And that backs up our experience.)

The HTC One M9’s memory has been boosted by 50 percent to 3 GB and there’s a new processor in the form of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 which is both octa-core and 64-bit. It comes with the Adreno 430 GPU and we’ll test performance properly with a final unit but signs look promising based on our hands-on time.

Ultimately, these are two superfast high-end phones, likely to be able to handle all productivity- and gaming requirements. Without testing the HTC One M9 more than we have it is impossible to truly compare, but also largely pointless. You won’t need more performance than either of these phones can offer. See also: What’s the fastest smartphone 2024 UK?

iPhone 6 vs HTC One M9: Storage

Although you’ll have to pay a lot for it, the iPhone 6 is available in a new 128 GB storage capacity. It also comes in 16- and 64 GB so the 32 GB model has been dropped from the line-up. As per usual, Apple doesn’t offer expandable storage via a microSD card slot.

With the HTC One M9 you get 32GB of onboard storage, but also an SD card slot via which you can add up to another 128GB. In terms of value, that maes the HTC One M9 a winner in our eyes. See also: Best Android smartphones of 2024: The 49 best Android phones you can buy.

iPhone 6 vs HTC One M9: Cameras

For photographers, it may be a surprise that Apple has stuck with an 8Mp iSight camera on the iPhone 6. However, it hasn’t been completely left alone and now has phase detection autofocus, digital image stabilization and slo-mo video at 240fps (double that of the iPhone 5S).

It has the usual features such as HDR and panorama but is limited to 1080p video at 60fps so there’s no 4K here.

Two good cameras. We can’t yet say which is the best: we know neither of them will be a disappointment for shutterbugs. See also: Best smartphones of 2024: 49 best phones you can buy in the UK.

iPhone 6 vs HTC One M9: Software

It’s probably obvious but software is one of the major differences here and really the biggest decision to make if you’re deciding between the two.

The iPhone 6 comes pre-loaded with iOS 8 although the mobile OS will roll out to older iPhones, too. While the HTC One M8 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with the firm’s own Sense 6.0 user interface. Each has their pros and cons and its down to personal taste as to which is more suited. If you’re not already loyal and invested in one then we suggest trying both out to see which you prefer.

As you would expect, the HTC One M9 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop which is the latest version. However, HTC doesn’t leave it as is so puts its own skin or user interface over the top. The M9 introduces Sense 7.0 which has some new features.

HTC largely does things its own way with BlinkFeed to the left of the main homescreen, a grid view recent apps menu and a vertically scrolling app menu. However, the stock dropdown notification bar is in use (with some HTC style added) and the good news is that you can customise which quick settings you want.

Talking of customisation, this is the main emphasis of Sense 7.0 so there’s a new Themes app where you can download various user interface themes. However, you can edit details yourself such as icon styles and fonts. The software will also generate a theme for you based on a photo.

HTC One M9 vs Sony Xperia Z4 comparison.

Samsung M8 Monitor Review: Two

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The Samsung M8 monitor’s design

The Samsung M8 looks like a cousin of Apple’s 24-inch iMac or its high-end 27-inch Studio Display. It comes in four colors—warm white, spring green, sunset pink, and daylight blue, with the latter three colors costing you an extra $30. The front of the 16:9 UHD display includes small bezels and a thin display that make it as compact as possible for a display with this much screen real estate. 

The back of the display features white plastic embossed with a houndstooth-like pattern and a raised “Samsung” logo, a port for the removable SlimFit camera, two USB-C ports (including one that supports 65W charging for a connected device), and a mini HDMI port. The M8 also comes with a power brick with power cable, a mini HDMI to HDMI cable, a USB-C to USB-C cable, the M8’s slim white remote that charges via USB-C, and the SlimFit camera.

I received the white color based on personal preference. I stand by that decision since the green, pink, and blue colors are only featured on the front display and stand. The monitor’s included stand can’t pivot, but it does feature a 5-inch height adjustment and a decent amount of tilt, letting you shift the screen from -15 degrees to 2.5 degrees. 

A view from behind the M8’s display. Amanda Reed

The 4K (3,840 x 2,160) HDR10+ display includes adaptive picture and sound, which changes the 400 cd/㎡ brightness and volume based on your surroundings. Combined with the back-facing speakers—which are a little lacking in bass but do well enough for the standard listener—casual gaming and watching TV are rich in sound and color. 

The M8 also is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Bixby for voice controls and can be used as an Internet-of-Things hub for your smart devices, allowing you to control them all using the M8. 

Getting started with the Samsung M8 monitor

As with most monitors, setup is simple, but there are a few extra steps beyond what you might be used to. Physically, all you need to do is pop the lightweight display onto the heavy stand, plug in the power adapter, and turn it on. Then you will have to make a Samsung account to set up the M8, even if you’re just using it as a monitor at the moment. Additionally, you can only set it up using your smartphone or remote control—no plugging-and-going here—and you have to enter your ZIP code and what room the device will be located in. This is most likely to use the M8 as a control hub for your homes’ IoT devices but could read as skeevy to the privacy-inclined. 

Using the monitor can sometimes prove frustrating. If you find yourself thinking, “am I dumb, or do I have to read the directions?” you won’t be alone. Although the included Samsung TV Plus app is great for free television, It always greets you with “South Beach Tow” or an animal documentary when turning it on—including if you’re just using it as a monitor. And learning how to turn this off required a crazy amount of internet searching to find out it’s buried under what felt like 14 levels in the app settings. Although the remote control features lots of preset buttons for streaming, I made between 5-7 button presses on average to pop around to other apps. Then I found out you can use voice commands to more easily switch to PC.

The Samsung M8 monitor’s features

Although Samsung boasts of being able to use the display as a standalone computer, the Tizen operating system can’t keep up with the day-to-day. I could log in to my email via the web, but Tizen’s user interface is too clunky for regular use. 

The M8 boasts built-in Microsoft 365, but it’s extremely slow. I tried powering up Word, went to grab a La Croix from the fridge, and was still waiting for it to load by the time I got back. Without a separate computer, or DeX loaded onto a smartphone or tablet, the M8 can only be used for casual searching with Tizen. 

As someone living in a 600-square-foot apartment, the M8 took up almost all of my 40-inch desk space. VESA compatibility, which the M8 lacks, would have fixed that with the help of a monitor arm or wall mount. It’s worth noting that there are third-party monitor adapters you can purchase to give the M8 VESA compatibility. I popped on a video call using Google Meet, and the face tracking feature didn’t work, as I realized it only works in Google Duo. The 1080p camera, which only made my office-bedroom look decent, couldn’t pivot down enough for me to be seen. 

The Samsung M8’s SlimFit camera comes with a magnetic cover that snaps on the back when in use. Amanda Reed

When I put the M8 in my living room to see how it works as a standalone TV, I noticed it’s truly made for watching at your desk. At 32 inches, it’s a little too small to place on a TV stand and watch from a couch more than 3 feet away. However, up close the screen (featuring a 3000:1 contrast ratio and 99% sRGB coverage) and sound were adequate. I watched “Russian Doll” on Netflix and didn’t feel I was sitting in the dark when watching night scenes. And Natasha Lyonne’s signature rasp was clear, but not astounding. The M8’s remote can be used as a universal remote—something I found out the hard way by turning on my regular TV, which was behind the M8. 

I also used the M8 to get my zen on thanks to the YouTube channel “Yoga With Adriene.” I got to the video I wanted to watch quickly enough using the remote’s voice detection, but it would have been more accurate if I typed it in. It would have taken me longer, but the voice detection can get tripped up … and don’t even try searching for “capybara” and expect success.

Connecting Bluetooth devices is simple, but I had to purchase a Bluetooth mouse to use the M8 as a standalone computer, as it would not read the USB receiver plugged into my multiport adapter. You can only use the remote to control the home screen and computer volume even if you have a mouse connected, and there is no button that automatically switches between TV and display capabilities, which would have saved at least 10 button presses. You can use Bixby or Alexa to switch to a PC, but I’m surely not the first M8 user who doesn’t use their voice to control their devices.

If you own a MacBook, the Samsung monitor pairs incredibly well, which was a welcome surprise. It supports AirPlay, albeit with lag on the M8 display screen. When plugged in using the M8’s included USB-C to USB-C cable, I did have to adjust the settings so my M8 desktop view would not be comically small. 

It’s easy to put a keyboard under the monitor and you can realistically place your laptop underneath. My compact Logitech K380 was easy to pair and use, and larger keyboards shouldn’t be a problem when it comes to fit. I tucked my MacBook Air below the display or off to the side, with the long USB-C to USB-C cable easily connecting the two.

Although it works great as a separate monitor and as a TV in a pinch, trying to use the TV function and the display at the same time in Multi-View is not consistent between features. I couldn’t look at a webpage using Tizen and access streaming apps comfortably at the same time. It was possible while using AirPlay, but it’s still not a seamless experience. Perfecting this could be an incredibly useful feature for those who stay focused by watching a Netflix show in the background while working, or for those who want to look at a walkthrough guide online while playing a game on their console. 

The M8’s remote features buttons for popular streaming services, but could benefit from an input/source button. Amanda Reed

So, who should buy the Samsung M8 monitor?

The M8 functions better if you live in a place with space for a proper desk set-up. It’s too small to use as a standalone TV in the living room and too large to fit on a small desk with a separate laptop. If you really need one device, the M8 could save you some space. However, you’re not saving much by getting this combo device. This 32-inch Samsung monitor plus this very basic 4K Samsung TV  is only $122 more expensive than the M8’s current $599.99 price tag. 

If dorm desk space allows for it, the M8 could be a great option for college students. It’s a great external monitor to use for a big research project, with enough sound and visuals for unwinding with some reality TV. I’m not sure how useful the monitor is for the work-from-home crowd Samsung is trying to woo here, considering some companies will send you a monitor as part of the job. 

Although this display has some quirks, don’t discount the M8 completely. It’s a great 4K display and gets the job done for streaming. However, trying to watch a show while surfing the internet at the same time is difficult. If the company makes this more seamless and includes an improved Tizen OS in the follow-up device, the Samsung M8 monitor could score a home run on the smart TV-meets-display concept. 

Google Pixel 3 Vs Samsung Galaxy S9

Our Verdict

If you want the best of Android in the exact form Google wants it to be, then the Pixel 3 is the phone for you. You’ll get timely security and Android updates and an exquisite camera.  If you want pure Android, get the Pixel 3. But the Galaxy S9 might cost you less and has more features like full waterproofing.

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Outside of the tech world, Samsung is Android. iPhone or Samsung is the decision many people make when buying a new phone contract.

Of course, Samsung is not Android. Google makes Android work, and its Google Pixel 3 is the company’s vision of what Android hardware and software working together should be.

Here’s a head to head to see which is best for you to buy.

Check our our Pixel 3 review and our Samsung Galaxy S9 review to help with your choice, too. 

What is the price difference?

The Pixel 3 starts at the same price as the Galaxy S9 in the UK, but there are some US price differences.

The Pixel 3 costs £739 / $799 for the 64GB model and £839 / $899 for the 128GB model.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 costs £739 / $719 for the 64GB model, by far the most common storage option available in the UK and US.

Prices go up from there if you can snag a 128GB or 256GB model, but they are rarer.

Which one has the best design?

Whether you like design is subjective of course, but it’s hard to deny the Galaxy S9 is a beautiful phone. The near bezel-less design with no notch is still amazing to look at with Samsung’s Infinity Display slightly curved at the edges and corners. Phwoar.

The Pixel 3 has a good stab at it though, and while its bezels are larger they do include dual front facing speakers (one of the S9’s is on the bottom next to the USB-C port).

Both phones are quite breakable as they’re glass on the front and back. Samsung’s S9 picks up quite a lot of fingerprints especially if you get the black one (it’s also available in lilac and blue).

The Pixel 3 is all glass but google has frosted most of the back to make it more pleasant to hold and you’ll get fewer fingerprints. It depends which you prefer. We think the Pixel looks lovely for what it’s worth.

But you get a larger display on the 5.8in S9 compared to the 5.5in Pixel 3. Both have rear mounted fingerprint scanners and charge via USB-C. Only the S9 has a headphone jack.

The S9 (and S8 before it) helped usher in a new wave of smartphone design that many, Google included, have tried to ape and catch up with. The S9 is one of the best looking phones going, but the svelte, all-glass Pixel in black, white or pink might take your fancy.

The Pixel 3 is a sliver shorter, narrower and thinner than the S9, too.

What are the differences in features and specs?

You may be more interested with how each phone performs. Here’s a mega table for a side by side comparison.

 Samsung Galaxy S9Google Pixel 3Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 9 PieDisplay5.8in (2960 x 1440) 18.5:9 OLED5.5in (2160 x 1080) 18:9 P-OLEDProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Memory4GB RAM4GB RAMStorage64/128/256GB (expandable up to 512GB via microSD) 64GB or 128GB non expandablePrimary Camera

12 MP, f/1.5-2.4

12.2Mp, f/1.8Front Camera

8 MP, f/1.7

Dual 8Mp f/1.8 + 8Mp f/2.2 (wide angle)Video Recording4K HDR @ 60fps, Super slo-mo 1080p @ 960fps

4K HDR @ 30fps

WiFi11ac dual-band11ac dual-bandGPSYesYesBluetooth5.0 with aptX HD5.0 with aptX HDNFCYesYesFingerprint scannerYes, rearYes, rearWireless chargingYesYesColoursMidnight black, Lilac purple, Coral blue

Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink

PortsUSB-C

USB-C

WaterproofIP68IPX8Dimensions

147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm

145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm

Weight163g148gBattery3000mAh2915mAh

The biggest difference (at the time of writing at the launch of the Pixel 3) is that the Pixel 3 runs Android 9 Pie, while the Galaxy S9 is still running Android 8.0 Oreo. Samsung makes great hardware but is notorious for being quite slow to push updates to its phones.

The Pixel 3, being Google made, has the very latest software and security patches, and will get them for two to three years guaranteed, on the first day they are available. The same is not true for Samsung.

This doesn’t make the S9 worse or really less secure, but if it matters to you then the Pixel trumps the S9 but quite a way here (and every other Android phone for that matter).

From a hardware perspective both phones run the Snapdragon 845 (though European S9 phones run Samsung’s own Exynos 9810). Both phones run very similarly and to the same exceptional levels of performance you’d want from a high-end phone in 2023/2024.

Both phones have one rear facing camera, a tad unusual given many other phones have two now ( the larger S9 Plus has two cameras). 

The Pixel 3 has the best camera on a smartphone. Google is ahead of the curve when it comes to the post-shit processing the software can do, and it shows. But that’s us. You may prefer, as many do, the way Samsung processes images – usually with more aggressive saturation.

The S9 has a variable aperture in its lens, meaning it can take in more or less light depending on the light level to achieve better results in dark environments. The Pixel 3 sets about getting clearer night shots using software.

While the S9 has one front camera, the Pixel 3 has two. This is to allow wide angle selfies, and will come in handy if you take a lot of group shots.

Both phones can charge wirelessly on any Qi charger. Samsung and Google sell their own, but you don’t get one in the box. You do get headphones with each phone though (regular for the S9, USB-C for the Pixel).

These are two quite evenly matched phones in terms of specs. The Pixel 3 has an outstanding camera but you may not like the design. The S9 is one of the most popular phones out there for a reason – it’s very well made, and it costs over £100 / $100 less in some stores already than the Pixel 3.

If you need stock Google Android on a phone, get the Pixel. If you’ve had a Samsung phone before and loved it then you’ll certainly like the awesome design of the S9.

Related stories for further reading Specs Google Pixel 3: Specs

5.5in Full-HD+ (2160×1080) 18:9 flexible OLED screen without notch, Gorilla Glass 5

Android 9.0 Pie

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor

Adreno 630 GPU

4GB RAM

64GB/128GB storage, no microSD support

12Mp f/1.8 rear camera with dual autofocus

8Mp + 8Mp, f/1.8 dual-selfie camera

Rear fingerprint sensor

IP68 waterproofing

USB-C 3.1

Qi wireless charging

2,915mAh battery

6×68.2×7.9mm

Available in Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink

Lenovo K900 Vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Comparison Review

Although the Samsung Galaxy S4 costs quite a bit more than the K900, the specifications of these phones are more than comparable. Both come with top-of-the line processors, great camera hardware, and good batteries. There cannot be one hands-down winner, but slight differences can make either one suitable for you. Let us take this forward.

Display And Processor

But let us tell you, there might be a difference, but honestly for a human eye it is very difficult to realize this difference in pixel densities.

The processor on the S4 is 4+4 core Exynos 5 series, where 4 Cortex A7 cores are clocked at 1.2 GHz, while the other 4 Cortex A15 cores are clocked at 1.6 GHz. The system switches between the cores depending upon the requirement. The A7 cores are more efficient with the battery, so the A7 cores are used when the user does not demand too much processing power.

The Lenovo on the other hand comes with the Intel Clover Trail+ chipset, which houses a dual core Intel Atom Z2580 processor in itself. The Atom is clocked at 2GHz and provides excellent processing power.

Camera and Memory

Both the phones come with the same set of cameras when we speak of the pixel count. The rear camera on both the phones is 13MP and the front 2MP. By now most readers must be aware that it is not only the megapixel count which decides how good the camera is, but other factors such as lens aperture, software optimizations, etc count in a big way too.

Relying on numbers, we expect both the phones to have equally good cameras, while the real-life quality from the K900 still remains to be seen.

The S4 comes in 3 variants, the 16GB, 32GB and the 64GB, whereas the K900 only comes in the 16GB variant. However, both these devices come with a microSD card slot which means you can expand storage as and when needed. The K900 can take a maximum if 32GB microSD cards, while the S4 can take 64GB.

Battery And Features

Both devices have huge batteries, the Lenovo K900’s measures at 2500mAh whereas the S4’s battery is rated at 2600mAh, 100mAh more than that of the K900. In order to make the phone more robust and compact, Lenovo have not included an option to remove the battery, i.e., it is not user replaceable. However, it is service replaceable, which means that when you feel the battery is dying, you can take it to a Lenovo service centre and let them replace it for you.

The S4 does not boast of any sort of robustness, and comes with a standard removable battery.

Here are the specs of these phones head to head for easy comparison:

Model Lenovo K900 Samsung Galaxy S4

Display 5.5 inch full HD (1920x1080p) 5 inch full HD (1920x1080p)

OS Android 4.2 Android 4.2

Processor 2GHz Intel Z2580 Atom Dual Core Exynos 5 1.2GHz A7+1.6GHz A15, 4+4 cores

RAM, ROM 2GB, 16GB expandable up to 32GB 2GB, 16/32/64GB expandable up to 64GB

Cameras 13MP rear, 2MP front 13MP rear, 2MP front

Battery 2500mAH 2600mAh

Price 32,995 INR About 38,000 INR

Conclusion

Lenovo have done well to launch a phone that has the potential in it to challenge flagships from popular manufacturers as Samsung. The K900 is a more robust phone, and this also shows in the weight of the phone; the K900 weighs a hefty 162g whereas the S4 weighs 130g. What does this mean? This means that the K900 might not be the most ideal phone for women and people with small hands. Although the weight will feel good at first, but with time it might get cumbersome.

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