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HTC One M8 vs Galaxy S5 vs LG G3 vs Xperia Z2 – Battle Between Four of the Best Smartphones

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We present you four of the best rated flagships from LG, Samsung, Sony and HTC, and if you have some money set aside, now it’s time to invest it in a phone that will me you proud in front of your friends. You can choose a water and dust resistant phone like the Xperia Z2 or the Galaxy S5, or a phone with a metallic look like the G3 or the HTC One M8. We can’t influence you to buy a specific phone, the decision is all yours.

Displays, designs and sizes

The LG G3 kept the hardware buttons on its rear panel, but because many users complained about being too bulky, the company had to refine them. The panel is made of faux brushed metal which gives it a premium look. This phablet is neither slim nor thick, measuring 8.9mm, but it’s thicker than its opponents. Although it’s much bigger than the rest of the smartphones, you’d think it’s very heavy, but fortunately it weights only 149grams. On the front panel was fitted a 5.5inches True HD-IPS + LCD display whose resolution is one of the highest – 1440x2560pixels, while the pixel density stands at 534ppi. You mustn’t worry about scratching your display because it’s protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The Xperia Z2 has a smaller trilumionos display of 5.2inches (IPS LCD) which is covered with shatter proof glass against fine scratches. It supports the same resolution as the other two phones, 1080x1920pixels, but the pixel density is lower at 424ppi. The phone is water and dust resistant (IP58 certified), it has a combination of glass and metal on the flat back, an aluminum frame with rounded corners, but it’s sharp around the edge. The device weights 163grams and its physical dimensions are 146.8×73.3×8.2mm.

As for the Galaxy S5, it’s also dust and water resistant (IP67 certified) but it brings in addition a fingerprint sensor certified by Paypal. The design is quite unimpressive and uninspired, because the polycarbonate back with perforated dots looks very cheap and not very eye-appealing. However, if you’re interested more in other specifications, we’ll tell you that the display is 5.1inches with and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of it and it supports a pixel density of 432ppi. The device is lighter than the LG G3, weighting 145grams, while its dimensions are 142×72.5×8.1mm.

Finally, the HTC One M8, with its stylish brushed metal design made some waves when it was released in May this year. We like the two stereo speakers on the front panel, located above and below the screen, and the two bands front the back combine perfectly with HTC’s logo. The display is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and it’s a Super LCD3 of 5inches with a resolution of 441ppi. The weight of the device is 160grams and the physical dimensions are 146.4×70.6×9.4mm.

Hardware and OS

According to gsmarena, all four smartphones are using Adreno 330 GPU and are powered by a quad-core Krait 400 processor based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset. However, the G3 and the Galaxy S5 have their processors clocked at 2.5GHz and are backed by the MSM8974AC series, the Xperia Z2 has a slightly weaker processor clocked at 2.3GHz, supported by the MSM8974AB series, while the HTC One M8 has two variants of processors: one that’s clocked at 2.3GHz for the customers from the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and another variant with 2.5GHz for Asia. This model is using the MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 series.

All four smartphones come with microSD card slots to allow you to expand the internal memory up to 128GB. The Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 have two variants of 16 and 32GB, the Xperia Z2 has only a variant with the capacity of 16GB, while the G3 is available either in 16GB or 32GB variants, correlated with 2GB and 3GB of RAM. The Z3 also has 3GB of RAM, while the other two phones are adjusting with 2GB of RAM.

Another thing these phones have in common is the OS – Android v4.4.2 (KitKat), although each company brings its own UI on top. So far, the HTC One M8 is the only one who received the v4.4.3 (KitKat), but perhaps in the future, the other devices will be updated too.

Cameras

The Xperia Z2 scored big time with its 20.7MP rear OIS camera with the G sensor. Galaxy S5’s 16MP back camera made a good impression as well, having features such as phase detection, HDR, 1/2.6” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size etc. Then, the G3 has a 13MP back shooter with OIS+, dual-LED flash etc., and the HTC One M8 has the camera with the smallest resolution, 4MP, but don’t underestimate it because it’s capable to take great photos in low-light environments. The secondary cameras are 2MP – Galaxy S5, 2.1Mp – LG G3, 2.2MP – Xperia Z2 and 5MP – HTC One M8.

Batteries

The biggest battery is hosted by the Xperia Z2, whose capacity is 3200mAh, but likewise HTC One M8’s 2600mAh battery, it’s not removable. The G3 has a 3000mAh battery and the Galaxy S5 was built to run with a 2800mAh battery.

Prices

LG G3 16GB – 460 dollars, 32GB – 580 dollars
Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB – 520 dollars
Sony Xperia Z2 16GB – 504 dollars
HTC One M8 16GB – 555 dollars

These prices are listed on Amazon.com.