**We’re not yet half way through the year and already we have seen two of 2014’s biggest smartphones: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8. **

Samsung has completely overhauled the S5, whilst HTC has gone down the evolution route with its latest launch. But if you’re thinking of picking up one of these two incredible flagship smartphones, which one is the best?

Which is prettier: the S5 or M8?

Surely the most important feature when comparing mobile phones is design.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a colourful, studded polycarbonate casing, available in blue, gold, black and white. The HTC One M8, on the other hand, features an aluminium jacket much like its predecessor, giving it a premium, high quality feel.

The HTC M8 is also available in a range of colours, like its Samsung counterpart, and can be picked up in blue, red, gold and silver.

HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

In terms of screen size, both Android smartphones feature similar-sized displays, with the S5 just edging ahead with a 5.1-inch screen compared to the HTC One M8’s 5-inch display.

So while the HTC might just pip the S5 to the post when it comes to aesthetics, the Samsung Galaxy S5 definitely makes up for in numbers; the M8 weighs in at around 160 grams compared to the S5’s measly 145 gram weight, with a slightly slimmer 8.1mm thickness, which is 1.3mm smaller than the M8.

S5 vs M8 Specs

Speaking of numbers, how do the S5 vs M8 compare when it comes to specs?

Being top of the range, flagship smartphones, both devices sport the latest technologies under the hood, making this a toss up between the two.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a mighty quad-core 2.5GHz processor with an equally powerful Snapdragon 801 chipset, making it one smartphone to be reckoned with.

On the other side of the battle, the HTC One M8 sports a similar snapdragon 801 chip, but with an ever so slightly inferior 2.3GHz processor. So while, on paper, this puts the S5 ahead of the M8 in terms of speed under the hood, the regular smartphone user would no doubt find both devices identical when it comes to loading web pages, taking photos and flicking between apps.

Features

When it comes to features, both smartphones have got rid of their gimmicky effects, providing users with fresh new devices which offer the best that there is on this year’s top flagship devices.

The HTC M8 continues in its predecessor’s vain, offering dual frontal BoomSound speakers which emit crystal clear audio with no muffle or tinny effects.

And while HTC wins hands down when it comes to audio quality, the Samsung Galaxy S5 offers something that the M8 doesn’t, and that’s security.

Not only does the S5 come with a fully equipped fingerprint scanner (think James Bond), but it also features Samsung’s Knox security software, protecting you from all those cyber baddies out there. And while this might not be a feature at the top of your checklist, smartphone security is becoming big news.

16MP vs UltraPixel Camera

The megapixel count from a smartphone’s snapper has become somewhat of an obsession these last few years, with smartphones taking over the traditional camera in most households.

So when it comes to this battle, which phone has the better camera, the HTC One M8 or the Samsung Galaxy S5?

To kick off, the One M8 sports not one, but two rear-facing cameras, as well as one impressive lens on the front of the handset. Its dual-camera feature is a world first in the smartphone arena, offering one camera which takes incredible photos using HTC’s UltraPixel technology, and another which captures field of depth data which helps make your pics look as sharp as a professional photographer’s.

HTC One M8 camera features

On top of the M8’s dual cameras sits HTC Zoe, HTC’s amazing camera feature which allows users to create customisable highlight videos which capture your finest moments as soon as you’ve shot them. Building from the original HTC One’s successful camera, the M8’s HTC Zoe offers a whole range of new features aimed at making your smartphone photos the best around.

And for all of those selfie lovers out there, the HTC One M8 also sports a 5 megapixel front facing camera lens, perfect for all your video calling, selfie taking, Snapchatting needs!

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You might have guessed it: the HTC One M8’s camera is nothing short of incredible. But compare it to that of the Samsung Galaxy S5, and it’s not so clear cut.

The S5 features a 16 megapixel rear facing lens, as well as a whole host of additional camera features. For example, the S5 is the world’s first camera phone to offer a HDR mode in real time, without having to wait for the device to process your still shots. On top of that you can also record in the S5’s HDR mode, making your videos sharper than ever before.

With Samsung’s new AF fast focus, the S5 also allows users to snap away with zero delay, unlike most other smartphones.

HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

So which smartphone is better, the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the HTC One M8? The HTC smartphone offers an all-round high quality device, with an impressive set of specs, design and built-in features.

However, the Samsung Galaxy S5 features a premium fingerprint scanner, an amazing 16 megapixel camera and a mighty 2.5GHz processor, making the device the perfect companion to your everyday life.

Still interested in HTC’s latest release? Take a look at our top 5 wow features of the HTC One M8.