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Did you buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8?

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According to Samsung’s Korean PR team, initial sales of the Galaxy S5 have eclipsed the already-high first weekend sales of its predecessor, which went on to sell over 40 million units.

Though the device may not have the immediate appeal of the completely-overhauled Galaxy S3, nor the marketing checkbox fascination of the Galaxy S4, the GS5 has a number of small yet substantive improvements that add up to a pretty nice smartphone.

But there’s another device, widely available in Canada tomorrow but already on sale in some carrier stores, that means to avert as much attention from Samsung’s flagship as possible. The HTC One M8, a metal masterpiece, is the follow-up to last year’s M7, and while it also sports smallish improvements, the sum is meatier than the parts.

The question is: are you buying a Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8, or have you already picked one up? Let us know.

  • JB

    Z30 and love it!

    Honestly I find the S5 to be a big step backwards in design, the HTC looks nice….but honestly the only phone id get other than my Z30 is the Xperia Z2. I just think Sony build the best androids imho. especially recently.

    • wahwah

      In the future, please pay attention to the question before answering. This is not a “let’s promote crapberry” article or poll. Nobody got no time fo DAT.

    • Sean-Paul

      You are misinformed and uneducated to say such things. Z30 is an amazing phone.

    • JB

      Sean paul knows whats up.

    • wahwah

      No, your alter ego does NOT know what’s up. Just a few lines down he makes that ever so clear for all to see.

    • Philosoraptor

      Amazing or not, the question was regarding the S5/M8 only.

    • JB

      Hey buddy there is no reason to be an ahole. All the phones nowdays are excellent. I perfer a canadian phone with 2 day battery life…BUT THATS JUST ME

    • bnbvnfdtfyhdhghh

      you know like 99.9% of the phone is NOT made in canada? canadian phone lol

    • kkritsilas

      And what exactly makes a Blackberry Canadian now? It is made by Foxconn, the same people making iPhones and Samsung phones. The vast majority of components are being made by companies that do not have manufacturing facilities in Canada. The only thing that is Candian is the overall design, and some software. 90+% of the phone is non-Canadian. This may have been true in the past, when Blackberries were actually made in Canada, but it no longer is. Your Q30 is no more Canadian than an iPhone or a Galaxy S4.

      Kostas

    • Columbo

      Funny you don’t make the same comment about the half dozen people touting the Z2 or Nexus 5…

    • wahwah

      First off, my comment was placed before all the illiterates stepped in. Second, at least they’re referring to an android device so they’re at least somewhat on topic. That bb Wacker is a bb employee and paid shill. You know, a sausage sucker, and nothing more. He now believes his phone has the bestest sound out there, tromping in the HTC one which is pretty much the undisputed best sounding phone period. lol

    • M-Len

      Z30 is crazy underrated!! Z30 FTW.

    • William

      I use my Z30 as my primary driver, and will also vouch for its awesomeness. However, I picked up the M8 as my new secondary.

    • JB

      Hey nothing wrong with that…..have you tested the m8 audio to the Z30. my Z30 audio is significantly better than the M7, but I think its because the M7 has that terrible Beats tune job which is all about bass. Im sure the M8 is better in this regard. Let me know.

    • MrHrvat

      and this right here is the bitter part of the website. I love reading about the Canadian mobile industry but the astroturfing here sucks…

    • JB

      Im not astroturfing. I have the Z30 and its phenomenal. There are several great phones on the market. Z30, Z2, M8 come to mind immediately. Nexus 5 is great value too. All great buys…..you shouldn’t be so ignorant about views sir.

    • southerndinner

      Blackberry hasn’t let you go yet? Perhaps you missed the memo.

    • Nadefrenzy

      Reading comprehension, people.

  • Patrick Polish

    S5 without a doubt. It’s not a home theater so the speakers dont impress me on the M8. I like function over fashion. Much rather like the fingerprint sensor, much better camera, plus, this phone is mature. It’s a great mix of all previous iterations with a lot of usefullness taken out and much more maturity in

    • abcdandy

      cannot agree with you more!

    • Patrick Polish

      hahah i meant uselessness

    • PG Man

      You’ve just described the htc

    • Patrick Polish

      You’ve just epic failed

    • PG Man

      hey, the last sentence, undeniably HTC, but if speaker calls, GPS navigation, ringtones, music while shaving in the morning, that video you wanna watch with someone – speakers are irelevant then you’re in some big denial, you just wanna be right lol, did you know those turn out to be Harman-Kardon directional stereo drivers? yeah, insane, and its in a phone – who ELSE but HTC. ultra premium evvvverything, stop it with sony and samsung, just let it be – John Lennon.

    • Patrick Polish

      Fanboy much?

    • PG Man

      I’m telling you (maybe I didn’t) I’ve used HTC since 2006, check HTC Herald, HTC Diamond (my profile pic), I also had/have iphones and samsungs, LGs, etc, but this company just brings a huge grin to my face, I feel like a kid again when I get the new HTC, and every single one feels sooo ahead of everyone, so new, that’s my HTC experience – in other words, DAMN RIGHT I’m a fan/ admirer/ collector. EDIT: I have to give NOKIA a chance tho, haven’t had many!!!

    • oceansaber

      Except the fingerprint sensor is a prone to misfunction gimmick that does a poor job ripping off of the 5S. Also…mature?

      Note: Not saying the S5 ISN’T better, it’s just that I doubt that it’s one of the more important value-adds over the M8.

    • Patrick Polish

      Well, thats your opinion. You might thinks its prone to misfunction, but i dare you to try and bypass that to get a hold of my data. And, as opposed to a bunch of fancy speakers, i think it’s much more useful to a phone than nice stereo speakers. But then again, you value sound over security, its shows a lot in what cosmetic features you value, so yes, in your case, the M8 would be a better choice

    • eistea

      What are you talking about? As if there were a decision between sound and security? Security can easily be achieved by pattern or PIN lock on any phone – no need at all for the already hacked (‘security’ ha ha) and rather poorly implemented Samsung fingerprint stuff. Seems you chose bad sound and inferior security – congrats! ;-)

    • oceansaber

      Lol I value sound quality, not necessarily cosmetics, over an error prone security system. At the end of the day it isn’t as secure or as fast as the iPhone one.

      If you want security, a BlackBerry is probably as good as it gets. And please don’t assume for me thank you very much as I’m not entirely impressed with either company’s flagship offerings.

    • Patrick Polish

      You’re just a BS Blog groupie. “Not as secure as iPhone” Do you really think if my phone would be in the posession of an MIT grad that has the capacity, ressources and technology to reproduce my finger print it would matter? NO, Because they are professionals that know what they are doing , and on that level, it doesnt matter anymore because fingerprint scanner or not, they could bypass it anyways. As for 99.9999999999% of the rest of the world, again, good luck bypassing it

      Your arguments are so poor and lacking of solidity that you had to throw in the iphone in the conversation to boost your self-esteem. It’s ok though, i already knew you hadn’t much ground to put the S5 down

    • oceansaber

      Talk about groupie. LOL. I’m done.

  • The Haligonian

    Nether, After a long debate on what one I was gonna get (I was leaning towards the M8) I decided my Nexus 5. It is still amazing and a power house of a phone that does not need to be replaced at the moment.

    Depending on the camera of the next HTC One (M9 or whatever they will call it) I’ll most likely be grabbing that.

    • Joseph

      I’m sticking to my note 3 myself

    • Sean-Paul

      I was debating those phones actually….but went Z30 instead. USB to go on a phone??? Sold!

    • Doggodwood

      Most flagship phones (including HTC One and Samsung S5) have USB OTG.

    • southerndinner

      Every flagship Android has it

    • bnbvnfdtfyhdhghh

      guys guys.. the Z30 has this really cool feature that only the Z30 has…. wait you mean all the phones have it?

    • wahwah

      Wow, you’re really putting your ignorance out there in full force with these comments lol. USB otg has been used quite widely in android for a very long time now. Very long time indeed. Schlong smoker FTW to you, my goodsir!

    • MrHrvat

      I’m still rocking my N4. That Z2 looks really nice but I honestly can’t talk myself into something newer. That S4 chip still works wonders.

  • Stuntman06

    Neither. After almost 2 years, my GS3 is still working very well. Maybe I’ll get a new phone next year.

  • phuzzykiller

    Heh….. I’m buying neither. I can’t stand Samsung’s skin, and although the M8 looks quite appealing, I want something waterproof and dust proof. Therefore…… BRING ON THE SONY Z2!! :)

    • southerndinner

      You must have missed the memo on the S5

    • phuzzykiller

      Good lord you people seem to have your heads up your arses at times. Are you referring to the fact that the S5 is water RESISTANT and dust resistant?? At what point did I infer that it didn’t have that??? I said that I can’t stand Sammy’s skin (UI). PERIOD. I also DO like the M8 but it ISN’T water proof or dust proof.
      I really am starting to wonder why I bother reading/writing any comments on here, since the lot of you seem to be degenerating into a bunch of 12 year olds that are more interested in trolling than actually having any valid discussion….

  • marorun1982

    Got the HTC M8 here.
    Wanted the Sony Z2 but I will never go to bell lol.

    • Mohamed Abdourahman

      Just wondering did you get the Gunmetal grey or Glacial Silver?

    • marorun1982

      Gunmetal and the finish is amazing!

    • Mohamed Abdourahman

      Sick. Thanks Koodo is only offering the gunmetal grey colour so I was wondering how the gunmetal grey would fare.

    • marorun1982

      It’s the best looking color of the 3 coming out.

    • PG Man

      Koodo doesn’t carry any htc except desire 601 or other

    • Philosoraptor

      You may want to check their website again.

    • PG Man

      Oh man, THANK YOU for telling me, wow! no waayyy, im going right now LOL! CHEERS !

    • Bujar Abdulovski

      S5 is the better phone… I had both phones for a couple days and can say this that the only category that the m8 wins at is speaker quality and build materials not build quality. I d rather have a plastic phone that works flawlessly then have a metal one with tons of issues like overheating and drops on the Wi Fi. Ps the s5 wi Fi signal and speed is out of this world. The s5 screen is beautiful and finally very bright and touch wiz is toned down which I like (still needs work) oh and camera is the best I ve used in any smartphone.

    • mike

      htc one m8 is the better phone. s5 looks so incredibly ugly, outdated, cheap, plasticky, performance is similar or a bit worse than the m8 but costs just as much. htc is exactly what a flagship phone should be.

    • PG Man

      It’s just disgusting, it will crash, lag and eat battery, split in million pieces when dropped, FK galaxy, it’s a china-phone quality device for the mass i****s.

    • PG Man

      M8 has the most advanced dual band ac ultra low power tech, can’t compare to Sam. Harman Kardon speakers in M8 allow for amazing speaker calls, gps nav, ringtones – htc screens are top of the line on this planet produced by lg and sharp, they don’t even use such tech in their devices, there is no comparison in quality htc vs Samsung, but it’s David vs Goliath in marketing

    • marorun1982

      Got to agree the M8 is superior. Faster app loading and much stable and fluid interface. That’s whitout saying all the others advantage.

    • downhilldude

      PG Man, there is very much a comparison between the two – the internet is full of comparisons. And I would point out that the S5 is favored in more them.

      The S5 is faster at Wi-Fi downloads too, BTW.

    • downhilldude

      PG Man, there is very much a comparison between the two – the internet is full of comparisons. And I would point out that the S5 is favored in more them.

      The S5 is faster at Wi-Fi downloads too, BTW.

    • marorun1982

      Do you know how much useless it is to have faster Wi-Fi?
      Oh my 2 gb game will take 10 min less to download…
      I prefere superior speed on the network ( wich its have with dual carrier HSPA and not only LTE )

      I also prefere a phone thats has superior GPU capacity as i play lots of game.
      Also i have a 32 gb model with a 64 gb sd card where the Samsung S5 only available in 16 gb model in Canada and very few app have app to SD capacity since 4.4..

      So 32 gb onboard with SD support for same price as 16 gb on the S5

      Faster webpage loading ( tested both side by side at my office on same wifi network )

      Native Flash support on the HTC ( must side load flash on S5 and use flashfox who crash often )

      Much more premium feel ad the build quality is A1 where the plastic build of the S5 is ordinary.

      Some weeks ago at the Telus Network convention in Montreal The guy from Samsung told something thats i found very funny.
      ( Why Samsung use plastic is because and we dont want to point at any competitor… But everyone know Aluminium and Water dont go well together and rust)

      Really Aluminium rust?
      Last years its was thats unibody design would kill SD card support… Ah my Z1 is unibody and got a SD card… Same for the M8..

      So just stop annoying us seriously all review i have check put the M8 as the best of the two with one exception.. ( Cnet and even mobilesyrup.. )

      The S5 camera take better pic if the condition are perfect ( if open on a computer or you zoon only) as the unzoomed picture or if you use for posting on facebook by exemple will be identical and even better on the HTC in many situations.

      As with the S4 benchmark usualy put the samsung first but real life usage show thats the HTC is faster ( just as the M7 was faster than the S4..)

    • PG Man

      I have no reason not to trust you, I didn’t do much research, I came across it a few times – about the wifi h/w, if you can please share any links if handy at all! I’ll check this one out, I DONT wanna tell lies
      EDIT: upon further research, of course theyboth have dual band 2.4/5ghz antennas, miramax, dlna, but…as usual HTC does have better power management and better latancy/for online gaming and video streaming, for me would be Desktop streaming, also S5 in many forums has difficulties connecting to 5GHZ, it, as usual, dosn’t switch smoothly. No man, as I always said, HTC POLISHES the fk out of their hardware, software and experience, Samsung puts things together and sells it.

    • Bujar Abdulovski

      Hey trust me i thought so too until i had both in my hands in my house and let me tell you how quickly you forget how beautiful the htc looks when your struggling the extra height caused by the useless chin. I suppose it’s a matter of taste and like i said speaker quality is all htc no contest but for once an amoled screen destroys and i was blown away by it. And read on the Wi Fi chip used s5 is using a brand new chip which is unreal just buy it and test it out for yourself you will see what i mean or read the review in anandtech it breaks it down will actual figures. Both great phones but s5 is simply the better phone test them out and you will see.

    • Super_Deluxe

      So which carrier did you go with? Rogers, Telus, Fido, Koodo, or Virgin?

    • marorun1982

      Telus the pricing is almost identical everywhere and at least at Telus I get great service and reception work everywhere…

    • eszklar

      Sony Store Canada supposedly will be selling an unlocked International Z2. Which is what I’m waiting for.

    • marorun1982

      No 800$ full price phone for me.

    • Imtiaz Hossain

      Went with S5 this time… last time I got the M7, biggest issue was the requirement to press the power button to turn on the device

  • Mohamed Abdourahman

    I’m getting the M8, for me i don’t take alot of pictures and the ones i do are on social media so i don’t care about the camara as much. Fingerprint sensor isnt that big of a deal also Apple’s fingerprint sensor is better anyway and i don’t like Samsung’s fingerprint sensor. i don’t care about IP67 certification, since i don’t have my phone near water, plus im all about using my phone to watch movies and listen to music.

    • bnbvnfdtfyhdhghh

      im getting the S5, for me i do take a lot of pictures and the ones i dont take are not worth my time. fingerprint sensor is a big deal also the htc doesnt have one anyways and i like samsung’s sensor. i do care about ip67 certification, since i have my phone near water and dust. plus im not one of those dbags who is all about blasting my music max level on the bus/subway.

    • marorun1982

      okay but dont drop it or the screen may stop working lol

  • tod

    Waiting for Sony Xperia Z2, HTC M8 is Nice but Sony Z2 is more of a Complete product, Samsung is just a carbon copy of everything else out there.

  • krazyking

    Neither. Both are big disappointments, especially the M8. Waiting for the One Plus One.

    • southerndinner

      If it actually exists

    • krazyking

      We shall find out April 23rd

  • deano50

    S5 FTW!

  • talarico

    I’m so confused!
    I don’t know what the hell I want anymore…lol
    Lg G3, Note 4, Iphone6, Nexus 6, the next Moto device are all due out sometime this year… I think I will wait it out for now.

    Having said all that though, I would still happily accept any one of these devices if I won a contest of some sort…Just sayin’! :)

  • Brad Avery

    M8

  • Dylan Wells

    M8. Would have gone nexus 5 if it had a removable SD. The s5 was just too ugly. So far the m8 is exceeding my expectations

  • cloakster

    My Dad just bought the S5 and he loves it. But for me I’m waiting for the LG G3; still love my G2.

  • Steven Gamboa

    I picked up the m8, loved the free bundle from telus

  • WDPK 83.7 FM

    Debated waiting for the g3 but couldn’t stand waiting… Got the M8 from future shop.

    The build is on a whole different level than the s5. Having used an s3 and s4 in the past, there was nothing left for me to explore with the s5. The features that make it stand out from the crowd (dust proof, water proof and finger print scanner) aren’t appealing enough imo.

    The M8 so far has been a tremendous purchase. I’m very much fashion over functionality and all though the camera isn’t as great as the s5 or even z2, it satisfies my needs. Wicked screen, awesome call quality, and fast as hell, I can honestly say I see myself holding onto this phone for the next 2 years.

  • 994196003

    M8

  • Marc Lamothe

    I bought HTC one M8 and I’m so happy with my choice

  • Mark O’Connor

    S5.. I tried to get an unlocked M8 and got blocked every turn. heck with that.. love the S5, had an S2 so sticking with Samsung. has got better guts….

    • wahwah

      Uh, you buy unlocked devices straight from HTC. I’d send you the link if mobile syrup would just allow it like normal websites.

  • Scazza

    Wasn’t the HTC One delayed until tomorrow with most of the carriers here in Canada? I know rogers and bell pushed back until tomorrow unless you ordered online.

    Also we had one of each and decided to do a VS in the Anomaly benchmark… Here is the pic: dropbox com/s/q9iuac3lb8dzqa8/2014-04-09%2017.23.04.jpg

  • Brockferens

    M8! Plastic phones are for kids.

    • Dimitri

      That is why when a Tesla S model ran over the S5 the device didn’t break at all? The only thing that broke was the camera and the back battery door came out.

      Right its for kids…

    • Brockferens

      Not to be to obvious here but you do realize that not breaking at all, and a broken camera are 2 different things correct?

    • Dimitri

      Oh i do but the camera isn’t plastic ;). The plastic case on the S5 never cracked nor broke. Watch the video your self.

    • marorun1982

      Droped my M7 from a second story building and it did not break on concrete.. I admit I was using a cheap transparent case. Still.. I would not be surprised it’s would survive that’s tesla easily.

    • Dimitri

      The reason being is because u had a case. Any case will protect the device fron being fully damage. Take off the case and then toss it out of a second story building on concrete. It will damage with dents and scratches.

    • marorun1982

      Then why my S4 I also had before even with an Otterbox defender still managed to get something broken inside the phone after dropping it coming out of my car? It’s called a phone full of air where the Htc as zero gap in the phone so no part can detach.

    • Dimitri

      How many phones do u drop in so called cases. U had a S4 in a case and cracked and you had the HTC One M8 in a case and didn’t crack or damage. Shaky hands?

      In other word you need go realize that if u had NO case on the M8, u would damage the metal on the phone.

    • marorun1982

      Dimitri can you stop playing around with words?

      My htc one was drop from 2 story building using a cheap transparent case after thats i changed the case because i did not want to take chance and also got a Otterbox Defender ( and i did drop it several time on the subway metal stair and it never broke )

      My S4 i droped from my pocket on the concrete there was no external damage ( thanks to the Otterbox ) but its stoped working. I also had lots of client come back with cracked screen just by putting the phone in a pocket.

      I perfectly realise if i drop a phone with no case its will get some damage ( can be small crack or bump on plastic or scratch and bump on metal one ) and thats fine ( this is why i get cases lol) Still what important to me is even with some damage on the case its will still work perfectly well with no bug)

      Out of 10 samsung sold at least 3 will come back in first years you think thats normal?

      Out of 10 HTC one M7 only 1 came back and the phone had no manufacturing problem its was simply dust in the earphone jack making interference and a simple compressed air shot solve the problem.

      Samsung? Load of S3 got broken Sim card after update to 4.3 had to change sim. Lots of S4 have charger port issue its not work and have to send to warranty. Also lots of problem with exchange servers too.

      And Wahwah is right almost any phone will survive a car going over it even your foot will survive ( ever got a car run over your foot? i have its dont even hurt much)

      Finally did you see the drop test : HTC M8 vs Iphone 5S vs Samsung S5?

      Samsung Screen stoped working after second drop (at the height of your ear Screen did not shatter but screen refused to turn on).. Iphone 5S after 3 drop ( last drop is at arms lenght over the head screen broke but phone still worked ) and the HTC needed an extra drop break the guy had to climb on something to get the extra height ( but was still working!)

    • wahwah

      Dude it’s obvious you’re about 12 years old and slightly gullible but common… It’s physics. I did the same thing with an old iPhone 4s under the wheel of my Yukon.

    • Dimitri

      Me 12? Hmm i wonder how you got that number seeing as u have NO clue who i am and yet u claim my age which is right.

      Do u have a video if that u can show that u did or will u say u did but never did?

    • wahwah

      No video, I’m not some reject from a rere factory the posts stupid crap online for even more stupid people to watch.

  • Rorsie

    I already upgraded last year and got the S4. I would definitely have bought the M8 this year though.

  • stevedion

    Got the S5, I love Amoled displays. I also live the touch wiz eye candy.

    • camb0s0up

      touchwiz and eye-candy shouldn’t exist in the same sentence lol

    • Philosoraptor

      +1,000,000

  • camb0s0up

    they have portable charging packs you can use now now

    • realitycheck

      my mom still uses my old iphone 4 as a main phone with the same battery since it was first released. i’ve been using the nexus 7 first gen every day at work/home from full charge to empty since the month it came out until now… no problems. ironically my s3 had such garbage battery life i needed to carry extra batteries..

    • downhilldude

      KitKat update coming for your S3. Not only will the battery life improve, it will be a whole lot faster. And only use Samsung chargers. Best way to ruin a Samsung battery is to use a BlackBerry charger on it.

    • MeNotYou

      @downhilldude:disqus , if the kit-kat update is anything like the one for the S4, then reconsider doing the update. My S4 has worse battery life since update. Awaiting the next update to fix the bugs.

    • MeNotYou

      @downhilldude:disqus , if the kit-kat update is anything like the one for the S4, then reconsider doing the update. My S4 has worse battery life since update. Awaiting the next update to fix the bugs.

    • downhilldude

      @menotyou. Do a FULL reset of the phone. Usually that and a full discharge/recharge of the battery will solve the battery life issue, after the update. Don’t use BlackBerry chargers, either.

    • Michael Scott

      Why is that?

    • downhilldude

      Best guess is the intelligence that is built into most phone/battery/charger combos. On the surface, it should work fine. Voltage and amperage seem compatible, as is the plug, obviously. For whatever the reason, people who complain about the most extreme battery degradation, all seem to have used Blackberry chargers on their Galaxy’s.

  • KiwiBri

    decided to pass on them both.. Would have got the M8 if the camera was at least 8MP.. thinking about a Z2, but with the Bell Exclusiveness and the Z3 probably due in October, going to wait it out for Sense 6.0 and consider the OnePlus One – another week until thats revealed. Lots of hype for that device.. lets see what they bring to the game..

  • big_al77

    i GOT AN M8….DUAL FRONT SPEAKERS WERE A MUST AFTER NEVER HAVING THAT….CAN WATCH VIDS EASILY NOW WHILE HAVING BREAKFAST OR LUNCH. BATTERY AND CAMERA AWESOME TOO……BUT AS OTHERS SAID, IF YOUR A PHOTOGRAPHER OR USE ZOOM…..IT LACKS DETAILS, BUT IN PHONE OR SOCIAL MEDIA…..WOW, THEY LOOK GREAT

    • big_al77

      Didnt mean to use caps!

  • Richard Miles

    Well I just upgraded from the Galaxy S4 to the Galaxy S5 and I have to say that I can’t believe how people can complain about the upgrades. This Galaxy S5 is AMAZING in every single way! Super fast, bateery life is WAY better, Fingerprint scanner is the greatest thing ever and it actually works perfect, waterproof, AMAZING camera, TouchWiz has some really cool new features as well. Such a great phone!! I also have to say that it feels much more premium than the S4. I actually really like the new back plate. I didn’t think I would but it’s actually very nice. Looks way better in person and it feels GREAT!!!! Anyway. Just thought I’d give my 2 cents. Well worth it!!

  • Alexandre Pilon

    Bought an S5. Waterproof certification and removable battery was the main reason I chose S5 over M8. Finger scanner works but too many scan failure, ended up choosing another lock screen method. Heart beat sensor is useless. Feels a bit big in my hand compared to the S4.

  • Darrell Johnson

    I bought both, but ended up sticking with the S5. I like carrying an extra battery and hate mobile charges. I have a very nice case and there was so much more to choose from with the S5. I thought I would like the metal body on the M8, but it was more prone to scratching and really it was just a gimmick. The rubber in between the metal plates pick up a lot of smudging and is hard to clean. The camera was superior on the S5 and the screen just looked better. Some of the apps on the M8 would hang or crash and this was the deal breaker for me. I surprised myself by returning the M8, but I feel better now that I replaced it with a Gear 2 watch.

    • mike

      why dont you buy a case for the m8 just like you did for the s5 if you’re afraid of scratches. s5 is so fricking ugly. it’s your grandfather’s phone.

    • Darrell Johnson

      Funny, but I did buy the only case sold in the store for M8 after it kept sliding around on the table. I prefer to have a more functional phone for me with battery change ability, better camera, sd card upgrade, better screen, and Gear 2 option. What is the point of having a metal body if it’s so prone to scratching? Also I found out the S4 outsold the M7 and iPhone last year, so there is a reason why. I prefer to have the best phone, not claims of a best phone. I gave both phones a chance and the S5 won.

    • Darrell Johnson

      S5 isn’t ugly, they copied a lot of design from Apple. Lol. If you are referring to the back, that’s covered by a case. Also, I have been using Gear 2 for a week now. I have to say that I can’t imagine being without it now. It’s too convenient and this solidified my decision as HTC has no offering of wearable tech. Who’s got the Grandpa phone now?

  • andyroid44

    i would prefer nokia 3310 :v

    • eszklar

      Now we’re talking….

  • eszklar

    Neither. Waiting for the Sony Xperia Z2 to arrive.

  • PG Man

    HTC has no rival in design, elegance, software experience, screen quality, sound quality , performance, presence – had everything else, nothing like pure bred.

  • jellmoo

    I’m passing on both. Samsung isn’t my cup of tea to begin with, and the improvements over the S4 are very incremental. The heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner are gimmicks I don’t need, and the IP67 treatment has made the device larger and less appealing than the S4. Bigger bezels all around makes the S5 look older than the S4.

    The M8 is the more bitter disappointment for me though, as I really liked the M7. But keeping the same weak camera was a poor choice, and replacing the OIS with a gimmicky second lens was a baffling one. The biggest flaw for me though is the really poor design choice of keeping the black bar/logo area whilst moving to onscreen buttons. Way too much wasted space stripped the device of a lot of elegance in my opinion.

    I’m going to wait to see what else is released in the future. The One Plus One could be a game changer. The Moto X+1 (terrible name, but I digress) will hopefully be just as amazing as its predecessor. The G3 may, not likely but may, change my mind about LG devices. Plus, WP 8.1 is looking really, really good. New devices, if they magically get released in Canada, may get me interested.

    At the end of the day, the S5 and M* just feel… Mediocre. Granted, that’s just my opinion, but neither device has the “wow” factor to get me to make a move. I plan on waiting for something that really grabs my attention.

  • jetbeck

    I really wanna buy a M8 when its released on Wind, but I don’t know how I’ll justify it since I already own a Nexus 5.

  • EverydayDude

    Purchased the S5. I when from the S3 to the S5 and there is a considerable difference. The wife settled with the S4 and I can see some differences as well. I am still learning the small details with the S% but so far I am pleased with the battery life and the functionality of it.

  • graze81

    Planning on getting the M8 when I switch to WIND. Nothing against the S5, it looks great and Samsung did a terrific job with it. The M8 has more features I care about. I’d love to get the Z2 if it wasn’t a Bell exclusive.

    • Kaostheory

      Won’t be exclusive for long, maybe a month at the most.

  • Mark Cariaga

    Best bet would be HTC. Had been the best phones since andriod became mainstream.

  • crocop24

    the HTC looks and is so damn big! LOL.

  • downhilldude

    How about the battery life? Amazing! Right?!

    The speed of the camera focus, and the shutter speed are great, too.

    • Stuntman06

      Battery life is something I would like to see greatly improved. I use Waze almost all the time while driving. I know I am asking a lot, but I do want my phone to last the whole day unplugged which includes my daily commute. I drive even more on the weekends. I use a car charger, but even with the car charger plugged in, the phone still discharges slowly while using Waze.

  • gun26

    I don’t do contracts, so comparing up front prices, I don’t think either the S5 or M8 warrants spending $700 to replace my $400 Nexus 5. In fact given the price difference I’m going to go on recommending the Nexus 5 to others. The new phones just aren’t $300 better. If I had to choose between the S5 and M8, Samsung would get the nod. The S5 is a mature phone with a great camera. The M8 is a deeply flawed one due to some very questionable design decisions by HTC. I think everyone is pulling for HTC to survive and their products seem to be getting kinder reviews than they really deserve.

    • Lion5

      HTC seems to be getting sympathy fan boys. No better than the isheep or Nexus fan boys. History seems to repeat itself. Samsung is getting a lot of hate because they are successful. Personally I would never buy a phone without removable batteries.

  • wahwah

    I have yet to meet a unibody phone that the battery replacement would cost so much. Telus is your problem there. Most shops would only charge at most 50-70, which is completely reasonable. Besides a 9 month old phone should be under warranty from the manufacturer, no?

    • bnbvnfdtfyhdhghh

      maybe they claimed it was water damaged

    • wahwah

      Maybe. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

    • Plazmic Flame

      “Most shops”

      So basically not the manufacturer or carrier shop. Joe blows hole in the wall or some-dudes basement.

    • wahwah

      Correct. Like PC shop, or small mom and pop fixer upper shop. The last place you go for support is the places you just mentioned unless under warranty. DUH.

  • MeNotYou

    I had the S3 and now have the S4 . Samsung needs a major refresh of their touchwiz interface. I find it boring and no customization. Before all you ROM fanboys get your knickers in a twist, I have done it on a Note 2 and didn’t really care for all the issues that came with it…

  • Andrew Kachaniwsky

    Got the M8. The GS5 still plastic. When it comes down to it I throw out both Sense and Touchwiz anyway in favor of a custom launcher, so it’s all down to hardware for me. M8 wins.

  • Google-Street-View

    Got the M8 – Found some great camera tweaks, love the metal. The chrome (“plastic”) strip around the GS5 did it in for me. Feels like a cheap toy.

  • BM

    I started off with Treo Palm, Then Centro, Then Pro. After that I got the OG EVO, then went to the EVO LTE, both amazing phones.
    I now have the ONE M8. I bought it online on the 25th, from Sprint. I received it two days later.
    The camera is great, I haven’t noticed any washing out, although I am not a heavy picture taker. The 3D Plus part of the camera is a bit weird but cool, as are the other effects.
    Very fast!
    Instant touch response!
    The sound is unbelievable!
    The screen is amazing!
    Etc., etc., etc.!
    I have yet to find anything I don’t like about this device. The build quality and looks are everything they say they are. I don’t have much use for blink feed, but sense 6.0 is very sleek and quick, as is the kit Kat 4.4.
    The only complaint I can come up with at all, is actually an android kit Kat problem, copy/paste of files to/from SD card using a file manager is broken. From what I can gather, it affects everything running 4.4 at this point in time. You can always move the files using a pc/tablet.
    As far as the Samsung GS5 goes, I have no experience with them, I have used the Moment (terrible) and have had the GS4 in my hand. I personally didn’t like it. I don’t really care about dust/waterproofing, I’m paying for the insurance regardless. The only thing I like about the GS5 is the fingerprint sensor in the bottom bezel. That is very cool! But, that being said, Samsung phones always make me feel like I’m holding an old cheap 35mm camera in terms of style, look, and feel.

  • Iraj Ghanavati

    M8, and really happy with that.

  • nick_canada

    G2 and still running strong. Not thinking to change any time soon.

  • Nyderny

    Why nobody talk about the stupid power button and the capacitive button on the M8 A 5′ phone now feel a 4.5′ because this cut alot space on the screen ?HTC got it wrong …. it’s feel very uncomfortable in the hand .Display mate also said the GS5 got the better screen on the market also the best screen they ever tested .Anyways i always buy a otterbox on all my phone so i dont care if my phone have plastic or alummunium i’m not gonna feel it in my hand …

  • Raj Singh

    Neither. Might get Z2 (or Z3 since Sony refreshes every 6 months).

  • joeltime

    Simply on aesthetics the M8 wins in my books. Personally, I’m waiting for the new Nexus.

  • Nadefrenzy

    LOL

    Dude, i don’t normally say this but even though your comments aren’t constructive, they sure do provide some good lulz.

  • 1984isforfags

    you worked (if thats what you call it) selling phones and didnt know about OTG… lol FAIL.

  • Michaël

    I just bought the S5 (had the S2). Very satisfied.

  • manpreet singh

    bought htc m8 2 weeks ago, extremely satisfied with it.

  • Ken

    Picked htc this time around. As a part time sales rep for one of the big 3, HTC offered huge incentive on top of our already excellent employee purchase program, and I couldn’t turn that down. Very pleased with my purchase and I’ve owned the last few Samsungs (note and s line), nexus 4 and 5, and the LG phones. HTC is by far the nicest phone I’ve used.

  • kkritsilas

    JB:

    I have far more knowledge of the Canadian High Tech industry than you ever will. I worked at Micom/Philips in Montreal, then worked at ABL in Montreal, and then moved to Newbridge and Plaintree systems in Ottawa. From there, moved to BNI in Winnipeg, and then Nortel Networks. So I have a tiny little bit of experience with the high tech business in Canada at 27 years.

    Put your flag down, and stop displaying your total lack of the high tech industry. Blackberry at one time WAS important. Right now, with every layoff, they become more and more irrelevant. They are only a shadow of what they were.Significant economically, to some extent. A leader in hi-tech? No longer. If you want to see Canadian High Tech leaders, stop looking at hardware based companies, start looking at the many gaming software houses in Canada (with Vancouver and Montreal being centers).

    You can name call all you want, but you really don’t understand the change that has occurred in Canadian High Tech over the last 20 years. I don’t bash Blackberry, I hope they do well. But their current state is of their own making, and they missed the boar by many years by sticking to the mantra of “nobody wantt to use the software keyboard”, and “BBM is a must have”. Instead, they should have been looking at what the touch interface of the iPhone brought to people, and how many of those iPhone buyers actually used the web browsers on their phones, considering how abysmal the web browsers on Blackberries were prior to BB10. I would have been more than happy to see Blackberry come out with the Z10/Q10 in 2009 or even 2010. By 2013 when they actually did arrive, it was way too late. The Z10/Q10 may have been competitive with iPhone 3Ss and Samsung Galaxy Ss, but they were way too out of date from Day 1 to compete with iPhone 5s and Galaxy S4s.

    As for QNX being the most advanced software in the world, you have no idea. If you meant the most advanced cell phone OS, again, you have no idea. Do you even know that iOS7 is not only capable of running multiple cores, but can do it seamlessly on the 64 Bit CPUs in the iPhone 5S and the iPad Air? Do you realize that Apple’s iOS is so efficient that it allows a dual core CPU to keep up with Android phones running quad cores at a higher frequency? Do you have something else to offer to make you points other than name calling and calling people traitors? If you want to see real traitors, I suggest you look in the direction of Ballsillie and Lazaridis, who are the real reason that Blackberry has become irrelevant, not me or my support.

    • JB

      You’re a fool, and an iphone fanboy…I got no time for either. When you’re talking up IOS as the most advanced…….the conversation goes into loony tunes territory…..Now I just feel bad for you.

      Pathetic.

    • Tarek

      You bloody bastard. I will put bamboo in your a*s.

    • kkritsilas

      The only fool here is you. As for iPhone fanboy, I happen to use a Galaxy S4 as a daily driver, but also have a Nexus 5 and an iPhone 5. I manage all of the cellphones in the company that I work for (approximately 50 lines), and need to stay current with all of the technologies, both hardware and software, in the cellphone market. I have set policy that only iPhones and Blackberries are to be offered to users due to concerns about the security of Android. Of the ~50 users, 2 have Q10s. All the others are on iPhones (a mix of 4S, 5, 5c and 5S models). The two people using Q10s are happy enough with the phones, but the eco-system is severely lacking on the Blackberry side. These are most likely the last Blackberry phones we will have, ever.

      Kostas

    • JB

      You’re so full of BS……..you dont know or understand mdm communications….which is clear from your nonsense story….iphones are just as unsecured as android….both phones are garbage security wise…unless
      they’re hooked up to BES10.

    • SA

      AS MUCH AS I KNOW IF YOU GO TO XPERIA Z1, YOU WILL FEEL IT AS THE MOST SECURE ANDROID DEVICE EVER IN THE MARKET. DON’T JUST SAY ANDROID IS UNSECURE IF YOU DONT HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF ALL THE DEVICES IN THE MARKET

    • kkritsilas

      As I have said before, all you have to do is take this scenario into account: Bad guy physically gets hold of a company phone. Takes it apart. Grabs the flash memory chips, which holds all of the information on the phone, Uses a logic analyzer and word generator to read out the contents of the flash chips that were removed. Voila, all the data on the phone is there to be seen. Do that on an iphone. You get nothing that is readable. It is all encrypted, even the ram on the iPhone in encrypted. Before you call me ignorant, take the time to watch the Security Now podcasts on the iPhone’s security structure. It is easy to say things like “You will feel it as the most secure android device ever….”, but that in and of itself is a highly conditional statement. Android phones, generally, are insecure. You are in essence saying that the Z1 is the most secure of a bunch of inhereintly insecure phones.

      In addition, take this into account: There are only 3 phones approved for use by the US DoD (military): Blackberry, iPhone, Samsung phones running Knox. No mention of the Sony Z1. My conclusion from that is that if the Sony Z1 was as secure as you say, US DoD would have approved it for use, as they are contunually testing commercial cell phones for use. US DoD specifically calls out Samsung phones running Knox, not all Samsung phone, nor all Android phones.

      Has Sony addressed the Play Store’s issue with software intentionally written to steal data? If so, how? Do they run their own app store now? If not, then you still have an issue. And don’t even think that the stories of bad apps on the Play store are over, because they are not. Knox does address this with a separate app store that contains applications written for Knox, but that is a very small subset of the entire Play store, and the Knox apps don’t run on regular environment Android (ie not running Knox).

    • Tarek

      put a bamboo in JB’s a*s.

    • kkritsilas

      No need, he’s doing that on his own. In fact, he has more of an entire bamboo cane up there.

      Kostas

    • JB

      Iphone secure…ROTFLMFAO. You’re a complete nut. IOS is not secure, Knox is junk….you’re a complete delusional apple fanboy. the ONLY reason apple can be used in business is because of third party mdm solutions..ala good, mobile iron, and bes10. Bes10 is obviously the most secure…thats not even a debatable point….good and mobileiron are OK, but used by mid level corps because its cheap as hell. seriously tho if you wanna debate security thats one thing….you going to come on here and tell me ios is secure…you’re making yourself look like an imbecile. ios is consumer toy OS. Its not national security material. Get a grip pal.

  • Clayton Ranville

    I picked up the S5 on Friday loving it so far

  • Paper Bag Princess

    If i had to buy one it would be the HTC. I’ve always favoured HTC products and like the quality and build of it…now only if I had the money

  • kakarot11

    Got the M8 because it was available to me first…. Even though I was incredibly disappointed with the recycled camera…. Then on April 11th I sold it and got the S5. I won’t argue the build qualities… But the camera and new tweaks are superior!

  • Bwnl

    I picked up the S5 on launch date. I work in the industry so I was able to really compare the two phones side by side. Overall it came down to a couple very specific real world points for me.

    The HTC is easier to handle because it is not as wide. The knock to wake feature is great ala Moto Style. This phone is better for music because of the front facing speakers. Obvious aluminum finish.

    The S5 is water ‘resistant’ and has a great camera with a ton of features. Greater connectivity with the gear wearables, of which I’m going to try all 3 before I but one. This phone is really treading on note territory. The display seems to be more colorful and sharp.

    The camera and display were the real world features that trumped it for me. I always have Bluetooth speakers around so Boomsound is not as important to me. I think the two phones are best in class and it comes down to just a couple real world features that will make a consumer choose one over the other.

  • Logan

    I bought the M8 and i love it :D I’d wish HTC didn’t go with the Ultrapixel camera but the perks of the device out-weigh the less than impressive camera. Double tapping on the screen, Boom Speakers, the ease of throwing songs or media at bluetooth speakers, and the shine factor ;)

  • mike

    htc one and samsung galaxy are both great phones and both have virtues and weaknesses and appeal to people in different ways. the htc one is an audi. samsung galaxy is a toyota. both good cars. nuff said.

  • Xandercom

    HTC give a 2 year warranty, and will replace your screen for free if you break it in the first 6 months.

    You’re move Sammy.

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