HTC yesterday introduced us to its newest flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. The HTC One is a refresh of last year's award winning phone of the same name. With it, HTC is targeting consumers that want their phone to get them noticed and those that influence the choices of their friends. So how does the HTC One hardware stack up against the Samsung Galaxy S5, arguably the biggest phone to launch this spring?
In terms of hardware, it's a pretty fair fight aside from a few key factors. Ultimately, it's about what you want from your phone (aside from the ability to make phone calls and send texts, of course). Samsung's focusing on health in a big way with the Galaxy S5. HTC has BlinkFeed integration with FitBit but spent considerably less time talking about the fitness aspects of the phone than Samsung did when it unveiled the GS5 at MWC (most likely because Samsung has to make you want the Gear, too). Samsung's Galaxy S5 also has that all important fingerprint unlock, which not only offers an alternative way to unlock your phone but also allows you secret folders of files, apps, and photos that no one else can access.
On the other hand, the HTC One has that beefed up camera with dual lenses for taking multiple photos at once and the ability to choose the point of focus after the photo has been taken. With the standard of flagship smartphones as high as it is right now, manufacturers really have to focus on custom UIs and added software to make their devices sparkle. It's striking the balance between enhancements and clutter that presents the biggest challenge.