It’s a beautiful moment in smartphone history right now. The tech blogs are going bananas over the 2 newest Android phone releases: the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The simultaneous market release of these 2 devices is like a technology equivalent of an Auburn/Alabama game.
My current phone is a Galaxy S3, and it’s lost its luster. Unless something unforeseen happens between now and April 11, I’m probably going to get the HTC One M8.
Here is why:
Android update commitment. HTC is the first brand to offer this. Unlike iPhone users, who can update their operating system any time they want, Android users have to wait for the carrier to approve updates. For HTC to publicly make a commitment of this magnitude means that they probably had to do a lot of legwork and persuasion with the carriers. I don’t see other brands offering this level of consideration to the consumer.
Metal body. It never occurred to me before, but given the insane amount of publicity that HTC is getting for this design achievement, it must be a big deal. The previous version of the HTC One had a tiny plastic band around the edge of the device, so the ‘all metal unibody design’ represents legitimate innovation, not just marketing hype.
Dual rear facing cameras. Allows for the bokeh effect that’s super popular these days. Some tech bloggers are not impressed with the One M8 camera, but my work phone has a camera that the Galaxy S5 can’t touch, so I think I’ll be okay with it if the M8’s camera isn’t super fantastic.
Selfies and ussies. The front facing camera is 5 MP with BSI and 88 degree wide angle lens. BSI (back illuminated sensor) is what enables you to get good shots when you’re out and about at night, or in low-light situations. Most devices only include BSI in the rear facing cameras, and 5 MP on a front facing camera is unprecedented. Literally. I’ve never seen that before.
Street cred. Most of the time, I eat lunch and dinner with people who carry 2 phones: a work phone and a personal phone. I’ve had enough encounters with people evangelizing about the glory of HTC devices that I’m officially curious. I, too, would like to experience this magical emotional connection with my mobile device.
The screen. The HTC One M8 has an LCD screen, the Galaxy S5 has a super AMOLED screen. It’s a known fact that LCD screens perform better in the great outdoors, where my Galaxy S3 serves as a fantastic mirror. AMOLED is AMOLED, so I’m not putting much stock in Samsung’s claim that “Galaxy S5’s advanced Local Contrast Enhancement enables it to adapt and change according to the variation in light conditions. Under the sun or too much light, Galaxy S5 gives you an optimized display for you to see clearly and easily. On the other hand, when there is a lack of light, Galaxy S5 allows you to dim your display light so that your eyes feel more comfortable in the dark.”
I don’t think the M8 is available from my carrier until Friday April 11, and I haven’t seen the Galaxy S5 yet. I’ll be able to make my final decision when I can hold the devices side by side and check them out.
Please note: The opinions expressed here are my own personal opinions, and do not represent my employer or my coworkers’ opinions in any way.