Want the fastest business phone around? Samsung's new Galaxy S5 and HTC's new One M8 are two of the most powerful smartphones ever. And they aren't just speedy. Both devices pack big, sharp displays, handy software updates and long battery life. In other ways, these new flagship smartphones are very different. The One M8 makes an impression with its slick metal casing, while the Galaxy S5 packs new hardware features, including a fingerprint reader. Read on for a head-to-head comparison.
Galaxy S5: The Galaxy S5's Super AMOLED display is big, bright and extremely sharp. At 5.1 inches, it's a smidge bigger than the 5-inch screen on its predecessor, the Galaxy S4. For most business users, that's a benefit; a little extra screen real estate can go a long way toward improving productivity. The S5's big display is more comfortable for basic tasks such as email and Web browsing, and it offers the space you'll need to view or edit documents and spreadsheets right on your smartphone.
One M8: The new HTC One M8 has a bigger, better display than its predecessor. Its 1920 x 1080-pixel, 5-inch display is significantly larger than the original HTC One's 4.7-inch screen. Business users will appreciate the phone's sharp picture, and the extra screen real estate can help you be more productive. But the phone's display isn't as bright or colorful as the Galaxy S5's.
Winner: Smartphone displays don't get much better than the Galaxy S5's.
Galaxy S5: The Galaxy S5 is easily one of the fastest smartphones on the market. It packs a speedy quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, so business users can expect seriously snappy performance. The phone also features LTE/Wi-Fi aggregation technology, which lets you download the same file using both networks, resulting in faster downloads. Other hardware highlights include up to 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for expandable storage and a high-capacity, 2,800-mAh battery to keep it going throughout the day.
One M8: Packing Qualcomm's powerful quad-core 2.3-GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, the One M8 just slightly edges out the Galaxy S5 in performance tests. The One M8 can launch apps in an instant, and it's fast enough for serious multitasking. It has an impressive 64GB of internal storage, and also includes a microSD card slot for expandable storage and a long-lasting 2,600-mAh battery.
Winner: It's a tie. The One M8 has a slight edge in performance tests, but most business users won't notice much of a difference in everyday use.
Galaxy S5: Out of the box, the Galaxy S5 is jam-packed with software, but its multitasking functionality is the highlight for business users. Like other Galaxy models, the S5 supports Samsung's Multi Window feature, which lets you run two apps at once in a split-screen view, for easier multitasking. And the feature is even more useful on the Galaxy S5, which has a bigger screen that previous Galaxy S smartphones.
HTC One M8: The One M8 offers a quicker, easier way to lock and unlock your phone. While unlocking most smartphones requires some combination of a button press and on-screen swiping or password entry, HTC's new Motion Launch feature lets you activate the display simply by tapping it twice. It's a small but time-saving feature for business users who constantly lock and unlock their phones to act on incoming notifications.
Winner: The Galaxy S5's Multi Window functionality makes it a multitasking machine.
Galaxy S5: The Galaxy S5 looks a lot like its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, with a few key differences. It's a bit bigger overall, and the smooth plastic back of the S4 has been replaced with a dimpled, textured back. The phone is familiar, but lacks the solidity and premium feel of the One M8. One perk is that the Galaxy S5 is the first phone in the Galaxy S line to be water-resistant; Samsung says it can even be dunked underwater and remain functional, thanks to flaps that cover the phone's external ports when not in use. That helps make the Galaxy S5 a phone business users can depend on.
One M8: The sleek body of the One M8 is 90 percent metal, giving it a premium look and feel, especially compared with competing plastic phones such as the Galaxy S5. And the One M8's rounded corners and understated accent lines add a touch of sophistication that puts this phone on a par with Apple's iPhone in terms of visual appeal. In other words, this is a phone that business users can take seriously. And the metal unibody design adds more than good looks; it also makes the One M8 more durable.
Winner: With its sleek metal housing, the HTC One M8 outclasses the Galaxy S5 in both looks and durability.
Galaxy S5: The Galaxy S5 is one of the first Android phones to feature a built-in fingerprint scanner. To quickly and easily unlock the device, just slide your fingertip over its home button, located on the phone's face, near the bottom edge. This extra security boost is good for business users who regularly access private business or client data on their mobile device. You can also use the scanner to access Private Mode, a place to store your most sensitive documents and emails — a feature that isn't available on other scanner-equipped smartphones.
The Galaxy S5 also ships with a suite of security features called Knox 2.0. Essentially, it lets you run business apps in a secure "container" that's separate from the rest of your smartphone, to ensure that sensitive company or client data can't be accessed by other applications. The suite of Knox apps includes a secure email client, calendar, address book, notebook, task manager, Web browser, document viewer and camera. Knox 2.0 also makes it possible for IT departments to manage which enterprise apps and company files employees can access on their smartphones.
One M8: Compared to the Galaxy S5, the One M8 is conspicuously lacking in new security features. It does not feature a fingerprint scanner, nor is it compatible with a system comparable to Samsung's Knox 2.0. Instead, the One M8 comes with the same set of security features that most smartphone users are accustomed to, such as the ability to set a PIN number or swipe pattern on your phone's lock screen.
Winner: The Samsung Galaxy S5 wins this category with new and innovative security features.
It's hard to go wrong with either the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the HTC One M8. Both phones feature powerful processors and big, bright displays, plus useful new software features to make you more productive. If you want security and multitasking prowess, the S5's unique feature set might make it the best business phone for you. But if you value premium design and want the absolute fastest Android phone around, the One M8 edges out the competition.