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Specs Fight: HTC One M8 vs Galaxy S5 vs Xperia Z2 vs LG G2 vs Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5S

We keep getting questions about what device our readers should choose, so we decided to write a short article and help you decide. Unfortunately it’s pretty hard to make a decision and we also couldn’t compare all the smartphones, so we decided to pick the most popular ones: HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, LG G2 and the Apple iPhone 5S.

They are all high-end flagship devices and three of them (HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2) have been released this year, while the other three are a little older.

We are going to compare their display, hardware, and camera and see which one is best for you.

Display

Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with the best display we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. It’s a 5.1″ Super AMOLED with a Full HD resolution. But the others are not bad either. The HTC One M8 and Nexus 5 feature a 5″ IPS TFT, while the Xperia Z2 and LG G2 come with a 5.2″ one and the iPhone 5S has a smaller 4″ one.

We prefer the Galaxy S5’s display, because it’s colors and sharpness are superior to the other devices. Unfortunately the iPhone 5S has a really small display and it’s only good for those who want a small smartphone.

Hardware

The most powerful of them all is probably the Sony Xperia Z2, which comes with 3GB of RAM. The other Android smartphones come with 2GB, while the iPhone 5S sports just 1GB.

In terms of processing power, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 2.5Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, while the HTC One M8 and Xperia Z2 are clocked at just 2.3Ghz. The Nexus 5 and LG G2 sport a 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and the iPhone 5S comes with a less-powerful dual-core 1.3Ghz Apple A7 CPU.

The Xperia Z2 comes with only 16GB of internal storage, while the other Android smartphones also have an option for 32GB and the iPhone has a 64GB variant too on top of that.

Camera

It’s a tough job to compare their cameras, but we are going to keep it simple and focus on what matters most: image quality.

We believe the Samsung Galaxy S5 has the best camera, especially thanks to its unique features, like the Phase detection autofocus. It’s 16MP sensor also allows you to take high quality photos and record 4K videos.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is the second in our opinion, as it also has a really good camera, while the HTC One M8’s dual 4MP Ultrapixel cameras are very good, but image resolution is pretty low and it lacks the Galaxy S5’s features. But The HTC One M8 comes with a lot of other features for its camera.

The LG G2 and iPhone 5’s cameras are pretty similar and while they aren’t as good as the ones found on the S5, M8 or Z2, they take better pictures than the Nexus 5, which is infamous for that.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for the best hardware and a very good camera, then you should choose between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2. HTC One M8 is really close to them when it comes to that, but it does look much better.

LG G2 and Nexus 5 are also powerful smartphones, even though they have older hardware. The biggest differences between them and this year’s flagships are given by the camera.

The iPhone 5S is much smaller than the others, has a decent camera, but it can’t be compared to the one found on this year’s Android high-end devices and its specs can be found on a low-end Android device.

You can choose whatever you want between the HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 if you’re looking for a high-end device, but if you want a cheaper one, we’d recommend the Google Nexus 5, considering it also comes with the stock Android experience.

HTC One M8 Galaxy S5 Xperia Z2 LG G2 Nexus 5 iPhone 5S
quad 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 801 quad 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 801 quad 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 801 quad 2.26Ghz Snapdragon 800 quad 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800 dual 1.3Ghz  A7
2GB RAM 2GB RAM 3GB RAM 2GB RAM 2GB RAM 1GB RAM
Dual 4MP 16MP 20.7MP 13MP 8MP 8MP
5″ 5.1″ 5.2″ 5.2″ 5″ 4″
16/32GB 16/32GB 16GB 16/32GB 16/32GB 16/32/64GB

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