If you visit any mall, and you’ll probably see stores already selling prominent flagship smartphones this year, namely, the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, and HTC One (M8). All three are no doubt sophisticated, high-end devices. Which should you choose? Here are what the critics are generally saying.

DescriptionSamsung Galaxy S5HTC One (M8)Sony Xperia Z2
Operating SystemAndroid 4.4.2 KitKatAndroid 4.4.2 KitKatAndroid 4.4.2 KitKat
Display5.1-inch Super AMOLED
1080p Full HD, ~432ppi
Gorilla Glass 3
5-inch Super LCD3
1080p Full HD, ~441ppi
Gorilla Glass 3
5.2-inch Triluminos
1080p Full HD, ~424ppi
OGS
Scratch resistance
CPU2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8012.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
(2.5GHz for Asian markets)
2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
GPUAdreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 330
RAM2GB2GB RAM3GB
Internal Storage16GB/32GB16GB/32GB16GB
microSD supportYes, up to 128GBYes, up to 128GBYes, up to 64GB
Rear Camera16-megapixel with autofocus and LED flash4MP Ultrapixel with autofocus and dual LED flash
Secondary camera
20.7-megapixel with autofocus and LED flash
Front Camera2-megapixel5-megapixel2.2-megapixel
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
3G, HSPA+, LTE
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band
3G, HSDPA, LTE
Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX
GPS, GLONASS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
3G, HSPA+, LTE
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
GPS, A-GPS
Dimensions142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm
Battery2800mAh2600mAh3200mAh
Other FeaturesFingerprint scanner
IP67 water- and dust-proof
Heart monitor
HTC BoomSoundIP58 water- and dust-proof

Samsung Galaxy S5

From the screen and processor to the cameras and user interface, the upgrades are largely incremental. But if you add all those up, that makes the Samsung Galaxy S5 the most powerful smartphone at the moment. Its extra features, such as the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, may be considered niche, but they’re welcome additions nonetheless.

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Like its predecessor, the HTC One (M8) hits the mark in the basic smartphone experience. Design is as stylish and graceful as ever, and the raw power and new software make it an excellent choice for a smartphone. Then again, the changes may not be sufficient enough to truly set itself apart from competition. Also, the new dual rear cameras apparently produce mixed results.

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2 color variants

The Sony Xperia Z2 is a great phone in many aspects: camera, battery life, water and dust protection, and the design. That last part is what makes me personally attracted to it over the S5, while its camera is reportedly superior to the HTC One’s. But once again, what we have here is an incremental upgrade to an already outstanding phone, the Z1.

Whichever you choose, you’ll probably end up getting satisfied with it. They are, after all, high-end smartphones equipped with their own unique experience for Android users. But if your current high-end handset isn’t even one year old yet, maybe just stick with it and hold off from buying until something much bigger and more innovative comes along. I hear the upcoming LG G3 is right around the corner.



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