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Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which should you get?

Two of the most eye-catching Android phones of the year are begging for our attention right now -- and all the hype can make it hard to know which one's right for you.

So let's make this simple, shall we? After living with both devices, I've put together the following guide to help you figure it out:

http://blogs.computerworld.com/smartphones/23800/galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8
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Chrome Remote Desktop now in Google Play for Android. Sweet!
Securely access your computers from your Android device.• On each of your c...
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+Lionel D - most probably direct as it works very fast on my extremely slow WiFi connection
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When you stop and think about it, these three absent elements explain a lot. 
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+Adam Carter they aren't really crushing them in flagship sales. The entire Galaxy flagship lineup (S lineup including older ones and Note lineup including older ones) only made up about 1/3rd of Samsung's total sales last year per their own conference calls, not to mention Samsung is in a LOT more markets. Most of their sales are coming from low margin budget devices that really can't claim these features, build, aesthetics as a selling point to begin with. So, for one to say that for example air gestures or other gimmicks are what are driving sales for them has to at the same time take into account that 2/3rds of Samsung's sales come from devices that have exactly none of that.
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Samsung's "back to the basics" UI design

System settings on the Galaxy S5. 'Nuff said.
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In a couple years the screen on the Samsung phone will be large enough to fit all of these settings at once.
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Out and about doing some camera comparisons today...

Results soon.

UPDATE: The full comparison is now online:
http://blogs.computerworld.com/smartphones/23772/galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-camera
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+Mike Myers I actually did tap to focus (on both phones) prior to snapping the photos. Go figure.

I really should start to include an HDR-to-HDR comparison in these things, though. I typically stick to the default auto settings to provide an even baseline comparison (and also because that's the configuration the vast majority of people will use), but a couple of shots looking at HDR would probably be worthwhile.

Next time...
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If the Galaxy S5 existed in a world of its own, it'd look pretty darn impressive. The problem is that the real world isn't so one-dimensional -- and when you start making comparisons, Samsung's "next big thing" looks a lot less grand.

My full review:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247713/Galaxy_S5_deep_dive_review_Long_on_hype_short_on_delivery
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Samsung makes good hardware but they completely drop the ball on software. I'd rather buy the phone with the correct software and make my compromises with hardware(tho right now I'm not really making any) . then again if all I cared about was hardware I'd buy the g2.
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Warning: This will make you feel very, very old.
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I actually feel humbled.
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I'm not going to be very popular this week.
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Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Camera shootout!

How does Samsung's Galaxy S5 camera compare to the HTC One (M8)? I put together some side-by-side samples so you can see for yourself.

Check out the gallery and see what you think:

http://blogs.computerworld.com/smartphones/23772/galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-camera
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Mine are all 1.8 - 2.1 MB so I guess I'm lucky in that regard but I'd rather have 20mb problems lol
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Not sure if it's the presence of two-factor authentication or what, but Mailbox for Android sure isn't off to a great start for me.

(The app's iOS-style design is a whole other can of worms, but I haven't even been able to get that far into it yet.)
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I can't get Dropbox to login on my N7 with Dropbox 2 factor turned on. They need to work on it. 
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I write about Android, Chrome OS, and other titillating technology. You may have seen me in such places as PCWorld, Computerworld, and SeaWorld (hey, that Shamu is all right). I'm the guy behind Android Power and eSarcasm, voted 0.2 times as the best geek-humor website in the world. I also make one hell of a turkey sandwich.

In my spare time, I enjoy flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

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