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Tuesday Poll: From What We’ve Seen So Far, Would You Choose the HTC M8 or Samsung Galaxy S5?

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Rumors for both the HTC M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are at an all time high, so it’s time we ask where you all stand as of this very moment. From what we think we know, the Galaxy S5 will launch with either a 5.25″ QHD display or a 1080p display, but that’s if there aren’t actually two different variants of the device; one premium model and one less-premium model. The device is still rumored to feature a 16MP rear-facing camera, a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and launch with Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat.

The HTC M8 is currently rumored to launch with a 5″ 1080p display, dual rear-facing cameras, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and come out of the box running Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat. Luckily for HTC fans, reported pictures of the M8 have been popping up here and there of the device, while Samsung fans haven’t been as lucky.

So, if both phones were released tomorrow, which one would get your vote?

From what we have seen so far, which phone would you choose?

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  • Tim242

    Samsung is the only Android OEM I care about. People can hate on them all they want, but they rule. S5…bring it on!

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    I would say (between the two if neither weren’t an option) the M8. Why? Unless Samsung does something about that terrible speaker, I would rather have a speaker pointing towards me instead of away.

  • Nexoduss

    Where’s the option for whatever moto puts out next

  • chris125
    • Tim242

      Looks legit.

  • Manny Hernandez

    LG G3!!

  • Dave Amburn

    Neither. Moto X 2!!

  • Nikuliai

    Tbh I’m probably gonna wait til August, neither of those phones makes me tickle even a little :/

  • Kevin

    I choo choo choose neither.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I’m sure those who clicked neither are mostly Nexus and Motorola fanboys. And to a small extent LG.

    • Nikuliai

      we haven’t seen a thing that makes us think the devices will be different of what the market already offers, I don’t really think you need to be a brand ho to think that, it’s just that -at least to me- both devices are pretty boring right now, if the release comes with good features I would think of getting one, but as the title states, FROM WHAT WE’VE SEEN SO FAR, both devices are just average high end devices, so why toss my high end device (with features) for another high end devices (without features -at least not yet-)? it’s a no brainer to me

  • Dominick_7

    Neither. The Note 4 for the win!

  • rohmbd

    Moto X Deuce.

    • Godzilla

      You mean the Lenovo piece of deuce?

      • rohmbd

        Nope, I’m certain that the Moto X deuce is already in development…. I think that the thinkpads haven’t really dropped off after they acquired them so I hope that Moto’s products don’t either. I’ve just never had an Android phone with radios that compared to Moto’s.

        • AbbyZFresh

          Except Lenovo is primarily an enterprise-oriented company. Blackberry is a better match for them than Motorola. When was the last time you actually enjoyed your ThinkPads outside of an office setting where they are mostly used?

          Complete opposite from Moto X’s philosophy of user experience and simple stock android with fun colors to choose from. Lenovo will ruin them easily.

          • Nikuliai

            sorry to argue this but the biggest complain about Lenovo is that they took the ThinkPad brand (enterprise oriented brand) and turned into a public oriented brand, they sold tons of units and “the product now lost their pro touch”, that’s what you always hear about Lenovo ThinkPads, you’re making no sense at all

          • Jordan Webb

            Bought an IdeaPad Y-series a year ago. Excellent little gaming laptop – way better than DELL or Asus offerings, that’s for damned sure. Looks pretty nifty, too.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    GS5 by far due to the higher RAM.

    • Chris

      Is the S5 out already?

      • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

        No, not yet.

        • Chris

          Then how do we know the final spec sheet then?

          • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

            The post says it’s rumored to have 3GB of RAM.

      • Tim242

        This article clearly states, “From what we’ve seen.” You are such an ass.

        • George264

          Maybe he hasn’t seen it? He might not be the obsessively crazy Samsung fan you are and reads up on every little bit of Samsung rumors. You’re calling him an ass on something that hasn’t been confirmed. At least be civilized about it.

          • Tim242

            The title clearly asks which you would choose based on rumors so far. Jdrch said S5 due to RAM. That is based on the rumors, we all know this. Chris, like always, was being a jerk.

          • Nikuliai

            Nah not really… Chris just try to troll or attack anything he can… he does it every post

  • chris125

    Neither. Waiting to see what moto brings and those supposed google/Verizon projects. Samsung is doing the apple now, and the mock ups for the M8 look like once again its going to be huge for its size compared to other devices.

  • Mark Whelan

    No to Samsung…Not because the hardware…the software…specifically knox…Until it’s gone, no Samsung for me.

    • Jim Morris

      I’m surprised it took so long for someone to mention this. Their security is obviously great, which should be commended since the S4 bootloader hasn’t been broken. I would, however, like them to balance that security with the ability to unlock and tinker. HTC has a better track record (whether intentionally or not). Plus, I hate TouchWiz. It’s like Samsung decided Android was too dark and they needed to add watercolors and dumb things down. Either that or they have a Windows 3.1 fetish. If they release a launcher called “Program Manager” I’m going to laugh my ass off.

      • Mark Whelan

        I too, love tinkering. Have a S3 that I passed down to my son. Installed CM on it…avoided the Samsung 4.3 update specifically because of Knox. Really a shame. They should give you a choice. Frankly the efuse on on the boot loader is ridiculous…

  • Greg

    I would buy like the M8 if the front black HTC bar was removed.

  • Ben Jacobs

    I like my Moto X

  • crazed_z06

    Already have a Note 3, but if I had to choose out of those two, it’s S5 hands down. Ive said 1000 times that I will never buy another HTC after the Thunderjoke. I meant it.

  • Alan Paone

    I haven’t heard where either of them put the headphone jack, I can’t imagine caring about any other spec.

  • Ksupernor

    Im interested in the LG G3.

  • Guest

    I’m curious to see what comes from motorola, and if I don’t like that that I’m going nexus…but I’m also open to buying an iPhone

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Wait, why would they DOWNGRADE to QHD from HD? Or have we suddenly somehow switched QHD from meaning quarter-HD to quad-HD?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      qHD is quarter-HD. QHD is Quad-HD

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Oh, great. Because people already didn’t suck enough at remembering proper capitalization for Mb versus MB, now we have to trust them to do this right. Plus side is qHD was probably a pretty short-term stopgap resolution that’ll disappear soon enough.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Haha I didn’t make the terms, but yup. Even more confusion that makes people who know the difference, geeks!

      • Jim Morris

        I’ve noticed the difference, but find it disingenuous. Why can’t they just say something like 4k? They’re doing it for TVs…

        • Jordan Webb

          It doesn’t have the letters “HD” in it, so idiots get confuzzled.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Well QHD is 2560 x 1440 pixels. 4k is 3840 x 2160 pixels. So in truth, QHD is more like 2.5k and 4k is more like 3.8k

  • Morbid138

    They’re both ugly looking from what we’ve seen. Gotta see what they bring to the table software-wise. So NEITHER, for now.

    • Godzilla

      it’s a phone………..

      • Kevin

        Yes, I think he knows that.

        • Godzilla

          Not shopping for a wife here, it’s a phone. Not a car……….a phone

          • Nikuliai

            Cuz shopping for a phone with design is so gay but shopping for a car with design is so filled with manhood… the double standards here… just respect the fact that people cares about the design of things they have on them ALL THE TIME, like clothes, watches, belts, shoes, CELLPHONES and wallets, I wouldn’t take a bright red nexus to a formal meeting, sue me

          • Epic Tea

            Unless your wearing your red swade shoes right?

          • Nikuliai

            or purse?

          • Epic Tea

            Or purse heck, go full on red outfit, shoes purse and lipstick….um but maybe your a guy..idk…?

      • Morbid138

        Really!?

  • Ryan

    I want to see the G Pro 2.

  • Godzilla

    Where’s the X phone option? Oh………wait……

    • Franklin Ramsey

      That’s right, where is the X phone? lol

  • Patmw123

    I’d rather keep my moto x or buy a nexus 5 then have either of them.

    • Godzilla

      i’d rather have sex with Ashlynn Brooke but………

      • Pedro

        But I can buy a Nexus.
        And the transaction is not only fairly easy, but legal.

      • Tim242

        Me too, and you know chicks are not my thing.

    • Vantius

      I love my Moto X too. Also up vote for supporting the Wolfpack. #NCSU

  • Cael

    Motorola, Sony, or LG for me.

  • Ajmobileguru

    Any day Samsung over HTC. Not HTC after the ultra pixel gimmick. I am 100% sure the people who voted Neither will mostly be Moto fans craving for a 720p display with no software features and a terrible camera software.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Or LG G3, Sony, or any of the other MFGs of Android phones. Hate to break it to you that Samsung, HTC, and Motorola aren’t the only Android phone makers. Also, I’d take Software features that actually work over gimmick software features that work only with certain apps and don’t even always work with those.

      • Tim242

        Knock knock

        • Franklin Ramsey

          With Software features that work, I was talking more along the lines of Motorola’s approach. A few added features, that work, work well, and add value to the experience.

      • Nikuliai

        Amen to that! (broken) shotgun feature approach kind of blows, but sadly is the most common approach right now

    • Epic Tea

      Nexus 5, the camera on the one isnt a gimmick pixela are important but not the most important i would actually say the camera features are way more useful on the one especially with zoe than anytning samsung has to offer.

  • Orlando

    MOTOROLA MOTO X 2.

  • hyperbeatser

    Lol, good one Tim. The M8 is turning out to be a massive facepalm.

    • The Narrator

      And the S5 isnt?

      • calculatorwatch

        The S5 is just more of the same Samsung crap, but considering how well the S4 did it’s obvious that it’s working for them. It was up to HTC to turn the battle around and so far it’s looking like they won’t.

        • TylerChappell

          I think HTC really needs to take a good hard look at their butterfly s and introduce a phone in the US with a large capacity battery and they may stand a good chance from any Android enthusiast that can’t get their hands on a Nexus device, such as those of us on Verizon. The camera in the One is terrific, and even my Droid DNA’s camera impresses me despite not being an ultrapixel camera. Not to mention that HTC has been beating Samsung in Android updates lately, which is simultaneously a miracle given their history but no surprise since Samsung pumps out so many babies all at once that they can hardly keep up with their own devices.

  • Eric G Canoy

    Will they come to Verizon?

    • Jeremy Gross

      if its cool then no

  • Chris

    HTC doesn’t bull sh it around like others do

    • Godzilla

      LOL LOL LOL. Oh my god really? Do you know their financial status right now?

      • Chris

        Sadly people like phones that Bull s h i t around. Look at samsung with all their junk

    • Tim242

      Going bankrupt and putting a logo bar in for the bezel lovers. Oh wait…

    • PoisonApple31

      Lenovo can’t save all the struggling OEMs.

  • Daniel

    Really the Xperia Z1 Compact is the best phone that’s been shown off so far…but HTC over Samsung any day, especially with an M8 Mini perhaps and the on-screen buttons instead of the AWFUL SAMMY BUTTON LAYOUT

    • Tim242

      Xperia Z1 ultra is thick, and has huge bezels…with a tiny battery and a 4.3″ display. They could have fit a 4.8″ display in that footprint.

  • Mark2134

    I’m just here for the downvotes

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Take mine!

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

        Hey, don’t downvote me, dang it! :P

        • Mark2134

          Lol someone doesn’t like you downvoting my downvoting request!!

      • Mark2134

        Taken with all the care you sent it with :)

    • MistaButters

      I’ve never seen down votes accumulate as fast as they have on this thread. Your first down votes appear before you even hit post :p

      • EdubE24

        Chris has a quick trigger today!!

      • Mark2134

        lmao that’s exactly why I posted it. I couldn’t believe how fast the downvotes were hitting. O_o

    • Paul

      Now I don’t know whether to downvote or upvote… DAH!

      • Mark2134

        Downvote you must :P

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Both?

    • Godzilla

      I bet I can get more downvotes than you. X PHONE!!!!

      • Mark2134

        You win :P

  • Ben

    After owning the HTC One for less than a year, i’m eager to get a Nexus 5 -no more skins or annoying customisations, just pure Android as it was meant to be!

    • Chris

      if it was ment to be then why doesnt google enforce it? Right…. Its not.

      • Pedro

        You’ve heard about AOSP, haven’t you? The OS is Open Source.The S is Source. That’s source code. Once you release that under GPL/APL, there’s really no enforcing.

        • Adrynalyne

          Samsung doesn’t use AOSP though. ;)

          • Pedro

            Sure they do. They just adopt the ASL license to modify the available source code to their twisted version of user interfaces.
            And then, fortunately for us all, keep it secret from the rest of the world. The only people who have to suffer are those who pay for the privilege.

          • Adrynalyne

            No, they don’t. They have a private closed source branch from Google that has all the closed source bits removed from AOSP. AOSP is but one branch of Android.

          • Pedro

            Hence, the ASL reference.
            They use/start AOSP. Otherwise, it would be hard to put a reference to Android Version in Settings.

          • Adrynalyne

            You aren’t understanding what I mean. OEMs like Samsung have access to versions before they trickle down to AOSP, including the source code. The only parts they release are those required by GPL.

            This source includes more than AOSP does, including different applications.

          • Pedro

            And you aren’t understanding what I mean.
            The Apache Source License allows OEMs to do whatever they want with the released AOSP code. The code is released under the ASL. No need to post any modifications.
            And just where can you prove that Samsung has access to versions to AOSP before it’s released in AOSP? Shoot! There are already folks getting hyped about ART being the default runtime in 4.5, because there has been a commit in the git.

          • Adrynalyne

            I never said they couldn’t under Apache. In fact, I never disputed that they were or weren’t allowed to make changes.

            “And just where can you prove that Samsung has access to versions to AOSP before it’s released in AOSP?”

            Well known fact. AOSP is not the first branch of Android to receive releases.

          • Pedro

            But you said that Samsung doesn’t use AOSP, and they have a private, closed branch.

            Well, sure, they use AOSP. That’s the base for “Hey! We’re releasing Jelly Bean 4.2.2. to all Verizon phones Q1 2015″. And, yes, they have a private, closed branch that only allowed under ASL. If Android were released under GPL, they wouldn’t have that option.

          • Adrynalyne

            *Sigh*

            Android Open Source Project is not stock Android. It has all closed source bits removed, contains different applications, as well as different overlays.

            Samsung works from a different branch from AOSP. AOSP is a self-contained project and is not affiliated with any OEM.

          • Pedro

            And this is where I end this. Just because you are mis-informed doesn’t mean I need to bang my head inform you.
            AOSP is stock. It’s the Android version anyone can build at home. Purely free to build.
            It’s the Android Open Source Project.

            Google adds its own apps to access the Play Store, get Gmail, etc. But those are apps.

          • Adrynalyne

            “AOSP is stock. ”

            I will bow out too, because I actually have experience with this. It is not stock. It is all the open sourced bits of Android and nothing else. In fact, AOSP won’t even boot on a device without closed sourced proprietaries. In addition, it will not have any google syncing services of any sort, nor any google app until you replace AOSP applications with their closed-source counterparts and add additional Google apps. This includes FRAMEWORK, not just applications.

          • Rammstein

            You’re arguing with an android dev that knows his stuff. Idk your credentials but I’m sticking with Adrynalyne

          • Jim Morris

            Adrynalyne is correct, I know this because I’ve followed Android since the G1 days AND because I’m familiar with some of Adrynalyne’s work (and informative posts) for past phones I’ve owned. He knows what he’s talking about.

            Android starts with the Google internal Android repository (full, original Android source code). Now remove the bits that Google and others aren’t allowed or don’t wish to release publicly. That’s AOSP. AOSP is a subset of full Android.

            Samsung COULD use AOSP, but they don’t have to. They’re a Google partner.

      • Ben

        Sure, just my opinion, i find the launcher customisations of HTC, Samsung etc unnecessary. Originally, i tought HTC had done a nice job, but after using it for a while lots of little things started to annoy me. But each to their own.

        • Marikel

          The launcher and the notification shade are the only things that bother the sh*t out of me on the HTC One. There is unneeded stutter every time I’ve tapped on the quick settings toggle in the notification shade on demo units at Verizon.

      • The Narrator

        Google likes being open
        not locking down an OS.

        • Chris

          Then android fans need to quit it with the stock and nexus BS

          • Adrynalyne

            Why? That is part of being open.

          • MicroNix

            But what about open is important? The ability to modify as you see fit. Those who proclaim that there should only be stock builds and no customizations are actually in support of a closed OS. Just like iOS, there can be only one, unmodified OS or its garbage. Yet another argument that used to be made against iOS that now the purists here are a 180 on their stance. Its looking more and more like the Nexus/X crowd are not fans of an open OS but rather a dictated, no customizations OS.

          • Adrynalyne

            Fanboys are fanboys, regardless of the flavor.

          • Epic Tea

            Um you do realize 95% of nexus users dont just buy it for stock but because its the best device for customizing on wether your using a launcher or roms.

      • Tim242

        Open Source Software You should read about it. And to think, I used to defend you …

        • Chris

          woe is me…

    • Pedro

      And, at a price point that makes it easy to justify the annual upgrade.
      No carrier or bootloader locking is a nice touch.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Up until I saw that black bar, I was leaning towards HTC.

    • JMonkeYJ

      I am hoping against hope that is not for real. Might well be a deal breaker.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Maybe it’s just a realllllly big home button.

      • MistaButters

        Gesture bar? :p

    • ICU

      I’m leaning toward iphone6 with 5.5″ screen.

      • Nikuliai

        keep dreaming man, Apple is not gonna come even close to 5.5”, it goes against their approach of things

        besides: hipsters have small hands (sorry, had to say it)

        • TylerChappell

          No. Small penises. You meant to say that hipsters have small penises.

          • Nikuliai

            No I didn’t, I do not know nor care about hipsters penises (or the existance of)

        • Maxim∑

          We do have solid evidence from the sapphire crystal plant that it will be bigger so his dream will probably come true but not at 5.5in. I expect something similar to the moto x with small bezels

      • jpcmoney

        I hate to say it but as of late there isn’t much to look forward to in anything Apple! Well.. Maybe there MacPros!!

  • Marikel

    I’m just waiting to see how they perform in real life usage. The HTC One and GS4 both had similar specs yet the HTC One always ran smoother, even with a slightly lower clocked CPU! I hope Samsung fixed that this time around.

    • Chris

      Samsungs bloatware caused the slowness.

      • Marikel

        That’s my point. HTC Sense 5 was not as heavy as Touchwiz. I like both, though. I don’t completely hate the GS4, it has a REALLY great camera, but it definitely could use less bloatware.

  • Pdiddy187

    Neither.

  • Detonation

    I think I’m over the screen size war. After recently switching to a Moto X, my old Droid DNA just seems unnecessarily huge and annoying to use. I’ve got a tablet for my bigger screen needs, so a phone that is comfortable and easy to use with one hand is more important than screen size.

    • Marikel

      I actually rather enjoy the size of the DROID DNA. The only phones that seem unnecessarily large to me now are the HTC One Max, Galaxy Mega, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The largest I’ll go with a phone is the Galaxy Note 3, which is still a little too big (but a great phone nonetheless). This is coming from somebody that’s still holding on to their OG DROID RAZR (or being forced by Verizon to keep it until April, rather).

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    M8. Then again I’m pretty heavily biased toward HTC. Still interested is seeing what Sammy is cooking up. There isn’t anyone else to choose from really…unless you like LG

    • Chris

      and who does really?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        A lot on this site seem to like LG, just look at my auto down votes LOL. I’m still a ways of from choosing them.

      • EdubE24

        G2 owners…mine was a beast!!

    • Epic Tea

      The g2 is a beast with kitkat roms on it, and the battery life is insane i get like 2 days easy, and every phone ive ever had (GS2, GS4, HTC ONE, NOTE 2, MOTO X, IPHONE 5) has had crappy battery for me like not even a day.

      But i do like my One especially the Black goes great with my Nexus 7 2013, i trying to get a Nexus 5 but im happy with my One for now, even thought bettery life isnt thw best.

  • Philip J. Fry

    HTC all the way.

    • Justin W

      I was thinking that, but I’m not confident in their ability to remove bezels after the leak with the massive HTC logo/bezel combo on the bottom. What’s the point of having that if you move the buttons on-screen?

  • troy studnicka

    The S5 without question duh!

  • EdubE24

    I just can not go back to using Sense. Not a Touchwiz lover, but can deal with it a little better.

    • Chris

      Sense has come a long way since 2011

      • EdubE24

        Agree…but still not my cup of tea.

        • Epic Tea

          TeaTea!!? Where!?

    • Marikel

      I actually rather like Sense 5. But that’s only because I LOVE flat, minimalist designs. But honestly, Sense used to be one of the ugliest skins out there, right behind the old MotoBLUR.

  • kevin

    whoever has an unlocked boot-loader for Verizon

    • Philip J. Fry

      That’s going to be a tuff one

    • imneveral0ne

      So neither?

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Which one would we get based on Rumors? Umm… neither. Until they are confirmed, how could you make a choice?

    • Nikuliai

      it’s a light poll, do we have the spec sheet? no, do we care about it? most of us don’t, we’re voting about the rumors, if you don’t wanna do that you’re in the wrong post :P

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Well, if they didn’t want me to Vote, they shouldn’t have given me a Neither option, which is what I voted, along with multiple others.

        • Nikuliai

          I voted neither, which is “based on the specs we’ve seen I don’t care about either of the devices”, it’s not a “I can’t vote cuz I don’t have the specs”, the I can’t vote because -insert reason- is the people that shouldn’t vote, at least if they think of themselves as consistent, since their reasoning is “I can’t vote cuz I don’t have enough information”, ergo I don’t vote, but whatevs

          unless of course there is an option that states
          I can’t decide with the information we got so far

          • Franklin Ramsey

            That’s just the thing, the Rumors basically cover all spec ranges and software ranges from less touchwiz to more. “Based on the specs we have” doesn’t do any good because we don’t have any specs to go by! If we had a single list of rumored specs for each device, I’d say that line of thinking was logical. When you have spec lists to cover pretty much any base, that logic gets thrown out the window.

          • Nikuliai

            We have the box of the S5 with the spec sheet, and we don’t have much difference on the rumors on the HTC (only big diff is the camera and the huge logo), the big range of rumors on the S5 is long gone to me, it’s a 4×2.5GHz, 20MP, and all that stuff that shows the box, so I don’t agree on that, but if you truly think the specs of the S5 are not those I respect that, but I disagree so to me we have the relative specs of both phones, and I’m pretty sure every person who did vote Samsung or HTC have a clear image on their heads

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I haven’t seen a rumor yet for a 20mp in the S5…. So not sure where that is coming from, but that just shows my point. I’ve only seen 16mp, but processor changes and build quality changes, and screen. We don’t seem to “know” anything.

          • Nikuliai

            this is the only rumor I believe, the other rumors always have something stupid on it (retina unlock, fingerprint unlock on the screen) it just comes with something idiotic added to confirm (to me) that it’s just a dumb rumor.

            The image of the box tho, shows specs I actually believe more (snapdragon 805, 3GB ram, 20MP camera)

            http://phandroid.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Rear-box-Samsung-Galaxy-S5.jpg

          • Franklin Ramsey

            And yet, Qualcomm is saying the 805 won’t be shipping till the next quarter. So, basically you are saying that this rumor also can’t be right, unless Samsung is announcing it now, and not shipping it till May or June.

          • Nikuliai

            Nobody is sure about the qualcomm situation, but they don’t show it on the box either, it’s just about the clock speed (the 4×2.5 is not the Q800), but yeah you may be right and this may be a fake too, or they may have change the manufactor of the CPU.

            Either way tho, I wouldn’t care about any of the sets of specs they’ve leaked, it’s all top tier 2013 except for this one, which is kind of 2014 but still “meh” for me

            PS: Btw we’re at the exact half of the first quarter, if they start selling in April it’s Q2 already but yeah, this ain’t for sure

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Oh, I realize that April marks the start of the quarter, but Qualcomm has said the 805 won’t be available till the 2nd quarter, so if Qualcomm starts shipping in April, that’s when Samsung could start mass producing the phone. Samsung deals in large quantities, so they like to have a month or two production run of between 5-10 million phones ready to start selling at release. So if Qualcomm starts shipping in April, we wouldn’t see the phone till May or June.

  • MistaButters

    Meh. Honestly neither is enough of an improvement to ditch the Nexus 5. I’ll wait til Moto brings something to the table or skip this generation.

    Edit: wow that was the fastest down voting ever.

    • Chris

      Unless you live in your dead mothers basement. Nexus isn’t for you.

    • Jim890

      I must agree there wit you. But with me I’m picking up the galaxy S5. I think there we be big improvements in this one. No more plastic it’s matel.

      • The Narrator

        Lol nope

        Btw, what’s matel?

        • Jim890

          OK buddy.. Why all the downvotes.. Just because I gave my opinion.

          • grammar Nazi

            I do believe you spelled ‘metal’ wrong

          • The Narrator

            I just think metal is far away.

          • Intellectua1

            They hate Samsung in this land..

            Edit: Because you’re in the land of the Samsung haters…

          • The Narrator

            Metal isn’t happening . That’s a given

          • Intellectua1

            I personally don’t care if it’s metal or plastic.. Either way I’m going to slap a case over it.. Beside I care more about the internal specs.. What happened to the “it only matters what’s on the inside” saying.. Or is that only a big girl saying?

          • The Narrator

            That’s my main problems. Need to revamp UI, good specs, and get a better camera software.

          • Intellectua1

            Revamp the UI definitely..

          • Eric R.

            It really needs to be debloated

          • Turb0wned

            The Moto X cleared that saying up. 3GB of ram and the GS5 will still lag.

          • MicroNix

            Yeah, pictures tell a thousand words don’t they…

          • Jordan Webb

            Because it doesn’t matter what Samsung puts in the non-GPE GS4, it’s still going to stutter and lag.

          • Intellectua1

            Never had the lag issue so I can’t agree with you..

          • Jordan Webb

            Really? It kills me swapping between my dad’s GS4 and my Moto X. Home button lags, settings menu lags. App drawer lags. Normal apps boot up fast, but doing anything with the system itself is just sucky.

          • Nexoduss

            Idk now that I have the moto x, I love going naked haha. It just feels perfect without anything on it. But if I had to choose I would lean towards a more plastic / composite material.

          • Epic Tea

            Agreed i never understood people slapping big ugly cases that turns a phone into a brick, just be extra careful with your device i think the Nexus 5 the moto x have the best builds for naked use as far as durability.

          • MicroNix

            Its the typical Android (wait, I mean Nexus/X) enthusiasts here. They don’t like skin. They don’t like plastic (but do like a hunk of wood on the back). They don’t like what is perceived as worse battery life than theirs (even though the opposite is true). They don’t like home buttons because Google did away with them. They also don’t care for SD slots or removable batteries (though at one time they used that as a plus against the iPhone).

            And we are reminded of this in every single article that is geared toward Samsung, HTC or LG. And downvotes are sure to come to any post that disagrees with them.

          • Jordan Webb

            Not entirely sure that’s all true.

            First, when this thread started, every post instantly got 3 downvotes. So there’s that.

            Second, I’d love an SD and/or removable battery in my Moto X. Third, plastic’s fine – Samsung’s just feels crappy. I’d agree on the skin, but I think most people do – even my recently-converted-to-Android family hates what Samsung’s done. Personally, I won’t buy a Samsung because they have crappy radios, crappy-feeling plastic, screens that burn in within a few months, and the skin is unbearably laggy when performing system tasks. Those are just not enough to overcome the nice features (battery/SD/specs).

          • schlanz

            every phone is flawed in some way. yet nexus/moto x fanboys are more than delighted to excuse their devices shortcomings which can’t be ignored. meanwhile, we’re putting nova launcher and a case on our Note 3 or G2 and there goes the terrible, terrible things about them.

            Have fun with your middling camera and piddily battery life.

          • TheDrunkenClam

            An AOSP-like launcher is simply a bandade on a terrible skin. You still have all the clunky terrible redundancies in the framework’s coding. And you’re usually still stuck on the last version of android.

          • MistaButters

            Battery life isn’t bad on the N5. It certainly crushes my One X in that department, and I was running a One X stripped to the bones with a custom kernel all dedicated to prolonging battery. Sure, I would absolutely love if the N5 came with a larger battery, but I don’t have a problem making it through a normal day.

          • MistaButters

            Some of that I agree with. Some I don’t. Honestly, if Samsung just use freaking matte plastic, I’d be about 5 times happier with their phones. I don’t mind plastic, but that high gloss drives me crazy. Always has. Always will. And I don’t need stock to be happy, but a lot of the stuff in TouchWiz just feels like it glued on to an outdated Gingerbread build. They need to update the UI a bit, clean it up, and use their developers time to give us a couple knock it out the park features rather that a TON of gimmicky features. If Samsung did those two things, then I’d easily buy whatever they put on next. I honestly don’t give a crap about the home button since they consistently have the smallest bottom bezel even with the button.

          • Epic Tea

            actually the g2 has the smallest bezels of any smartphone.

          • MistaButters

            Edited. thank you.

          • ThePlayer

            he said “some” of the smallest not “the” smallest. Read thoroughly before attempting to correct someone.

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            My biggest gripe when I had my S3 was I KEPT DROPPING IT. That high gloss plastic is slippery as hell.

          • MicroNix

            You all do know that for the price of a case you can replace that shiny back cover of the Galaxy devices with something like a matte cover, right???

          • LiterofCola

            Nailed it.

          • Epic Tea

            Sd card slots are as about as useful as flavored toilet paper, onboard storage is better, even the devices that do have sd card slots are usually limited to what you can put on them from your phone.

            I can see the sd being useful in some cases but i had one back when i had a gs4 and i never used it in fact i wondered why i even bought it lol.

          • Rafi

            welcome to the internet

    • grumpyfuzz

      You should try some custom kernels, they have really improved my battery life.

      • MistaButters

        It’s funny. The Nexus 5 is the most stock phone I’ve ever owned lol. Like I said, I make it through a day, but I might give a new kernel a shot.

        • Philip J. Fry

          Try Franco kernel. It has helped my n5 a lot.

          • MistaButters

            Did you make any changes via System Tuner or any other app after you installed?

          • Philip J. Fry

            Yea, take a look through here. I also use his paid app. Definitely worth it IMO.
            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2532422

          • MistaButters

            Gracias.

          • Philip J. Fry

            No problem. And also if you want to flash a ROM, I’ve had real good luck with mahdi ROM.

        • grumpyfuzz

          Haha, I always tinker the most on my Nexus devices. But they are still awesome stock.

      • Turb0wned

        No one should have to revert to flashing kernels or Roms to have a good running phone.

        The reason I got rid of my Nexus 5, HTC One and kept my Moto X.

        • grumpyfuzz

          That is true, but when you own a nexus, it isn’t really that complicated. Just remember, a Nexus is more made for a tinkerer over an average consumer. And also, the Nexus is fine on stock. Kernels and roms just make it even better.

    • Intellectua1

      “Galaxy Plastic” but isn’t the Nexus made of plastic also?? (Nexus Plastic)

      Edit: When are people going to stop capping on plastic phones as if making one in metal makes it any better.. The iPhone has an excellent build quality but it’s an overall POS.. Along with the HTC One

      • MistaButters

        I’m not crapping on plastic at all. Galaxy phones use lightweight glossy plastic. It looks like crap. The Nexus 5 used a denser matte plastic, as did the One X, both beautiful phones. Plastic is fine. Galaxy plastic is not.

        • The Narrator

          No faux leather either

        • Intellectua1

          Oh so now the type of plastic matters?? Plastic is plastic buddy no matter what way you put it..

          • MistaButters

            Yes. It completely matters. It makes a huge difference in looks and perceived value.

          • MicroNix

            How many people stare at the backs of their phones? Further, how many people have a case and don’t even see the backs of their phones? Your argument is foolish.

          • Nikuliai

            not really, at least not to me, I don’t use cases, and I touch the back of my phone 99% of the time I use it, the feel matters, the quality of materials matter and most of all the drop quality matters (not that much to me, but it amazes me how much people drop their phones each 10 minutes)

          • Philip J. Fry

            I don’t use a case on my n5 and I love how it feels . I also have a note2 and can’t stand the shiny plastic feels, it feels so cheap.

          • Dustin Kear

            I look at the back of my phone all the time. No case. But then again that’s because I have a Moto X

          • schlanz

            apparently a lot of people here like to hold their naked phone in one hand while they pleasure themselves with the other. just stroking the naked, premium material in each hand.

          • LiterofCola

            I dont use cases.

          • schlanz

            perceived value? just who are you buying your phone for? who gives a flying crap what the perceived value of your phone is? are you using it to pick up shallow dates?

          • MistaButters

            I don’t want to carry around a phone that looks like a child’s toy.

          • schlanz

            I appreciate the irony in that your response was rather childish

          • PoisonApple31

            Like an iPhone?

          • Dustin Kear

            Nah

          • Dustin Kear

            Nah

        • schlanz

          say what you want about Samsungs “crappy” plastic, when you use spare battery kits and you’re ripping the back of your phone off every day its nice how easy and flexible that battery door is. comes off easy, goes back on easy, no worry of snapping it or anything of the sort.

        • TylerChappell

          No I think you mean Samsung* plastic. The battery cover for the GNex, GS3, and GS4 have all been gawd-awful flimsy bits that you feel like you’re going to snap in half when you remove them all for the sake of saving like half a mm of thinness.

          • PoisonApple31

            It may feel like that, but with the crappy GNex years worth of removing that battery cover everyday to pop in another battery, it never snapped in half. I wouldn’t think the GS3, GS4 would be any different.

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      Up vote, I got your back Butters.

      You’re right, it’s not a huge improvement over the current generation of phones. Well, the latter half of 2013 generation at least. I am now even more pleased with my G2 on Verizon – for $500 I get Snapdragon 800, 1080p, OIS on a 13 MP camera, and unlimited data. The Note 3 is around $700 I think off contract and I’m sure the S5 and M8 will be $600+ off contract. I think the S5 has as higher clock speed but it’s not the 805. Guess they’re saving that for the Note 4.

      • MistaButters

        Exactly! If you have something like a G2, there would be no real reason to upgrade to either of these phones.

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

          Now I’m just waiting and waiting for the 4.4 update. Supposedly by the end of March and they already started receiving it in the mother land so hopefully it will hit stateside soon.

    • ROB

      I am using the snapdragon battery guru and it has helped my N5 and I dont have to ROM.

    • Herb_Eaversmells

      Dunno why you were downoted but at least you have far more upvotes, you brought up legitimate points and I definitely agree.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      If you have Nexus, these other devices with their crappy skins shouldn’t even be a consideration.

    • Adam Truelove

      The Samsung and HTC fans were just quick to downvote. There is simply nothing better than a pure Nexus at this point, and I don’t know if there ever will be.

    • Rob

      Im on board with you, I love my nexus 5…I even keep google now on and dont really have battery problems…I honestly dont have much of any real serious issues with battery life on my phone at all. Nexus 5 all the way!

  • Jordan Webb

    Mo-to-ro-la. Whatever they do, I’d bet it’s better.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Len-o-vo-rola

    • caddy197

      Motorola wont be doing anything. They have been a non-factor since the original droid. After google purchased them, they released a few phones and still a money losing company. Hense the reason for google to unload moto to leveno. Its a two man race in android based phones, samsung and LG…..HTC is in distance third still losing money.

      • Nikuliai

        of course they would ditch them 2 years after they bought the company losing money after releasing just 2 products… not that it was a good business oportunity to get samsung to compromise and get the oems off their backs cuz of google giving special treatment to moto, of course that when you buy a company that is losing tons of money you do 2 products and leave before neither of the products has more than a third of its life cycle… makes a lot of sense
        /sarcasm

      • Jordan Webb

        My comment vanished, so here’s the short version: HTC’s not even in third, and LG’s barely in second. Actually, with Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola, they’re #2. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2573415

        • Nikuliai

          didn’t vanish, you answered to a different guy, besides, your comment was already a short version man lol, thanks for the gartner analysis you posted :), I didn’t know Lenovo was selling that many smartphones (95% in China but still, it’s selling basically the same as LG), so yeah, Moto+Lenovo is most likely second on Android, but those are 2 separate companies right now

          • Jordan Webb

            I responded to both, but the response to Caddy vanished. Discus works in mysterious ways.

          • Nikuliai

            lol, did you text the same thing?

          • Jordan Webb

            Nah, there was more text and an explanation of how this thread is about personal choices and not market share.

          • Nikuliai

            oh, well yeah I agree totally, it is a poll :B

          • Nikuliai

            hey! your list is wrong! rofl, Huawei is third! (16.6 billion) lol

  • Logan Jinks

    man after owning an S4 this year, I’m definitely leaning towards HTC this time around. Here’s hoping they have a decent camera. If not, I’ll probably get it anyway.

  • Jordan

    If the M8 has that big ass bezel they can just forget it. When you look at the speaker, logo, & on screen buttons as one whole thing it’s just absolutely ridiculous.

    • Ben

      Big bezel i think is likely, and they’re sure to stick their massive ugly logo on the front, despite the fact its engraved on the back. -this really erks me :)

  • samosa queen

    The new xperia that Sony will announce will be my new bae.

    • The Narrator

      This or HTC or LG. It baffles me that people would support a company like Samsung anymore

      • Jim890

        Hey (stuckonverizonforever) I’m sorry but I have a feeling this is you.

        • The Narrator

          It is.

          • Jim890

            I won’t ask. Glad to see you.

      • schlanz

        because its the last bastian of removable batteries and storage.. for me that outweighs any material issue (I use cases) or UI issue (I use Nova)

        so really, what is the problem then?

        • PoisonApple31

          Right on man!

    • JMonkeYJ

      Have you been following this thread?
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2615139

      I am definitely intrigued by it.

    • LiterofCola

      Yessssss bring on the Z2!

  • Chris

    HTC M8

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      All day!