Showdown: Android smartphone flagships: Page 2 of 4

Showdown: Android smartphone flagships

DISPLAY

HTC One (M8)
- 5-inch
- Full HD (1920 x 1080)
- Super LCD 3
- Pixel density: 441 ppi

Samsung Galaxy S5
- 5.1-inch
- Full HD (1920 x 1080)
- Super AMOLED
- Pixel density: 432 ppi

Sony Xperia Z2
- 5.2-inch
- Full HD (1920 x 1080)
- IPS
- Pixel density: 423 ppi

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5

All three phones boast excellent displays, with vibrant colors and great viewing angles. While the One (M8) has the most pixels per inch, thanks to its slightly smaller display, the difference in clarity between the three phones is negligible. Overall, we give the nod to the S5 in this category for its higher maximum brightness, deeper contrast and more natural colour reproduction, especially when it's running in its Cinema mode setting.

AUDIO

HTC One (M8): Front-facing BoomSound Stereo Speakers

Samsung Galaxy S5: Single rear speaker

Sony Xperia Z2: Front-facing Stereo Speakers

Winner: HTC One (M8) / Sony Xperia Z2

Both the One (M8) and Xperia Z2 boast front-facing stereo speakers. Comparing the two, we found both phones to be about equal in terms of volume and clarity, but we felt that the One M8 produced a slightly wider sound, with a bit more bass and tonal range. Having said that, the difference was small enough that we will call this category a tie between the One (M8) and the Z2.

SENSORS

HTC One (M8)
- Ambient light sensor
- Accelerometer
- Gyroscope
- Proximity
- Compass
- Barometer

Samsung Galaxy S5
- Fingerprint Scanner
- Heart Rate Sensor
- Ambient light sensor
- Accelerometer
- Gyroscope
- Proximity
- Compass
- Barometer

Sony Xperia Z2
- Ambient light sensor
- Accelerometer
- Gyroscope
- Proximity
- Compass
- Barometer

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5

While all three phones have the standard complement of sensors, the S5 is the clear winner here thanks to its fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor. While its implementation of the fingerprint scanner could have been better, it's the only premium Android phone that has it, plus it has close collaboration with PayPal for fingerprint based authentication.

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