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HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: The Best Android Smartphones

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By Precious Silva | May 27, 2014 11:28 AM EST

Android smartphones come in different shapes and sizes. As the smartphone market becomes more competitive, consumers may be overwhelmed with the number of choices available. The following sections count down some of the most powerful and highly rated Android smartphones today. 

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An attendee tests the new HTC One during a launch event in New York, February 19, 2013.

HTC One (M8) 

The HTC One M7 set the stage for HTC's smartphones. It performed accordingly upon release. With the release of the HTC One M8, websites like ZDNET note that HTC has been learning its way to become one of the leading Android smartphone manufacturers around. 

The following features make the HTC One M8 a good choice for consumers:

  • Reliable camera software
  • Fast response time and performance
  • High quality build
  • Excellent LCD3 display
  • Excellent battery life
  • BoomSound stereo speakers
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Moto Launch gestures
  • HTC Sense 6 user interface
  • Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801
  • Quad-core 2.3 GHz (US/EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia, China) Krait 400

However, users may have to get used to the extended form factor and slippery finish. The phone is also not resistant to water and dust. 

Samsung Galaxy S5 

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been a hit. It looks likes its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been following in its footsteps. According to a report by Chitka, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has better adoption rate compared to the previous Galaxy flagship. According to the results of the company's study: 

"In the 25 days since the device hit the North American market, usage statistics point to Galaxy S5 users generating 4.3% of all continental Samsung smartphone Web traffic. For comparison, 2.0% of North American Samsung smartphone Web usage was driven by Galaxy S4 users in the same time period following its 2013 release." 

Here are some reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S5 may be a good choice for consumers:

  • Reliable and excellent camera software and performance
  • Super AMOLED screen
  • Water and dust resistant capabilities
  • Removable micro SD card and battery
  • Excellent battery life
  • Lightweight nature despite the large screen
  • Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
  • Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

Sony Xperia Z2 

The Sony Xperia Z2 is Sony's take on the next generation phablet. Here are some features which make may make it ideal for some consumers:

  • IPS LCD Display
  • Excellent metal and glass build
  • Waterproof and dust resistant capabilities
  • 3GB RAM
  • Physical capture button for the camera
  • Reliable and excellent camera software
  • Multi-color indicator light
  • Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801
  • Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400

The right smartphone depends on the needs of the users. The following smartphones mentioned are some of the top performing Android smartphones today. 

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An attendee tests the new HTC One during a launch event in New York, February 19, 2013.
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