Smartphone supertest: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3

Four top Androids. Four eye-caressing screens. We play spot the difference

Which 2014 superphone should you buy? We’re going to say something controversial now: all four of these devices are amazing.

You’re looking at four great phones from last year, tweaked, refined and enhanced almost beyond recognition. So there’s no wrong choice. But that doesn’t make your decision any easier.

What might help, however, are the following results of us living with the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G3 for weeks, discovering the teeny flaws with each handset and the things that make them tick. For instance the downright beautiful snaps the Z2 can take – when your blurry finger isn’t ruining the shot because the rear camera is in the corner – or which of the Samsung’s features to actually bother using. Read on to find out what you’ll love most about Android’s new finest, day to day.

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Meet the contenders

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1. Sony Xperia Z2 (click to jump straight to it)

This latest Sony has a 5.2in screen, new camera tricks and Android KitKat. But is it enough? 

2. HTC One (M8) (click to jump straight to it)

Previously crowned Stuff’s No.1 smartphone, the HTC One (M8)’s beautiful body and sleek Sense 6.0 experience make for a formidable opponent. 

3. Samsung Galaxy S5 (click to jump straight to it)

The Swiss Army knife of phones continues its mission to make all other gadgets obsolete, but is it the phone we want in our pocket?

4. LG G3 (click to jump straight to it)

Stuff’s number one smartphone brings super-thin bezels, a 2K screen and a laser-assisted camera to the fight.

More after the break...

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 One of the things that's being overlooked about the M8 is it's camera. While in stock form I must admit  it's a mess for outdoor landscapes but If you're willing to root you're phone & install Jishnu Sur's HTC One Cam mod it corrects most of it's  shortcomings.  it however doesn't stop there. For even more camra awsomeness, a trip over to Google play to pick up a litle app called  Camera FV-5 will have you churning out 4.5 MB Raw .PNG files that will bitch slap every one of it's rivals in their stock form.  The ultra pixel Camra HTC hyped up  is actualy there. You just have to do a little digging to bring it out. And lets also not forget the sound. as is it's awsome. By simply rooting the phone and flashing the rom you get  a choice of either Beats audio (which I prefer) or the Htc one Harman Kardon presets. 

Most will likely go for the Harman Kardon presets but as a true audiofile I can tell you first hand that while not as spacious sounding (I feel Harman Kardon over did it with the brightness) Beats audio introduces a warm, rich, ampli spacious quality sound with Bass the likes I have never heard coming from such a small device.

Another one of the HTC's strong points are it's actual data thruput speeds. whether it be with wi-fi or 4G LTE.  The phone is one of the fastest out there.

So the bottom line is, If you like to root your device you may want to go for the M8 & if done right your images won't be pixelated and you also wont have a problem with its dynamic range.

The M8  Rooted  is just beautifully awesome.

I've personally gone for the LG G3 after reading this review, listening to some advice off friends and then finally being recommended it when i went into a store. personally i love it does everything i want it to, having been an iPhone user since the originals launch i'm loving the freedom the android OS is giving me and the Luxurys of a removable battery and a huge amount of screen space!

That being said i've found the screen to be a bit of a curse. the battery on the phone seems to last a lot longer than that of my old iPhone 5 when it's sitting in my pocket but the minute you turn on that screen it's one huge power drain, so you really need that option of removable batteries.

I also found today when i was out on a sunny walk and was wanting to turn up the brightness on the screen so i could see it in the bright light i was told that i couldn't turn it up any higher because of the temerature of the screen.

...All this being said, still love the phone and would recommend it to people, but that screens a bit of a double edged sword.

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