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

The verdict

The LG G3 doesn't have the exquisite build of the HTC One M8, nor does it have the extra sensors of the S5. But that doesn't matter.

Instead, it brings a complete package. For one thing, it has an excellent screen that, despite being larger than its rivals, doesn't increase the size of the G3 itself, thanks to LG's bezel-trimming magic.

Its camera is superb and adaptable, and its build, although not metal, both looks and feels good. A removable battery and microSD storage are the cherries on top of an already very tasty cake.

The S5 points to a flashy future, the Z2 a controlled one, and the One M8 continues to push design boundaries. But it’s the way LG has packaged everything so carefully that makes this the nicest phone to live with.

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The final scores

HTC One M8 (from £520) ★★★★★
Beautiful and brilliant, the One M8 is as pleasant to use as it is to hold

Samsung Galaxy S5 (from £530) ★★★★★
Packing in tech features and waterproofing is great, but Samsung needs to focus on design details

Sony Xperia Z2 (from £600) ★★★★★
Classy and clever with talent in spades, if the Z2 were easier to live with it’d be unstoppable

LG G3 (from £407) ★★★★★
LG followed its 2013 Smartphone of the Year by keeping everything that made it so special and adding a whole lot more

What's next?

Smartphone season isn’t over. Not by a long shot. The new king of the spec sheets is the £230 OnePlus One, with the 2K Oppo Find 7 not far behind. Both 5.5in phones offer most of what the HTC, Samsung and Sony have, for a lot less money. Paying more isn’t the only way.

Each of the phones here is a refinement of sorts. If you’re waiting for more of a leap, both the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime and HTC One M8 Prime have already been rumoured to launch with 2K screens. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, meanwhile, should be announced at the IFA trade show in September and may even have a flexible display.

And then of course there's the Apple iPhone 6 - coming to an Apple Store near you this autumn. Want even more radical? Google’s Project Ara should bring us modular smartphones in early 2015.

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Comments

 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 V3.zip 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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