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

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.