HTC and Samsung’s 2014 flagships showcase two radically different approaches to smartphone design

For many smartphone buyers over the next few months, this is the big choice — the Samsung Galaxy S5, or the new HTC One M8. While both are five-inch rectangles — more or less, anyway — running Android 4.4 KitKat, the differences are numerous and significant, representing two divergent approaches to smartphone design.

HTC emphasizes design at every turn, with a aluminum unibody and its stylish Sense 6 UI. With Samsung, it’s all about the features — a water-resistant chassis, a beastly 16-megapixel camera, built-in fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor. So how do the two compare? Read on as we pit these two heavyweights against each other. It’s time for the smartphone grudge match of 2014 —HTC One M8 versus Samsung Galaxy S5.

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