The day is here: Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has just hit the shelves at retailers around the globe. As HTC simultaneously makes the One M8 available in additional places, as well, we are geared up for a serious showdown of the Android heavyweights. While no one’s really sweating Samsung’s outlook here, HTC very much could stand to use a win, as the company’s been struggling to turn a profit lately. In the aims of driving as many sales towards the One M8 as possible, the manufacturer has apparently been distributing training material to retail employees which highlights the M8’s benefits over the GS5, and a copy of these docs has leaked online.
Do HTC’s points here really establish the One M8 as the clearly superior smartphone? Let’s take a look.
Well, those first two are nothing new about the M8, and apply just as well to the One M7 and its ilk – and it’s not like Samsung felt much of an impact from those models. The Motion Launch business is a neat idea, but we found it failed to live up to its potential due to inconsistent operation. Similarly, the Duo Camera is intriguing, but in reality it just doesn’t seem to quite make good on HTC’s hype. In contrast to those complaints, HTC Advantage really is awesome, and that cracked screen insurance gives HTC at least one benefit that’s both easily understood by the customer and that it can hold over Samsung’s head.
HTC continues with a run-down of some additional One M8 features, the lot of which you can see above. Does all this add up to a compelling case for the M8? Well, you’ve already seen our reviews for the smartphone; but what do you think? Is any of this helping to steer you towards HTC’s flagship, or is the Galaxy S5 simply too attractive?