For years, the biggest battle in the Android smartphone world has boiled down to three words: HTC vs Samsung. And 2015 is no different.

But the results of this year’s comparison (“Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9,” if you wanna get all SEO about it) are very different indeed. While we still resist the urge to boil down a smartphone face-off into clearly defined “winner” and “loser,” we remain obligated to call out trends where we see them. And this year, instead of siding with the underdog HTC, the winds of favor are blowing strongly in Samsung’s direction.

That’s due to a combination of factors. HTC’s One M9, while beautiful, is very much a rehash of last year’s One M8 – and the latter still holds the edge in some areas. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is a substantial overhaul of the company’s flagship smartphone line, a sorely needed change of pace in the wake of two less-than-stellar refreshes.

Find out just how dramatically the tables have turned in 2015: check out our in-depth Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 comparison below, the longer podcast version in the center, and the HTC One M9 video review embedded at bottom. Then stay tuned for Pocketnow’s full Galaxy S6 review, coming just as soon as we can get it to you!

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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 (Podcast Edition)

HTC One M9 Review (Video)

Interested in an even deeper look? Check out our full written review of the HTC One M9, then see how HTC blew our brains with its new take on virtual reality, the Re Vive. Then bone up on the smartphones that foretold the Galaxy S6’s awesomeness, the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha!

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