Any device worth its salt has to go up against the almighty Samsung Galaxy S5. Today we are putting the Galaxy S5 against HTC’s newest smartphone, the HTC Desire Eye.
The HTC Desire Eye is unique in that it highly focuses on the camera, but it is also an amazing device in it of itself. Specs compete with the best of devices out there, something we wouldn’t expect from a Desire device.
Does it have what it takes to take on the Galaxy S5, though? It just may. Let’s take a good look at both devices.
HTC Desire Eye specs
- 5.2-inch 1080p display
- 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 13 MP rear-facing camera
- 13 MP front-facing camera
- 2400 mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy S5 specs
- 5.1-inch 1080p display
- 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 MP rear-facing camera
- 2.1 MP front-facing camera
- 2800 mAh battery
Surprisingly enough, this Desire phone actually matches the Samsung Galaxy S5 in terms of specs and performance. Both devices are snappy and come with a great processor and RAM memory.
Of course, there is an obvious difference in software. HTC’s and Samsung’s user interfaces are completely different. I could argue Samsung’s is heavier, has more bloat and is heavier on the performance. This also means Samsung has more features you may like, though.
Design and build quality
The HTC Desire Eye usually loses in this department, as other high-end smartphone manufacturers usually use premium materials. Samsung happens to keep its usual plastic construction, though. I would go as far as saying the HTC Desire Eye feels a little more solid.
The HTC Desire Eye is also very well designed, with a colorful and sleek look that we know many of you will like. It’s also important to note some of you may prefer the Samsung Galaxy S5 rubberized back and classic colors.
Samsung’s cameras are good, but there’s not much to write home about anymore. This is an area where HTC’s Desire Eye really excels. Not only does the camera offer good quality, but it comes with the HTC eye Experience.
HTC Eye experience offers features like face tracking, screen sharing, split capture, Face Fusion, Live Makeup, Crop Me In and more. During video conferences, the camera will literally track your face and crop you, framing you perfectly.
In addition, the HTC Desire Eye is among the very best selfie phones, touting a 13 MP front-facing camera. The Samsung Galaxy S5 sports an average 2.1 MP front-facing camera.
I do have to say I am not a big fan of Samsung’s design and build quality, so in many ways I would actually prefer the HTC Desire Eye. I like the way it’s designed and HTC is always good at making solid devices, even the plastic ones.
Samsung has great features and reputation that really makes a difference, though. You are much more likely to find accessories and support for a Galaxy device, due to its popularity.
Not to mention, it happens to be a great phone. It really all depends on preference, but I will have to say the Eye gets way to close to the Samsung Galaxy S5 in this competition. Especially considering it’s a Desire phone, a brand usually known for mid-range devices.