The One M8 is one of the best phablets on the market.
The Asus Padfone S, on the other hand, tries to attract as many customers as possible. The price of the device is the selling argument, given the fact that the Padfone S delivers some nice specs, usually found in flagship devices from Samsung, LG and HTC. Let’s compare the handsets.
Design and Display
Labeled as a device that combines style and technology, the Padfone S does have some unique and elegant design principles. While it sticks to more traditional design lines, such as flat screen, the phone is sleek, with metal around the sides, giving it a more premium look. The white color is especially an elegant choice. The corners are a bit rounded, but it still falls behind the modern curvier principles. The One M8 represents something of a bridge between the new and the old designs. While HTC has adopted metal as a main building material, and some of the curvier design lines, you get the feeling the company could have done more. However, it is worth noting that you get a device that keeps the signature HTC look. Interestingly, both devices pack exactly the same screen size, resolution and density. The only difference in the display is that HTC uses Super LCD3 technology, while Asus uses IPS display. The resolution of the 5 inch screen display is set at 1920×1080, delivering 441ppi. The protection is another area of difference. Whereas the Padfone S is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, the One M8 uses the more advanced technology of the Gorilla Glass 3.
Hardware and Operating System
The differences in the hardware department are not many, as the specs are nearly identical. Both handsets are powered by the Snapdragon 801 quad core processor, which is clocked at 2.3GHz. Packing 2GB of RAM memory, the devices run smooth and can handle multitasking easily. One of the differences here is in the storage section. While the Padfone S is available only with 16 GB of built in memory, the One M8 comes in 32GB version as well. And while both handsets have option for external storage, the M8 supports a 128GB microSD card, while the Padfone S supports only a 64GB microSD card. The devices run on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with the HTC One M8 having the option to upgrade to the latest 4.4.3 version. And while the basis of the OS is Android, the Padfone S has the ZEN UI on top of it, while the M8 has the Sense UI added. It comes down to preferences; but some of the features in the Zen UI include the What’s Next (reminding you of important events/birthdays of friends, etc…) and the option to stream data directly from cloud services such as Google Drive and Dropbox to your cell phone.
While nobody might get excited about 4-MP Ultra pixel technology HTC uses in the rear camera, the front camera of the device is a selfie friendly 5-MP sensor. The rear camera does have a dual LED flash and delivers snaps at 2688x1520pixels and some nifty features in the camera app. However, even video recording is low, as the phone records just 1080p videos at 60fps. The Padfone S packs a 13-MP shooter on the back, and a 2-MP sensor on the front of the device. The rear camera has just one LED flash and can capture photos at 4128x3096pixels. The video recording is better, as the handset can record 2160p videos at 25fps, but the 1080p recording is set at 30fps.
The Padfone S packs a weaker battery, with capacity set at 2300 mAh. However, according to company information it delivers more, as it can handle up to 22 hours of talk time and 528 hours of standby. The M8, on the other hand, delivers just 20 hours of talk time and 496 hours of standby. Just for info, the battery capacity is set at 2600 mAh in the One M8.
This is the main selling point of the Padfone S, as it sells for just $320 in the SIM free version. The price of the M8 is set at $670 for the SIM free version.