Smartphone Comparisons – iPhone 5s and HTC One

January 30, 2014 | By | Reply More

Smartphones are almost a way of life for a large slice of the population these days. Long gone are the days when Apple created and controlled the market. They certainly did an amazing thing creating the first smartphone, but as with all new technology, it doesn’t take long for the copycats to surface.

iPhone 5s and HTC One

Nowadays, the iPhone is just one option in a world of smartphones. Almost every wireless network now offers service worthy of smartphone capabilities and a variety of smartphones to go along with them. We are going to compare the latest iPhone (the 5s) with one of its strongest competitors, the HTC One.

  • Design Both phones offer a very similar sleek, industrial design. However, the iPhone is notably more compact than the HTC One. The iPhone comes in at 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and 112 g, compared to the slightly larger HTC One measuring 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm and 143 g.
    Though the smaller iPhone is perhaps a little easier to grasp, the arched back of the HTC lets it sit in the hand more naturally. The feel aspect would therefore be mostly a personal preference.
  • DisplayThe larger size of the HTC One is due mostly to its 4.7 inch screen that dwarfs the iPhone’s 4 inch display. The iPhone screen is a bit brighter than its competitor, while the HTC carries a higher resolution (640 x 1136 IPS-LCD versus 1080p S-LCD 3, respectively). The HTC one screen is a bit more reflective as well, while the color reproduction is comparable between the two models (with the iPhone just slightly better). Overall, with display real estate being a priority, the HTC One’s HD screen would tend to be more appealing.
  • Software and Ease of Use In many ways, this comes down to an iOS versus Droid argument. Much of it comes down to user preference, and what the user’s personal needs and wants happen to be.
    If you prefer a simple, controlled experience, chances are you’ll like iOS. If you prefer to have more personalization and expansion options, the HTC’s Sense 5 is probably the operating system you would prefer.
    Also, Droid has a much larger expanse of apps available from a number of sources, while Apple maintains quality control over all the apps available through iTunes. Of course, if you choose to jailbreak your iPhone, you aren’t limited to just these choices.
    The larger screen on the HTC also means a larger keyboard with more extra characters available without having to access another screen. But again, as the fore runners of the technology, the iPhone keypad is still very sleek, responsive, and has a strong auto-correct feature.
  • Cameras and Multimedia When it comes to camera capabilities the iPhone is the obvious winner. It offers an 8-megapixel iSight camera with an f2.2 aperture lens, 1.5µm sized pixels, dual-LED flash, and 29fps 1080p video.
    The HTC One comes with a 4.3 megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera with a f2.0 aperture lens, 2.0µm sized pixels and optical image stabilization. Its 1080p video is limited to a choppier 18 frames per second.
    While the “Ultrapixel” is a fine phone camera, but the quality of images generated by the iSight are clearly superior. Of course, the HTC One offers more setting flexibility, as is true of most Droid phones, while the iPhone focuses on keeping it simple.
    For music and HD video, both perform well, but the HTC shines slightly brighter, thanks to its larger screen and dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound.

On most other features, the phones operate equally well, with the exception of their processors. Both operate fine with current demands, but the iPhone once again takes the lead with its one of a kind 1.3 GHz Apple A7 processor, based on 64-bit architecture. Though this means smoother performance now, it will come even more into play in the future.

Ultimately, what it comes down to is a matter of personal preference. The HTC One can probably be found for almost half the price of the iPhone 5s, with a little looking around. But Apple has always stood by producing cutting edge technology while everyone else plays catch up, here illustrated by both the camera and processor.

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