Recently, HTC unveiled their highly rumored HTC One M8 at a press event in New York. The handset is without a doubt one of the best handset available, but how does it stack up against the competition? There are many new flagship devices from many OEMs, Samsung with their Galaxy S5, Apple with the iPhone 5S, and more.
Today, we’ll pick out some differences between the all new HTC One M8 as well as the forward-thinking iPhone 5S. Although it has been a few months since Apple released the iPhone 5S, it still is one of the best devices available in the market. Before we get into more details, let’s just do a quick hardware comparison of both amazing devices. Take a look at it below.
Let’s begin our comparison with the first and most basic components of them all: the screen size and display. The all new HTC One M8 boasts a large 5-inch display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with 441 ppi.
On the other hand, Apple’s latest marvel, the iPhone 5S, comes with a considerably smaller 4-inch retina display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels with a 326 ppi. HTC One M8 boasts a sharper and bigger display, which is obviously better compared to the iPhone 5S. But, it also depends on the preference of the users, some prefer a small device, while others settle in a different direction.
Well, it’s a totally different ball game here. Apple iPhone 5S is powered by the company’s own A7 dual-core 64-bit chip clocked at 1.3GHz, while the HTC One M8 features Qualcomm’s latest creation, a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset. HTC One M8 also come with 2GB of RAM while the iPhone 5S features only 1GB.
However, in reality, it’s a little hard to tell which one of them is faster as iPhone 5S features a 64-bit processor while the HTC One comes with 32-bit architecture. iPhone 5S is the only handset with 64-bit architecture, which is yet to make an appearance on any Android device. iPhone 5S also comes with a motion M7 co-processor for improved performance.
HTC One M8 comes with a 2,600 mAh battery which is 40 percent efficient and long lasting compared to its predecessor. HTC has implemented a few new features such as the extreme battery saving mode, which significantly improves the battery life of the handset. HTC claims a fully charged battery with extreme battery saving mode can last almost 14 days (really?). It also comes with Qualcomm’s fast charging technology that can charge 80 percent device in almost an hour.
On the other hand, the iPhone 5S rocks a comparatively smaller 1,560 mAh battery that can deliver a talk time of up to 10 hours on a 3G connection. But, we need to get the HTC One M8 is real world usage before we can make a conclusion about the handset’s battery or compare it with any other device.
Metal, Metal and Metal
HTC One M8 is, without any doubt, a beautifully crafted device just like its predecessor. The device features an aluminium body, with a premium finish and build. But, that doesn’t make Apple iPhone 5S less beautiful. Actually, HTC One M8 is the only device that can match the build quality and looks of the iPhone 5S in my opinion. Devices by other OEMs are good in terms of hardware, but you accept the fact or not, are no where near the build quality and looks of the iPhone 5S or the HTC One M8.
Size-wise, Apple iPhone 5S is considerably smaller measuring123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and weighs only 112 grams. On the other hand, HTC One M8 is a little thicker compared to iPhone 5S and measures 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm with 160g as its weight.
Performance and OS, Which One Is Better?
Actually, this is a pretty tough question. It’s kind of difficult to judge the performance of both devices as both comes with different operating systems. HTC One M8 comes with Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6.0 while the iPhone 5S comes with iOS 7. HTC One M8’s looks quite similar to its predecessor with a few tweaks and improvements, while the iOS 7 the next major breakthrough for iPhone operating system.
Both operating systems has its own fans and devotees so it’s a little hard to pick a better one here. Both operating systems are better in their own way, but if you’re looking for a pure Android experience, you be disappointed that HTC One M8 comes with several HTC-specific tweaks. However, there’s a Google Play Edition for those who want a stock Android experience.
This is another interesting section, which will be interesting for all photography enthusiasts. Apple iPhone 5S boasts the same 8MP camera as the iPhone 5, but it’s still different and better compared to its predecessor due to the large sensor size and better aperture, with a True Tone flash for realistic skin tones in darker environments — you should know that high megapixels doesn’t always mean better pictures, there are other factors too. On the front, the iPhone 5S comes with a 1.2MP camera with 720p video recording capabilities and video conferencing.
On the other hand, HTC One M8 comes with a Duo camera, with an Ultra Pixel camera as well as a depth sensor for improved photography. It has the same 4MP UltraPixel camera as its predecessor, but the most interesting thing is the second camera that lies just above it. This depth sensors adds a lot of features, such as UFocus, which lets users focus on one element in the image, blurring the remaining area. This feature might look familiar to those who have experience in operating a DSLR.
As for the HTC One M8, it rocks an impressive 5MP front-facing camera that can come in handy in several situations, including video conferencing or selfies — there are many uses. For users who likes to take selfies, HTC One M8 blows out the iPhone 5S.
HTC One M8 comes with 16/32GB storage on board with an ability to expand it via microSD card of up to 128GB for storage hungry users. HTC is also offering 65GB of free Google Drive storage if you purchase the all new HTC One. As for the iPhone 5S, it comes with many different storage options including 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, but doesn’t feature a microSD card slot. So if you want more storage, you have to choose a higher storage model which will cost you a few extra hundred bucks.
The Missing links
Well, in most of the things, the all new HTC One M8 stacks up against the iPhone 5S, but there’s one thing which is not present in the latest flagship device from the Taiwanese OEM. You know what I’m talking about, the Touch ID sensor. Yes, the fingerprint sensor located inside the home button, an extra security measure for the iPhone 5S. While we heard a few rumors that HTC will implement a fingerprint sensor in the flagship device, but they didn’t, instead they introduced a bunch of new gestures with the Motion Launch to let users operate their device without pressing any button.
Which One’s Better?
It’s a really tough question to answer. Both devices are great performers, so it’s a little difficult to recommend any one of them. The main reason is that both devices comes with different ecosystems, which does have a huge impact on the performance of the devices. On paper, HTC One M8 beats the iPhone 5S, but that’s not the only way to judge the performance of both devices.
Obviously, Android users will have hard feelings for the iPhone 5S, while its the same for iOS fans. But, in reality, they are both elegant, sleek and powerful devices. They are even the same in terms of pricing, both costs $649.99 for the 16GB models SIM-free, but the HTC One gets an advantage of expandable storage.
Now, we leave it for you to decide, choose wisely.
Hammad is a full time writer who worked for many popular websites in the past. He loves to write about smartphones and gadgets. When he is not writing, he can be found playing Clash of Clans on his iPhone or looking for a good place to eat.