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Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X

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Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X
Emitting weaker tones with its earpiece and speakerphone, it’s a little bit more of a challenge having conversations using the HTC One X – especially in noisier environments. Well, that’s not much of an issue with the iPhone 5 thanks to its stronger output, but even better, its noise-cancellation feature mutes out any wind distortion to present us with audible voices.


For the most part, we’re able to get through a solid day with our normal usage – while heavy usage seems to permit us a little bit over 10 hours on a full charge. However, you can expect the numbers to drop considerably if you happen to be in a 4G LTE area.


If we were to go down the list and find out which handset wins in each specific category, it would seem as though the iPhone 5 would be the one to hoist a golden trophy in the end – especially when it has the better design, camera quality, calling quality, and faster performance. Regardless of that, the HTC One X is still an admirable offering with its well-rounded performance and expansive platform experience. Taking age to consideration as well, there’s no denying that the iPhone 5 has the fresh factor attached to it – thus, making it the more appealing handset at the moment. We’re not saying to stay away from the HTC One X simply because it’s been available for many months now, as it’s still a powerhouse smartphone in the landscape, but when it’s being edged out by the iPhone 5 in all of the aforementioned key categories, it’s not going to be standing as high as it once did on the pedestal.

Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X Video Comparison:


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posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:14 17

1. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

The one on the left looks like a toy when I hold my phone out in front of me to analyze the side-by-side graphic shown in the article photo.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:47 10

24. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Well that's because it is a toy!
Any android flagship totally owns this iCrap!

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:16 24

2. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Htc one x came out in march, iphone september.... and its hardly better in any respect.

Lets look at it from another view point, the HTC onex is a massive improvement from the HTC sensation. Is the iphone 5 a massive improvement from the 4st.... not so much

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:24 17

4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

The 4st? How do you say that? Fourst?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:20 9

3. wendygarett (unregistered)

I still prefer iPhone 5 :)

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:49 10

25. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

well that's what all sheep prefer :)
But you own an HTC...aha!

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:05 8

28. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)

You always makes me wonder. Sometimes you talk like iSheep and you have a One X and shouting for iP5 ? Mystery !

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 05:14 2

68. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Wendy is the Phonearena troll.

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 22:10 2

51. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

YOU would (Apple lover, oooh)

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 04:42

72. molanjames (banned) (Posts: 80; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)

Currently iPhone 5 on the second hand market is very hot because of high demand. According to Movaluate analysis, AT&T iPhone 5 16G Black is the most popular among other variants which is about $800.Read iPhone 5 Sales Behavior on the Second-Hand Market here http://blog.movaluate.com/2012/11/05/iphone-5-sales-behavior-on-the-second-hand-market/
I hope the factory unlocked iPhone will be available soon to stabilize the second hand market.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:25 18

5. wando77 (Posts: 843; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

That's cause you're a sad act Wendy ;)

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:33 14

6. kamil (Posts: 118; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)

aha PA totally forgot about the easy to scratch and dent on the edges of the Iphone 5
and I still prefer the One X over the Iphone 5

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:34 8

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3791; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Dear Wenda, Applets are by default your children, so you don't need to say it. We already understand... Even if you put a '.' (dot)...we know it's still iPhone.
I'd go for the X...simply because i'm bored of iPhone...honestly, the 5th row of apps don't hit me anywhere.
I'm not talking about any hardware stuff here...just the looks and user interface.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:10 6

14. wendygarett (unregistered)

I'm sorry, I never say android is not good and I cant force everyone to buy iphone, I pick it because it just suits me :)

Of course, the user reviews rank say it all, but it doesnt change my mind to choose iphone over the other :)

no harm feeling ok?

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 13:39 1

48. gregoryyy3 (unregistered)

The people that thumb downed this are clearly overly angry android losers. Just remember all you android freaks that the iPhone is still outselling all your useless junk and always will, I mean come on, the iPhone 4 is still outselling your junk. Why? Because everyone knows its way more stable and iPhones are way more reliable than your android junk anyday. You losers get overly defensive just because you know it's true.

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 16:31 1

49. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Say what? More stable?
You loser get overly mad just because you know that Android is better than your beloved ios. =]

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 02:29

64. Ipwns (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

Iphone only sells more because no other company makes ios. If you put all the Android phones sold it would be far greater than iphone.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 02:04 1

65. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

some of these android users are really pathetic

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 23:13

66. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

Oh im sorry... what about the iPhone 5's crappy maps? and the purple halo effect on cam? whats apple reaction? Not our problem.. its the USER's problemss..

balls**t reaction from apple.... and i must say that brainwashed people bought the iphones not us cuz we can make decisions.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 19:23

67. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

"Not us because we can make decisions".
- why do you guys always speak in 3rd person? You guys claim to be individualistic and iPhones users are followers, yet people like you keep saying we this and we that. Looks bad

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 01:14

70. bezerkus (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)

Actually Android is outselling and iPhone is built with material that is less fragile and components that allow a phone to last longer. What's your definition of reliable. Still drinking the "It all just works" party line. Well so did my old Windows phone, but that doesn't mean I don't want to check out new features. When all is clearly in Android favor, Apple still has the brand and the marketing power to overcome a generation behind problem. I service both phones so I know the differences. The interface has not been improved upon. If you only use iPhone you don't know what you are missing, sure there are junk phones and good phones. This HTC is awesome, what did iPhone upgrade? Another row of fisherprice icons, inferior Maps while finally getting turn by turn navigation that's been standard in android for years, metal very scratchable aluminum body instead of their fragile Glass body, Last major phone to finally get Gorilla Glass, and now all of a sudden screensize does not matter and protruding camera buttons are sexy yet when my Mytouch4g had it, it was a negative in comparison reviews. The manipulation of the average consumer is a bit astonishing coming from an IT background.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 01:53

71. bezerkus (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)

I meant more fragile...sry I make mistakes, but no editing ability on posts...hate less functional.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 08:48

73. Misterthomas32 (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Wow! What? Get your facts straight pls... 1) The Samsung Galaxy SIII was was sold 18million times in its first quarter compared to the iPhone 4S 16 million. 2) What do sales numbers have to do with the quality of the phone? 90% of all iPhone users I know dont even know what a CPU is... They have no clue when you bring up a simple function like MASS-Storage. And you go for iPhone because they buy it? Pretty pathetic if you ask me...

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:38 11

8. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Just look @ the 'User Reviews' rating! 9.9 for One x!! woo

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:45 3

11. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I would hardly call 7 reviews a representative sample.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:39 8

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Reading this on my HOX

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:41 5

10. psysect (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

Hox is rocksssssss..
im wating for one x+..More powerfull with cpu 1.7 / sense & android 4.1.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:45 12

12. SleepingOz (unregistered)

One X is such a sexy device!

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:03 11

13. Aeires (unregistered)

Strange the reviews here keep saying the iPhone5 feels great to hold but actual comments from users say the exact opposite, the sharp edges don't feel comfortable at all. In comparison, the rounded edges of the S3 and One X are much more comfortable because of the smoothness to them. The rounded edges actually make the S3 feel smaller than it is because it's so comfortable to hold.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:35 3

16. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

He likes it because it's metal and has a more "premium" feel to it. Which ranks a number 0 on most users priority. I'm sure I'm not alone in say that comfort is more important than a "premium" but, whatever. Just one guys opinion after all.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 10:10

21. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Feel and display quality are at the top of the list for 90 percent of buyers. Its why people walk up to any phone in the store and test it out. Almost nobody knows or cares about the actual hardware works and just care that it looks good, feels good in the hand and works.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 18:50 2

37. kitpogi (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Jun 2012)

that's because phonearena is biased. phonearena always prefers Iphone over any Android devices.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:18 7

15. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

HTC One X > iPhone ∞

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:41 2

17. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

HTC One X still carries more social sharing options and overall customizability, but I have to give the nod to the iPhone 5 for these reasons:
- faster
- slimmer
- better call and speaker phone quality (this is a phone here people)
- more usable size (for me)
- better resale value
- higher quality buttons/hardware (personal preference)
- obvious great Apple ecosystem compatibility (personal preference) [not talking about the silly new dock connector :-) ]

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:49 1

18. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

I had the iPhone 4 for 2 years, so I have an established Apple ecosystem with iTunes, Apple TV, and a Bose Stereo Dock.

I owned the HTC One X (and Galaxy S3) for a short time. I liked and disliked the big screen (loved it for videos, but didn't for my "average" sized hands). I didn't like some apps just crashing for no reason (especially one of my favorite games Early Bird). It obviously didn't work well with my already-established iTunes ecosystem for movies and music. I feel like both the One X and GS3 are all flash and no class.

Of course everything comes down to personal preference. I had fun with the HTC One X just trying something new, but when the honeymoon phase was over, I still prefer the iPhone 5 as my daily driver.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:10 3

19. wendygarett (unregistered)

+1 for your honesty :)
But promise me don't be an ifans ok?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:05 1

29. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Ha, thanks!

I'm not necessarily an "iFan," just a lover of all things tech. I think both Apple and Android have a place in the world. I don't like it when people get wrapped up in bashing either side.

Everyone has their personal preference.

Informing others is ok, but it's not any commenters job to CONVINCE others that their preference is better than someone else's.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 14:57 3

34. nwright94 (unregistered)

It's crazy how many thumbs down you get for having a personal opinion. I love android and iPhone just not android fans and iPhone fans. They always say you're allowed to have your own opinion, unless it disagrees with their opinions. I own an iPhone 5, that doesn't make me an apple fanboy though. I just preferred it over the other handsets when I went in to upgrade. But I love android too. I have an old kindle fire that I have running aokp jelly bean right now and an old Samsung captivate running cm10. I love rooting and flashing roms on android but in everyday use, iOS wins for me. To android and apple fanboys: get over yourselves. Don't get all pissy when someone has a differing opinion. It makes you look like a child.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 10:06 3

20. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Should very done the comparison with the One X unlocked with Sense 4.1 and 4.0.4. The experience is lag free and it's just a much faster device. That being said; the dual core S4 version is still very nice and we'll balanced.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 10:52

22. Savage (unregistered)

One X didn't win even against iPhone 4S. I didn't expect it to beat 5 either. Is this flagship that bad?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:22 3

23. upetro (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

PA is a joke. You cant be a serious review site, and compare a 6 months old phone with a brand new one and not even bother to update the device to the latest software! Using an iPhone 5 against the One X is a joke. The iPhone is just a toy compared to the One X.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:55 4

26. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Actually, it's a perfectly fair fight, as the HTC One X is HTC's current flagship device...just as the iPhone 5 is Apple's flagship device.

When the latest Samsung or HTC device comes out over the next few months, rest assured that it will be compared to the iPhone 5. Will you complain THEN that it's not fair because the iPhone 5 will be a few months old? Doubtful.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:56

27. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

In regards to your comment about the software update...that is only for unlocked One X variants. So maybe we should wait for the iPhone 5 to receive its jailbreak and THEN do the comparison. Be real...this is how it stands RIGHT NOW.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:28 2

31. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

In all fairness the Tegra 3 version with updated software is an absolute beast with benchmarks and real life speed and fluidity. The dual core Snapdragon S4 is a well balanced processor but it doest stack up against the IPhone's custom chip well.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 16:22

35. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Check out the benchmarks. The A6 and iOS6 actually outperform the Tegra3 on the International One X. It's all about the entire package, not just dual core vs quad core.

Correction: the A6 actually destroys the One X with the Tegra 3.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 07:04 1

42. alxcsb (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

You say you are not a fanboy, and then you go and use a word like destroy? I am all for freedom of choice, but when people choose the iPhone over an Android flagship just because it has that logo on the back I don't seem to be able to understand them. You come with a couple of decent arguments, which makes you a normal person, but 90 percent of current and future iPhone users are incredible morons, teenagers that have to have it just because their friend has it, and it all amounts to the fact that they are paying a lot more for a lot less hardware, not to mention software. How can you justify that Android went from 1.0, which lacked a lot of stuff, to the experience you get today, yet in the same amount of time iOs managed to do a pull down notification bar (cough, copied from Android) that doesn't really work and a map app that takes you to your mistress not your wife? Really man? Are you all standing behind that? Go ahead, I'll stick with my One X. Good day sir.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:46

52. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

It's true, I totally agree. I shoudn't have said that, there i go saying don't be childish, and then I turn out the baby! My bad!

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 03:30

40. upetro (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

What unlocked variants, are you high? I am talking about the stock HTC firmware update. I work as a phone salesman, and had the chance to test both phones! Thats why i say the iPhone is a joke compared to the One X. The screen aspect ratio is useless, the added 5th row of icons is useless, the wi-fi doesnt work corectly...and still no option for customizations...give me a break. And people still buy it like the holy grail. Pathetic, that is what it is really.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:57

53. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

I'm sorry you are so angry with the success of a great product (iPhone 5). I'm not mad if the One X gets sales. The fact is I tried to make the One X do things that Apple has had for years (e.g., stability, Apple ecosystem [AirPlay, iTunes, stereo docks {yes I know I need a new adapter :-) }], premium build quality, more usable size for working out, better resale value, great customer service and service plan) and the One X simply didn't deliver for me. Beats Audio seemed like a marketing gimmick that made me beg for a way to tweak it.

Granted, I'm not sure if my One X had sense 4.0 or 4.1 update....I know I installed all updates available through AT&T though. (this was about 2 weeks ago).

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:03

54. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

If you sell these phones for a living, shouldn't you have a more unbiased opinion on the topic, rather than "useless useless useless?"

As a systems engineer, I know the customer is number 1. And in that way you and I aren't that different:

Our job is to find out what the user needs are and provide the pros and cons in the most objective way possible to find the best solution for the customer.

Take bias out of it.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:18 3

30. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

IPhone 5 is a great device and is absolutely high end hardware. Unfortunately Apple does not see any need to add new features to iOS; so it has gotten completely stale, along with being completely inflexible for its users.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 12:58

59. rinas028 (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

actually u are not updated in ur brain...dude thats why u are still saying apple is a great device proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 15:28 1

60. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Dude you couldn't pay me to be handcuffed into the iOS ecosystem. But be real. The hardware is solid and it's as good as any high end Android on the market even if it's not my preference

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 13:43 1

32. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

People that say the iPhone is better in low light see this -->http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=32082070&postcount=7729 ...

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 14:52

33. nwright94 (unregistered)

Both great phones. I love the screen on the one X. I do love my iPhone 5 though :) personal preference, not saying its the best by any means.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 17:30 3

36. TMach (Posts: 457; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

What is called for is an open mind rather than an IOS v Android issue. I have the One X and love it especially since upgrade to 4.0.4, had the S3 but got rid due to poor build quality and not a big fan of Touchwiz no matter how light touch but primarily my issue was the build quality and the hairline cracks! Oh by the, also own a iPhone 4S. I upgraded to iP5 for all of two minutes as the one ordered from Vodafone came with a chip straight out of the box! Piss poor and disappointing really...I would not compare these two phones at all as the One X, upgraded is truly a beast. Just picked up my Xperia T and am not disappointed at all......Loving it! You need to hold this phone to believe!

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 23:42 2

38. bizz0216 (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)

Hox all day
I have one an never looked back
Really apple 4inch

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 02:16 1

39. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

awww wow wow... iphone5 looks like a chinese toy that has only been added a length and not the breadth just for the sake of doing it .in terms it looks weird in hands.and the user interface----- nothing changes , no customization, no bluetooth transfers, no music without i tunes. apple is making fool of their customers. and ppl r geting this big HYPE. literally atleast my friends have started disowning iphones a long time ago and they all have android devices, specially the ONE X. which looks damn beauiful and have very good performance, and offcorse the screen sixe is just perfect. one x has better quality and is less vunerable to damage cause of its unibody design. all i have to say is IPHONE IS A BIG BIG HYPE. and nothing else. sorry apple fanboys this aint gna work for ya guyss. nyways good luck. and BTW HTC ROCKS.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 05:22 1

41. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Htc one x is clearly the winner here, it just comes down to personal preference when you talk about the design, screen, user interface, etc. Regarding other features and functionality, you probably won't be noticing much difference between the two...

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 12:08 2

43. 90ninjas (unregistered)

Before, I understood the "complex user interface" argument when everything was a mish mash of random stuff in Android pre-ICS. However, nowadays I don't see why that argument is even brought up still. Android ICS, and JB for that matter, have made Android incredibly user friendly and streamlined to the point that my aunt knows how to use her Nexus 7 more than her iPhone 4. In fact, when I ask her something that she needs to perform on one of such devices, she always defaults to the Nexus 7 because she can actually perform the task faster on that device than her iPhone 4.

Don't get me wrong, the iPhone 5 is a great phone, in performance and looks (note: not how it feels) but the UI is just-ok with today's functionalities provided by Android. I still prefer my SGS2 with CM10. I just find it tiring always reading the "ALWAYS premium feel"-argument of the iPhone x (even when users do say that the sharp edges are uncomfortable to hold) plus the "ALWAYS the easier experience"-argument of, once again, the iPhone.

That's just my $0.02 about the reviews I've observed with all the iPhone variants that have been stacked up against ergonomic handsets that run ICS/JB (in some cases GB).

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