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Interface and Functionality


A year absolutely makes a difference, as these two phones feature newer software experiences over their predecessors. At the core of it all, it’s yet another comparison between the Android and iOS experiences – so we know some of the advantages each have over the other. For example, Android continues to incorporate the superior notifications system, and features a more diversified personalization experience. Meanwhile, iOS stands out for its simplicity and outstanding support of quality third party apps.

First, let’s explain the visual presentation of the two software – HTC Sense 6.0 on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat versus iOS 7. Even though iOS 7 improves upon its predecessor by delivering a more dynamic look than before, made aware by its transparent looks and layered design, it just doesn’t have the encompassing totality of Sense 6.0’s modern looks and unified social networking integration with its HTC BlinkFeed homescreen. For all of the enhancements made to iOS 7, it still feels somewhat dated with its simplistic homescreen layout. Then again, some folks take pride in having that.

UI of the HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
UI of the HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
UI of the HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
UI of the HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
UI of the HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
UI of the HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
UI of the HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
UI of the HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s

UI of the HTC One (2014)


Interface of the Apple iPhone 5s - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Interface of the Apple iPhone 5s - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Interface of the Apple iPhone 5s - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Interface of the Apple iPhone 5s - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s

Interface of the Apple iPhone 5s


Next up, we need to point out that the HTC One M8 sports several more secondary features that enhance its overall experience over the iPhone 5s. Specifically, they pertain to things like its new Motion Launch gestures, which provide us with quick-peek functionality all from the lockscreen. Rather than pressing on the power button to glance or access certain things, we can rely on the Motion Launch gestures to unlock the phone, peek at the time/weather, jump straight into the homescreen/BlinkFeed, or access the camera app. These gestures, in combination with Android’s tight integration with Google’s services, plainly show us that it’s more diversified with its features over iOS.

Power users will undeniably be attracted to what Sense 6.0 delivers, as it dishes up the deeper user experience between the two. However, we can’t forget about how iOS 7 has a simplified interface that better adheres to users who don’t want to be complicated by several software features. Additionally, we continue to notice that iOS in general, continues to have more quality third party apps.

Processor and Memory


Cementing their status as flagship smartphones, these two beauties show that they have the firepower to match their good looks. Under the hood of both phones, we have a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU with 2GB of RAM in the HTC One M8 – while a 64-bit based dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A7 processor with 1GB of RAM powers the iPhone 5s. Now, some people will argue that the iPhone 5s’ hardware isn’t as intimidating when we compare the numbers on paper, but it packs the same snappy punch as its rival. In fact, they deliver exquisite performances with everything they do, so there’s not one that dominates the other.

A familiar pattern with the iPhone 5s, it’s made available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities – whereas the HTC One M8 can be picked up in either 16GB or 32GB storage options. Thankfully, the inclusion of a microSD card slot provides us with more flexibility with the HTC One M8.

Performance benchmarks

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HTC One (M8) 693.1
Apple iPhone 5s 415.7
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Internet and Connectivity


Seeing that they boast fast 4G LTE speeds and buttery smooth navigational controls, it’s rather difficult to say which them has the upper hand in the web surfing department. To tell you the truth, the only major thing separating them are their screen sizes. Considering that more real-estate is beneficial to the experience, we’re inclined to side with HTC’s pride and joy more so than the iPhone 5s. In addition, Google Chrome has some noteworthy secondary features that trump the arsenal we get with mobile Safari.

Surfing the web with HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Surfing the web with HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Surfing the web with HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Surfing the web with HTC One (2014) - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s

Surfing the web with HTC One (2014)


Safari browser on the Apple iPhone 5s - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Safari browser on the Apple iPhone 5s - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Safari browser on the Apple iPhone 5s - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Safari browser on the Apple iPhone 5s - HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s

Safari browser on the Apple iPhone 5s


Expected to sell widely throughout the world, it’s no surprise that they’re produced in GSM and CDMA flavors – with 4G LTE in tow as well. Beyond that, they also include the same set of connectivity features as well. They include aGPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 801.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and video-out functionality with the aid of optional adapters. However, the HTC One M8 happens to include NFC and an IR blaster into its arsenal.

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posted on 01 Apr 2014, 04:57 4

1. Planterz (Posts: 2103; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


H1 Hummver vs Jeep Wrangler. Both are capable, but one is obviously WAY larger than the other. Kind of a pointless comparison, IMO.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 06:50 5

10. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Nah, it's comparing real smartphone with overpriced tiny toy phone with monstrous bezel. Retina display is outdated

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 19:35 3

33. LionStone (Posts: 752; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Superphone vs smartphone... We know which one is the Superphone.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 17:43 3

38. Kakarotto (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


There is not such thing as "Retina". This term is a marketing bullsheet by Apple at it's finest. This is nothing more than ordinary LCD IPS panel with high pixel density. So please stop with this iCrap.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 19:54

44. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


You sound like an ignorant fanboy. I hope that was your plan.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 07:07 1

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


NO, there is a point.
They are fighting for bezels. Top-down-side bezels bezels bezels.... :P

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 05:02 2

2. Diezparda (Posts: 874; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


dat aluminum body covering front speaker on m8 was lovely, if only they would trim the bezel even more and add the screen size of course. Compared to m8 iphone 5s look less luxury and so puny.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 05:27 1

4. Dthawk (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Battery life trumps camera.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 19:55 1

45. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Only someone with a terrible camera would say that.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 06:24

50. Dthawk (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


I'm not even gonna argue with you because you're right.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 05:42 2

5. jeeta444 (Posts: 154; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


bottom bezel of one m8 is too big..and the device itself is too big for a 5" screen.....and the 4mp cam is already beaten by 2013 devices...ultrapixel cam is very bad in results........and don't know they are still using 2gb ddr2 ram....1year old xperia Z have 2gb ddr2 ram....htc is using old tech while price of one m8 is very high.....

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 05:48 1

6. royalsovereign (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)


They are in bad situation so they want to make a low cost phone but sell it with high price,to cover their financial troubles.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 06:15 2

7. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1534; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Sounds like you talking about Samsung besided the part thats in trouble. Cause that S5 costs definetly less than the M8. And since you are clueless let me remind you how much harder, how much effort and money it has to be spent to make a unibody aluminium phone thats 90% aluminium and still has great signal strength. I cant deniy it, S5 has better camera. Beside that, the M8 is so much better and nicer in many of other departments.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:19 1

17. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol what are you basing this on? If anything the GS5 would cost way more if they didn't manufacture their own parts. The GS5 screen is more expensive, the CPU slightly more expensive, camera, ram, battery etc you name it. Heart rate monitor and fingerprint sensors can't be that cheap either.

Yes the process of machining aluminum might be more costly but you don't know that for sure.

So the facts say the GS5 is more expensive actually.

You HTC homers are hilarious.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:58 2

21. papss (unregistered)


Wait.. are you not assuming on the cost of the S5 too? Taters are funny

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 10:27 2

25. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


No not all. AMOLED are pricier to manufacture than lcds. And Qualcomm doesn't sell you higher specked CPU's at lower costs.

Those are called facts. Idiot.

Unlike you stupid HTC fans, I don't assume and make shit up to suit my biases.

And if you learn how to read and comprehend sentences you would see that I said i"if anything" which signifies speculation. While your HTC fan boy buddy said "definitely" which signifies a fact.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:28

27. AU-1999 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


Samsung process to make the Galaxy S5 cost less than HTC One M8's process! It's extrem hard to make the hardware into a aluminium body than click a plastic cover on some other plastic.

Else it really poor of Samsung to make a device there cost a lot to, but feels like a low device! - But you like it I see

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 13:49

29. papss (unregistered)


Wow dude now I'm an idiot and HTC fan? typically I'm neither but more of a wp fanboy so another inaccurate comment by the tater

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 15:00

54. AU-1999 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


Did you ever think about to go to Android? :P It's like to get an amazing new life. You should test it :)

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 07:44 1

14. true1984 (Posts: 824; Member since: 23 May 2012)


the m8 has ddr3 ram not ddr2.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:15

16. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It has DDR2 in at least one country. At least according to the box that was leaked earlier. Not sure who I would trust more between the box and Anandtech. Someone could have just assumed. Not sure which side though.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:41 2

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


No it doesn't, the box that leaked was a Verizon unit box. It has DDR3 stop spreading false information.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv2PSNBmjG0

Skip to 1:35 with the video in HD and you should see it.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:58

20. true1984 (Posts: 824; Member since: 23 May 2012)


mine didnt say ddr2, it just said 2gigs of ram. which box said ddr2?

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:59

22. papss (unregistered)


It's ddr3... He has his fanboy goggles on

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 10:25

24. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Nothing fanboy about it. There was a box leak that said DDR2. Like I said, it could have been a typo but HTC has been known to skimp on ran to cut costs, case in point. The M7.

All facts like I always go by unlike fan girls like you....

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:20 3

26. AU-1999 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


Yeah, like Samsung your fa*get!!

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 13:50 2

30. papss (unregistered)


Again I'm no HTC fanboy.. you sure act tough behind the internet

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 14:19 2

31. janis (Posts: 329; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


u guys still doing reviews without phone?
i am using this phone since launch day, its a mazing divece, battery is improved so much, it is going 3 days for me.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 14:31 1

32. papss (unregistered)


If you are talking about the m8 then I agree.. it's got amazing battery life.. heavy user and I'm at around 70% life left for the day..

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 06:39 3

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The funny thing is all z1 reviews back in october complained about dat bezels but same didnt apply to m8 especially surprised from gsmarena.

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