HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
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.
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.
Lower is better
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.
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.
HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s - Interface and Functionality