HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Plenty of talk surrounds the cameras in these two prized devices. On one side of the ring, we have the HTC One M8’s ‘UltraPixel’ camera, which features a 4-megapixel 1/3” sensor, BSI, an f2.0 aperture lens, and a dual-LED flash. In the other, we have the iPhone 5s’ 8-megapixel iSight camera featuring a 1/3” sized sensor, f2.2 aperture lens, BSI, and a dual-LED flash. Certainly there are similar points with the two, but the most profound element here is how the iPhone 5s doubles its rival in the megapixel category, as HTC opted for bigger pixel size.
Before diving right into their performance, we have to mention that we genuinely prefer the diverse shooting modes and manual controls offered by the HTC One (M8). Supplementing things even more for the HTC One, its various duo effects enhance images with it professional-like results – achieved by the aid of its secondary rear camera. From its ability to emphasize the focus post shot, to how we can “copy & paste” ourselves into a totally different photo, there’s a lot of fun to be had with the HTC One M8.
No doubt, there’s a lot of fun attached to the HTC One M8’s camera, but when it comes down to pure quality, it still can’t match the superior quality of the iPhone 5s camera. Naturally, the results produced by the two are more than ample enough to share via social networking, but there’s more flexibility with the iPhone 5s’ shots – such as cropping or printing them out. In fact, Apple’s prodigy edges out its competitor in the categories of detail, indoor low light quality, and night time shots. There’s just no comparison, though, the HTC One is able to match the iPhone 5s when it comes to color accuracy.
Try as it might, the HTC One M8 just can’t seem to catch a break against the iPhone 5s – in the camera department, of course. Well, that extends into the 1080p video recording quality category as well, as the HTC One M8 takes some really good videos, but the iPhone 5s trumps it by delivering even better results. Looking at our sample footage, there’s little doubt regarding their superiority when lighting is in abundance. However, the M8’s performance under low lighting takes a serious turn for the worst, seeing that we can spot some digital noise and motion blur.
1. HTC One (M8) Sample Video
2. Apple iPhone 5s Sample Video
3. HTC One (M8) Nighttime Sample Video
4. Apple iPhone 5s Nighttime Sample Video
Apple’s iPod music player has seen better days. In comparison to the Sense 6.0 music player, it manages to flaunt a pleasant looking layout, but it can quite match the dynamic presentation of the Sense 6.0 music player. Best of all, there’s a cool visualizer option and the ability to display the lyrics of a song using HTC’s device.
Don’t be fooled by the iPhone 5s’ single internal speaker, mainly due to the fact that it emits a strong volume punch. Delivering a loudness output of 74 dB, it closely matches the 75.2 dB tally of the HTC One M8’s dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound. However, the quality of the One's speakers is way better and it helps that they are front facing when watching a video!
Having all the right elements in making the video watching experience an engaging one, there’s no denying that the HTC One M8 is the more ideal device for the occasion. Not only is its screen larger in size and higher in resolution, but its front-firing dual speakers lend themselves in giving us a proper audio experience as well.
Being comfortable can sometimes be detrimental, especially when it comes to technology, seeing that innovation occurs at a rapid rate. Apple shook things up with iOS 7, but it remains largely behind the curve when it comes to expanding its multimedia presence. Over on the HTC One, its built-in IR blaster is an addition we greatly appreciate – transforming it into a universal remote, something great to have if our remote goes missing. In addition, they’ve enhanced the TV-watching experience by delivering an updated HTC Sense TV app update that ‘senses’ what content we like the most.
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1. Planterz (Posts: 1999; 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.
10. fireblade (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
Nah, it's comparing real smartphone with overpriced tiny toy phone with monstrous bezel. Retina display is outdated
33. LionStone (Posts: 717; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Superphone vs smartphone... We know which one is the Superphone.
38. Kakarotto (Posts: 251; 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.
44. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
You sound like an ignorant fanboy. I hope that was your plan.
12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
NO, there is a point.
They are fighting for bezels. Top-down-side bezels bezels bezels.... :P
2. Diezparda (Posts: 824; 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.
45. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
Only someone with a terrible camera would say that.
50. Dthawk (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)
I'm not even gonna argue with you because you're right.
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.....
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.
7. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; 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.
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.
21. papss (unregistered)
Wait.. are you not assuming on the cost of the S5 too? Taters are funny
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.
27. AU-1999 (Posts: 31; 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
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
54. AU-1999 (Posts: 31; 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 :)
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.
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.
Skip to 1:35 with the video in HD and you should see it.
20. true1984 (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 May 2012)
mine didnt say ddr2, it just said 2gigs of ram. which box said ddr2?
22. papss (unregistered)
It's ddr3... He has his fanboy goggles on
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....
30. papss (unregistered)
Again I'm no HTC fanboy.. you sure act tough behind the internet
31. janis (Posts: 255; 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.
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..
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.
9. tiara6918 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I'm glad to see that this is an unbiased review. Even though the iPhone will still sell much more units, the htc one(m8) beats the iPhone5s in almost every category and I hope this will give them the chance to be one of the top manufacturers once again
34. LionStone (Posts: 717; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Gotta admit though for a second there, after the M8 One upped the iPhone, I expected to hear every time, ”but the iPhone has more quality apps”, which is totally negligible.
46. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
It's not hard to take a 2014 phone and beat a 2013 phone. Let's see how the iPhone 6 does against this phone. After all, the iPhone 6 is the iPhone for this year.
11. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
9.4 millimeters the m8? why? it should be less then 8 mm. Even the S5 with IP67 is 8.1 thick :/
13. arman9953 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
On the Borders it is 5 mm thick so it isnt that bad
55. AU-1999 (Posts: 31; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)
It's not so much like it sounds, remember the curved, it looks like a phone at 5mm and not 9.4mm :)
15. papss (unregistered)
I'm holding the new one now and it's size is small to me.. you guys have sissy hands it seems.
Power button on this thing is flush and is my biggest complaint
18. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
It's just trolls like to troll about things they haven't seen in real life, to them, their monitor is the most accurate thing ever.
23. Sauce (unregistered)
Paper specs matter to them more than real world use lol.
Not just trolls, mostly everyone on this site.
56. GoBears (Posts: 448; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I agree with you on this papss. I just don't see how people are calling the M8 big. If it wasn't for the camera, I'd pick one of these up to play with for sure. I just take way too many pics of my little guy. My Note3 camera isn't the best but it does a pretty darn good all around job taking pics.
28. Anchorman86 (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)
Can't believe after all these years tech reviewers are still calling the iPhone "easier to use" lol smh. Like u have to break out the manual for an android phone in order to know how to unlock it and call/text people smh....no it's probably because the tamagotchi sized screen still allows for great single hand usage......point being, the "easier" argument is cliche and no longer holds relevance. Android (Sense specifically) has evolved to be just as, if not more, beautiful and is just as easy to use.
35. LionStone (Posts: 717; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Absolutely, ”easier to use” is also absolutely, negligible. It definitely is not a positive point of contention. The stripped down basic nature of its UI may be a negative point to others. I've seen people versed in apple have a hard time figuring out how to turn off Siri... How's that for ease of use?
37. devonblue4u (Posts: 68; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)
The Apple is going down the same road as Blackberry, Palm, and Nokia. Blindly repeating what they for the better part of a decade, with no real game changer. To a lesser degree, Samsung is getting into that rut. I went from iphones to the S1, Note and currently an S4. But I'm eyeing the products coming from China lately. Oppo Find 7 and LG's G Pro 2 are solid designs, and remind me of old samsung trying rise about the competition 4 years ago.
47. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
That's funny. You talk about Apple doing the same thing when your phone is the same as the S3 and the S5 only adds a lame heart rate monitor and of course the finger print scanner since Apple added one. But the one on the S5 makes you swipe it at the very bottom of the phone making it impossible to unlock your phone with one hand. And let's not forget that you're talking about last year's iPhone.
39. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Wow, look at that massive toy! I've never quite understood why people think the smaller phone is the toy. Children's toys tend to be oversized. It's the HTC that's the toy.
40. Anchorman86 (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)
Last time I checked, the iPhone was a glorified iPod touch with cellular connectivity....and the iPod is very much a toy, soooooooo yeah...
41. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
The iPod isn't a toy, it's an MP3 player. With all the messing around and 'customising' and flashing people do with their Android phones, I think it's clear which ones are treated like toys.
42. Anchorman86 (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)
People do and can do much of the same to an iDevice via jailbreak. Your're entitled to your opinion but I'm struggling to see your point here.
48. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
You actually had nothing of importance to say from the beginning. You should be struggling to see THAT.
49. Anchorman86 (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)
If you want to hear something of importance, tune into the news, not a tech/phone site, where everyone's "important" opinion is welcomed no matter what people like you say. You probably typed your little sensitive fanboy comment on an iPhone LOL
43. Anchorman86 (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)
So if the iPod is an MP3 player, isn't the iPhone just an MP3 player that calls/texts people?
51. Skyrim (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
This site has gotten over run by fan boy fights i miss the days when users like remixfa and superandroidevo actually had factual discussions i think its time to leave.. bye PA
52. CorruptedFiles (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Apr 2014)
I have come to the understanding that both phones can be used, for calling, other humans, +1 for both
53. mark_ray (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 26 May 2013)
I think it's not fair to compare Android with iPhone, couple of friends used to be iPhone addicts but now they are moving towards Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. However, let's wait and see what Appple will come up with the new iPhone 6.