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.
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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.
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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HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s - Camera and Multimedia