HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
This one is no-brainer taking into account the strong loudness output of the HTC One M8’s set of speakers. With both its earpiece and speakerphone, voices are recognizably more audible in noisy environments thanks to the potent and robust nature of the M8 – while also minimizing distractions like noise in the background. Conversely, we agree that the iPhone 5s’ call quality amounts to nothing more than average.
Reaching new heights we didn’t see previously, the HTC One M8 climbs to the top of battery life benchmark chart with its impressive, long-lasting tally of 7 hours, 12 minutes – easily besting its rival, which chimes in at 5 hours, 2 minutes. As for our real world usage, their batteries achieve that expected one-day of normal usage, but the HTC One M8 goes further by getting us over the 1.5 day mark.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
A breath of fresh air for HTC, their newest star is able to give Apple’s darling a good run for its money. As we all know by now, the two handsets sport very similar prices – $200 for most carriers selling it with a 2-year contract, or $650 for unlocked models.
Pricing and specs can dictate a phone’s overall value, but the true telling is really found in their performances. All the money in the world can get anyone a beefy spec’d, good-looking smartphone, but if it fails to perform in the areas that matter most to us, it’s merely an utter failure. Dissecting their performances, it’s arguable to say that one can sometimes be dramatically better than the other in a specific category.
For the iPhone 5s, it shows its worth when it comes to taking photos/videos, more quality third party applications, and donning a straightforward & uncomplicated software experience. In contrast, the HTC One M8 impresses us with its stunning premium design, diversified software features, extended battery life, and superb phone call quality. Ultimately though, it’s going to come down to personal preference. Size is also something to factor in, as well as how their software experiences cater to our needs.
Whatever you end up picking, you can sleep knowing that you’re choosing a smartphone that’s going to be relevant throughout this year – so expect them to continue vying for supremacy in the space!
HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion