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HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

Interface and Functionality

The HTC One and iPhone 5 are not just different in size, they are different in their very core. While the One runs on the customizable Android, the iPhone 5 runs on the closed iOS.

Android has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years adopting modern looks and a much more user-friendly face. HTC’s One is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a sprinkle of the Sense interface on top, which has both its pros and cons. s HTC introduces some key improvements when it comes to the photographic aspect of the OS - the gallery is rich in options, offering plenty of tweaks like automatic creation of video highlights out of your camera roll videos and images. It also integrates photos from Facebook and adds plenty of editing capabilities.

HTC’s take on the home screen with BlinkFeed (a tile-based news and social updates aggregator like Pulse) and app drawer however are a bit of a mixed bag. Habitual actions like long holding an empty space on the home panel to add a widget or an icon are not supported. Quick settings are not easily available from the notification shade. The back button in Sense is simply unpredictable. All of this compromises Google’s efforts on making Android more consistently user-friendly.

The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin.

Apple’s iPhone 5 on the other hand runs iOS 6.1. Most recently, Apple’s operating system has been evolving in very small steps - it has retained its simple user-friendly icon grid, but offers little customization and sharing options.

iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
The notification panel - iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

The notification panel

iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5

Processor and Memory

The HTC One has just started rolling out across the globe, nearly half a year after the iPhone 5. In those six months the silicon industry did not sit still and the One arrives with the latest and greatest from chip makers.

The HTC One runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip with a 1.7GHz quad-core Krait 300 processor. Built on a 28nm manufacturing node, and running along 2GB of RAM and with more level 2 cache, it definitely looks like the more powerful setup. It has to actually, having to drive many more pixels. Good news is performance was nearly always buttery smooth on the device.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is running on a custom-made A6 system-on-a-chip with a 1.3GHz dual-core Swift processor. Graphics are taken care of a PowerVR SGX543MP3 chip. Performance is traditionally well polished, smooth.

Trying to isolate graphics, Apple’s chip seems to have a very slight advantage over the Adreno 320-powered one, but it is negligibly small and you probably won’t notice much of a real difference when playing games.

When it comes to the internal storage, the HTC One ships in a 32GB and 64GB version. The iPhone 5’s basic version sells for slightly more and offers 16GB of storage. You can also get a 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5. Both devices have non-expandable storage.


Lower is better
Apple iPhone 5 712.7
HTC One 977.9
Basemark X on-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5 17.961
HTC One 8.236
GFXBench Fill Rate off-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5 1779.7
HTC One 883.7
GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5 6.8
HTC One 15
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5 13
HTC One 14
Mozilla Kraken
Lower is better
Apple iPhone 5 13888
HTC One 14598
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Internet and Connectivity

The web is one of the things that brought us the smartphone boom, and while Apple was the first one to emphasize this with the original iPhone nearly six years ago, now it has a lot of rivals.

Both the HTC One and the iPhone 5 feature 4G LTE connectivity, but surfing the web is definitely more enjoyable on a larger display, and that’s one of the key advantages the HTC One has.

The HTC One brings HTC’s own browser which is a solid performer. It does support Adobe Flash, and a wealth of options - from desktop view support, to incognito mode and saving pages to read later. Android has the widest selection of browsers out there including Google’s own Chrome with its amazing syncing capabilities. With a very capable processor, scrolling and zooming around in pages was buttery smooth.

HTC’s home-grown browser - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC’s home-grown browser - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

HTC’s home-grown browser

Apple’s iPhone 5 comes with the mobile Safari browser. It does not support Adobe Flash, but it does load and render pages quickly. Scrolling around is also lag-free.

Apple’s iPhone 5 comes with the mobile Safari browser - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple’s iPhone 5 comes with the mobile Safari browser - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple’s iPhone 5 comes with the mobile Safari browser - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple’s iPhone 5 comes with the mobile Safari browser - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

Apple’s iPhone 5 comes with the mobile Safari browser

When it comes to connectivity, both are packed with features including Wi-Fi a/b/g/n support (with Wi-Fi ac support on the HTC One), Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS.

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posted on 21 Mar 2013, 04:10 17

1. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

hohooo one is monster and go up with every compt..
its faaaar better than iphone 5..
but we need comp btw
ONE & S4 Plzzzzzzzzzzzz...
tnx 4 this article.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 09:58 4

21. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Why does this conclusion say it's down to personal preference on which device is better while the comparisons to the GSIII and Lumia 920 say that the One is the clear victor? The iPhone 5 can not be that much better than the other two devices?

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:19

27. EspHack (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

exactly what i was going to say, thank you, lets wait for the xperia z they would say the same i guess

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 04:19 10

2. wendygarett (unregistered)

Please don't thumb me down for choosing the iPhone 5 >_

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 04:31 5

5. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

i thump u up cus its your point..
election btw perfect android and ios..

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 04:52 16

7. wendygarett (unregistered)

I actually choose it for my sympathy, coz nobody will choose iPhone 5 anyway :)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 15:06 1

31. AnTuTu (Posts: 1575; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

Well done Wendy at the end :p

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 04:21 17

3. Birds (Posts: 1154; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Interesting. I like both devices but I'd prefer the HTC One over the iPhone simply because I have always been an HTC diehard. I'm actually impressed with HTC this go around just for trying something different. As for Apple, I hope they can wow me with the iPhone 5s. Not saying the iPhone 5 is bad, it just seemed to only be an iPhone 4s with a 4 inch screen and beefier GPU. Tbh, the only way a screen bigger than 4 inches could work on an iPhone is if the next iOS gets more live features and a better multitasking ability.

When it comes to just looking at hardware.... For me it'd be a hard choice alone. But if you dive into software, I believe the HTC One is superior in the majority of aspects. I am interested in trying out blink feed to see if it does make social media any more convenient.

All and all, it depends on the personal taste of the people but I like HTC and their efforts and I really hope Apple tries to bring something different in the iPhone 5s/6 just to show they are off this entire "we are apple and because our name is apple, we will remain relevant even if we produce phones we like and don't listen to our consumers on what they would want to see in an iPhone."

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 04:21 9

4. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

One crushes IPhone, of course if it pleases you PA.
one thing which is interesting to me is every 2013 must be compared with S3 and IP5 while there are new 2013 flagships like XZ and Optimus G pro.
then people call me butthurt Sony fanboy!!

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 05:15 9

9. cezarepc (Posts: 714; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

What I really want to see is a full on battle royale:
Sony Xperia Z
LG Optimus G Pro
Samsung Galaxy S4

Nokia Lumia 920

iPhone5 and Lumias only excel in the camera dept and build quality. I'm not saying they are bad, but definitely not worth comparing to current top-shelf androids.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 04:31 12

6. GeekMovement (Posts: 2135; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

I didn't even realize iPhone5 had such a horrible battery. 1440mAH? No wonder the battery life is short lived. I always see my friends borrowing each other's iPhones because theirs ran out of juice. It's sad.

HTC One has a gorgeous design. So sleek and modern.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 06:03 3

11. bucky (Posts: 2441; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Funny, I have opposite experience.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 06:20 2

13. oying24 (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

me too

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 08:32 2

19. zeropants (Posts: 32; Member since: 31 May 2012)

I have had great battery life on the iPhone 5. Specs don't typically translate well between devices in reviews. Processors, battery size, ram, etc are all dependent on multiple factors. It's why you can still pick up a 1GHz Windows Phone 7 device and it's smooth, but on Android it can lag. It's why a 1440mAH battery on an iPhone 5 can get me through a fairly busy day with 40% battery left but I'd need 2000mAH on an Android device. And why having a larger processor on Android does wonders for it's multitasking and background application efficiency, but doesn't seem to matter as much on Windows Phone 8.

You can directly measure displays, cameras, and download/upload speeds. After that, it's largely based on preference unless you're sticking with the same OS type.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 05:06 6

8. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Galaxy Note 2 beats em both rather easily.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 08:06 2

18. JDogg5281 (Posts: 64; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Idk about all of that...I have the Note 2 and I dont think it easily beats the htc one if at all. Iphone 5 yes...but thats not saying much cause you can name 10 phones that do that

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 12:39 1

26. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

man, there are like 15 or more, but i5 is 2012, anyway i5s is gonna be the same, apple is obsolete since 2011

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 05:27 4

10. tiara6918 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Htc one easily beats the iPhone5 in all categories maybe just except the camera since both of them have their strenghts and weaknesses

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 06:07 3

12. bucky (Posts: 2441; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Nice htc phone for sure but to say it beats it (and easily at that) shows me you're a fanboy.

Software updates? Ecosystem? Support? Accessories? Apps? Software (preference)? Size (preference)?

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 06:21 3

14. oying24 (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

i agree with apps and eco.. ios version of apps are so good compare to android versions..thats a fact btw.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 06:42 3

16. boosook (Posts: 1413; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Well, Google's ecosystems is now huge: everything is integrated and synchronized: contacts, calendar, mail, music, books, apps, searches, maps, files (google drive), social (g+), photos (g+ and picasa), automatic backups, cloud printing... there's everything you need. It reaches a level of integration IMHO that nobody can match now. The apps talk to each other and interact. Once you start using all the features, it's hard to come back.
Software updates: since the One is not a Nexus, these are up to HTC, but I think that they won't repeat the mistakes they did in the past and it will be upgraded at least to android 5. These OS are really capable and I think you'll have what you need for years to come, considering that in google's ecosystem many new feature are released as applications and not necessarily as system updates.
Apps: there still may be some apps that exist only for iphone, but I think this happens now only in a few particular cases. The play store is huge, you can find everything you need.
Accessories: there are plenty of accessories for Android phones, I can't see any problem.
Software (preference): of course, as you say, this is just a preference. I think that Android has become much more capable than iOS, but that's just my opinion.
Support: that's up to HTC, and to be sincere I don't know if it's good or not.
And you can't ignore the fact that for the same or even lower price you get a more capable hardware, and I'm not talking only about a copule of MHz more: we have a bigger and sharper full HD screen (a plus to watch photos or read ebooks), double front speakers, camera with optical stabilizer, double-membrane microphones with HDR audio recording... these are hardware features that will positively affect everyday use for many users.
So when we compare something to the iphone we always assume that the iphone is better and we say "let's see if this will come close" and we start comparing the strong points of the iphone ignoring its weaknesses. We should also do the opposite: take the strong points of other phones and point out that they are missing in the iphone. And then everybody can choose.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 08:03

17. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)

"and this is how you know if the user is asian." just joking, i like android better since it gives the user freedom to customize. that's it.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 06:26 6

15. rizevnarastek (Posts: 347; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

iPhonearena, heh

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 09:26 7

20. riku242244 (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Phonearena you never let iPhone down

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 10:02 1

22. bucky (Posts: 2441; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

It's the best selling PHONE! Why would they not compare it?

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 10:13 1

23. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

If you want a phone for just talking and texting with good camera, then sure the iPhone 5 wins. But, if you do a whole lot more then the One is the clear winner.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 10:29

24. gixxerrider311 (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

Both of these smarthphones have an awesome design. Too bad Verizon won't be getting the HTC One since is what I wanted to get, I definitely won't be getting the S4, when I hold the S3 in my hand it doesn't feel like a premium device, design and feel is a must for me. I guess I'll wait and see what Apple does on the iPhone 5S (Hopefully an os revamp). Either Android or iOS meets my needs so I'm not biased towards one over the other.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 11:59

25. zippolite28 (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)

I just want to see htc one screen ... I really hate my sony xperia z screen ... its too bad soo brigt black looks like gray

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 14:18

28. zizicomments (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

reading a few lines of the review and u just know the reviewer is biased towards the iphone,its just logic,i wont go to a phone shop and pick up a 2012 phone over a 2013 released phone oh hell no!! plus the htc already killed the iphone5 so reviewer plsss,boomsound ,full hd screen,zoe,binkfeed extra sleek model like body i like to try these out,everyone forgets the htc one simply has a 4mp cam and if its able to closely perform and out perform the 8mp cam then htc must be cooking some software in there,i love night parties i believe every dude out there can relate to this ,so why not the htc one ,stop the icrap bull.$.it

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 14:54 1

30. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Wow pa...just admit the ONE is better!! Stop with all that personal perference crap... Back in the day's you guys had no problem letting everyone know iPhone was the winner when u did your comparisons....but now when we have smartphones that actually s*** on apple, you guys say personal perference....give it a break you guys.. don't be surprised when the galaxy s4 is compared with ip5 they say personal perference lol

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 16:17

32. oying24 (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

and your nickname is not biased.. a big LOL

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 20:12 1

33. G00GLE (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Mar 2013)

I was born in 1998 and my first device I ever owned was an iPhone 3GS. At that time I didn't know what to expect but I pretty much loved it. At this point in time everyone loved Apple and thought they were great and so did I. After sometime, new Android smartphones were being introduced into the market and prior to this, my first thought was "Wow everyone is copying Apple and stealing they're ideas but whatever they do Apple is still the best!". I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only thinking this because then Apple would have never gained so much popularity and hype. Its 2013 now and people have higher expectations and have a larger desire now a days. Not just HTC but Samsung, Google, LG (and other company's).....are packing they're devices with creative features and high specs that will hopefully exceed the average user's expectation. Apple is still in the mindset that making minor improvements to the hardware and OS is enough to please their customers and think that the popularity they have earned is going to last for a long time. Well I hate to break it to you because your popularity is slowly starting to fade away and a lot of us out there think its time for a change. As for this article- it's definitely a no brainer the HTC One is much better than the iPhone even if it's a little more expensive. I might be an Android fanboy but that doesn't mean I don't have any sympathy for Apple too. Apple is a great company just that they might have to step up their competition if they would like to stay that way.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 23:23

34. donjb (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)

iPhone is a good seller for it's simplicity and marketing. HTC, which I prefer, tries very hard to inovate with the 1st EVO, EVO 3d, and now with the One. They have the beats technology now they should colaborate with Kodak along with increasing their marketing.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 01:01 1

35. brycent (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)

htc one almost beat the iphone 5 in every category... only in the camera has no clear winner coz both phone have its ups and down. the bad thing is phonearena love the iphone 5 even if it is beaten by htc one in every category lol!!!!

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 08:57

36. tehcaucasianasian (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)

Sigh, another review where the iPhone 5 is treated as if it's the phone of gods. The iPhone 5 isn't a bad phone by any means, but comparing it to the HTC One? I feel like Apple is paying you guys to keep tieing or praising the iPhone against its competitors. In all of these reviews, if the Android device is better in a certain category, you brush it off and keep going; if the iPhone 5, however, wins a category, you start treating it like it's pure gold. I would really like non-biased reviews, or you might as well just call yourselves iPhoneArena

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