HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
The HTC One comes with a brand new UltraPixel camera and it has a daunting task as it goes against the Apple iPhone 5, one of best cameraphones out there. HTC is going against the market trend of adding more megapixels, and instead goes with a 4.3-megapixel UltraPixel Camera. The name UltraPixel comes from the larger than usual, 2-micron pixels on the One’s camera. It also has a wider than usual aperture of f/2.0, allowing it to gather more light.
After extensive testing, we’d say the HTC One has a very good, but not a revolutionary camera. Still images are sharp in contrasting areas but somewhat spongy otherwise. Sometimes colors look a bit bleached on the One, and detail is not plentiful. The iPhone 5 has an edge here capturing consistently accurate colors with great dynamic range and better detail.
HTC One Sample Video:
Apple iPhone 5 Sample Video:
There is a huge difference in the recorded sound on both devices. The HTC One records a full, rich sound with a surprising depth for a smartphone, even at loud events like a concert or a party. Recording on the iPhone 5 on the other hand is loud but it lacks that precious depth.
Watching videos on a smartphone is a lot about how much screen real estate you have. The HTC One has a lot more and that instantly puts it in a favorable position. Both devices have great screens, and can play 1080p video in all formats (natively or via third-party players) without a stutter.
HTC brings a small revolution in smartphone sound with its front-facing stereo speakers. It calls it BoomSound and it definitely delivers lots of oomph. Combined with Beats Audio magic in the lower tonalities, sound is rich and it sounds clear at even its loudest.
The iPhone 5’s speakers are luckily not on the back as on many other phones but on the bottom so sound is not muffled when you lay the device on a table. It delivers loud sound, but it is very plain when it comes to the lower notes.
Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
HTC One 0.68
Apple iPhone 5 0.54
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
HTC One 78
Apple iPhone 5 71
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.
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?
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
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
Please don't thumb me down for choosing the iPhone 5 >_
5. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
i thump u up cus its your point..
election btw perfect android and ios..
7. wendygarett (unregistered)
I actually choose it for my sympathy, coz nobody will choose iPhone 5 anyway :)
3. Birds (Posts: 1146; 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."
4. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; 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!!
9. cezarepc (Posts: 674; 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.
6. GeekMovement (Posts: 2022; 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.
19. zeropants (Posts: 28; 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.
8. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
Galaxy Note 2 beats em both rather easily.
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
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
10. tiara6918 (Posts: 1946; 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
12. bucky (Posts: 2153; 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)?
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.
16. boosook (Posts: 1333; 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.
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.
22. bucky (Posts: 2153; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
It's the best selling PHONE! Why would they not compare it?
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.
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.
25. zippolite28 (Posts: 104; 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
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
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
32. oying24 (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
and your nickname is not biased.. a big LOL
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.
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.
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!!!!
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