HTC One vs iPhone 5 – first look

HTC One vs iPhone 5 – first look
The HTC One and the iPhone 5 are two very impressive devices. They both have this magical aura around them that makes you want to hold them, touch them and of course, own them. Most of that appeal comes from the fact that the two handsets are very well made. Aluminum is used for the construction of both smartphones, which gives them a very solid, premium feel. 

Both handsets fit nicely in the palm, but we have to give the iPhone 5 credit for being easier to operate with a single hand. It is also much lighter - lighter than the great majority of all high-ends out there, although we have to admit that the HTC One definitely doesn't feel heavy for its size.

Another factor that comes into play is that the screens on both smartphones are of high quality. However, while the iPhone 5 uses a 4-inch, 640 by 1136 pixel display, the HTC One is blessed with a 4.7-inch 1080p panel. Without a doubt, the size advantage and higher resolution of the latter will make it more desirable for power users and smartphone enthusiasts. Still, plenty of users, especially the ladies, are likely to be more than happy with the iPhone 5's smaller display. As far as resolution and pixel density is concerned, both displays have more pixels than the average eye would make out. 

The brains of the HTC One is the quad-core Snapdragon 600 SoC - one of Qualcomm's latest and greatest chips made for smartphones and tablets. The iPhone 5, on the other hand, is powered by Apple's own dual-core A6 chip. But despite the difference in core count, both processors are powerful enough to offer excellent performance regardless of what you're using the phones for.

Without a doubt, the software that runs on any smartphone, regardless of its make and model, has a tremendous effect on user experience. In the case with the HTC One and iPhone 5, the former is powered by Android Jelly Bean with a new version of Sense UI running on top, while the latter runs Apple's proprietary iOS 6 platform. We're already familiar with the latest Sense iteration and we can say that we dig its minimalist approach. It isn't quite as simple, however, as the user interface of iOS, which is designed in a way that anyone will quickly get the hang of it. But don't get us wrong since Android has quite a few advantages that must be noted, such as its greater flexibility as far as customization is concerned. Furthermore, folks who like staying on top of things should find the new Sense UI quite practical with its BlinkFeed feature. In a nutshell, it compiles a stream of news and updates on topics that the user is interested in, and that stream is available the very instant you start using the handset.

So there you have it, guys! HTC has crafted an excellent smartphone that truly deserves its place in the high-end realm. Whether it is any better than the iPhone 5 is a bit early to say, but at a glance they both seem to be at the same level as far as performance, user experience and design are concerned. Chances are that no matter which one you pick as a daily driver, you'd be pretty satisfied with your choice. 

Related phones

  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

No brainer. The only feature that beats the One - the one will get me thumbs down - is the better camera on the iPhone.

17. lager8807

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

have you seen the comparison of the cameras the one looks way better sorry to say.

25. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Why people keep compare iPhone with the best Android smart phone? Here are the things those iPHans did not understood and its technology is soooo outdated. 4" is Android old school. iPhone 5 dual core, is Android's outdated technology. iMap has been rescued by Google. Apple is still thinking its arrogantnest. Apple's stock is in the diving trend. Many more that I don't wanted to waste my time with. Obvious, Apple's technology is slowly dieing. REMEMBER! RIM is bearly hanging on.

28. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Dual Core is not really a reasonable comparison, the Iphone 5 flies. I probably would have mentioned its lack of NFC as being outdated. The camera comparisons can not be made so early, I'm sure the Iphone will win on some aspects and the HTC will win others.

47. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

iPhones are always 1-2 years behind android and every year this gap widens.

31. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

By your logic, then doesn't that mean 4.7 inches is old school? As new flagship models are 5 inches or even 5.5 inches? Just saying. I think screen size is in the eye of the beholder. I think 4.7 and 5 inches is way too small. Doesn't mean its old technology. lol

48. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Current phone size is 4.5"-5" anything over 5" is phablet. Size is just preference and doesn't affect the phones performance, but most people have big enough hands to fit a 5" phone just fine.

43. beefalo

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

This is quite possibly the stupidest comment I have ever seen. Don't get me wrong, the HTC One looks awesome and I can't wait to try it out, but your points are meaningless: 4" screen - Do you really think Apple is not capable of making a bigger screen? Screen size is in no way a measurement of the abilities of a phone maker anymore. As long as a phone's screen is within the standard range 3" - 6" it is a matter of preference more than anything else. Dual core - Specs are meaningless across different OSs and different architectures. If you had ever used the iPhone 5 you would know that it is silky smooth and even the best android phones out there have yet to match that smoothness in every scenario(although most do match now). iMaps - Yes iMaps blows. Yes Google Maps saved the day. But guess what, it is still on an iPhone. So if anything, google maps just made the iPhone a better product.(Especially considering the UX on it is better than the android equivilent) Apple stock - Yes it has tanked lately. I'm not going to pretend to understand the stock market and why stocks go up and down, but it isn't always related to performance. Apple is still selling iPhones like crazy, my best guess is the market is very saturated with iDevices and investors don't expect the insane growth from apple they have been seeing the past few years.

49. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Its silky smooth because nothing is running except the homescreen lol. So your saying you would rather have a 1.2ghz dual core computer with a far worse screen, slower ram, slower storage, bad front facing camera, running windows 98 . Rather than a quad core 2ghz+, ddr3, 1080p, larger screen pc running windows 7. and you would choose the POS running windows 98 that cost more than the best thing available?

29. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

iphone 5 seems to be child of one..

2. cas_shekhar

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

This is the ONE.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

u guys should take John V. with you. There is nothing good enough in video review. no display comparison, viewing angles, app launch, browser speed, camera ........etc.

4. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

he doesnt know how to dress himself...

5. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

"hey guys Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Ve here from phonearena"

6. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

The iphone has long looked like a toy to me, and in these comparison (i.e. against premium-design devices like Nokia, HTC, and Sony) it looks like some cheap but made to make noises and entertain a toddler rather than something an adult would aspire to owning. Getting rid of the huge bezel (that is, reducing it) and generic shape would help a long way toward that

7. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

kinda weird accent with strong R..just saying though :)

12. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Looks like russian accent

8. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

The iPhone 5 is soooo 2007 with it's icons and so 2010 screenwise. Even my father switched to a Galaxy Note II ;) (Using Android, he's one of the cooler guys now)

50. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Lol someone told me their iphone was better because it had a retina screen and I was like you are aware that is worse than most android phones screen nowdays.

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh come on. IPhone completely inferior

10. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

As a former HTC owner, I left HTC last Tuesday and purchased a Galaxy S3. This decision was not taken lightly. However, I am very specific in requiring removable batteries and having expandable SD slots. While I have truly enjoyed the quality of HTC over the last 8 years, the untimely demise of the USB ports on 4 of 6 HTC handsets before contract expires, has left me with little trust. I simply like knowing I can switch batteries quickly without having to spend 100 dollars on insurance when my contract is up within months. This is not indigenous to just HTC. My Wife's Samsung has met the same untimely demise as well as several friends that have motorolas, LGs and even an iPhone. As a serious consumer advocate, I have decided to boycott the manufactures that fail to realize the importance of these two small but essential hardware items. I have also experience total death of handsets resulting in on board memory info being lost without retrieval. Cloud storage is new and not yet fully trusted. This is why I like removeable SD cards. I realize the attraction to these two handsets. However, in hearing the complaints of many others, I don't support the theory of eliminating the crucial elements. This is a money grab for insurance companies and manufacturers. John B.

40. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

did you make another account just to thumb you up?

13. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

WTH? (@ 1:10) Nick you said," you wouldn't notice the difference between 1080 compare to 640 resolution?!. What is wrong with you?! are you that blind?; then again you did stutter when you try to get that lie out of your mouth.. 1080/1920 vs 640/ tell me which is clearer again?!!!

14. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

iphone so small like

15. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

What about the sound (Volume) comparison Little Nicky T. Look at HTC One speakers in the front, and you didn't compare that with Apple huh?.

16. lager8807

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I love how the compliment and dis the HTC one at the same time. PA is so bias with the i phone its not even funny. ill wait till a real review comes out from someone thats not such an iphone junkie.

18. Izoe

Posts: 150; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

Personally I like that the iphone 5 is made of metal but I don't like the weight. Its too light. Makes it feel cheap. I remember the same argument was used against the first samsung galaxy. it weighed less than the iphone which had a plastic back then(3g,3gs. Surprise, nobody thought plastic felt cheap then, even though htc had phones with more metal in then) and they said because the iphone was heavier, it made it feel better built. Now it is lighter and it is seen as an advantage. Smh

19. andydroid

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

Finally an android phone that makes the iphone look ugly

20. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I don't even read these comparisons of phones to the iPhone anymore. I just skip right to the last paragraph. They always seem to end about the same. Nothing is ever clearly better than the iPhone being reviewed. Its always a toss up between the two. Can we ever just keep it real? This article is a perfect example. The end of it should read "The HTC is a beast and the iPhone 5 is just, well, another iPhone."

21. Lakuta1978

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

the One is a masterpiece ,but i think, i still love i5...

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