iPhone 6 beats the HTC One (M8) in our speed comparison

Prone to bending or not, the iPhone 6 remains one of the best phones money can buy. Millions love it for the stylish design, the great camera, and the generous selection of awesome apps and games, among other stand-out features. It is a pretty snappy smartphone, too, with performance ranking it among the fastest, most reliable phones in our book. The latter is a bold, statement, we know, but we actually have proof to back our words with. Several weeks ago, we did a speed comparison between the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 – a comparison meant to show which of the two phones was faster and more responsive in real life, not on paper. At the end, Apple's smartphone wasn't leading by much, but it won the challenge nonetheless. Now, we'll be stacking up the iPhone 6 against another fine Android specimen with plenty of potential, namely the HTC One (M8). How will it fare this time?

The Setup

To find out which phone is faster, the iPhone 6 or the HTC One (M8), we picked a total of 16 pairs of apps – 6 stock and 10 third-party ones. These included the phones' contacts, web browsers, and photo gallery apps, as well as the respective platforms' Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify clients, among other frequently used applications. Then we measured the start-up times for each app pair and gave a point to the phone that loaded it faster. 

Of course, we did our best to keep the testing conditions as equal as possible for the two handsets. The iPhone 6 and HTC One (M8) were both connected to the same Wi-Fi network and provided with speedy access to the internet. Also, they were configured to use the same accounts for email, contacts and other services, they had the same music and an identical amount of photos loaded on them, and they were loading the same web page during the browser tests. Prior to the start of our testing, we gave both phones a reboot. 

The results

To be fair, the HTC One (M8) stood its ground really well against the iPhone 6. We began our experiment by testing how well the phones handled their stock apps, and the score was a tie after we ran the six apps that we had chosen. Apple's smartphone handled its camera, music player, and email client better, while the One (M8) excelled at launching its contacts list and gallery, as well as at loading our home page in its web browser. 

The iPhone 6, however, took the lead when we moved onto third-party apps. It was faster at loading our Facebook feed and at displaying our home page in Chrome. It also handled Google's own services better, including Google Drive, Google Maps, and YouTube. The HTC One (M8), on the other hand, was more responsive with Gmail, Twitter, Dropbox, and Spotify. Yet this wasn't enough for it to outpace the iPhone 6. 

Once all testing was through, the score stood at 9 to 7 in favor of the iPhone. The HTC One (M8) needed a total of 1 minute and 3.5 seconds to load all apps, while the iPhone 6 completed the same obstacle course in only 51 seconds. Does this mean that the HTC One (M8) is a slow smartphone? Of course not. In fact, it is one of the snappier Android handsets around. Compared to the iPhone 6, however, HTC's flagship is a step behind in terms of real-world speed and responsiveness. 

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Funny to see Google apps run faster on iOS than on android

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not too surprising consider the M8 is 6+ months old now Here a comparison of the 6+ and Note 4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVkaY-F6Zhs Pretty surprising since Samsung is often said to be laggy, and the S5 lost to the M8 and iPhone 6 They should try the Nexus 5 with Lollipop once that is officially release With ART and the other Lollipop improvements, I wouldn't be surprised if the Nexus 5 is faster than the Note 4

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Not to mention how Nexus 5 beat the iPhone 6 here on Dalvik and kitkathttp://goo.gl/B8ggsa

12. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

But i don't understand why android's youtube app doesn't open quickly...it was the slowest opening app from day 1 on my nexus 5.

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Use tubemate, the official youtube app is crappy.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, I like Viral It has a cool popup player, so I can watch youtube while browsing the web/reddit

21. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I am using viral,it's pretty good...thanks for the suggestion though, i will give it(tubemate) a shot.

18. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think it has to do with the way both devices handle animations. Here's another video: iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8 - App Opening Speed - http://youtu.be/CSMVKdE3SaE

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Don'y need to make excuses, the Nexus 5 on Dalvik AND ART destroys the iPhone 6/+ and literally any other in terms of app opening times. The reason these other skins aren't good at it is because they run a lot of garbage/bloatware services in the background that delay them by the fraction of time difference you see in the test above. Plus the iPhone just has an amazing digitizer and likely why it is faster in a lot of cases. It just has a much better reaction to touch feedback than most phones out there.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Fast but less accurate digitizer.

42. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I own both. And you're wrong. The iPhone 6 is faster because the SoC is BRAND NEW, and the Snapdragon 801 using Krait cores that are 3 YEARS OLD, that are trying to render a higher resolution as well. Nexus devices are snappy. But it has to do with the Kernel. The Kernel prioritizes smoothness over battery life. All stock devices suffer poor battery life compared to OEM flagships, because OEM's buy and use Qualcomm's longevity kernel tweaks. Google does not.

45. torr310

Posts: 1698; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It should not be surprising at all for a product introduced over 6 months later.

2. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

Was there ever any doubt?

3. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Are we seriously talking about 0,0x differences?

19. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Multiplied by many times a day, multiplied by 365 days those seconds become minutes and at the end hours and hours of saved time.

24. willard12 unregistered

Because opening apps isn't a continuous process, there is no accumulated time savings. Hussein Bolt doesn't have all kinds of free time because he's won 50 races by .05 seconds over the competition. They'll all make it to the after party at the same time. These tests are dumb regardless of the winner unless a time difference affects the experience.

43. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Great analogy. You won't even save enough time for an extra ass scratch.

51. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Very good point. It's easy to do nothing fast @ Iphone. Also. having a fresh install vs old kit fat install helps.

54. sachouba

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

But as far as I know, you have to hit the Home button every time you want to leave an app, right ? And it's much more responsive on the HTC One M8. Multiplied by the number of apps you open many times a day, multiplied by 365 days, multiplied by the number of apps you have to download on an iPhone to unzip files, play AVI videos...

4. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Feel so good...

5. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Theres nothing in it really, a second here a second there. both phones are really nice. I suppose it comes down to what you like ios or android. For me it's android every time.

7. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

let's not forget that One M8 has 1080p screen, that's double the amount of pixels being pushed by the CPU/GPU (real 1080p apps not stretched like i6 plus) the one m8 is probably the fastest kitkat running device. it's more what it offers, not speed, seriously are we that in a hurry ? ? 0.5 seconds are that important? ? for me, functionality and looks are more important than speed.

23. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

iPhone 6 Plus apps aren't "stretched" 1080p apps, they are digitally downsampled from 2208x1242 to 1920x1080.

44. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Facts don't matter in Android land.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Even though there was a generation (and architecture) of gap in chipsets, the M8 held well against the iPhone.

9. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

As a long time htc fan, I honestly want to switch to an iphone6

53. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

You soon contact a psychartrist. This is the first step in being converted to an iSheep.

55. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I just want to try an iphone since I never had one and I have long used windows and android os

14. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

right.. iPhone arena is comparing an "app drawer" with an android OS.

22. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

U wot mate?

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