Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X

Continuing our look at flagship devices, our comparison now focuses on the best thing from both Apple and HTC. Launching earlier in the year, the HTC One X seemingly got the year jumpstarted with its awe-inspiring presence – thus, establishing the benchmark of what would’ve been expected with other devices going forward. But now that Apple’s pride and joy in the iPhone 5 has finally made its landing, we’re taking these two formidable offerings into the ring to find out how they stack up against one another.


Donning very different design styles, we appreciate both for their solid constructions and eye-catching looks, but the iPhone 5 pulls ahead slightly for its premium feel in the hand. And of course, it helps that the handset is both lighter and skinnier than its rival – making it easier to handle with one hand versus the massive look of the HTC One X. Nonetheless, there’s no kidding that the polycarbonate unibody construction of the HTC One X would handle falls better, since the brushed aluminum casing of the iPhone 5 would be more prone to damage if it were dropped.

With its recessed physical home button, there are no accidental presses with the iPhone 5 – albeit, we didn’t have issues with the evenly spaced trio of Android capacitive buttons on the HTC One X.

However, when it comes to their respective power and volume buttons, we prefer the more distinct and tactile feel associated with the iPhone 5’s set, mainly because the buttons on the HTC One X feel a bit more flat to the touch. As expected, they both feature 3.5mm headset jacks, but it’s worth noting that there’s Beats Audio support with HTC’s baby – thus, producing some more head pounding bass than the iPhone 5. Alternatively, the more favorable microUSB port is available with the HTC One X, which also provides video-out with the aid of an MHL adapter. Conversely, the iPhone 5 relies on Apple’s newer proprietary Lightning docking port.

In their rears, both smartphones are packing the same sized 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash – with 1080p video recording in tow with them. Meanwhile, there’s a 1.2-megapixel front-facing snapper on the iPhone 5, while the HTC One X flaunts a 1.3-megapixel one. Honestly, they’re best reserved for video chatting.


Oh man! Can we say that these two pristine looking handsets also amaze us with their piercing displays? When they pack so many attractive elements, like their sharp details and high brightness output, it’s tough to concretely say which one we love more than the other. On one side, you have the 4” Retina Display of the iPhone 5, which packs a resolution of 640 x 1136 and is IPS-LCD based. Compared to the larger 4.7” 720p Super LCD 2 display on the HTC One X, the iPhone 5’s Retina Display exhibits color tones that are more natural in tone – while significantly warmer tones are evident with HTC’s offering. Throw in the fact that the two are viewable in outdoor conditions, it’s simply a matter of personal preference as to which of the two is more appealing.

Apple iPhone 5 360-degrees View:

HTC One X 360-degrees View:



69. bezerkus

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

Amazing at how a phone a full generation ahead of another in Hardware, Interface, and any other user feature that matters and still somehow come out below in this review even though the cherry picked topics are not what users are after and those like interface are so far in Android's favor it's not even funny. Apple can't even copy useful user interface features fast enough (Notifications, Weather on Lock etc.) I will give that iPhone can have a smoother scroll feel at times when it starts (but that is because preschool blocks take nothing to render and they never let you run anything aside from music in the background. When did iPhone users care so much about FPS smoothness anyway. They like the protruding buttons more?! They use to say it was a bad feature when only Android phones had the dedicated Camera button and the smoothness of the iPhone was more appealing without the ugly protruding button. Now they finally had to put a decent one in equal to what was being put out by HTC. When you read the comparison thru you actually think that it will be in HTC favor or at least a tie. Reviewers have an iPhone and are in denial. Specs (no made up proprietary A6 chip), OS features (beautiful and functional), Bundled Apps (what? no calculator, no TV, no DNLA streaming, and the list goes on) Case usability and modern ergonomic design, use to mean something in computing.

62. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i really think a comparison between 808 pureview will be worthy to read... lets see how will apple's "new oversapling" do compare with 808 pureview.. i think the looks of 4" of 808 pureview looks decent than iPhone's 4"....

58. rinas028

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

apple and htc cannot compete with nokia 1100.............

50. theo14461 unregistered

I owned the One X for about a month, best HTC phone to date. I loved it! Why oh why didn't they add a sd slot? Sorry, not enough memory for me, I would rather have a Galaxy III, or the iphone.

47. mf2hd

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 25, 2008

"However, despite its lack of personalization, the iPhone 5 has the distinct advantage as having the less complicated experience, since it’s simplicity that’s most prized with Apple." Top edge simplicity and lack of personalization, the next big thing:

46. chidredz

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 30, 2012

I really dont understand why phonearena picked up HOX with sense4.0! can Phone arena update this post by doing the same review with sense 4.1?

45. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Stop with the foreplay. It's time for the Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5.

55. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I thumbed you up and want to see the Note 2 vs iPhone 5, but really that is a silly comparison to do. You are talking about 2 completely different niche markets: portable smartphone vs phablet. I think the Note 2 looks really cool, but not for an everyday for a small tablet.

61. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Big devices don't work for everyone but they work for some people. One handed operation is a feature and not a necessity these days. My preference is to use 2 hands for several reasons. For starters I have a big beautiful display and I rarely have to pinch to zoom on anything. Videos look great obviously as well. No squinting period. If I need 2 hands for this then oh well. But most important is the fact that holding your device with 2 hands is just plain safer. In the last 2 years I haven't dropped my phone even once. Not to mention that people multitasking on phones is just plain obnoxious and takes focus off of tasks they should be paying attention to.

63. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Right, I agree, and I'm glad the big screen works great for you! I like to use my phone for working out and running, so a Note 2 on my arm would look pretty funny! I agree about the multitasking comment, but I'm just talking about things like walking around in the city while holding a bag in the other hand. Trying to look at yelp or maps to find your way or check a quick email or text. It's tough to use a large screen (even the GS3) with just one hand unless you have larger hands. I totally agree with your uses for the device, but I feel like those food groups are better satisfied with a dedicated cheap tablet (e.g., Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD). However, you could say the same thing about my workout needs! You could probably say, "Just get a dedicated iPod for that." Well, in my case I don't need to because my phone always has the right app and updated music at all times! So, in closing, we both have different needs, so yay for choice!

44. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Apple probably paid phone arena to make the iPhone 5 look & seem better :-/

43. 90ninjas unregistered

Before, I understood the "complex user interface" argument when everything was a mish mash of random stuff in Android pre-ICS. However, nowadays I don't see why that argument is even brought up still. Android ICS, and JB for that matter, have made Android incredibly user friendly and streamlined to the point that my aunt knows how to use her Nexus 7 more than her iPhone 4. In fact, when I ask her something that she needs to perform on one of such devices, she always defaults to the Nexus 7 because she can actually perform the task faster on that device than her iPhone 4. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone 5 is a great phone, in performance and looks (note: not how it feels) but the UI is just-ok with today's functionalities provided by Android. I still prefer my SGS2 with CM10. I just find it tiring always reading the "ALWAYS premium feel"-argument of the iPhone x (even when users do say that the sharp edges are uncomfortable to hold) plus the "ALWAYS the easier experience"-argument of, once again, the iPhone. That's just my $0.02 about the reviews I've observed with all the iPhone variants that have been stacked up against ergonomic handsets that run ICS/JB (in some cases GB).

41. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Htc one x is clearly the winner here, it just comes down to personal preference when you talk about the design, screen, user interface, etc. Regarding other features and functionality, you probably won't be noticing much difference between the two...

39. preet27in

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

awww wow wow... iphone5 looks like a chinese toy that has only been added a length and not the breadth just for the sake of doing it .in terms it looks weird in hands.and the user interface----- nothing changes , no customization, no bluetooth transfers, no music without i tunes. apple is making fool of their customers. and ppl r geting this big HYPE. literally atleast my friends have started disowning iphones a long time ago and they all have android devices, specially the ONE X. which looks damn beauiful and have very good performance, and offcorse the screen sixe is just perfect. one x has better quality and is less vunerable to damage cause of its unibody design. all i have to say is IPHONE IS A BIG BIG HYPE. and nothing else. sorry apple fanboys this aint gna work for ya guyss. nyways good luck. and BTW HTC ROCKS.

38. bizz0216

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Hox all day I have one an never looked back Really apple 4inch

36. TMach unregistered

What is called for is an open mind rather than an IOS v Android issue. I have the One X and love it especially since upgrade to 4.0.4, had the S3 but got rid due to poor build quality and not a big fan of Touchwiz no matter how light touch but primarily my issue was the build quality and the hairline cracks! Oh by the, also own a iPhone 4S. I upgraded to iP5 for all of two minutes as the one ordered from Vodafone came with a chip straight out of the box! Piss poor and disappointing really...I would not compare these two phones at all as the One X, upgraded is truly a beast. Just picked up my Xperia T and am not disappointed at all......Loving it! You need to hold this phone to believe!

33. nwright94 unregistered

Both great phones. I love the screen on the one X. I do love my iPhone 5 though :) personal preference, not saying its the best by any means.

32. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

People that say the iPhone is better in low light see this --> ...

30. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

IPhone 5 is a great device and is absolutely high end hardware. Unfortunately Apple does not see any need to add new features to iOS; so it has gotten completely stale, along with being completely inflexible for its users.

59. rinas028

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

actually u are not updated in ur brain...dude thats why u are still saying apple is a great device proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

60. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Dude you couldn't pay me to be handcuffed into the iOS ecosystem. But be real. The hardware is solid and it's as good as any high end Android on the market even if it's not my preference

23. upetro

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

PA is a joke. You cant be a serious review site, and compare a 6 months old phone with a brand new one and not even bother to update the device to the latest software! Using an iPhone 5 against the One X is a joke. The iPhone is just a toy compared to the One X.

26. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Actually, it's a perfectly fair fight, as the HTC One X is HTC's current flagship device...just as the iPhone 5 is Apple's flagship device. When the latest Samsung or HTC device comes out over the next few months, rest assured that it will be compared to the iPhone 5. Will you complain THEN that it's not fair because the iPhone 5 will be a few months old? Doubtful.

27. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

In regards to your comment about the software update...that is only for unlocked One X variants. So maybe we should wait for the iPhone 5 to receive its jailbreak and THEN do the comparison. Be real...this is how it stands RIGHT NOW.

31. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

In all fairness the Tegra 3 version with updated software is an absolute beast with benchmarks and real life speed and fluidity. The dual core Snapdragon S4 is a well balanced processor but it doest stack up against the IPhone's custom chip well.

35. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Check out the benchmarks. The A6 and iOS6 actually outperform the Tegra3 on the International One X. It's all about the entire package, not just dual core vs quad core. Correction: the A6 actually destroys the One X with the Tegra 3.

42. alxcsb

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

You say you are not a fanboy, and then you go and use a word like destroy? I am all for freedom of choice, but when people choose the iPhone over an Android flagship just because it has that logo on the back I don't seem to be able to understand them. You come with a couple of decent arguments, which makes you a normal person, but 90 percent of current and future iPhone users are incredible morons, teenagers that have to have it just because their friend has it, and it all amounts to the fact that they are paying a lot more for a lot less hardware, not to mention software. How can you justify that Android went from 1.0, which lacked a lot of stuff, to the experience you get today, yet in the same amount of time iOs managed to do a pull down notification bar (cough, copied from Android) that doesn't really work and a map app that takes you to your mistress not your wife? Really man? Are you all standing behind that? Go ahead, I'll stick with my One X. Good day sir.

52. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It's true, I totally agree. I shoudn't have said that, there i go saying don't be childish, and then I turn out the baby! My bad!

40. upetro

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

What unlocked variants, are you high? I am talking about the stock HTC firmware update. I work as a phone salesman, and had the chance to test both phones! Thats why i say the iPhone is a joke compared to the One X. The screen aspect ratio is useless, the added 5th row of icons is useless, the wi-fi doesnt work corectly...and still no option for customizations...give me a break. And people still buy it like the holy grail. Pathetic, that is what it is really.

53. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I'm sorry you are so angry with the success of a great product (iPhone 5). I'm not mad if the One X gets sales. The fact is I tried to make the One X do things that Apple has had for years (e.g., stability, Apple ecosystem [AirPlay, iTunes, stereo docks {yes I know I need a new adapter :-) }], premium build quality, more usable size for working out, better resale value, great customer service and service plan) and the One X simply didn't deliver for me. Beats Audio seemed like a marketing gimmick that made me beg for a way to tweak it. Granted, I'm not sure if my One X had sense 4.0 or 4.1 update....I know I installed all updates available through AT&T though. (this was about 2 weeks ago).

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