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:




Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

The one on the left looks like a toy when I hold my phone out in front of me to analyze the side-by-side graphic shown in the article photo.

24. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Well that's because it is a toy! Any android flagship totally owns this iCrap!

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Htc one x came out in march, iphone september.... and its hardly better in any respect. Lets look at it from another view point, the HTC onex is a massive improvement from the HTC sensation. Is the iphone 5 a massive improvement from the 4st.... not so much

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

The 4st? How do you say that? Fourst?

3. wendygarett unregistered

I still prefer iPhone 5 :)

25. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

well that's what all sheep prefer :) But you own an HTC...aha!

28. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

You always makes me wonder. Sometimes you talk like iSheep and you have a One X and shouting for iP5 ? Mystery !

68. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Wendy is the Phonearena troll.

51. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

YOU would (Apple lover, oooh)

72. molanjames

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

Currently iPhone 5 on the second hand market is very hot because of high demand. According to Movaluate analysis, AT&T iPhone 5 16G Black is the most popular among other variants which is about $800.Read iPhone 5 Sales Behavior on the Second-Hand Market here I hope the factory unlocked iPhone will be available soon to stabilize the second hand market.

5. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

That's cause you're a sad act Wendy ;)

6. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

aha PA totally forgot about the easy to scratch and dent on the edges of the Iphone 5 and I still prefer the One X over the Iphone 5

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Dear Wenda, Applets are by default your children, so you don't need to say it. We already understand... Even if you put a '.' (dot)...we know it's still iPhone. I'd go for the X...simply because i'm bored of iPhone...honestly, the 5th row of apps don't hit me anywhere. I'm not talking about any hardware stuff here...just the looks and user interface.

14. wendygarett unregistered

I'm sorry, I never say android is not good and I cant force everyone to buy iphone, I pick it because it just suits me :) Of course, the user reviews rank say it all, but it doesnt change my mind to choose iphone over the other :) no harm feeling ok?

48. gregoryyy3 unregistered

The people that thumb downed this are clearly overly angry android losers. Just remember all you android freaks that the iPhone is still outselling all your useless junk and always will, I mean come on, the iPhone 4 is still outselling your junk. Why? Because everyone knows its way more stable and iPhones are way more reliable than your android junk anyday. You losers get overly defensive just because you know it's true.

49. SleepingOz unregistered Say what? More stable? lololol.. You loser get overly mad just because you know that Android is better than your beloved ios. =]

64. Ipwns

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

Iphone only sells more because no other company makes ios. If you put all the Android phones sold it would be far greater than iphone.

65. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

some of these android users are really pathetic

66. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Oh im sorry... what about the iPhone 5's crappy maps? and the purple halo effect on cam? whats apple reaction? Not our problem.. its the USER's problemss.. balls**t reaction from apple.... and i must say that brainwashed people bought the iphones not us cuz we can make decisions.

67. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

"Not us because we can make decisions". - why do you guys always speak in 3rd person? You guys claim to be individualistic and iPhones users are followers, yet people like you keep saying we this and we that. Looks bad

70. bezerkus

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

Actually Android is outselling and iPhone is built with material that is less fragile and components that allow a phone to last longer. What's your definition of reliable. Still drinking the "It all just works" party line. Well so did my old Windows phone, but that doesn't mean I don't want to check out new features. When all is clearly in Android favor, Apple still has the brand and the marketing power to overcome a generation behind problem. I service both phones so I know the differences. The interface has not been improved upon. If you only use iPhone you don't know what you are missing, sure there are junk phones and good phones. This HTC is awesome, what did iPhone upgrade? Another row of fisherprice icons, inferior Maps while finally getting turn by turn navigation that's been standard in android for years, metal very scratchable aluminum body instead of their fragile Glass body, Last major phone to finally get Gorilla Glass, and now all of a sudden screensize does not matter and protruding camera buttons are sexy yet when my Mytouch4g had it, it was a negative in comparison reviews. The manipulation of the average consumer is a bit astonishing coming from an IT background.

71. bezerkus

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

I meant more fragile...sry I make mistakes, but no editing ability on posts...hate less functional.

73. Misterthomas32

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Wow! What? Get your facts straight pls... 1) The Samsung Galaxy SIII was was sold 18million times in its first quarter compared to the iPhone 4S 16 million. 2) What do sales numbers have to do with the quality of the phone? 90% of all iPhone users I know dont even know what a CPU is... They have no clue when you bring up a simple function like MASS-Storage. And you go for iPhone because they buy it? Pretty pathetic if you ask me...

8. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Just look @ the 'User Reviews' rating! 9.9 for One x!! woo

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

I would hardly call 7 reviews a representative sample.

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Reading this on my HOX

10. psysect

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Hox is rocksssssss.. im wating for one x+..More powerfull with cpu 1.7 / sense & android 4.1.

12. SleepingOz unregistered

One X is such a sexy device!

13. Aeires unregistered

Strange the reviews here keep saying the iPhone5 feels great to hold but actual comments from users say the exact opposite, the sharp edges don't feel comfortable at all. In comparison, the rounded edges of the S3 and One X are much more comfortable because of the smoothness to them. The rounded edges actually make the S3 feel smaller than it is because it's so comfortable to hold.

16. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

He likes it because it's metal and has a more "premium" feel to it. Which ranks a number 0 on most users priority. I'm sure I'm not alone in say that comfort is more important than a "premium" but, whatever. Just one guys opinion after all.

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