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...
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71 Comments

21. bigstrudel

Posts: 584; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Feel and display quality are at the top of the list for 90 percent of buyers. Its why people walk up to any phone in the store and test it out. Almost nobody knows or cares about the actual hardware works and just care that it looks good, feels good in the hand and works.

37. kitpogi

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 17, 2012

that's because phonearena is biased. phonearena always prefers Iphone over any Android devices.

15. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

HTC One X > iPhone ∞

17. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

HTC One X still carries more social sharing options and overall customizability, but I have to give the nod to the iPhone 5 for these reasons: - faster - slimmer - better call and speaker phone quality (this is a phone here people) - more usable size (for me) - better resale value - higher quality buttons/hardware (personal preference) - obvious great Apple ecosystem compatibility (personal preference) [not talking about the silly new dock connector :-) ]

18. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I had the iPhone 4 for 2 years, so I have an established Apple ecosystem with iTunes, Apple TV, and a Bose Stereo Dock. I owned the HTC One X (and Galaxy S3) for a short time. I liked and disliked the big screen (loved it for videos, but didn't for my "average" sized hands). I didn't like some apps just crashing for no reason (especially one of my favorite games Early Bird). It obviously didn't work well with my already-established iTunes ecosystem for movies and music. I feel like both the One X and GS3 are all flash and no class. Of course everything comes down to personal preference. I had fun with the HTC One X just trying something new, but when the honeymoon phase was over, I still prefer the iPhone 5 as my daily driver.

19. wendygarett unregistered

+1 for your honesty :) But promise me don't be an ifans ok?

29. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Ha, thanks! I'm not necessarily an "iFan," just a lover of all things tech. I think both Apple and Android have a place in the world. I don't like it when people get wrapped up in bashing either side. Everyone has their personal preference. Informing others is ok, but it's not any commenters job to CONVINCE others that their preference is better than someone else's.

34. nwright94 unregistered

It's crazy how many thumbs down you get for having a personal opinion. I love android and iPhone just not android fans and iPhone fans. They always say you're allowed to have your own opinion, unless it disagrees with their opinions. I own an iPhone 5, that doesn't make me an apple fanboy though. I just preferred it over the other handsets when I went in to upgrade. But I love android too. I have an old kindle fire that I have running aokp jelly bean right now and an old Samsung captivate running cm10. I love rooting and flashing roms on android but in everyday use, iOS wins for me. To android and apple fanboys: get over yourselves. Don't get all pissy when someone has a differing opinion. It makes you look like a child.

20. bigstrudel

Posts: 584; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Should very done the comparison with the One X unlocked with Sense 4.1 and 4.0.4. The experience is lag free and it's just a much faster device. That being said; the dual core S4 version is still very nice and we'll balanced.

22. Savage unregistered

One X didn't win even against iPhone 4S. I didn't expect it to beat 5 either. Is this flagship that bad?

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: 584; 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).

54. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

If you sell these phones for a living, shouldn't you have a more unbiased opinion on the topic, rather than "useless useless useless?" As a systems engineer, I know the customer is number 1. And in that way you and I aren't that different: Our job is to find out what the user needs are and provide the pros and cons in the most objective way possible to find the best solution for the customer. Take bias out of it.

30. bigstrudel

Posts: 584; 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: 584; 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

32. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

People that say the iPhone is better in low light see this -->http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=32082070&postcount=7729 ...

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.

36. TMach

Posts: 485; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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!

38. bizz0216

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

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

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.

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...

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).
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