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Interface and Functionality:

Always regarded as having one of the more reputable customized Android experiences, the HTC Sense 4.0 experience is undoubtedly far more comprehensive than the iPhone 5’s latest iOS 6 experience. In fact, just looking at the surface is evidence enough, as its homescreen is blissfully occupied by many of HTC’s wonderful and useful widgets. In addition, there’s a lot more personalization attached to the HTC One X, since we’re given complete control in how the UI is laid out. 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. Therefore, if you want a hassle-free experience, the iPhone 5 is the way to go, but if not, there’s always the balanced experience of the HTC Sense 4.0 experience that’s always profoundly deeper.

Coughing up the same functionality with their core organizer apps, we’re finding ourselves liking HTC’s offerings a bit more for its more pleasing visual presentation – aided by slick layouts and nifty transition effects. Furthermore, there’s no arguing the deeper level of functionality found with the Gmail experience on the HTC One X, as it separates itself from the more basic functionality seen with the iPhone 5’s email experience.

Having the larger screen and all, it’s only natural to like the spacious layout of the HTC One X’s portrait style Sense keyboard. Making it even more likeable, we also like that numbers and some punctuations are accessible from the main layout by long-pressing on specific buttons. Still, the iPhone 5’s keyboard is equally just as usable, thanks primarily to its responsive nature and spot-on auto-correct feature. Overall, there’s no issues speed typing with either device.

Processor and Memory:

Frankly speaking, these two premier smartphones are speed demons with their performances. On paper though, the HTC One X is sure to get more looks with its 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor (it’s a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 with the international version) with 1GB of RAM, which looks a bit more attractive than the 1GHz dual-core Apple A6 processor with 1GB of RAM in the iPhone 5. Regardless, the two pretty much perform handsomely with all functions – though, there’s a miniscule amount of stutter with the HTC One X that rears its head every now and then. Well, taking into account the graphical intensity of the One X’s interface, it’s only expected to see that.

Looking at the base models of the two smartphones, they size up evenly with 16GB of internal storage, but there’s no expandable memory with them – meaning, you’ll need to really monitor what you save. However, the iPhone 5 is also available in 32GB and 64GB capacities to serve those who require it.

Internet and Connectivity:

With 4G LTE connectivity in tow with these beauties, there’s no concern about data speeds, as complex web sites are loaded very quickly. Although they both exhibit smooth navigational controls, the iPhone 5 simply does a better job at rendering on the fly or when scrolling very fast. Oppositely, we’re still pleased with the experience on the HTC One X, but it lacks the effortless execution found with its rival, since there is a momentary delay attached to rendering pages when we’re zooming or scrolling quickly.

In almost all corners of the world, you’re sure to find a specific variant of the two smartphones that’ll be compatible to work with local carrier – though, the HTC One X is only equipped to run off 4G LTE through AT&T’s network. Beyond that, they share many common connectivity features a s well – like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality. However, the HTC One X manages to pack NFC as well, which gives it a one-step advantage when it comes to mobile payments and easy sharing.

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