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Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One



Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One
Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One
Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One
Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One
Crazy to believe that the HTC One has been making the rounds since the early portion of this year, which seems oh so long ago in the smartphone universe. In that time alone, it has seen many rivals and flagships test it to its limits, some better than others of course, but for the most part, it continues to be one of the darlings in the Android sphere. Well folks, it’s up for yet another challenge, as the newly launched iPhone 5s is aiming to put the aging smartphone in its place. Or will HTC’s gem continue to be a formidable competitor?


When we think about timeless designs, these two smartphone are no doubt the epitome of them, mainly because they exhibit all the quality elements we want to find in a flagship device. Obviously, we all know by now that the iPhone 5s recycles its design from its predecessor, so it’s nothing particularly new in the landscape, but regardless of that, it still has a solid build quality and employs premium cut materials to make it a standout contender. As for the HTC One, we also know it’s one of the best looking Android smartphone in recent memory, thanks to its unibody aluminum construction and sturdiness.

Even though they share designs that are industrial and meticulous, the size difference between the two is apparent, as the iPhone 5s is far more compact to hold in the hand – then again, the curved rear casing of the HTC One makes it feel a teeny bit more natural to grasp. Honestly, it’s hard to say which one we actually prefer, but one thing’s certain, they’re utterly gorgeous in every way imaginable!

Mainly because they’re just more pronounced and responsive, we prefer the physical power and volume buttons on the iPhone 5s – it’s just too indistinct with the HTC One’s set of buttons. So what are some other notable aspects with their designs? For starters, the HTC One wields dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound, an IR blaster is incorporated into its power button to turn it into a universal remote, and it features Beats Audio support. As for its rival in the iPhone 5s, its home button incorporates a biometric Touch ID finger print sensor that adds yet another level of security for users.

Apple iPhone 5s
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One
It’s only natural to find yet another size disparity with their screens, right? On one side, we have the larger 4.7-inch 1080p S-LCD 3 display of the HTC One, which shows its detail superiority when we view its screen up close and personal. And on the other, a smaller 4-inch 640 x 1136 IPS-LCD based Retina Display on the iPhone 5s, which interestingly enough, is the same identical screen on the iPhone 5 before it.They’re among the best out there for outdoor visibility, but our eyes visibly makes out the brighter display of the Apple iPhone 5s – making it far easier to view outdoors with the sun present. Seriously though, it’s still pretty darn good on the HTC One, but its display is a little dimmer than its rival, plus, it’s a bit more reflective too. In terms of color reproduction, we really can’t complain about the two, as they’re comparable to one another with their near-perfect color accuracy, but if you are color purist, you will notice that the iPhone 5s has the more accurate color reproduction. Still, the larger and higher resolution display of the HTC One seems to be more appealing in this day and age when bigger screens rule the atmosphere.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 5s 587
HTC One 460
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Apple iPhone 5s 360-Degrees View

HTC One 360-Degrees View

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posted on 08 Oct 2013, 03:55 18

1. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

What about speaker sounds... How can you ignore that impressive feature John? HTC One has the best sounding speakers on any smart phone and that is a huge plus that shouldn't have been ignored

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 04:26 18

5. chocolaking (Posts: 495; Member since: 22 May 2012)

HTC has murdered iphone at the speaker. that is no question.
althought both phones are great.

I'd say HTC FTW!!!!!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 08:23 7

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

"How can you ignore that impressive feature, John?"

Because he can (and does). I have stopped reading John's comparo articles.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 09:07

19. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


"Thanks in part to its dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound, audio quality is more potent and punchy with the HTC One."

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:56 7

25. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

John, yes you mention it but you don't make a comparison, this is a comparison review...is it not?

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:34

22. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Because you buy a phone, not a speaker.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:55 6

24. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

You buy a SMART phone for its features u tool.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:38

52. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

A very good speaker is very important... for an iPod.
A smartphone user should be content with only a good speaker.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 03:57 15

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

HTC One for sure!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 04:01 7

3. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

iphone 5s FTW

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 04:24 15

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

HTC One for all except camera.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 04:56

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Pic #33 & #34, is that your house John?

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 04:27 3

6. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

not bad for HTC,but i gotta say iphone produce great pics HTC has the boom..

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 05:09 7

9. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

HTC One ftw!!!!!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 05:35 5

10. siryan (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)

Pic #34: Did you suddenly get Parkinson's while shooting with the HTC One, because there is no way in heck you can take a pic as blurry as that with an OIS camera unless you purposely try.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 11:43

27. Lauticol (Posts: 375; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

And why is he shooting in 4:3 if the One has a 16:9 sensor? BIased camera comparison!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 05:57 1

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 24907; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

To me the One is a little better looking from the front, the 5S from the back. One has a cooler interface, but really they all do the same core stuff now.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 07:16 4

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

"To me the One is a little better looking from the front, the 5S from the back. One has a cooler interface..."


"...but really they all do the same core stuff now."

Not true! HTC One does more than iPhone 5S.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 06:15 1

12. euklidis (Posts: 30; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

about the battery time, gsmarena which tested them both, disagrees with you ;)

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 06:16 4

13. Fuego84 (Posts: 352; Member since: 13 May 2012)

Apple's toy phone shouldn't be compare with real smartphones!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 07:02 3

14. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

I'll pick the HTC ONE over the iPhone 5Same any day. Nothing is new to i5S except few upgrades and it doesn't worth its Price, iPhone 6 might be the real deal for Apple.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 08:21 3

16. newbey123 (Posts: 636; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)

HTC One kicks the crap out of the iphone. Hands down.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 08:47 2

18. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

I like both device it terms of beauty and build quality..i really like premium looking phones..i just dont like the screen size of the iphone..on htc one i will say htc should improved the camera..they're on the right track on putting the ultrapixel in their camera but the 4mp is not enough to get more details on picture..in terms of smoothness, i can say htc did a good job on htc one and they got the same smoothness as iphone..htc one really change my android experience.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 09:30 4

20. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Why read reviews, comparsions about iPhones and John V?!
He's an Apple fan-boy! Not interesting to read and stuff.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:14 1

21. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Correct me if im wrong.. From picture 43 to 54 is the picture of htc one crafted? Because as far as ive know..the camera of htc one have bigger field of view than any phone...and i cant believe that picture 34 is htc's best shot on that scene..i know that because i have htc one..it is not a perfect camera phone but it is not that worst...funny thing is pa choose that picture to include in blind camera comparison.lol

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:55 4

23. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I'm no photography expert but it seems that HTC was set up to fail. Shots look like they are doctored by taking from a further distance and cropping zoomed images to match iPhone renders.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 11:07

26. Nayabandaa (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

I can't believe they deleted my comment. Very bad. Seems we can't even criticise freely. Huh. Whatever. Can't care less. Guys, want some help. I'm currently using MMX A90s with Android Ice-Cream Sandwich. From last few weeks, from the very first moment the battery level on my phone drops to 15 %, a strange notification which goes as ' All tasks were killed due to low level of battery ' has started appearing every 5 seconds at bottom of the screen. First i thought it's part of the battery optimizer app i had installed but it's not. Please help guys. It's really really really annoying. What can be done except the reset factory default thing?
Sorry for the english guys. Not very good at it. I hope you have got the point though lol.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 13:38

61. machello (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 May 2013)

Maybe u should buy the new Iphone 5S. All problems will be gone. Lol...

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:13

39. ElScorcho (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)

"So which one should you pick up? Well, if you’re looking to save some money, the HTC One is undoubtedly the device you should look at (...) On the flip side, the iPhone 5s continues the legacy"

I'm fed up with PA's reviews that compare lemons with cheese and end with "if your favourite color is yellow, get the lemon ; but if you like cows, take the cheese"
I cannot imagine anyone hesitating between both phones, since they have no common point.
They clearly do not aim the same public, and if one is hesitating between both I doubt that only money would drive to One or "snappy perf" to 5s...

Pros and cons of each phone are already in individual phone reviews !!
PA's readers want a winner at the end of those Vs battles ; but to get a winner we need comparable devices, which is not the case here.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 13:44

57. callum (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)

this is a terrible review the HTC one is so much better than the iPhone 5s which has not changed but this was just an absolute waste of my time and i am never reading one of these comparisons again

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