Interface and Functionality


We know, we know, it’s yet another battle between iOS and Android. With the recent introduction of iOS 7, however, it’s been updated with some flare to rival the modern presentation style of HTC’s Sense 5 UI. Visually, the two are simply oozing with kicking animations and they pay close attention to small details that help to accentuate their meticulous designs. From what we can gather, iOS 7’s “flatter” and layered design has its pleasing moments, like how there’s a softening effect to things in the background as we pull down to access the notification center. However, Sense 5 has a unique look of its own, especially with its social networking driven HTC BlinkFeed homescreen.


Multi-tasking and notifications are handled in the same manner with the two, but being Android and all, the HTC One benefits by providing us with a few more functions directly from the notifications panel –like being able to archive emails and share screen shots via social networking.

At the same time, we’ve come to enjoy the wealth and diversity that Android has to offer with its set of organizer apps. For example, Google Now has far greater reach in keeping us to date with certain things that Siri just can’t quite compete with.


Seeing that it has the bigger screen, we naturally get a more spacious keyboard layout with the HTC One’s Sense keyboard. Streamlining the process, it even includes various numbers and punctuations all from the main layout to lessen our need to jump to its secondary layout. Well, it’s still pretty darn good on the iPhone 5s thanks to its simple layout, responsive performance, and killer auto-correct feature.


Both platform experiences have their pros and con, so it eventually depends on what the user wants and needs. For those who yearn for personalization and expansive integration with Google’s service, the Sense 5 running HTC One is going to be the ideal device for you – plus, it’s still one of the cooler looking Android experiences out there. Conversely, if you want a dab of visual flare combined with a simple experience, the iPhone 5s will fit the bill with its new iOS 7 experience.


Processor and Memory


When you’re so damn fine, it’s only fitting to be graced with some spiffy internals – and that’s exactly what we get here! Specifically, the iPhone 5s jumps the trend by offering us with a one-of-a-kind dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A7 processor that’s based on 64-bit architecture, which is something we haven’t seen before in the mobile space. Meanwhile, even though it’s considered aged nowadays, the quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC with 2GB of RAM in the HTC One continues to be a formidable contender. Overall, we can’t complain about the performances, seeing that they’re responsive and quick with all operations, but we find the iPhone 5s to be snappier. It’s still pretty good with the HTC One, but it’s more prone to the occasional stutter every now and then.

Neither offers expandable storage, so we’re left to carefully make use of their internal capacities. With the iPhone 5s, it’s available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities – while the HTC One if offered in 32GB and 64GB.

Sunspider Lower is better
Apple iPhone 5s 415.7
HTC One 977.9
Basemark X on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 27.685
HTC One 8.236
GFXBench Fill Rate off-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 3317.1
HTC One 883.7
GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 23
HTC One 15
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 35
HTC One 14
Mozilla Kraken Lower is better
Apple iPhone 5s 5931.8
HTC One 14598


Internet and Connectivity


Giving us all the necessary amenities with the web browsing experience, like speedy 4G LTE speeds and buttery smooth navigational controls, we can’t complain about the experience offered by both. However, with its larger and higher resolution display, the HTC One just seems more ideal for the occasion.
Being flagships and all, these two giants are made available in a variety of options – CDMA and GSM flavors with LTE support to be exact. Additionally, they’re outfitted with all the usual suspect of connectivity features. They include aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Nevertheless, the HTC One packs on other things, like NFC and an IR blaster, that extends its features set.



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61 Comments

1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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

5. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

HTC has murdered iphone at the speaker. that is no question. althought both phones are great. I'd say HTC FTW!!!!!

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"How can you ignore that impressive feature, John?" Because he can (and does). I have stopped reading John's comparo articles.

19. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

25. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Because you buy a phone, not a speaker.

24. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

You buy a SMART phone for its features u tool.

52. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

HTC One for sure!

3. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

iphone 5s FTW

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

HTC One for all except camera.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

9. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

HTC One ftw!!!!!

10. siryan

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 13, 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.

27. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

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

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"To me the One is a little better looking from the front, the 5S from the back. One has a cooler interface..." Agree. "...but really they all do the same core stuff now." Not true! HTC One does more than iPhone 5S.

12. euklidis

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

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

13. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

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

14. GoogleSafariFox

Posts: 100; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

16. newbey123

Posts: 699; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

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

18. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

20. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

21. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 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

23. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

26. Nayabandaa

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

61. machello

Posts: 35; Member since: May 03, 2013

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

39. ElScorcho

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 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.

57. callum

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 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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