Call Quality


Listening to their earpieces, they produce voices that are clear and distinct for us to audibly hear out – plus, it helps that their volumes are powerful as well. Rounding things out, their noise cancellation features work exquisitely to mute out any unwanted background noises from muddying our conversations.


Battery


Between the two, we don’t notice one that’s considerably better in the battery life department, seeing that we’re getting the usual one day of normal usage out of them.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
HTC One
5h 45 min (Average)


Conclusion


Having been on the scene for a long time now, you’re more than likely to pick up the HTC One for far less than its typical $200 on-contract price point – probably around the sub $100 area if you look hard enough. And just to think, the base version of the HTC One carries along 32GB of storage. With that in mind, there’s no arguing that it packs a whole lot of value, as the HTC One has a balanced set of features to continue making it a noteworthy option. Rather amazing to say the least, it continues to be one of the best designed smartphones around, which says a lot about the handset. In addition, HTC Sense 5 has a very different look compared to other Android smartphones.

Being Apple’s latest flagship, the base $200 price point of the iPhone 5s is going to stick around for the next year – with maybe a few sales every now and then. Regardless of that, it shows its superiority in key categories like taking photos/videos and processor performance. Physically, the look and design of the phone hasn’t changed whatsoever (color options aside), but we’re greeted with a refreshing new experience with iOS 7. Indeed, the platform’s functionality might not be as diverse as the Android driven HTC One, but it continues to deliver us with a simple, intuitive, and straightforward experience.

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, since it has that perfect blend of value, performance, and good looks. It might not rival the iPhone 5s’ camera performance, but it’s still pretty good to accept. On the flip side, the iPhone 5s continues the legacy – it’s a solidly constructed smartphone, packs a snappy performance, and shoots some stunning looking photos and videos.


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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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