Once again, it is iPhone season in gadgetland, but we're pretty sure that you're aware of that already. After all, our feed has been pretty generous on iPhone 6 news ever since the new model got officially announced. And it is easy to figure out why – the new iPhone is now on sale, and people are eager to learn what makes it tick. In fact, we've already gone over that in detail in our iPhone 6 review.

But our work is not yet done. It is time to stack up Apple's smartphone against its rivals, and one of them is the HTC One (M8). Now, this might not seem like a fair fight – it has been seven months since the One (M8) was announced, while the iPhone 6 is a brand new model. But knowing what HTC's flagship has to offer, we're confident that it won't go down without a fight.


With “premium” written all over them, the iPhone 6 and HTC One (M8) stand in the same design league. Yet Apple's phone is lighter, thinner, and more compact.

Technically, the iPhone 6 and the HTC One (M8) are different on many levels, but when it comes to design, there's a number of striking similarities between the two. Firstly, they are both metal-made, as our fingers can instantly tell by the material's distinctive cold feel and smooth texture. Another trait making the two phones stand out is their immaculate, solid build quality – you pick up either one and you instantly know that you're handling a high-end product. Also, we can't help to notice the bands of plastic at the top and bottom sides of both phones' backs. These aren't there merely for decoration, you know. Antennas are placed along their lengths as plastic is better than metal at letting radio waves pass through. HTC has managed to blend these better with the design of the M8, however.

Size-wise, the iPhone 6 is taller and wider than any other iPhone before it, yet smaller and more compact than the HTC One (M8) (and most other flagship phones, for that matter). We find it neither too large, nor too small, and we can effortlessly navigate through its menus with a single thumb. Plus, the rounded sides and corners of the iPhone 6 make it fit nicely in the palm. As for its thickness, the new iPhone is just 0.27 inches (6.9 millimeters) thin, which is an impressive engineering achievement. The slim profile contributes to a stylish look, but it is somewhat spoiled by the protruding camera lens.

In comparison, the HTC One (M8) is slightly more uncomfortable to wield and carry in a pocket as it is larger than the iPhone 6 in every dimension. But we can't call its size a deal-breaking issue. The phone's proportions are easy to get used to, and its curved back allows for a nice, palm-filling grip. Besides, thanks to its tapered edges, the One (M8) creates the illusion of being slimmer than it actually is. It measures 0.37 inches (9.35 millimeters) at its thickest point, 35% more than the iPhone 6.

Unlike previous iPhone models, the iPhone 6 has its power/lock button placed on its right side. And that makes sense – having the key on the top would have made it harder to reach. In contrast, the lock key on the HTC One (M8) is on its top, which makes reaching it somewhat inconvenient. Also, we'd take the iPhone's elongated volume buttons over the M8's volume rocker any day. They're much easier to feel and respond with a satisfying click when pressed. And the iPhone's mute switch on the side is a much-appreciated little bonus.

Speaking of buttons, in the iPhone's signature home key is embedded the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which is a very practical security feature. It allows one to use a fingerprint scan instead of a lock-screen PIN, for authorizing App Store purchases, and for confirming payments through Apple Pay – the company's upcoming payment service. The scanner itself is very accurate and takes no more than a second to read a fingerprint. As for the HTC One (M8), it doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, but it has a few awesome perks of its own. HTC's phone stands out with its pair of front-facing stereo speakers, which are much more suitable for listening to music than the iPhone's mono speaker. Also, unlike the iPhone 6, the M8 comes with an infra-red blaster, which enables the phone to be utilized as a universal remote control.

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6


5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm


4.55 oz (129 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)


5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm


5.64 oz (160 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6


5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm


4.55 oz (129 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)


5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm


5.64 oz (160 g)

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


Size and resolution place the One (M8)'s display ahead of the iPhone 6's Retina HD panel. But the latter is brighter and with slightly better color accuracy.

The average size of smartphone screens has grown tremendously over the past few years, and Apple is following the trend. On the iPhone 6 we find a 4.7-inch display, which is bigger than those on iPhone models before it. But the HTC One (M8) has the upper hand with its even larger, 5-inch display. And having a larger screen has its benefits – typing on it is easier, there's more room for your apps, videos are more convenient to watch, and so on. Now, we can't deny that we're content with the iPhone's 4.7-incher as it is suitable for any every-day task. But on the other hand, having those extra 0.3 inches that the M8 delivers is an advantage to anyone who doesn't mind the extra bulk.

Display resolution is another factor that puts the HTC One (M8) ahead of the iPhone 6. With its 1080 by 1920-pixel display, the former packs a whopping 441 pixels per inch, while the latter has 326 pixels per inch on its 750 by 1334-pixel screen. Undeniably, there's a difference in how much detail these two screens can produce, and the advantage is in favor of the M8. But it is far from significant. In fact, neither screen exhibits visible pixilation from a typical viewing distance. You need to look carefully from up close in order to notice that the iPhone's screen isn't as detailed as the M8's.

But size and resolution aren't the only factors determining whether a screen is good or not. Display technology and its characteristics must be taken into account as well. The iPhone 6 has an IPS LCD panel while the M8 has a similar, Super LCD 3 display - both are known for their wide viewing angles and accurate color representation. Our display measurements tend to agree – both the iPhone 6 and the HTC One (M8) produce a color temperature of under 7200 kelvins, which is close to the reference point of 6500K. In plain words, both displays exhibit just a slightly cold tone, but this inaccuracy is barely noticeable with a naked eye. The Delta E figures are in favor of the iPhone 6's display. This means that it produces more balanced colors across their various intensities, although the M8's screen is sufficiently accurate as well..

In addition, we measured the brightness output of both display panels. The iPhone 6 produces an impressive 606 nits of brightness, which ensures its excellent outdoor visibility, especially when the screen comes with an even better polarizer than the previous iPhone model. With its 490 nits of brightness, the HTC One (M8) lags behind the iPhone, but it still falls within the acceptable norms. As for their minimum brightness, the iPhone 6 can go down to as little as 7 nits of brightness, whereas the M8's minimum level stands at 16 nits. Therefore, the iPhone will go easier on your eyes when it is used in the dark.



1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

HTC M8 kills the iphone6

8. binerry

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Really? The iPhone beat the M8 in literally every comparison chart except for battery. And that's because the M8 is fatter that it can have a bigger battery in it. There really is nothing else the M8 has on the iPhone 6 other than that. Honestly, I'm not even sure what type of testing they were doing because I've already gotten well over that many hours of usage on mine in one charge.

13. rooseveltdunn

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

The M8 has better multi media features, better battery life and better screen and resolution. The iPhone only won in the Camera department everything else was either tied or better in the M8. I don't know what comparison you are looking at but the M8 is clearly better here.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

He was looking at the comparison through his iglasses. I have never seen such a delusional interpretation of a review before his comment. Lol

39. moxiemoney

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Not sure what comparison you're looking at.... in the screen comparison 'display measurement and quality' box on page 1, the iPhone scored better across the board. Camera was rated better for the iphone but I think it's a toss up. You have to be an expert to really notice. Display is also a toss up... HTC has larger display and more pixel density, but iPhone had better brightness, better min. brightness, and according to them better color accuracy. Again, I think both screens probably look awesome, but having more brightness for me personally is certainly a huge advantage. Okay HTC wins on speakers, but I would really like to see a poll on how many people really listed to that much music on the speakers. Both phones had almost the same max. speaker volume level and both had good reviews on speaker phone talking. Still, I'm sure the HTC has better audio quality. Battery life - HTC. But the downside (for some) will be the additional size and thickness of the phone. So a trade-off either way. Speed: iphone had overall better scores. I love HTC phones and always felt they were better than Samsung. I prefer the HTC interface as well. Because my work only buys iPhones, I now have the iPhone 6, and I can only say that I have been impressed with the battery life compared to my previous android phones. They are all awesome phones these days, it just really comes down to personal nit-pick preference. I miss some of the customization I could do with my android, but I also enjoy that I don't have to f**k around with turning things on and off with my iphone to increase battery life. Again, all good phones. I'm always surprised people get so defensive and hateful on phone brands. Dumb. Use what works for you.

19. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Uhmm... the only thing iPhone 6 beats the M8 at is Camera and only Camera, design goes for M8, screen goes for M8, battery M8, speed M8. let's not forget features such as TV controls and front dual fire sound speakers, and... IT'S ANDROID !

30. TMach unregistered

I think the article in the link below is a more accurate representation of the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus......Read it and make up your own mind, the evidence is fairly obvious....

34. VArase

Posts: 37; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

I think the reason is because they put both phones in a browsing loop, which can punish a phone which renders pages faster (as it's always driving the CPU higher). If you're going to do this, you should render the same number of pages so a faster device can idle between requests.

35. FanBoyNot

Posts: 6; Member since: May 03, 2014

The BoomSound speakers are so head-and-shoulders beyond ANY other phone it trumps any other "shortcoming" IMHO.

11. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

True in very way, except the camera.

2. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Any chance putting it up against last year Moto X. At least they have the same screen size.

3. twens

Posts: 1183; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Let's be fair. It looses in camera which is also important. It's a though call between this two but since battery life is very important m8 looks much appealing. If your an IOS person you don't have a choice, get the iPhone. If you're an android person get the htc. If you're new to the smartphone race wait for the note 4,Period!

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What's with the Harmon Kardon edition? Surely you could have gotten a normal-looking One to compare the iPhone to?

5. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Easy win to the M8.

9. binerry

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

The comparison charts say otherwise.

14. rooseveltdunn

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

What charts are these? please do tell.

18. zhiae unregistered

i got 1215 on my htc m8 so they lie about numbers basemark os 2

22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They probably run the test on both multile times. Take the highest from the iPhone scores and the lowest from the M8 scores. Either way they cherry pick in favour of Apple for sure. Especially Anandtechs way of judging CPU performance by judging Safari vs Chrome. That is like the most blatantly biased cherry picked test I have ever seen. I am shocked no one has called them out on it.

6. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

The iphone 6+ vs M8 would have been a better comparison.

7. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Let the slim design provide more productivity time.

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This M8 is ugly as hell. I mean Harmann edition, I love light silver variant, but these software buttons make M8 ugly. IMO front is better in 6 and back MUCH better on M8. Overall I prefer iP because of iOS

15. rooseveltdunn

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Beauty and ugliness are subjective, I for instance do not find the iPhone6 appealing at all.

16. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I only like fromt, but 5S still looks better IMO. Back is creepy, like prototype of prototype.

12. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

the m8 is basically one huge bezel

17. Izoe

Posts: 150; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

I'd like to see a comparison of the iphone 6 and the xperia z3

20. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Yes and just maybe PA can make up for the 8.5 score Z3 got because of their poor color calibration without seriously considering the design (the thinnest among major +5" flagships without protruding camera), premium materials, water and dust proof, outstanding battery life, highest brightness, improved camera, stereo speakers, high quality sound, unobtrusive Android experience.

21. Rain017

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

M8 seems to win in this comparison except for the camera department i prefer the low light of m8 though but PA how come the 7ft camera test in darkness for m8 is so blurry? i think that test is so ridiculous if you don't want to be accused one sided make sure that you put both phones at their best and let the people decide well I'm just saying because the camera taken form ip6 is seems to be well placed but the htc is like for the sake of taking some pictures

24. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Even One (M7) thrashes iToy6+. (Btw M8's black bezel looks horrible with the silver front bezel. Colour combination with black back and sliver front so tacky)

25. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

one m8 all the way!

26. Robbiec4

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

I find this very amusing. "It would have been nicer if the blaster was compatible with other appliances, however, such as air conditioners and stereos." Nitpicking much?

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