HTC 10 vs Apple iPhone 6s

Introduction


HTC took to heart all the criticism that its last few flagships endured, mainly for their camera performance, and came back with the HTC 10 this year that covers all bases. It is still housed in the premium metal chassis we know and like, but the camera has been given a special emphasis, and the software – a thoughtful overhaul.

That is why we are pitting it now against Apple's iPhone 6s, which also sports a solid metal housing and stellar camera, but is more compact thanks to the smaller screen size. Which one should you grab? Let's examine the details...

Design

The somewhat repetitive design of the HTC 10 is a direct match for the thin iPhone 6s that is housed in a chassis similar to its predecessor.

HTC 10 vs Apple iPhone 6s
HTC 10 vs Apple iPhone 6s

HTC 10 vs Apple iPhone 6s

While metal may be becoming the new plastic, as even midrange phones from some makers come in aluminum or magnesium alloys these days, HTC and Apple have been making metal phones before it was the norm. Therefore, they didn't need to alter their design language to remain in the “premium” chassis segment. Granted, even the new chamfered edges of the aluminum rear on the HTC 10 can't help it become more stylish compared to the airy chassis of the iPhone 6s, simply because it is quite a bit larger and thicker.

Both phones sport touch finger scanners embedded in the home key underneath their displays, which are a breeze to operate. That same home key acts rather differently, though – on the iPhone 6s it is a physical button you can click down, while the HTC 10 uses a capacitive touch home, flanked by similar back and menu keys. The lock buttons and volume rockers on the phones' sides are a more standard fare, easy to feel and press, with responsive tactile feedback. HTC even added a toothed imprint on the power key for easier find when you search to press it without looking, which is a nice touch from practical standpoint.


HTC 10

HTC 10

Dimensions

5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35 inches

145.9 x 71.9. x 9 mm

Weight

5.68 oz (161 g)

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple iPhone 6s

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC 10

HTC 10

Dimensions

5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35 inches

145.9 x 71.9. x 9 mm

Weight

5.68 oz (161 g)

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple iPhone 6s

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

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



Display

Brighter panel in the sun, more credible colors are on offer with the iPhone 6s

HTC 10 vs Apple iPhone 6s

Both the HTC 10 and the iPhone 6s come with latest generation LCD displays, which, however, differ both in size and resolution. HTC offers a 5.2” 1440 x 2560 pixels Quad HD panel, while the iPhone 6s counts on a 4.7” display with 750 x 1334 pixels. Still, pixel density is not an issue with both, as the iPhone has a smaller diagonal, and letters as well as icon edges look smooth and crisp on both from a normal viewing distance.

When it comes to screen quality, the iPhone 6s has an almost spot-on color temperature and saturation, referenced to the standard sRGB gamut, while HTC 10 leans a bit towards the cold side of the spectrum, with a tad unnatural hues. Not quite a dealbreaker, but still.

The iPhone's brightness/screen reflection combo makes it the preferable choice for outdoor viewing. Moreover, the 6s offers a 3D Touch display that can distinguish between a light tap and a harder press, and react accordingly in both stock apps, as well as compatible third-party ones.



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39 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 6592; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why even compare these two. Or for that matter any Android flagship to a low resolution, no ois iPhone 6S. All the Android flagships are superior to that old tech iPhone.

4. Rocky1978

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

What I want to know is why Phonearena gets a guy that is clearly an ios and iphone fan, to do a comparison between these two phones. You can tell the way he writes, he clearly favors ios. "HTC brings common Sense in the ragtag Android overlay business, moving it closer to the clean iOS experience." ios is clean? Since when? It has bloatware, it LAGS like crazy, it's latest updates have made it clunky. The HTC 10 and the Nexus 6P blow this phone out of the water in smoothness and quickness. People have claimed this site is biased towards Apple and I've never been on that train....but when I've used both of these devices and this guy keeps leaning towards Apple in the majority of his writings, I have to wonder. By the way, he said the brightness is lower than the iphone in maximum settings, well, it is. However, outside with both phones, I really can't tell a difference. In reality, they are both hard to see in direct sunlight and if you have sunglasses on, forget it. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Well this site is highly biased toward Apple products. Most of the writers are ifans and most of the commentators are ihaters. Well one could argue it is the writers that are the cause of too many ihater's presence in this site.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 6592; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Tom's hardware, Pocketnow, Engadget, and a number of other websites gave HTC One M10 a much higher rating.

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well is picture comparison for the camera are so wrong.. HTC 10 is better all around than iphone for quality of picture. Iphone beat it for quality of 4k recording and thats its. Iphone arena at its best! Look in benchmark he shown there is one i almost never see and he put it there because the scoore was in iphone advantage.

10. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

"APPLE" vs HTC? no need to read the whole article.. I know already who won on this comparison :) deym apple why you're so great! lol

33. PhoneFixer unregistered

EXACTLY ! That was my thought whats the point u doing this sht crap when at the end u loving icrapiphone

2. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

This is a question that needs not an answer............. OF COURSE IPHONE 6s Wins!

11. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

For the price!!

21. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

iPhone has 3 pros, htc has 2, obviously iPhone wins. (Sarcasm)

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30504; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hardware goes to the HTC, eco system goes to the iphone, and 3rd party support goes to the iphone. The bottom line won't be about "better", but rather which phones finds itself into the hands of the most consumers.

6. Podrick

Posts: 1280; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

iPhone obviously would find itself into the hands of most consumers in this era no matter how much better the competition. IPhone's gonna stay ahead for quite some time.

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"which phones finds itself into the hands of the most consumers." That is not the purpose of a COMPARISON.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30504; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So what!

13. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

So the bottom line is which phone is better suited for a customer after analysing its strength and weakness with his/her needs and preferences. It is not the number of sales like u mentioned, which we already know which sells more.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30504; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok, but so what!

16. Gatorsrule52

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Your bottom line is incorrect in this reviews context. He (LetsBeHonest) was saying it is a comparison between phones. You are speaking of the bottom line of the company but we consumers shouldn't worry too much about that unless we have shares in the company. I don't think ecosystem goes to the iPhone either actually. They are on par in that regard.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30504; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Again, so what!

29. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

So you're wrong.

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"which phones finds itself into the hands of the most consumers." This is not the purpose of a COMPARISON.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30504; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ask HTC, what they're prefer the bottom line to be lol. Obviously, I don't care about the damn comparison. I'm speaking real world bottom line.

32. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yes, HTC would prefer to sell more. But i think we as customers would pick a smartphone which is "better" suited for our needs & preferences not by volume of sales. So when we looking from a point of view of a company then yes volume of sales is matters alot Then again from a consumer point of view its their needs and preferences.. Isn't it?

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

When doing comparison you compare more than what you said. Both phone are great in the respective way. You just get more for your money on HTC side of the fence. putting phone in hands of most consumers dont make a better device. Bugatti veyron is in much less hand than honda civic still wich one is the best overall...

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30504; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Did you notice t read my post? I said (clearly), it's not about "better". Read dude...read.

5. Eclectech

Posts: 334; Member since: May 01, 2013

They're both great phones which serve different consumers. That said, I'm very happy with my HTC 10.

15. Gatorsrule52

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

"The audio is not as good or as clean as the Iphone" ...huh? ..what? must be a typo...

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The loudspeaker on the HTC 10 kick the iphone 6S in the ass. Just like HTC camera beat the 6S to a pulp but hey iphone arena at is best.

27. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 154; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Yeah... He's teaching for surely lol

28. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 154; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

*reaching

22. Bankz

Posts: 2443; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

These PA guys tho.. The iphonearena claims might be true afterall. Can't wait till they start bashing the MOTO Z in 2 days time.

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