Interface

HTC brings common Sense in the ragtag Android overlay business, moving it closer to the clean iOS experience.

The newest Sense 8 interface on the HTC 10 is wrapped around Android Marshmallow, but doesn't change it all that much in terms of looks and functionality, as HTC has taken a more minimalistic approach than what your usual Android overlay offers.

Besides flat and colorful Material Design styling, à la Google Nexus, HTC cleaned up the annoying duplicate essential apps that most other manufactures still have in their overlays. You don't get two galleries, to say the least. It still left plenty of customization options, though, like a rich Themes app, and the BlinkFeed homescreen, which integrates news, social media feeds, and contextual awareness, while running smooth as silk. Another interesting new take is the Freestyle layout that allows you to customize the home screen theme by assigning app shortcuts to different stickers, as well as hide app labels altogether and create a sleek theme with shortcuts hidden in plain sight.


Apple, too, tends to strive for sense and simplicity when designing its products, and that applies to the iPhone UI experience as well. The iOS 9.x edition that is currently running on the iPhone 6s is clean, streamlined, and easy to get the hang of. Besides, it serves as a gateway to a vast, quality-driven library of games and applications. The 3D Touch functionality of the screen adds a fresh new aspect of app interaction, too.


Processor and memory


The processors ticking inside the HTC 10 and the iPhone 6s are rather different in terms of architecture and workload they deal with, so direct comparison would make no sense. Suffice it to say that both chipsets – the Snapdragon 820 in the HTC 10, and the Apple A9 – are very powerful and efficient, while neither of the two phones would have troubles running any of the latest apps and games.

With 4GB of RAM, the HTC 10 should excel when it comes to multitasking in theory, and indeed you can line up tens of apps open in memory for whenever you might need them back quickly. The sheer RAM amount is not everything, though, as RAM management is at least as important, and the iPhone 6s delivers on par with the HTC 10 in that respect, despite having less RAM to work with.

There are 32 or 64 GB of storage inside the HTC phone, plus support for a microSD card of up to 200GB. The HTC 10 does support adoptable storage, so the phone will display the internal and added memory as a common entry. The iPhone 6s does not support expandable storage, as it comes with 16, 64, or 128 gigs on board, for an extra price tag.

AnTuTu Higher is better
HTC 10 131088
Apple iPhone 6s 59075
JetStream Higher is better
HTC 10 46.453
Apple iPhone 6s 118.91
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
HTC 10 47
Apple iPhone 6s 59.1
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
HTC 10 13
Apple iPhone 6s 56.1
Basemark OS II Higher is better
HTC 10 1806.33
Apple iPhone 6s 2139
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
HTC 10 2094.33
Apple iPhone 6s 2539
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
HTC 10 4381.33
Apple iPhone 6s 4421

Internet and connectivity


HTC went with Android's default Chrome browser, and we can't blame it, as Google is constantly working to improve Chrome, plus having two browsers to choose from would go against HTC's new simplifying philosophy.

As for connectivity – well, the handsets are loaded with network compatibility and support for most Wi-Fi, Bluetooh, GPS or NFC wireless radio standards under the sun. Of note here is that HTC's phone is the first Android to support Apple's AirPlay streaming technology integrated on the system level, instead of via a third party app. The HTC 10 does have LTE Cat. 9, though, giving it up to 450 Mbps download speeds, but still the number of LTE bands it covers is much less than the record count on the iPhone 6s.

HTC equipped its flagship with the modern USB Type-C reversible connector, so don't forget to always carry the cable with you when traveling, as you can't charge it with a regular microUSB one. The same goes for Apple, which uses a proprietary Lightning cable.

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39 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; 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: 7621; 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: 1676; 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: 31765; 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: 1285; 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: 31765; 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: 31765; 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: 31765; 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: 31765; 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: 31765; 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: 360; 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: 163; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Yeah... He's teaching for surely lol

28. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

*reaching

22. Bankz

Posts: 2550; 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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