Camera

Two excellent 12 MP shooters strive for the top – the iPhone 6s takes the exposure and noise rounds, leaving color presentation and video sound to the HTC 10.


HTC is going with a 1/2.3”, 12-megapixel sensor with large, 1.55μm pixels and wide, f/1.8 lens. Combined with optical stabilization and laser AF, these parameters suggest great light sensitivity for when you're shooting in the dark. Up front, we're looking at an equally compelling, 5-megapixel selfie camera, also with optical stabilization—a first with front-facing snappers, and a boon for club photos.

You can launch the camera by simply swiping downwards twice—even when the phone is asleep—or by dragging the camera app icon into the middle of the lockscreen. As for the interface, it's more minimalist than ever before – save for the dedicated Pro mode, which gives you manual control over variables such as ISO and shutter speed, it's a really clean execution overall.


The iPhone 6s also has a 12-megapixel shooter, but with a slightly smaller sensor, f/2.2 lens, and no optical image stabilization. The clean, unobtrusive interface also resembles what HTC tried to achieve, but there is no manual mode. The staples, like HDR shots or Panorama, are all here, though.


When it comes to quality, the iPhone tends to deliver slightly warmer colors than needed. The HTC also does go to the warm side at times, but not to such an extent. The iPhone often exposes the photos a tad better, with a more balanced and defined approach, plus it allows much less noise in the frame. As far as details go, both phones capture plenty of them, with no definite winner in the area.

In low-light scenarios, the HTC 10's photos exhibit copious amounts of noise, while brighter light sources like lamps or headlights appear a bit blown up. The iPhone goes for a softer, a tad less defined, but much cleaner-looking image with mostly accurate color presentation at dusk or in night shots.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC 10 2.4
3.2
616
534
Apple iPhone 6s 1.7
1.9
485
293

In terms of video, both phones can record 4K footage and slow motion one, the works. The handsets manage to capture excellent clips in almost all situations, with a bit too warm colors from the HTC phone, and a tad darker exposure than needed. The HTC 10 also loses focus for a brief second sometimes, and skips a few frames while panning around. It does record much better audio, though – it records stereo sound by default, and you can even do hi-res sound recording in the lossless FLAC format.


Multimedia


HTC offers the stock Google Photos gallery, which has a bunch of editing features, as well as cloud storage with auto-sync. That same syncing connection sometimes makes the gallery take forever to load if you are on a slower connection, if you have turned it off. Apple's iPhone offers a variety of top-notch editing options, both for pictures and video, which work like a charm.

When it comes to video playback, HTC makes do with the basic Android player, yet it adds the editing powers of Zoe video, which can make a highlight reel of your footage, complete with vintage effects, trimming, and so on.


In audio playback software, it's Apple with the upper hand, as its Music streamer is seamlessly integrated within the iOS interface. As for audio quality – HTC has dropped the front-facing stereo speakers, but instead, we're given dedicated “woofer” and tweeter. The 10's speakers sound pretty good, but not quite as good or clean as that of the iPhone 6s.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
HTC 10 0.95
Apple iPhone 6s 0.986
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
HTC 10 68
Apple iPhone 6s 69.6


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39 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; 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: 7605; 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: 31756; 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: 31756; 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: 31756; 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: 31756; 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: 31756; 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: 31756; 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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