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HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s


HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s
Call Quality

This one is no-brainer taking into account the strong loudness output of the HTC One M8’s set of speakers. With both its earpiece and speakerphone, voices are recognizably more audible in noisy environments thanks to the potent and robust nature of the M8 – while also minimizing distractions like noise in the background. Conversely, we agree that the iPhone 5s’ call quality amounts to nothing more than average.


Reaching new heights we didn’t see previously, the HTC One M8 climbs to the top of battery life benchmark chart with its impressive, long-lasting tally of 7 hours, 12 minutes – easily besting its rival, which chimes in at 5 hours, 2 minutes. As for our real world usage, their batteries achieve that expected one-day of normal usage, but the HTC One M8 goes further by getting us over the 1.5 day mark.

Battery life

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.

Higher is better
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
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A breath of fresh air for HTC, their newest star is able to give Apple’s darling a good run for its money. As we all know by now, the two handsets sport very similar prices – $200 for most carriers selling it with a 2-year contract, or $650 for unlocked models.

Pricing and specs can dictate a phone’s overall value, but the true telling is really found in their performances. All the money in the world can get anyone a beefy spec’d, good-looking smartphone, but if it fails to perform in the areas that matter most to us, it’s merely an utter failure. Dissecting their performances, it’s arguable to say that one can sometimes be dramatically better than the other in a specific category.

For the iPhone 5s, it shows its worth when it comes to taking photos/videos, more quality third party applications, and donning a straightforward & uncomplicated software experience. In contrast, the HTC One M8 impresses us with its stunning premium design, diversified software features, extended battery life, and superb phone call quality. Ultimately though, it’s going to come down to personal preference. Size is also something to factor in, as well as how their software experiences cater to our needs.

Whatever you end up picking, you can sleep knowing that you’re choosing a smartphone that’s going to be relevant throughout this year – so expect them to continue vying for supremacy in the space!


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posted on 01 Apr 2014, 04:57 4

1. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

H1 Hummver vs Jeep Wrangler. Both are capable, but one is obviously WAY larger than the other. Kind of a pointless comparison, IMO.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 06:50 5

10. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

Nah, it's comparing real smartphone with overpriced tiny toy phone with monstrous bezel. Retina display is outdated

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 19:35 3

33. LionStone (Posts: 844; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Superphone vs smartphone... We know which one is the Superphone.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 17:43 3

38. Kakarotto (Posts: 254; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

There is not such thing as "Retina". This term is a marketing bullsheet by Apple at it's finest. This is nothing more than ordinary LCD IPS panel with high pixel density. So please stop with this iCrap.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 19:54

44. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)

You sound like an ignorant fanboy. I hope that was your plan.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 07:07 1

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

NO, there is a point.
They are fighting for bezels. Top-down-side bezels bezels bezels.... :P

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 05:02 2

2. Diezparda (Posts: 889; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

dat aluminum body covering front speaker on m8 was lovely, if only they would trim the bezel even more and add the screen size of course. Compared to m8 iphone 5s look less luxury and so puny.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 05:27 1

4. Dthawk (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

Battery life trumps camera.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 19:55 1

45. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)

Only someone with a terrible camera would say that.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 06:24

50. Dthawk (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

I'm not even gonna argue with you because you're right.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 05:42 2

5. jeeta444 (Posts: 154; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)

bottom bezel of one m8 is too big..and the device itself is too big for a 5" screen.....and the 4mp cam is already beaten by 2013 devices...ultrapixel cam is very bad in results........and don't know they are still using 2gb ddr2 ram....1year old xperia Z have 2gb ddr2 ram....htc is using old tech while price of one m8 is very high.....

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 05:48 1

6. royalsovereign (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)

They are in bad situation so they want to make a low cost phone but sell it with high price,to cover their financial troubles.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 06:15 2

7. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1614; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Sounds like you talking about Samsung besided the part thats in trouble. Cause that S5 costs definetly less than the M8. And since you are clueless let me remind you how much harder, how much effort and money it has to be spent to make a unibody aluminium phone thats 90% aluminium and still has great signal strength. I cant deniy it, S5 has better camera. Beside that, the M8 is so much better and nicer in many of other departments.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:19 1

17. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Lol what are you basing this on? If anything the GS5 would cost way more if they didn't manufacture their own parts. The GS5 screen is more expensive, the CPU slightly more expensive, camera, ram, battery etc you name it. Heart rate monitor and fingerprint sensors can't be that cheap either.

Yes the process of machining aluminum might be more costly but you don't know that for sure.

So the facts say the GS5 is more expensive actually.

You HTC homers are hilarious.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:58 2

21. papss (unregistered)

Wait.. are you not assuming on the cost of the S5 too? Taters are funny

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 10:27 2

25. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

No not all. AMOLED are pricier to manufacture than lcds. And Qualcomm doesn't sell you higher specked CPU's at lower costs.

Those are called facts. Idiot.

Unlike you stupid HTC fans, I don't assume and make shit up to suit my biases.

And if you learn how to read and comprehend sentences you would see that I said i"if anything" which signifies speculation. While your HTC fan boy buddy said "definitely" which signifies a fact.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:28

27. AU-1999 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)

Samsung process to make the Galaxy S5 cost less than HTC One M8's process! It's extrem hard to make the hardware into a aluminium body than click a plastic cover on some other plastic.

Else it really poor of Samsung to make a device there cost a lot to, but feels like a low device! - But you like it I see

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 13:49

29. papss (unregistered)

Wow dude now I'm an idiot and HTC fan? typically I'm neither but more of a wp fanboy so another inaccurate comment by the tater

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 15:00

54. AU-1999 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)

Did you ever think about to go to Android? :P It's like to get an amazing new life. You should test it :)

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 07:44 1

14. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

the m8 has ddr3 ram not ddr2.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:15

16. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

It has DDR2 in at least one country. At least according to the box that was leaked earlier. Not sure who I would trust more between the box and Anandtech. Someone could have just assumed. Not sure which side though.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:41 2

19. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

No it doesn't, the box that leaked was a Verizon unit box. It has DDR3 stop spreading false information.


Skip to 1:35 with the video in HD and you should see it.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:58

20. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

mine didnt say ddr2, it just said 2gigs of ram. which box said ddr2?

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:59

22. papss (unregistered)

It's ddr3... He has his fanboy goggles on

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 10:25

24. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Nothing fanboy about it. There was a box leak that said DDR2. Like I said, it could have been a typo but HTC has been known to skimp on ran to cut costs, case in point. The M7.

All facts like I always go by unlike fan girls like you....

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:20 3

26. AU-1999 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)

Yeah, like Samsung your fa*get!!

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 13:50 2

30. papss (unregistered)

Again I'm no HTC fanboy.. you sure act tough behind the internet

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 14:19 2

31. janis (Posts: 372; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

u guys still doing reviews without phone?
i am using this phone since launch day, its a mazing divece, battery is improved so much, it is going 3 days for me.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 14:31 1

32. papss (unregistered)

If you are talking about the m8 then I agree.. it's got amazing battery life.. heavy user and I'm at around 70% life left for the day..

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 06:39 3

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

The funny thing is all z1 reviews back in october complained about dat bezels but same didnt apply to m8 especially surprised from gsmarena.

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