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HTC One M9 vs Apple iPhone 6

HTC One M9 vs Apple iPhone 6

HTC One M9 vs Apple iPhone 6
HTC One M9 vs Apple iPhone 6
HTC One M9 vs Apple iPhone 6

Apple and HTC have something intimately in common with one another, they seriously know how to design some gorgeous looking phones. When we first saw the iPhone 6 last fall, we were quick to draw comparisons to the HTC One M8 – mainly because they’re constructed mostly out of metal, and have similar design characteristics. Between them, though, it was the iPhone 6 that garnered more attention and adulation, both from consumers and critics alike, which is made more poignant by the amount of units Apple was able to ship out and sell of its prized phone.

For HTC, they’ve had the time to analyze some of the M8’s opportunities and delivered a more refined product in its successor – the HTC One M9. Having seen what Apple has done with the iPhone 6, one can presume that the M9 will at least one-up its rival in some aspects, but does it really?


The M9 feels more ergonomic in the hand, but the iPhone 6 is more compact. However, they’re premium in every way!

Hands down, these are two meticulously designed phones that radiate with star power! There’s a lot to like between the two flagships here in this comparison, as they both embody the characteristics we want to find in flagship devices. For one, they boast metal bodies that feel solid with their constructions – while also meeting the criteria in being premium phones.

HTC made some minor tweaks to the M9’s design, evident mostly by its jewelry grade dual-tone finish – one that features a pleasant, contrasting colored bezel around its sides. Add in the fact that the new finish makes it grippier, and that there’s a subtle arch to its construction, it clearly has more of an ergonomic feel in the hand. To be fair, however, we have to give the iPhone 6 credit for its skinnier chassis, lightweight feel, and overall compact size. Size, that’s what arguably is at stake the most here when looking at their respective designs.

HTC One M9
5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches
144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm
5.54 oz (157 g)

HTC One M9

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)

Apple iPhone 6

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


Pixel density is higher with the M9’s screen, but the iPhone 6 Retina Display is more color accurate and brighter.

If we’re to look at specs alone, one would probably be more impressed by the M9’s screen – a manageably sized 5-inch 1080 x 1920 S-LCD 3 display. In comparing it to the iPhone 6’s Retina Display, a 4.7-inch 750 x 1334 IPS-LCD based panel, the M9 presents itself with the higher pixel density count of 441 ppi. On paper, it’s undoubtedly a check-mark for the M9, but in practical usage, it’s really tough to distinguish this “superior” quality, as the detail and clarity of the two displays are tough to differentiate from a normal viewing distance – leaving us to conclude that they’re both sufficiently sharp.

However, as we take a closer dive into other characteristics of their displays, it becomes apparent that it’s the iPhone 6 that’s bearing the higher quality panel. First and foremost, it shines stronger at close to 600 nits – easily eclipsing the 508 nit brightness of the M9. In addition, the iPhone 6’s 7200K color temperature is better than the 8100K value of the M9, and it’s also more color accurate on the whole too.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC One M9 508
Apple iPhone 6 606
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posted on 23 Mar 2015, 04:46 1

1. tonypb010 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Mar 2015)

pa.dont you want to retest iphone 6 battery life?its ios 8.2 now...to many improvment.

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 06:08

5. seven7dust (unregistered)

still the battery life is disappointing for both , looks like Sony is the undisputed leader in battery life.

I recommend everyone to use a Mili battery case on a iPhone , can't use one without it.

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 05:45 2

2. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

I love that when phone arena does the display comparison they outright call it a win for the iphone when it is better. But when screens like the note 4 destroy the iphone screen they more or less call it a draw. I come to this site for the latest information fir which it is good. But when it comes to decent reviews they are massively biased towards apple. I can only presume they have shares in apple going by most of the articles.

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 05:52

3. seven7dust (unregistered)

thats cause iPhones usually win in some areas like color accuracy and are really good for contrast/brightness levels in LCD panels. Apple usually the some of the best quality panels. it's not just resolution.

also IPS > Super LCD 3 or whatever HTC likes to call it.

Everyone just loves to look at big numbers , but those numbers don't tell the whole story. c'mon it's just a 5" inch screen

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 06:20

6. Agarwalm214 (Posts: 31; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)

so you mean to say that having a sharper display is useless and all the companies who are using higher resolution display are fools??

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 07:29

8. seven7dust (unregistered)

unless you look with a microscope you can't tell the difference

but color accuracy ,contrast or brightness also matter . something everyone simply forgets about.

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 11:12

10. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

I'm not just talking about the note destroying it in pixels per inch. The colours are more accurate on the note 4, the blacks are better, the viewing angles are better, it has less reflectance and a brighter screen if on auto. But if you think it's a draw then your a true apple zombie. Same when it comes to the note 4 beating iphone 6 in speed tests online. Camera better for sure also. Not according to phonearena though...... it's a draw

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 12:18 1

12. seven7dust (unregistered)

were talking about HTC vs Apple here , no note 4s here ,only samsung fanboys need to bring in their spec sheets into a argument when it's not even being compared with.

LCD vs Amoled is a whole other topic , each has it's own advantages not everyone loves AMOLEDs as much as samsung fans believe. but yes Note 4 screen is nice.

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 05:59

4. seven7dust (unregistered)

iPhone 6 looks so tiny next to the m9 !!!

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 06:22

7. Agarwalm214 (Posts: 31; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)

exceptional isight camera? lol..everyone knows that note 4 destroys your exceptional isight camera in blind camera comparisions by a huge margin . :D

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 08:41

9. Iodine (Posts: 1395; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

So what ? Even then a second place is not exceptional to you ?

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 11:16

11. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

It annoys me that when a pbone comes along as good as the note 4 that these webs sites don't just reset and say 'we have an iPhone beater and a new king of the smartphones'. Instead they STILL talk about the iphone being the one to beat. These sites contribute to low sales of great phones because of this and if you think I'm exaggerating think about this. .... tech geeks read these sites and pass it on to friends and family. Also, guys that work in phone shops read these sites and then push the bull crap that sites such as this write about the iphone on to other people.

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 12:20

13. seven7dust (unregistered)

it depends on who you ask though , Note 4 is a good phablet , iPhone 6 is a good smartphone for the average user , even PA gave high marks to the Note 4, go check the review. they also gave high marks to the iPhone 6 both are good phones , no point in hating Apple.

lets wait for the Galaxy s6 review before we judge anything, PA has already been enamored by it , considering the number of articles they have been posting about it. I'm guessing it's getting really good review.

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 16:18

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

Hey it's a big seller so it is better! Dang, even when the M9 kills the i6 in Call Quality and Battery Life as well as other areas clearly...it still can't win, no bias here.../s

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 17:29

15. Clars123 (Posts: 938; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)

I just hope HTC has a firmware update in the works....cause that battery life stabs me in the heart every time I see it

posted on 04 May 2015, 10:55

16. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

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posted on 04 May 2015, 10:55

17. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

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posted on 12 Oct 2015, 02:24

18. SundovChildress (Posts: 71; Member since: 20 Sep 2015)

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posted on 11 Jul 2016, 22:36

19. touyunle (banned) (Posts: 89; Member since: 05 Jul 2016)

I don't like the design of HTC One M9.

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