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Interface and Functionality

Simplicity is the core foundation of both software experiences, but Sense 7.0 has an unprecedented level of personalization.

Comparing the experience of Android and iOS isn’t new for us, but with this particular comparison, we have to give HTC the nods for having a more complete and engaging experience. Appeasing us both with its visual presentation and function, we find HTC Sense 7.0 to be the more flexible piece of software, especially when it comes to customization. We do appreciate the utmost simplicity and reliability of Apple’s interface, but when it comes to personalization, there's simply more you can do with Sense 7.0. Nearly everything with the interface can be customized, including the usual Android menu buttons – plus, it’s wonderful that there’s a centralized hub where additional themes can be downloaded.

When it comes to function, it’s again the M9 providing us with more tools and features that make it more versatile for a variety of occasions. Whereas Apple takes a minimalist approach in this particular area, HTC goes a step above. Specifically, you have things like the M9’s various Motion Launch gestures, the new HTC Sense Home widget, and of course being intertwined with all of Google’s services – for the power user, these features may prove to be of value.

Even though it might seem as though the M9 is bubbling with an arsenal of features, they’re not redundant ones that sometimes paint other customized Android experiences as being too overbearing with their feature sets. On the flip side, however, we also can’t complain about how simple and straightforward iOS continues to be in the space, working reliably at blazing fast speeds.

Processor and Memory

Slowdown isn’t an issue here.

Slowdown or sluggishness isn’t a concern with either device, seeing that they scream at a fanatical pace with their performances. Graced with some of the best pieces of silicon under the hood, the M9 and iPhone 6 handle all sorts of tasks effortlessly – almost too perfectly to tell you the truth. For the HTC One M9, it’s powered by a 64-bit based octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip with a generous 3GB of RAM. In contrast, the iPhone 6’s 64-bit based dual-core Apple A8 processor with 1GB of RAM might not raise brows based on numbers alone, but don’t let that fool you because it’s a beast in itself.

When it comes to storage, we still absolutely love the idea about how we’re presented with expandable storage with the M9 thanks to its microSD slot, which supplements its 32GB or 64GB capacities. However, you’ll need to be picky in which model to pick with the iPhone 6 because it doesn’t have one – so you’re left to select either 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB.

Sunspider Lower is better
HTC One M9 721.3
Apple iPhone 6 353.4
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
HTC One M9 49
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
HTC One M9 24
Apple iPhone 6 25.8
Basemark OS II Higher is better
HTC One M9 1413
Apple iPhone 6 1239
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
HTC One M9 1209
Apple iPhone 6 1630
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
HTC One M9 3738
Apple iPhone 6 2927

Internet and Connectivity

There’s a lot to like when it comes to surfing the web, since they boast the necessary qualities in making the experience top-notch. From their speedy page loads, handling of complex sites, and buttery navigational controls, they both equally have the goods in making us happy in this area.

Available as global GSM smartphones, both the M9 and iPhone 6 have a decent amount of LTE band support – though, you get a smidgen more with the iPhone 6. Some will no doubt appreciate that, but it’s not really a deal breaker. On the surface, they share the same set of connectivity features, such as aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth (4.1 with the M9, 4.0 for the iPhone 6), dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC. However, the M9 gains a slight benefit with the inclusion of an IR blaster – enabling it to double as universal remote.

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