HTC One X+ vs iPhone 5

The HTC One X+ is shaping to be one of Android's battleships this season, thanks to its sped-up quad-core procesor and 64 GB of storage, so as always we are pitting it against the iOS flagship, Apple's iPhone 5.

Both handsets have sealed chassis, great LCD screens, and 8 MP cameras, but they target different categories of users from the onset with the size gap. What other differences are there between the two? Read on our comparison to find out...


Actually the sealed chassis and rounded corners are the only things in common between the designs of the two phones. The OneX+ rocks a slightly convex polycarbonate body that fits very well in the palm, aiding the grip with its soft-touch finish, just like its chassis twin, the One X before it.

The iPhone 5 is much smaller and easier to operate with one hand, so it dares to be edgier, with clean cut lines, made of metal and glass. It is incredibly light for the premium materials that build it, and also very thin. 

Both companies have made a name for themselves in designing their handsets, but these days the shapes of the chassis and choice of materials are dictated by the obligatory huge screen any self-respecting Android high-end has to rock, and you can't really slap much premium material around a 4.7” screen without making the phone pretty heavy.


The HTC One X+ S-LCD 2 display is with 1280x720 pixels of resolution, netting 312ppi density. At 4” size, the iPhone 5's in-cell touch IPS-LCD screen is much smaller than the 4.7-incher, and its 1136x640 pixels grace it with the pretty high 326ppi. Pixel density is therefore not an issue for both screens, text appears crisp everywhere, and there are no icon jaggies.

When it comes to color representation, the iPhone 5 has one of the most accurate display of all phones, while the One X+ panel seems to go a tad on the undersaturated side. The iPhone's display is also brighter and with a very low reflectance, ensuring a win in the outdoor visibility department. The One X+ screen is sufficiently bright and very good outside, too, so you won't have trouble with both handsets, even under direct sunlight. The viewing angles seem equally good, and the contrast ratios are pretty high for the LCD screens, so overall we have two great displays on both devices.

HTC One X+ 360-Degrees View

Apple iPhone 5 360-Degrees View



1. SK_007

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

What else can be expected form Daniel P? As always a pathetic and biased comparison by Iphonearena!!!

5. MeoCao unregistered

LOL another "draw" for the scratchy phone with 5 year old OS.

32. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I hope my parents give me the galaxy notes 2 on Christmas or any other awesome phone out there

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And the WINNER is: HTC One X+

17. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011 a landslide

26. AnTuTu

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

and iPhone falls by the wayside.

37. gelo0291

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

...near the trash can.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Anytime, anywhere, anyplace, any-year, any country...i'll take the HOX+ over the iP5.

22. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

any planet.. any galaxy.. any universe.. any life.. notice that compared to the SGS3, the HOX+ is also beaten in terms of camera quality and more or less wins in other categories.. And compared to the iPhone, it loses in that area, too.. So if the camera is better, I'm sure the HOX+ will be so much win..

35. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Oh man , the camera on the HTC has 10x more functionality and feature rich...and something was off on some of those comparison photos...the distances were off on one anyway, it looked like the i5 was zoomed in closer?? AND he failed to mention that HTC device can equally have photos saved to a 'cloud' service (G+)!

4. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

I still use my One x as my camera phone and I have found it to take better on the go and stop images then my Work Iphone 5 does!!!! Iphone 5 is deff a little more preppy on speed, and slickness of the OS, but in terms of multitasking no doubt the One x is best. Both have different features that make them great. But no doubt the Camera comparison is a little biased. Taking a 1000 pictures with the iphone 5 to get the best one and only taking the first with the one x doesnt cut IT

12. dblue45

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

Be honest dude! :P Even I'm an HTC One X user and I've used iPhone 4 as well.. Though the phone is very good, its camera even when compared to the i4, isn't that better!

16. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Sorry dude, but I have a HTC One X and the phone's camera is very,very good, but it pails in comparison to the iPhone 5. I compared shots with my cousin's iPhone and the One X won in detail, but lost in color accuracy (The reds are not even close), white balance, night shots, and dynamic range. It was marginal I might add (except in color which it lost by quite a bit). And macro shots turned out better on the One X too but over all the iPhone 5 is a better camera phone and it pains me to say it.....Seriously it does....

6. psysect

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

i trust that iphone 5 is very very good phone but one x+ is unique .. every advantages that i think about it Provided in this.. most advantage & one of the all is build quality in one x+ that iphone has a flaw of this .. the iphone 5 s body is Scratchable & dont give me a sense of confidence .. both phone have the best screen amoung the smartphones.. both phone are The strongest & i think 0ne x+ is most beautifull even in interface with sense4+.

7. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

is this comparison even necessary...? we all know what is better..the one x+ ...and also we all know wat the iphonearena is going to say...jokers of the whole internet..the PA crew that is .!

23. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

and yet you still read the articles from those whom you called "the jokers of the internet".. Not that I am a fan of iPhone and happy to see PA still gives some sympathy for it (I'm HTC Elevate member, so you know which brand I like), but...... Have some respect for the contributors, please..

27. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

i read PA just for fun. to see the comments mainly. when it comes to reviews about phones i basically rely on what the users have to say & user rating rather than what PA says. anyway..u got a point. was bit too harsh, what i posted earlier. but you really cant just ignore how biased & sometimes hilariously so..some of their reviews are.

36. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Understand very much that some of their reviews are somewhat biased, especially for the iPhone.. It's okay to comment that the reviews are bad and biased, but just don't call names.. :) Anyway, no hard feelings, bro..

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

One X+ all day

10. a22matic

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

"designer handset" - Pshh... HTC all the way...

13. NickPeters

Posts: 74; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

HTC One X+ & iPhone 5... THE PHONE & a toy... :)

14. Android1

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 16, 2012


15. jiraya

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

I have the new ipad and while i love watching videos on it, it is unable to playback 1080p movies. I have Sherlock Homes-2 7.5gb file as a test file. It just won't run on the ipad. I have tried more than 5 different paid players too. What about on the iphone 5? Can it play such files? And what about on android high ends like the s3 or note hox+? Can they play 8gb 1080p files? Those who have tried, kindly let me know. Thanks in advance

18. NickPeters

Posts: 74; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I assure you that any high-end Android smartphone/tablet can run such a movie file. GB doesn't matter and mostly file FORMAT too. So far from my experience the MKV files are the best quality and most of the (even free) players for Android play them with NO problem at all. Some of the stock Android players play them out of the box too (talking about MKV) so NO WORRY about that in case of Android! ;)

25. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

iPhone 5, not so sure.. but read again the articles.. It says it has some difficulties.. and if your iPad can't, most probably the iP5 won't be able to do the same.. I can even play 1080p MKV file on my almost-two-year-old Desire S, although it's glitchy, but I do get sound and image.. Just because it still have two years old GPU and a single core CPU.. So naturally, it can only play 720p videos.. 1080p can be played, but laggy.. most of dual core android can play 1080p, so about the current high ends, don't need to even ask..

19. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

one of the most amazing phones ever vs THEE MOST RESTRICTED OS EVER! Android AND HTC ALLLL DAY!.......nuff said

20. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

So whoes the winner? i allways read at conclusion: if u want this then pick A and if u want this then pick B

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


28. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

One X+ is obviously the winner!

29. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

at this point in time, comparisons between heavy weight mammoths like one x+ with flimsy fruit seems really dated.

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