Interface and functionality:

The iOS 6 interface of the iPhone 5 bets on simplicity and doesn't get much in the way of launching apps, whereas the HTC Sense 4+ UI over is a full-fledged manufacturer overlay over Android Jelly Bean's stock looks. 


It offers a rich number of themes, skins, and widget customizations, even allowing you to change the trace color of the Swype-like input option of the on-screen keyboard, whereas iOS is very restricted in terms of user personalization

HTC Sense is more versatile not only in functionality, but also has pretty polished looks that are graphically consistent throughout the menu levels, like in iOS, which can't be said for many Android manufacturer overlays.


Processor and memory:

The 1.7 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 of the HTC One X+ can't be directly compared to the dual-core A6 chip inside the iPhone 5, except in browser benchmarks and graphics tests, where Apple's silicon scores more.

A more important takeaway here is that you won't feel underpowered with either of these two, and each runs the respective interface and apps from its ecosystem without any hiccups.

The phones offer 1 GB of RAM, which suits them fine, but the true multitasking advantage of Android over iOS is somewhat lost on HTC One X+, as it doesn't allows more than to run 8 apps at once, closing the initial ones automatically if you launch more.

A very generous 64 GB of internal storage amount awaits you with the One X+, whereas a 64 GB version of the iPhone 5 will run you pretty penny, and both phones don't offer storage expansion via memory cards.


Internet and connectivity:

Both stock browsers won't give you any trouble rendering pages quickly, panning around them, scrolling and zooming in. Safari on the iPhone 5 has a more limited scrolling inertia compared to the Android handset, but its makes a tad more fluid impression in other navigational tasks.

The browsers of the One X+ and the iPhone 5 have a one-tap reading mode next to the address bar, which devoids the articles of ads clutter and other distractions, leaving you with clean text to read comfortably.


HTC, however, has embedded full Adobe Flash support in its browser, which has a convenient toggle in the context menu, so if you come across a place where Flash is needed, the option is there for you.


The handsets support LTE connectivity on carriers that offer such networks, and also have 42 Mbit/s HSPA+ radios. Other wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and DLNA, while the One X+ throws in FM Radio and NFC. HTC's handset uses an MHL port for wired connectivity, where you can plug a regular microUSB cable, whereas the iPhone 5 has its new proprietary Lightning connector for hooking up to computers and accessories.

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41 Comments

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

..by a landslide

26. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; 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

HTC ONE X+ VS A BIG FAILURE.. !..WHOLE WORLD KNOWS. ABOUT IFAIL BUT IPHONEARENA DOESN'T

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

WINNER is: HTC One X+

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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