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HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

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The HTC One comes with a brand new UltraPixel camera and it has a daunting task as it goes against the Apple iPhone 5, one of best cameraphones out there. HTC is going against the market trend of adding more megapixels, and instead goes with a 4.3-megapixel UltraPixel Camera. The name UltraPixel comes from the larger than usual, 2-micron pixels on the One’s camera. It also has a wider than usual aperture of f/2.0, allowing it to gather more light.

Camera interface of the HTC One - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the HTC One - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the HTC One - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

The clean looking camera interface of Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
The clean looking camera interface of Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
The clean looking camera interface of Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

After extensive testing, we’d say the HTC One has a very good, but not a revolutionary camera. Still images are sharp in contrasting areas but somewhat spongy otherwise. Sometimes colors look a bit bleached on the One, and detail is not plentiful. The iPhone 5 has an edge here capturing consistently accurate colors with great dynamic range and better detail.

HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

HTC One

Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

HTC One

Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Outdoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

Strong - HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Indoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Medium - HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Indoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Low light - HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Indoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Darkness with flash - HTC One - Apple iPhone 5Indoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

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Apple iPhone 5Indoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Indoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Indoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5Indoor samples - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

When it comes to video recording, the HTC One is on par or sometimes better than the iPhone 5. In daytime footage is comparable (we do prefer the more realistic colors on the iPhone), but when night falls and you go indoors the HTC One just captures way more light without noise. In a club or at a party when light is low, the One records usable footage, while recording on the iPhone 5 look too dark . HTC also uses optical image stabilization which makes a big difference for impromptu videos on the go.



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There is a huge difference in the recorded sound on both devices. The HTC One records a full, rich sound with a surprising depth for a smartphone, even at loud events like a concert or a party. Recording on the iPhone 5 on the other hand is loud but it lacks that precious depth.


Multimedia

Watching videos on a smartphone is a lot about how much screen real estate you have. The HTC One has a lot more and that instantly puts it in a favorable position. Both devices have great screens, and can play 1080p video in all formats (natively or via third-party players) without a stutter.

HTC brings a small revolution in smartphone sound with its front-facing stereo speakers. It calls it BoomSound and it definitely delivers lots of oomph. Combined with Beats Audio magic in the lower tonalities, sound is rich and it sounds clear at even its loudest.

Music player of the HTC One - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Music player of the HTC One - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Music player of the HTC One - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5

The iPhone 5’s speakers are luckily not on the back as on many other phones but on the bottom so sound is not muffled when you lay the device on a table. It delivers loud sound, but it is very plain when it comes to the lower notes.

Music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5
Music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5




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