HTC Windows Phone 8X vs Apple iPhone 5

Now that Windows Phone 8 is finally here, we guess some users (not many, but some) will think about purchasing a WP8 handset. So, here we are, bringing you in-depth comparisons between the leading WP8 handsets and the iPhone, as well as the major Android handsets. In this article, we'll take a look at how the HTC Windows Phone 8X stacks up against the iPhone 5. Both devices are pretty popular right now, so it will surely be interesting to see who's going to come out on top once we're done with them...
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18. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010


19. Marcus73

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Should rename site to iPhonearena!

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The iPhone 5 isn't the slouch that some try to say it is.

26. brandonrana

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Who is this dum8 reviewer? I think i have 100000000 times better knowledge about these 2 phones then him. But i won't work for iphonearena!

27. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

This review was largely biased toward apple..... worse, the reviewer didn't know basic features of WP8 ... he made assumptions about IE, third party browser integration, and a bunch of other things that are wrong.... - he played down the difference in screen size between 4 and 4.3 .... when you use them it's a major difference in usability... 13% larger surface area... line up both phones bottom screen edges and youll see what I mean - he called the case 'plastic' and inferred it's cheap... the case is polycarbonate, which is a plastic, but it's not run of the mill stuff... very durable, flexible, resists impact da,age much better than metal... it's the same stuff the F22 canopy is made out of... it's not cheap and honestly if drop both of these phones onto a tile floor, the Iphone is gonna be jacked up and the HTC is not - IE10 does operate in full screen mode, has better rendering numbers than safari by a long shot, and you can use other browsers... and it's been fully html5 compliant long before apple was - he plays down live tiles, doesn't mention new sizing customization and info options on WP8 - HTC has released much higher talk and standby numbers, and they are posted on this site... LOL, maybe this guy should read his own site.... this author doesn't know what he's talking about with WP8, is clearly biased, did no research to make sure he was correct, and played down huge advantages of WP8 and HTC..... this review damages phonearenas name.... if you just let appleheads take over, then nobody will take you seriously

41. sadiqhashim unregistered

After any review with Apple products they must send the results to Apple and Tim Cook will go through and cross some lines before they can publish it just the way it should be. You see? Apple is always ahead.

28. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

So from what I can read, an Apple Fanboy was given a HTC 8X to compare to his love.

32. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

ray s is a dip schit. chrapple blows he just can't admit it. 4 inch screen? less ppi? bwahhhaaaaaahaaa!!

34. alcheng

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 10, 2012 has always been one of my favorite gadget website. But this article changes it all. I've never read some piece of crap like this. The writer is obviously bias to iphone5, the writer just favor iphone5 on every category by saying "the iphone5 is better....", but without a solid reason/analysis to back his satement. I cannot believe the editor would allow such a low-class comparison article to be published. I suggest the writer please just simply go to work for apple instead of trolling in here.

37. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

I agree..... I respected phonearena in a big way until this review..... I would bypass all other cell blogs for this one.... no more.... posting fanboy stuff like this .... jeez

35. ubarua1

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

That was the one hell of a biased review. "it's undeniable that the iPhone 5 is a work of art that no mass-produced phone on the market can currently rival".. Really you think so?

39. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

FAIL FAIL FAIL, you guys love the color reproduction of the IOS apps look. Are you retarded? They are Bland icons put on a ugly background. What is pretty about that Ios? Even though the Iphone 5 is the winner and preforms better your review was retarded! Camera samples once again quit taking 1000 pictures with Iphone 5 to get it perfect and only taking the first one with the HTC!

40. sadiqhashim unregistered

Apple iPhone is a phone that has more from the outside than the inside, is designed by Apple in America, so I expect it to have a home advantage when it comes to review like this, but in Taiwan things are so different.

44. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Well 8x looses in benchmarks big time against ip5. N wp8 phones Doesn't even have APPS properly worse than symbian. It's better to buy an ip5 than 8x for sure.

46. RichieRich379

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

iphone has a worst screen, worst batter life, bo beats audio, inferior maps>?????? how about that

50. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

have u actually compared the audio of two ?? iphone has the est audio decoding chip . i have one v with beats audio of htc . it really cant beat iphone 5 .

45. RichieRich379

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

im getting tierd of these apple fanboy reviews, its so stupid, he saids the design in htc x is a regular industry design as oppose to the iphone, but he doesnt mention how iphone has an old boring ui as oppse to window 8 live tiles. i can go on and on but this review is complete bulls**t

47. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I would not call phonearena or any reviewer fanboys, unless it is obvious. Reviewers are entitled to their opinion and I respect that. After saying that, I love my HTC 8x and really have to say MS took the phone to the next level. If MS and the telecomms push the WP platform it would be a plus. However it's sad to know that my t-mobile store only carried three WP8 phones and selling two constitutes as a huge deal. Folks go out and try all the platforms, ask yourself what you need and not what people say....unless something is really Asinus.

51. HDee89

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Not a terrible review, but definitely needs somebody who understands the hardware better. The Windows Phone's Beats Audio is not a software enhancement, it's an onboard soundchip on the pcb that's REALLY high quality for a mobile device, listening to music on the HTC 8X for me was incredible, the sound quality, is absolutely brilliant, the iphone 5 also offers a very good sound quality, I would in no way say that either sounds better, and comparing the iphone earphones is irellevant, you pay a much higher price for the iphone 5 and these earphones are part of the reason, you could quite simply buy a high quality pair of earphones for much less than the price difference of these 2 devices. Also, you completely disregarded reviewing the battery life of the iphone, I think that speaks volumes about your objective whilst writing this review, which was to completely leave out any flaws with the iphone5, as I'm sure you were aware after reviewing both the devices, the 8X is a CLEAR winner when it comes to battery life. Thirdly, you are a reviewer, so don't be a coward when it comes to reviewing things. You can't say "It's up to the user to make the decision" People have come to this comparitive review specifically to understand which phone outperforms which in each category. You must come to a conclusion for each category of review, otherwise there is no reason to include the category whatsoever. Without a doubt the iphone 5 is a better phone overall, but most people look at phone reviews to understand the concept of "Value for money" with these devices. The iphone 5 is a better phone, however the prices between the 2 handsets are VERY different, and this should be taken into account when understanding the value of the devices.

53. Skiman

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

I agree After using both, the HTC 8X is the better phone overall The OS is the main part, and WP is so much better than iOS, which really has grown to repulse me now, just so old and stale

52. dougiefresh181

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

the htc is much more egonomic, and the rubberized plastic backing feels better to hold than the iphone. ive held both, and the lcd display in the htc beats the retina display hands down, plus he got the htc all greased up, and a rag would take it right off. the edges are also rounded than the iphone, he has the brightness on the htc down. he is very subjective about the ui, and bangs wp8 about tile shape? really? the landscape keyboard changes app to app in wp7. iphone is clocked at 1 ghz not 1.3. htc also has much better battery life, even with live also has better cloud storage and syncs across all of your windows devices without syncing. very subjective comparing browsers. camera on htc is much sharper, clearly, and more saturated. htc has beats audio and the same headphones have to be used to compare sound. just punching holes in the argument on youtube

54. Skiman

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

HTC 8X wins hands down, the OS is just so much better, I can't actually use apple products anymore, because the boring GUI now repulses me. They really haven't updated it since 2007
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