Obviously, what we're dealing with here are two very different products. On one hand, we have the 8X's dynamic Live Tiles, which are animated and display additional information like upcoming appointments, contact pictures and current temperature, and on the other, we have the iPhone 5's iOS experience, which is quite static compared to WP8.

Even though WP8 is full of animated menus are all kinds of small transitions between screens, it's very difficult to say that it's the better-looking OS, due to its overly simplistic appearance. Meanwhile, all the app icons in iOS are so full of color that it's pretty much up to the user to decide which one they like best – the lively, but flat Live Tiles of WP8, or the static, but colorful app icons of iOS 6.

When it comes to functionality, however, we do prefer the “Live” part of Windows Phone 8's tiles, as it allows us to discover important information right from the homescreen, which is not really possible with iOS.


The virtual QWERTY keyboards of the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Apple iPhone 5 are very good, allowing you to type long messages or emails without causing you too much trouble. The portrait options are pretty much equally great, with maybe just a slight advantage of the 8X due to the slightly larger screen, but the iPhone 5 is definitely better in terms of its landscape keyboard. This is so, because iOS's landscape keyboard takes up almost all of the available space, while the one of WP8 doesn't, leaving strange empty spaces to its left and right.

Processor and Memory

The Windows Phone 8X, like all other WP8 handsets is equipped with a Snapdragon S4 Plus 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, whereas the iPhone 5 relies on an in-house designed A6 SoC, the CPU of which is also dual-core and clocked at 1.3 GHz. The graphics chips are also different – the one in the 8X is the Adreno 225, while the iPhone 5 houses a PowerVR SGX543MP3. The latter has proven to be a real monster when it comes to graphically intense applications, but all in all, the configurations of both devices provide the operating systems with enough power to run smoothly.

The amount of RAM for both phones is set to 1 GB, with the one of the iPhone 5 said to be faster.

None of these phones offers the convenience of a microSD card slot, but at least the iPhone 5 comes in three storage size variants: 16, 32 or 64 GB. The Windows Phone 8X only comes with 16 GB, which should still be more than enough for most users.


Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Phone 8 is very cool, but it's just a bit glitchy compared to Safari on iOS 6. Nothing major, though, you'll get superb browsing experience with both handsets, but the iPhone 5 is a bit better. Plus, ironically, it is now Apple's handset that offers a full-screen mode when viewing a webpage in landscape orientation, rather than the Windows Phone 8X.

Unsurprisingly, both the Windows Phone 8X and iPhone 5 feature LTE connectivity, but they can also take advantage of very fast HSPA+ networks. In theory, both handsets should be able to reach 42.2 Mbit/s download speeds on HSPA+ in case you're out in the open, there's cell tower right next to you, there's no one else around, and you've drunk your Felix Felicis potion this morning.



1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

and now there can only be one winner. PhoneArena i dont get your smackdowns, they just arent consistent.

7. MeoCao unregistered

I have not read the article yet, is it another draw?

9. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

no, there's a clear winner. Just read the first page and you'll know which one, and it's not an HTC.

30. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

ill be damned the day HTC wins ONE smackdown. Just one. But some reason I dont think Ill live to tell the tale..

15. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Can iPhoneArea get any more biased, I mean Author did't say anything about the purple tint in Iphone 5 camera samples, Maps Duh!. They dont have battery figures for HTC but the author sure knows Iphone's RAM is better than HTC although both have 1GB on board, may I ask how?? Phonearena is running on Apple money confirmed.. Ray...Sir! you are dumb.

20. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

arent you guys at phonearena damned ashamed of yourselves? could you lead a normal life after writing such biased s**t & after reading the comments...or are you guys so dumb assholes as not to realise what you are writing? or are you a subsidiary of apple? if not for the community of readers who give valuable feedback i would have stopped reading this icrap site long ago.

29. amircajlani

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

damn man...i was about to say exactly the same thing...hhaha.. yea dude ...ur completely right...this article is so baseless...sadly seems phonearena got sold to a new owner...thats apple...too sad

36. hectoprotecto

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

AMEN to this post and all the replies to it. Super bias smackdown, especially clear when they review the interface. smh, disappointing

49. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

RAM .... the actual spec r not out but ....u can say iphone ram is like ddr3 and 8x ram is like ddr2....i mean to say clockspeed is different so does the perfomance . see benchmarks bros

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

With Ray S reviewing, of COURSE the apple device will win. He could find a way to make an iphone that's been smashed to pieces win against anything. Heck, you could put an apple logo on a rock and he'd hail it as the most amazing magical thing in the world and say it had premium natural design and a great solid feel to it and perfect weight. Anyone else for Ray S NOT doing any more reviews until his bias is eradicated?

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011, is there any reason to compare every phone with iPhone? In my opinion it clearly shows that iPhone for is an etalon...

2. AnTuTu

Posts: 1610; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Just imagine if HTC would have introduced the same phone with end to end display, this phone would have beaten the hell out of iPhone 5. I think those bezels on HTC are too thick. But still front of HTC 8X, iPhone 5 falls by the way side :)

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

"If we have to factor in their physical designs, there can be no argument at all, as there can be only one winner, and it's not an HTC." Really? Does apple have the color Blue,Red and Yellow for their iPhone?

4. lsguntu

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Very nice review. Whoever did the review.. do you eat food or is**t?

5. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i really want to read it, but the first page was really like an advertisement written by an apple inc employee. Sorry, that's just my own honest opinion.

16. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

"it's undeniable that the iPhone 5 is a work of art that no mass-produced phone on the market can currently rival" After reading this line i stopped reading the review .. I think Apple iphones are his s*x partners .. Don't ask me how !! thats why he loves them so much ..

42. webOSlove unregistered

I couldn't agree more. The LG Nexus 4 is much prettier than the 2010 inspired design of the iPhone 5. I rarely read the iPhone comparisons on here because Phone Arena seems to put Apple on some sort of pedestal, when iProducts are just repetitive boring products, and nothing about then catches anybody 's attention anymore.

48. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

2010-inspired? More like 2005...

43. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

that line got me too :(

6. gabe92

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

IPhone 5 is a fkn over rated ass piece of crap

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Smh,,, iphone 4/4s/5 are overrated.. lets see how the lumia 920 does, against ifone

23. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Depends on the reviewer. I'd be willing to trust Michael H's review, but not Ray S or John V. As long as they don't constantly complain about the slight weight issue (and most honest reviewers who use the phone for a few days or don't hold something else to compare it to state they don't really notice it much) and give it a fair evaluation, I think that'll be satisfactory. More SlashGear, less gizmodo.

10. JamesHunt

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Still phonearena should underline the negatives of the Iphone , and not just shrug it off by declaring it irrelevent. Iphone is not God's own creation,so it also has its flaws.

11. mydi.maus unregistered

i guess both won,cuase i like them both..

12. Ueliton

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

This Ray S is the WORST reviewer PA has. Seriously, this guy is ridiculous. I fell ashamed after reading such article.

21. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

i second that...there is no such biased, dumb, ball less writer in internet!

33. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Victor H is pretty bad as well...

38. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

screen: the iphone5 is still 15%-35% smaller in screen area even though users have been buying large screen phones in droves.... winner windows case: with iphones light metal and glass and the HTC and Nokia phones with their high impact polycarbonate cases will endure being dropped many times while the iphone needs glass or case repair everytime... winner windows weight: while I didn't notice the weight of windows phones in use... it doesn't matter as you need to buy a 50-80g case to protect your fragile iphone 5 in use, making it heavier than both the HTX 8x and the Nokia 920 which don't need bumpers / cases... winner windows browser: IE10 on WP has been embarrassing safari with consistently better performance scores, 3rd party browsers and apps, has had full html5 compliance for years, and has unique features like session and video streaming sharing on your home xbox using Smartglass.. winner windows OS: while apple stays mired in the past with non informational icons and lack of screen customization available with WP, beginning with windows 8, now users can have a completely unified desktop from phone to tablet / surface to PC... Apple is 5 years behind on usability verdict: WP is easy to use and brings social integration to a very high level... skydrive / hotmail allow you to take EVERYTHING with you at all times on all devices...and WP allows you intuitive simplistic use that iphone is nowhere near being able to offer.... windows phone continues to embarrass iphone with no end in sight.... and the Lumia 920 32GB is $99 and the Iphone 5 32GB is $299 and the HTC 8X with 16GB is $199..... $100 - $200 apple tax to use IOS on a phone that breaks if I drop it.?... no thanks

13. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

IOS looks way to inferior to Win 8. So so 2010. Guys from Cupertino should implement two modes. One for those who wants pure simplicity and the second one, for those who would like to dig slightly deeper. I believe Windows will become a new standard how simplicity should look like not forgeting about eye-candy factor. Saying that Iphone 6 is the best looking or crafted device is on a baby side. Lumia 800 or 900 looks much much better. Smooth, plain design, yet not dull. Not to even mention fragility of cupertino's device. But that's only my opinion. Every single comparison iphone vs the rest of the world is the same. The are either equal or apple is a bit better which is mentioned at the end of each page. Silly.

14. JamesHunt

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Also wp8 with black background and more vibrant colour would put IOS 6 to shame...thats why they used a lot lesser appealing colour combination.

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