iPhone 5S vs HTC One – Design
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The HTC One of course has the beautifully curvaceous aluminium design that continues to make it one of the most desirable Android phones to own. It’s a much larger and wider phone than the 5S. Ergonomics are completely different too. The iPhone 5 is a super-slim rectangle that doesn’t shy away from severe edges.
If you want the HTC One in different colours, the handset now comes in red and metallic blue shades alongside the standard silver.
Bottom Line: All told, we reckon the HTC One probably edges it here. It’s damn fine looking phone.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One – Screen
The One screen size 4.7 inches across where the iPhone 5S is still a 4-incher. As we find with so many of this year’s top-end Android phones, the HTC One makes the iPhone 5 seem a bit toy-like in its small size. This instantly makes HTC’s phone better to watch videos on.
Bottom Line: Overall, on paper it’s hard to separate the two. The HTC One’s larger screen gives it an edge, but it’s largely a personal preference as to which you prefer.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One – Camera
With the help of the new A7 processor, you can also pick out the best shots post burst shooting. The 5S also benefits from the inclusion of a new True Tone flash that uses a white and amber flash (and some software processing) to balance colours better when using the flash.
If you are after numerous camera modes, The HTC One offers plenty. As well as HDR and panorama, the HTC One brings oodles of features and effects, including Zoe mode, HDR video, continuous shooting and burst mode options.
Bottom Line: It’s too early to say which is best – we need to test them properly. The True Tone flash is an interesting addition that could give the iPhone 5S an edge, but the HTC One’s larger pixels may give it an edge, too.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One – Software
The HTC One saw HTC debut a brand new version of its long-standing Sense Android interface. And it has a new look. It’s pared-back and simple – and pretty stylish compared with the older version. BlinkFeed takes centre stage. This is a home screen that shows you recent updates from your favourite websites in a scrolling feed of tiles. The various widgets are also starker and simpler than ever before. It’s a good effort from HTC.
Bottom Line: HTC’s additions to Android aren’t universally loved, but the main difference here is philisophy. iOS 7 is simple, stylish and very easy to use. HTC’s Sense UI is information rich and customisable.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One – Storage
Over the last few years, HTC has ticked off a few old-school Android fans – it was one of the companies that started cutting out memory card slots from its phones. The HTC One carries on that trend. If you want expandable memory you’ll have to look to the Galaxy S4.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One – CPU and Power
Bottom Line: The HTC One is fast enough, but we expect the iPhone 5S to hold a significant edge. Just how much of an edge remains to be seen.