The iPhone 5S is arguably the most anticipated handset of the year and it’s certainly going to be one of the best. The HTC One didn’t have quite the same level of anticipation, but once it was revealed it impressed a great number of people, thanks to its Apple level build quality and high end specs. Read on to find out what the differences are between these two premium handsets.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One – Build quality
Both of these phones are absolutely beautiful. The iPhone 5S has a stunning aluminium body with a two tone colour scheme of either silver and white, gold and white or grey and black. At 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm it’s fairly compact and very slim, while at 112g it’s also quite light, despite its metal build.
The HTC One is also built from aluminium and in fact each phone is carved from a single piece. The metal even extends to the front of the handset, surrounding the two speaker grills at the top and bottom of the phone. It comes in black, silver or red and is 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm and weighs 143g. That makes it longer, wider, heavier and thicker than the iPhone 5S, but then it also has a bigger screen and the extra thickness allows it to have a curved back that both looks stylish and is comfortable to hold. Both these handsets are stunning pieces of design and overall they’re both equally good in that sense.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One - Display
The iPhone 5S has a 4 inch 1136 x 640 widescreen Retina display with 326 pixels per inch, while the HTC One has a 4.7 inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD3 display with 469 pixels per inch. Both screens are very high quality but the HTC One pips it by being bigger and having a higher pixel density.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One - Power
The iPhone 5S has a 64 bit A7 chip which promises twice as fast performance as the A6 chip in the iPhone 5 and that was already a very fast phone. It also has a separate M7 motion coprocessor for tracking movement, allowing you to use it for example as a pedometer.
The HTC One has a 32 bit 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, making it one of the most powerful Android phones around. In theory, being 64 bit, the iPhone 5S could be faster, but as we don’t know how many cores it has or what they’re clocked at it’s hard to say. Similarly we don’t know how much RAM the iPhone 5S has. It’s clearly going to be very powerful but right now it’s hard to say which is the most powerful.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One - Camera
The iPhone 5S has an 8 megapixel camera with a dual-LED ‘True Tone’ flash. It can also shoot 1080p video at 30fps and slow motion video at 120fps. Then there’s a secondary front facing 1.2 megapixel camera.
The HTC One has a 4 megapixel camera, which isn’t much, but it can capture up to 330% more light than most smartphones, allowing for high quality low light shots. It can also shoot 1080p video at 30fps and has a secondary 2.1 megapixel front facing camera. All in all though the iPhone 5S is likely to be capable of better shots.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One – Battery life, memory and connectivity
The iPhone 5S has a 1434 mAh battery while the HTC One has a 2300 mAh battery and while the iPhone 5S can only muster 250 hours of standby time or 10 hours of talk time, the HTC One can manage 480 hours of standby time or 18 hours of talk time.
The iPhone 5S comes with 16, 32 or 64GB of built in storage while the HTC One comes with 32 or 64GB built in. Neither has a micro SD card slot.
The iPhone 5S supports Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G LTE, while the HTC One supports all of that and also NFC and infrared.
iPhone 5S vs HTC One - Conclusion
These two phones seem very equally matched. The HTC One has a slightly better display, better battery life and more connectivity options, but the iPhone 5S has a better camera, while everything else is more or less a draw. Both phones are beautifully built and are among the only handsets on the market that look like they should cost hundreds of pounds.
By Simon Thomas on 16th September, 2013