The Apple iPhone 5S is a handset which needs no introduction. It’s the latest iPhone and quite possibly the most popular phone on the planet. But that doesn’t necessarily make it the best. Take the HTC One M8 for example, it’s probably the most powerful phone money can buy and the best Android phone available (at least until the Samsung Galaxy S5 lands). The iPhone 5S will still probably outsell it, but is it as good? Read on to find out.
The HTC One M8 has an aluminium back and side, which gently curve off into the screen at the front. It’s a remarkable feat of engineering, improving on the HTC One by removing almost all traces of plastic. It goes without saying that it looks great. At 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm and 160g it couldn’t be called either small or light by phone standards, but it looks and feels great.
The iPhone 5S is one of the few phones which can come close to the build quality of the HTC One M8. It has a two tone metal and glass back which gives it a distinctive look and at 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm and 112g it’s compact, slim and light. While it’s undeniably a premium device though its build doesn’t quite match up to the HTC One M8.
The HTC One M8 has a 5 inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD3 display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, while the Apple iPhone 5S has a 4 inch 640 x 1136 IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. The overall quality of the screens is similar though the iPhone 5S has marginally better contrast, however its smaller size and lower resolution makes it slightly inferior to the screen on the HTC One M8 overall.
The HTC One M8 has a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM while the iPhone 5S has a 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple A7 processor and 1GB of RAM. In the iPhone’s defence it uses a 64-bit processor and benchmarks have shown it punches way above it's weight. However, the HTC One M8 only uses a 32-bit one, which overall delivers slightly more power than its Apple rival.
The HTC One M8 has a 4 Ultrapixel camera, the same one in fact as the HTC One. It’s the best phone around for low light photography but brighter lit scenes don’t come out so well as the lack of megapixels holds it back. However the HTC One M8 also has a secondary sensor which can be used to change or fine tune the focus of a shot after taking it, so you can ensure it looks exactly how you intended. Then there’s a 5 megapixel front facing camera with the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30fps.
The Apple iPhone 5S has an 8 megapixel camera, which is still on the low end but double what the HTC One M8 has. Also, while the pixels aren’t as big as those in the One (M8) they’re larger than most phone camera pixels, so it still performs pretty well in low light. Plus it has a ‘True Tone’ flash to ensure colours are replicated naturally, it can shoot 1080p video at 30fps, 720p video at 120fps and has a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera. It’s a really tough call as to which phone is the best for photography but the iPhone 5S edges it.
The HTC One M8 retains the dual front-facing BoomSound speakers from the HTC One, except this time they’re even better, with a much richer sound quality. HTC's smartphone can also double as a fully-fledged remote for your TV thanks to its infrared sensor and adds in innovative features such as TV Guide complete with social network integration.
The iPhone 5S has a few tricks up its sleeve too, as it has both a fingerprint scanner and a motion co-processor, the latter of which is used to constantly monitor movement without draining the battery, making it the perfect companion for fitness tracking apps.
The HTC One M8 has a 2600 mAh battery capable of up to 496 hours of standby time or 20 hours of talk time, while the Apple iPhone 5S has a 1560 mAh battery which can manage up to 250 hours of standby or 10 hours of talk time. It’s not bad as such but it falls way below the battery life of the HTC One M8.
The HTC One M8 has a choice of 16 or 32GB of built in storage along with a microSD card slot which supports cards of up to 128GB. The iPhone 5S doesn’t have a microSD card slot, but it comes with a choice of 16, 32 or 64GB of built in storage.
The HTC One M8 supports Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and infrared while the iPhone 5S only supports Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G LTE and Bluetooth 4.0.
While the iPhone 5S is still a great handset but the HTC One M8 is arguably even better. It manages to upstage the iPhone in build quality, has more power, a slightly better screen, longer battery life and more connectivity options. Although, the iPhone 5S still performs well across the boards and it's a significantly smaller and lighter device.
The other advantages of the iPhone 5S are that it has slightly better camera, a fingerprint scanner and a motion co-processor. But then in terms of extra features the HTC One M8 levels the playing field somewhat with its BoomSound speakers and infrared sensor.
Both phones are great, but unless you’re a die-hard iOS fan or prefer a smaller smartphone then the HTC One M8 is probably the one to go for. Of course when the iPhone 6 launches later in the year the One (M8) will have a real fight on its hands.
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