We’ve already taken a look at the latest Apple flagship compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5, and now, we to pit the iPhone 6 against a device that would be the closest in matching it, or surpassing it as some may consider, in terms of design and build quality. Here’s a quick look at the iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8)!
Metal, specifically aluminium, is the order of the day with both these smartphones. Both the iPhone 6 and the HTC One (M8) feature a premium build, with a design aesthetic that is a little similar, at least from the back. The iPhone 6 has more of a curve to it, akin to the first ever iPhone, and is a slight shift away from the angular design and rigid lines of its predecessors. On the other hand, the HTC One (M8) refines what was great about the One (M7), using a lot more metal this time around, along with more of a curve along the edges.
Up front is where the differences are more obvious. Apple continues its signature style with the physical home button, with a fingerprint scanner integrated, and big bezels above and below the display. HTC does away with the capacitive keys, but a black bar below the display is still there, this time with just the HTC logo on it. Up front is where you’ll also find the now signature HTC BoomSound speakers, that also contribute to the HTC One (M8) being a little taller than it should be.
The iPhone 6 is finally catching up to Android devices in terms of display size, and that translates to the overall dimensions as well. The One (M8) is still the obviously larger device, not only taller and slightly wider, but much thicker and heavier. The iPhone 6 is one of the thinnest devices you can find at this size, and is also surprisingly light, despite its metal unibody construction, which is certainly an appreciable feat.
Of course, the big news this year is about Apple finally giving in to bigger screens. The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display, with a resolution of 1334 x 750, resulting in a pixel density of 326 ppi, which is identical to what was found on its predecessors. The One (M8) on the other hand boasts a SLCD 3 screen at 5-inches, with a 1080p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 441 ppi.
Both displays are great performers, with good colors and contrast, and great viewing angles. While the advantages of having a pixel density above 300 ppi is still being debated, the difference between the two is somewhat noticeable with a closer look, but you should have a good time doing anything on either display.
Performance and Hardware
As is always the case when comparing devices across these two ecosystems, a by the numbers look at the specifications isn’t really fair. But for the record, the iPhone 6 features an A8 chip, which comprises of a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, and is backed by 1 GB of RAM. On the other hand, the One M8 boasts a quad-core Snapdragon 801, clocked at 2.3 GHz, along with 2 GB of RAM. Regardless of the differences on paper, both handle their respective softwares really well, with no issues with lag across the board, along with both handling multi-tasking well.
When it comes to other hardware, the iPhone 6 is the first iPhone to feature NFC, that will be used for Apple Pay. The HTC One (M8) also comes with its own take on NFC, that can be used with Google Wallet, and for some device-to-device sharing. The One M8 does have the additional benefit of expandable storage, on top of its 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. There’s no microSD expansion with the iPhone, but it does come in a 128 GB flavor for those concerned about storage, along with 16 GB or 64 GB options.
We’d be remiss is we didn’t mention the front-facing BoomSound speakers found on the HTC One M8, which offer one of the best audio experiences available on a smartphone. While we haven’t really tested out the speaker of the iPhone 6 in detail, it’s hard to imagine the single speaker, placed at the bottom of the phone, will provide an identical performance.
Apple stays away from the MP race that dominates the Android world, with the iPhone 6 features an 8 MP rear shooter, the same as its predecessor, but with some improvements across the board, a better sensor, an auto focus system called Focus Pixels, and a software-based image stabilization. Video gets a boost too, with the capability of capturing 240 fps slow motion video at 720p. The front-facing camera also with a f /2.2 lens, with a burst mode and HDR video.
On the other hand, the One (M8) is even more megapixel shy, bringing back its 4 MP “UltraPixel” camera from the One (M7). Added is a secondary camera at the back for some depth photography. Low light photography is great, but the low MP count does cause its issues.
iOS 8 remains aesthetically similar to iOS 7, but introduces quite a few new features. Of course, there’s Apple Pay, to take advantage of the NFC chip, improvements to iCloud, a new Health app, improved notifications, and the ability to use third-party keyboards. You also get a one-handed mode, which is probably more useful on the larger sibling. The Health app is actually really good, consolidating all the information from the various fitness-related apps you may have into one place. You also have the ability to add your vital information and emergency contact info, which could prove to be useful in an emergency situation.
The One (M8) runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, with HTC Sense 6 on top. This is the sleekest and smoothest version of Sense yet, and that really shines through in terms of performance. HTC signatures like BlinkFeed make a return, in an improved form. The One (M8) also has the added benefit of some gesture controls, such as tap to wake, and the ability to answer a call by just raising the phone to your ear.
Conclusion at a glance
With the iPhone 6 and the HTC One (M8), it is essentially comes to down to which ecosystem you are a fan off, with both being the absolute best they can be in terms of design and build quality. The iPhone 6 may be thinner and lighter, but the One (M8) does feature a slightly bigger display, expandable storage, and a few more software features, like gesture controls. As always, the ultimate choice is with you.