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iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8) First Look

With the launch of the iPhone 6 recently, I thought it would be good for some to look at the differences and similarities of two of the best smartphones on the market at the moment.


Let’s jump right into the iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8) First Look comparison.


If box is in green, this indicates an advanage


Feature iPhone 6 HTC One (M8) Thoughts
Material: Aluminum Aluminum Tie. They are both very nice looking. They both are strong with their metal construction. Neither look plastic and cheaply made, such as the Samsung lineup.
For the most part though users are going to cover these amazing looking phones with a protector.

Size: 67mm wide
138mm tall
71mm wide
146mm tall
HTC One (M8) is larger, but not by much. I do believe there is a “too-big” of a smartphone. Keeping that in mind, I do not think either are too big or small. I like to take the few extra mm’s to get the larger screen. 71mm to 67mm is 4mm, right? That’s 0.1575 inches! You get the idea…

Screen Size: 4.7″ 5″ The .3inch here makes a huge difference. One thing some worry about is the HTC One having the buttons integrated into the screen, but what a lot of people do not realize is, most apps let those icons hide while you are using the apps, so you get the full 5″ screen

Resolution: 326ppi
1334 x 750
1920 x 1080
Reall Apple? Your fancy Retina was once a great feature, but with so many smartphones running 1920×1080, I am not really impressed with Apple’s decision here.

Battery: 1810mAh 2,600mAh Apple went from a 1560 to 1810mAh from iPhone 5s to iPhone 6, but it really isn’t that impressive.
HTC One (M8) has a great battery life. I personally run multiple Google accounts on my phone, use apps throughout the day, and still have a charge in the evening.
*If you play Ingress, carry a charger, no matter your phone

1GB RAM / 16GB, 64GB, 128GB
No MicroSD card
16GB, 32GB On-board
MicroSD card
Although Apple does offer the 128GB version, I can’t justify the price increase from 64GB to 128GB. Instead, if you were interested in space, but don’t know how much, maybe consider getting 32GB and get a SD Card for a few bucks

Processor: Apple A8, 64-bit dual core (speed not released by Apple, some say 1.2GHz) Snapdragon 801 32-bit quad-core (2.3GHz) Although Apple did step up with their A8, 64-bit dual core, the benchmarks at the point of publishing this review, the Snapdragon quad-core is much more powerful to run your apps.
If you are not running powerful apps and just checking emails, social media, and making calls – this is irrelevant.

Camera Details: 8MP rear
1.2 MP front
4UltraPixels rear
5MP front
To get really detailed, the M8 has larger pixel size making it capture more light, thus working better, in dark settings. Even so, iPhone did get larger pixel size than most any other smartphone as well this time around.
They both use bright LED Flashes, which always screw up photos (IMO).
Neither have Image Stabilization, while there are other phones out there who offer this abilityThe M8 aperture, or amount of XXX, is better than iPhone at f/2.0 vs f/2.2
The HTC One M8 added a new Depth Sensor (a second camera) in the rear to allow for effects you may find in pricy DSLR cameras.I prefer the HTC One (M8) for my needs, but this is a push because of too many factors.

NFC Abilities: Yes Yes Although most people are still not using this technology in the US, it is becoming more and more relevant for payments in the Europe and the rest of the world.

NFC Payments: Apple Pay Google Wallet &
Softcard (before ISIS)
This is the first phone Apple will offer NFC technology and Apple Pay, and with the newly branded Softcard which was poorly named “ISIS” earlier, the technology of NFC has a long way to go in the US.

Speakers: 1 in the rear 2 in the front The sound quality of the speakers by far cannot be matched to the HTC One (M7 or M8). HTC has this by a long shot.
Some people don’t care about sound quality of music or video coming from their phone because they had headphones on all the time. Personally, I find it helpful when I am riding on my bike, I can put my music on without wearing headphones.

Colors: Gold
Gun Metal
As I mentioned under the material section of this review, who gives a crap about the color of your phone since you are likely to cover it with a protector anyway. But if you don’t care what happens to your phone if you drop it, then the HTC One (M8) has the same colors, plus red, as the iPhone 6.

Unique Differences between the two phones

Feature iPhone 6 HTC One (M8) Winner
Fingerprint abilities: yes iPhone 6 has a pretty cool sensor, I still find facial recognition just as nice
Motion Launch: yes Comes in handy, and will “wake” your device quickly to get to your apps
Extreme Power Saving Mode: yes Not only does the HTC One (M8) have a better battery, it also have added functions to make the battery last so much longer than most any other stock smartphone battery
Infrared: yes This is a silly feature, but I’ll admit I have messed around with turning tv’s on/off a few times, and done a few party tricks here and there.


*Image from Business Insider

  • Brian “Trixter” Morgan | October 1, 2014

    Kevin, FYI the picture shoes an ihpone 5s next to the HTC not the iphone 6.

    • k.shoffner | October 13, 2014

      Thanks – I overlooked that posting the review and have now corrected it.

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