HTC One M8 vs iPhone 5s review

HTC has improved an already excellent smartphone to create the HTC One M8, but can it take on the iPhone 5s? Find out how these two flagship smartphones differ in our HTC One M8 vs iPhone 5s comparison review.

The iPhone 5s is one of the best smartphones around, but it's no longer the clear winner in the market with many worthy rivals. The latest of which is the HTC One M8 which costs a little cheaper at £530 SIM-free compared to £549.


The iPhone 5s and HTC One M8 are similar in design yet very different at the same time. These are two of the most well-made smartphones which money can buy with truly premium design and build. Both offer stunning metal chassis which feel very desirable and you can opt for grey, silver or gold no matter which way you go.

HTC's One M8 is much bigger and heavier than the iPhone 5s so is less suited to anyone with small hands. It's not too heavy though and has a reassuring weight and feel to it. On the other hand, the iPhone 5s is small, light and easy to manage. However, it is delicate and really needs a case to ensure its good looks last.


The iPhone 5s brought with it a 64-bit processor and although the same tech will appear in rival smartphones soon, it hasn't happened yet. Like other Android flagships launching this year, the HTC One M8 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 which is a quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz.

We could publish benchmark results here but they are only really a distraction and various companies, including HTC, choose to use high performance modes for these kind of apps to get the best results.


A key difference between these two smartphones is storage. How much storage you need will depend on how you intend to use your device, but here's how they compare in this category.

HTC has opted to only launch a 16GB One M8 in the UK so the iPhone 5s provides more choice with additional 32- and 64GB models. However, the HTC has a microSD card slot for up to 128GB cards and comes with 65GB of Google Drive cloud storage – that makes a total of 209GB.


With a rear camera twice the resolution of its rival, the iPhone 5s takes better photos and videos in most lighting conditions. However, the Ultrapixel camera in the HTC One M8 has larger pixels and produces better results in low-light. Each has a dual-tone flash which aims to prevent washout in photos by having a 'warmer' flash alongside a regular white one.

If you're into selfies then the HTC One M8 will serve you better than the iPhone with a 5Mp front facing shooter which has the advantage of a wide angle lens to fit more people into the shot.


A major difference is, of course, software. The iPhone 5s has iOS 7 while the HTC One M8 has Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0. They're very different and it would be silly of us to try and pick a winner so try them out for yourself and see which you prefer, but here's a rundown on how they differ.

Apple's iOS 7 is a big change from the previous version with a flatter, more colourful look with better multi-tasking. Like Android, there's a drop down notification bar and the Control Center (swipe up from the bottom) gives quick access to settings like screen brightness, Wi-Fi and music playback. Most users like iOS because it's simple and easy to use. The App Store is excellent with developers putting high priority on the platform and the apps are both plentiful and generally high quality.


Battery life is important to any smartphone user and although the HTC One M8 has a battery which is a fair amount larger than the iPhone 5s. However, with an average usage (we don't know what you do during a day with your handset), each is going to typically last a day. In other words it's a classic smartphone charge every night scenario either way.

Clever use of this mode will get you through more than one day of usage and will help avoid the phone completely dying which is never a good situation to be in. HTC says the phone can last up to 30 hours on 10 percent charge in extreme mode.

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