Difference between HTC One and iPhone 5

Key Difference: HTC One offers a bigger screen with a quad-core processor making it faster compared to the iPhone 5. The HTC One comes with Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean that is upgradable to v4.2.2. iPhone 5 comes with the latest Apple iOS 6 that is upgradeable to 6.1.

When deciding to spend money on dynamic products such as smartphones and tablets, it is often best to compare the different products before selecting one. Smartphones have become a way of life for many people, allowing them to do anything and everything on the go. This includes typing up a document, chatting with friends, video conferencing, writing up reports, checking e-mails, etc. Apple and HTC are two prominent players in the smartphone market.

The Apple iPhone 5 is the successor to the company’s Apple smartphone flagship. It is one of the most popular products that have been constantly boosting the company’s sales. Though, Apple originally was assumed to have the most technologically innovative products, many other companies have stepped in to give it good competition. HTC One is one of the phones that is expected for launch in 2013 and is considered as a direct competition to the iPhone 5.

In terms of hardware and software, HTC One sports a 4.7 inch Super LCD3, with Full HD1080p, 468 PPI and corning gorilla glass 2. The HTC One comes with Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean that is upgradable to v4.2.2. The case is an all-aluminum frame with an antenna built into its backing. It includes a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB DDR2. The phone is available with non-expandable, 32 or 64GB internal capacity. It offers a 4 megapixel 2688 x 1520 pixels primary camera with autofocus, LED flash and BSI sensor, along with a 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR secondary camera. The main feature is the new pixilation system that is opted in the primary camera of the phone, which provides each pixel size of 2.0 µm and sensor size of 1/3'. The One also includes a new camera app known as ‘Zoe’, which records a short video alongside every photo taken and allows the resulting photos and videos to be automatically combined and synchronized with music to produce a multimedia presentation known as a Zoe. The One also offers a new feature on the home screen known as the BlinkFeed. This is a newsfeed that automatically upgrades every two hours if connected with a mobile service or more frequently when connected via WiFi. The BlinkFeed takes up the main home screen and cannot be removed, resulting in the home screen as not being as customizable as in the previous phones. The price of the phone has not yet been released.

The iPhone 5 is the latest innovative product of the Apple Company. They have made the new phone slicker, thinner and lighter with even more packed features. Apple claims that the iPhone 5 is 18% thinner, 20% lighter, and has 12% less overall volume compared to the iPhone 4S. iPhone 5, bigger than its predecessors, supports a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with 640 x 1136 pixels and 16 million colors. The phone also offers safety features such as corning gorilla class as well as oleophobic coating that keep fingerprints off the front screen. iPhone 5 comes with the latest Apple iOS 6 that is upgradeable to 6.1. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM. The phone is available with non-expandable 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage capacity. The problem with the new OS is that many features that work only with the iOS 6 do not work in certain territories and Apple has a rolling program that it said will take time to implement across more regions. The phone can also act as a hotspot and can share internet connection over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB. Similar to the older versions, iPhone 5 is equipped with Siri that allows the user to operate the iPhone via vocal commands. However, Siri has been improved to and supports additional features such as being able to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, make twitter updates, search the internet for queries, etc. iOS 6 features several new and/or updated apps, which includes Apple Maps and Passbook. Apple Maps has faced hostility as does not execute properly and has also been known to give wrong directions. The Passbook app is able to retrieve documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards. The phone also offers a new charging port, which is much smaller and more compact compared to the old chargers. They will also require a converter if you want to use them with the old charger, docks and other accessories. The phone has also shifted the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the HTC website, Apple website and GSMArena.com.



iPhone 5

Launch Date

Expected release March 2013

September 2012


HTC Corporation

Apple Corporation


137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm


4.7 inch Super LCD3

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD


1080p, 468 PPI (Full HD)

 640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors


Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating



112 g

2G Network

HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GSM A1428

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

3G Network


850/900/1800/1900 MHz

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GSM A1428

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA A1429

4G Network

LTE (market dependent)

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 - GSM A1429

LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429


HTC Sense 5


CPU speed

1.7GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, quad-core,

1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6


Adreno 320

PowerVR SGX543MP3


Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1


Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600

Apple A6



1 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

32/64 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory




Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor.

Accelerometer, three-axis gyro, proximity, compass, ambient light sensor.


Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX™ enabled, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, DLNA, micro-USB 2.0.

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, micro-USB v2.0.


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and USB.


HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot


Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX™ enabled

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP


micro-USB 2.0.

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

4 megapixel 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3', Dedicated HTC ImageChip™ 2 F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR

1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular


1080p@30fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization

1080p@30fps, LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging

Camera Features

Continuous shooting and VideoPic, Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback, HTC Zoe™ with HTC Zoe™ Highlights and HTC Zoe™ Share

Retouch with Object Removal, Group Retouch, and Sequence Shot.

Simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR

Sound Enhancement

HTC BoomSound, Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, Beats Audio, HDR Microphone and Sense Voice.


Audio supported formats

Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)

Recording: .amr

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)

Recording: .mp4

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

2300 mAh

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery


No official data is released

Up to 225 h (2G) / Up to 225 h (3G)

Talk time

No official data is released

Up to 8 h (2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)

Music play

No official data is released

Up to 40 h

Available Colors

Gray, White, Black, with more colors to come.

Black & Slate and White & Silver.


SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email


HTML, Adobe Flash

HTML (Safari)


Stereo FM radio with RDS



A-GPS support

A-GPS support and GLONASS


Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

Beats Audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Dropbox (25 GB storage), TV-out (via MHL A/V link), SNS integration, Google Search, Maps, Gmail,

YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Document viewer/editor, Voice memo/dial/commands, Predictive text input.

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud service,  Twitter and Facebook integration, TV-out, Maps, iBooks PDF reader, Audio/video player/editor,  Organizer, Document viewer,  Image viewer/editor, Voice memo/dial/command, Predictive text input.

Image Courtesy: anandtech.com, forbes.com

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