Since its introduction, Apple’s iPhone has been one of the most sought-after technology products of the current era.
In recent years however Android OS smartphones have become viable competitors in the market. The HTC One is one such competitor, and it matches up quite well with the iPhone 5s in terms of performance. Both camps have a well-developed fan base, which is impressive on Android’s end – it took a lot to wrench the market from Apple’s hands.
Which Phone is Smarter?
The most basic comparison that can be made for smartphones is between their system specifications. The HTC One seems to have the better performance in terms of sheer numbers: it boasts a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage space, and no option for external memory. The iPhone 5s offers a 1.3 GHz dual core Apple A7 processor and 1 GB of RAM, but comes in 16 GB variants for storage as well as the 32 and 64 GB versions. This phone also does not offer any room for memory expansion. The Apple A7 processor is actually slightly faster than the Snapdragon, despite its inferior numbers. This is simply due to the construction and architecture of the chip. The HTC One does however excel at multi-tasking, so there must be a tradeoff between running single intense programs or many equal apps.
With the basics out of the way, something important to consider is the availability of apps. Apple’s iTunes store is one of the largest markets for digital content in the world and remains the most popular platform for developers. This is somewhat confusing, considering that Android’s Google Play store is just as developer-friendly, and the Android OS is somewhat simpler to program for. One possible theory for this is the inclusion of Apple’s GameCenter for iOS which provides free multiplayer servers for developers to use when creating games. Android OS also allows for custom operating systems to be installed and altered, whereas the iPhone is locked down tightly. For the average user, all this means is a decision between which store has the better apps.
In terms of which phone is easier to use, it all comes down to what devices the user has and how they used their technology before purchasing the phone. Someone who keeps all of their data stored on Google’s applications will want to opt for the HTC One. For those who are upgrading from an earlier iPhone or are Mac users, going for the iPhone 5s is likely to be the easier transition. Both platforms are designed so that compatible devices will sync all of your previously stored information.
With such similar system specifications, the choice really comes down to user preference. There are many other factors that go into this, such as operating systems, the look and feel of the devices, possible sales at the time, and more. Neither is better than the other when observing from an unbiased perspective.