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Apple iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8) – Top Specifications of Two of the Best Smartphones

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The iPhone 6 is currently one of the most wanted smartphones, but many Apple fans are buying it without even being curious about what it’s really capable. With so many options available, it’s hard to decide upon the phone that will stay in your pocket for a good amount of time. We have another suggestion for you, the new HTC One M8, a phone that can compete with the iPhone 6 in terms of design and internal specs.

Designs

Both the iPhone and HTC One M8 are from the luxurious league, although they’re very different. What they have in common is the metallic aspect, both having brushed aluminum cases and two bands of plastic which weren’t “drawn” on their backs only for decoration. In fact, these bands are housing antennas and plastic is better for allowing radio waves pass through.

As for the sizes, the iPhone 6 is smaller and wider than the HTC One M8, but it’s bigger than all the other iPhones. Its thickness of only 6.9mm puts it in the top 10 of the slimmest smartphones, making it very stylish and very easy to handle. The HTC flagship has a thickness of 9.4mm and it weights 160, being over 30grams heavier than the Apple device. This means that the One M8 is less comfortable to carry in a pocket, but because it has a curved back, it’s very grippable and actually it looks slimmer than it is in reality.

The iPhone has the power (lock) button located somewhere on the right side, while the HTC One M8 has its button on the top, so it’s kind of inconvenient to reach it. We also like iPhone’s elongated volume buttons and the home key hosting the Touch ID fingerprint scanner which can be used to lock your screen without having to enter that annoying PIN code. Also, you can make payments through Apple Pay. HTC’s advantages are the two stereo speakers at the top and at the bottom of the front panel and the infrared blaster which helps you use the phone as a remote control.

Displays

Apple took a big step by increasing the size of iPhone 6’s display, making it of 4.7inches. But HTC didn’t settle for less and integrated a 5inches display on One M8’s front panel. A bigger display allows more app shortcuts to be placed on the home screen, or a better viewing experience if the pixel density is as high as HTC’s 441ppi. The iPhone 6 has the same pixel density of 326ppi as its predecessors, but the screen resolution was increased up to 750x1334pixels. However, the One M8 supports 1080x1920pixels and the difference is easily noticeable. Regarding the type of displays used by each company, Apple opted for an IPS LCD panel which is capable of producing more balanced colors, while the HTC One M8 is using a Super LCD 3 display.

Cameras

The iPhone 6 has a much better 8MP rear camera with dual-LED flash (True Tone LED flash), a 1.5µm pixel sensor, f/2.2 aperture and phase-detection auto-focus. For this model, Apple opted for software image stabilization, and equipped the iPhone 6 Plus with optical image stabilization. iPhone’s 6 camera is easy to utilize and it can be triggered by pressing the shutter button. The video recording capabilities are 1080p@60fps and 720p@240fps and you can shoot slow-motion clips.

The HTC One M8 has a 4Ultrapixel camera which relies on the 1/3″ sensor size, 2µm pixel size and f/2.0 aperture, and although it lacks optical image stabilization, the phone uses software stabilizing algorithms to obtain good quality photos in low light environment. However, HTC’s camera comes with more features such as HDR, burst mode, and manual controls for color temperature, shutter speed, ISO etc. The One M8 has the same video recording capabilities, which means you’ll be able to shoot slow-motion videos as well.

Hardware

Don’t be deceived by appearances, the iPhone 6 is not as weak as it may seem. The latest Apple A8 chipset featuring 64-bit architecture is very efficient with a dual core 1.4GHz Cyclone processor, a PowerVR GX6450 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The HTC One M8, on the other hand, is using a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset with a Krait 400 processor that runs at speeds up to 2.3GHz/2.5GHz. It has an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, and it offers a great performance when playing games or surfing the internet. While the iPhone 6 offers three options of internal storage of 16/64/128 GB, the HTC One M8 has 16 and 32GB of internal storage, with the possibility to add a microSD card for expansion up to 128GB.

OS  

Depending on tastes, you can either choose iOS or Android. The iPhone 6 was released along with iOS 8 and it already received an update, while the One M8 comes with Android v4.4.2 (KitKat) and you are able to take a small step and upgrade to v4.4.3 (KitKat). iOS 8 came many improvements: now, it supports third party widgets and keyboards, but more apps and games you can download from App Store.

Battery life

Both phones have built in batteries, but the iPhone 6 has a smaller battery of 1810mAh which allows you to talk 14hours on 3G, while HTC One M8’s 2600mAh battery lasts 14hours on 3G.