Apple have finally cast their eyes on close competition, recently releasing their iPhone 6, a device that matches many of the latest innovations from other manufacturers. One of these is the HTC M8, a powerful phone that looks similar to Apple’s latest release. This can only initiate a necessary comparison of both devices to help you choose one most suitable.
Starting off with aesthetics and design, both manufacturers went along with its casing composed entirely of aluminium. Both are curvy, elegantly finished and fit well in a single hand. If you’re against the move into the “phablet” market, stretching your jean’s pocket, then both devices are among the very best without taking too much space. But if you’re really keen on a small a smartphone as possible, then the Apple iPhone wins by measuring at 2.5mm thinner, 12.2mm shorter and 3.6mm less wide than the HTC M8. But take note that the iPhone actually weighs more, adding build quality and strength to its key features.
Both carry impeccable screens, whether its Apple’s 4.7 inch IPS LCD display or HTC’s 5.0 inch Super LCD3. The HTC offers a higher number of pixels per inch, giving it the edge over its competitor, and also integrates stereo front-facing speakers above its display. What does this mean? Better sound, directed towards the user, unlike Apple’s downward facing sound emitters.
As battery life becomes ever more important with devices that pack more performance capabilities, consumers expect manufacturers to not compromised on usage time and consequently spend less time next to wall plugs juicing their smartphones. The HTC M8 processor runs at a high 2.3GHz with an accompanied 2GB of RAM. Its battery allows around 20 hours of talktime, which is promising for one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. Compare this to Apple’s inferior A8 processor, with a lower 1GB of RAM. The result? Obviously, a lower total talktime of around 13 hours. The winner? The HTC M8.
Moving onto one of the smartphone’s most used feature, its camera. Apple haven’t changed their cameras much over the years of innovation, but have improved some key features. With a f2.2 aperture lens and digital image stabilisation, it can take better photos in lower light than ever, and the results do stand out in comparison. HTC have focused on the results after a photo is taken, with a second sensor which lets the user play around with photos taken. Creativity can thus be taken further with the M8, but overall the difference is too slim as both have fantastic cameras.
To conclude, the HTC M8 is a winner on paper and via specifications compared. A larger, higher resolution screen, a better battery and a highly creative camera with some great features. As far as operating systems go, Apple have always had the edge with high responsiveness and a consistently smooth platform, but if you’re looking for strong, powerful performance, the M8 is the one to opt for.