Apple iPhone 5S vs. HTC One X

Vs Tony Crammond 08:39, Nov 27 2013

Can HTC's 18-month old smartphone hold a candle to Apple's newest flagship?

The HTC One X and Apple iPhone 5S may have been released almost 18 months apart (the One X was launched back in February 2012, while the iPhone 5S was launched just a couple of months ago, in September 2013), but the two devices bear a remarkable resemblance to one another when you look under their respective hoods.

We thought we’d pit them against one another today to see if it’s worth plumping up the almost $800 minimum for the iPhone 5S (off-plan), or if the $300 One X could do the job just as adequately.

Display

The iPhone 5S has a 4-inch, LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that benefits from Gorilla Glass and an oleophobic coating. It displays 326 pixels per inch and supports multi-touch input.

The HTC One X has a 4.7-inch, Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen that displays 312 pixels per inch and benefits from a Gorilla Glass coating and multi-touch input.

Power

Apple has given the iPhone 5S one of its A7 chipsets, which is made up of a dual-core 1.3GHz Cyclone processor and quad-core graphics courtesy of a PowerVR G6430 GPU, as well as 1GB RAM and 16, 32 or 64GB of storage. The device has a 64-bit chipset, which Apple made a huge deal about ahead of launch, and in time it will come into its own, but at the moment offers a minor performance boost and some calming, future-proofed thoughts.

The HTC One X has an Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, consisting of a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and a ULP GeForce GPU. The device also has 1GB RAM and 16 or 32GB storage space.

Software

The iPhone 5S runs on the newest version of Apple’s updated iOS 7, which is brightly colored and easy to use. Many people weren’t hugely keen on the updated look of the operating system, but there’s no denying the usability of the software, although users who are used to the openness of Android may find its lack of control frustrating.

The HTC One X runs on Android version 4.1.1. after update, which is by no means the most up-to-date version of Google’s operating system but it will still provide you with the customization and usability that Android is famed for, as well as access to millions of apps, through Google Play.

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Im the proud owner of a htc one x and everytime i meet up with my hipster buddies carying an iphone, ipad or a macbook pro i find a way to impress them with the stuff my android phone can do better than theirs. And from a designer's perspective, the htc's form factor is much nicer in the hand and in the poket that those sharp, beveled edges of the iphone 5s. Imo.

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