There are just so many mobile phones to choose from on today’s market that making the right decision can seem impossible. And if you’re looking for the best phone that money can buy, your decision isn’t easy either. Most mobile manufacturers have a flagship phone, the device that’s the highest featured for a given brand. And these phones don’t come cheap, since you’re looking at spending around five hundred pounds or so on a top of the line device. You obviously want to know that you’re making a good investment, since you’re spending a lot of money. But since so many of us are reliant on our mobiles for both personal and professional reasons, that getting a good quality and dependable device is essential. So how should you choose that great new phone? You can do the research yourself, of course. But going through mobile spec sheets to compare phones is difficult for many people, due to the vast amount of technical jargon that’s used. So why not let us help you out? We’ve taken some of the best and hottest new flagship phones on the market and matched them up in head to head comparisons. This method lets you see exactly how models differ and easily see which is the better buy for your cash. So, if you’re interested in which model we’re going to recommend for you today, then read on to find out more.
The Two Contenders…
HTC are probably best known for their high featured business phones, and their new flagship, the HTC One, is no exception. The HTC One is a fantastic hand set, with some brilliant specs. The most notable feature of the One is a new interface that HTC have laid over the Android operating system. The traditional home screen icons are gone, replaced with a system of user designed news feeds. You decide what you want, stock ticker, email in box, anything you desire, and then you get constantly updated information without even having to open an app. The eagerly awaited iPhone 5S is finally about to come on the market, and as expected it’s the biggest and best iPhone yet. It’s got some great specs, and includes neat features like a fingerprint lock system so that you don’t need to remember a password any more. These are two incredible mobiles, but the question is, which is going to be the best buy?
The Two Prices…
For the HTC One SIM free you’re looking at paying about five hundred pounds. If you’re looking at getting the One on contract from a mobile operator then your best bet is going to be with Vodafone, who will give you the device for no money down on a £25 a month contract. The iPhone 5S is a little more complicated. The basic 16 GB model will cost you about five hundred and fifty pounds SIM free. But if you want more memory than that, then you’re going to be paying a lot more, with the 64 GB model going for over seven hundred pounds. Not all operators have announced contract prices on the 5S yet, though generally for the iPhone O2 is usually the best option. So if you’re looking for a great contract on the iPhone, O2 should be your first port of call. Obviously, you’re spending a lot of money here, so you’re going to be expecting some big features…
Why Go for the iPhone 5S?
The iPhone 5S does have a few solid advantages over the HTC One. Firstly, the iPhone has more potential RAM than any other phone on the market, with a massive 16384 MB a full eight times more than the HTC One has. This means that the iPhone is much more responsive to user input, as well as being better at generally multi-tasking or running more than one process at a time. Screen quality is a little better too, with twenty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch) making the display on the iPhone crisper, clearer and better defined than that on the HTC. When it comes to camera specs, the iPhone is a clear winner. It has a 13.1 MP in built camera versus the tiny 4 MP camera on the HTC One. That extra resolution means that you’ll capture more fine detail and therefore take better quality pictures with the iPhone 5S. Finally, the iPhone is the more portable device. It’s around thirty per cent generally smaller than the HTC, as well as about ten per cent thinner, so it’s easier to put in your pocket. Plus, it’s also lighter, weighing in at just 112 grams as compared to the HTC at 143 grams, so it’s easier to carry around with you all day.
Why Go for the HTC One?
However, the HTC One also has some advantages over the iPhone 5S. The standard five hundred and fifty pound iPhone has a 16 GB internal memory, whilst the standard five hundred pound HTC One has a 32 GB memory, so you do get more internal storage for your money, meaning you can keep more music, photos and other data on your device. You can get a bigger memory on the iPhone, but you’ll be paying a lot more. The HTC One has the bigger screen, since it’s got a 4.7 inch display versus a four inch display on the iPhone. That means that typing on the on screen keyboard is a lot easier with the HTC. And there’s a better battery too. The HTC One gets around three times more standby time per battery charge cycle (twenty nine days versus ten and a half days) and around forty per cent more active talk time (thirteen and a half hours versus ten hours), so you’ll be charging your phone a lot less often.
Which is Better?
Tough choice here. We do like the bigger screen on the HTC One. However, the increased RAM, better display quality and far superior camera on the iPhone 5S really make it a better deal.