Until Apple see fit to release of the next generation iPhone, which may be sooner than you think, the iPhone 5 is the hottest competition from the iOS camp for the Android flagships, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. For this reason, if anyone is wanting to pick up an iPhone 5 in the coming weeks, you may want to think on it just a little bit. From my experience with both the HTC One and the iPhone 5, both are incredibly capable devices, but there is certainly enough differences to bring you 10 reasons which top the One above the 5. These can be found in the video embedded at the end of this post.
To be perfectly honest, the difference which sets these handsets apart remains – as it has done for many other iterations – the operating systems. As high quality and enjoyable to use as the HTC One is, it also runs Android. This, for many people, may be a plus more than a negative, but there will always be people who just don’t enjoy Android as much as they do iOS. For the last few years, I’ve been in the iOS camp; so much so that I’ve only owned iOS devices. I’ve entered into the Android ecosystem before, but no devices have enticed me enough to jump ship relatively permanently, for which I have to give the HTC One extreme credit. If you’re a diehard iOS fan, and you can see no advantage to Android over your current setup, you may have to look elsewhere, but for everyone else, the HTC One is one of the most accessible phones on the market.
Another highlight of the phone is the hardware and build quality. Nobody can fault Apple’s hardware production, the iPhone 5 is one of the best quality phones on the market. This being said, the 4.7" screen found on the One brings a slugger to the game that the iPhone 5 with a 4" screen just can’t compete with. The One is a joy to use, with tapered edges which fit snugly in your hand, and aluminum which is cold to the touch in the morning. If you’re coming from an iPhone 5, this is no downgrade in hardware quality.
Customization is the bottom line. If you want customization of your device without having to wait for jailbreaks like you do for iOS devices, Android is by far the choice you need. If you’re happy to use your phone as it was intended, and have no problem in sticking to Apple’s strict usability guidelines, the iPhone 5 may be more to your liking.
Without any further delay, here’s the video on top ten reasons why I think HTC One tops the iPhone 5:
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