Sunday, April 5, 2015
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Every year, Apple is back with a new iPhone and September was the most expected month in 2014. That’s because Apple released not one, but two iPhones with different screen sizes and the fans rushed to throw their money on them. But it’s very easy to be in top of competition and 2015 will be for sure a tough year for Apple, being challenged by other “sharks”. We’ll compare the latest iPhones with HTC’s One M8, in order to pick a winner.
Designs, displays and dimensions
There is a ergonomic iPhone 6 with a 4.7inches screen supporting 750×1334 pixels with 326ppi, and having a thickness of 6.9mm, and there’s a phablet with a 5.5inches screen that supports 1080×1920 pixels at 401ppi, and which is 0.2mm thicker. Both iPhones are using LED-backlit IPS LCD screens and the smaller one has a 67.8% screen-to-body ratio, while the phablet has a 65.8% screen-to-body ratio. Their casing is made of aluminum and the edges were rounded up a bit. The HTC One M8 has a screen of 5inches (Super LCD3) supporting the same resolution as the Apple phablet, but renders a higher pixel density of 441ppi. Its body is also made of aluminum, but it’s thicker at 9.4mm. The HTC phone weights 160grams, being 12grams lighter than the iPhone 6 Plus and 31grams heavier than the iPhone 6. Be careful how you handle the bigger iPhone, because it tends to bend under pressure and you might break it.
The 4MP Dual camera from the One M8 was a surprise, but not necessarily a nice one. The world is in need for more megapixels and HTC has cut their number. This phone can take better pictures at night thanks to the dual-LED flash and can record videos at 1080p@60fps, while the front camera of 5MP is able to record at 1080p@30fps. What is worth mentioning is that the other camera from the back sits above the original one. Some of the features that you might like are the Ufocus, which allows you to switch focus between the near objects and the far objects. Foregrouder allows you to apply filters either near or far objects. The two iPhones came with the same 8MP back camera, but Apple added optical image stabilization on the phablet. The front camera of 1.2MP is nor bad or great either.
The iPhones are both powered by the new A8 chipset that is way faster than the previous A7. It supports a dual-core 1.4GHz Cyclone processor that couples with a M8 co-processor and has 1GB of RAM. There are three variants of unexpandable memories: 16, 64 and 128GB. The HTC One M8 supports a microSD card slot and its storage of 16 or 32GB can be increased up to 128GB. The device has a 32bit Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset that is powered by a quad-core Krait 400 clocked at 2.3GHz or 2.5GHz and has 2GB of RAM.
The battery on the One M8 is 2600mAh and withstands 20 hours if talking on 3G, with 4 hours less than iPhone 6 Plus’ 2915 mAh battery, and with 6 hours more than iPhone 6’s 1810 mAh battery.