The HTC One (M8) could pull me away from my iPhone

htc one vs. iphone 5s

First, I think I should start off this article with a disclaimer. Despite what you may think, since I do write for an Apple-centric website, and I do own an iPhone 5, I would not consider myself an Apple fanboy (although some on Twitter would disagree with this statement). In fact, prior to my iPhone 5, I was an Android user for a few years. However, I switched to Apple simply because I wanted the best smartphone I could buy at the time, and it was clear to me that the iPhone 5 was by far the best bang for my buck. I had also planned on upgrading to the iPhone 6 this fall for my upgrade since nothing to this point had seemed like a better option than the iPhone. However, HTC’s latest flagship device, the new One, sometimes called the One (M8) may just be the device to knock Apple out of my top smartphone spot.

The first reason that I’m drawn to the One is the wonderful hardware and build quality. There’s just something about a phone made of 90% metal with a curved back and massive display that just seems perfect to me. And it is one of the only phones that can match and surpass Apple’s hardware material choice by using such premium materials all around the device. Even without holding the phone (which according to reviews feels great in the hand), I can tell that HTC took a lot of time and effort into crafting this device into what they wanted. All of the metal, curves, and attention to detail instantly draw me to the phone.

HTC One in hand

Via TechnoBuffalo

Another reason, honestly, is simply the screen size. Yes, a 5-inch screen is a little bigger than my ideal screen size (I think 4.7″ would be perfect), but I’m getting bored with my iPhone’s 4-inch screen. Yeah, I know Apple just increased the size of the iPhone’s screen less than two years ago, but they need to keep up with the rest of the market, and meet customer demands with a larger screen. The size of the iPhone just won’t cut it in the market anymore. With as much time as I spend on my phone, I’d like to be able to spend my time looking at a larger screen where I can get more information at once rather than having to scroll more, or zoom in farther like on the iPhone.

And while this may not be a specific reason for the HTC One, and more of an argument of why I may switch away from my iPhone, I get bored with software easily, and iOS doesn’t allow me to change things around enough to keep me interested. With Android, I know that I can always customize it more than iOS. This isn’t a plus for the HTC One (M8), but more of a knock against iOS, which has kept the same basic look since its introduction with the original iPhone back in 2007. HTC’s Sense has evolved a lot since I had the HTC Evo 4G when it first launched on Sprint, and it looks completely unrecognizable (which is definitely a good thing).

HTC One Colors

Via HTC

The software included continues to evolve with the market, and includes nifty features such as the double tap to wake the phone, as well as some of the gestures HTC has included. This is an area where Apple has taken the approach of “ours works, and it’s simple.” While that’s great for some users, I simply grow tired of it. The new HTC One seems more in tune to what consumers want, and fits consumers needs better than the iPhone.

The only reason I’m hesitant about switching is my dependence on a lot of Apple’s services, such as iMessage and Apple’s Photo Stream feature. Almost all of my friends are iPhone users, and because of this, we share everything through iMessage, and have a collective Photo Stream. None of which I would be able to access from the HTC One.

While I haven’t yet made a decision, the HTC One (M8) is definitely the first Android phone that’s grabbed my attention and given me serious consideration to switching platforms once again. What are your thoughts on the iPhone 5 (or iPhone 6 if you want to imagine) vs. HTC One (M8) debate? Sound off in the comments section below and let me know what you think!

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  • John

    Not sure when you switched, but for at least four years now, HTC and Android phones have been the best of the best. They may not be marketed as much as competitors, but that doesn’t matter to me – I know high quality. I’ve had two HTC phones on my Sprint Service – the OG HTC Evo 4G and the HTC Evo LTE, and both have greatly impressed me.

    I do love the One (M8) and have already ordered one, which will be the third HTC flagship phone I’ve bought and will be the third Best Smartphone that I’ve gotten.

    I know some people don’t like HTC Sense, but I’ve felt like it was nice enough. The design of their phones and the features they have make any small troubles with the phones easy to forget. I do advise you to get an HTC One (M8). I am very strongly against relying on services like iMessage. Texting via SMS has always been the way to go, as it can be sent and received from iPhones, Androids, Blackberrys, dumb phones, etc. Not all your friends most likely have an iPhone, so you probably already have to text others anyway. In the end, it’s your choice to make, but I hope you take what I’ve said here in to account.

  • TBN27

    My opinion is that the HTC One is a great looking phone and I do like how sense has evolved and that ultimately compared to Samsung, it is what android was supposed to be years ago. If this is what you like then go for it.

    My overall opinion though is that as much as how android has improved, I have grown not to like it anymore. I tried it again with a galaxy S4 and Moto X and still was not pleased for the performance and reliability (more of an issue with Samsung) mimicked android in its earlier version; I got a restart and I had to do a battery pull. So for me, no matter how customizable and cool android is, if it cannot make things work well, I will never own an android phone

  • roopull

    Android Vs. iOS… the last two big studies I’ve seen show that Android is more reliable than iOS. Fewer crashes etc. I think people get in trouble with Android by doing one or more of three things… 1: they tinker with the OS and screw it up (can’t readily do that with iOS.) 2: they download and run crap apps or 3: the buy a crap phone (not possible with iOS.) iOS is, in my humble opinion, superior in the respect that it’s hard to screw it up.

    This is also why it is, at the same time, inferior. Sure you can’t screw it up, but you can’t change it to suit your needs.

    As far as hardware goes, from personal experience, HTC has always made top notch devices. “Premium materials” is a nonsensical phrase since it refers to materials that do look and feel good, but are just plain stupid for a handheld device. Taking the aesthetics out of it, the best materials for a phone would be plastics & rubber. Instead, we “like” fragile metal and glass. HTC’s older devices may not have been metal & glass, but they were certainly well made. I still have an old HTC Touch Pro 2 that works flawlessly aside from a barely alive battery.

    IMO, the only reason to stay with iOS is the ecosystem. That is also the key reason to never buy one. Ironic, isn’t it? If you’re in the ecosystem already, it’s painful to leave. If you’re not, don’t go putting your fingers in that tar-baby, or you’ll be stuck, no matter how much you like the briar patch.

    Bonus if you know the analogy! HA!

    • Paul

      I couldn’t agree more. Roopull summed it up easily. I have friends that constantly download tons and tons of pictures and videos and everything a pc can to their phone wireless. As android does everything wireless ios is only just geting into this wireless thing, but their limited to what they can do. Over time I think this can slow a phone just look at our home pc overtime same thing as time goes by it gets slower. This is why ios can remain ok after time as you just can’t get into trouble. I have kept my android uncluttered of foreign stuff and it runs as smooth as! And quick