iPhone 5s vs. HTC One M8 – Speed Test

Last of our three comparisons before the full head-to-head is the speed test. We’re not interested in misleading Geekbench scores, or any geekiness like that. We wanted to see how each phone’s performance was in real life. That means loading up different apps, and testing the internet speeds. What made a surprising difference was the 802.11ac technology in the M8. In short: HTC’s new phone is very fast.

It’s worth noting, after I’d shot our speed test comparison, and during day to day life, the HTC One M8’s wireless connection does seem to be a little inconsistent. Sometimes I check my phone and the connection’s gone. Other times the connection’s there, and struggles to pull in over 10Mbps on the same connection as that in the video. Perhaps something a firmware update will fix. I can’t say it’s made using the phone frustrating. Performance is generally superb. 

Also Read: iPhone 5s vs. HTC One M8 – Camera Shootout

Also Read: iPhone 5s vs. HTC One M8 – Hardware and Design comparison

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  • roopull

    Call me silly, but I think the speeds are a bit of a wash. There isn’t really a difference that’ll effect usability. They’re both silly fast. Personally, I turn off any animations I can. I don’t care about silly animations, but that’s just me.

    The differences in browser speed will mostly be negated based on which carrier you have.

    One thing I couldn’t help but notice was that it actually took longer to launch the iPhone apps since you can’t put apps on the homescreen like you can the Android device. With the Android, you just had to click the icon on the homescreen (almost certainly placed there for this video.) On the iPhone, it was swipe, swipe, tap tap… That’s one of the huge differences b/t the OSs.

    But what do I know? I’m an idiot. I’m using an Android with a WP8 launcher installed. HA!

    Good video, Cam… keep ’em coming.

    • RedGeminiPA

      He wasn’t using any cellular carrier for the data speed tests. They were purely on his home WiFi.

      As for placement of apps, he could’ve loaded all iPhone apps used for this on the home screen. Doing so would make your point invalid. If you have a lot of frequently used apps, you’re limited to how many you can fit on any home screen in Android. You’d have to tap, swipe, tap (as you said) to get into the actual apps screen to make your selection. Again, a complete wash.