By Rich W Woods
This should be an interesting comparison. I have been using the HTC One M9 for almost two weeks now and my time with it is almost up. I have to say, I’m incredibly impressed with it. It is a beautiful, powerful device.
Of course, when you speak of beautiful metal phones, it’s hard not to mention the iPhone, specifically the iPhone 6. The iPhone is the most coveted phone in the world and for good reason. Let’s take a deeper look at the devices.
HTC One M9 vs iPhone 6: Specs
|HTC One M9||iPhone 6|
|Processor||Snapdragon 810, 1.5 GHz Quad Core, 2 GHz Quad Core||1.4 GHz Dual Core A8|
|GPU||Adreno 430||PowerVR GX6450|
|Display||5″, 1080p, 441 ppi, Super LCD3||4.7″, 750p, 326 ppi, IPS LCD|
|Body||144.6×69.7×9.6 mm, 147 g||138.1x67x6.9 mm, 129 g|
|Camera||20 MP, 5376×3752, 4 MP Front||8 MP, 3264×2448, 1.2 MP Front|
|Video||4K – 30 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps||1080p – 60 fps, Front 720p – 30 fps|
|Focal Length||27.8 mm||29 mm|
|Storage||32 GB, Expandable to 128 GB||16/64/128 GB|
|RAM||3 GB||1 GB|
|Battery||2840 mAh||1810 mAh|
There’s really no sense in comparing the specs of an Android phone with that of an iPhone. Android requires more resources, which is why Apple can build a flagship on 1 GB of RAM.
As for the display, the iPhone 6 wins here. It might make a difference if you have way better than average vision and you can see the difference in resolution, but if you can’t, the iPhone 6 just kills it.
I try not to do a whole lot of benchmarks because I prefer to judge phones based on my personal experience, but for hard evidence of what I’m about to say, I would refer you to Anandtech’s analysis of the HTC One M9 display. From this we can see that the iPhone 6 clearly beats the HTC One M9 when it comes to max brightness, contrast ratio, grayscale accuracy, white point, saturation accuracy, gamut accuracy, and GMB accuracy. The only thing that HTC One M9 wins in is black levels.
HTC One M9 vs iPhone 6: Rear Camera
The HTC One M9 offers the higher resolution camera, coming in at 20 MP while the iPhone 6 comes in at 8 MP; however, we know that resolution doesn’t matter at all, as we learned with the HTC One M9’s predecessor which had 4 MP cameras and did quite well.
As with anything in technology, there are advantages and disadvantages to a higher resolution camera. A higher resolution gives the user more room to crop images without losing quality. A lower resolution brings larger pixels and less noise to the image.
The HTC One M9 does have a very key feature that the iPhone 6 does not. It allows the user to take RAW photos. Think of a RAW photo as the digital equivalent of a negative. You need to edit it before you can use it in third party software such as Adobe Light Room, but if you know how to do it, it’s the most powerful tool you can have.
Another key factor here is video. The HTC One M9 can record 4K UHD video at 30 fps; however, the iPhone 6 can record 1080p at 60 fps. Think of a video as a string of still images shown in succession. More images shown in a second results in a smoother video. On the other hand, the HTC One M9 can record at a higher resolution, allowing for a sharper picture rather than a smoother picture.
|HTC One M9||iPhone 6|
One thing is for sure. The iPhone 6 wins in low light. There’s just so much less noise going on there.
As far as the daytime photos go, it has to be the iPhone 6 again. It’s really the phase detection autofocuses that makes the images so well focused. I would point out that there are some images taken with the iPhone that are oversaturated, so the HTC does take it there. There are definitely some great qualities of the HTC One M9 here. If it just had phase detection autofocus, it would be in great shape.
HTC One M9 vs iPhone 6: Front Camera
The front camera is where I expect the HTC One M9 to shine. They took the ultrapixel camera that was on the rear of the HTC One M8 and put it on the front, which is a really big deal. The iPhone 6 uses a 1.2 MP front camera, as it traditionally has. Let’s see how they measure up.
Yikes. The iPhone 6 just handles bright light so much better than the HTC One M9 does. One area where the HTC One M9 clearly wins is the nighttime shot, so for low light selfies (which most selfies are), the HTC One M9 is the winner.
I’m going to go ahead and declare the HTC One M9 the winner of front camera, only because most selfies are taken in low light settings. You may disagree with me and that’s fine. It’s just one man’s opinion.
HTC One M9 vs iPhone 6: Benchmarks
I’m not a fan of benchmarks, as I stated above. They just so rarely give any reflection of what real world usage of the device is like. Typically, they only provide fuel for trolls that have created an Apple vs Android war in their heads. Unfortunately, benchmarks are the best tools we have for writing down the performance of a device.
The first test is a battery test, done with Geekbench 3. They have two settings, with the dim screen toggled on or off. I’ll show you both.
|HTC One M9||iPhone 6|
This is why I don’t like benchmarks. The HTC One M9 shows a trend I’ve been seeing lately where the device actually performs better with a brighter screen.
Next is AnTuTu and Geekbench 3.
I have to wonder if AnTuTu tests the same things on iOS as it does on Android because it only compares the device to other iOS devices. Maybe people were complaining that their device wasn’t scoring as well as iPhone and told them that they’re biased.
Next up is graphics benchmarks, done with GFXBench 3.1.
Ok, the graphics benchmarks are, for the most part, split down the middle.
Ultimately, this is going to come down to preference. Both the iPhone 6 and the HTC One M9 are beautiful, powerful, and capable devices. It’s all going to come down to iOS vs HTC Sense.