Just the same, only different: The iPhone 5 and HTC One are worlds apart
"The HTC One looks just like the iPhone 5!" Those were the words out of many a mouth after HTC unveiled its new, all aluminum Android smartphone last month. Metallurgy aside -- and we're willing to bet either Apple or HTC could talk ad nauseam about the chemical makeup of their particular blend of aluminum -- that's where the similarities end. Both phones are made of metal and glass.
Get over it.
Held in the hand, they couldn't feel more different. First and foremost is the size. The HTC One is a good 14 mm or so taller than the iPhone. It's a full centimeter wider. It is, simply, a much bigger phone, with its 4.7-inch display dwarfing the iPhone's 4-inch screen.
The other major difference which, again, gives stark difference in feel, comes from the sloping sides of the HTC One. That's the same design we first saw in the HTC 8X and Windows Phone, and later in 2012 in the Verizon Droid DNA. The battery is packed into the middle of the guts instead resting in the posterior, allowing for that teardrop shape that fits ever so nicely in the palm of your hand and makes a big phone feel smaller than it really is. The edges taper down to a scant few millimeters. The iPhone, meanwhile, feels like a box.
The iPhone wins out on weight, coming in about 30 grams lighter. Of course, it's smaller. More dainty. So that's not any great surprise.
Apple's always been able to eke out decent sound from the smallest of devices, but there's really no comparison to the front-facing stereo speakers on the HTC One, which are as stylish as they are functional. Seriously, you might have to turn the volume down.
All in all, the similarities stop after the sentence "they're both made of metal." The iPhone is the iPhone, and the HTC One is the HTC One. Have a gander at the gallery below if you still need more convincing.