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Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X

HTC's potent One X gets down and dirty with the iPhone 5 in the smartphone arena. Let's get ready to rumble...

Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X – fight!

The HTC One X was the first phone to knock the iPhone 4S off the top spot of our Top 10 Smartphone list, but Apple’s freshly unveiled iPhone 5 has just turned up to the smartphone arena. Let’s see how they stack up.

Read our in depth iPhone 5 review.

Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X – design and build

Apple’s latest iPhone 5 continues the famed build quality that made the fruit giant a favourite the world over. Two versions are available in anodised black and aluminium white – both of which have a build quality that’s well ahead of the competition. Put simply, you won’t want to put the iPhone 5 down, if you can help it.

The polycarbonate One X on the other hand might not have fancy glass or aluminium, but its single piece polycarbonate body is just as solid, with the right amount of curves to sit nicely in the hand. Overall though, you just cant beat the shiny precision of Apple’s lovingly crafted iPhone 5.

Apple has also jumped into the headphone battle, that HTC introduced with Beats cans, by adding EarPods – Apple’s improved in-ear phones that are bundled for free.

Read our Apple EarPods hands on review

Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X – screen

Once again Apple has crammed in a stunning 326ppi while increasing the screen to 4in and adding 44 per cent more colour saturation. The One X’s Super LCD 2 screen in all its 4.7in glory squeezes a little less pixels out with 312ppi. We’re swaying on the resolution beating the size advantage but that could well be a matter of personal preference to most gadgeteers. There’s no denying that the iPhone 5’s 4in screen will be easier to use for small-handed users.

Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X – OS and power

iOS 6 has yet to be fully tested against the ever increasing might of Android but it’s certainly raised its game with turn-by-turn and 3D map navigation and deeper Facebook and Twitter integration – all powered by an A6 processor that’s twice as fast as the iPhone 4S’ A5 offering.

UPDATE: The iPhone 5’s A6 processor has been benchmarked online and has shown to beat all the competition including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X. Not by a massive margin mind, but enough to prove that more cores aren’t always the answer. Tight software/hardware control as seen with Apple and the iPhone/iOS combo does also make a difference. Watch this space for a full review.

Read our iOS 6 need to know guide

The HTC One X is still rocking the now-familiar Ice Cream Sandwich iteration of Android, juiced up with HTC’s Sense 4.0 enhancements. Disappointingly there’s no confirmation of a Jelly Bean update for the One X as of yet, but its quad-core Tegra 3 processor should eat through anything you throw at it with little trouble at all.

Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X – camera

The iPhone 5 has got an 8MP backside illuminated back camera with a 720p front-facing snapper. But HTC really took its 8MP camera to another level by offering an f/2.0 aperture for brilliant night shots and rich colours. Plus innovation like built-in panormama (which Apple has finally added) and shooting pictures while filming mean the One X takes this title for innovation.

Apple iPhone 5 vs HTC One X – verdict

While the HTC One X is a brilliant phone with a top display, amazing camera, and quad-core processing powers, the iPhone 5 has closed in the the gaps on the spec sheet, with the addition of its unrivaled build quality. For Apple fanboys it’s an easy choice but if you’re an Android fan the One X provides plenty.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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