iPhone 6 vs. HTC One M8: What’s the Best Phone?

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Two of the most beautiful and critically-acclaimed smartphones on the market are the new iPhone 6 and the HTC One (M8). Which phone is best for you? Read on to see how these two flagship smartphones stack up.

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1. iPhone 6 vs. HTC One M8: Operating System

The Bloomberg video above questions whether bigger is better with regards to the new iPhones.

The iPhone 6 only runs iOS. However, with the HTC One M8, you have your choice of running Android or getting the Windows Phone version of the device. If you’re the kind of person who appreciates having lots of options, you’ll be happy that the HTC One M8 is available on multiple platforms.

2. iPhone 6 vs. HTC One M8: Price

The HTC One (M8) gets attacked by knives and a hammer in the torture test video above.

The iPhone 6 comes in three storage options: the 16GB ($199), the 64GB ($299), and the 128GB ($399). If you buy off-contract through T-Mobile, expect to pay at least $649. Depending on your plan and carrier, you may be able to get the iPhone 6 for a lower up-front cost. For more detailed info, check out our article on the iPhone 6’s pricing across different carriers.

The HTC One M8 comes in 16GB and 32GB varieties, with pricing across different carriers ranging from $0 to $49.99. The off-contract price for this phone is about $650.

3. iPhone 6 vs. HTC One M8: Camera

Go hands on with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the video above from the Verge.

The iPhone 6 has a 8MP camera, true-tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels, and a f/2.2 aperture. The phase-detection auto-focus used in both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus means you can take photos fast, and with the same technology found in professional DSLR camera.

Some tech reviewers have panned the HTC One M8’s camera, so you may want to read their reviews before you pull the trigger on a new phone. The HTC One M8 is unique in that it has a Dual 4MP camera.

4. iPhone 6 vs. HTC One M8: Battery Life

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Apple says that the iPhone 6 will have 10 hours of battery life (compared to 16 hours on the iPhone 6 Plus.)

HTC’s new One has 40% improved battery life over the previous model. You get 20 hours of talk time on 3G. The battery itself is 2600 mAh.

5. iPhone 6 vs. HTC One M8: Final Thoughts

See a comparison of the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 in the video above.

iOS has the benefit of being more secure than Android, which is a factor worth considering if you prefer the Android version of the HTC One M8 to the Windows Phone version. The new-for-2014 HTC One has a number of nice perks, including the Sense software suite and BlinkFeed content launcher. The One also has the benefit of being one of the few smartphones on the market that has a functional case.

The iPhone 6 is a great phone to buy if you plan to buy an Apple Watch, if you’re interested in Apple Pay, or if you want a digital ecosystem that is secure and user-friendly. That being said, the size of the iPhone 6 Plus may be more appealing to Android converts than the size of the iPhone 6’s display.

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