HTC has not made any secret of wanting to aim with One A9 at the same target audience to whom they are directed products Apple iPhone. The reference goes to the users lifestyle, which does not give too much importance to specifications as well, placing greater emphasis on design and performance. Inevitable, then, to compare HTC One A9 and the Apple iPhone, specifically, the protagonists of videos are iPhone 6 (which shares several aspects with iPhone 6s regarding the form factor) and iPhone 4S Plus .
It is undeniable that, in terms of design, the three smartphones are very similar to each other, HTC has already stated that, in his view, she didn’t do it to copy the iPhone, but the opposite | HTC: Apple copied from us, not the other way around | Determine who copied what and from whom is not the subject of our study which aims to help the reader in their choice of either proposal. Android-based HTC One A9 on one side the other terminals Apple Marshmallow 6.0 that make an iOS increasingly in symbiosis with the hardware sector (see Force Touch) one of the main hallmarks.
Note: for aspects not covered in comparison, please refer to the individual reviews of models featured or mentioned in the evidence: HTC One A9, iPhone 6S, 6S Plus iPhone, iPhone 6.
The dimensional level comparisons should be made with iPhone iPhone 6/6S, smaller form factor to HTC One highest aggregate and A9 a bit wider, while the thickness is comparable. The weight of the iPhone 6S, slightly raised than the iPhone 6 is exactly the same as HTC One A9. The comparison with iPhone 6s Plus, in contrast, brings out differences from the perspective of space, given that takes place between a phablet (iPhone 6s Plus) and a Terminal in the watch phones category thanks to the 5-inch display. ”
- HTC One A9:75 x 70.8 x 7.26 mm, 143 grams
- iPhone 6S: 138.3 x 143 x 7.1 mm, 67.1 grams
- iPhone 6:1 x 67 x 6.9 mm, 129 grams
- iPhone 6s Plus: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, 192 grams
From a design point of view differences emerge more examining the front: either One A9 and the iPhone are characterized by the presence of a key in the lower part that integrates a fingerprint sensor. That HTC One A9, however, is not a physical key, but virtual, which, where appropriate, may carry out the functions of the home button.
From the point of view of materials iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus use a 7000 series aluminum unibody aluminium chassis, 6/6 Plus iPhone and HTC One A9. The HTC One aluminum finish A9 is, in our opinion, made with a care that, in some respects, it appears even higher than that posed by Apple for the shell of iPhone 6 (provided that we talk about shades and products of high standard in both cases). The judgment on the ergonomics of the iPhone 6/6S and HTC One A9 closes with a judgement on par: the tricks used in processing, such as rounded edges, helping to return the same feeling-slipperiness included-to such an extent that it seems to use the same smartphone.
The need to achieve a sufficiently thin shell impacted in part on the capacity of the battery of the iPhone 6/6S and One A9. However, the good work done at the software level, together with a hardware not so energy-intensive, has allowed us to reach equally compelling results in both cases. To have a benchmark, iPhone 6S with its battery from 1715 mAh and HTC One A9, 2150 mAh battery, has allowed us to weather the day of use, with some forethought. Those who want something more must of course focus on iPhone Plus 6/6s Plus which, as mentioned, are placed in a different segment.
Blatant Difference consists of the operating systems: Android and iOS 9.1 6.0 to One A9 for iPhone. This is software platforms that mitigate hardware differences in part thanks to the work done by their producers and optimization that bring concrete benefits end user side. For example, taking as reference the iPhone 6S with 16 GB of storage, HTC One A9, which has the same memory allocation, can play the ACE offered by Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow which allows you to format the SD memory card as if it’s internal memory. Using microSD card fast enough, you can expand economically the storage memory and use it to install apps, without significant loss of performance. Who needs more space on the iPhone, in contrast, is forced to turn immediately to one of the models to 64 gigs or 128 GB of storage and an outlay amounting on average about 100 euros to go to model with UMA.
In terms of substance, despite hardware differences, the experience of using the software platform is very nice both with One A9, both with iPhone. Android and iOS can be considered ‘ different worlds ‘ conceptually and structural, but you can also carry out evaluations on user experience in carrying out similar activities. For example, in the test of web browsing, done with iPhone 6s Plus (which uses the newest SoC A9, like iPhone 6s) and Safari, and HTC One A9 with Chrome fluidity appeared good either way, but iPhone has an edge (see the ability to render the images). Whilelistening to the playback of music content (test played between iPhone 6s Plus and HTC One A9), despite the same speaker placement on the bottom edge, the quality of the iPhone is greater, in terms of maximum volume and headphone listening.More generally, when is the pure computing power to be required-for example in gaming-new Apple chip A9 can make a difference.
The camera is intuitive and simple interface with both HTC One A9, both with iPhone, thanks to positioning controls to access frequently used functions always clearly visible. The shutter speed is comparable, but the focus is faster on the iPhone. HTC, relaunches with some useful photo features like Zoe and Hyperlapse-other than Timelapse of the iPhone. Good in both cases the care taken in the development of native multimedia apps, such as the gallery.
Last difference emerges by examining the most overlapping models price: 779 euros for iPhone 6S with 16 GB of storage, iPhone 64 GB 889 6S with euro, HTC One A9 responds with a street price of 649 euros. Although the price of One A9 was considered one of the weaknesses in relation to the technical specifications as well, the iPhone continues to occupy a market niche quite unique given the outlay needed to take possession. Choosing between HTC One A9 and iPhone is entrusted ultimately to the end user, given the many variables, some of which are entrusted to the subjective preferences between the two ecosystems. In the direct comparison with the iPhone in any case HTC One A9 looks good.