iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8 – Hardware Configuration, Software and Battery Life Comparison

Although both iPhone 6 Plus and HTC One M8 were launched in 2014, the HTC One M8 phablet made its entry earlier with the iPhone 6 Plus following suit after about six months.

The nano-SIM phablets have an array of interesting color options to choose from. While you can buy a silver, space gray or gold colored iPhone 6 Plus you can choose from gunmetal gray, glacial silver and amber gold colors for your HTC One M8 phablet. As almost always, Apple has proved that its gadgets are often an expensive deal when compared to their counterparts from other manufacturers. There is a reasonably good difference in the prices of the two phablets, making the HTC One M8 the more affordable device.

Hardware Configuration

The iPhone 6 Plus features 64-bit architecture as against the 32-bit architecture of the HTC One M8. Like its younger brother iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus utilizes an Apple A8 chipset along with a M8 motion coprocessor and PowerVR GX6650 GPU. The HTC One M8 on the other hand is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and Adreno 330 as its graphics processor. The dual-core CPU of iPhone 6 Plus has a clocking frequency of 1.4GHz while the quad-core CPU of HTC One M8 is clocked at 2.3GHz. While the iPhone 6 Plus comes with 1GB of inbuilt RAM, the HTC One M8 is loaded with 2GB of RAM.

Verdict: The processor in the HTC One M8 is about 78% more than that of the iPhone 6 Plus. However, while M8 is an additional processor in the iPhone 6 Plus, there is no extra processor in HTC One M8. The coprocessor helps in reducing sensor power consumption which can help you save on battery. But the extra bit of RAM in the HTC One M8 helps in processes running fairly smoother.

Software

The two phablets run on the latest versions of iOS and Android operating systems respectively. While the iPhone 6 Plus is loaded with iOS 8, the HTC One M8 features the Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Additionally, the HTC One M8 incorporates the Sense 6.0 UI as its skin whereas the iPhone 6 Plus like its predecessor models has no such skin. Both phablets render Java support and HTML browsers that are not compatible with Flash.

Verdict: Apple’s iOS operating system has proved to be lighter than the Android operating system and therefore does not affect the processor speed. Both operating systems have a broad spectrum of interesting apps.

Internal Storage and Expandable Memory

Apple offers iPhone 6 Plus in three internal storage options. In other words, you can buy an iPhone 6 Plus with 16GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. On the other hand, you can buy an HTC One M8 phablet with an internal storage of 16GB ROM or 32GB ROM. While there is no provision to expand the memory in iPhone 6 Plus using a memory card, the HTC One M8 comprises a memory card slot to expand memory up to 128GB.

Verdict: Although the physical flash storage option is better than using a memory card, the verdict goes in favor of the HTC One M8. This is because Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus models with more internal storage can turn out to be more pricey than a HTC One M8 with memory expanded up to the maximum limit.

Battery Life

A common feature of the batteries in the phablets is that they are both Li-ion powered and are not removable. The iPhone 6 Plus has a slightly higher battery capacity of 2915mAh as against the 2600 mAh battery of the HTC One M8. While the iPhone 6’s battery offers 24 hours of 3G talk time, the HTC One M8 battery renders about 20 hours of 3G talk time.

Verdict:                Given the fact that the iPhone 6 Plus sports a bigger display screen, the higher capacity battery does not make much of a difference. Although both phablets offer good battery life for one day of mixed usage, the iPhone 6 Plus’s battery is a shade better.

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