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Prizefight: HTC One vs. Apple iPhone 5

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Prizefight: HTC One vs. Apple iPhone 5

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HTC brings one of the best-designed Android phones to take on Apple's iPhone and its stellar design pedigree. It's the HTC One up against the iPhone 5. Let's get it on!

What's up Prizefight fans? I'm Brian Tong, and the Smartphone season is getting hot and heavy, so we're bringing in a new contender. It's a Prizefight punch-out between the HTC One and Apple's iPhone 5. Our judges for this fight, our senior-editor Jessica "The People's" Dolcourt, senior editor Brian "Boom Shakalaka" Bennett and myself, "Can't Go Wrong" Tong. Now, we'll take all three judges' scores and average them out to the nearest 10th each round. The final Prizefight score will be an average of all rounds using the same system. Let's get it started, round one is design. The HTC One is a really unique piece of beauty with its contoured aluminum body, polished metal edges and the highest build quality on an Android phone we've ever seen. And let's not forget about its 4.7-inch screen with super sharp 468 pixels per inch. Now, Apple's iPhone 5 design was one of their best ever, but it's not the best anymore. It still looks great, but the industry copycats have made this design stale and its 4-inch retina display looks like a shrimp with its pedestrian 226 pixels per inch that's still thinner and lighter than the HTC One. You might call it, the one that took down the iPhone, and HTC does it with a perfect 5, and the iPhone 5 gets 4. Next round is user interface and controls. HTC brings their next generation of its sense UI that runs on top of Android Jellybean, and it's a clean and easy to operate experience for an Android device. Now a new feature is the blink feed that shows you all your social media updates. And if you like it, it's nice, but if you don't. There's no way to hide it or get a rid of it, and it lives as one in your main home panels. Though you'll still get all of Android's customizations for creating folders and widgets, and the notifications pulled down is still right where you expect it. Now, Apple's iOS is still the easiest OS hands-down, and there's no surprises here, it's intuitive enough for kids and adults. You can create your own folders but, there's a little-to-know customization. It's ease of use versus customization. But really, it comes down to what you want, and we don't all agree here and the iPhone takes round 2 with the 4.7 and the HTC One gets a 4.3. So after averaging two rounds, the HTC One leads-- next round is features. I don't think we really have a list long enough for everything the HTC One brings, but guess what, I'll try. Now, it starts with its blazing quad-core 1.7 gigahertz processor. It's powered on double as an IR blaster to use your phone as a TV remote. HTC brings what they call, Boom Sound with dual-frontal stereo speakers that sound better than anything that I've heard on the phone so far. Then, let's just add on all the Android Jellybean features like Google Maps for the best maps with turn-by-turn and speech-to-text for search and directions. There's NFC for sending content from one phone to the other, and Google Now for happenings around you. Now, their singled piece aluminum body design, means no removable battery and no expandable memory. But guess what? You might not care. Now, Apple's iPhone 5 brings a dual-core A6 processor that's fast and snappy and Siri can do more with sports, movies and food recommendations. But it's still not as accurate and it still takes way too long to get information back from its servers. Apple Maps is more than a step behind Google Maps right now. And Passbook still remains rarely used and the phone doesn't have any kind of built-in NFC. Can you guys, guess who takes this round? It's the HTC One with another perfect 5, and the iPhone gets 4.3. Next round is web browsing a multimedia. The HTC One comes pre-loaded with Chrome and the default browser with Flash support. Now, we'll take Chrome as one of the best mobile browsers with incognito mode, synched bookmarks and a sweet tab interface. Apple brings Safari which is also an excellent mobile browser, but you can install Chrome and others on the iPhone as well. Now, most of the time with multimedia, people wanna know about the cameras, and the HTC One takes a different approach with 4 megapixel camera, but they call it an ultra-pixels that's able to gather more information and handle lighting situations better with similar results as the best phone cameras. Now, we know megapixels don't really matter, and the iPhone's 8 megapixel camera has been one of the best. So, here's the break down. In our camera test, both cameras can take 1080p video and both cameras took great pictures, but the difference is that specifically in low light situations, the HTC One excel with more image detail and handle dark conditions better compared to the iPhone 5 in our examples. But then, in normal daylight situations, the iPhone had an advantage with a slightly sharper and more saturated images compared to the HTC One that still took great pictures but they were a little duller with color temperature pretty much being the same for both. Now, the other advantage the HTC One has is the more extensive camera that can take pictures with different filters and really extensive editing features for retouching people's faces, different effects, transferring the images in different ways and then the ability to remove objects from a picture with their Zoe feature. That is great. Now, the eco-systems are extensive and Google Play has done a great job of catching up as a legit option, and movies look and sound amazing on the HTC One. But we also know Apple still has the advantage for more exclusive content on iTunes and Apps that come out on the platform first. Now, the HTC One has really raised the bar with what a camera can do, but lot of people would still rather take the best camera overall. This one is a toughie, but the HTC One gets 5 and the iPhone gets 4.7. So, after averaging 4 rounds, the HTC One still leads by a smaller margin. The final round that decides it all is performance. Both phones are snappy performers and we always tell you the same disclaimer that your [unk] will vary on your carrier and location from our testing both phones sounded great. The battery life is going to be different for everyone, but the HTC One has a power-saver mode that's handy to turn off functions to save your juice overtime. Now, in our battery video drain test, both phones were closed to 10 hours of juice and that's pretty much a push. These two are great performing phones, but we're handing out 4.7 points to each phone because they're still better performing ones out there. So let's average out all 5 rounds and enterprise by-- or the HTC One jumped out early on Apple, it stayed on top with 3 perfect rounds taking this battle 4.8 to 4.5 and is your Prizefight winner. The smartphone world is only getting more competitive and we'll find out how Samsung, Apple, Google and others step up their game with their next flagship phones. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching, and we'll catch you guys next time for another Prizefight.

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