iPhone 5S and HTC One M8

The new HTC One (M8) and the iPhone 5s

If you want an aluminum phone, you've come to the right place. The iPhone is no stranger to metal, of course. (And presumably it'll stay that course with the iPhone 6 later this year.) But today, Android smartphone manufacturer HTC announced its newest flagship with an old name — the HTC One. Like last year's version, this one's also milled from a single piece of aluminum. High-end smartphones, both.

As you'd expect, however, the two feel wildly different.

The stark disparity in size is the biggest differentiator here, of course. The iPhone 5s has a 4-inch display, while the new HTC towers over it at 5 inches. And that's just the displays. The iPhone 5s actually stands 4.87 inches tall. The new HTC One? Nearly a full inch taller at 5.7 inches.

The phones just feel different as well, and perhaps that has a lot to do with the size. The iPhone just feels a little more solid despite being a good bit lighter — just 112 grams (3.95 ounces) to the HTC One's 160 grams (5.64 ounces). Maybe that's because it mostly fits in your hand. Both are very well built, however. There's not much doubt there.

Anyhoo. Different phones for different folks. Welcome to how the other half lives.

Phil Nickinson

Phil is a recovering print journalist, editor of Android Central, subtitles and street signs

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