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Battle Of The Flagships: iPhone 6s VS HTC OnePlus 3

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iPhone 6s VS HTC OnePlus 3

Smartphone users these days are torn between a constant battle between the options provided by the highly competitive market. Some opt for the simplicity of iPhones, others prefer the experience provided by an Android cellphone while some opt for the Windows phone niche. Whatever the preferences may be, manufacturers are consistently releasing more powerful flagships with every passing year. Potential buyers might often see the more-than-impressive specifications of a new phone and be instantly convicted especially if these specs come at a decent price point but it’s important to remember: Real world performance differs from what can be extrapolated from the manufacturer’s specifications. That being said, a direct comparison between two flagship devices: The HTC OnePlus 3 and the iPhone 6s may help us see the clearer picture and the dichotomy between performance on paper and actual performance.

Theoretically, the HTC OnePlus 3 should completely outclass the iPhone 6s. The former supports a massive 6GB RAM while the latter makes do with only 2GB. The OnePlus 3 also has an extremely beefy quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 series processor while Apple’s device is only a dual-core. HTC 

A simultaneous speed test performed under base factory settings with third-party applications starts to reveal interesting details as time ticks forward. The first round of the test compared the speeds at which applications were launched. Almost right off the start, the 6s managed to seamlessly load Temple Run 2 whereas the HTC OnePlus 3 took quite some time. This occurred again when it came to loading Asphalt 8 with the HTC OnePlus 3 lagging behind despite the iPhone’s much slower transition animations. When it came to the memory performance tests, a similar difference was observed especially when the OnePlus 3 began to relaunch Temple Run 2 and lost a good chunk of time as a result. These tests were repeated with animations disabled but yielded nearly identical outcomes. Finally, the camera test was performed with the OnePlus 3’s camera loading slightly faster due to the gesture shortcut. The final digits across the board were 85 seconds to complete the test for the iPhone 6s and 142 seconds for the OnePlus 3.

This jarring difference in times could be attributed to the iPhone’s powerful memory management system which seamlessly launched applications and kept them running in the background. The OnePlus 3 despite having 6GB of RAM, still struggled with this due to almost non-existent multi-tasking capabilities which resulted in the apps having to continuously be relaunched.

Despite lower specifications and a higher price point, it is not surprising to see the iPhone 6 being a prospective purchase due to how seamless the user experience is. The OnePlus 3 may be able to bridge this gap in the future as firmware updates that properly optimize the hardware are developed. Only time may tell for sure.

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