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Our Verdict

On the specs alone the HTC One M9+ is clearly the better phone in this comparison, and its higher price attests to that. We’re drawn to the M9+ because it is the M9 we wanted to see unveiled at MWC, with a Quad HD screen and fingerprint scanner. But as a cheaper alternative, the plastic E9+ is a nice option with a larger screen. Now let’s just hope we can get hold of them in the UK.

We were expecting great things from the HTC One M9, but it’s not a massive upgrade over the HTC One M8. Soon after its release HTC in China unveiled two new versions of the One M9 – the HTC One E9+ and HTC One M9+ – and these were the Ones we were waiting for. We find out how the M9 spin-off phones compare in our HTC One E9+ vs HTC One M9+ comparison.

Please note that in this review we are merely comparing the specifications and explaining the difference between these phones. Before you buy either you should check out full, in-depth reviews. See all Android phone reviews. 

HTC One E9+ vs HTC One M9+: Price and UK availability

Neither the HTC One E9+ or HTC One M9+ are officially available to buy in the UK. The HTC One E9+ is available from HTC’s Chinese store for 3,299 Yuan (£344.95), while you can pre-order the HTC One M9+ for 4,299 Yuan (£522.55). That makes it cheaper than the £569 HTC One M9, but bear in mind that if you import it from China you will also have to pay import duty. Also see:  Best phones 2024 and  best Android phones 2024. 

buying grey-market tech. 

HTC One E9+ vs HTC One M9+: Design and build

HTC’s familiar One-series design with front-facing BoomSound speakers is seen in both the E9+ and M9+. In common with the standard M9 the M9+ has a unibody metal chassis, but here adds a fingerprint scanner that is built into the Home button. The E9+ has a plastic design, which helps to bring down the price. 

Both these variants are fitted with Quad HD displays, unlike the full-HD M9. The M9+ has a 5.2in panel, and therefore a higher pixel density than the 5.5in E9+ phablet (565ppi vs 534ppi). It’s unlikely you’ll be able to notice a difference, and both screens will be astonishingly sharp. Also see:  Best phablets 2024.  

With its bigger screen its no surprise that the E9+ is the larger of these two phones at 156.5×76.5mm against the M9+’s 150.99×71.99mm. Yet the M9+ is chunkier – 9.61mm against the E9+’s 7.54mm. It’s also heavier – 168g vs 150g. 

HTC One E9+ vs HTC One M9+: Hardware

Both HTC One E9+ and HTC One M9+ are fitted with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which can be expanded via microSD up to 128GB. They are also both fitted with 64-bit octa-core chips – the E9+ with a MediaTek MT6795M and the M9+ with the 2.2GHz MediaTek Helio X10. Also see:  What’s the fastest smartphone 2024. 

The battery capacity is almost identical, with the M9+ taking a 40mAh lead over the E9+ with 2840mAh against its 2800mAh. Which will last longer is impossible to judge without thorough testing. 

HTC One E9+ vs HTC One M9+: Connectivity

Expect the same things you’ll find in the standard M9 on the connectivity front, including dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and NFC. However, both these 4G LTE variants are also dual-SIM, accepting two nano SIMs.  Both are dual-standby dual-SIM phones, for more details on what that means see our  best dual-SIM phones 2024. As we mentioned earlier, the M9+ also has a fingerprint sensor. See all  smartphone reviews. 

HTC One E9+ vs HTC One M9+: Cameras

The camera setup is a key difference on these phones. The HTC One M9+ matches the HTC One M9 with a 20Mp camera and dual-tone LED flash at the back, adding a secondary sensor for depth. Meanwhile the E9+ has a single 20Mp camera and single LED flash at the rear. 

At the front, as with the HTC One M9, the M9+ has an UltraPixel camera, which is the same as that found at the rear of the HTC One M8 with f/2.0 aperture and 26.8mm super-wide-angle lens. The E9+ has a 13Mp front camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 26.2mm super-wide-angle lens. Also see:  Best selfie phones 2024. 

HTC One E9+ vs HTC One M9+: Software

Expect to find identical software in these two HTC One M9 variants, with both running Android Lollipop with the HTC Sense 7.0 UI. 

New features of Sense 7.0 include greater customisability with themes and Sense Home which dynamically changes which app icons are shown base on whether you’re at home, work or on the go. 

HTC One E9+ vs HTC One M9+: Verdict

On the specs alone the HTC One M9+ is clearly the better phone in this comparison, and its higher price attests to that. We’re drawn to the M9+ because it is the M9 we wanted to see unveiled at MWC, with a Quad HD screen and fingerprint scanner. But as a cheaper alternative, the plastic E9+ is a nice option with a larger screen. Now let’s just hope we can get hold of them in the UK.

Read next:  Best new phones coming in 2024.

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Htc One M9 Vs Htc One M8 Comparison

Our Verdict

More of an iterative upgrade than a must-have change. Evolution rather than revolution. The HTC One M9 is an improved version of the already excellent HTC One M8. This will mean both that the cheaper HTC One M8 becomes and even better deal, but also that the HTC One M9 is a good upgrade from its predecessor. HTC’s best ever smartphone: which makes it pretty great.

The HTC One M9 has been announced at MWC 2024. As the first flagship Android phone of 2024 it is a big, big deal. And in our view at least it is a great smartphone.

HTC needs a winner right now, and we think it is the HTC One M9. Should you get an  HTC One M8 or wait for the HTC One M9 Hima? Read on and we will explain, based on our extensive testing of the HTC One M8, and our HTC One M9 review: hands-on with HTC’s best ever smartphone – the headline there may give away what we really feel. (For more, see HTC One M9 UK release date, price, specs rumours.)

HTC One M9 Hima vs HTC One M8 smartphone comparison: UK price and availability

The HTC One M8 is widely available in the UK. At launch, the HTC One M8 cost £550 on a SIM-free basis – but these days you can get it for less. And it is going to go down quickly when the HTC One M9 launches. Right now you can get a good deal on the HTC One M8 here.

If you want an HTC One M8, shop around and you can find this great handset for as little as £400 – £450. The HTC One M9 finally arrived on 1 March 2024, at a lavish launch event. You can relive the excitement here:  New HTC One M9 launch as it happened.

You’ll be able to get your hands on the new HTC One M9 at the very end of the month: it will be released on 31st March. The firm hasn’t announced a price but we expect it it will have a typical flagship price, which is currently around the £549 mark. We’ll update this article when retailers reveal their prices. (See also:

So today your only choice is the HTC One M8. But hang around for a few weeks and you will have a choice of that phone for a very cheap price, or the HTC One M9, which will be widely available.

HTC One M9 Hima vs HTC One M8 smartphone comparison: design and build

The HTC One M8 has a uni-body aluminium design. It measures 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm and weighs 160g. Relatively large for a 2014 flagship, it doesn’t feel too large in the hand. Of all the Androids the HTC One M8 is the only one that feels like an iPhone-like premium smartphone. Ergonomic, but also sturdy. This is important because, as well as feeling like a device which has been carefully designed and put together, it doesn’t feel overly delicate.

There is a case for the HTC One M8, but we doubt you would need it. From launch, the M8 itself is available in three different colours. The most popular is likely to be ‘Metal Grey’ but there’s also ‘Artic Silver’ and ‘Amber Gold’.

The HTC One M9 has been criticised for looking too similar to its predecessor. This seems harsh – as described above the HTC One M8 is beautiful. Why change?

It’s made from a similar metal block to that of the M8 and uses the same curved shape and hairline finish while using angular features from the HTC One M7 (the original HTC One). New features in the design include a scratch-resistant coating, machine drilled buttons, and a sapphire glass lens on the rear camera. The power button is now on the side instead of the top which we think is a much better place for it.

Colour options are similar but HTC has employed a new two-tone look with the back and sides getting contrasting adonisation. In our photos you can see the rear cover has a silver finish while the sides are gold. If this model doesn’t float your boat then there will also be ‘gold on gold’ and ‘gun metal grey on grey’.

The HTC One M9 is a very desirable smartphone when held in the hand. It fits nicely and like the M8, is one of the only phones on the market to compete with the iPhone on build quality. It screams of craftsmanship but the stepped design might not be to everyone’s taste as at certain angles it looks like a case.

We were hoping for a thinner and lighter design and although the device is slightly lighter than its predecessor, it’s marginally thicker. Overall it is an improvement on the HTC One M8, but only a marginal step forward. We wouldn’t upgrade just for this. (See also: 16 best new phones coming in 2024.)

HTC One M9 Hima vs HTC One M8 smartphone comparison: display

HTC has given the One M8 a 5in display – that’s actually a little on the small side in the current big beasts phablet market, but we found it a great size in a well-sized handset. The screen’s resolution is a ‘mere’ Full HD (1920×1080). This gives a more than healthy pixel density of 441ppi. The HTC One’s display is crisp, vibrant and looks stunning. We like the contrast ratio and viewing angles.

One thing we particularly like about the M8’s screen is its silky gloss finish which, more than other phones, means your finger glides brilliantly across its surface. It’s just another detail which makes this phone feel so premium. With the HTC One M9, HTC has decided to stick with a 5in screen for the M9 and has also kept the resolution at Full HD (1080 x 1920). As with the design, there’s no upgrade here because there doesn’t need to be (but that cheaper HTC One M8 is looking like a bargain right now). 

HTC One M9 Hima vs HTC One M8 smartphone comparison: specs and performance

The M8 runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. In this case the 801 quad-core chip has a slightly lower than average clock speed of 2.3GHz. And there is ‘only’ 2GB of memory. The HTC One M8 continues to offer outstanding performance, and around 24 hours of battery life with reasonable use.

Fast forrward ot the HTC One M9 and memory has been boosted by 50 percent to 3 GB and there’s a new processor in the form of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 which is both octa-core and 64-bit. It comes with the Adreno 430 GPU. We’ll test performance properly when we get to spend a lot of time with a final unit, but signs look promising based on our hands-on time. This is a very fast phone, and it should be faster and more future-proofed than is the HTC One M8. (Also see:  what’s the fastest smartphone 2024.)

Wireless setup remains strong with 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, NFC and an IR blaster. If you were hoping for any new features such as a fingerprint scanner or heart rate monitor then it’s bad news.

Mysteriously, even before launch the HTC One M9 showed up in the Geekbench 3.0 database, a benchmark we use to compare smartphone- and tablet processing power. According to the database the HTC One M9 recorded 1232 points in the single-core component, and 3,587 points in multicore. If true, that would make the HTC One M9 faster than any smartphone we’ve ever reviewed. Whether you need a faster smartphone is another question, but expect good progress in this space.

If speed is your thing, the HTC One M9 is a worthy upgrade.

HTC One M9 Hima vs HTC One M8 smartphone comparison: storage

The HTC One M8 comes with only 16GB onboard storage. You will need more storage than that, and you can add it: there is an SD card slot that allows you to mount an additional 128GB.

With the HTC One M9 you get 32GB of internal storage and an SD card slot capable of accepting up to 128 GB cards. Minor improvement here, then.

HTC One M9 Hima vs HTC One M8 smartphone comparison: cameras

With its recent cameras HTC has eschewed the megapixels arms race. And that is probably a good thing. The HTC One M8 has a HTC UltraPixel Duo Camera including a 5Mp front camera with wide angle lens. There isn’t as much detail in photos compared to the M8’s rivals but because its pixels are bigger the phone is better suited to low-light situations. The dual-focus feature is interesting and fun. Sadly video quality is poor.

The HTC One M9 no longer has the Duo Camera setup consisting of two camera lenses. Instead, HTC has gone for a 20 Mp rear camera with the same dual-LED flash.

It is difficult to be truly sure at this stage, but the hardware- and software improvements made in the HTC One M9 suggest that it will be a much better camera.

HTC One M9 Hima vs HTC One M8 smartphone comparison: software

The HTC One M8 runs Android KitKat. HTC’s BlinkFeed feature is more in your face than a standard Android install, but remains beloved by some. Sense 6.0 brought with it some new features, including on-screen buttons, full-screen mode, and Motion Launch Gestures. There are other minor tweaks, but customisation has been improved with the ability to select different theme. In a similar way to other phones which use themes, a wallpaper is tied in with a particular colour which is then used throughout the software such as the settings menu. We haven’t tried this out yet but you can also choose a different system font to create a very different look and feel.

As you would expect, the HTC One M9 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop which is the latest version. However, HTC doesn’t leave it as is so puts its own skin or user interface over the top. The M9 introduces Sense 7.0 which has some new features.

HTC largely does things its own way with BlinkFeed to the left of the main homescreen, a grid view recent apps menu and a vertically scrolling app menu. However, the stock dropdown notification bar is in use (with some HTC style added) and the good news is that you can customise which quick settings you want.

Talking of customisation, this is the main emphasis of Sense 7.0 so there’s a new Themes app where you can download various user interface themes. However, you can edit details yourself such as icon styles and fonts. The software will also generate a theme for you based on a photo.

We’ve already mentioned HTC Connect and One Gallery in relation to audio and photo and another new feature is called HTC Home. It’s another thing which we’ve not been able to test but it sounds great. The software is location aware so you can use a different lock- and homescreens depending on where you are.

For example, when at work you’ll get icons for your email and calendar and these will automatically get replaced with a remote control app and Facebook when you get home. You can select what you want for each layout but suggestions will be made based on your habits. (See also:

The upgrade to Lollipop alone is a reason for me to want to upgrade the handset. But those HTC Sense developments are well worth having too.

Specs HTC One (M8): Specs

5 inch, Full HD 1080p, 441 PPI

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, quad-core, 2.3GHz

Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0, HTC BlinkFeed

16GB, available capacity around 10GB

microSD (up to 128GB)

2 GB DDR2 RAM

Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS, Digital compass

Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, barometer

3.5mm stereo audio jack

NFC

Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX

dual-band Wi-Fi up to 11ac

micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL)

Infrared

HTC BoomSound – Dual front stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers

HTC UltraPixel Duo Camera

5Mp front camera with wide angle lens

146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm

160g

Htc U12 Plus Vs Galaxy S9: What’S The Difference?

Our Verdict

As with many phone comparisons, there’s not necessarily a clear winner. The right phone for you will depend on various things. You will save money (going by RRP at least) by getting the U12 Plus and you’re getting decent specs overall, namely four cameras, a larger screen, more RAM and a bigger battery. However, this all comes in a more bulky handset which forces you to use Edge Sense which not everyone will like. On the other hand, the Galaxy S9 is more compact and lightweight. Yet it still has impressive specs including the Infinity Display, adjustable aperture camera with super slow motion, wireless charging and a headphone jack.

New on the smartphone scene is the HTC U12 Plus and the flagship offers four cameras, great audio and Edge Sense 2. But can it beat one of the best phones around in the Samsung Galaxy S9? Here we compare the two handsets across price, design and specs.

HTC has been lagging behind somewhat in the competitive smartphone market for a while now, but the Taiwanese firm continues to bring out new and improved versions of its U flagship. Samsung’s S tier is very hard to topple though. 

HTC U12 Plus vs Galaxy S9: Price and availability

The  U12 Plus is £50 more than its predecessor at £699. That’s about the average price for an Android flagship in 2023.

It’s a cheaper option compared to the Galaxy S9 which is £739 so not too much more expensive.

However, since it’s been on sale for while, you can already get it for as little as £634 on Amazon – at the time of writing if you buy the international version.

HTC U12 Plus vs

Galaxy S9: Design and build

When it comes to design and build, the two phones are on a par in various ways including IP68 waterproof ratings, shiny glass rear covers and a slim profile.

Perhaps the HTC’s Edge Sense sensors will appeal to you, though. The feature means you can physically squeeze the phone to do different things. Edge Sense now even extends to the power and volume buttons so they don’t physically move.

The back of the U12 is arguably more interesting with a two-tone colours or even a transparent version.

Both have rear fingerprint scanners and ergonomic bezel-free designs. The main differences for us are that the HTC is bigger and heavier, plus doesn’t have the headphone jack.

HTC U12 Plus vs

Galaxy S9: Specs and features

Although the HTC is a fair amount bigger than the S9, the screen is only a little bit bigger at 6in compared to 5.8in. They both have extremely high resolutions and almost identical tall aspect ratios.

The key difference here is that Samsung offers the curved edge ‘Infinity Display’ with AMOLED technology while HTC uses a more standard flat screen with an LCD panel. Our pick of the two is Samsung’s.

HTC has understandably opted for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and although the S9 uses the same chip in China, here in the UK it has Samsung’s own Exynos 8910. 

Each phone comes with 64GB of storage as standard, although higher capacity is available if you search but both have a microSD card slot.  A bigger difference on the spec sheet is that the U12 Plus has 50 percent more RAM at 6GB, although you’re unlikely to notice this in general usage.

As with most phone comparisons a lot hinges on the camera and although the S9 has a unique adjustable aperture on the 12Mp camera (f/1.5 to 2.4) the HTC has dual cameras with a main 12Mp sensor (f/1.75) coupled with a 16Mp (f/2.6) lens that allows for portrait mode shots.

It’s also got dual 8Mp front cameras, making a total of four altogether. Again this is for portrait style shots.  

More cameras doesn’t simply mean the HTC is better though. The S9 can manage depth effect with just one lens and is capable of some amazing shots. It also offers video features that HTC doesn’t, such as 960fps super slow motion.

It’s a hard call, partly as it depends what camera features are more important to you and we haven’t tested the U12 Plus out fully let. Check out our HTC U12 Plus hands-on review, which will soon have a final verdict.

HTC is always big on audio and the speakers might be louder than the S9’s but it’s strange that there’s no headphone jack.

Although both phones have Android 8.0 Oreo, you’ll get quite a difference experience due to each firm applying their own custom user interface. This is down to personal opinion but Samsung wins it for us at Tech Advisor towers.

Here’s a full specs comparison table for the HTC U12 Plus vs the Galaxy S9:

 HTC U12+Samsung Galaxy S9OSAndroid Oreo 8.0Android Oreo 8.0Screen6.0in

Quad HD+, 

18:9, LCD6, 537 ppi5.8in Quad HD+, 18.5:9, Super AMOLED, 570ppiProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845Exynos 8910GraphicsAdreno 530Mali-G72 MP18Memory6GB RAM4GB RAMStorage64/128GB GB storage (region dependent)64/128GB storage with micro SD up to 400GBMain cameraDual 12Mp (f/1.8) + 16Mp (f/2.6) with OIS12Mp, f/1.5-2.4 with OISFront cameraDual 8Mp cameras (f/2.0)8Mp, f/1.7Wireless802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi802.11ac dual-band Wi-FiBluetoothBluetooth 5.0, aptXBluetooth 5.0, aptXCommunications4G LTE Cat184G LTE Cat18SIM typeNano SIM (Dual SIM in some regions)Nano-SIMGPSYesYesNFCYesYesInterfaceUSB-C 3.1USB-C 3.1Headphone jackNoYesBattery3500mAh non removable battery3000mAh non-removable batteryChargingQualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, 4.0 compatibleQuick Charge 2.0Water resistanceIP68IP68Dimensions

157 x 74 x 8.7 mm

148 x 69 x 8.5mm

Specs HTC U12+: Specs

Android 8.1 Oreo

6in Quad HD LCD

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

6GB RAM

12Mp main + 16Mp telephoto dual cameras, 4K video at 60fps

OIS/EIS

8Mp dual front cameras

802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0

4G LTE

GPS

NFC

3500mAh battery

IP68 water resistant

Htc Sense Ported To Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S intends to live a long, long life it seems. The latest in the development scene for the Galaxy S is yet another attempt to port the HTC Sense UI to it. I say yet another, because there have been quite a few attempts before, but none of them ever came to fruition or were worked on for long, so no one has yet been able to use a Sense port on the Galaxy S as a stable and daily ROM.

The newest port, Galaxy S Sense 3G, is by XDA member QuBe2, based on Android 2.3.3 and comes with HTC Sense version 2.1. Yes, quite old, but if it gets us a fully working Sense port, I wouldn’t be one to complain. Fans of HTC Sense would do well to try out this ROM to get a taste of it on their Galaxy S.

Keep in mind though, that this is still a work in progress and is not quite usable as a daily driver. The list of things that don’t work is quite long, and we can only hope they are fixed soon. Oh, and also keep your fingers crossed that this project does go further than the previous ones.

Enough talk, now let’s get on with the flashing procedure.

Compatibility

This ROM and the guide below is compatible only and only with the Galaxy S, model number I9000. It’s not compatible with any other device and may render an incompatible device unusable. Check your device model in Settings » About phone.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. If any damage occurs to you or your device, including a bricked, non-functional device, we won’t be held liable. You have been forewarned!

ROM Info

Developer → QuBe2

Known Issues/Not working:

Data (shows HSDPA icon but doesn’t work)

Bluetooth

When pattern lock is enabled it shows charging even if the phone isn’t charging

Camera (Front & Back)

Fastboot

Camcorder

Pre-Installation Requirements

Sufficiently charged battery, at least 50% is recommended.

How to Install Galaxy S Sense 3G ROM on Galaxy S

Remove sim card lock, if you have set it earlier. Go here: Settings » Location and Security » Sim card lock  » checkbox should be clear (not selected).

Flash the stock XXJVU firmware by using → this guide.

Root XXJVU to obtain Clockworkmod recovery (CWM) by using → this guide.

Download the latest version of the ROM from the original development page.

Transfer the downloaded zip file to the root of your internal SD card on your phone (don’t use microSD card).

Turn off your Galaxy S and wait for complete shutdown (wait for vibration and check capacitive button lights).

Then, boot into CWM recovery. To do so, press and hold these 3 buttons together: Volume Up, Home, and the Power button till the screen turns on, then let go of the buttons. You’ll boot into CWM recovery soon enough. In recovery, use Volume keys to scroll up and down and power key to select an option.

Perform a wipe by selecting “wipe data / factory reset” → then select “Yes – wipe data/factory reset” on the next screen to confirm. (This will NOT format or erase your SD card contents)

Now, select “install zip from sdcard”, then select “choose zip from sdcard”. Scroll to the ROM file you transferred in step 5 and select it.

Confirm installation by selecting “Yes — Install **your_rom_file_name**.zip”. The ROM will start installing.

After the installation is complete, select “go back” and then select “reboot system now” to reboot your phone.

Screenshots

Amd Vs Intel: Which One Is Better?

See also: What’s the best GPU for gaming?

AMD vs Intel — Where they stand

AMD and Intel have a long intertwined history in the semiconductor market. Intel is a Goliath in the space, leading the charge with its CPUs since the IBM era. AMD hopped on the scene fairly early as a licensed manufacturer for Intel and others. It later started making its own chips, offering cheaper alternatives to Intel. AMD’s first big moment came when it introduced the first x86_64 chip in 2003, beating Intel. This 64-bit move pushed AMD forward. It became an Intel alternative with a better price-to-performance in the 2000s.

AMD and Intel have a cross-licensing agreement under which Intel lets AMD make x86 CPUs, and AMD lets Intel use its x86_64 instruction set. AMD has historically been the underdog in this race. It lagged behind Intel by failing to implement a proper equivalent to Hyperthreading, among other architectural improvements. This is why Intel’s lower-end offerings could often beat AMD CPUs with much higher core counts. This was until AMD introduced its Zen architecture in 2023, with the first-gen Ryzen CPUs.

What does AMD offer?

AMD

AMD has a relatively lean lineup of CPUs. With the new Zen architecture, its offerings have gotten much more streamlined. There are options available at different prices for consumers, although not as many as Intel offers.

AMD has managed to expand its range of CPUs with the Ryzen lineup. You get four tiers of Ryzen CPUs — Ryzen 3, 5, 7, and 9. You also get the Threadripper series, the beefiest consumer CPU AMD sells. On the lower end are the Athlon processors. AMD also has a solid graphics card lineup under the Radeon brand and server solutions under the EPYC branding.

AMD vs Intel — budget and mid-range CPUs

Kris Carlon / Android Authority

Both Intel and AMD have a solid presence in the budget and mid-range segments. They have head-to-head competitors in the space for the most part, which means that consumers have options between the two. 

AMD A-Series and Athlon vs Intel Pentium and Celeron

Both AMD and Intel have two prominent series in the low-budget market. AMD has the A-Series APUs, which have enjoyed popularity in super affordable systems and come with integrated graphics. The other offering is the Athlon series, which has come from being its former flagship series to powering budget AMD systems.

Intel has two offerings in the space as well. First off is the legendary Pentium series, which was also Intel’s flagship range back in the days. Along with it is the Celeron lineup, which slots slightly lower than Pentium.

There are quite a few models in these ranges, but many of those are OEM-only models that you cannot purchase separately. If you were to pick one, the best AMD pick would be the AMD Athlon 3000G, and the best Intel pick would be the Intel Pentium Gold 6400G. Both offer similar specifications, but the Pentium pulls ahead in a few metrics.

AMD Ryzen 3 vs Intel Core i3

AMD and Intel face off in the budget performance categories with their Ryzen 3 and Core i3 CPUs. However, their strategies are a bit different. While both have offerings that compete well and have a solid value for money, AMD has taken a different approach with its Ryzen 3 lineup.

AMD’s Ryzen 3 lineup has gone OEM-only, which means you can get the newer Ryzen 3 models, i.e., 4000 series and 5000 series models, in pre-built systems only. You cannot purchase these newer Ryzen 3 CPUs to build your own PC. The best AMD Ryzen 3 CPU you can get individually is the Ryzen 3 3300X, which is a couple of generations old.

AMD Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5

AMD vs Intel — high-end CPUs

Kris Carlon / Android Authority

Intel and AMD compete in the high-end market on several levels, ranging from high-performance consumer systems to maxed-out core-packed offerings for power users.

AMD Ryzen 7 vs Intel Core i7

AMD Ryzen 9 vs Intel Core i9

The consumer flagship CPU segment also has tough competition between the two chipmakers. AMD has two solid entrants in the space, with the 5900X with a 12-core, 24-thread design, and the top-of-the-line 5950x with a 16-core 32-thread design. You can get the 5900X for around $400 versus the $570 MSRP, and the 5950X for $550 versus the $800 MSRP.

Intel has retaken the lead with its 12th Gen refresh. The standard model is the i9-12900K, with an eight-core, 16-thread design. The beefiest model is the i9-12900KS at 150W, with the 125W 12900K right behind. You can get the 12900K for around $600, with the 12900KS going for between $750 and $800.

See also: AMD CPU Guide

Intel has a clear lead here, with DDR5 support and performance. Intel still races ahead if you consider the $600 mark and pit the 12900K against the top-of-the-line 5950X. The $50 difference in current pricing is indicative of the performance gap, though, so regardless of which one you buy, you’ll get your money’s worth.

With the laptop offerings, both are on par. Intel has the 12900H and 12900HK, while AMD has the 6900HS, 6900HX, 6980HS, and 6980HX, although we’re yet to see a laptop powered by the last two.

AMD Threadripper vs Intel Core X-Series

AMD vs Intel — Server, networking, and others

AMD doesn’t stretch too far beyond its consumer range, but they have enough enterprise solutions to dent the space. The most notable ones are the AMD EPYC range of server CPUs and AMD Instinct MI series accelerators. AMD also markets some of its consumer-grade-level enterprise solutions under the Pro moniker. Most of them are consumer processor equivalents that go into OEM systems. We expect more diversification now that AMD has acquired Xilinx — a big name in the FPGA and networking business. The AMD vs Intel race is about to get even closer.

If we haven’t noted it enough, Intel is a much bigger company than AMD. Its offerings go far beyond the general consumer CPU market. To begin with, the historically industry-favorite server CPUs are marketed under the Xeon brand. Intel also has Atom, a range formerly made for low-power systems, which now serves on the lower end of its server and networking solutions. Then there is the AI-focused Movidius range, the embedded solutions, the NUCs, and not forgetting its storage and networking solutions.

See also: All of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors explained

AMD vs Intel — How it will go from here and which one you should buy

Intel

AMD vs Intel is a fight that is nowhere close to finishing. As we have seen in the past, AMD has a pattern of flip-flopping, where after a stint of industry successes, it loses its way for a few years. On the other hand, Intel has always held the fort and only recently shown weaknesses that align with AMD’s current rise in the market.

Intel has had troubles with its fabrication processes for a few years now, and those troubles seem to be far from over. Even though the 12th Gen offerings are relatively solid, AMD uses a smaller fabrication process. This limits Intel to 10nm, while AMD will continue with the most efficient process they can find.

AMD’s acquisition of Xilinx will also allow it to go beyond its regular offering of consumer CPUs. It will take a long time to get to Intel’s size. However, it doesn’t seem like the colossal impossibility it looked like a few years ago.

As far as your current purchase decisions go, it’s a mixed bag if you can get your hands on it. Intel has taken the lead with the 12th Gen offerings, but AMD is still offering sufficient value with lower prices for the 5000 series processors, although missing DDR5 support. AMD is set to unveil the Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 series of desktop CPUs sometime soon in 2023, which could flip the tide again. For now, pick the Intel 12th Gen CPU or AMD Ryzen 5000 CPU that fits your budget.

Spotify Vs Youtube Music Vs Apple Music: Which One Is Best

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What we like:

Excellent library of songs.

Excellent discoverability and social features.

The app is easy to use and get used to.

The extra features, like the lyrics, are top-notch.

Podcasts and audiobooks round out a full media experience.

Compatible with almost everything.

What we don’t like:

Hi-Fi option is taking an eternity to launch, and audio quality is otherwise middle of the road.

The free version on mobile is notably worse than free Spotify on other platforms.

The search function is a little cluttered.

Integration with your existing library is just okay.

Spotify is the most popular music streaming service in the world for a reason. When you open the app, you’re met with a simple UI that takes you exactly where you want to go. The library lets you create playlists or follow individual artists, while the home section is rife with playlists catered to your tastes. The low-fi, all-black UI keeps distractions at bay so you can just chill and listen to music.

The only negative aspect of the app, in terms of usability, is the search function. It works really well if you’re searching for a podcast or a song. However, it can feel cluttered occasionally if you’re searching for a specific live performance or something more obscure.

Read more: Spotify review on SoundGuys

Apple Music pros and cons

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What we like:

Good-looking UI with logically placed controls.

Lossless audio is available without extra cost.

You can upload 100,000 of your own songs.

Extras, like spatial audio with head tracking, are neat.

The music player has lyrics by default, like Spotify, which is a nice touch.

Works on enough platforms to appease most people.

What we don’t like:

Lacks some fun features, like collaborative playlists.

Works way better on Apple devices than basically any other platform.

The Siri-only $4.99 plan is weird, and we can’t think of any reason to get it over the normal plan.

It has the smallest library and the highest individual account price tag of all three services.

Apple Music is easily the best choice of the three for audiophiles, and the UI has gotten a lot better as well.

In day-to-day use, Apple Music is a willing companion. Adding songs to playlists and your library is easy, and the service has a variety of radio stations and curated playlists to help bolster discoverability. It’s not quite as good as Spotify in terms of discovery features, but it’s definitely good enough. It worked fine with Android Auto as well as my Xbox Series X. There was very little drama when using it.

Perhaps the best part of Apple Music is the power-user features. On top of the lossless audio, you can also upload your own audio to the service. It does convert your audio to AAC, though, so purists may not enjoy that. In any case, you can get all of your music in one place, and that’s always a bonus. It’s a surprisingly good option, even if it only boasts 70 million songs instead of the 80+ million of other services.

Read more: Apple Music review on SoundGuys

YouTube Music pros and cons

Joe Hindy / Android Authority

What we like:

Integration with YouTube gives it more music choices than anybody.

You can upload 100,000 of your own tracks to the service.

It has a slightly better free mobile phone experience than Spotify.

Keeps up with the Joneses with things like collaborative playlists, curated playlists, and decent discoverability features.

What we don’t like:

Not the best audio streaming quality, with no lossless option.

Doesn’t include spatial audio.

The UI is the worst of the three services. The controls are laid out well, but usability isn’t as clean as we’d like.

It has the lowest number of supported platforms, including no support for modern game consoles and limited support for smart TVs.

Read more: YouTube Music review on SoundGuys

Which one is the best?

As per the norm with these types of comparisons, there’s a lot that comes down to preference. However, we’ll try to be as objective as we can here.

YouTube Music is the best value

Joe Hindy / Android Authority

YouTube Music’s marriage to YouTube makes it a ridiculously good deal, and nothing else comes close.

Between YouTube Music and YouTube, it has the largest library of music.

It still has desirable features, like an end-of-the-year recap, collaborative playlists, curated playlists, and offline listening.

The UI could definitely be better, and we’d prefer it if subscribing to an artist on YouTube Music doesn’t also subscribe to them on YouTube.

Still, the bang for your buck far exceeds what you’d get on the other services.

Spotify is the best for ease of use and discoverability

Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Spotify is the best choice for folks who just want their streaming service to work everywhere and find new music that they like.

The size of the song library doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to use it. Spotify knows how to use theirs, and it’s still one of the biggest ones among streaming services.

Discoverability is top-notch, and it still has stuff like collaborative playlists, offline listening, and radio stations.

Podcasts and audiobooks give Spotify some depth to its content, making it a better value than services that only serve music.

It works everywhere, including the car, smart TVs, game consoles, smartwatches, and basically anywhere else you can think of.

Apple Music is best for audiophiles

Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Apple Music doesn’t have the most value, but it certainly gives you a great overall experience, especially if streaming quality matters to you.

Excellent streaming quality, and lossless is included in the cost of the base subscription.

It lacks collaborative playlists, but it otherwise keeps up with features like spatial audio, uploading your own tracks, curated playlists, and radio stations to discover new music.

It’s not on as many platforms as Spotify, but it’s still available on many more platforms than YouTube Music.

It’s subjective, but I think the UI looks nicer than the other two. Spotify is functional but somewhat dated, as is YouTube Music. Apple Music’s presentation is better.

FAQ

All three services can be set to use as little data as possible. However, since it does include lossless audio, Apple Music will most likely use the most data if set to always stream at max quality.

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