The Nexus 5 is the latest in Google’s Nexus line up which offers exceptionally great specs, stock android, and a very affordable price tag.  The HTC One on the other hand is HTC’s second iteration of the HTC One which was one of the best smartphones of 2013.  But due to lack of marketing, it wasn’t as popular as phones like the Galaxy S4. How does the new HTC one stack up to LG’s Nexus 5?  Let’s find out.


Physically, the HTC One is one of the best made phones on the market.  The aluminum construction and intense attention to detail makes it easily worth the price tag.  Even though the new One looks and feels great, it isn’t without its flaws.  The unibody aluminum design makes the M8 prone to little nicks and scratches that won’t show up on the Nexus 5 and it feels a bit slippery in the hand.  

HTC One (2014) vs Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 also has a nice solid build, but it’s solid in a different way.  Instead of aluminum, LG opted to go with a matte rubbery finish that’s similar to the feel of the Asus Nexus 7.  Chances are a case isn’t completely necessary when rocking the Nexus 5 simply because it won’t collect those light scratches that plague most aluminum phones.  One thing it does seem to collect is litle oily splotches on the back, but that can be easily cleaned with some spray and a cleaning cloth.


The Nexus 5 is available in 16 and 32GB variants with black and white available.  It costs $350 unlocked and you can purchase one model that is compatible on Sprint, ATT, and TMobile.  The HTC One on the other hand can be bought in silver, black, and gold variants.  It comes with 16 or 32GBs of internal storage, but unlike the Nexus 5, it can actually be expanded via micro sd card slot.  Generally when I go to purchase any sd card I go with SanDisk simply because they’re a recognized brand name, and I haven’t had any issues with them, so if you’re looking to pick one up, I’ll have a link down below in the description.


One thing that HTC again did a great job with on the HTC One, is the front facing speakers.  This new iteration features 25% louder sound, but the quality doesn’t suffer when cranking up the volume to full.  For me, the Nexus 5’s speakers were a complete dissapointment.  First of all, they’re located on the bottom of the device, and sound only comes out on the left side of the micro usb port.  Plus, sound starts to fuzz out as you raise the volume.


The HTC One’s five inch display is really stunning.  The full 1080p resolution comes in at 440 pixels per inch.  Colors are vibrant, crisp, and not oversaturated , but it’s not noticeably better than the Nexus 5’s 4.95” screen which is also 1920 by 1080 and boasts slightly more pixels at 445 per inch.


The new HTC One runs 4.4.2 Kit Kat with its own custom skin overlayed.  Sense 6.0 brings some cool new features like Motion Launch which lets you choose gestures to unlock your phone.  For example, double tapping will just unlock it, swiping down will go to the dialer app, and etc.  Another pretty cool feature that I’ve enjoyed experimenting with is the FitBit app that comes pre installed.  It has these so called “smart sensors” that allow the One to track steps exactly the same way your FitBit does.  For those that don’t want to wear a fitness tracking device or always end up losing them, it’s a really convenient feature.  Overall, Sense 6.0 is ultra fast experience and it adds some pretty useful features to the table.


The Nexus 5 runs the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat.  What’s fantastic about Nexus branded phones is that they will always be the first to be updated to the newest Android versions while other devices like the Galaxy Note 3 will receive the update several weeks or months later.  The user experience is probably the best of any device I’ve used but the only downside is that it doesn’t have the same amount of features as something like the HTC One.


The HTC One features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GBs of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU.  The Nexus 5 uses a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GIGS of ram and Adreno 330 GPU.  Both of these phones completely kill it when running benchmarks and playing graphic intensive games.  If you’re interested in finding gaming and benchmark tests for both of these devices then be sure to check them out in the description below.


The camera on the HTC One is pretty good, but it isn’t amazing.  It keeps the 4 ultra pixel camera, but it adds a depth sensor which does a good job at focusing the picture and allowing the user to do some cool post production work.  Compared to the Nexus 5, the HTC One is an improvement, but neither are that great.  If you’re interested in more on the HTC One’s camera be sure to check out my full review of the phone, which will be linked in the description.

Moving on to battery life, the HTC One 2014 clearly won here for me.  I was able to last a full 14 hour long day and still have about twenty percent left.  When HTC claimed the 2,600 mAh battery was 40% better than the original, they weren’t kidding.  In my experience the Nexus 5’s experience was quite poor.  It was fine going long periods of time when idle, but the screen just seemed to drain the battery.


The HTC One is a great device, it features the new Sense 7.0, superb build quality, and a great display, but the price may be too high.  The Nexus 5 offers a great stock Android experience and solid specs all at an incredibly low price, but the lack of expandable storage and sub par battery life may be a deal breaker.  Which phone is best for you?  Well that choice has to be made for yourself.


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