The newly-announced Nexus 5 is surely a big deal. While it's not necessarily an achievement of technology or engineering, its super-affordable price and stock Android OS do make it one very exciting proposition. Still, there's no such thing as an ultimate smartphone. There's always something that could have been done a little better, something that won't appeal to each and every user out there. As they say, one size doesn't fit all, and while there are certain products that manage to fit a larger part of the audience, most do not achieve this status of a pop icon.
Having said that, while we're sure there are many tech-savvy people out there who will fall in love with Google and LG's latest effort, there will be even more people who'd prefer something with a different flavor. After all, there's Samsung's Galaxy design language, which is different, there's the premium HTC One, there are the TouchWiz and Sense UI experiences, the iPhone... Sony, too, has been gaining some pace lately with its Z1. We also shouldn't forget Nokia and its WP-powered Lumia phones, the sales of which are getting stronger and stronger every quarter. There are all of these wonderful smartphones that could do all (or almost all) of the things the Nexus 5 can do, which, we guess, makes them great alternatives to Google's finest! Are you guys ready to take a look at the Nexus 5's biggest rivals? Let's go!
Best Google Nexus 5 alternatives
Best Google Nexus 5 alternatives
First of all, we think the Nexus 4 deserves an honorable mention, since you'll probably be able to find it at a great price now, plus its Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset still packs quite a punch. Sure, it qualifies as more of an upper-mid-range smartphone today, but we do think it's still a more than reasonable investment.Google Nexus 4 Review
There really isn't much one can choose from when it comes to contemporary smartphones running stock Android software, but thankfully, HTC's One is also available as a Google Play Edition smartphone - meaning that it sports the very same internals and design, including the BoomSound speakers and so on, but it runs stock Android! The only downside to it is its much steeper price, compared to those of the Nexus 5 and 4.HTC One Google Play Edition Review
There is one more stock Android phone you can turn to, should you dislike the Nexus 5 for some reason. The Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition is a similar affair to the HTC One's GP edition. It's exactly the same as the well-known GS4, but running stock Android OS. Once again, it'll be more expensive than Google's Nexus offerings, but you know, it's a Galaxy S4 with Super AMOLED screen, relatively compact, elegant design and a lightweight body, so you should definitely take a look at it as well, before making the purchase.Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Review
And here comes the Motorola Moto X - produced by Google-owned Motorola, the Moto X sports near-stock Android interface, an approachable design and more than decent hardware to ensure smooth and fast operation. It's not as cutting-edge as the Nexus 5, but the fact that it's been designed in close collaboration with Google means that the experience it can offer you is top-notch. Sadly, the collaboration with Google hasn't had an impact on the price, as the Moto X retails at a typical price for an upper-mid-to-high-end smartphone.Motorola Moto X Review
What kind of sick 'Nexus 5 alternatives' pick would that be if we don't mention the G2 itself?! After all, it's clear that the Nexus 5 is based on LG's currently flagship smartphone. The differences? Well, the G2 sports a slightly different design, with power and volume buttons positioned on the back, a slightly bigger, 5.2" screen and, of course, the whole user interface, along with the custom features built by LG.LG G2 Review
Say hello to the bulky Xperia Z1 super phone! Why 'bulky'? Well, because it has a 5" display (same as the Nexus 5, GS4 and so on), but has a much bigger footprint! Anyway, it's still a premium smartphone with exquisite glass and metal design, so if you're finding the plastic body of the Nexus 5 a bit too modest for your style, you should definitely take a look at Sony's product.Sony Xperia Z1 Review
We already mentioned the Google edition of the HTC One, but of course, the standard edition also qualifies as reasonable alternative to the Nexus 5. Yes, it has the slightly less powerful Snapdragon 600 processor, but it has its beautiful design, awesome speakers and mature Sense interface to make it stand out from the crowd.HTC One Review
If stock Android just isn't your cup of tea, there's always the regular Galaxy S4 with its TouchWiz Nature UX interface, which is clearly much brighter and more inviting. Specs-wise, it's also slightly less powerful than the Nexus 5, as it also has the Snapdragon 600 SoC, but it's mostly super-fluid and it's definitely powerful enough to run all the games and applications in a flawless manner.Samsung Galaxy S4 Review
If you'd like a beautiful and powerful smartphone in a smaller package, the iPhone 5s is a must-consider candidate. It runs on Apple's latest iOS 7 release and presents users with a very intuitive user experience, as well as top-notch performance and the best app catalog there is. Of course, you should be ready to pay a premium price if you're eying this one.Apple iPhone 5s Review
And here's the Windows Phone alternative in the Nokia Lumia 925. We're selected this one over the 1020, because the 925 has a way slimmer and higher-end design. It's a Windows Phone 8 smartphone with decent specs and a sizable, 4.5" 768 x 1280 display. The UI is buttery-smooth, but the app catalog will be a bit limited, compared to what you can find for iOS and Android.Nokia Lumia 925 Review