Google Nexus 5 vs HTC One
Interface and Functionality
The Nexus 5 is the first device to showcase Android 4.4 KitKat in its pure vanilla form. It’s Android as Google wants it to be, whereas the HTC One runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with HTC’s Sense 5.0 skin on top.
Android 4.4 on the Nexus 5 brings no radical changes. Instead, Google has gone towards simplicity in KitKat: larger buttons, a full-screen app launcher with no more separate app and widget tabs, voice recognition right from the home screen.
The Sense skin on the One is a bit similar to KitKat in its clean looks, flat visuals and simplistic approach. Still, there are very clear differences. HTC uses neutral charcoal colors throughout while stock Android has grown much more colorful. Gone are the Holo days of black and neon blue. The transparent app drawer and colorful wallpaper make stock Android more lively.
There are some slight niggles in both experiences. In daily use, we find ourselves wishing for a quicker way to adjust screen brightness on both devices, and setting the wallpaper and adding shortcuts on the HTC One is unnecessarily complicated.
Both devices feature large and easy to use keyboards. The Nexus 5 ships with the stock Google keyboard that supports swipe typing. The HTC One keyboard on the other hand spreads from edge to edge and features large keys that are very easy to press and we found ourselves typing even quicker on it.
Processor and Memory
There’s no going around the fact that the HTC One is more than half a year old device. While in basic use both phones feel sufficiently snappy and are definitely lag-free, there are a few places where the hardware difference can really be felt - in web browsing for instance the Nexus 5 loads pages nearly instantly whereas on the One you need to wait a few seconds.
The main reason is that HTC features the older Snapdragon 600 system chip, while the Nexus 5 boasts the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 800. Both are quad-core chips, however, the Snapdragon 800 in the Nexus 5 is clocked at 2.3GHz, whereas the Snapdragon 600 in the One maxes out at 1.9GHz.
Gamers will be the ones who will probably appreciate the Snapdragon 800 in the Nexus 5 the most. The Adreno 330 graphical chip in it runs at up to 450MHz, and is capable of handling the most graphically intensive games like Modern Combat 4 with ease.
Both devices feature 2GB of dual-channel RAM, but the Nexus again has an advantage as it uses the faster 800MHz LPDDR3 RAM, while the One features LPDDR2 RAM.
Here is how the two compare in benchmark testing.
Higher is better
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GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
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Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
With the Nexus 5, Google has finally stepped it up and now offers 16GB of storage in the basic model. In reality, around 12.5GB of that is available to the end user. The HTC One in comparison ships with 32GB on board (26 gigs of user-available storage), and both do not support microSD card expansion slots.
Internet and Connectivity
The Nexus 5 and the HTC One feature the full cellular connectivity package with 4G LTE on board. Well, not exactly the whole as the Nexus 5 is missing support for Verizon Wireless bands, but apart from that you have blazing fast 4G data on both devices. Needless to say, browsing is an enjoyable experience.
The Nexus 5 features mobile Chrome as the default and only web browser on board, while the HTC One ships with both Chrome and HTC’s custom Android browser, and both are fine. We already mentioned that there is a noticeable difference in browsing speeds. The Nexus loads pages much quicker to the point where it feels instant, and you can feel a slight delay with the One. Once loaded, scrolling and zooming around webpages is smooth on both.
The two devices also come with dual-channel Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with Glonass and NFC.
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Nexus 5 makes the the HTC One look bad in every single category (besides build quality).
2. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
htc one nearly 1 year old. I think this is normal...
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)
8 months old. Just a simple observation that's all.
6. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Yes saying 1 year old is wrong because in 4 months something better than the s800 will be out.
24. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)
PA says "the One features more natural, vivid colors. We'd say the Nexus 5 has a slight yellowish tint and looks very slightly washed out."
Then I saw the battery life and the audio output comparison graph.
Then PA says "Nexus, a device that is superior in almost every way"
What a brilliant comparison article and conclusion. [applaus...] :)
5. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
The HTC One is surprisingly almost as good as the N5 for being 8 months old. Although the N5 price tag is nothing.
7. FiddyPence (Posts: 21; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
The conclusion doesnt match the comparison. The One won ,Build, Screen,Sound,Battery,Interface/Apps(Sense) and only lost benchmarks and camera which is debatable as the One is still king in low light and as Reviewer says f the lag on the N5 means you will probably miss photo's in real life use.
N5 is amazing for the price but not better than the One.
10. metalspy101 (Posts: 55; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)
you must be referring to marques brownlee review, where he points out the camera software lacking on camera speed/
30. niterain (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)
Yeah, I had to read the conclusion second time. Perhaps the price tag was a deciding factor. It rarely matters when making the decision to purchase a phone. Still loving my HTC.
13. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
What about speakers. display, photography in low light, IR, larger storage, wide front facing camera and battery?
HTC One may not have all the bells and whistles of Snapdragon 800 and KitKat (for 30 days only btw which isn't a long time if they succeed), but, for my usage, it is a much better fit than the Nexus 5. HTC did a really good job here and all I hope for their next flagship is that they focus a lot more on the camera.
16. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
sorry look bad in which part do u mean?
in mainly part one beats nexus 5.
-build quality and designe
-bit better screen
-far better in sound / speaker and call quality
-better night shot camera and video recording
maybe u make a mistake about names of both phone;-)
before that one porchased the best phone 2013 in to many site liketeck-radar / pocket-lint / pcadvisor / t3 gadget award / phonedog and .....
23. Eclectech (Posts: 218; Member since: 01 May 2013)
Did you read the article? The HTC One edged the Nexus 5 out in a few of those categories (e.g. - battery life, display, build quality)
4. medicci37 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Well I'm sticking with my HTC 1. First Android phone I had that I didn't want 2 throw in the trash
8. generalAladeen06 (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)
I think Nexus 5 is the best for its price tag ! but I prefer an aluminium build with better battery and multimedia experiece plus I think htc sense looks more clean than the stock UI , but that is just my opinion . Besides , Htc one still still one of the best phones out there . Can't wait for the 4.4 update .
11. metalspy101 (Posts: 55; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)
google needs a premium phone with all the bells and whistles..
12. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
To know that my HTC One have fm radio, 32 gig of internal memory, front stereo speakers....I'm good with it! Gnote 3 is next in line.
17. .KRATOS. (Posts: 317; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Could you jst stop aiming at the cheap price of the nexus 5 cz its jst cheap on some specific countries not all, it'll cast more than 600$ in my country n many countries too.
18. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)
as much as I am a fan of pure Android I go with HTC here.. looks kill and HTC is One georgeous device... and goes better with my personality... put a bigger battery and is a coin flip on my iphone
19. szaboagoston (Posts: 43; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
Well, I haven't tried the N5 yet, but the HTC One is a great phone. Here in Denmark it has been running Android 4.3 for weeks, and 4.4. was promised within a month, if I remember correctly. Then we have the price: here the N5 will be around 4000 crowns, and the One is 4200, so no big difference there. The Ones build is absolutely stunning compared to the N5, and I'm not convinced that the camera is not better. If you take boomsound and the same battery capacity into consideration, I really don't think the N5 wins. Not mentioning that you can convert the HTC One into a google play edition (if you like hacking a little) and get the 4.4. update quick. The only thing clearly in favor of the N5 is the Snapdragon 800, but just 8 months ago everyone was praising the 600 the same way.
21. Professor (Posts: 212; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
I stop reading when I read " in terms of actual usable screen space, we’d say the two are nearly the same."
Victor H. must be blind, drunk, or in something. Maybe if he looks at a video in both phones at the same time and compares them he can see the difference in screen size...
22. DimitriTech (unregistered)
where can i get the wallpaper on the this htc one for my nexus 5?
25. urbanism (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
the conclusion you've come to is baffling. is it impossible for you here at phonearena to acknowledge that slightly older phones aren't always considered inferior? You yourself gave the One a considerable number of advantages, yet in the end it's not good enough because it's been out less than a year? I implore you to stop pandering to fanboys and actually give a fair comparison for once.
27. mqmorasch (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)
The conclusion and the actual review never met in the arena. This is the first review I have read that said the Nexus 5 call quality was anything other than muffled and hissing on speaker. The conclusion dealt with comparing the Nexus 5 improvements over the Nexus 4 and not the HTC One. This was poorly written and executed as a true head to head to the two phones on display in the article. Realistically the people that care about the ROM will be rooting and adding custom ROMs anyway and the CPU speed difference will only be noticeable to someone gaming on the device. The Nexus 5 right now is only beating the iPhone and Nexus 4(other than price point for everyone else).
28. mqmorasch (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)
Two best phones for this holiday season are the LG G2 and still HTC One, both also have amazing carrier pricing going on. Sammy is having upgrade issues thanks to their bloatware and fat memory hogging touch wiz, along with a higher PP.
29. jeromed (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2013)
i love my htc one looks great ,£200 more to buy than the nexus 5 .
please don't put build quality down when describing the one as they are p_ss poorly put together even by htc own admission they have had big problems ,now i love the phone screen the beautifully milled body the lovely drilled top and bottom speaker grills but no quality control on these phones its a crap shoot if you get a good one.
ee have replaced 4 for me now and still waiting to get one were the screen does not sit higher than the speaker grills or visa versa ,the holes on one looked loike they had been cut out with a craft knife all of these phones have been inspected by ee and they have agreed manufacturing faults with every one.
this is my fifth htc phone (desire,sensation,wildfire for the little lady)never ever had probs before hope i get a good one.
the photos do have a purple ting and very grainy if you try to enlarge power but is fiddley so is volume button the screen and sound quality are just awsome i like the blink feed and love the camera apps zoe ,hdr and slow mo loads of settings plus google now getting so much better.
dont put build quality down as a plus put materials used are