Google Nexus 5 vs HTC One
Call quality is pleasing on both the HTC One and the Nexus 5. We had no glaring issues except for a slight rumble in the HTC One earpiece (turning the volume down a bit from the maximum clears it out). Otherwise, voices in the earpiece are easy to distinguish and sound natural. On the other end of the line our callers also reported hearing us loud and clear. Both handsets also feature a second microphone for noise cancellation and on both side-noises are well filtered out.
Both devices feature a 2300mAh battery, but in reality the HTC One lasts much longer. We have no problems getting even two days out of the One on moderate use, while the Nexus 5 barely makes it through the day in most cases.
It's amazing to see the progress of the Nexus series. With the new Nexus 5, Google finally ticks all the boxes – performance is top notch, the screen is good, and the camera is hugely improved. The HTC One on the other hand starts to show its age. We are still in love with its sturdy aluminum unibody and there's no denying the device is a looker, however the UltraPixel camera underperforms and actually fares way worse than the Nexus 5 shooter, and the Snapdragon 600 chip pales in comparison to the newer and faster 800. Not least, the Nexus features the latest Android version and is future proof – getting it you can be sure you'll be first in line for future Android updates while the HTC One runs on Android 4.2 and it will probably take months for it to go 4.4 KitKat, and it's unclear whether it will ever get updated further.
With all this, you'd expect the lower-specced HTC One to cost less, but the reality of the situation is a bit more complicated. The Nexus 5 has a bargain low off-contract price of $350 for the 16GB version and $400 for the 32 gig model, whereas an unlocked One (32 GB) will set you back a whopping $580. For those of you who plan on getting it on-contract, though, the price varies. On Sprint, the HTC One can be had for as low as $20 with a new 2-year contract whereas the Nexus 5 costs $150. On T-Mobile, the down payment for the HTC One and Nexus 5 is almost the same, but total payments over two months work out to a higher price for the One.
To sum up, the Nexus 5 is generally more affordable with some exceptions for U.S. carriers. Even if your operator offers the Nexus 5 at a higher price, though, we definitely feel it's justified to pay a bit more to get the Nexus, a device that is superior in almost every way.
Google Nexus 5 vs HTC One - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion