Google Nexus 5 vs HTC One
HTC One impressed us with its elegant aluminum design and amazing stereo speakers when it launched nearly half a year ago, but a lot of time has passed since then and it's starting to show its age. The Nexus 5 on the other hand has just arrived fresh with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat treat and the ambition to finally bring a good camera to the Nexus series. Moreover, all of that in an irresistible price much lower than that of the HTC One.
Putting the HTC One against the Nexus 5 is a battle of old versus new, and in technology even a relatively small time frame like just half a year can make a huge difference. Is this the case this time as well and does the Nexus 5 live up to all the hype, or has its lower price taken its toll?
We will be comparing HTC's UltraPixel camera against the new optical image stabilized shooter on the Nexus 5, the brilliant 4.7” display on the One against the 5 incher on the Nexus 5, the aluminum unibody frame against the soft touch plastic of the Nexus 5, Android with HTC Sense versus pure KitKat, and of course look under the hood to find which one is more powerful.
After all of this, we should finally be able to tell which one is the device to get right now. Let's start right away.
The Nexus 5 has a modest, understated design. An edgy rectangular block with soft touch plastic on the back and a giant Nexus sign on its back, it feels utilitarian rather than inspiring. The HTC One is nearly identical in size, but a complete opposite in design. A unibody aluminum frame with a curved back makes it better fit in your hand despite it being a bit thicker. The One also does not pick up fingerprints, while just after a short while with the Nexus 5 its back was a complete smudgy mess. Both devices are not excruciatingly large, but using them single-handedly is quite a stretch.
The two feature large and clicky physical buttons, but while the Nexus 5 places them in easy to reach places (volume rocker on the right and lock key on the left), on the HTC One the lock key is way out of reach at the top. That same lock key however doubles in function on the One with an infrared blaster built-in. This allows you to use your phone as a TV remote, a function the Nexus 5 does not have.
The Nexus 5 and the HTC One feature two of the best displays on the market, but we like the screen on the HTC One a bit better. The Nexus 5 has a slightly larger, 4.95-inch display, while the One features a 4.7” screen.
However, the on-screen controls of the Nexus 5 take up some of the space, while HTC uses capacitive control buttons below the screen, so in terms of actual usable screen space, we’d say the two are nearly the same.
Both are extremely sharp with resolutions of 1080 x 1920 pixels, but the One features more natural, vivid colors. We'd say the Nexus 5 has a slight yellowish tint and looks very slightly washed out.
The technology on both is LCD - the Nexus 5 uses an in-cell touch LCD display and the One boasts a Super LCD3. Viewing angles are great on both devices as colors don’t wash out even when you view them at an angle.