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HTC One (M8) vs Google Nexus 5


HTC One (M8) vs Google Nexus 5
HTC One (M8) vs Google Nexus 5
HTC One (M8) vs Google Nexus 5
HTC One (M8) vs Google Nexus 5
HTC One (M8) vs Google Nexus 5

With competition in the flagship tier reaching unprecedented levels, it's more intriguing than ever to watch out for manufacturers' next moves. Looking at HTC and Google, however, it's obvious that neither is looking to deviate from their well-established values.

HTC, then, is sticking to a stylish aluminum unibody, with the now signature BoomSound speakers, and there's even a plot twist: Duo Camera. Like with the previous One, it's obvious that HTC has, once again, focused on crafting as beautiful a device as they possibly could.

In contrast, Google's subsidized Nexus 5 was brought into this world with a profoundly different goal set. It's not as fancy-looking as the One M8, and it doesn't need to. Instead, the $350 flagship is hell-bent on squeezing the most out of your buck, all the while providing an unmistakeable high-end experience.

Such obvious price disparity (the One (M8) is almost twice as costly) begs the question: does HTC's top shelfer offer enough of an edge as to dissuade buyers from picking the far more affordable Nexus 5? Let's find out.


The new HTC One is in a league of its own when talking looks. In comparison, the Nexus 5 is very ordinarily-looking.

It's quite advantageous for HTC that we get to start off with design, as that's undoubtedly one of its key selling points. There's no fight here, the One (M8) is, hands down, the more stylish choice between the two. By far. Simply put, the design-centric approach, along with the craftsmanship that went into the aluminum unibody of the One M8, is uncontested by essentially nobody, much less a “budget flagship” like the Nexus 5. The curved aluminum body, the BoomSound front-facing speakers, the sturdy buttons on the sides of the HTC, all add up to one seriously compelling and fairly ergonomic phone.

In contrast, the Nexus 5's outlines are far more conservative – there's nothing bespoke about the device. At the same time, the Nexus 5 isn't your typical-looking, cookie-cutter Android smartphone, either. First and foremost, it's a significantly more compact device than the One M8, even though they share the same screen diagonal. The Nexus 5 also has a few moves of its own when it comes to design – the overstated camera lens on the rubbery back and the ceramic buttons on the side both add character to what could have easily been a cheap job. What's more, said rubber back is just slightly curved towards the edges and that truly helps with ensuring a secure, comfortable grip.

HTC One (M8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

Google Nexus 5
5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches
137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Google Nexus 5

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Neither of these two gorgeous displays will leave you wanting, but the Nexus 5's has a slight edge.

Looking back at the original HTC One and its screen in particular, it should be noted that HTC has basically improved the One M8's display on pretty much every major front. Color temperature, at 7182K, is still colder than optimal, but blue-ish whites no longer get in your face as assertively. Color reproduction is very satisfactory, even if colors are a tad overblown (especially reds). Gamma, at 2.21 is excellent, and we're happy to report that with a peak brightness of 490 nits, the One M8's display is visible even in direct sunlight.

Despite the good work HTC has done, however, the Nexus 5 is standing its ground, steadfast. With a color temperature of 6786K, the Nexus 5 is still on the cold side, though it is noticeably closer to the optimal value of 6500K. Color reproduction is more conservative and correct, though it should be noted that reds are actually understated and lack the required saturation. The rest of the color spectrum, however, is very much on target. Moving on, gamma, at 2.05, isn't excellent, but that fortunately doesn't result in blacks being washed out. Lastly, the Nexus 5's peak brightness of 485 nits provides just as capable outdoors viewing experience.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC One (M8) 490
Google Nexus 5 485
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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 05:54 3

1. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

Htc all the way..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:01 1

2. papss (unregistered)

This should be a no brainer..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:02

3. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

Im gonna buy g3 one isnt good for me

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:09

4. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I like the HTC, though it's not enough to make me migrate.
With that said, good job HTC.

For myself, I'll replace my N5 with, N6 which will smoke this M8.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:18 1

5. papss (unregistered)

I agree if you have a N5 there isn't a reason to upgrade.. unless you have a phone addiction like myself lol..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:18

6. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)

I thought M8 RAM is DDR2?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:27

7. papss (unregistered)

No it's ddr3

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:42

8. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

I am confused, Half articles says ddr2, other half ddr3...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:52

11. papss (unregistered)

No I'm looking at my box for the m8 and it clearly says ddr3

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:49 2

9. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)

ALL top tier flagship cameras > HTC's Ultrapixel

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:59 3

12. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

I agree but I can also say:
HTC ONE M8 speakers > ALL top tier flagship speakers
HTC ONE M8 design > ALL top tier flagship designs
HTC ONE M8 sense skin > ALL top tier flagship skins
HTC ONE M8 front facing camera > ALL top tier flagship cameras(except few chinese ones that aren't even available)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:02 1

13. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)

2 are probably true
2 are subjective, extremely subjective

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:22 1

15. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

I agree also, but my point is that the camera that the whole fuss is going around can be balanced by a great design speakers and much more. The fact that the phone has SD slot and no one even mentions it while last year Samsung trolls were having a party over M7 which didnt have SD slot.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:05

14. wildhammer (Posts: 56; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)

There are many people who doesnt lyk sense ui....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 21:02

21. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Nothing is true here.
Design ? Htc one 2013>htc one 2014
Speakers? Z2 S force> boom sound
UI? In par with others in terms of functionality
Front facing camera? Why the hell did they put it in front not
At the rear part? So in par with others as well.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 02:14

23. desniper9 (Posts: 38; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Front facing camera is wrong. That title is the Oppo n1's

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:51

10. wildhammer (Posts: 56; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)

So far i have seen m8 has the best display

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:24

16. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

There is an article by some pro site that says S5 has best display ever on a phone, but I have read ONE M8 display has the most accurate colours of any display yet. So I am guessing both are great displays and depends if you like exaggerated colours like on S5 or natural ones like on M8.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:59

18. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

Not really. That's why we provide stuff like Color charts -- even a layman can see that colors are far from the most accurate on any display. :)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:27

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Nothing attracts me about this m8 over s5 and z2

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:16 3

19. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Its worth noting that while M8 is better looking, N5 is more durable and better to hold as M8 is quite smooth, durability and better grip is just as if not more important than looks to some individuals.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:54 1

20. janis (Posts: 372; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

We live in the era of the smart phones and stupid people.
some years ago when there was no smarthones with 20 mp cameras, i really enjoyed looking at pictures in some social media, now for example FB all these 20mp pictures from phones looks like sh*t, does not metter hom much pixels u got there its all about how big is sensor and how good is lenses. I prefer for pictures my full frame canon.
So u guys are disscussing here is picture from M8 big sh*t or nexus 5 is bigger, because all of them looks like sh*it.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 11:22

22. bokimaricu (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)

Both 5 inchers, but look at that size difference.. Ridiculously huge device for a 5 incher this One is. And of course it's better than N5 because it's (more than) double the price of an N5. By the way i think as far as manufacturer UI's go, this one is the best and cleanest so far, so kudos for that.

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