Interface and functionality

Even the biggest vanilla Android fanatics will be hard-pressed to say no to HTC's refined Sense 6 UI. In comparison, the stock Android UI on the Nexus 5 is austere.

We talked at length about design already, but it's also an inseparable part of software. Much alike to the hardware, however, software design and functionality was apparently guided by two contrasting principles employed by HTC and Google. And those two philosophies rarely happen to be on the same page.

Taiwanese HTC, like any self-respecting manufacturer these days, has taken on the task of seriously customizing the Android 4.4 KitKat user experience, and the result is Sense 6 UI. The latest iteration of the company's custom interface has quite a few things to be proud of – it's lightweight, or at least looks and feels that way, and while extensive and wide-reaching, it doesn't get in your way. Personalizing your One M8 is a semi-automatic process, with the news and social media aggregator, BlinkFeed, providing the day's gist, while you can also mess around and experiment with the different color-coded themes that HTC has prepared. There's also a bigger emphasis on ease-of-use in Sense 6, with double tap to wake and a number of gesture shortcuts now a solid part of the software. In essence, HTC has stricken an enviable balance between adding functionality and freshening up Android, and keeping things simple and running smoothly.


On the other hand, we have Nexus 5, with its vanilla-looking Android. This is the OS as its creator has always intended it. It's bare and simplistic in comparison, but that's not at all a derogative. Sure, personalization of any kind boils down to what apps can do, but that inherent simplicity and being first to receive Android updates is what has many sold on Nexus devices in the first place.


Processor and memory

The just-released HTC One has an edge over the Nexus 5 on paper, but in reality both devices perform splendidly, and without a hitch.

Powering both the HTC One (M8) and the Google Nexus 5 are two seriously high-end processors that pretty much render any concerns about performance moot.

Packing a newer, slightly more capable Snapdragon 801 system-on-chip by Qualcomm, the HTC One M8 has an edge over the Nexus 5 with its relatively older Snapdragon 800. At least on paper. In reality, however, both devices offer quite the performance punch, and there's virtually no scenario that will see either of these handsets slow down to catch a breath. You'll be hard-pressed to tell the two apart.

In terms of the RAM modules on board, both devices offer the same deal – 2GBs of DDR3. The One M8, however, has the advantage over the Nexus 5 when it comes to internal storage, as it offers expansion of up to 128GB more through the addition of the coveted microSD card slot. Such perk is absent on the Nexus 5.

Quadrant Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 19139
Google Nexus 5 8455
AnTuTu Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 31075
Google Nexus 5 26340
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1171
Google Nexus 5 1166
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1673
Google Nexus 5 1524
Sunspider Lower is better
HTC One (M8) 693.1
Google Nexus 5 723.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 11
Google Nexus 5 9.4
Basemark OS II Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1071
Google Nexus 5 891.3

Internet and connectivity

There's little to be desired when you're getting polished browser clients, 4G LTE, and Bluetooth 4.0.

We tested web browsing on the HTC One M8 and the Nexus 5 side-by-side, and our benchmarks confirm what we saw: there is virtually no difference in the time it takes either device to fully-render a web page, nor does either gain an edge when it comes to navigating the vast web.



We also have a tie on the connectivity front. Both smartphones come packing 4G LTE capabilities, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and MHL (One M8)/SlimPort (Nexus 5) conformity. The only difference, really, is that the One M8 comes with an IR blaster for control over home electronics, while the Nexus 5 does not.

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23 Comments

1. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Htc all the way..

2. papss unregistered

This should be a no brainer..

3. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Im gonna buy g3 one isnt good for me

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

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..

6. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

I thought M8 RAM is DDR2?

7. papss unregistered

No it's ddr3

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

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

11. papss unregistered

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

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

ALL top tier flagship cameras > HTC's Ultrapixel

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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)

13. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

2 are probably true 2 are subjective, extremely subjective

15. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

14. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

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

21. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

23. desniper9

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

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

10. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

So far i have seen m8 has the best display

16. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

18. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 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. :)

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Nothing attracts me about this m8 over s5 and z2

19. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

20. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

22. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 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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