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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
Call quality

Vibrant and loud are the voices heard and transmitted through the HTC One M8. The Nexus 5, on the other hand, nails 'average' on the head.

When it came to testing out call quality – a still essential feature of your smartphone – we were fairly sure we'll be giving another one to the One M8. Last year's HTC One M7 proved very capable in this regard, and the M8 is equally potent. You'll hear your contacts loud and clear, without any severe twists in voice tonality, and the other end of the line will offer no criticism, either. Our callers testified to a powerful, vibrant, and very much audible output from the One M8's microphone, and even noise-polluted environments won't get in the way of a normal conversation.

In contrast, the tiny, circular earpiece on the Nexus 5 proves far inferior. It's far from the worst we've seen, though, and it actually is as average as it gets. There's no vibrancy to voices, and they come in flat, and that works in both directions. Lastly, the speaker's loudness leaves something to be desired, especially when in direct comparison with the monstrosity on the One M8.

Battery life

The 2600mAh battery on the new One is more tenacious than its capacity suggests.

With battery life, we again have no contest at our hands. Put in numbers, the HTC One M8's 2600mAh battery simply obliterates the 2300mAh unit on the Nexus 5 when it comes to longevity, as it manages to hold its own for 7 hours and 12 minutes in our custom battery test. That's a massive premium over the 4 hours and 50 minutes managed by the Nexus 5.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
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A simple summation of the many parts that make up both the HTC One M8 and the Nexus 5 initially yield a confusing result. The new One is clearly the better-looking, and overall more capable device of the two, but that comes with a considerable price premium. Starting with the fancy aluminum body, design is as an integral part of the One M8 as is value for money for the Nexus 5. But the One isn't just a pretty face – it's an exceedingly capable device, and it really shines in areas such as performance, multimedia, call quality, and battery life. That said, the UltraPixel Camera still disappoints.

In contrast, the $350 Nexus 5 takes a palpably different approach to your heart. At $350, few can say no to a full-fledged flagship, and though the subsidized device is outclassed on several fronts by the newer One (M8), it still offers a surprisingly robust bundle. It's far more compact, and doesn't really fall behind on the performance or camera fronts. It's also unsurpassed in terms of speedy Android updates – a big plus for those looking to maximize lifetime utility. Obviously, however, that price tag demands some shortcuts be taken, and those are felt when looking at its inferior earpiece and loudspeaker, not to mention battery life.

In the end, it really boils down to a choice between a better, more classy device, and a less-stylish one that offers a very, very compelling bang for your buck. And folks, it really is as clear-cut as that.


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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: 1599; 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: 1599; 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: 1599; 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: 1599; 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: 371; 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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