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HTC One (M8) vs Google Nexus 5

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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.


Conclusion


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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