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.

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.

hours Higher is better
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)

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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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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