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HTC One vs Nexus 5 – Price Points, Performance and Cameras

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No doubt about it, the age of the smartphone is upon us. Today, we will be comparing the elegant HTC One to the new Nexus 5.

First and foremost, let’s look at what each of these guys will run you in the price department. For an unlocked phone from the HTC website, you will pay $599.99, while the Nexus 5 starts at $349 from Google. Clearly this is a huge difference in base price, but if you order your phone with a new plan from Sprint, for example, the gap has been closed to $199 versus $149, respectively. A fifty dollar discrepancy is not huge, so what do you get for this price, and which is the better phone? Read on for more details.

Display

The HTC One has a 4.7 inch screen with full HD 1080p and a resolution of 468 pixels per inch. In comparison, the Nexus 5 has a slightly larger 4.95 inch screen with full HD 1080p and a pixel density of 445 pixels per inch. The HTC One wins this battle with one of the best screens available for a smartphone. The picture on the One is clearer and crisper, but you will only notice this when you are comparing the devices side by side. The Nexus 5 does have a great display, as well, so don’t let this be a determining factor when choosing one over the other.

Performance

This is where the battle gets exciting. HTC One has already impressed us with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad core 1.7 GHz processor running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The One is quick and seamless. Taking it a step further, though, is the Nexus 5, boasting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core 2.26 GHz processor running Android 4.4 KitKat. This new processor is the best integration yet of Google and the Android platform, and it does outperform the One, although the One is nothing to sneeze at.

Cameras

The Nexus features an 8 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization as well as HDR+, which takes several shots using different exposures and combines them into a single “money shot.” The HTC One rear camera is a disappointing 4 megapixels, although the sensor is larger than in models past, allowing it to take in more light than other camera phones. Still, a 4 megapixel camera is easily beat by 8 megapixels, making the Nexus 5 the winner in the camera department.

Unique Features

One of the best things about the HTC One, aside from its beautiful all metal construction, is the fact that it has dual front speakers, taking a lot of the annoyance out of listening to your phone without headphones. The One also has a very simple interface called Sense 5, keeping the whole experience clean and easy to use. HTC has added Blinkfeed to its homepage, giving you glimpses of different websites and bits of information without having to rifle through your phone’s contents, as well.The Nexus 5 has, as two of its signature features, a very large screen and a very fast processor. While its design is not fancy or exciting, it is still a nice looking phone. Another great feature is its ability to search with its dialer, making finding the number you want easier than ever before. It also combines hangouts and texting into a single app for simplicity’s sake.

Both of these phones are great in their own right, and I would highly recommend both as a great alternative to Apple. HTC One is the more attractive phone, but the Nexus 5 is more powerful.