Nexus 5 vs OnePlus One, not clear cut


The Nexus 5 has been a smash hit for Google and its maker LG since it arrived on the scene last year. On the other hand the OnePlus One smartphone has won admiration from Android enthusiasts, but has been difficult to get hold of. If you’re wondering which would be your best option then today we have a video comparison to share of the Nexus 5 vs. OnePlus One.

One of the main draws of Google Nexus devices is that they run pure vanilla Android and receive updates quickly, and the Nexus 5 has a nice line-up of specs along with an affordable price. However, the OnePlus One smartphone that recently released also made waves with Android enthusiasts, offering competitive pricing and specs and featuring Android 4.4.2 KitKat with CyanogenMod 11S.

Previously we showed readers a video that listed the main advantages of each of these two phones over the other, but now it’s time for a closer look at the two handsets with a fuller comparison of specs and more. We’ve embedded a YouTube video from Android Authority beneath our article showing the Nexus 5 stacked against the OnePlus One, and it begins with discussing the designs of the phones. This gives a good opportunity for some close-up looks from various angles.

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The comparison continues with showing the displays of the phone and discussing their relative merits, and then moves on to cover other factors such as performance, software experience, cameras and features, battery life, pricing and so on. All things considered it would be easy to assume that the OnePlus One would be a clear winner against the older Nexus 5, but the verdict is not clear-cut.

At the conclusion of the video the reviewer points out some drawbacks for the OnePlus One such as it’s scarce supply and the fact that its larger size makes it harder to handle. It’s also noted that the general user will still get a lot out of the Nexus 5 including the latest Android experience. Ultimately if you want a bigger device then the OnePlus One might be the right choice for you, but for many users the Nexus 5 is still a great option.

When you’ve checked out the video comparison below it would be good to know which phone you are more drawn to. Is it the Nexus 5 that appeals to you most, or will you opt for the OnePlus One? Maybe you’re going to wait and see what the rumored Nexus 6 will offer? Let us know with your comments.


4 thoughts on “Nexus 5 vs OnePlus One, not clear cut”

  1. sueinphilly says:

    I was stoked about the one plus.
    Then I couldn’t get one for months.
    So I got a 32gb nexus 5 for a great deal
    I love it. I don’t need a giant phone.
    I can use my actual fabulous nexus 7 tablet
    I wanted to hold out for the new ARA phone but couldn’t do it

  2. Molly House says:

    I would love my Nexus if the battery life wasn’t so terrible. My roommate has an opo and gets two full days on a charge having it be around 14% on the second night. This is when the phone is new and she’s using it heavily. I will maybe get a full day if lucky but usually have to charge it whenever I can to ensure I’m not stuck without it. The nexus is a great phone, but the only reason I could ever recommend the it over the opo is if you absolutely can not handle the bigger device. The camera, battery life and cyanogenmod mod on it are perfect AND it’s 50 cheaper for twice the internal storage.

  3. Arno says:

    I got the One Plus One and I must day this is the best android phone I have ever owned. I was an early adopter with the G1, then owned a Samsung Galaxy, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus. None of those felt this smooth, fast and lasted a day. This One Plus phone was worth the wait.

    8am battery at 100%; 10:39pm – 61%. I love that!

  4. NBMTX says:

    I gave away my invite yet am still considering a moto X for an affordable device with better battery life until I can see if 5.0 and project Volta are able to really bring the N5 hardware up to snuff in endurance. The other option I was considering was the Z1 compact but it’s slightly too small (in display size, not overall). I just want decent battery life and a good experience until the real next gen hardware comes out with SD808 or 810, big.LITTLE internals. The OnePlus was all the flagship specs I didn’t care about in a device that’s too big, from a company I don’t really trust.

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