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OnePlus One vs Nexus 5: Which Should You Get?


OnePlus One vs Nexus 5: Which Should You Get?

Vs Paul Briden 14:35, 29 Apr 2014

Has the OnePlus One stolen Google's reasonably priced-but-premium crown from the Nexus 5?

Google’s made a little bit of a reputation for itself for numerous causes, however one in every of them is from its providing of premium-grade cellular hardware and up-to-date Android software program packaged up because the reasonably priced Nexus vary of handsets. The Nexus 5 is the newest mannequin with Android four.four KitKat, a succesful show and a few excessive-finish innards.

However maybe unsurprisingly, others at the moment are gunning for this excessive-bang-for-low-buck area. One such contender is relative upstart OnePlus (based in late 2013) with its new handset, the OnePlus One.

Has OnePlus managed to high school Google at its personal recreation, or is there nonetheless loads of work for the brand new participant to place in? We have a look in a spec-based mostly comparability.

Design & Construct

With the Nexus 5, Google went for fairly an understated handset design with a neatly tapered bodyshell that sits comfortably within the hand. It’s created from matte end, gentle-contact rubberised polycarbonate which ensures good grip and feels premium throughout dealing with.

Nexus 5

In the meantime, the unibody chassis is skinny and light-weight at eight.6mm and 130g respectively. The Nexus 5’s unobtrusive exterior might sound a bit of uninteresting in the usual black color, however Google additionally gives a white variant which is a little more trendy and actually exhibits off its tasteful contours. A subsequently launched purple model additionally makes issues a lot bolder if that’s your factor.

A fast look exhibits the OnePlus One to have an analogous general aesthetic to the Nexus 5, however it’s a bigger handset and has a extra angular silhouette - this works very a lot in its favour because it appears sharper and a bit extra intriguing than the Nexus 5.

Supplies clever, OnePlus has made some fascinating decisions. The telephone’s chassis is made out of magnesium which provides issues a strong really feel however retains the load at 160g regardless of the larger footprint from the 5.5-inch show. The rear panel is interchangeable although, providing some customisation and variation not current on the Nexus 5 - customers can select from a variety of again panel supplies together with Kevlar, wooden, denim and bamboo. The usual black and white panels look like created from a excessive-finish matte polycarbonate.

Different notable design options embrace a tool thickness of eight.9mm tapering to four.6mm on the edges, a raised glass fascia and stereo audio system from JBL punched into the bottom of the telephone.


Google’s Nexus 5 has a smaller four.ninety five-inch show panel utilizing LG’s “True HD” IPS+ LCD know-how. It packs a full HD 1080p decision at 445 pixels-per-inch (ppi) for some extremely sharp visible high quality. Color and brightness are additionally prime-notch and it’s a really comparable affair to the beautiful display aboard the LG G2, which makes use of the identical tech.

With the OnePlus One there’s one thing of a commerce-off happening. It has a bigger 5.5-inch show, so that you get extra display actual property for a extra roomy gaming, movie and shopping expertise. The larger space signifies that the identical full HD 1080p decision drops the pixel density right down to 401ppi, however a lack of solely 45ppi is unlikely to make a noticeable distinction.

What could be extra noticeable, nevertheless, is the distinction between LG’s True HD IPS+ on the Nexus 5 and reglar IPS LCD aboard the OnePlus One, with the previous doubtless providing higher color, readability, brightness, viewing angles and outside use in daylight.

Hardware, Storage & Connectivity

The Nexus 5 is available in 16GB or 32GB variants in your storage wants, whereas OnePlus has gone for a extra excessive divide between its storage fashions - 16GB and 64GB to be exact. Neither handset has microSD functionality, so these with giant multimedia collections on playing cards could also be left dissatisfied both method.

Google’s gadget spots a 2,300mAh battery pack whereas the OnePlus One is rated at three,100mAh with neither cell being detachable. Whereas battery measurement isn’t the one think about battery life it’s definitely a considerable one and we’ve encountered few telephones with a three,000mAh+ battery which dissapoint. It appears affordable to recommend the OnePlus One will last more on a single cost.

Each telephones are as properly related as you may anticipate a contemporary flagship to be; 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, microUSB, and DLNA are all onboard. The Nexus 5 additionally options wi-fi charging capabilities and neither handset carries an FM Radio. Each units use Micro-SIM playing cards.


For the Nexus 5 Google went with a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chip, a quad-core setup utilizing 4 Krait four hundred cores clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit (GPU).

In the meantime, aboard the extra just lately launched OnePlus One, there’s a extra up-to-date Snapdragon 801 chip, particularly the MSM8974AC clocked at 2.5GHz. This has 3GB of RAM, quicker reminiscence write speeds and a quicker GPU velocity.

However having stated all that efficiency between these two isn’t more likely to be a world aside so far as dealing with typical smartphone duties is worried - you’re coping with prime-of-the-line hardware both method. Nevertheless, there’s one notable approach we’ve witnessed to date the OnePlus One exceeds its opponent, take a look at the video under which exhibits the OnePlus can boot up able to go twice within the time it takes the Nexus 5 to completely energy on.

Software program

In addition to being reasonably priced, one of many details of Google’s Nexus vary is that it's maintained software program clever instantly by Google itself - which means when a brand new model of Android comes out, Nexus telephones get it as quickly as attainable, there’s no ready round for producers to approve it.

It additionally means you get inventory Android, as Google meant it, with out all the UI overlays current on many different units. The Nexus 5 runs the newest software program construct - Android four.four.2 KitKat, with an overhauled UI designed to be cleaner, brisker and extra cohesive.

The OnePlus One makes use of CyanogenMod 11S, a software program package deal based mostly on Android four.four KitKat. CyanogenMod was a launcher for Android, however now the workforce has its personal firm and the platform is a devoted construct which stands alone.

Being one thing which originated with Android followers it’s not shocking CyanogenMod 11S seems to be fairly trustworthy to Google’s easy, flat and minimalistic interface design. It has its personal flavour, positive, however that is most undoubtedly Android and with a very good serving to of customisation choices in addition. We haven’t spent any arms-on time with CyanogenMod 11S simply but, so should reserve full judgement till afterward, however suffice to say, it appears promising.

One other noteworthy level is that each the Nexus 5 and OnePlus One function “all the time-on” voice management integration and Google Now search performance, which primarily means you'll be able to conduct key telephone duties (calls, messages) or searches with out having to carry a finger, and the voice management is fairly rattling correct too.

Digital camera

Whereas it wouldn’t be truthful to say that Google has scrimped on the  digital camera for the Nexus 5, it’s additionally true that it’s not a standout element of the telephone. It’s a reasonably commonplace eight-megapixel again-illuminated sensor (BSI) with an f/2.four aperture, LED flash, 1080p video recording, optical stabilisation, and a few fascinating modes reminiscent of photosphere, HDR, and twin recording. Picture high quality on launch was respectable however not that nice, nevertheless, a subsequent software program patch means the Nexus 5 is now much more succesful and provides good high quality imaging even when it’s not the perfect available on the market.

With the OnePlus One, the corporate has by some means managed to place extra into the digital camera hardware whereas nonetheless preserving prices comparatively low. Surprisingly for an reasonably priced system, the One comes with a thirteen-megapixel Sony IMX214 BSI sensor, twin-LED flash, an f/ aperture, 4K video seize and a zero.three second shutter velocity.

The OnePlus additionally has a bonus on entrance-dealing with cameras, with a 5-megapixel, 1080p sensor towards the Nexus 5’s 1.three-megapixel hardware.


Google’s Nexus 5 prices £299 for the 16GB mannequin and £339 for the 32GB, in the meantime, OnePlus will retail the One at £229 for the 16GB and £269 for the 64GB.


It will certainly seem that Google has been outmaneuvered. You’re taking a look at a less expensive worth for the One even with 64GB of storage, which is excess of the Nexus 5 gives. On prime of this you might have a quicker processor with faster boot speeds, extra RAM, a extra succesful digital camera, longer battery life and just about the identical set of connectivity. Add to that customisation choices with the again panels and issues are wanting good.

Within the Nexus 5’s favour you continue to have higher show know-how and the reassurance of well timed Android updates to the newest model - inventory too. For some this will probably be extra essential than saving a little bit of dough and all that different stuff, and that’s truthful sufficient, however OnePlus is providing a compelling various all the identical.


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