If you are looking to get a really good looking smartphone, but you have stick to a tight budget, the Nexus 5 and the OnePlus One are certainly two devices that you might seriously consider, but which one has the edge? Watch Mobile Geeks bring you a detailed side-by-side comparison of two of the best value for money smartphones out there.
There has never been a better time to acquire a flagship smartphone, with several affordable options on the market right now. The Nexus 5 is a very serious contender, offering a compelling Nexus software experience on a solidly built 5 inch device that retails online for $350. The fruit of a collaboration between Google and LG, the Nexus 5 is a very popular alternative to flagship devices from Samsung, HTC and Sony, but how does it stack up next to the OnePlus One, the new kid on the block which debuts a custom version of Cyanogen 11S on some very impressive hardware?
The first and most obvious comparison point between the OnePlus One and the Nexus 5 obviously the larger 5.5 inch display on the One. Both are using IPS LCD displays at 1080p Full HD screen resolutions, and while technically the Nexus 5 has edge in terms of pixels-per-inch at 445ppi, the OnePlus One is a real stunner when you get up close.
In terms of performance, the OnePlus One has a slight advantage with its quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 at 2.5GHz, but in reality the Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz is actually very close. I don’t think you are really going to see too much difference in actual app an UI performance between the two devices, but some users may favor the OnePlus for its generous 3GB of RAM, compared to 2GB on the Nexus 5.
The Nexus 5 runs Google’s own flagship Android experience with its Nexus UI, while the OnePlus One sports Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat with a custom UI from Cyanogen. Cyanogen is a largely vanilla Android UI with tons of customization options and a really slick and edgy feel.
Of course we all have personal preferences about device size, software and of course brand, but when it comes to the issue of price, the OnePlus certainly has the advantage with its $300 dollar price tag. The Nexus 5 is also a steal at $350, but we have to agree that OnePlus is just astounding value for money.