Nexus 5 v/s OnePlus One – Battle of the Flagship and the Underdog

Recently there has been a swarm and hunt of OnePlus One invites all over social media with people gossiping about OnePlus One, its features and how it compares to the best flagship Android phones in the market. We at TechyLab have done a thorough comparison of Nexus 5 v/s OnePlus One and tried to find the best and worst in both of these devices . Here is our comparison which can clear all the doubts of our readers and help them chose the better smartphone of these two.

Nexus 5 vs 1plus1

Specification/HardwareNexus 5One Plus OneWinner
Display4.95 Inch5.5 Inch One Plus One
Pixel Density~445 ppi401 ppiNexus 5
Display GlassCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla GlassTie up
RAM2 GB3 GBOne Plus One
Memory16/32 GB16/64 GBOne Plus One
Camera8MP 13MP Dual FlashOne Plus One
Front Camera1.3MP5MP One Plus One
CPUSnapdragon 800 with Quad Core 2.3 GHzSnapdragon 801 with Quad Core 2.5 GHz One Plus One
GPUAdreno 330, 450 MHzAdreno 330, 578 MHz One Plus One
Battery2300 mAh3100 mAh One Plus One
OSStock Android 4.4 KitKatCynogenMOD 11S Based on 4.4 KitKat Tie Up
SpeakerSingleBottom Facing Dual Speakers One Plus One
Weight130 Grams162 Grams Nexus 5
GSM Band850/900/1800/1900850,900,1800,1900 Tie Up
WCDMA Band (International Version)850/900/1700/1900/2100850/1700/1900/2100/2600 Tie Up
LTE Band (International Version)800/850/900/1800/2100/26001700/1800/2100/2300/2600 Tie Up


Where Nexus 5 Wins

Nexus 5, which comes with 4.95 inch of screen size and based on Stock Android 4.4 KitKat, doesn’t seem to win much in hardware specs comparison with OnePlus One. Nexus 5 is best flagship phone choice for people who are willing to experience the stock “untouched” Android, are more developer oriented and will be excited to be the first in line to receive the next cutting-edge version of Android. The Nexus line has always been the group of devices which are ideal role model from Google,  clearly defining on what Android should work and feel like. Nexus 5 is pretty well built and is comparably lighter in weight but it is heavier on your pocket as the 16 GB version of Nexus comes at a price of 349 US$ which is comparatively higher then OnePlus one’s price tag of 299 US$.

Where OnePlus One Wins

OnePlus One seems to be the clear winner here, let it be the pricing or specifications. OnePlus One is the big, fast, cheap, Open and efficient phone which seems too good to be true at first look. OnePlus One also comes with CynogenMod based Android, which is “cherry on top of the cake”  for many people. CyanogenMod is equally efficient as stock Android, maybe better in some of the cases. CyanogenMod also has a strong community of developers around it, so future Android updates is not an issue. One downside is that the OnePlus One isn’t compatible with many of the North American operators as it doesn’t support frequency by North American mobile operators. But considering other parts of the World, OnePlus one is best choice if you are willing to give a shot to an awesome device which does not come from a flagship manufacturer. All these being said, you probably have very slim chances of owning this device very soon as the purchase is only “invite” based and the company behind OnePlus One is doing a pretty clever job of keeping invites to a bare minimum, making the device exclusive.

Final Verdict

Nexus 5 is best for people who want the stock Android experience (and a Nexus logo on the back!). Nexus 5 is a premium, flagship, Nexus device which performs well and is expected to get better with the next version of Android L. One Plus one is the undoubted winner in terms of price, specification and performance. In all hope, our best wishes are that OnePlus One matches the performance with the specs and hype circling around it, not to mention that a decent after-sales support will also be expected. If you can find an invite for OnePlus One, do not get any second thoughts and go ahead with your purchase.

Kunal Gautam