OnePlus One vs. Moto X vs. Nexus 5: Choosing the Best Budget-Friendly Flagship Smartphone

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | May 14, 2014 4:28 PM EST

The OnePlus One is becoming extremely popular in terms of value for money. Costing $350 for a 64GB, OnePlus One with specs that compete with other flagship smartphones and heavily customisable CynogenMod 11S entices a number of buyers.

OnePlus One is invite only and production will not ramp up until the end of May. Undoubtedly, this smartphone offers excellent software and powerful hardware for a budget-friendly price tag. Thus far, there are only two smartphones that can match what the OnePlus One offers, the Moto X and the Nexus 5.

OnePlus One vs. Moto X vs. Nexus 5 Display

The OnePlus One specs are undoubtedly top of the line and it is even comparable to the newest flagships like the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Son Xperia Z2. In terms of hardware, the OnePlus One is better than its older rivals, the Moto X and the Nexus 5.

The OnePlus One sports a 5.5 inches JDI 1080p Full HD 1920 x 1080 display with 401ppi protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which makes it bigger than the 5 inches Nexus 5 and the 4.7 inches Moto X display. In terms of display quality, the Nexus 5 with 1080p HD IPS+ 445ppi edges out the other two, with Moto X only having 720p AMOLED display with 312ppi.

OnePlus One vs. Moto X vs. Nexus 5 Processor

The OnePlus One features the latest Snapdragon 801 processor quad-core clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU and 16GB or 64GB of storage choices. Because the OnePlus One is sporting the latest Qualcomm chip, better performance in multitasking is expected from it compared to the Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz of the Nexus 5 with 2GB of RAM, 330 GPU and 16GB and 32GB of storage options. The Nexus 5 is no slouch but the gap widens with the Moto X which sports the much older Snapdragon S4Pro dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, Adreno 320 GPU.

OnePlus One vs. Moto X vs. Nexus 5 Camera

The OnePlus One sports a camera that is more powerful than the Nexus 5 and the Moto X. It boasts a 13MP Sony Exmor IMX 214 camera with 6 lenses, a dual LED flash with 4K video capabilities, 720p video at 120fps and a 5MP front camera, which is largest MP of front cameras. When it comes to the camera, the Nexus 5 and the Moto X cannot stand a change as the Nexus 5 has only 8MP, 1080p HD video at 30fps and 1.3MP front camera. On the other hand the Moto X appears to give a good fight with its 10MP sensor camera and 1080p HD capabilities at 60fps.

OnePlus One vs. Moto X vs. Nexus 5 Battery

The OnePlus One features the largest battery life with a 3100 mAh fast charging battery, while the Nexus 5 has 2300 mAh and the Moto X has 2200 mAh. However, the OnePlus One does not feature wireless charging capabilities unlike its rivals.

OnePlus One vs. Moto X vs. Nexus 5 Price

The OnePlus One is currently available at $299 for a 16GB Silk White and $350 for a 64GB Sandstone Black, which is a remarkable price for a device with hardware and software of that calibre. On the other hand, the Nexus 5 costs $349 for the 16GB variant and $399 for a 32GB variant while the Moto X is available at $349.99 for the 16GB variant and $399.99 for a 32GB variant.

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