HTC's M8 Google Play edition is nice, but is it nice enough to justify the extra cost?
Specs at a glance: HTC One M8 Google Play edition
1920×1080 5"(441 ppi) LCD
Android KitKat 4.4.2
2.36GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801
32GB with MicroSD slot
Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
Micro USB, headphones
4MP "UltraPixel" rear camera, 5MP front camera, depth sensor
146.36mm x 70.6mm x 9.35mm
Front-facing stereo speakers, notification LED
A controversial statement: I don’t really care that much for the Nexus 5.
Oh, there’s no denying it’s a fine phone. It’s fast, it gets updates quickly, it's solidly built, and its price is unmatched by any other smartphone vendor. These are the things that make the Nexus 5 (and the rest of the Nexus family) popular among the tech set. It’s a really good deal.
And yet, it leaves me feeling a little cold. It’s a very plain-looking slab, possessed of no particular style or distinctiveness. Its boxy edges feel awkward in the hand. It is exactly the sum of its parts: on paper it’s superior to something like the Moto X in every possible way, but in practice I’d rather carry Motorola’s phone than Google’s.