Nexus 6 vs HTC One M8 comparison review

We're pretty excited about the Nexus 6. The next Google-branded, Motorola-made Android phone offers a bleeding edge specification at a reasonable price - and a first glimpse at Android Lollipop in a smartphone. But these days you can pick up an HTC One M8 for a little more than £300. And the HTC One M8 remains an exceptional handset.

NExus 6 vs HTC One M8

HTC One M8 vs Nexus 6 proper shades thumb

We compared the spec of the Nexus 6 with our extensive knowledge of the HTC One M8 to see if you should wait and buy the Nexus, and go out and grab a bargain with the HTC.

Nexus 6 vs HTC One M8 comparison: UK price and availability

The Nexus 6 is now available to pre-order in the UK, and in principle at least is available to buy right now. (We say that because it is not currently easy to get hold of one, from Google Play.) UK pricing is at least confirmed: the 32GB model costs £499, and the 64GB model will cost £549. O2 and Vodafone have already confirmed that they will offer the Nexus 6, but not confirmed their pricing. At the time of writing only the 32GB model is available for pre-order.

It's worth pointing out that unlike other Nexus devices the Motorola-made Nexus 6 is not a significantly cheaper smartphone than its rivals. It is well priced for the spec, certainly. But gone are the days when the Nexus 5 was unbelievably good value.

The HTC One M8 is widely available SIM free, PAYG, and on contract. At launch the M8 cost a classic £550 on a SIM-free basis – at the time that matched key rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s. Since the device has been around for a few months now, you can find it for less. Indeed, a quick scoot around the web shows you can get the HTC One M8 for as little as £340 inc VAT.

Right now the HTC One M8 is both cheaper and more readily available than is the Nexus 6. You'd expect that: it's been around since March 2014, and the Nexus 6 is launching only now - eight months later. Is the Nexus 6 worth the additional expense? Let's find out.