If a friend were to ask for an affordable smartphone recommendation today, my initial response would be "Nexus." In fact, that would be the gut response of most tech geeks, as Google's own devices receive software updates before anyone else, are reasonably priced, and are typically at or near the top of the market specs-wise. An iPhone 5S, off contract, will cost you $650. Most flagship Android devices, off-contract, are in that same range, but the Nexus 5? It starts at $350.
Nexus phones are arguably the best bang for your buck, at least for now. A Chinese startup company, OnePlus, aims to change all of that with its "One," a phone that despite its bland and generic name, kills every other phone on paper. The company's motto is "Never Settle," but do they live up to it?