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Nexus 6 vs. HTC Desire 820 – Which Phablet Would You Buy?

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The Nexus 6 is Motorola’s creation for Google, it’s the phablet which came loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but many people were reticent to buy it because of two reasons: it was too large and too expensive. Now, you can find the Nexus 6 at half of its launch price, so if you’re considering buying it, then take a look at its specs and decide whether it’s worth it or not. We’ll compare it with a HTC phablet, the Desire 820, which has a smaller screen.

Designs and Displays

The Moto X 2014 was a good looking phone and Motorola used its design to create the Nexus 6. It has the same plastic back (with matte effect, but there are only two color options), metal sides and dual front-facing speakers, but the body is very massive, measuring 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm. The device weights 184 grams, it’s water resistant, but don’t try to drown it! The screen measures 5.96-inch and it’s an AMOLED with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 493 ppi, which makes it very crisp. You will notice that the colors are very vibrant, but they consume the battery pretty fast.

The Desire 820 comes with a smaller LCD screen of 5.5-inch, which supports 720 x 1280 pixels at 267 ppi, it weights 155 grams and it measures 157.7 x 78.7 x 7.7 mm. It has a plastic body with curved edges and it has a dual-tone design, which is available in 9 styles.

Hardware

The Nexus 6 and the Desire 820 were released in the same period (November 2014), but they have different specs. The Nexus 6 uses a 32bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core 2.7 GHz Krait 450 processor which is backed by Adreno 420 graphics and 3GB of RAM, while the Desire 820 received a 64bit Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 octa core processor which was paired with Adreno 405 graphics and 2GB of RAM.

Only the Desire 820 allows you to expand the internal memory of 16GB up to 128GB, while the Nexus 6 limits you to one of these variants of 32GB or 64GB.

Cameras

Both rear cameras have a resolution of 13MP, but only the Nexus 6 supports OIS, it has a dual-LED flash and the video recording capabilities are more advanced (2160p@30fps). However, the Desire 820 has a better front camera, whose resolution is 8MP. Compared to the 2MP secondary camera of the Nexus 6, it does a better job.

Batteries

The battery which powers up the Nexus 6 has a capacity of 3220mAh and it supports Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which extends the life by 6 hours, when the phone is charged within 15 minutes. The Desire 820 is powered up by a much smaller battery of 2600mAh.

Prices

The Nexus 6 has become a very affordable flagship, as it costs 350 dollars for the 32GB variant and 400 dollars for the 64GB variant. The Desire 820 is even cheaper, costing around 320 dollars.