Which one of this year's 6-inchers would you buy?

Which one of this year's 6-inchers would you buy?
Google threw a monkey wrench in the big-screen phones' comfortable existence yesterday with the announcement of the Motorola Nexus 6 phablet, speccing it out to the gills with a Quad HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 805 processor, and an optically-stabilized 13 MP camera, as well as a pack of stereo speakers at the front, making it the most decked 6" phablet this side of the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro.

Granted, the Nexus 6 won't be for everybody, unlike previous Nexus iterations, as it's still a gigantic handset that has to be operated with two hands the vast majority of the time, but if you are eyeing a 6-incher, you already knew that, didn't you? This is why we are curious to learn which one of the popular 6" phablets that have been unveiled this year would you get if you had the chance.

The Motorola Nexus 6 will sell for $649 without a contract, and thus it faces steep competition from a few other 6" juggernauts. Let's start off with the Huawei Mate7, which on places like Newegg and Amazon sells for about the same price as the Nexus 6, but offers the best screen-to-size ratio of all phablets, elegant aluminum unibody, and state-of-the-art fingerprint scanner on the back, as well as a giant 4100 mAh battery for two to three days of Android-ing. Granted, it doesn't have QHD, but "only" 1080p screen resolution, and eschews the OIS and stereo speakers tech of the Nexus 6.

Next in line is the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro, which sells for about $600, and sports QHD display, Snapdragon 801, and 3 gigs of RAM; this hardware is powered by a massive 4,000 mAh battery, and all of this is enclosed in a full-metal body that is just 0.3" (7.7mm) thick. The camera has a 16 MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor with OIS, too, making this a worthy competitor to the Nexus 6 specs, save for the chipset speeds. Just like the Mate7, it is more compact than the Nexus 6 by a significant margin.

We shouldn't forget the LG G Pro 2 as well, which was released in the spring, and is still going strong, with a 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 chipset, 13 MP camera with OIS, and a 3200 mAh battery. It sells for a tad below $600 now, making it a direct competitor to the flagship phablets listed above. Here they are, in all of their expensive glory:

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Dimensions

6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches

157 x 81 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

Dimensions

6.14 x 3.2 x 0.3 inches

156 x 81.3 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.31 oz (179 g)

LG G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches

157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Dimensions

6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches

157 x 81 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

Dimensions

6.14 x 3.2 x 0.3 inches

156 x 81.3 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.31 oz (179 g)

LG G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches

157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Going down the food chain, we find two excellent midrange 6-inchers - the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and Huawei Ascend Mate 2, which retail for about $300, or about half of the flagship phablets above. They sport displays with HD resolution, Snapdragon 400 chipsets, and 13 MP cameras. The Mate 2 has a 3900 mAh battery, while the T2 Ultra makes do with a 3000 mAh juicer, but both are currently occupying the top two slots in our brand-name battery benchmark tests anyway. Let's not forget also the Galaxy Mega 2, this year's 6" entrant from Samsung, which also flaunts an HD display, but dials it down with an 8 MP camera, Exynos processor, and a 2800 mAh battery pack, all for more than $400, making it the steepest midranger of the pack, despite being the one with the weakest specs. Here are the 6" midrangers:

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Dimensions

6.5 x 3.3 x 0.3 inches

165.2 x 83.8 x 7.65 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G

Dimensions

6.34 x 3.33 x 0.37 inches

161 x 84.7 x 9.5 mm

Weight

7.13 oz (202 g)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

Dimensions

6.44 x 3.34 x 0.34 inches

163.6 x 84.9 x 8.6 mm

Weight

6.86 oz (194 g)

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Dimensions

6.5 x 3.3 x 0.3 inches

165.2 x 83.8 x 7.65 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G

Dimensions

6.34 x 3.33 x 0.37 inches

161 x 84.7 x 9.5 mm

Weight

7.13 oz (202 g)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

Dimensions

6.44 x 3.34 x 0.34 inches

163.6 x 84.9 x 8.6 mm

Weight

6.86 oz (194 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Given this abundant choice of 6-inchers that is currently on the market, from all specs and price points, on one hand, and the brand new entrant in the category - the venerable Nexus 6 - we want to ask you which one would you get, if in the market for a big-screen device, which seems to be the fastest growing market segment right now. Take your pick in the poll below, and sound off in the comments.

Which 2014 6-incher would you buy?

Motorola Nexus 6
64.97%
Huawei Ascend Mate7
13.43%
Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
9.26%
LG G Pro 2
4.61%
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
4%
Huawei Ascend Mate 2
1.61%
Samsung Galaxy Mega 2
2.13%

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44 Comments

1. TRUVILLE

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Nexus9 tablet

7. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

...Is not a 6" screen smart phone....Try again!

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nexus 9 vs iPad Air 2 vs Samsung's next Note tablet will be an interesting comparison Especially, the K1 vs the A8X vs the 5433

33. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol This is not even a fair match up... The Nexus 6 by a landslide. No question about it!

2. ChriisM

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I bought my g pro 2 for 350 euro, such an amazing phone for the price.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Why no Note 4 or iPhone 6+? They are only a few mm smaller, not noticeably IMO

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

All phone above have width more than 80mm Note 4 and ip6+ are less than that

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They are all phablets and over 155mm height though IMO not a noticable difference since its just a few mm

16. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yes but what is the article title?

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I know but my point is: Screen size != actual phone size IMO those other should be in here as well since are also the same actual size

38. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Well then if the iPhone 6 Plus is invited to the party why not the mighty mighty OnePlus One? Same 5.5" screen size better price to performance ratio than the iPhone 6 Plus. $350 for 64 GB, awesome performance, great camera, great battery life. Best phone this year imo.

23. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and who made that rule ?

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

No brainer's poll, mate 7 and vibe z2 pro, both cost less than $400

17. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Mate 7 7.1mm thin 4100mah Vibe z pro 7.2mm thin 4000mah Nexus 6 10mm thick 3220mah Roftlmao nexus craps a joke

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Explain why the N6 is winning then. I'll wait.

42. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

becuase there is still no succersor of 1520? :)

43. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

or i'll just say because its a NEXUS?

35. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Tell me where the vibe Z2 pro or the mate 7 is for sale for less than 400..? I've been looking.

41. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

400??? Where?

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Ummmm.......so you guys decided to included phones/phablets from 5.9inch but not 5.7 inch Note 4 in this 6-inchers voteout. Very fair, PA! Its like you guys were finding a reason not to include Note 4. Could've just said phablets and included iPhone 6 plus as well.

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Any phone that have lesser width than 80mm no longer considered as phablets, read comments #8

13. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Nexus 6 has a 5.96" screen. It should definitely be included in a 6" phone contest whereas a 5.7" screen should not.

6. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Note 4

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Mate 7 or Nexus 6. But TBH, I would take neither :)

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

None.

15. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Nexus 6 of course. But I agree that beasts like the Note 4 and even crap like the iPhone 6+ should have been included in this list.

19. Malhar

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

Lumia 1520

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

Read the title. What don't you understand about "this year's"?

20. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

From THAT list, i'll get the Nexus 6... But i'd rather have the Note 4

21. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Lumia 1520 is not this years still I own one and will wait for its replacement.i I had to choose it would be the nexus 6

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